Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale

Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra Strings Academy

The AVSO Strings Academy a free music program run by Antelope Valley College, its auxiliary organization the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale, in partnership with Westside Union School District, and Cottonwood Elementary School.  It provides the following at no charge:

Students playing instruments

• Instrument loan for the duration of the program
• Group instruction and large ensembles led by AVSO musicians
• Opportunities to perform at school meetings, AVSO concerts, and other venues


David Newby, director
Elizabeth Fewtrell, violin
Debra Ellis, violin
Robin Ross, viola
Madlen Sarkissian, cello
John Hester, bass


Ensembles Manager, John Hester

Program is open by audition, beginning January 9, 2019.
Instruction begins January, 14, 2019


Cottonwood Elementary School, 2740 W. Avenue P-8, Palmdale, CA 93551
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m.

Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre
3041 W. Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536
Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

Student playing string instrument


Contact Ensembles Manager John Hester at

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