About our program ...


Lindero Canyon Middle School is proud of its award-winning orchestra program which includes a comprehensive curriculum, from beginning to advanced levels. Students enter Beginning Strings with no experience whatsoever, and continue into Cougar Strings, and Concert Orchestra. The Concert Orchestra performs demanding repertoire and competes alongside high school orchestras annually in the WorldStrides Music Festival, where it regularly places 1st.

Lindero's auxiliary string ensembles include an alternative styles premiere string ensemble, eklektikos, which performs bluegrass, jazz, rock, and on occasion even klezmer music. Our premiere string quartet, ESQ (eklektikos string quartet), is comprised of Lindero’s most advanced players and performs original classics as well as challenging arrangements of rock classics.

Every year all of the orchestral ensembles present FiddleFest, a celebration of string music which features not only all of the ensembles, but a huge variety of musical styles, in addition to soloists, and guest ensembles. Frequently, FiddleFest also features a guest conductor. Guest conductors have included internationally acclaimed composers Soon Hee Newbold and Richard Meyer, in addition to several prominent local conductors, including Dr. John Roscigno, professor of music at California State University-Northridge and Jerome Kessler of the Topanga Symphony and Hollywood Chamber Orchestra.

Masterclasses and guest artists at Lindero have featured internationally renowned artists, including classical and rock violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and jazz violinist Christian Howes (see In Performance tab on this site). The Lindero Orchestra program regularly attracts string students from surrounding areas extending from Newbury Park to Malibu.


Lindero's choir program presents several solo and group performance opportunities for general students of all grades in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Students are taught music-reading skills in addition to vocal techniques, and perform fun literature in concert and at festivals.

Every spring the Concert Choir celebrates SongFest, which includes solo opportunities, and frequently hosts guest choirs. Choir members also participate every year in the LVUSD District Choral Festival. Every spring students look forward to our studio clinic at Disneyland where students work with internationally recognized clinicians in a professional recording environment.

Twice a year Concert Choir and all of the orchestral ensembles join forces for a festive massive finale performance. Selections cover all genres: pop song , rock classics, patriotic numbers, holiday songs, and traditional spirituals.

The choir and orchestra programs are grateful for our very supportive principal, Mr. Eric Anhalt and feel fortunate to live in a district where parents and administrators value and support arts education.


Dr. Gregory Fried, DMA in Orchestral Conducting from University of Texas; MA in Conducting and Violin from University of Denver; BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University, has taught at Lindero since fall 1994. Prior to teaching at Lindero, Fried was Assistant Conductor of the Ventura County Symphony, and for 10 years was Music Director of the New West Youth Symphony. Fried also taught violin and conducted at the university level for 10 years, in addition to teaching theory, string methods and graduate conducting. His first love, however, is working with young students. He obtained his doctorate from The University of Texas, where he was affiliated as conductor and violin teacher with the nationally acclaimed String Project. Dr. Fried remains active on violin in chamber music recitals with professional performing colleagues.

Danica Pinner, cello coach, has a degree in cello performance from CSUN, where she has served as principal cellist. She performs as free-lance musician in orchestras throughout southern California, including the prestigious Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra, and the Idyllwild Symphony. An active studio musician, Pinner has performed on ABC, TLC, Nickelodeon, FOX “American Idol,” and many other projects. However, her first love is teaching. She teaches privately in the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County areas, serves as cello coach at several area schools, and assists as section coach with the CSUN Youth Orchestras.