• 03/21/2015

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra


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 "" 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 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

Ruth Bruegger

Ruth Bruegger is concertmaster of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of UCLA, Ruth is a veteran of many concert and studio performances.  She has performed as featured soloist for the Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor, the Viotti Concerto #22 in A minor, the Bach Concerto in E major, the 2012 inaugural performance of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G major by James Domine and most recently the Mozart Concerto #5 in A major. Ruth has provided us with this biographical account that gives insight into her musical philosophy: “This year marks my 50th year playing this little wooden 100 year old box with its aluminum, silver and gold strings. (Cat gut went out of fashion years ago). Why persist in doing something for this long? The Albert Einstein quote comes to mind: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." In a musician's case, we want the same results, we love playing music and our joy is in seeing our audience’s response.  We want to help them step out of themselves in our musical meditations. This thing we do hardly ever sours, this weird filling of empty space with something dynamically electrical from another realm.  It's like riding on the string theory with only 4 strings. Our passions crescendo past ourselves. Does it get any easier? Sometimes it's automatic, but mostly it takes a lot of concentration and self-criticism. My best experiences have not only been traveling the world, but playing here at home for our special audiences at the Canoga Bowl, up close and personal! I leave you with the words Henry Kissinger said to me in his low gravelly voice: "I Love Mozart!"

Daniel Grab - Solo Cello


Daniel Grab, cellist, is a Los Angeles native graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music. There he studied under the late Eleonore Schoenfeld, and more recently with her protégé Alexander Suleiman, earning both a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Certificate. For three semesters, Daniel was selected to participate in a chamber music program led by soloist Midori Goto and performed multiple times with the violinist. As a member of the USC Thornton Symphony, Daniel had the opportunity to share the stage with numerous world class musicians from Itzhak Perlman to Stevie Wonder. His former teachers include Rachael Lonergan, Andrew Cook, Dr. Richard Naill, Dan Smith, and former Los Angeles Philharmonic section principal Ron Leonard.

Daniel recently released a debut CD as part of the rock/folk duo "Meekos and Me" under the guidance of Invengo Records CEO Joshua Rumer. The project challenges the cello's role in popular music, employing the instrument as a truly integral part of the group's sound.  As part of another unique collaboration, Daniel has recently partnered with acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Waters in a project that expects to enter the studio in summer 2012.  Between these two groups, Daniel has performed at countless iconic Southern California venues such as: The Hotel Cafe, The Mint, The Viper Room, The Airliner, King King, The Soho, and Saint Rocke.

Daniel has been a private cello teacher in the Los Angeles area for the last five years.  His teaching talent and dedication have produced impressive results and opportunities for his students, including: an invitation to perform as a soloist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, 1st place in the 2011 Los Angeles Violoncello Society scholarship competition, 2nd place in the 2011 SYMF competition, and acceptance into exclusive summer music programs such as "Center Stage" in Three Rivers, CA.

When he isn't practicing, teaching, rehearsing, or performing, Daniel enjoys pursuing his other passion, surfing.

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.

Aubree Oliverson - Solo Violin

Aubree Oliverson, Violin Soloist

Sixteen-year-old Aubree Oliverson has twice been featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top, and is a three-time Utah Symphony Salute-to- Youth winner, and was also awarded the opportunity to solo the complete Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony on their All-Star Evening at age thirteen. Aubree won first prize in the American Protégé International Strings Competition and soloed at Carnegie Hall at age twelve. She won a Utah Best-of-State award, and was the Arts & Entertainment BOSS trophy winner for 2011 as Utah’s “Top Entertainer.” ! Aubree is a Utah Stradivarius competition winner, Young Artist Competition winner, and won the Southwestern States division in the Music Teachers National Association strings competition. She has soloed with a wide variety of groups including the Millennial Choir and Orchestras, Utah Chamber Artists, Salt Lake Pops, and was concertmistress of the Gifted Music School Orchestra of Salt Lake City for two years. Aubree most recently was featured this summer at Center Stage Strings in Three Rivers California, and has appeared in a wide variety of music videos. She has performed in venues from Seattle to Washington D.C., and in over 100 elementary schools throughout the intermountain west, motivating and inspiring young children to work hard and participate in music. Aubree is also a state and national award winning composer, and was twice recognized as a “composer of great promise” by the New York Arts Ensemble before the age of twelve. Aubree has co-composed and recorded five original CD albums, and was also the first to record the challenging and beautiful Dickson Violin Concerto (2012; composed 1966). Aubree has had master classes from Robert Lipsett, Joseph Silverstein, Andres Cardenes, David Kim, Danielle Belen, Stefan Jackiw, Evgenia Epstein, among others. She has studied violin formerly with Eugene Watanabe, and Danielle Belen, and is a currently a student of Robert Lipsett, attending the Colburn Young Artists Academy as a Marilyn Ziering scholar.

Jennifer Bliman - Solo French Horn


Jennifer has played horn in numerous orchestras and bands all over Southern California, and is currently the principal horn player for the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. She is most known for her animated horn playing, having gotten her start by playing a solo-act on the horn in the Royal Room Lounge at the Canoga Bowl. Jennifer has performed at Disneyland as a musician and gymnast, has recorded for major television networks, in films and documentaries, and is on-call with Cirque du Soleil for the horn. She is also an actress, having appeared in numerous stage productions as well as commercials, television, and film. Credits include Fame (2009), Glee, Modern Family, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist and America's Got Talent. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and a Master of Music Degree from USC.

A big thanks goes out to Maestro James Domine and the musicians of the SFVSO for the wonderful opportunity of performing a concerto.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor's degree from UCLA and a Master of Music degree from USC.

You can check out Jennifer's website at

Ernest W. Carbajal - solo cello

Ernie Carbajal Jr. Sep 2014

Ernest Carbajal, Jr., a cellist of rare ability whose artistic maturity belies his young age, began playing the cello at age five. He is a sophomore at the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute at Southern California’s renowned Crossroads School, and is a student of Daniel Grab. Ernie is a member of the school’s award-winning chamber orchestra, led by Alexander Treger, and has performed in chamber ensembles coached by such respected cellists as Daniel Rothmuller and Ben Hong, as well as viola soloist Nokuthula Ngwenyama and violin soloist Danielle Belen.

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 in Los Angeles. 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 has spent several summers at the Center Stage Strings music program, led by violinists Danielle Belen and Robert Lipsett, where he received extensive coaching in solo and chamber music repertoire. He also attended the Mammouth Chamber Music program and, in the summer of 2013, participated in the Luzerne Music Festival in upstate New York. Ernie earned a New Horizons Scholarship at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School this summer, where he studied with cellist Richard Aaron. He performed the Kodaly String Duo in Aspen as part of the Spotlight recital series.

On May 18th of this year, he performed Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody with Alexander Treger and his fellow Crossroads students on the Sundays Live concert series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was broadcast live on KUSC; and he also recently performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with international violin soloist Sarah Chang. Ernie has performed as soloist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra twice previously and is pleased to be performing with them again tonight in the Hungarian Rhapsody, for which he won this year’s Music Teachers Association Competition.

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

Nancy Roth - Solo Violin

Nancy Roth

Nancy Roth, violinist and violist, is currently concertmaster of the Culver City Symphony, Marina del Rey Summer Symphony and the Burbank Philharmonic.  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, San Fernando Valley Symphony 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.

Joanna Ezrin - Principal Pianist

Joanna Ezrin-Schauer

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. After receiving her ARCT degree from the Royal  Conservatory of Music, she completed annual summer studies at the Juilliard School, and received 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 trained 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, moved to the United States in the 1980’s, settling 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, and current vice president of the San Fernando West Valley branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. She is the monthly recital chair, as well as the chair of the annual Contemporary Festival, the branch Composer’s Today program, the Sight Reading Festival, and the Improvisation Program. She also 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 is a guest lecturer at California State University Northridge, teaching pedagogy methods. She is the principal pianist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Charles Fernandez - Composer


Emmy and Annie nominated composer Charles Fernandez has been a composer, orchestrator, bassoonist and conductor in Los Angeles since 1983.

His recent premieres include: ”Cruise and Star” for Saxophone Sextet and Harp, and two previous commissions for Dr. Larry Stoffel and CSUN: “For the Matadors” for the 50th anniversary of California State University and “Bachus Illatus” for the Los Angeles Bach Festival. 

As a media composer he has composed for television series such as Universal's Casper Cartoon Series (for which he received two Emmy and one Annie nomination); Disney's Little Mermaid; Disney's Aladdin; Disney's Doug; Disney's 101 Dalmatians; Dalmatians' Toonsylvania, Disney's Bonkers, Cartoon Networks’ Robot Chicken as well as films such as Doug's 1st Movie; All Dogs II, Pebble and the Penguin, among many others. He has also served as orchestrator and conductor on countless trailers and film projects.

My great thanks to Maestro Domine for generously sharing the podium with me, and to all the members of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra who wonderfully made this music come to life.

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

Colin Muir

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

Vera Weber

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.

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.

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


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


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.

Larry Tuttle - Composer


Larry Tuttle’s path to composing has been a long and circuitous one.  He took up double bass at an early age, and played compulsively in every orchestra he could find (Youth Symphony, school and university orchestras, All-City orchestras, music camps, you name it).  He studied bass at the University of Washington under James Harnett and Ron Simon, and spent a summer playing principal bass at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.  A course in ear training with jazz great Gary Peacock was especially enlightening.

Bass guitar and rock music provided a lengthy left turn.  Larry recorded two albums on Warner Brothers records with progressive rock band Russia.  His first efforts at composing began then as a co-writer of rock songs.  Several years later he discovered the Chapman Stick, and joined a hybrid instrumental group called FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC.  Larry wrote extensively for that group, whose music was a total hodge-podge of classical, pop, improvisation and whatever, with a heavy emphasis on the whatever.

Currently Larry is half of the composing and performing duo STRING PLANET - Larry writing and playing Chapman Stick alongside partner Novi on viola.  Larry also composes for TV and film, specializing in strings (of course) and all things imaginative and quirky.  Larry wrote the main title for the PBS show LIFE PART II.  His music has been used in feature films such as ARTHUR (2011 version) and THE CHANGE-UP, and television shows including THE GOOD WIFE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, THE TODAY SHOW and THE L WORD.  You can see and hear all about it at


CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE was pretty much an accident.  Well, if not an accident, then at least an unintended consequence.  Neither fiddling nor chorales were part of the plan.  They just showed up at the door unannounced and refused to go away.

The objective was to compose a piece that would start from a simple beginning, take you on a journey through different moods and scenarios and then arrive at a satisfying conclusion.

The beginning is basically a groove - very gentle and slightly mystical, but a groove nonetheless, a remnant (or a ghost) from all my years spent writing for a rhythm section.  If trumpets, oboes, flutes, bassoons and clarinets don’t seem like groove instruments, well, you can see my problem.  I was learning to divorce myself from the ever-present guitars, pianos, drums and basses which seem to be hard-wired into my musical psyche.

The high point of the piece for me comes at the place where the chorale and the fiddle tune play simultaneously – a slightly off-center collision of styles that hits an uplifting note and hopefully leaves behind an after-glow of optimism.  All the music at the beginning is building to that particular moment and everything that happens afterwards is winding its way slowly back down the hill.

CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE was originally written for CELA (Composers Ensemble Los Angeles), and the members of that fantastic group have my special thanks for helping me to road test it, work out the bugs and get the piece up and running.  Thanks also to James Domine and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for programming the work.

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


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.

Gary Herbig - solo saxophone

Gary Herbig

A mesmerizing classical soloist on all woodwind instruments and a Billboard Top-Ten Jazz Artist, internationally acclaimed recording artist Gary Herbig has done it all. His resume includes tours with Harry James and Elvis, as well as with Tower of Power and the Percy Faith Orchestra, to name a few.

His artistry has been heard on the sound tracks of movies and TV shows, as well as on recordings of some of the most illustrious stars in the music industry. If you've heard the clarinet solo on the TV program Cheers, or the wailing sax on Roseanne, then you've already been treated to his musical talents. Gary has played on pop chart toppers such as Olivia Newton John's Physical and Donna Summer's Bad Girl, and on jazz records by legends Herbie Hancock and George Benson.

Gary 's artistic odyssey has taken him around the world, but his heart remains in Big Sky Country. A Missoula native son, he is the first to say that receiving a scholarship enabled him to attend The University of Montana, and the education he received changed his life. A proud music alumnus, class of 1969, Gary remains very grateful for that scholarship and returns to Missoula several times a year to help student musicians aspiring to follow in his footsteps.

Mr. Herbig performed Maestro Domine's Tomahawk Suite and Concerto Quasi Improvisando at the orchestra's 22 January 2011 gala fundraising concert.

Sandro Zaninovich - guest composer

Maestro Sandro Zaninovich (aka “Mr. Zee”) is an internationally recognized Conductor and Composer who received wide recognition for his various contributions to the international music scene. A native of the Republic of Croatia, Zaninovich graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Music (capital of Croatia) in 1961. His first professional position was the Conductor of the Zagreb Radio Symphony Orchestra. He then moved to the United States in the late 1960s where he attended UCLA and received his Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. candidacy in Music.

His early musical beginnings trace back to his school days when he performed as a pianist and clarinetist, and as a bandleader with various dance bands, performing different styles with emphasis on jazz. During his diverse musical career in the U.S., Maestro Zaninovich was active in a myriad of positions, ranging from a pianist with the "Mexicali Brass" band to being a guest conductor with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

In 1972 he founded the Beverly Hills Chamber Orchestra and served as its Music Director and Conductor. Internationally, he has been a guest conductor with a number of orchestras in Europe. Sandro Zaninovich has been an instructor of music at UCLA, Los Angeles City College, and various music-learning institutions in his native Croatia. He has two degrees from his native Croatia and Masters at UCLA, where he was also a PhD candidate. His experience charts across three continents where he has conducted. Maestro Zaninovich also served as "Chairman of the Jury" for an international piano competition in 1989 in Singapore.

An award-winning composer, Sandro Zaninovich has written a number of works for orchestra, piano, violin and cello; chamber music, music for theatre, television, and educational video productions. Among other achievements, he was the winner of UCLA's Atwater-Kent Award for “Improvisations for Twelve,” as well as the first winner of the Henry Mancini Award for Composition and the Production of Music for Motion Pictures and Television Films. Since 1974, Maestro Zaninovich has created and operated numerous musical endeavors, including his SanKor Music Publishing and Recording Corporation.

Zaninovich’s special attention goes to his work with talented young music students. With the help of his able partner and assistant, Zakary Mayall, he organizes and directs Accompanied Recitals International (ARI), at which the young musicians perform with professionals. These events have wide support with music teachers, parents, and sponsors.


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