North Coast Strings Fall 2019 Session

September 25 - December 10, 2020

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.

There are three groups available. Participants can join one or both groups.

Tuesdays 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Rehearsal Room A

This group is geared to the adult beginner and focuses on elementary skill building on violin, viola, cello, and bass.  A focus on technique is accompanied by a limited selection of repertoire. This group is invited to perform a few short pieces at the end-of-session concert. 

Enrollment limited to 20 people.
Cost:  $175
Instructor:  Judy Coker

Tuesdays 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Rehearsal Room B

This group is geared to the adult intermediate player who has played violin, viola, cello, or bass for at least 2 years either recently or sometime in the past.  Ability to read music is a must.  Repertoire is in the intermediate student range.  Focus is on learning repertoire, with limited time spent on technique.  This group performs as part of the end-of-session concert.

Enrollment is limited to 30 people.
Cost:  $175
Conductor:  Alyze Dreiling

Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Rehearsal Rooms A and B

This group is for players of violin, viola, cello, or bass who are comfortable with their instrument after having played for several years either recently or in the past, and who have solid music reading and rhythmic skills.  Much of the repertoire is learned in its original unarranged form (not simplified) although is it not as advanced as one would find in a community orchestra. The goal of this orchestra is to perform a concert at the end of the session.  A group of professional musician section coaches joins this group at each rehearsal and provides support through suggesting fingerings, bowings and technique.

Enrollment is limited to 50 people.
Cost:  $195
Conductor: Alyze Dreiling

Information Session Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Rehearsal Schedule for the Fall 2019 Session

  • September 3, 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • November 5,19, 26
  • December 3

Tuesday, December 10th @ 7:00 PM
Carlsbad Community Church
3175 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Dual Enrollment

  • Enrollment is $350 if you would like to join two groups: Skill Building + NCS Orchestra OR Orchestra One + NCS Orchestra.
  • Use the code: NCSFALL19 during checkout

Credit Cards and cash accepted; please make checks payable to the Museum of Making Music.

This program fee is non-refundable and there will be no refunds or credits for missed sessions. If you are unsure if this group is the right fit for you, you are welcome to attend the first two rehearsals.


The Museum purchases print music, and will LEND all participants the sheet music for the session. This music must be returned at the end of the session. Please make markings in pencil and erase before returning. If you would like to purchase the music, we will provide the website for the music selections and you may purchase on your own.


Partial and full scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Please contact Alisa Mize at the Museum of Making Music for an application and more information:

Photo/Video Release

By participating, you grant permission to the Museum of Making Music and/or NAMM to use photographs or videos obtained during your participation in any North Coast Strings rehearsal or concert in any promotional, educational or other materials produced by or for the Museum of Making Music and hereby waive any and all right to control inspect, or approve such usage. If you do not agree to this please contact Carolyn Grant.

Personal Items & Belongings

The Museum of Making Music is not responsible for items left behind after rehearsals or concerts.