Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Octet
Sarah Evenson, Clarinet
Kyle Peters, French Horn
Will Roach, Bassoon
Kayana Leung, Violin I
Kana Luzmoor, Violin II
Hanne Friedlander, Viola
Kayin Thomas, Cello
Wesley Yamanoha, Bass
Matthew Cmiel, Conductor
The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts offers a highly creative alternative for students who seek in-depth study of the arts as part of their daily high school experience.
Students attend academic classes each morning on a rotating block schedule. In the afternoon, at least 2 to 3 hours daily are devoted to their art discipline, where they are taught and mentored by their Arts Directors and a corps of Artists-in-Residence from the broader arts community. In addition to fulfilling their academic responsibilities, students spend their time in rehearsals, studio time, outside lessons, training, showcases and performances.
With just over 600 students, Asawa SOTA is one of the smallest high schools in the district, and also one of the highest-achieving in standardized test scores and college admissions. The 4-Year Plan meets all University of California A through G requirements and an array of Honors and AP classes give students access to intellectually challenging coursework. The majority of SOTA graduates pursue higher education, most at traditional colleges and universities, and about ten percent at conservatories and art academies nationwide.
The Instrumental Music Program offers training in Band, Guitar, Orchestra, and World Musics. The curriculum is partially academics, including musicianship, music theory, and music history, and partially performance training, including solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble performances. Students of the Instrumental Music Program continue on in a wide array of fields and a list of prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories. Students of the program have participated and won competitions including the Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Menuhin-Dowling Solo Competition, the San Francisco Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke award. The program itself has won awards from The Junior Bach Festival, CMEA, and the American String Teachers Association.