Siskiyou Violins of Southern Oregon, World Class Violin Ensemble

Upcoming Performances & Events:


  • Nov. 22, 2014 - Paddington Station Open House, Paddington Station, Ashland, OR
  • Dec. 6, 2014 - Festival of Trees, Medford Armory


-2005 -The unique all violin ensemble of approximately 36 Siskiyou Violins students traveled to New York City to participate in New York Orchestra Festival hosted by World Projects at famous Carnegie Hall. They received a Gold Medal for their performance.

Comments from Carnegie Hall Judges, 2005

"This group is extremely impressive! Attention to musical details is outstanding. Sound is admirably hearty when required and delicate at other times. You play with a wonderful spectrum of dynamics and tone colors and it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into your performance...."--Allison K. Bailey

"Very poised entrance on stage...wonderful stage presence! Good dynamic contrast, phrasing, intonation.... Bravo on the memorization! I can sense that every player is equally important to the ensemble.... Well done!!" --Virginia Allen

"You are very professional. Beautiful full sounds.... You all have beautiful bow arms. Your selection of music brought great joy to the audience. The spirit in your students is exciting. Congratulations!"--Melodie Simms

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-2008 - Siskiyou Violins performed opening night concert for Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show in Ashland, OR

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-2008 - Approximately 35 Siskiyou Violins students once more received a Gold Medal Award for outstanding performance at World Projects' International Youth Music Festival held at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Comments from Walt Disney Concert Hall Judges, 2008

"Etude - nice opening selection! Good change of tempo & style. Control of tempo - well done! Nice vibrato and excellent contrast in dynamics. Nice pizzicato and bow control - very effective." --Peter Fournier

"Congratulations on a beautiful performance! Fandango - outstanding work here especially, the nuances of dynamics, articulation, and style. Brahms - very expressive! Every note is filled with passion! Fine memorization! Great style and attention to musical details!" --Dr. Tony Mazzaferro

"La Cumparasita - great energy and drive. Fandango - wonderful expressive playing. Rag - terrific fiddle!! What a thrill and a pleasure it was to hear you!! --Dr. Larry Sutherland

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-2009 - In deciding to become an independent formally established organization and pursue 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, the Siskiyou Violins expanded to include both an Advanced Ensemble and Juniors Ensemble, totaling over 60 students in the two all violin ensembles. The Extravaganza Concert with three hours of selected music from Carnegie and LA repertoire, as well as some solo and smaller group pieces was held at Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford, OR (the event was sold out).

Review of Craterian Concert

Bravo to Siskiyou Violins The Rogue Valley is truly an amazing place and, as brand-new residents, we are in awe of the natural beauty around us. Along with taking in the mountains and gorgeous vistas, we attended our first cultural event -- The Siskiyou Violins -- and were enthralled by the musical artistry presented at the performance. From the first stroke of their bows, it was truly a phenomenal concert presented by these young violinists representing area students from preschool to college. The performance led by Faina Podolnaya showcased the ensemble's recent concerts they presented at Disney Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York City. As our musical family sat in the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, we immediately realized this was no ordinary violin recital. The Siskiyou Violins play with the artistry, musicality, impeccable intonation, amazing sound, passion, confidence and stage presence that we have heard at major conservatory preparatory schools such as The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music or the New England Conservatory. So, bravo to Faina and the Siskiyou Violins. Keep practicing. Wait ... I guess you already know the way to Carnegie Hall! -- Mark and Jodi Barnard, Ashland Medford Mail Tribune, 2/15/2009

Read about our performance at the American String Teachers Association


Recent Performances:


  • Aug. 9, 2014 - Britt Festival, Table Rock City Series, Britt Performance Garden Stage
  • June 18, 2014 - Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
  • June 12, 2014 - OSF Green Show, Oregon Shakespeare Fesitval Green Show
  • June 1, 2014 - Solos Marathon, Grace Lutheran Church, Ashland
  • May 23, 2014 - Edenvale Winery, Edenvale Winery, Medford, OR
  • May 3, 2014 - Unitarian Fellowship Concert, Unitarian Fellowship, Ashland, OR
  • Feb. 8, 2014 - SOU Recital Hall, SOU Recital Hall
  • Jan. 24, 2014 - Extravaganza Concert, Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre, Medford, OR
  • Jan. 13, 2014 - Mountain Meadows, Ashland, OR
  • Dec. 7, 2013 - Festival of Trees, Medford Armory, Medford, OR
  • Nov. 23, 2013 - Paddington Station, Ashland, OR
  • Oct. 21, 2013 - Ashland Parks and Recreation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Enders Shelter, Lithia Park, Ashland, OR
  • Oct. 10, 2013 - Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, OR
  • July 20, 2013 - Edenvale Winery, Medford, OR
  • June 17, 2013 - Performance with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Elizabethan Theatre
  • June 16, 2013 - Performance with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show
  • June 15, 2013 - Performance with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Dunsmuir, CA
  • June 11, 2013 - OSF Green Show, Oregon Shakespeare Fesitval Green Show
  • June 2, 2013 - Solo Marathon, Ashland, OR
  • May 4, 2013 - Red Scarf Society, Yreka, CA