North Coast Strings

North Coast Strings

NCS LogoNorth Coast Strings is a musical ensemble designed to be an entry point for adults who want to learn to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) or for those who have played in the past, but haven’t picked up their instrument in a number of years.

The orchestra is hosted by the Museum of Making Music and directed by Alyze Dreiling.

About the Conductor

Alyze Dreiling is an award-winning conductor, and accomplished violinist and violist in San Diego. In addition to serving as the YPO Soloists Ensemble Artistic Director and Conductor since 2010, she is adjunct faculty at Grossmont Colllege, University of San Diego and USD Chamber Music Festival and is also a violinist with Trio Licenza, the piano trio, in residence at USD, and a member of the California Consort.

Alyze Dreiling was born in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Symphony and the Music Study Club of Metropolitan Detroit sponsored her education and she began her studies with Mischa Mischakoff, one of the best-known concertmasters in American orchestras. Ms. Dreiling graduated from Indiana University where she studied with Josef Gingold, considered one of the most influential violin masters in the United States. She holds a BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University and MA from United States International University with an emphasis on Orchestral Performance. ​

Ms. Dreiling was a semi-finalist in the European Union International Conducting Competition in 2018 held in Sofia, Bulgaria.  She has attended masterclasses with famed conductors Zoltan Rozsnyai, Gunther Neuhold, Neil Thomson,    Dr. Scott Weiss and Philip Greenberg, and she has conducted orchestras in Sofia, Bulgaria and Florence, Italy. She was interviewed recently by the San Diego Tribune and 92127 Magazine, which can be viewed on her website, as well as an online interview with Ms. Dreiling by the Museum of Making Music.

Ms. Dreiling was the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Classics for Kids and currently is Artistic Director and Conductor of YPO Festival Orchestra, Soloists Ensemble and Soloists Sinfonietta and was recently awarded first prize in the Conductor of Youth Orchestras division of The American Prize Competition. She is the Assistant Conductor of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra She also conducts the Symphonic Orchestra for Civic Youth Orchestra (CYO)and a String Ensemble at Grossmont College. She performs regularly as solo recitalist and as a member of chamber music groups and is conducting clinician for youth orchestras in the San Diego area as well as for various traveling groups.

Current Offerings

Scholarship Application
Scholarship Application

Adult Music Scholarships offers adults (21 yrs. and older) and seniors with either no music experience, or those who haven’t played their instruments in many years, the opportunity to be a part of either the North Coast Strings Orchestra or the North Coastal New Horizons Band.   One of the most important aspects of this program, is that any adult who aspires to play a musical instrument for enjoyment and health will have access to this program, regardless of financial constraints. Financial assistance can cover monthly dues or instrument rental fees among other expenses.

North Coast Strings Summer Session 2023
North Coast Strings Summer Session 2023

About North Coast Strings
North Coast Strings is an educational program of the Museum of Making Music designed as an entry point for adults who want to learn to play an acoustic stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, upright bass) or for those who have played in the past but haven't picked up their instrument in a number of years. 

Summer Session 2023
The summer program of North Coast Strings invites early intermediate to advanced learners of violin, viola, cello, and upright bass to participate in a special jazz-oriented program. The repertoire includes popular and jazz tunes with simplified arrangements. The session culminates in September with a performance where participants will play alongside supportive, seasoned professional musicians.

Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 pm at the Museum of Making Music. All rehearsals are 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm at the Museum of Making Music. All rehearsals except for two (July 6 and July 20) are on Tuesdays. The final concert is also on a Thursday and will take place at Grossmont Community College in La Mesa, California.

June: Tuesdays, June 20 and 27, and Thursday, July 6
July: Tuesday, July 11, Thursday, July 20, and Tuesday, July 25
August: Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September: Tuesdays, September 5 and 12

CONCERT:  Thursday, September 14


  • Libertango
  • Minnie the Moocher
  • Besame Mucho
  • Wood's Bolero
  • Electric Sinfonia
  • Wave*
  • When I Fall in Love*
  • Nature Boy*
  • Sing Sing Sing*
  • Brazilian Spice*

*Will be performed with a professional Jazz Quartet: Derek Cannon (trumpet), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Richard Sellers (drums), and Justin Grinnell (bass).

Try it out for two weeks with NO commitment to see if it's right for you!

Call Carolyn at (760) 304-5809 for more information or email