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Berkeley Youth Orchestra is proud to offer the skills of our “Artist in Residence” (AiR) who supports each member of the orchestra through instruction and professional “modeling”.

Our artists in residence will demonstrate the repertoire for each concert, provide performance notes (e.g., fingerings and bowings), and sit in with sections to assist students with the mastery of each part. Members of AiR will get to know the students of their section and individualize instruction every week.

Heghine Boloyan, violin

Heghine is a teacher with 40 years of experience in the USSR and America. She teaches at The Crowden School, coaches for the Young People's Youth Orchestra and the Berkeley Youth Orchestra, and has coached the Oakland Youth Orchestra for more than 20 years. She currently performs with the Oakland, Marin and Santa Rosa Symphonies. As a soloist, Heghine has performed with the Oakland Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Fremont Symphony. She was concertmistress for San Francisco Camerata Americana Chamber Orchestra and has recorded the opera "Corpus Evita" by Carlos Franzetti. Heghine has performed with the San Francisco Opera and Merola program, and she has had the pleasure of performing with some the greatest musicians in the world such as Sarah Chang, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, and Yo-Yo Ma, to name a few. Heghine graduated from the prestigious Armenian Conservatory of Music with a master’s degree in violin performance, chamber music performance and teaching.