Instrumental Music Welcome

Orchestra conductorWelcome to Saddleback College Instrumental Music Program! My name is Yorgos Kouritas and I am the Director of Instrumental Studies.

As the Director of Instrumental Studies at Saddleback College, I conduct the Symphony Orchestra (every Thursday from 7-10), the Wind Ensemble (every Tuesday from 7-10), teach lessons in violin and viola (flexible to suit the student's schedule), chamber music (every Friday morning), and other classes.

I wanted to invite you all to join these classes. They meet once a week, have little homework requirements, and most important: you improve and have fun! It also looks very good in your resume when you apply for jobs.

You can also participate in masterclasses with famous professors from other schools. Here are some of the internationally known artists we have hosted: Martin Chalifour (principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and professor at USC), Professor William Fitzpatrick (Chapman University), Haroutune Bedelian (UCI), Guillaume Sutre (UCLA), Movses Pogossian (UCLA), Martin Beaver (Colburn Conservatory), Eric Silberger (internationally known soloist), Henry Gronnier (Colburn, CSULB), and Lina Bahn (USC).

All our students have commented that while many other classes can be very demanding and stressful, the music classes are fun and rewarding!

If you play a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument - it doesn't matter how advanced or not you are. We accommodate everybody and make sure they have a fantastic experience in performing!

High School Students

In case you are a high school student, we do accept high school students in our classes (there is no fees, it is free!!) For a high school student, having already completed a college class is a major advantage when submitting college applications.

I would also like to share with you a couple of videos of my past performances here at Saddleback College:
1. An excerpt from one of my violin recitals - Brahms Violin Sonata no.3, 2nd movement:

2. An excerpt from last year's Brahms's Requiem performed by the Saddleback Symphony Orchestra and Choir:

3. These are a few excerpts from a violin-piano recital I performed with Kirill Gliadkovsky (Head of Piano Studies at Saddleback College). These excerpts are from Brahms Violin Sonata no.2 and Beethoven Sonata no.5 (“Spring”).

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at or 949-582-4896
Warmest wishes,
Dr. Yorgos Kouritas
Concert Conductor and Violinist
Director of Instrumental Studies, Associate Professor Music Department – Division of Fine Arts

Yorgos Kouritas conducting symphony

For more information on the Instrumental Music Program at Saddleback College contact Yorgos Kouritas, Phone: (949) 582-4896

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