Siskiyou Violins of Southern Oregon, World Class Violin Ensemble
Photography by Hawk Starkey
Photography by Hawk Starkey
Photography by Hawk Starkey
Photography by Hawk Starkey
Photography by Hawk Starkey
Photography by Hawk Starkey

The Siskiyou Violins are going to the Los Angeles International Music Festival in 2014!!

It’s confirmed, the Siskiyou Violins will participate in the 8th Annual Los Angeles International Music Festival, June 2014! Read More....

"Carnegie Hall has not heard much like this. The nuance, musicianship, and feeling in the ensemble is really, really amazing! This is exactly the kind of music making that is not done by people of your age....You have a great leader."

(Festival Artistic Director, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland Music Professor Emeritus at a California State University campus)

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Comments on individual pieces:

"Feeling rubato so well together - wow! You are so connected to each other - like one big quartet - fabulous organic playing. Loved how much fun you are having with each other - perfect."

(Adjudicator 3, Music Department Chair at a Long Island University campus, Score 97)

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"It's absolute MAGIC! The attention to detail - the nuance, the bow control, pitch, dynamics. It all comes together to provide a thrilling, musical experience. All the musicians are totally involved in the music making - and with tremendous JOY. My admiration knows no bounds for this group and their director."

(Adjuticator 2, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland Music Professor Emeritus at a California State University campus, Score 99)

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"What a great musical journey you took us on with this piece - you sound like a professional group - such passion in your playing is delightful to hear! You are a singing, breathing orchestra." "Fun! What great showmanship!"

(Adjudicator 1, Prominent Music Dept Faculty Member at the Juilliard School, Score 100


Who We Are:

The Siskiyou Violins is a group of exceptionally talented young violin students from southern Oregon and northern California. Originally born from a handful of advanced violin students of local instructor Faina Podolnaya who would occasionally perform ensemble pieces at student recitals, the group became an independent 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit organization in 2009.

Currently The Siskiyou Violins has both an Advanced Ensemble and Juniors Ensemble with an average total of over 40 students who range from as young as 3 years old through college age.

During the past few years, both Siskiyou Violins Alumni and many top members still in high school, have performed, and continue to perform with many of the Rogue Valley's most noted music and arts groups and venues. These include the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Opera, Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Camelot Theatre, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers Christmas Concerts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show, and more.

Our Mission Statement:

"We enable talented young students to pursue their passion for the violin through inspired teaching, 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 students - 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."

Oregon Cultural Trust Member:

Siskiyou Violins is one of the 1200 Oregon arts, heritage, and humanities nonprofits that are listed on the Oregon Cultural Trusts's website. Anyone donating to Siskiyou Violins can donate a matching amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust and receive the full amount of your matching donation as a tax credit on your Oregon State taxes and at the same time you will be doubling the cultural benefit to Oregon. Get more information about it at CulturalTrust.org