Youth orchestra, guitar classes to begin

Violin, guitar and ukulele classes will be offered beginning Aug. 23.

The Hill Country Youth Orchestras program based in Kerrville will begin violin classes in Fredericksburg on Aug. 23 in association with the Fredericksburg Music Academy.

The academy will also offer guitar and ukulele instruction for interested children in the community. 

There will be a meeting of prospective violin, guitar and ukulele students and parents with HCYO and academy instructors at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, located at 1800 North Llano Street.

The Hill Country Youth Orchestra began in Fredericksburg in 1987 and has been involved in training over 2,000 students in Kerrville for the past 30 years, said Don Doss, Fredericksburg Music Academy director.

“HCYO has now expanded into Boerne and Fredericksburg with beginning and continuing string classes so local community children can now be a part of one of the finest youth orchestra programs in the country,” said Doss.

Fredericksburg classes will be taught by Briana Reitenga and Theresa Britt.



Fredericksburg Music Academy begins its 11th year of offering low- or no-cost musical training to community children and the eighth year of teaching beginning strings.

Classes will begin Thursday, Aug. 23 from 4-6:15 p.m. with free snack and transportation from both the Fredericksburg Primary School and Fredericksburg Elementary School campuses.

Parental authorization is required before students can be transported and forms are included with the registration packet which is available at the Methodist church office or online at the address below.

Guitar and ukulele classes are taught by Melinda Brown. Guitar instruction will continue for beginning and continuing students.

Violin, ukulele and guitar classes are offered through the FMA curriculum but these applied classes require a fee to participate as well as instrument rental.

FMA does offer some scholarship funds if needed, Doss said.

From the first year, the academy has given each student instruction on singing, instrumental performance and music theory, teaching hands-on music curriculum to kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

KMA has since grown and to over 250 children involved in the musical training, many of whom have gone on to participate in vocal and instrumental music in high school and beyond.

Students who choose not to take violin, guitar or ukulele will be involved in free instrumental classes. 

Kindergarteners and first graders will learn to read music by playing bells and hand chimes.

Older elementary students will participate in the “pre-band” wind instrument classes playing either recorder, or one of the new TooT and DooD instruments.

FMA choral groups are under the direction of Donna Vaughan, a veteran of Fredericksburg Theater Company and other children’s music organizations.

This year, the choirs will participate in community Christmas music productions in December and go on an end-of-year trip to the Sound Waves Music Festival at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels in May.



Doss is the Director of Music Ministries at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

More information and registration forms can be found online at 

Other questions regarding FMA should be directed to Doss at 997-7679 or email to

Fredericksburg Standard

P.O. Box 1639
Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4228