young musicians

classes and programs



Co-presented by: Cymbal Foundation & Blue Note B's Horn Shop

Announcing! A chance for Tahoe-area young musicians to learn from seasoned professionals, gain performance confidence, and be supported by their peers.  Students will be chosen through an audition process; for more information, please see details below.

Who will be teaching? Many of the Classical Tahoe musicians hold Principal positions in their renowned orchestras, and even though they are at the top of their craft, the Classical Tahoe orchestra members are just as generous and open-hearted as they are talented.  They often teach in conservatories and universities in their home cities, and… many of them have their own kids who love music-making!!

About the musicians of the Classical Tahoe Orchestra: These superb musicians are individually invited from some of the most prominent orchestras in the United States.  The musicians come to Tahoe for 3 weeks each summer to create a “place apart” in which to make great music together, and to share their artistry through performance and teaching.


classical tahoe’s student usher program

12 concerts

A unique opportunity for Tahoe-area high school young musicians and music lovers to take part in the Classical Tahoe concert series as a youth ambassador in our new Student Usher Program, sponsored by The Cymbal Foundation and the Classical Tahoe Music Institute.

As Classical Tahoe young ambassadors, student ushers will be selected for one of the three weeks of the concert series.   Student Ushers will be trained in the important responsibilities of greeting concert guests, answering questions, and directing patrons to their seats in the Pavilion.   In addition, during their designated week, student ushers will have rare “behind the scenes” access to the Classical Tahoe Pavilion, concerts and festival activities.

Students will be encouraged to attend rehearsals, meet and mingle with Classical Tahoe’s exceptional musicians, socialize with their student usher peers, and learn the behind the scenes workings of a non-profit arts festival from our talented Classical Tahoe Administration team.   The Classical Tahoe Student Usher Program is a great summer internship work experience opportunity for young musicians and students interested in music administration or event management.

So when you next attend a Classical Tahoe concert, stop a moment to observe your usher; they just may be the next Joshua Bell!

Please below for more information and an application to be a part of the Classical Tahoe’s Student Usher program.


young musicians jazz workshop

featuring incline high school and truckee high jazz bands

In August of 2018, young area jazz musicians will have the chance to receive special instruction on the art of jazz performance from a true Master of jazz, Chris Brubeck.  Brubeck has a stellar reputation as a performer, composer and teacher, and will be bringing his experience gained through decades of jazz work – first through tours with his father Dave Brubeck and then through decades of work with the best in the jazz field.

The Jazz Master Class will be ongoing in future seasons as a community initiative from Classical Tahoe. In this inaugural year, the featured participants will be the Incline High School Jazz Band and Truckee High School Jazz Band, whose musicians will work with Brubeck in a workshop, attend a Classical Tahoe rehearsal of the World Premiere of Brubeck’s “Concerto for violin and cello,” and give an informal concert for parents and teachers in the concert Pavilion.

We thank the Firefly Scientists’ Music Institute Grant for the ability to provide this service to area musicians.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 @ 9am-12pm: Incline High School Band room located at 499 Village Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451

Friday, August 10th, 2018 @ 1 pm-3 pm: Classical Tahoe Pavilion located on the campus of SNC at 1 Country Club Dr, Incline Village, NV 89451

Jazz Masterclass open to the musical community only; please rsvp to if you’re a musician, teacher or educator that is interested in view these two masterclasses led by Chris Brubeck.

Not open to the general public.


graduate string quartet

2018 is the inaugural year of a program that invites young professional musicians to be in residence with the Classical Tahoe festival.  This season, the Graduate String Quartet will be joining the festival to perform outreach concerts, teach area young musicians, and do “pop-up” programs where they will take music into non-traditional performance settings.  You never know who you might hear when you are on a trail hike!


music and movement

Popular with parents and kids alike, Rita Whittaker-Haun’s classes bring music to life for young children.  With visual images, play, props, dance, musical guest artists and more, Rita introduces musical ideas and melodies and brings children into a circle of personal experience: musical fun and the joy of story-telling and music-making.