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 Paula Simmons.

About the Conductors

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.

Founding conductor Paula Simmons received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Viterbo College, a fine arts college in La Crosse, Wisconsin. And her Master of Music in Viola Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Before moving to San Diego, she performed with the El Paso Symphony, the Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble in El Paso Texas, and the Jacksonville Symphony in Jacksonville Florida. Since moving to California, Ms. Simmons has freelanced extensively in the San Diego area and the Baja with a variety of orchestras, chamber ensembles and guest performers including Starlight Theatre, San Diego Comic Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra de Baja, Camarata de Ensenada, the Bolshoi and San Francisco Ballet, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Burt Bacharach, Dion Warwick, Natalie Cole, and Michael Crawford. For several years Paula was also the primary orchestra conductor of the Civic Youth Orchestra Organization.

The William & Violet Saxton Music Library

The North Coast Strings program at the Museum of Making Music has received generous support from the Saxton Family Foundation.  This support enabled the Museum to create the William & Violet Saxton Music Library.  Honoring violinist William Saxton, the library features nearly 200 beginner, intermediate and advanced musical works that the North Coast Strings use for their rehearsal and performance repertoire.

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 Intersession 2020
North Coast Strings Intersession 2020

This 4-week mini-session is OPEN TO ALL LEVELS.

North Coast Strings Winter/Spring 2020 Session
North Coast Strings Winter/Spring 2020 Session

North Coast Strings Adult Orchestra Program is an educational program of the Museum of Making Music.  It is open to adults (21 and over) who would like to learn, refresh their skills, or advance on violin, viola, cello, or bass.  It offers three distinct groups (beginner-intermediate-advanced) and provides a non-competitive yet motivating environment. Weekly rehearsals culminate in an end-of-session performance for all groups.  


Program Events

North Coast Strings Info Session
January 28, 2020
Join us to learn about how you can get involved in our adult string orchestra program, North Coast Strings.

North Coast Strings Spring 2020 Concert
May 30, 2020
Celebrate all levels of music making with a concert by the Museum’s North Coast Strings Program