Orchestral Stings

Carissa Hall - Violin & Fiddle

Carissa Hall teaches voice and violin. She is a classically trained vocalist in both classical and Broadway styles. Hall is a graduate of Fresno City College, holding an Associate’s degree in Vocal Music and currently attends Fresno State. She has been playing the violin/fiddle for 14 years, focusing on American fiddle styles, and branching into Celtic music and classical violin. Hall plays locally in the Fresno City College String Ensemble, as well as for the Irish dance group “Celtic Motion”.

Isaac Lopez - Violin, Viola, & Cello

Isaac Lopez is currently attending Fresno City College, studying Music Education with an emphasis on violin. He is currently apart of the Fresno City College Symphony under the direction of Elisha Wells, where he has served as Principal Second.  He is also apart of the Hopeful String Quartet which is affiliated with the nonprofit, A Hopeful Encounter. Throughout high school, Isaac was involved in multiple ensembles ranging from the REC Chamber Orchestra, Violin/Viola Festival Ensembles, Youth Orchestras or Fresno, FMCMEA Honor Orchestras, ASTA Chamber Ensembles, Independent High School Chamber Orchestra, etc. Driven by passion and purpose, he aspires to hopefully be teaching in schools in the valley and sharing his passion through music post college.

Marilyn George - Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass

For the past five decades, Marilyn George Has been teaching the members of the orchestral string family. She received her Bachelors in Arts from the University of Minnesota, as well as her Masters of Arts from Bob Jones University shorty after. Not only that, but George has been certified by the Suzuki Association of America. She is responsible for founding multiple music initiatives in Tulsa (OK), Gilroy (CA), Salt Lake City (UT), and more. George has also taught at such institutions as the USD, UNC, Earlham College in Indiana, and beyond. She currently is performing with the Reedley Community Orchestra on cello.

Sheldon Schlesinger - Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass

Sheldon Schlesinger grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and performed in the California Youth Symphony on string bass. He studied piano throughout his school days and in junior high began playing the double bass. Schlesinger Graduated from UC Santa Barbara, double majoring in History and Music, and performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony. After receiving his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential, he taught in Bakersfield while also playing in their local symphony orchestra. Schlesinger then moved to Fresno, and taught in Fresno Unified for 37 years, 33 of which were at Hoover High School head the band, orchestra, and guitar programs. Since retiring, he continues to play with the Fresno Philharmonic and teach here at Patrick’s Music.

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