Learn how to play in an ensemble with the VYOA’s Presto Strings program! 

Presto offers beginning string players an introduction to ensemble playing in a fun and encouraging environment. The 7-week session ends with a fun and festive concert for family and friends!

General Information

Conductor: Kathleen Kono
Ensemble Manager: Myriam Bouti, myriam@vyo.org
Tuition: $160, financial aid is available
Rehearsals: Sundays at Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, 1:30-2:30 pm

Fall Presto 2024 rehearsals are on the following Sundays:
September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27 (no rehearsal on October 20); November 3

Final Concert: Sunday, November 10 at 2:30pm at Elley-Long Music Center  (dress rehearsal at 1:30pm).

Skills Expectations:
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 first position, and be able to interpret the written rhythms of eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes and their equivalent rests.


Please register no later than September 1, 2024. Contact Myriam Bouti at myriam@vyo.org with any questions.

Financial Aid

The online financial aid application is coming soon!

The VYOA is committed to ensuring that no child is turned away from participating due to financial circumstances. Need-based financial aid is available to all qualifying families with a combined household income up to $120,000 who wish to apply. Your most recent tax documents and a $50 deposit will need to accompany your application. Additional questions can be emailed to myriam@vyo.org.

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 session, 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!”