Classical Coaches and Musical Mentors

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 -12th-grade students each school year, placing professional musicians from the Rogue Valley Symphony in the 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 focused on music as a course of study can 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 Rogue Valley Symphony. We offer need-based scholarships to students in grades 6-12. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact our Education Coordinator, Andrew Zucker, at or call 541-315-7076.


Lynn Gervais – North Medford High School 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 RVSOto 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:

Lead Sponsors

Dick & Linda Lingelser

Dr. Mary Jane Morrison

Benjamin & Laura Ellis Charitable Fund


Grace Abbott
Glen & Yvonne Anderson
Kurt Austerman
Portia Becker
Dr. Ralph & Mary Jo Bergstrom
Carol Christen
Bill Coleman & Dale Wessels
Dennis Frey

Tom Krieder & Paula Gordinier
Jack & Joanne Nahmias
Patricia Robins
Geri Shimabukuro
Robert & Linda Spence
Jim & Pat Stocker
Karen Telian-Tyler & Stephen Tyler
Priscilla & Steven Weaver

Robert J. and Leona
DeArmond Foundation