The Susanville Symphony Society’s Youth Orchestra and Academy of Music are set to begin their 2012 season which will feature expanded music instruction opportunities and one orchestra performance.
Students can sign up for the orchestra, beginning band or beginning strings instruction. Youth orchestra students must be able to read music. Students in beginning instruction classes will learn to read notes.
Youth Orchestra registration and the first rehearsal was held on Tuesday. Registration for music instruction classes is Thursday, October 4th, at 6 p.m. in room 9 at Meadow View School in Susanville. The registration fee is $50.
Instruments are available on loan at no charge. There is a $25 refundable deposit. There are no additional instruction fees.
Through the year, beginning band will be taught Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15p.m. Beginning strings class is Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:15p.m.
Orchestra rehearsals will be Tuesdays at 6:00p.m. All classes will be in Room 9 at Meadow View School.
“We hope that young musicians and and young-at-heart musicians will join us, moving from instructional classes to the Youth Orchestra and finally into a chair in the Susanville Symphony Orchestra,” said Carol Fontana, academy instructor and orchestra conductor.
Fontana, concertmaster for the Susanville Symphony, has more than 30 years’ experience teaching music to students of all ages.
She was the first music program coordinator for the Lassen County Office of Education, teaching classroom music and band in seven schools across the county.
Prior to the formation of the Susanville Symphony, she created and conducted the Roop Street Strings, a student orchestra in Susanville. She continues teaching privately and at Long Valley Charter School. Fontana holds a BA degree and lifetime credential in music education from California State University, Chico.
For more information on the academy or the orchestra, call 257-3153 or 310-8111.