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
Rehearsals: Sundays at Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, 2:00-3:00 pm
Students interested in Presto should: have at least one year of experience in weekly private lessons or weekly school orchestra class, be able to read notes fluidly on all the strings in 1st position, and be able to interpret the written rhythms of eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes and their equivalent rests.

Tuition: $100 per semester (financial aid is available)

2021-22 Schedule

Fall 2021: 

September 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31 (No rehearsal October 17-VYO Concert)

Concert on Saturday, November 6 at 2:30pm at Elley-Long Music Center (students may need to arrive as early as 1pm for a dress rehearsal prior to the concert)

Attendance: One absence is allowed during each Presto session


Register for the fall 2021 season

Contact Kathleen Kono (kathleen@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!”