Welcome to The NoVa Youth Ensembles
The NoVa Youth String Ensemble is open to all intermediate middle and high school students
who love music.
The ensemble is best suited for intermediate to advanced middle and high school students who have at least 4 years of playing experience. Musicians should be proficient or working on vibrato, shifting, and other intermediate to advanced skills.
This program is like no other in the area. It is specifically designed to provide a stress-free,
relaxed atmosphere where students are free to learn, discover, and enjoy music.
Musical selections are of the highest caliber and are chosen in order to educate,
inspire, and expand musicianship.
The NoVa YSE's vision is to be an inclusive ensemble.
Students will prepare a short excerpt of any piece along with 1 scale of your choice that showcases
your ability. All students will be accepted into the program.
Auditions are Sunday, Oct 18th
Our concert season begins Sunday, October 25th through April 7th
The ensemble will meet weekly at
The Music Loft
1141 Elden St Suite 212
Herndon, VA 20170
The ensemble is FREE and there is no cost to the student to participate.
Registration is ongoing so please join us!
Laura Readyoff is the founder of the NoVa Youth Ensembles and she is also the owner of The Music Loft which is a center of excellence for music education. Laura is a master educator with over 30 years of experience working with middle and high school students.
Ms. Readyoff earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the prestigious Crane School of Music in New York. She received a master's degree in music education and public school administration for grades K through 12th grade from The Long Island University in New York.
She has had the privilege to conduct award-winning orchestras both in New York and Virginia. She has served as an adjudicator for multiple solo and ensemble festivals
in both New York and Virginia.
She has been engaged as the strings consultant for Loudoun County public schools.
Mrs. Readyoff is also involved in multiple community outreach programs and volunteers numerous hours to string and music programs in Northern Virginia.
2012-2016 Council of the Arts of Herndon
-Business of the Year Award
-Project of the Year Award
-Program of the Year Award
-Volunteer of the Year Award