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San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra

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For over 30 years the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra has presented the finest performances of symphonic music to the communities of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. It is the region's leading symphony orchestra and one of its premiere performing arts organizations. Led by founding Music Director James Domine, the Orchestra is a showcase for some of the finest musicians and composers in Southern California. The Orchestra's principal home is the Performing Arts Center at Pierce College in Woodland Hills where its yearly concert series features symphonic, opera, and ballet repertoire. The SFVSO's dedicated members also frequently collaborate with community service organizations and local businesses to produce community outreach programs designed for diverse audiences of all ages. The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra maintains a strong season ticket subscription base and its concerts are frequently sold out. It is also a recipient of grants from the County of Los Angeles Music and Performing Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Rotary Club, Boeing, AOL-Time Warner, various corporate foundations, as well as support from individual subscribers and concert patrons. The SFVSO is a member of the League of American Orchestras and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras.

James Elza Domine - Music Director & Conductor

Music Director James Domine

James Elza Domine was born October 9, 1953 in Pasadena, California. At an early age he displayed a precocious interest in music, playing violin in the school orchestras and taking piano lessons. He began formal study of composition and theory at age 16. Domine made his first serious compositional efforts in the form of three suites for solo guitar in E minor, D major and A minor. These suites were subsequently arranged as concerti for guitar and chamber orchestra, and form the point of departure for his repertoire both as performer and composer.

Domine entered UCLA in the Fall Quarter of 1971 and received a Bachelor's Degree in Music. He studied composition, as well as the classical guitar repertoire, and played violin in the orchestra. His first public success as a composer came on May 10, 1977 when his Requiem conducted by Roger Wagner was received with a standing ovation by an enthusiastic audience that filled Schoenberg Hall. In 1979 Domine entered the University of Southern California on a full scholarship, where he studied composition and theory, and earned his Master's Degree.

The same year he founded the Van Nuys Civic Orchestra, a community-based group that eventually became the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. The SFVSO has featured a year-round concert series at Pierce College in Woodland Hills and plays a leading role in expanding the musical horizons of Southern California residents. As Music Director and Conductor, Domine has led the Orchestra in hundreds of concert performances, and was delighted to have secured the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Scherr Forum Theatre for the 2011-2012 season.

The complete catalog of Domine's musical compositions includes symphonies, concerti, chamber music, a ballet, an opera, "Luke and Sarah," solo instrumental pieces and choral music in a wide variety of styles and genres. These works may be heard at "jamesdomine.com." In addition, in keeping with the time-honored tradition of classical musicians participating in the popular music arena, Domine plays lead guitar and writes songs for the Blues Bandits, Molay Band, Screaming Clams and Symphomaniax. Music from these ensembles is featured on this web site.

Domine has written a novel entitled, "The Naked Man," published in 2006, a story of contemporary life in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. The book is currently available from on-line publisher LuLu.com and forms the basis for his musical theater play,"Tomahawk," which received its premiere at the Actors Forum Theater in North Hollywood, California in January 2008. His most recent play, "The Dogs of War," premiered to critical acclaim in 2011 at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

James Domine currently teaches music at Pierce College in Woodland Hills California, where he has developed a dedicated cadre of symphony aficionados and grateful concertgoers. He is currently working on completing the requirements for a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Boston University.

Ruth Bruegger - Concertmaster

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Ruth Bruegger, Concertmaster of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, has performed all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. She has played with the Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, California Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony and South Bay Chamber Orchestra, as well as with many others. She performs regularly at the Corbin Lounge in Tarzana with the "Symphomaniax," a  well-known  strings and guitar  chamber  quartet  that was formed by James Domine, Music Director  and  Conductor of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA.

Her violin playing can be heard on many motion picture soundtracks, including "The Sandlot," "Misery," "Prince of Tides," War of the Roses," "Tootsie" and the "20th Century Fox Fanfare." She has recorded with major artists,  including Rod Stewart, Madonna, Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Muse and others. She can be seen on-screen as the violinist at a "Beverly Hills Housewives" wedding, as well as in several episodes of "The Young and the Restless."

Ruth gives her love and thanks to her three daughters, Tina, Nica and Lisa, and five grandchildren for their love and support. Thanks also to James Domine and the musicians of the SFVSO for the wonderful opportunity tonight to perform two wonderful pieces.

Joanna Ezrin - Principal Pianist

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Joanna Ezrin-Schauer was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where she studied with the renowned composer, teacher and conductor Clifford Poole. She also played the cello and harp in local orchestras and attended Interlochen National Music Summer Camp annually, studying under Kathryn Parker (Juilliard piano teacher). After receiving her ARCT degree from the Royal  Conservatory of Music, Joanna continued her studies with Kathryn Parker at the Juilliard School, and returned to Canada to receive her Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree from the University of Toronto, followed by graduate studies at the Höchschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany. She moved to Los Angeles to train under the respected teacher Sara Compinsky and participated in worldwide piano competitions representing Canada, including the prestigious Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Joanna, who retains her Canadian citizenship, settled in Los Angeles to study jazz, pop, and voice, and to pursue a career in music. She recorded on platinum albums and worked extensively in television, films, and commercials while performing live throughout Canada, Europe and the United States, developing a loyal fan base here in Los Angeles. Following the birth of her second child, Joanna “semi-retired” from the long, odd and stressful hours of commercial and studio work, and devoted herself to full time teaching, studying pedagogy under the tutelage of the highly regarded Frances Robyn.

Joanna, a state accredited music teacher, is past president of the San Fernando West Valley branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. She is the chair of the annual Contemporary Festival, the branch Composer’s Today program, the Sight Reading Festival, and the Improvisation Program. She teaches AP  Music Theory, and prepares student’s college application recital programs for music major auditions. She is also a state certified adjudicator, judging Certificate of Merit examinations, music festivals and competitions throughout the Southern California region. Joanna is also a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, American College of Musicians, American Federation of  Musicians Union Local 47, AFTRA, and has been a guest lecturer at California State University Northridge, sharing her pedagogy methods. She is the principal pianist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Charles Fernandez - Composer

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Charles Fernandez is an Emmy and Annie Nominated composer who began composing for television and film in 1989. He has composed for television series such as Disney'sLittle Mermaid; Disney's Aladdin; Universal'sCasper Cartoon Series (for which he received two Emmy and one Annie Nominations); Disney's Doug; Disney's 101 Dalmations; Dreamworks'Toonsylvania, Disney's Bonkers, Robot Chicken, and others.

Among films he has written for are Doug's 1st Movie/Disney; Aladdin III/Disney; The Pebble and the Penguin/MGM; All Dogs Go To Heaven II/MGM; Aladdin and the King of Thieves/Disney; All Dogs Christmas Carol/MGM; Babes in Toyland/MGM; Tom Sawyer/MGM; Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein/Universal; The New Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbalina/Artisan; Jingle Bells/Artisan and The Tangerine Bear/Artisan.

He has works on countless trailers and many concerts, including Spirits Rising; The Texan Rider; Persepolis Bazaar; Holiday Horn Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Tone Poem for Clarinet and Strings; the Ballet “The Statue” and numerous others. Most recently he orchestrated and conducted the Trailer for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre.

Francisco Castillo - Solo Oboe

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Francisco J. Castillo earned his MM in oboe performance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor and “Licenciatura” from the University of Costa Rica. He was the winner of the Costa Rica National prize in composition, 1979, for his orchestral work TUPACK AMARU.

As an Oboist, Francisco was a prize winner at the 34th Chamber Music Competition in Colmar, France, with the USC Graduate Woodwind Quintet and also won the first William Criss Memorial Award at USC in 1985. Mr. Castillo also works and records for the movie industry. Francisco also recorded tonight’s concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, England, under the direction of the composer.

Francisco is principal Oboist with the Redlands Symphony and the California Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Mr. Castillo is also the oboe and Chamber Music instructor at the University of Redlands, Pomona College, Pasadena City College, the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He has been recognized as an outstanding oboe teacher and chamber music clinician. Francisco lives in Los Angeles, California.

Thompson Wang - Solo Violin

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Thompson Wang, age 16, is a sophomore studying at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica.  He started playing the violin at the age of 5 and, since the summer of 2012, has been under the guidance of Sam Fischer at the Colburn School.
 
During these years, he has won numerous competitions, including   the Discovery Prize for the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition, 2nd in the Music Teachers Association of California VOCE state finals, 1st place in the Westside Concerto Competition, 1st place in the Junior Chamber Music Concerto Competition, 1st place in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and 1st place in the American String Teachers Association SoCal Finals, advancing to the 2014 and 2016 state finals in Sacramento.

Every summer, he has been a consistent participant of the Montecito International Music Festival, as well as the Idyllwild Arts Chamberfest.  This summer, he was also chosen to join the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program. Thompson has performed in master classes of world-renowned teachers such as Joseph Silverstein, Paul Kantor, Almita Vamos, Martin Chalifour, Emanuel Borok, Alexander Treger, as well as chamber master classes with Jerome Lowenthal, Jacob Braun, and Joon Sung Jun.

Bronte Vlashi - Solo Violin

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Fifteen-year-old Bronte fell in love with the violin at the age of four, and at age seven started taking violin lessons. She currently studies with Sam Fischer at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts. Her previous teachers include Aimee Kreston and Konstantin Yedigarov. At age eight Bronte joined the CSUN Youth Orchestra's Sinfonia Strings and had her first experience playing with an orchestra. For seven years she worked her way up through the CSUN Youth Orchestras and was concertmaster of both Symphony, at age 12, and Philharmonic, their most advanced orchestra, at age 14. Last year she was also invited to play 1st violin with the CSUN University Orchestra at their December concert held in the VPAC.

Homeschooled, at age 13 Bronte started her college music education at Moorpark College and played in the Moorpark College Orchestra. She completed two years of college Music Theory and Musicianship towards her Bachelor’s Degree at age 15. For the past two years she has played with a piano trio at Pasadena Conservatory of Music, coached by Susan Svrcek; had a Master Class with cellist Rowena Hamill; and performed in the PCM Showcase Recital. Bronte has also attended both the Montecito International Music Festival and Idyllwild High School Chamberfest. When she is not studying or playing the violin, she’s either going on auditions, acting in commercials (she’s been a professional actor and SAG member since age four) or playing with her cat Elijah. Tonight is Bronte’s debut solo performance with an orchestra and she thanks Maestro James Domine and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for this honor.

Ernest W. Carbajal - solo cello

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Ernest Carbajal, Jr., a 17 year old cellist of rare ability, began playing the 'cello at age five. He is a scholarship student at the Colburn Academy in Los Angeles, studying under the renowned cellist/teacher Ronald Leonard. His previous teachers were Glenn Grab and Daniel Grab. In addition to his studies, Ernie is busy with applying to several colleges where he will continue his musical education.

His musical studies have been greatly enhanced by many awards and scholarships. In 2009 he received the Fred Elton Scholarship from the Kadima Conservatory and in 2012 was accepted into the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn School. He has also distinguished himself by winning several competitions, including the Glendale Unified School District’s Best Musician Award, as well as first prize at the 2011 Los Angeles Cello Society Competition.

Ernie is honored to be performing on a Carl Becker 'cello, made in 1914, on loan from the Colburn Instrument Collection. He wishes to thank Maestro James Domine for this evening's opportunity to perform Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. This makes his third appearance with the wonderful San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. 

Ernie’s extra-musical interests include drawing, bicycling, and writing. He resides in Southern California with his parents and three younger siblings.

Katherine Ramos Baker - guest conductor (women's chorale)

Katherine Ramos Baker, Professor of Music, CSU Northridge, joined the full-time faculty in Fall 2001. She received her Doctor of Education in Music Education degree from the University of Illinois and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree from CSU Fullerton. She also holds a Life Teaching Credential in Music from the State of California. Her specialties are conducting, choral music, and music education.

Dr. Baker has an array of professional experience teaching in higher education, high school, and middle school. Prior to coming to CSU Northridge, she was Director of Choral Activities at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, where she was received the “Excellence in Teaching” award for the School of Arts and Sciences, 1996. Her choirs have performed internationally in the Benedictinus 2000 Festival in Rome and the Innsbruck International Choral Festival in Austria. Her CSU Northridge Women’s Chorale performed for the first time in China in June 2007; in June 2011 they completed a 7-concerts-in-8-days performance tour of Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai, China. She is sits on the boards of CSU Northridge’s The China Institute and the International Education Committee, working groups dealing with educational international issues and agreements among various institutions of higher education. She has had the privilege of serving as a cultural advisor with nearly two dozen visiting scholars from China over the past five years. In August 2010, Dr. Baker made presentations at the International Society for Music Education’s World Conference in Beijing, and then presented lectures on music education to teachers in the Min Hang District of Shanghai and graduate students at Shanghai Normal University. In May 2011, she received the Outstanding Faculty Award from Phi Beta Delta, the international education society. In March 2012, she received the Outstanding Contribution award from The China Institute. During her sabbatical in May 2012, she was Visiting Professor and Guest Clinician at six major universities in China.

CSUN Women’s Chorale

The CSU Northridge’s Women’s Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of women university students, whose members this year include majors from Accounting, Biology, CTVA-TV Production, LHG-Liberal Studies, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. The Chorale meets twice each week and performs a wide variety of music, from medieval to modern experimental music, Western art music and works from the evolving multicultural canon. Over the past four years, students have learned to sing in several languages in addition to English: Latin; Spanish, Portuguese; German, French, Italian; Czech; Hebrew; Shona, Zwahili; Mandarin. While presenting a performance each semester at the University, the Women’s Chorale has also performed for local public schools, the California Music Educators Conference, and as guest choir for the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra’s performances of Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Debussy’s Nocturnes. The Chorale has recorded for the documentary film, That All May Be One, written and produced by Professor Karen Kearns with music composed by Professor Elizabeth Sellers. The Chorale was featured performing the Alma Mater in the Valley Performing Arts Center for Former CSUN President Koester’s 2010 Holiday e-card, Illumination. In addition to local performances, the Women’s Chorale has performed twice as a part of the International Arts Festival in China, first in June 2007, where they were hosted by Shanghai Normal University, and then experienced a cultural tour of Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Beijing. For the spring 2011 China Performance Tour, the Women’s Chorale received more than 30 invitations to perform in Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, ShenZhen, and Guangzhou. Their very successful June 2011 China Performance Tour consisted of seven concerts in eight days in China: Beijing (University of International Business and Economics, Beijing; Peking University), Nanjing (Nanjing University of Science and Technology; Hohai University, Nanjing; Nanjing Arts Institute), Hangzhou (Zhejiang Vocational Arts Academy), and Shanghai (Shanghai Normal University, as a part of International Arts Festival).
In addition to tonight’s concert, Women’s Chorale will be singing for their own concert in the CSUN Music Recital Hall on May 15th. Thank you to you all for supporting the CSU Northridge Women’s Chorale!

Aubree Oliverson - Solo Violin

Aubree Oliverson, Violin Soloist

Hailed by top music critic Edward Reichel as “a young violinist ready to make a huge name for herself,” Aubree Oliverson is a multifaceted performer and communicator. Winner of the American Protégé International Strings competition, Aubree made her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age eleven, made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall at age twelve, and at thirteen performed Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in a return engagement with the Utah Symphony. Aubree has been featured on NPR’s From The Top four times, was a Young Arts National Finalist, and was recently named a 2016 Presidential Scholar in the Arts candidate. She has soloed with a wide variety of music ensembles including the Utah Chamber Artists, Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, Topanga Canyon Symphony, Pasadena Orchestra, and the Millennial Choir & Orchestra, and was most recently featured as a soloist at the Innsbrook Institute of Music in Missouri.

Passionate about reaching a wider audience, Aubree has traveled to over 100 schools throughout the Intermountain West, motivating and inspiring thousands of children to work hard and participate in music. A natural leader, Aubree was the concertmaster of the Gifted Music School Orchestra of Salt Lake City for two years, and is now attending the Colburn School in Los Angeles where she leads the Academy Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster. Aubree is also a national award winning composer, recognized twice by the New York Arts Ensemble as a “composer of great promise,” and has co-composed and recorded acclaimed CD albums. Aubree is also a sought-after chamber musician, performing Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Curtis Institute faculty member Joseph Silverstein in 2013, recently collaborating with violinist Stefan Jackiw and distinguished Aspen Music Festival faculty in Harris Hall, and performing at the Finckel/Wu Han Chamber Studio concert in Aspen. Aubree has performed in masterclasses for Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Andres Cardenes, Augustin Hadelich, Renaud Capucon, Scott St. John, and Robert McDuffie, among others. She is a former student of Eugene Watanabe, Debbie Moench, and Danielle Belen, and is currently a Greendale Scholar at the Colburn Music Academy where she studies with renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett.

Jennifer Bliman - Solo French Horn

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Jennifer has played in numerous orchestras and bands all over Southern California.  She is currently the principal horn with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and plays horn for numerous orchestras and bands throughout the Los Angeles area. Jennifer is most known for her whimsical one-woman horn act which she began performing in the Royal Room Lounge at the Canoga Bowl, and later on America’s Got Talent. Jennifer has performed at Disneyland as a musician and gymnast, has recorded for major television networks, films, and documentaries; she is also on-call with Cirque du Soleil for the horn. In addition to playing horn, Jennifer is also an actress, having acted in numerous stage productions, on TV, as well as in film and national commercials. Credits include Fame (2009), Glee, Modern Family, Criminal Minds, and The Mentalist. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and a Master of Music degree from USC.

A big thanks goes out to James Domine for writing this wonderful horn concerto! Jennifer would like to dedicate the performance of this piece to her UCLA horn teacher, Brian O'Connor, who passed away last month. Brian definitely would have enjoyed this one as I am incorporating so much of what he taught me in this piece."

You can check out Jennifer's website at www.jenniferfrenchhorn.com

Aliya Hunter - Solo Cello

Aliya Hunter was born in the San Fernando Valley and has been playing cello for seven years. She started studying under Madeline Sarkisian and has now been studying with Rachael Lonergan for almost six years. She has played in several classical ensembles, including the Moonlight String Quartet which is centered in the Westlake and Thousand Oaks areas, and has also been featured on highly acclaimed singer/songwriter Zanny’s EP “All the Ghosts.” She has attended the National Cello Institute for three years, where her past two solo performances have received standing ovations. She is currently principle cellist in the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra and has participated in solo competitions such as LAVS and SYMF, in which she received third place in 2012.

She is sixteen years old and a junior at Santa Susana High School, where she is undecided in her career choice. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, hanging out with her friends, cooking, watching movies and reading. She is extremely grateful to the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for giving her this incredible opportunity.

Isaac Yun - Solo Cello

Isaac Yun is a 17 year old senior presently attending West Ranch High School. He has been studying the cello under the instruction of Rachael Lonergan for seven years, after deciding that the violin was not best suited for him. He has successfully completed the Certificate of Merit through the highest level and has qualified for the Certificate of Merit Annual Convention three years in a row. He has been a member of the Open Academy Youth Orchestra, CSUN Philharmonic, and is currently enrolled in the Colburn Music School Youth Orchestra.

Outside of his musical life, Isaac is engaged in numerous school clubs and organizations such as National Honors Society and Do Something. He has been an active community service volunteer; picking up trash along  Castaic Lake, and volunteering at community library events. He also volunteers weekly at the Old Town Newhall Public Library. He hopes to attend either University of California San Diego or Northeastern University with a major in Pharmacy.

Devon Valdez - Solo Piano

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Devon Valdez started playing piano at the age of seven.  In 2010 he began studying at Virtuoso Piano Studio, under the guidance of his current teacher, Dr. Marina Grozdanovic.  Since then he has participated in numerous recitals, festivals and competitions in the Los Angeles area.  In 2013, he was a winner of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, MTAC West Valley branch.  The following year he won the regional Southern California Junior Bach Festival and in 2015, at the age of 15, he was the winner at the MTAC West Valley Concerto Competition.  Devon participates annually in the MTAC Certificate of Merit program and is currently preparing for level 9.

Devon is currently a sophomore and straight A honor student, and competes for his high school's Science Bowl team.  In his spare time, he enjoys bowling and competes in several yearly tournaments.  And, of course, he loves listening to classical music whenever he can.

Nancy Roth - Solo Violin

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Nancy Roth, violinist and violist, is currently concertmaster of the Culver City Symphony and Marina del Rey Summer Symphony. She is also principal second violinist of the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and a member of the Pasadena Symphony. She is a former member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, was co-principal violist of the Graz Philharmonic in Austria, and she served many years as concertmaster of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Carson-Dominguez Hills Symphony. Nancy has been a featured soloist with numerous Southern California orchestras including the Culver City Symphony, Carson Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Southland Symphony Orchestra, Valley Symphony and Rio Hondo Symphony. She has given recitals and radio broadcasts in the United States, Austria and Mexico, and she is currently a member of the new music group "TEMPO" based at CSUN. Nancy is a member of the String Family Players (quintet), which performs educational programs for the Music Center On Tour, and she has been on the faculty of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute Summer Music Festival. She has played baroque violin and viols with James Tyler in the London Early Music Group and Los Angeles Musica Viva. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Music from CSUN, a Master of Music from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from USC.

Katherine Marsh - Solo Flute

Katherine Marsh, Flutist and Piccolo player, originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, received her Bachelors of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying under Bonita Boyd, and her Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern California, studying under Roger Stevens. Ms. Marsh is currently principal flute with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra and solo piccolo player for the Santa Barbara Symphony. She has performed on the piccolo and flute with the New West and Long Beach Symphony Orchestras, the Pasadena Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Grand Opera and the Master Chorale. Ms. Marsh has been the recipient of numerous Chamber Music Awards, and is a member of the California Music Teachers’ Association. She resides in Granada Hills with her husband Jeff, a composer and guitarist, and their son Patrick.

Steven Ades - Solo Bassoon

Steven Ades, a native of the San Fernando Valley, grew up in a music-filled home that included live chamber music provided by his clarinetist father and his musician friends. Steve fell in love with music at a very early age, and was always fascinated by the sound of the bassoon on the various "child's introduction to the orchestra" type records he often listened to when he was growing up.  At the age of 12, he enrolled in the "Beginning Winds" class at Portola Jr. High School and chose to learn this wonderful instrument. After Portola, Steve continued his studies at Reseda High School and eventually earned a Bachelor's of Music Degree from CSUN. He has been a student of several fine L.A .bassoonists - Don Christlieb, Alan Goodman, Ken Munday and Julie Feves. A member of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra since 1986, he has also enjoyed freelancing in local community orchestras and other ensembles for over 30 years. Steve has been a featured soloist several times with the SFVSO.  He is very excited to perform Maestro James Domine's Bassoon Concerto for the second time, and finds it to be an extremely rewarding composition which very much deserves to become part of the "standard repertoire" for the bassoon.

Daniel Grab - Solo Cello

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A native of Los Angeles, California, Daniel is a graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music.  There, he studied under Eleonore Schoenfeld and Alexander Suleiman, and performed chamber music with Midori Goto.  As a private teacher in the Los Angeles area, Daniel has worked with beginning students through college graduates.  His students have performed with local orchestras, and have won scholarships to such programs as Crossroads School, Center Stage Strings, and Aspen Music Festival.  In Summer of 2014, Daniel was on the cello faculty at Luzerne Music Center in upstate New York.  There, he performed chamber music with principal players of the Sarasota Orchestra, soloist and music center president Elizabeth Pitcairn, and assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Michelle Kim.  Daniel also works as a freelance musician throughout southern California, is principal cellist of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and is an active performer, appearing with local bands, in recital, or soloing with area orchestras.  Daniel is currently pursuing his M.M. in Cello Performance at CSUN under the tutelage of Professor Diane Roscetti.

Larry Tuttle - Composer

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Larry Tuttle is the winner of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2014 H.J. Heinz Company Audience of the Future Composition Competition. Larry’s winning work CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE was performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony under conductor Fawzi Haimor. (CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE was given its initial premiere by James Domine and the San Fernando Valley Symphony. The YouTube video of that performance was instrumental in Larry winning the contest in Pittsburgh).

Trained extensively in double bass from an early age, Larry’s youth growing up in Seattle was saturated with orchestral music. Larry’s bass mentors included Ron Simon, James Harnett and jazz legend Gary Peacock, with whom Larry studied ear training and improvisation. He also spent a summer studying with Oscar Zimmerman at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, where he was the principal bassist in the World Youth Symphony, playing and learning under a wide array of prestigious guest conductors.

An obsession with the bass guitar and a long detour through rock and pop music (including two albums released on Warner Brothers Records with the rock group RUSSIA) eventually led Larry to an eclectic instrument called the Chapman Stick, and a pop-classical hybrid group called FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC. Made up of viola, classical guitar, Chapman Stick and drums, FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC mixed twentieth century classical music with rock, pop and filmscore ideas, all unified by an intricate and complex arranging style.

FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC went on to release four CDs. THROUGH THE GATES, Larry’s disc of solo compositions for the Stick, is considered to be one of the landmark recordings of that instrument. Larry and his partner violist Novi Novog now perform and record as STRING PLANET.

Turning his attentions to concert music, Larry found success with his first orchestral work, the aforementioned winner of the Pittsburgh Symphony contest. He is currently a composing and performing member of CELA (Composers Ensemble of Los Angeles). He also composes for TV and film, with a long list of credits (see elephantfeathersmusic.com).

For a more complete view of Larry’s concert work, please visit www.larrytuttle.com

PROGRAM NOTES – TALES OF SCIENCE AND MAGIC

TALES OF SCIENCE AND MAGIC is a four-movement suite for orchestra. It’s loosely based on the relationship between logic and intuition, and is influenced by my love of speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy).

The first movement, THE INFORMATION AGE, is a world unto itself, a compact little mini-opus in a three-part form. The opening section is a portrait of a highly advanced and technological world - fast, extroverted, slightly distracted and fragmentary. Ideas proliferate, but disappear almost before you know they are there. A clarion call from the brass announces the transition to the center section, which is a much more focused and intuitive place. All of the music in this section grows from one basic theme, which is initially stated by the horns, and then moves through various moods as it is passed around the orchestra. Another call from the brass heralds the return of the A section, which this time around is optimistic and radiant, being fortified by the inclusion of the theme brought forward from the mid-section.

The second movement, THE INNER LANDS, is a quiet and tranquil introspection. The central musical idea is a three-voice chorale, which works hand-in-hand with a lyrical counter-melody. The only interruption of the mood is a brief set of luminous “revelation” chords, which appear out of nowhere to provide a lift, and then quickly return to stillness as the music moves on.

ANTI-GRAVITY SCHERZO is a lightweight and goofy little invention that serves to wake up the proceedings and bring us back from inner tranquility. It’s based on a simple little melody, so simple it might have been a nursery rhyme. The momentum ramps up, goes slightly out of control, and then transitions without stopping directly on to the final movement.

INFINITY’s CLOCK arrives out of nowhere, with a bang. It has a mammoth sound, using the full resources of the orchestra to create a huge and monolithic repeating riff. The main theme is build from wide interval leaps in the violins. The eventual return of the “revelation” chords from the second movement, this time sounding in the entire orchestra, leads to what I call a “hyper-coda”, where all of the main themes from the entire suite sound together in a big, loud messy montage.

Ivy Lee - Solo Piano

Ivy Lee, Piano Soloist

13 year old Ivy Lee followed her older sister Graceful’s footsteps from the very beginning when they were living in Taiwan: she too began her piano and violin studies at an early age and enrolled in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exam program. It was also in 2008 when Ivy joined the JianAn Elementary Orchestra under the teaching of Tian-Ji Lin, and entered numerous competitions.

After moving to the U.S. in 2010, Ivy continued studying both instruments as well. She is studying piano with Shirley Hsieh and violin with Aimee Kreston, and has made impressive progress. Ivy has won the following awards on the violin: Scholarship recipient of the Los Angeles City Elementary School Music Association (2011); the 31st District PTSA Clarice Chaplin Music Scholarship (2014); First Prize in the Taiwan Music Competition (2013). She has participated in the Children’s Music Workshop’s Honor Orchestra at UCLA, and most recently in the Chamber Music Program at Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Ivy is a member of the CSUN Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the concertmistress of her school (Hale Junior High) orchestra. She has won the following competitions on the piano; First Prize in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival Piano Open Concerto Category (2012); Winner of the MTAC Contemporary Music Festival (2012, 2013); First Prize in the Junior Division of the MTAC Memorial Awards Competition (2013); First Prize in the International Music Competition (2013, Taiwan); First Prize in the Taiwan Music Competition (2013) as well as the National Musical Competition of Baroque (2013)

Throughout her education, Ivy has realized that music is and has always been an indispensable part of her. It has consistently proven to be her greatest strength. She has high aspirations for her own future in music, coupled with a steadfast faith in its universal power to touch all people deeply.

Graceful Lee - Solo Piano

Graceful Lee, Solo Pianist

Graceful Lee, age 17, started her piano studies at the age of six and violin lessons six months later in Taipei, Taiwan where she was living then. She entered the Association Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exam program soon after and won First Place in the Steinbach Piano Competition after only one year of studying. In 2008, Graceful won Second Place with the JianAn Elementary Orchestra in the Taipei City Music Competition under the conducting of Tian-Ji Lin, a renowned Taiwanese violinist and conductor. A year later she won the String Quartet and Piano Performance categories in the same competition, and she was awarded First Place for violin in the Taiwanese Brahms Musical Competition in 2010.

Graceful moved to the U.S. with her family in the summer of 2010. She continued to pursue her musical education and is currently studying piano with Shirley Hsieh and violin with Aimee Kreston. She has participated in MTAC's Certificate of Merit exam for both instruments every year and has reached the Advanced Panel Level in 2013. She has won the following honors on the violin: Scholarships from the Los Angeles Secondary Music Teachers Association (2010) and the Clarice Chaplin Award (2011); Second Prize in the Taiwan Music Competition (2013). Graceful has also won the following prizes on the piano: Honorable Mention in the MTAC Contemporary Music Festival (2011); Second prize in the National Musical Competition of Baroque (2013, Taiwan); First Prize in the Taiwan Music Competition (2013); Southern California Junior Bach Festival (2014). Most recently, she won Second Prize in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival Piano Open Concerto category in July 2014.

Graceful is a senior at El Camino Real Charter High School where she has been the concertmistress of the school orchestra since her freshman year, as well as a member of the CSUN Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Graceful hopes to pursue a math and/or science related major in college while continuing her interest in music.

Cary Belling - Composer

Since 1983, Cary Belling has been active in Southern California as a conductor, composer, violinist and teacher. He began his professional career as a violinist with the San Antonio Symphony at age 22. Currently he performs throughout Southern California as a member of the California Philharmonic and Desert Symphony as well as makes recordings and appearances for a number of distinguished ensembles. He has served, as an assistant conductor with the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the University Synagogue Chamber Orchestra,and the Brentwood Symphony.  He holds a masters degree in conducting from California State University at Northridge and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

As a composer, Mr. Belling has received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, American Music Center, the Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Meet The Composer California as well as eleven ASCAP Plus awards. His compositions have been performed by the Burbank Philharmonic, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Inland Empire Symphony, the Pasadena Community Orchestra, the Brentwood Symphony, and the Palisades Symphony. In addition he is a music instructor at The Chandler School in Pasadena and also maintains his own private studio teaching violin and viola. He is looking forward to future performances of his works by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and the Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.

Victor de Almeida - Solo Viola

A double prize winner of the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition, Victor de Almeida performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician throughout Southern California and the world.

He has been the Principal Violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Paavo Järvi and the Associate Principal Violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. While studying at the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he was serving as the Principal Violist of the Annapolis Symphony and a regular substitute violist with the Baltimore Symphony. With the Cincinnati Symphony, Victor has also performed on two European tours and for the Beijing Olympics celebration.

Recently, he was the Guest Principal Violist for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Guest Principal Violist for the Los Angeles Opera, the Principal Violist for the Castleton Opera Festival under the baton of Lorin Maazel, and the Guest Principal of the New West Symphony.

He has taught master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and is currently on the string faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles. In addition to his numerous solo and chamber music performances, Victor is a recording artist for Fox Television Network.

Mr. de Almeida was born into a Brazilian and American musical family in Adelaide, Australia where his parents were the Principal and Assistant Principal Cellists of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He began playing violin and piano at the age of three. He is also an avid collector of viola music and takes pride in performing rare selections.

He has recently completed his debut recording of his arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”  for viola and piano with pianist Harut Senekerenian with the sponsorship of the Stravinsky Foundation.

Carmen Cabral - Solo Piano

Carmen Cabral

Carmen Cabral (age 16) has been playing piano for twelve years, the last eight under the tutelage of Joanna Ezrin. She has passed the Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit exam eight times, earning her advanced level theory exemption this year, and has gone on to play at the state convention both in ensemble and solo recitals every year. Last year, she was also selected to play in a master class with Randall Faber in Santa Clara at the MTAC convention performing Toccata by James Domine. She has been a consistent winner in the annual branch Contemporary and Sight Reading Festivals, as well as the Branch and Regional Southern California Junior Bach Festivals. Carmen also was a winner in the Junior Division Memorial Awards in 2012. She is currently a sophomore and is an honors student at Chaminade College Preparatory. In addition to piano, she spends her free time playing field hockey and acting.

Colin Muir - Solo Piano

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Colin Muir is a senior at Agoura High School where he is a graduating valedictorian, captain of the Varsity Golf team, and an Eagle Scout. He has been playing the piano since the age of seven, has helped coach younger piano students, and has played both as a soloist and with his high school's award winning jazz band and orchestra. While playing with the jazz band, Agoura won the national competition Swing Central in Savannah, Georgia. While playing in the musical The Phantom of the Opera with the school orchestra, they won the prestigious Jerry Herman award at the Pantages Theater. As a soloist, Colin has won the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and branch Contemporary and Sight Reading Festivals. Through Certificate of Merit, Colin has been chosen for Honors Recital every year, has played at state convention as a soloist, in ensembles, and in the improvisation celebration recital. It is an honor to play this amazing concerto, and Colin would like to thank his teacher Joanna Ezrin and Maestro Domine for this incredible opportunity!

Vera Weber - Solo Piano

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Vera Weber is 17 years old. She has been playing piano since age five and has been studying with Joanna Ezrin for the past four years. Vera is a junior at Calabasas High school, where she plays piano in her school orchestra and in the pit band. She is president of the music club at her school called Songs for Senior Citizens. Vera also plays mandolin. She excels both academically and musically and is planning on being a piano performance major in college. Her favorite types of music to play are Bach and contemporary music.

She has performed with Maestro Domine’s orchestra on a handful of occasions  since 2012, playing celeste. Vera has performed on and received film credit for several movies, and is currently interning as composer's assistant for her father Matthias Weber. She has won numerous competitions for both improvisation and classical performance including Fullerton College Ensemble Festival, the branch Contemporary and Sightreading Festivals, and the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, both as a branch and Regional Festival winner. This month, Vera was selected for Panel Honors through the Certificate of Merit program. This is a state-wide, two-round, competitive evaluation which selects an elite group of the top young pianists in the state. She aspires to become either a concert pianist or a professional film composer like her father.

Christine Ye Seul Park - Solo Violin


Christine Ye Seul Park, a senior at San Gabriel Mission High School, was born in Seoul, Korea and moved with her family to Beijing, China when she was 12.

A family friend suggested she come to Los Angeles to continue her violin studies, where she was introduced to her teacher, Linda Rose, through one of her students.

Since coming here at age 16 she has won first place in the pre-college division of the American String Teachers Association, Los Angeles Finals Competition and will move on to the State Finals. She was also a finalist in the VOCE State Finals in 2012. She has participated in the Young Musicians Foundation and Junior Chamber Music Programs, and recently won a position in the Pasadena Conservatory Chamber Music Program for 2013-14.

She participated in the 2013 Beverly Hills International Music Festival, performing in solo and orchestral concerts, and had lessons with acclaimed violinist, Oleh Krysa.

Christine has been a member of the American Youth Symphony. She would like to major in violin and will audition for conservatories in the Spring of 2014.

James Quan - Solo Piano


James Quan is a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory High School. He began his piano lessons with Shirley Hsieh at the age of 10 and has continued with Ms. Hsieh to the present. James was a winner in the MTAC San Fernando Valley Branch Contemporary Music Festival (2009 - 2012) as well as the Memorial Awards Competition. In addition to music, James is a very active member of his school clubs. He is the Vice President of Administration in the Chinese-American Citizens Alliance Youth Council and is also the Special Project Manager leading a major component of the robotics program. In the future, James hopes to pursue a career in engineering and to continue studying piano.

Michael Kibbe - Composer

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Mr. Kibbe was born and raised in the San Diego area, where he received his earliest musical education, which included lessons on the snare drum, accordion, saxophone and tap dancing. His first composition was composed in junior high school, and his first completed “real” work, a Fugue, (after Bach) was performed by his high school concert band in 1963. As of this writing, Kibbe’s total creative output is over 220 concert works, including pieces for band and orchestra, as well as concertos, and a large variety of chamber music for strings, winds, piano and percussion. His works have been commissioned by the City of Los Angeles, the Pacific Serenades concert series, Quatrocelli, to name a few. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Israel and China.  Kibbe recently traveled to the East Coast to attend the premiere of his TRIBUTE for band, commissioned by the Buffalo/Niagara Concert Band

Information about Michael Kibbe and his music can be found on the internet at www.michaelkibbe.com

PROGRAM NOTES – AZTEC FANTASY

AZTEC FANTASY, opus 128 was inspired by my readings about early Meso-American cultures. Although not programatic in any detailed sense, it does try to touch on my imagined sense of the times and the people: the colorful pageantry, the primitive religious impulses, and the horrific bloodletting ceremonies that marked the final Aztec period. This particular work has gone through several incarnations; more than any of my other pieces. It originated as my second string quartet but has also been arranged as a work for 18 wind instruments, and later received performances as a chamber ensemble piece scored for 12 instruments, strings and winds. The full orchestra version represents a FINAL reworking of the material. MK June 21, 2009   Michael Kibbe, A.S.C.A.P.

Timothy Le - Solo Violin

Timothy Le is fifteen years old and began studying violin at age four. He is currently studying with Ms. Linda Rose. Participating with the CSUN Youth Orchestra since third grade, he now plays in the Philharmonic Orchestra. Timothy received a LACMA Award and gave a Certificate of Merit Honors Recital in 2007. He also won the Southwest Youth Music Festival Competition in July 2007. In summer 2011, Timothy participated in the highly selective Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival under the direction of Wu Han and David Finckel. In 2012, he was second in the branch solo and first in the branch ensemble VOCE Competition.

In February 2012, Timothy was chosen to be the Concert Master of the California Association of Independent Schools Music Festival at the View Point School under the baton of Dr. Ivan Schulman, and in April 2012 his JCM trio ensemble performed the Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition, Timothy is a regular soloist at the Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church and has appeared on the Saigon Broadcasting Television Network. For the last five summers, he has participated in the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival under the direction of Professor Andrew Cook. In June 2012, he won the MTAC Concerto Competition and, on October 13, 2012, will perform with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Domine.  In July 2012, he was invited to solo the complete Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Binh Vu. In August 2012, Timothy was invited to Vienna, Austria, to solo with the Vienna Residence Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michele Santorsola, in a performance of the Mozart Concerto No 3. Timothy has also received a scholarship from the Laberge Music Foundation.

Besides his music awards, Timothy has also won numerous science awards. He is currently attending Sierra Canyon School, where he enjoys setting up and supporting computer networks.

Nathan Le - Composer

Twelve year old Nathan Le began his cello studies at the age of four; he has studied with Nancy Yamagata and Andrew Cook, and currently studies with Ronald Leonard.

Nathan has participated in the CSUN Youth Orchestra for the past six years and is currently principal cellist with the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In 2009, he won and received a scholarship from the L.A.Cello Society. He was the first place winner of the Memorial Award Competition in 2011, first alternate in VOCE State and MTAC Concerto Competitions in 2011, a winner of the Fe’ Bland Scholarship in 2010, the Elaine Armstrong Award for Outstanding Cellists at the Long Beach Mozart Concerto Competition in 2010, and the Antelope Valley Concerto Competition in January 2011. He was one of the top two winners of the Rosemonde Laberge Music Foundation in 2011 and 2012. Recently he won the Young Artist Concerto Competitions of the Torrance Symphony and the Bellflower Symphony. This April, Nathan’s piano trio performed the Arensky Piano Trio in D minor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He participated in the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and in the highly selective Music@Menlo in 2011 under the direction of Wu Han and David Finckel

Nathan and his piano trio performed Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor in April 2010. In April 2012, he performed the three movements of the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major with the St. Petersburg Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Binh Vu, who has been a major inspiration to Nathan from the beginning of his studies. Nathan recently had the opportunity to solo with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Frank Fetta.

In July 2012, Nathan soloed Saint Saens Concerto No.1 in A minor with the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia, under the baton of Maestro Binh Vu. On August 5, 2012, he was invited to Vienna, Austria, to solo with the Vienna Residence Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Michele Santorsola, in a performance of the Haydn Concerto No. 1 in C Major.

In addition to studying piano with Ms. Violette Hu, Nathan also studied composition with Maestro James Domine for three years and, in December 2010, performed his first Cello Concerto with the Pierce College Chamber Orchestra. In December 2011, Nathan and his brother Timothy played the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in D minor, composed by Nathan, with the Pierce College Chamber Orchestra. He has recently completed his first piano quintet and his first symphony.

Nathan is an 8th grader at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California. He enjoys Rubik’s cube, ping pong, foosball, math, and science.

Rebecca Schauer - Featured Pianist

            Rebecca spent her toddler years climbing onto the piano bench and sight reading music for hours every day. She began formal piano studies at age three, and flute studies from age ten through age fourteen. By the time she reached her eighteenth birthday this year, Rebecca had compiled an impressive list of musical accomplishments. She was a first place winner in more than thirty local, regional, and state piano and flute competitions and festivals. She participated in the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, PBS’s From the Top program, and was an MTAC State Panel winner, one of the selected top thirty high school age pianists in the state. Rebecca auditioned for, and was accepted to the California Summer School for the Arts Class of 2010, held at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). In addition to her studies and recitals, she participated in the filming of a public service announcement which aired on the Ovation Channel. Rebecca was awarded the Governor’s Medallion with the designation “California Arts Scholar”, the highest award given by the state for excellence in the arts.

            Rebecca is an AP Scholar, and CSF Gold Seal Bearer honors graduate of Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California, Class of 2011. She played on the school’s water polo and swim teams, and received numerous scholastic awards and scholarships, including the Presidential Award for Merit, and two Scholar-Athlete awards for varsity swim. She co-founded a campus community service club, and was the sole pianist with the school’s prestigious Jazz A Band.

            Rebecca is an incoming freshman at the University of California Berkeley, as a physics and astronomy major. 

Tamara Gyulnazarova - solo violin

Tamara Gyulnazarova

Tamara Gyulnazarova began playing violin at the age of 8, with her mom, professional violinist Zhanna Gyulnazarova, as her primary teacher. She started working with Professor Abram Shtern, who was her consulter for a few years and, by 12, had won prizes in the local Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) Competitions, including the Contemporary Music Festival, Scholarship Competition, Bach Festival, among others. She completed the Certificate of Merit program with honors at the age of 16 and was annually selected for the Honors Recital and Convention. As a freshman, she won the CSUN Concerto Competition, and has performed as soloist and as concertmaster at venues such as the Shrine Auditorium and Disney Hall with the Junior Philharmonic. She was appointed concertmaster of the CSUN Symphony Orchestra in 2009/2010 conducted by Dr. Roscigno. Tamara was the first place winner of the 2010 Gail Newby Concerto Competition which gave her the opportunity to perform with the Antelope Valley Symphony in March 2010. She has been a member of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Domine, for several years now and appeared as a soloist in the 2009/2010 season performing Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, and again as soloist with the SFVSO on January 28, 2012, in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major. Aside from music, Tamara enjoys playing chess, cooking, reading, and sewing.

Rich Capparela - guest host & narrator

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In 1972 an employment counselor asked Rich Capparela, "If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?" Without hesitation he replied, "A classical music radio announcer!" Today Rich is one of the best-known classical music radio personalities in the United States.

Capparela announces concert broadcasts in Southern California for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and the New West Symphony. His recording company, Cardiff Studios, produces commercials and programming for U.S. arts organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The July 1998 "Best of L.A." edition of Los Angeles Reader chose Capparela as "The Best Classical D.J. in Los Angeles." In December of 1998 Rich debuted at Carnegie Hall as a narrator in a performance of Benjamin Britten's World of the Spirit. In November of 1999 he made his first appearance with the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, narrating The Night Before Christmas. Beginning in 1998 Rich became a member of the annual Grammy Awards screening committee for classical music. In 2001 he voiced the theatrical trailer for the Rachel Griffiths film Amy and portrayed the Emperor of China in the 26-week animation series Flutemaster, which began airing throughout the United States in 2003. In December of 2001 as part of Los Angeles Music Week Capparela was honored in chamber by the Los Angeles City Council for his contributions to the city's music community. In 2002 Capparela provided program notes for LAGQ: Latin, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's debut album for the Telarc label. The album received a Grammy Nomination in the "Best Crossover Album" category. Rich continued his association with the Grammys in February of 2004 when he presented the year's classical Grammys in Los Angeles.

One of Rich's secret passions has reemerged within the past few years. He is once again active as a lead singer and guitarist with a four-piece cover rock band, Otherwise Normal. His other interests include the deep blue sea. He's been a scuba instructor and has conducted tours to the Caribbean and the Fiji Islands. He's also tried his hand at skydiving. Rich and his wife Marcia, a private school administrator, live in Santa Monica, California.

Rich was the guest host and narrator for the orchestra's gala fundraising concert on January 22, 2011.

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