Invitational String Festival

Friday, February 22, 2019

California State University East Bay is proud to present the First Inaugural Invitational String Festival (ISF) on Friday, February 22, 2019 in the CSUEB University Theatre. This year's guest adjudicator is Dawn Harms (Stanford University, Oakland-East Bay Symphony, SF Opera Orchestra). A high quality and unique festival experience for your students, the ISF is a valuable educational event for both participants and observers.

Each participating string ensemble will perform on the stage of the CSUEB Theatre. Each ensemble will participate in a clinic with Dr. Gaudry. After lunch, all string ensembles will combine to form a massed ensemble conducted by Dr. Gaudry on a pre-selected piece. The day will conclude with a concert and will be finished by 3:00pm.

Registration forms are electronic and should be submitted by the string ensemble director no later than Friday, November 2, 2018. In addition, directors are asked to submit a recording of their current ensemble showcasing at least two (2) contrasting selections. Please send recordings to either as an email attachment or an electronic link (Google Drive / Dropbox, etc.), no later than November 2, 2018. The fee for each participating ensemble is $250. Payment of festival fees MUST be received by Friday, December 7, 2018.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Danielle Gaudry
Director of Bands
(510) 885-3285


Time Activity
7:30 a.m. String ensembles arrive
8:00 a.m.

Ensembles perform for each other in the CSUEB Theatre and receive clinic with Dr. Danielle Gaudry on stage

12:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:15 p.m. Massed string ensemble conducted by Dr. Gaudry
2:00 p.m. CSUEB Concert
3:00 p.m. Concert concludes, end of ISF

Dawn Harms'

2019 Guest Conductor & Adjudicator: Dawn Harms

Dawn Harms' diverse career ranges from being a chamber musician, violin soloist, concertmaster, to being a music director and conductor. She is a first violinist in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster for the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and Co-Concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. She also records regularly at Skywalker Studios for movies and video games. She currently teaches at Stanford University.

Dawn is finishing her fifth season as Music Director and conductor of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. She has conducted the San Francisco Opera orchestra in concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory. Her guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Livermore Amador Symphony, Fremont Symphony, and the Grass Valley Summer Music Festival. She is currently the conductor of the string orchestra at the San Francisco Conservatory’s Prep Department.

A strong advocate for music education, Dawn designs and performs her own family show throughout the United States, New Zealand, and Japan. Dawnrecently performed her one-woman family show with the Kohl Mansion Family Series, the Bear Valley Music Festival, the Lincoln Symphony in Nebraska, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Merced Symphony, and the Napa Youth Symphony.

Dawn plays chamber music regularly at Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, the Bear Valley Music Festival, the Filoli Gardens series, Music at Kohl Mansion and Chamber Music San Francisco. Dawn plays on her cousin Tom Waits's CDs Alice, Blood Money, and Bad Is Me. Dawn also has two solo CDs, The Black Swan and The Hot Canary that can be found on or