Musica Dolce Youth String Ensembles
Musica Dolce Youth String Ensembles (MDYSE) was established in 1995 as an offspring of Musica Dolce. With the guidance of Kathleen Curran Monroe, a private string instructor with extensive backgrounds in both music performance and music education, Musica Dolce Youth String Ensemble took wing. The original group was comprised of seventeen musicians: ten first violins, four second violins, two violas and one cello. The group grew to consist of nearly sixty local string musicians, ages 7 to 18, from a diverse geographic area, from Wakefield, Rhode Island to Deep River, Connecticut. Because of the age incongruity and the variable proficiency level of participating musicians, the Youth String Ensemble was divided into several ensembles. Each group would allow musicians with similar musical competencies to perform with others of comparable skill levels. Since 2013, the program's rehearsal location has been in Wakefield.
After three years under the leadership of Alan Bernstein (2013 - 2016), MDYSE has a new Director, Morgan Santos. Morgan is a 2003 MDYSE alumnus with a degree in cello performance from RIC (2009). She has had a successful cello studio for over 11 years, has conducted for the South Kingstown Summer Strings Orchestra, coached at RIMEA festivals and has always wanted to start a youth orchestra.
In the Fall of 2017, we moved to a full string orchestra, geared for beginning/intermediate and intermediate youth string players in Southern Rhode Island.
Join us Saturday mornings to come together for a fun and interactive string orchestra experience! With two semesters, we aim to provide an exciting, supportive, challenging, and social ensemble environment for budding musicians.
Sign-up is through the Neighborhood Guild -- we've been told the website for the Guild is difficult to manage, so calling may be best – (401) 789-9301. While we rehearsed at the Neighborhood Guild last year, this year the South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department is moving us to the brand new Recreation Center, but sign-up is still through the Guild.