Instrumental Music Welcome

Orchestra conductor

Welcome to Saddleback College Instrumental Music Program! My name is Yorgos Kouritas!

In the Music Department at Saddleback College, I conduct the Symphony Orchestra (every Thursday from 6-8:50), the Wind Ensemble (every Tuesday from 5-7:50), teach lessons in violin and viola, coach chamber music, and other online and on campus classes.

You can also participate in masterclasses we host at Saddleback College with distinguished 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), Lina Bahn (USC), Iryna Krechkovsky (Trio Celeste, in Residence at UCI from 2013-19), Moni Simeonov (CSULB), Dennis Kim (Pacific Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster), Margaret Batjer (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster and Violin Professor at Colburn Conservatory and USC Thornton School of Music), Juliana Athayde (Rochester Philharmonic Concertmaster and Violin Professor at Eastman School of Music), Charles Castleman (Retired Violin Professor from Eastman School of Music (taught for 40 years), currently Violin Professor at Frost School of Music - University of Miami), Miroslav Hristov (University of Tennessee in Knoxville), Areta Zhulla (First Violinist of the internationally known Juilliard String Quartet), Oleh Krysa (Violin Professor at Eastman School of Music), and Kurt Sassmannshaus (Violin Professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music).

Distinguished Guest Lecturers have included among others: Jaclyn Rainey (Principal Horn of the Atlanta Symphony and former Associate Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Chris Sales (Principal Bassoonist of the Cincinnati Symphony), and Jeffrey Kahane (international known pianist and conductor - Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra). 

If you play a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument, we make sure everybody has a great performing experience. You are very welcome to join us!

Our students get accepted in some of the best schools in the country. We focus on preparing them for their next step. Student Success is of utmost importance to us.

Select the Faculty tab at the bottom of the page for information about our world-class instructors.

Saddleback Instrumental Studies Solo Performances
(click images below for video)


High School Students

In case you are a high school student, we do accept high school students in our classes (free of charge). A high school student that has already completed a college class has a major advantage when submitting college applications and applying for scholarships and placements.

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 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
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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