Annissa Olsen

CYSA Executive Director

I’m so pleased to be returning for another year of fantastic music-making with CYSA! This year, I am transitioning from my role as Orchestra Manager to that of CYSA Executive Director, while continuing as the Elementary Strings Lead Teacher. I’m so excited to enter my fourth year with CYSA and continue to help our programs grow and thrive! 

A little about me: I was raised in a family of musicians and music teachers, and grew up studying violin, viola, and piano in Tempe, Arizona – later receiving degrees in Viola Performance and French from Arizona State University. Weary of the desert sun, I relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in 2012, where I received master’s degrees in Viola Performance/Pedagogy and Music Education from the University of Oregon. I’m truly passionate about bringing string music education to students of all ages, with a focus on early childhood education. For that reason, I’m thrilled to serve as CYSA Executive Director and Elementary Strings Lead Teacher.

Previously, I was Director of the Douglas County Youth Orchestras from 2014-2017, and faculty at the UO Community Music Institute in Eugene. I perform regularly with local orchestras and string quartets. See www.annissamusic.com for more info! Please contact me if you have any questions about CYSA or Elementary Strings (annissaolsen@gmail.com).