Arrowhead Arts Strings

The Arrowhead Arts' Youth String Ensembles, known as "AAYSE", offers many levels of string education in the Lake Arrowhead area. These programs are generously funded by the Arrowhead Arts' Association and tuition is free to all interested students in grades 4 thru 12.


At the entry­level, beginning strings' classes are taught at the three elementary schools, Lake Arrowhead Elementary, Charles Hoffmann Elementary, and Valley of Enchantment Elementary, during school hours.


After school programs include a Junior Orchestra for 5th and 6th graders who have studied at least one year, an Intermediate Orchestra for Middle School­age students, Chamber Music and a Young Artists' Ensemble (YAE). All of the AAYSE ensembles have received high honors and awards for their performances on and off the mountain.


The Young Artists' Ensemble is a small, elite group of musicians who must audition each year in order to be accepted into the ensemble. Students in this ensemble are also required to take private lessons. Since this is a “conductor­less” group, all musicians must have excellent ensemble skills as well as excellent intonation, tone quality, and technique. The Young Artists' Ensemble of Lake Arrowhead also has opportunities to perform with the MountainTop Camerata for special events and unique collaborations both on and off the mountain.


The Arrowhead Arts' program also trains musicians to perform in small groups (quartets, trios, etc.) for both Arrowhead Arts' as well as community events. Some of these events have included: The Nutcracker, Tavern Bay Summer Music Festival, and Concert on the Green.


Students receive high quality instruction from two instructors with multiple degrees in string performance as well as California teaching credentials.

Sharon Rizzo has been program director since January of 2010. She is a cellist who received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Connecticut, her Master's Degree from The University of California, Irvine, and an Artist's Certificate from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, all in cello performance. She also holds a single subject teaching credential in music from the University of Redlands.

Linda K. Wilson, strings' instructor since September of 2010, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in violin performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her credential, allowing her to teach all levels of music from kindergarten thru junior college, is from California State a University at Los Angeles.

MountainTop Strings is a collective of youth strings ensembles which have transformed our mountain community into a robust, thriving, and cultured musical destination for both the connoisseur and student of music. Our programs serve students 8 - 18 years of age, from beginning to advanced levels. MTS is known for its eclectic repertoire and variety of performance opportunities for our musical youth.

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