Marin Symphony Overture String Ensemble

Beginning Musicianship

Artistic Director and Conductor, Anne Lerner-Wright
Assistant Conductor and Youth Programs Administrator, Andrei Gorchov


Marin Symphony Youth Programs is pleased to announce the expansion of its youth orchestra program with the creation of Overture, an introductory level orchestra for string players. Led by Crescendo conductor, Anne Lerner-Wright, students in Overture will be introduced to the skills necessary for successful and fulfilling orchestral playing, including how to follow a conductor, listen to and blend with other players, mark one’s music in rehearsal and develop a good working relationship with a stand partner. Specific attention will be given to matching bowings and bowing styles. Deciphering the logic of printed music as a way to improve sight-reading will be presented through exercises and games dealing with rhythmic and melodic patterns.

Overture will meet 11:30-12:45 at College of Marin, before Crescendo’s 1-2:40 and Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 3-6 p.m. rehearsals, and will perform on the same programs as Crescendo, in December and in May.

Eligibility guidelines for Overture are:

  • Completion of at least 1 year of study on violin, viola, cello or bass with a private teacher and/or in a school music program
  • Proficiency in reading  rhythmic values from whole to eighth notes and rests
  • A basic understanding of accidentals and key signatures and their effects on fingerings
  • Some knowledge of shifting is helpful but not necessary

Are you interested in becoming a member of one of our youth orchestras? 
Mark your calendar. Auditions for the Marin Symphony Youth Programs 2016-17 Season will be held at College of Marin Performing Arts Building room PA72 on August 27 & 28 and September 3 and 4, 2016. Click here to register:

Rehearsals: The Overture String Ensemble rehearses weekly at the College of Marin (Kentfield campus), Performing Arts Building room PA75. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.

*Performances take place at the James Dunn Performing Arts Theater on the campus of College of Marin, in Kentfield (directions/map)

Requirements: Participant ranges is generally from grade 3 – 6. Students must be involved in a school music program and/or study privately with a teacher.

For auditions, please prepare scales and a representative solo work from your teacher. Sight-reading will be given at the audition.

Additional Benefits: Members of the Overture String Ensemble are granted free admission to all Marin Symphony concerts in Marin Center (Marin Symphony Holiday Concerts and Prelude Recitals excluded). They also receive family member discounts entitling the purchase of two Marin Symphony concert tickets for the price of one.

Tuition for 2016-17 season (both semesters) is $550 per student, payable in full by the first rehearsal in the fall.

Membership in the Overture String Ensemble is by audition only.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Andrei Gorchov, Youth Programs Administrator at 415.479.8105 or

Marin Symphony Youth Programs
c/o The Marin Symphony
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 409c
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone: 415.479.8105
Fax: 415.479.8110