Solano Junior Strings

Entry Youth Orchestra 

Interest Form 

New Sessions begin February. Only 8 Seats Available Per Group (social distancing) - Masks Required

SJS is an entry level orchestra, involving students who have had some previous school orchestra experience or 1 year of private lessons.

Basic orchestral and string playing skills will be introduced and developed. These skills include playing in a section, and the basics of playing in an orchestra including dynamics, musical line, phrasing, intonation, and sight-reading. 


The goal is to create a foundation of orchestral performance and understanding enabling students to carry into higher level orchestras.

Register your child's interest at the button above. We will contact you for membership. 

Audition for Membership in 
Solano Junior Strings

Solano Junior Strings is Solano County's only professionally directed community academic orchestra. The Conservatory invites string players ages ages 8  and older 1 or more years of lessons in the violin, viola, or cello,  to audition for chair placement as member of SJS. 


$396.00 | Membership Fee $50

 Due to social distancing requirements, SJS is limited to 8 chairs. SJS will perform in YACM's outdoor garden venue. 


Performance Dates: May TBD

Rehearsal Day and Times: Thursday

5:30 - 6:30 

Volunteer hours are required to help set up, tear down, and manage rehearsals and events. 

Audition - 8 Seats Available Per Group 

Your audition will determine your chair placement. Prepare a 1-2 minute piece. 

Contact us to schedule your private audition. 

You will be advised of your chair and group via email and prior to the first rehearsal. 


Meet Music Director,

Jaymes Kirksey

Jaymes Kirksey joins the YACM faculty with a shared vision to develop a significant youth symphony in Solano County. 

Jaymes Kirksey has become a national presence as a violinist, pianist and conductor. Entering his first season with Solano Youth Chamber Orchestra, Kirksey brings with him versatility, precision, and an exciting stage presence.  As a conductor and educator, Jaymes has created high quality musical interpretations ranging from Baroque to modern symphonic repertoire.


Kirksey made his conducting debut in 2014 with Young Musicians Choral Orchestra (YMCO), filling in for famed Los Angeles conductor and Hollywood musician Anthony Parnther leading rehearsals in arias by Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart and Aaron Copeland’s Lincoln Portrait with narration by famed actor Delroy Lindo. For five years now, he has served as Music Director for the Bay Area’s acclaimed Young Musician Choral Orchestra and frequent guest artist/conductor for Golden Gate Symphony.


Some of his performances have included Brahms’ Symphony. No 4 with Golden Gate Symphony, Richard Strauss’ Finale Trio from der Rosenkavalier with Frederica von Stade as guest soloist, Prince Igor by Borodin, Star Wars overture by John Williams and a specially commissioned work by famed jazz and R&B singer/songwriter and composer Patrice Rushen entitled Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.  Jaymes is excited to bring his creativity and musicianship to members of the Solano Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Solano community.