Classical Coach Jennifer Carstensen With Students
Classical Coach Jenifer Carstensen With Students

Classical Coaches

The Classical Coaches in the Classroom program serves more than 1,000 6th through 12th grade students each school year, placing professional musicians from the Rogue Valley Symphony in middle and high school orchestra and band classrooms to work with students in sectionals and large group configurations.

Through this program middle and high school students who are focused on music as a course of study have the opportunity to hone their skills and improve their understanding of their instrument and the music they are performing.

Musical Mentors

Musical Mentors education program provides individual students free private music lessons with a member of the orchestra. Here are the Rogue Valley Symphony’s teachers:

Strings

NameInstrumentEmail
Ai DevoreViolinaidevore@gmail.com
Cynthia Cournoyer (Grants Pass Only)Violincync@charter.net
Ben GardnerViolingardnerben@gmail.com
Jenny MasseyViolinfrog2tip@gmail.com
Sierra ReitenViolinsierrareiten@gmail.com
Abigail WilenskyViolinabigailloving@gmail.com
Pat BerletViolapatberlet2@gmail.com
Michael SorensenViolamsorensen6288@gmail.com
James McWhorterCellomcwmusj@msn.com
Manon RobertshawCellomanonrobertshaw@yahoo.com
Lisa TrueloveCellostephent@ashlandnet.net
David MillerDouble Bassdavidl.miller@yahoo.com
Carlos ValdezDouble Basscvaldez9014@gmail.com

Woodwinds

NameInstrumentEmail
Lori CalhounClarinetloridcalhoun@msn.com
Colleen WhiteClarinetcolleencwhite@gmail.com
Lorin GroshongOboelgroshong@gmail.com
Kristin KesslerOboekoboekessler@aol.com
Alexis EversFlutealexis.evers11@gmail.com
Sherril WoodFlutesherrilkw@gmail.com

Brass

NameInstrumentEmail
Jenifer CarstensenTrumpet, Horn, Brass Sectionalsjenifer41409@gmail.com
Bruce DresserTrumpetbdresser@charter.net
Mark JacobsTrombonejacobyte@gmail.com
Will ScharenTrombonewilliam.scharen@gmail.com
Linda HarrisHornharrislr77@gmail.com
Margarite WaddellHorn, Brass Sectionalsmgwaddell@gmail.com

Percussion

NameInstrumentEmail
Reed BentleyPercussionreed.b.bentley@gmail.com
Hal DavisPercussiondrmhed@charter.net
Matthew TimmanPercussionmatthewtimmanpercussion@gmail.com

Testimony

Lynn Gervais – North Medford Orchestra Teacher

I wanted to share my sincere gratitude with you all on your willingness to help out my students at North Medford.  What an awesome program for RVSO to offer to augment current school music programs!  Your time spent of the behalf of my students and myself is greatly appreciated.

When I first arrived in Medford I often lamented the fact that very few of my students (probably less than 3%) take private lessons.  Having grown up in Corvallis, a community in which everyone in my orchestra took individual lessons, I had always anticipated that I would work in a similar situation.  This created frustration early on, but I soon discovered that I love working with these Medford kids and seeing them get excited about their instrument and music, something they might not be exposed to without my class.  I have come to the conclusion that I am more effective in a community such as Medford rather than somewhere like Corvallis where kids will thrive regardless due to a different set of circumstances relating to clientele, education, finances, and level of musical awareness among parents and community members.

While I have the students “hooked” in orchestra, so to speak, your individual expertise is so valuable because I am not able to focus on specifics of instrument technique in a group setting.  For the vast majority of my students, the time you share your knowledge with them is the closest they will ever come to a “private lesson”.  This is priceless for these kids.

Thank you SO much, and I hope we will be able to continue this for future years!

Most Sincerely,
Lynn Gervais


We would like to acknowledge the support of the following for our Classical Coaches Program:

Tyler & Sheri Lynn

Katharine & Ron Lang

Ron & Myra Silverman