North Coast Strings Winter/Spring 2020 Session

February 4 - May 30, 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 group for the single enrollment price or two group for a discounted dual enrollment price (see details below).


Tuesdays 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Rehearsal Room A
Single Enrollment Fee: $200
Instructor:  Judy Coker

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. 

Tuesdays 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Rehearsal Room B
Single Enrollment Fee: $200
Conductor: Alyze Dreiling

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.

Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Rehearsal Rooms A and B
Single Enrollment Fee: $200
Conductor: Alyze Dreiling

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.

Information Session - Tuesday, January 28 @ 7:00 PM


Rehearsal Schedule for the Winter/Spring 2020 Session

  • February 4, 11, 18, 25

  • March 3, 17, 24, 31 (March 10 OFF) 

  • April 7, 21, 28 (April 14 OFF)

  • May 5, 19, 26 (May 12 OFF) 

Saturday, May 30, 2020
MiraCosta College Concert Hall

Dual Enrollment Discount

  • The fee is just $300 (a $100 savings) if you would like to join two groups: 

    Skill Building + NCS Orchestra
    Orchestra One + NCS Orchestra

  • Use the code: NCS2020 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.