Back in the spring of 2000, Ashland violinist and music teacher Patricia Potter started a classical music ensemble called Second Street Musicians. Potter's intent was to encourage musicians of varying abilities who had put aside their instruments for a few years to pick them up again and play.

Back in the spring of 2000, Ashland violinist and music teacher Patricia Potter started a classical music ensemble called Second Street Musicians. Potter's intent was to encourage musicians of varying abilities who had put aside their instruments for a few years to pick them up again and play.

From six original players, the Second Street Musicians has evolved into a group of 30 musicians who meet regularly during the school year and offer public performances at least once a year. The group will present its eighth annual spring concert at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 31, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford.

In 2006 the Second Street Musicians was incorporated as a tax exempt, nonprofit organization. Today, the members of this string orchestra aspire to continue to grow personally as musicians as well as foster the musical culture of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon.

The group gathers weekly throughout the academic year to hone instrumental skills and develop ensemble playing under the leadership of artistic director and conductor, Scott Cole and string coach Lisa Truelove.

The audience is invited to the post-concert reception to meet the musicians.

Donations are accepted and will provide scholarships for amateur string musicians.