String Academy 2

String Academy 2 (SA2) is the perfect “first orchestra” for students who have had at least one year of strings. Many SA2 students graduate from our first-year strings classes (String academy 1) – no audition is necessary, but it’s important that students know how to read music. For instance, they should be able to play comfortably mid-way through Suzuki Book 1 or Essential Elements 1.

Students receive individual attention and instruction specific to their instrument, while learning how each section of the orchestra fits together. The music is challenging enough to hold their interest, but accessible enough to give everyone a successful experience. It all adds up to an exciting, educational, and rewarding season of music-making! See below for more information.

There are two groups to choose from depending on the day of the week that works best for you. Monday SA2 and Tuesday SA2 each meet in different locations to accommodate as many families as possible.

Monday SA2: Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm Conductor: Lauralie Kallinen
Registrar: Vera Erickson

Kelly Middle School, Band Room
850 Howard Ave, Eugene, OR 97404
*Entrance to the band room is from the side parking lot on N. Park Ave.

Tuesday SA2: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm Conductor: Dale Bradley
Registrar: Shelley DuBois

Wesley United Methodist Church,
1385 Oakway Rd, Eugene, OR 97408 *Entrance is from the parking lot on Oakway, the door marked ‘Office’.

TO REPORT AN ABSENCE: If your child is ill, or there is a family emergency, you must contact your registrar. Registrars are responsible for taking attendance, answering questions, and helping your child feel comfortable during rehearsal. If a student does not come to rehearsal, your registrar will call you to make sure everyone is safe.

The tuition for String Academy 2 is $370 for the full season, Sept-May. The lesson book is $12 (if you don’t already have one), and instrument rentals are $100. The registration form includes several payment plan options. Scholarships for program fees, private lessons and/or instrument rentals are available to any family based on income. Application included in the registration. No audition is required for string players who have had one year of strings. For more information, please call 541-484-0473, or email

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

ESYO is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and to providing a welcoming, safe community for young musicians of all backgrounds, cultures, identities, and abilities. Students will join other youth musicians from throughout the area to learn, grow, lead and PLAY!