Learn how to play in an orchestra with the VYOA’s Presto strings program! Presto offers beginning string players an introduction to ensemble playing in a fun and encouraging environment. Two, 6-week sessions are offered, each culminating in a concert for family and friends.

General Information

Conductor: Kathleen Kono
Manager: Cleo Flemming
Rehearsals: Sundays at Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, 2:00-3:00 pm
Students interested in playing in Presto should have at least one year of experience on their instrument and be able to play in the keys of D & G. They should be able to read music and understand the written rhythms of eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes and their equivalent rests.
Tuition: $100 per semester (financial aid is available)

2019-20 Schedule

Fall 2019: Rehearsals on Sept 29, Oct 6, 20, 27, Nov 3 (no rehearsal Oct 13)
Concert on Nov 10 at 2:30pm (students will need to arrive at 1:15pm for dress rehearsals)

Spring 2020: Rehearsals on March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Concert on April 5 at 2:30pm (students will need to arrive at 1:15pm for dress rehearsals)

Attendance: One absence is allowed during each Presto session


Register for Spring 2020 Presto here!

Contact Cleo Flemming at cleo@vyo.org for any questions or to request a Financial Aid application.

A word from the Presto conductor:

Hello Presto players! My name is Kathleen Kono and I am excited to return for another year of Presto! Together we will learn how to play as an orchestra with new friends that play violins, violas, cellos and basses. At the end of the five-weeks, we will perform an amazing concert for all your family and friends.  Please join us, and get ready to have some fun playing music together!  I can’t wait to meet you!”