• Orchestra & Choir

    About the Orchestra
    Lindero Canyon Middle School's orchestral music program includes a comprehensive stringed instrument curriculum, from beginning to advanced levels.

    The Beginning Strings class assumes no prior instruction, and is open to all students.

    The second year of instruction is Cougar Strings, and continues to develop technique and ensemble performance skills.

    The Concert Orchestra performs demanding student literature and travels annually to the Heritage Music Festival, where they have taken top honors over the years, often placing 1st in competitive audition with high school orchestras.

    In addition, many of the Concert Orchestra's most advanced players participate in Eklektikos, an alternative styles string ensemble which has performed not only the classics, but also bluegrass, jazz, rock, and even klezmer.

    Our premiere string quartet is called ESQ (Eklektikos String Quartet), and performs not only the classics in their original version, but also demanding arrrangements of rock classics.

    Every year all of the orchestral ensembles present FiddleFest, a celebration of string music which features not only all of the ensembles, but a huge variety of musical styles, in addition to soloists, and guest ensembles. Frequently, FiddleFest also features a guest conductor. Recent guest conductors have included Dr. John Roscigno, professor of music at California State University-Northridge, and acclaimed composer Soon Hee Newbold.

    The Lindero Orchestra program regularly attracts string students from surrounding areas extending from Newbury Park to Malibu.

    About the Chorus
    The Lindero Canyon Middle School Concert Choir is a multi-grade level ensemble open to all Lindero students which performs demanding but appropriate literature that spans the spectrum from classical to popular.

    The choir looks forward to several performing events throughout the academic year:

    The annual Songfest revolves around a performance theme selected by the students. Student soloists are featured, along with choral selections.

    The choir also looks forward to a music studio recording session/clinic at Disneyland every year, and participates in the District Choral Festival.

    Twice a year Concert Choir and orchestral ensembles join forces for a festive massive finale performance. The selections have ranged from classical to pop song to rock classics, patriotic numbers, holiday songs, and traditional spirituals.

    Dr. Gregory Fried, DMA in Orchestral Conducting from University of Texas; MA in Conducting and Violin from University of Denver; BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University, has taught at Lindero since fall 1994. Prior to teaching at Lindero, Fried was Assistant Conductor with the Ventura County Symphony for 3 years, and from 1991-2002 was Music Director of the New West Youth Symphony. Fried also taught violin and conducted at the university level for 10 years, in addition to teaching theory, string methods and graduate conducting. His first love, however, is working with young students. He obtained his doctorate from The University of Texas, where he was affiliated as conductor and violin teacher with the nationally acclaimed String Project. Dr. Fried remains active on violin in chamber music recitals with professional performing colleagues.

    Danica Pinner, cello coach, is a music performance major at CSUN, where she has served as principal cellist. She also performs as free-lance musician in orchestras throughout southern California, and has performed in the prestigious Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra, and the Idyllwild Symphony. Ms. Pinner is active as studio musician, and has performed on ABC, TLC, Nickelodeon, FOX “American Idol,” and many other projects. However, her first love is teaching. She teaches privately in the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County areas, serves as cello coach at several area schools, and assists as section coach with the CSUN Youth Orchestras.