Halcyon Chamber Orchestra Summer Festival

Halcyon Strings School of Music is pleased to announce that the third annual Halcyon Summer Chamber Orchestra Festival will take place at St. Dunstan’s church in North Seattle this August 14-19th.


Rehearsals and sectionals will take place every day from 9 am until 3 with an hour break for lunch from 12 until 1.  Students will be asked to bring their own lunches.   The final concert will be on Saturday evening at 6:00.


Masterclasses and sectionals will be taught by some of our area’s finest string players and teachers, including faculty from Halcyon Strings School of Music and members of the Ballard Civic Orchestra.  We provide a fun, yet focused atmosphere where students and teachers work together towards our goal of performing a final concert that we can all be proud of.
The festival is open primarily to middle school and high school students who meet the proficiency requirements listed below.   Younger students may also be accepted if they meet the proficiency requirements.  No auditions are required.

Halcyon Chamber Orchestra #3

Concerto Competition- We will be auditioning for soloists to play a movement of a concerto of their choice.  The only requirement is that the concerto must be orchestrated for string orchestra.  Concerti with multiple soloists are allowed.  We will announce up to three winners following the auditions in July.

rvsdPaula conducting youth orchestra

All rehearsals will be led by Conductor Paula Olivia Nava Madrigal.  Ms. Madrigal is the conductor and music director of the Ballard Civic Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra.  Her biography is available on this website, and you can see Ms. Madrigal conducting Beethoven’s 5th Symphony here:

Paula Nava, Beethoven Symphony no. 5


Festival price per student is:

–  $325 before July 1st.

–  $375 after July 1st.

To Sign up, or for further questions, find the “contact” icon on this page, or call Teo Benson at (206) 755-9591.


Proficiency Requirements:

–  Students must have the ability to play music in multiple keys and in more than one position on their instrument.

–  Students must have basic sight-reading ability.

To inquire about specific proficiency competency, send us a message from this website or call Teo Benson at (206) 755-9591. We look forward to hearing from you!