Ensembles — Hillsboro

    MYS Hillsboro String Ensemble

    Students in this string-only ensemble should have at least one year of experience on their instruments. Basic music reading skills are required, and students should be familiar with keys at least up to two sharps. Musicians will work with their conductor in a combination of ensemble playing and technique workshops to improve their overall musicianship.
    Rehearsals take place on Saturdays from 9:30am – 11:30am at Lincoln Street Elementary School. Tuition for the 2018-19 season is $620

    Minimum specific skills required:

    • Technical level equivalent to Suzuki books 2-3
    • Basic music reading
    • Facility throughout first position
    • Knowledge of flats and sharps: low 1st finger, low/high 2nd, 3rd or 4th finger


    Auditions are held every June, November, and by appointment. New and returning players audition before the start of each season to make sure they are placed in the best group for their ability level. MYS conductors and coaches determine what ensemble is the best fit for each student.

    To schedule an audition, please fill out the registration form. The Production Manager will email you with an audition time within your requested time range.

    You must pay the registration fee in order to receive a scheduled audition date/time.

    Audition Requirements

    1. Scales: Two major scales or 1 major and 1 minor scale (any key and bow stroke).
    2. Solo piece: 3 minutes of solo repertoire: this may be one or two pieces, or multiple selections from the same piece. Any piece of music is acceptable (solo, orchestral, mariachi, etc). The music you choose should show your highest level of achievement.
    3. Sight-reading: students will be asked to read short musical excerpts provided at the audition.

    Meet the Conductor

    Violinist Kevin A. Lefohn maintains an international career as recital soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. His performances have earned considerable acclaim, with performances, workshops, and masterclasses presented throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and South East Asia.

    He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Piotr Milewski, and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon, and with members of both the Emerson and the Tokyo String Quartets.

    He has held faculty teaching positions at the University of Oregon and the University of Otago where he was Professor of Violin and founding Director of the renowned Marama Strings Project from 1998-2007. He was the founder and Artistic Director of New Zealand’s Queenstown Violin Summer School and Festival of Chamber Music. As an executive arts administrator, he has served as Manager of Artistic Planning for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and as Executive Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

    He performs with the Bodhi Trio and currently holds faculty teaching positions at the University of Portland and Pacific University. He maintains a Portland-based private studio, an international studio via online video lessons, and frequently travels overseas for performances, masterclasses and teaching residencies.