Siskiyou Violins

Siskiyou Violins

Performing in the 2014 Green Show Thursday, June 12.

This is their sixth season in the OSF Green Show.

Performance by a local, world-class young violin ensemble, ages 7-18.

The Siskiyou Violins began as some advanced violin students from the private studio of Ashland instructor Faina Podolnaya. Ms. Podolnaya had accumulated an impressive list of teaching honors in her native Kazakhstan, including the prestigious Laureate Teacher of the Year Award for the entire Soviet Union. Through her inspired leadership, these gifted young people consistently earn Gold Medal Awards at youth orchestra festivals: New York at Carnegie Hall in 2005; Los Angeles at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2008; and New York again at Carnegie Hall in March, 2012. In 2008, Siskiyou Violins became an independent organization registered as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Oregon, and in 2009 obtained 501(c)(3) federal nonprofit status. In early 2010, the Siskiyou Violins was one of only two youth orchestras out of hundreds of applicants nationally to be invited to the annual conference of the American String Teachers Association in Santa Clara, California. In early 2011, they were invited to perform at the Oregon Music Educators Association annual convention in Eugene, Oregon. The Siskiyou Violins are planning to attend the 2014 Los Angeles International Music Festival, June 15-19.

Siskiyou Violins on Community: We are active in the Ashland/Medford environs, performing in either large concerts or at community events which are usually in support of nonprofit groups. As an example, our members performed in small groupings for the "Bonus Green Shows" on 19 days in August 2011 entertaining OSF patrons waiting to enter the Historic Ashland Armory for OSF plays held there while the Bowmer Theatre was closed due to a cracked support beam. Our Mission Statement captures our role in the community: We enable talented young students to pursue their passion for the violin through inspired leadership, high expectations, self-discipline, and appreciative recognition. We provide opportunities to perform in concerts in Southern Oregon and beyond, and in competitive festivals globally. We seek opportunities to perform in school settings to motivate children – and parents – into engaging in musical training. We encourage public investments in school-based music and arts education for all students. We support other music and arts groups in Southern Oregon.