Meet George Hayes



George Hayes violin


Trained thoroughly in the Suzuki Method since age 4 with Ingrid Gaston in Yuba City, CA, George has a deep connection with Shinichi Suzuki intimately.

A native of Colusa, California, George later continued his studies at California State University at Sacramento CSUS as a student of Bill Barbini and Ian Swenson at the San Francisco Conservatory.  

While at CSUS, George performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the CSUS Symphony Orchestra, as a winner of the Competition he appeared numerous times as a soloist with Camerata Capistrano.

Other solo performances include

North State Symphony

Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society and

the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra.

Hayes is currently

Concertmaster for Townsend Opera in Modesto

has served as Principal Second Violin for the

Camellia Symphony Orchestra

Folsom Lake Symphony

North State Symphony,

performs regularly with the

Reno Philharmonic and North State Symphony,

and occasionally with the

Pacific Chamber Symphony

Sacramento Philharmonic

Sacramento Choral Society

Modesto Symphony

Monterey Symphony

Stockton Symphony

Livermore Valley Opera and

Veridian Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Hayes has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Fort Bragg Center For The Arts Chamber Music Series and in the Eisenstadt Music Festival in Austria.

Summer festival appearances have included

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival

Mendocino Music Festival

Bear Valley Music Festival and

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada.

Hayes maintains a private teaching studio in Sacramento and is an instructor with the Sacramento City Unified School District’s Overture Program.

He is also a coach at the Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music Festival, a fellow at the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Camp and an associate instructor at the Sacramento School of Music and CSUS String Project.