• 01/26/2019

Domine Sampler - A Compositional Legacy Program


The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra (SFVSO) is excited to introduce an opportunity for students of all ages, instruments, and voice to perform works by the renowned composer James Domine. The highest caliber of these students will be selected to perform one movement of a Domine Concerto or solo work on one of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra concerts. Each concert will include a “Domine Sampler” for the audience to be introduced to these great works. Domine’s compositions are available on his website

For audition information, please contact the co-chairs, Joanna Ezrin or Nara Petrosyan:


  1. Introduce great new works to our community;
  2. Provide students with new and rare performance opportunities.

Domine Sampler – Philosophy

The art of music is the language of emotion, the embodiment of aesthetic expression. The elements of music engage the simplest to the most complex forms of human communication. The symphony orchestra, as it exists today, emerges from a blazing fiery forge of unrelenting genius, the culmination and product of centuries of research and development, brought to fruition by successive generations of composers, each finding their own path through the labyrinth of music.

An orchestra by definition harnesses the combined expressive capabilities and powers of a very specific yet purposefully diverse set of highly trained, disciplined and focused artists. The objective pursuit of an orchestra is to give a performance that fulfills the expressive intent of the composer, whose ideas are communicated to the audience through the experience of the music itself.

Since 1983, James Domine has led the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra in many orchestral concert performances that over the years have become an integral part of the cultural life in southern California. In a universe filled with wonderful music, it is natural, after decades devoted to the pursuit of excellence, to philosophize about what our orchestra, in its relatively small corner of a vast and uncharted terrain, has been able to contribute to the larger, seemingly limitless world of music. In retrospect, one of the primary contributions the SFVSO has made to the larger sphere of musical endeavor is a substantial number of new and unique compositions.

The Domine Sampler is a supplemental legacy program of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. Since its inception, the SFVSO has always embraced the performance of new compositions as an integral part of our artistic mission. Every year we are pleased to present premiere and/or rarely heard works not because they are new, but because their expressive qualities represent an opportunity to provide our audiences with unique and interesting musical experience. As a composer, James Domine has performed many of his orchestral compositions with the SFVSO. These would include 6 symphonies, 3 piano concerti, concerti for violin, viola, violoncello, alto saxophone, flute, French horn, bassoon, guitar, excerpts from his opera “Luke and Sarah,” among other works. Some contemporary composers whose works have been recently performed by the SFVSO would include: Michael Kibbe, Charles Fernandez, Larry Tuttle, Richard Egizi, Ralph Kessler, Cary Belling, Nathan Le, Ted Twitchell, Rocco di Giovanni, Elmer Bernstein & Roberto Martinez.

Some of the recent Domine Sampler performers are listed below:

Raine Soriano - Solo Piano


Raine Soriano Domine Sampler Pianist

Raine Soriano is a sophomore at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES). His love for piano started when he was ten years old when he participated in an after-school piano class. This program, taught by Sterling Smith, led to a passion for studying piano. In August 2014, Raine began studying classical piano under the guidance of Ms. Joanna Ezrin. He started studying jazz under Daniel Schauer two years later. Raine had the honor of performing at with the Pierce College Orchestra in 2015.

Having turned 15 last June, Raine has participated and won awards in various competitions in Los Angeles including the Contemporary Festival, Memorial Awards, and the Junior Bach Festival. He has also qualified to attend the annual convention four years in a row with excellent scores in the Certificate of Merit exams. This young musician earned the privilege of playing in Carnegie Hall in New York in June 2018 as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival. Raine recently joined his high school jazz ensemble in hopes of sharing his passion for music with his peers. He is also dedicated to his challenging school schedule this semester as well as devoting time for community service. Raine is immensely appreciative and thankful to Maestro Domine for providing this wonderful honor of playing with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Dara Moayer - Solo Violin

Dara Moayra Domine Sampler Violinist

Violinist, Dara Moayer, a sophomore at Westlake High School, began studying the violin about five years ago with his current teacher, Elise Goodman. In the past year, he has performed for the first time as a soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. He has achieved a Gold Medal in the MTAC’s Contemporary Festival and Branch Honors in MTAC’s Certificate of Merit every year he has participated. Dara is currently performing in his school’s top ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and in the past he has performed as concertmaster of Lindero Canyon Middle School’s ensembles: Concert Orchestra, Eklektikos, and Eklektic String Quartet. An avid chamber musician, he has participated in the Junior Chamber Music program for three years, in which his Piano Trio was designated an Honors group. Additionally, he co-founded a student-run non-profit organization known as Harmonic Youth Orchestra which organizes fellow students into small chamber groups to play at different locations, such as senior citizen centers. “H.Y.O.” is a way for students like Dara to express and share the happiness they find in music with the community. Dara would like to thank Maylian Wu, Elise Goodman, Joanna Ezrin, James Domine, and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for making this a possibility.

Maylian Wu - Solo Violin

Maylian Wu Domine Sampler Violinist

Maylian Wu is a violinist studying under the tutelage of Elise Goodman. She began playing the violin at the age of 11. She has been a section leader at LCMS's top orchestra and is participating with JCM. Maylian is also a founder of Harmonic Youth Orchestra, Inc., a student run non-profit organization dedicated to spreading joy to the community through music. Maylian is incredibly honored to be performing the Domine Concerto for Two Violins alongside her close friend Dara Moayer with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.


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