Hi musicians! My name is Laura Readyoff and I am the director of the NoVa Strings Youth Ensemble. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you! This year I want to inspire you, challenge you, and create a renewed passion for you for music. I will meet you where you are musically (intermediate or advanced player) and together we will create a great youth orchestra.
This ensemble is different from others in the area. We are inclusive which means anyone can join. There is a short informal audition for students. The goal is to create a high caliber orchestra without the pressure. The ensemble will meet once every other week in order to alleviate some of the burdens of schoolwork you face as a student.
My style of teaching and conducting is always filled with joy and fun. I look at the orchestra as a team and my job is to give you the tools to create beautiful music in a relaxed, atmosphere. Your part on the team is to practice, be prepared, and come with a positive attitude ready to learn.
My objectives are:
To give you confidence in your abilities.
To see you flourish as a musician.
To unveil to you new and interesting music.
To instill in you a love for music.
To expand your overall understanding and depth of each piece.
To provide a place where you are part of something bigger than yourself.
I hope you will join for a great 2020-2021 concert season!
NoVa String Youth Ensemble