String Academy 2

Help your child move to the next level – it’s exciting and fun!

String Academy 2 (SA2) is the perfect “first orchestra” for students who have taken String Academy 1 classes, or for any student with one year of strings instruction. There is no audition required.

There are still openings! Click HERE to REGISTER!
If you are interested in String Academy 2, you need to have had one year of strings. Please email the registrar at or with any questions or for more info!

Our 87th Season has begun – ONLINE! ESYO’s first online rehearsals were met with wonderful enthusiasm from conductors and students alike. Conductors Lauralie Kallinen and Dale Bradley created an online musical experience appropriately suited for the eager members of the String Academy 2. Professional coaches work with smaller groups sharing their musical knowledge with students. The young musicians perform for each other, and inspire us all with their playing.  And it’s FUN! 

Each rehearsal is split into interactive sessions led by the conductor and/or a professional strings coach. Students are divided into smaller group sectionals or mixed ensembles. This gives them more individual attention and instruction specific to their instrument, while learning how each section of the orchestra fits together. The music will be challenging enough to hold their interest, but accessible to give everyone a successful experience. Students will play for each other, develop better listening skills, and enjoy many music education extras. We will also include techniques for playing along with music tracks at home, using SmartMusic, and recording themselves!

The goal is to create a virtual concert by the end of January that will showcase their accomplishments and progress, and give them something to be proud of. It all adds up to an exciting, educational, and rewarding season of music-making!

String Academy 2 program fee is $310 for the year, and $90 for instrument rental, with payment plans available. Scholarships for program fees or instrument rentals are available to any family that qualifies. Application included in registration.
SA2 North and SA2 South rehearse on different nights, and at different locations to offer more convenient options to families.
String Academy 2 South: Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm with Lauralie Kallinen. First rehearsal Mon., Sept 28, 2020
String Academy 2 North: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm with Dale Bradley. First rehearsal Tues., Sept 29, 2020

Be sure to subscribe to the google calendar below and check regularly for rehearsal and concert updates.  

TO REPORT AN ABSENCE: If your child is ill, or there is a family emergency, please email the registrar at or . Registrars are responsible for taking attendance, answering questions, and helping your child feel comfortable during rehearsal.

Congratulations String Academy 2 of 2019-20!

Your first concert was a wonderful success! {SEE CONCERT PHOTOS HERE} You sounded terrific!