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Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday
contact us by
phone: 858-909-0319
email: paula@theviolinshopsandiego.com

10505 Sorrento Valley Rd., Suite 385,
San Diego, CA 92121

North Coast Strings


photo courtesy of Museum of Making Music


Do you know about the North Coast Strings Adult Orchestra?
Interested in joining the orchestra ?

Never picked up a Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass but always wanted to?


About The Group:
It's for those who haven't played a stringed instrument in a number of years we even have a class for the absolute beginning stringed instrument player.

We have three sessions a year; fall, spring and summer with each session ending in with a concert.

North Coast Strings, directed by Paula Simmons, is hosted at the Museum of Making Music. It started in 2008 on election night with less than 20 players. And now in 2017 we're more than 70 players strong, plus 5 instrumental coaches.

North Coast Strings Summer of Innovation 2017

Each summer, the North Coast Strings adult orchestra program explores something new. In summers past we have done a cello choir, small ensembles, and a chamber orchestra.

This summer we will once again try something new!

On Tuesday evenings, we will present “Technique Tuesdays” and on Thursday evenings we will present a “Chamber Orchestra” with opportunities for members to play solos.

Technique Tuesdays

Violin Technique: 7:00pm – 8:00pm (Mary Gerard)

Viola Technique: 8:00pm – 9:00pm (Mary Gerard)

Cello Technique: 7:00pm – 8:00pm (Lori Kirkell)

Overview of topics that will be covered:
Starting easy, progressing to complex as the class becomes secure and confident

How to do it, how to improve it

Violin/Viola: especially 3rd, 5th, then 2nd and 4th—three weeks in each position

Cellos: 1st, 4th, then ½, backward and forward extensions, 2nd, 3rd and beyond

covering all positions 1 through 5
covering all positions below the octave

Exercises both slurred and separate bows in first position

Especially spiccato, sautille and martele

Major, harmonic minor and melodic minor up to 4 flats and 4 sharps

Tuesday Rehearsal Dates:
June 20, 27
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 12, 19, 26
Group and ensemble performances in late September
(Date TBD)
Registration Fee for Technique Tuesdays: $125

Chamber Thursdays: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

What is Chamber Music?
The term “chamber” is basically an adjective that denotes the space in which the music was to be performed. It comes from the French term “chambre,” meaning room. In context, a chamber orchestra refers an orchestra (a group of musicians) who play in rooms rather than a full-sized concert halls. The acoustic limitations mean that chamber orchestras are smaller as opposed to a full orchestra. The music of a chamber orchestra sounds very different due to the smaller number of instruments, orchestration, and acoustics of the performance space.

North Coast Strings Summer Chamber Orchestra:
Approximately 20 seats are open for this chamber group experience that will be conducted by Paula Simmons. A balance of instruments is necessary to have a successful chamber orchestra sound. In order to establish this balance, and to provide a chamber music experience, we would ideally have:
3 to 6—1st Violins;
3 to 6—2nd Violins;
3 to 4—Violas;
3 to 4—Cellos;

Paula Simmons will be holding auditions for anyone who would like to participate in the Chamber Orchestra. Participants can play in the ensemble, or they can choose to audition to play a solo as well. Please contact Paula Simmons to schedule your audition!!!

Repertoire and Coaching:
The repertoire will be challenging for the adult amateur player, and our usual section coaches will not be present at rehearsals. We will, however, schedule two structured coaching sessions. A concert will be given in late September in conjunction with the Technique Tuesday group performances. With the two groups, we anticipate that it will be the first concert we have ever given that will actually have an intermission!

Thursday Rehearsal Dates:
June 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
(we will probably cancel one of the August rehearsals)
September 7, 14, 21, 28

Late September, date TBD
Registration Fee for Chamber Orchestra: $195

For Administrative Questions:
Carolyn Grant, Executive Director
Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

For musical questions or if you would like to know more about any of our programs, please contact:
Paula Simmons, Conductor,
The Violin Shop