Academy String Orchestra

Academy String Orchestra

Academy String Orchestra is an intermediate ensemble that plays music from Baroque through Modern periods. For outstanding musicians, solo opportunities are available for performances.

Students participating in Academy String Orchestra must have ensemble experience, musical style, and expression, along with experience in vibrato, shifting, and playing in various positions.

For the weekly rehearsal schedule, click here.

Tuition is not refundable.

Meet the Conductor
Mrs. Kersten studied violin at California State University, Sacramento, the University of Oregon, and is the founding director of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony Academy String Orchestra (1979) and Preparatory Strings (1991). She studied violin pedagogy with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan and is an active teacher and performer. Mrs. Kersten performs with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and several chamber ensembles. She has held permanent positions with the Sacramento Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and the Eugene (Oregon) Symphony, including the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Orchestra for many years. In 2012, Mrs. Kersten was awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Community by the American String Teachers Association.

News & Announcements

YS Winter Concert

Youth Symphony Winter Concert will be taking place on Monday, December 9, 2019 at New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach. The concert begins at 6 PM and doors open at 5:30 PM. Tickets are now available for purchase.

Academy Pops!

Academy String Orchestra will be having a pops concert on Monday, October 28, 2019 at Community Baptist Church starting at 6:00 PM. The theme of the concert is “Heroes”, featuring music from Star Wars, Star Trek, Olympic Spirit, and more! Join us for an evening of great music.

YS Finale Concert Tickets

Youth Symphony will be having the Finale Concert on SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 @ 4 PM. Tickets are now on sale! Get your tickets today by visiting the Performing Arts Center website (click here). This concert will feature Concert Orchestra, Academy String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, and Preparatory Strings! There will also be a special performance…