Congratulations to Avery Tracy, the 2019 Horton Kohl soloist. Avery will perform the Mozart Violin Concerto #3 on Saturday, June 29th with the ESS Festival Orchestra. 

Avery Tracy began playing the violin at age 4 at the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL. At age 6, Avery was accepted into the prestigious Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, where she was immersed in weekly theory classes, group violin technique class, string orchestra, along with her weekly lesson. In fall 2014, at age 9, Avery relocated to Toronto, Canada. That fall she auditioned and was accepted to the prestigious Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists in Toronto. At the Academy Avery participated in a weekly comprehensive program that included choral ensemble, chamber coaching and rehearsal, string orchestra, ear training, theory, and master classes. While in Toronto Avery studied with Marie Berard and performed in master classes with Barry Shiffman and Conrad Chow. Avery has participated in numerous festivals with Academy string quartets and also as a soloist. As a soloist Avery received Platinum recognition at Toronto’s Kiwanis Competition in 2016 and she received an Honorable Mention in 2017. Avery’s proficient on both viola and violin and last year her string quartet won 1st prize for chamber music, 13 years and under, at the CANIMEX Canadian Music Competition held in Montreal in June 2018. Avery was also an active soccer player and was a member of the Wolverines Quinte West U12 competitive team from 2016-2018. Avery loves school and is currently an 8th grade student at Placerita Middle School in Santa Clarita, CA, where she holds a 4.0 GPA and was awarded by The National Junior Honor Society. 

Since 1978, The Eastern Sierra Symphony enriches the cultural landscape of the Eastern Sierra through transformative orchestral performances and music education. 


The Musicians


The Orchestra is a combination of talented local musicians and professionals from orchestras around the country incuding The LA Phiharmonic, LA Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Saint Louis Symphony.

Next Generation of Musicians

Gifted young musicians participate in the festival, coming to Mammoth from the top tier music schools in the country including Julliard, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Curtis Institute, and the Colburn School. 

Eastern Sierra Symphony Community


Our concerts have brought classical music to the communities nestled along Highway 395 performing in such diverse venues as the Laws Railroad Museum, Bishop High School, Statham Estate and Statham Hall in Lone Pine, and Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest.