Olympic Youth Strings (OYStrs)

a non-profit organization for all ages, dedicated

to promoting string orchestral and chamber music

on the Olympic Peninsula

Dr. Alan Rawson, director


note: OYStrs is currently inactive. This page offers links to various projects from fall 2005 through spring 2008.


For current activies of the Rawson Duo see www.rawsonduo.com

OYStrs Youth Ensemble 


2007 OYStrs Youth Ensemble Information


2006 Youth Ensemble Audition Material



From 2006

Practice Notes and other items


Public Domain Scores uploaded to 

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Alan Rawson first pursued his music interests in his junior year in high school as a self-taught folk guitarist, recorder player, and madrigal singer. Classical Violin studies were begun at Cańada Junior College in Redwood City California, since their program did not include Country and Western fiddling. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University and completed his doctorate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder in violin performance studying with Oswald Lehnert while developing a passionate interest in Rocky Mountain cycling and cross country skiing. He has served on the music faculties of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the University of Idaho in Moscow, and is currently on extended  leave from  Minnesota State University Moorhead where he directed the University Orchestra and taught upper strings. He was concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for twenty years and appeared as a featured orchestral soloist several times performing works by Tchaikowsky, Mozart, Sibelius, and Bruch, among others. Since moving to the Northwest in 2004, Alan has been an active performer and organizer of music projects and workshops for students and adults. He and his wife, Sandy have given numerous recitals on college campuses and community performing arts series across the United States and Canada, specializing in Romantic and early twentieth-century works for violin and piano. The Rawsons now reside in Chimacum, WA where they teach and perform out of their home.

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OYStrs and Olympic Chamber Orchestra


Past Programs

OYStrs Youth Ensemble Spring Concert

June 20, 2008 at Seaport Landing in Port Townsend


June 21 at the Rawson home

Pictured from left to right performing at the Rawson home: 

Elizabeth McKinnon, Sydney Sharpe, Kim Walters, Ian Rawson, Christina Walters, and Madeline Levy

Program Copy 

Press release with details about their spring program


Thursday, May 24, 7:30 pm 2007

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


OYStrs Youth Ensemble



A celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach

(program copy)





OYStrs Benefit Concert

with the Rawson Violin and Piano Duo

Journey Europa

Friday, March 9, 7 pm 2007

Copy of Program


OYStrs Benefit Concert

with the Rawson Violin and Piano Duo

January Escape

Friday, January 19, 7 pm 2007

Copy of Program


OYStrs Youth Ensemble

Sunday, January 28 2007

Cape George Colony Club House



Copy of Program



Olympic Chamber Orchestra

performs in Chimacum

April 14, 2007


The Olympic Chamber Orchestra presented a concert of classical string orchestral works on Saturday, April 14 at the Chimacum High School Auditorium.


Featured on the program was the ensemble director, Dr. Alan Rawson performing the Armenian inspired, rich and prayerful Talin Concerto for viola and strings by long time Seattle Symphony resident composer, Alan Hovhaness. Other works included  J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in a world premier arrangement for full string orchestra by Dr. Rawson, and Finale from  Tchaikowsky's Serenade for string orchestra. 


Joining the orchestra for the final piece was Port Angeles Symphony principal flutist, Sharon Snell and principal oboist Ann Krabill in a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s superb classical masterpiece, Symphony No. 104 arranged for flute, piano, and strings by the famous London concert violinist of Haydn’s time, Peter Solomon.

Program Copy



Past Announcements and Concerts, 2006 and Before

September 2006

September String Workshop Performance featuring guest violinist Michael Barta

Press Release / Performance Photo / Program Copy

Olympic Chamber Orchestra in rehearsal at the Rawson Home, September 2006

Program from Benefit Recital, 9/21/06

OYSTRS Gives Mother's Day Concert in PT

Sunday, May 14 2006 at San Juan Baptist Church, 1704 Discovery Rd. in Port Townsend starting at 4 pm. Free Admission

Their program included Mozart's Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, along with works by Telemann and Camillo d'Alessio and Vivaldi's Baroque masterpiece, the concerto in B minor for four violins.



By popular Demand!

Encore performance

Rawson Duo

benefit concert

for the

Olympic Youth Strings (OYStrs)  

Friday, April 21, 6 pm 2006


Performing the complete (21) Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, arranged by his close friend and associate, violinist Joseph Joachim


Concert information: 

Fall 2005 OYStrs Program 

given at Cape George Club House on Sunday, December 11, 2005


Olympic Chamber Orchestra

November 2005

Olympic Chamber Orchestra

with Walter Schwede, guest artist


A Washington State Non-Profit Corporation qualified under Sec. 501 (c) (3) of the IRC

10318 Rhody Drive, Chimacum WA 98325

OYStrs and Olympic Chamber Orchestra are registered trade names of Olympic Youth Strings