North Coast Strings Spring 2018 Session

March 6 - June 16, 2018

The North Coast Strings' Spring 2018 season includes Beginning Ensemble and Full Orchestra opportunities for violin, viola, cello and bass.

North Coast Strings (NCS) Adult Orchestra is an educational program for adults (21 and over) who would like to learn or refresh their skills on violin, viola, cello or bass in a non-competitive environment. It appeals to both the beginning musician as well as the intermediate player who has some experience on their instrument but is not quite ready to audition for a community orchestra.

There are two groups available. Participants can join one or both:

  1. Beginning Ensemble — Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    Conducted by Alyze Dreiling, this group is open to musicians with no or very little experience. Focus is on skill building as well as some limited repertoire.

  2. Full Orchestra — Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Conducted by Alyze Dreiling, this group is for players with one or more years of musical experience. Occasional sectional rehearsals led by coaches: Andrea Altona (Violin 1), Judy Coker (Violin 2), Jennifer Albrent (Viola), Gordon Grubbs (Cello), Bert Turetzky (Bass). Rehearsals focus on repertoire and sectionals focus on skill building as it applies to the repertoire. 

Rehearsal Schedule for the Spring 2018 Session

  • March 13, 20, 27
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • June 5, 12

The groups give two joint concerts each year:

  • Final Concert Date: Saturday, June 16 @ 7:00 PM
  • Final Concert Place: MiraCosta Concert Hall, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA


$195 for the 14-week Spring Session from March to June
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.


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

Print Music

The Museum will LEND all participants 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.

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 Julia Fister.

For more information, please contact:

Carolyn Grant
(760) 304-5809

About the instructors and mentors:

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.

Andrea Altona has trained extensively in teaching the Suzuki Methods well as the Mark O'Connor Method and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She served as President of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 325 from 2012-2016. Andrea has performed with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nova), as substitute with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera, the New World Symphony, and has performed on several motion picture scores including Freaky Friday and Legally Blonde II.

Jennifer Albrent has her BA in Music Performance from Boston University and her MFA in Viola Performance from California Institute of the Arts. She has been an Arts Administrator at The Neighborhood Music School and the Khabele School and is now a self-employed performer and teacher.

Gordon Grubbs, cellist with the Grossmont Symphony String Quintet and principal cellist with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, has performed in chamber music and as soloist throughout Southern California and Mexico. Mr. Grubbs joined the Wichita Symphony Orchestra while pursuing a degree in music performance at Wichita State University. He has toured extensively in Mexico with the Camerata de Ensenada de Todos Santos and recorded with the Orquesta Pro Musica Ensenada.

Bertram Turetzky is a contemporary American double bass (contrabass) soloist, teacher, and author of The Contemporary Contrabass (1974, 1989), a book that looked at a number of new and interesting ways of playing the double bass including featuring it as a solo performance vehicle with no other instrumental accompaniment. Turetzky is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.

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