• 03/21/2020

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:

Michelle Bi - Solo Piano

Michelle Bi Solo Piano

Michelle Bi is 13 years old and in 8th grade at Medea Creek Middle School. She began playing piano at the age of five and has been devoted to the art of making music ever since. Over these years, Michelle has had the privilege of being taught by Ms. Jue He (Illinois) and Ms. Wen-qin Liu (California). Since 2015, she has been studying under Ms. Joanna Ezrin. Michelle participates in the Certificate of Merit (CM) program annually and has been selected to perform at the MTAC Convention every year with excellent scores in the CM exams. She has received awards consistently in competitions, including the Contemporary Festival, the Junior Bach Festival, the Sight Reading Festival, the Memorial Awards, and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition. She has also been selected to the Circle of Winners in the Fullerton College Piano Ensemble Competition. In 2018, she was nominated as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival and traveled to New York to perform at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Michelle is immensely thankful to Ms. Joanna Ezrin and Maestro Domine for this wonderful opportunity, and she is extremely honored to be playing with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Ben Rosen - Solo Trombone

Ben Rosen Solo Trombone

Ben Rosen, a member of the Agoura High School Studio Jazz Band and Honors Wind Ensemble, has been playing trombone for over five years. A winner of numerous solo and band awards, Ben has played and led both his Middle School and High School bands in the Reno Jazz Festival, Savannah Swing Central Festival, New Orleans Scholastic Music Festival, and many local festivals. A chart Ben composed and arranged, Surreptitious, was performed by the Conejo Valley Community Band at their summer 2019 concert. Recently, he had the honor of guest conducting at an Agoura High School Wind Ensemble concert. Ben has had the privilege of studying under clinicians such as Wycliff Gordon, Jeff Hamilton, Matt Harris, and Dan Higgins. He has been extremely influenced by his musical instructors - Daniel Schauer, Randy Aldcroft, Matt McKagan, Robert Hackett, and Chad Bloom - and is looking forward to continuing his musical journey through high school and beyond. Ben is “jazzed” to be playing with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra!

Echo Hexum - Conductor

Echo Hexum Student Conductor

Echo Hexum is a fourth grader at Topanga Elementary Charter School. She started studying piano at the age of 4. Echo was selected, on account of her exceptional Certificate of Merit scores, including her perfect theory and ear training scores, to represent the San Fernando West Valley Branch of the MTAC at the 2019 State MTAC Convention in Santa Clara. She was also an award winner in both the Sightreading Festival, the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition, and the Contemporary Festival. Echo was invited to the MTAC state convention, receiving a medal for the Improvisation Celebration Recital for her piece “The Sea”. Earlier this year she conducted the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra on their September concert. Echo will be performing a piano concerto with the Calabasas Chamber Orchestra in the spring of 2020.

In her free time Echo enjoys writing and performing songs both on her own and with her family! She and her sisters co-wrote and performed their own pop song “We Be Lookin' Like Yeah” which has been viewed over 10,000 times on YouTube and is available on streaming services such as Spotify and iTunes. She also enjoys acting, musical theater and being outdoors with her family and dogs. She is very thankful for her piano teacher, Joanna Ezrin, and for the opportunity to study conducting under Maestro James Domine.

Benjamin Hsu - Solo Piano

 Benjamin Hsu Piano Oct 2019

Benjamin Hsu, age 10, is a fifth grader at Westlake Elementary. He started studying piano under the tutelage of Mr. Chris Rainier and in 2018, when he became more serious about his music, he began studying with Ms. Joanna Ezrin. Since that time, he has won awards in every competition in which he has participated. He won the gold medal in the 2018 MTAC Contemporary Festival and the gold medal in the 2019 MTAC Sight-Reading Festival. He was also a winner in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival and an award winner in the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition. In April he performed the Peskanov 1st Piano Concerto with Maestro Domine’s Chamber Orchestra and in March he performed in a trio on a Junior Chamber Music (JCM) concert. Benjamin was selected, through his exceptional Certificate of Merit scores, to represent the San Fernando West Valley Branch of the MTAC at the 2019 State Convention in Santa Clara. In his free time Benjamin likes to hang out with his friends, play piano, and play soccer. Ben is immensely thankful to Ms. Joanna Ezrin, Maestro James Domine, and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for providing this opportunity.

Leopold Barasch - Solo Violin

Leo Barasch Violin

Leo Barasch, age 15, is a freshman at Agoura High School. When Leo was three years old, he showed an immediate interest in violin after attending his first orchestra concert. He began lessons shortly thereafter. An impassioned musician, Leo currently performs with the Los Angeles Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as Agoura High School’s Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. Previously, he was a member of the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra where he served one season as concertmaster. Aside from music, Leo is an avid cyclist, both road racing and competitive mountain biking. He also likes to surf and play tennis. Other interests include organic and biodynamic farming and animal welfare. Leo is grateful for his long-time teacher, Lauren Deutsch, and his family for their continued encouragement and loving support, and is thankful to the San Fernando Symphony Orchestra for this opportunity.

Peninah Barasch - Solo Violin

Peninah Barasch Solo Violin

Twelve year-old Peninah Barasch, is currently a member of Lindero Canyon Middle School’s concert orchestra and ensemble Eklektikos. She is also in her second year with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra where she is co-concertmaster. Previously, Peninah spent two years with the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. Having played violin since she was nearly four years old, music is very much Peninah’s passion. She has also starred in school musicals such as “Peter Pan” and most recently as the Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods.” Peninah enjoys drawing and painting and has trained as an aerial arts performer. In her free time, she loves to bike ride and go on adventures with her family and have fun with her friends. A nature-lover with a great fascination for science, she enjoys being outdoors and has a great respect for wildlife. Peninah is grateful for her violin instructor Lauren Deutsch, the loving support and inspiration of her family, and is immensely appreciative and thankful for the wonderful honor of playing with the San Fernando Symphony Orchestra.

Alice Park - Solo Flute

Alice Park flutist May 2019

Alice Park began playing the flute at age nine, and never stopped. Performing with local honor bands throughout middle and high school in addition to her school band classes, Alice developed a passion for making music with other people. In high school, she won awards such as the Maestro Award, a solo award through the Heritage Festival in San Francisco; and the John Philip Sousa Award through Royal High School. Having just graduated from CSU Northridge with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Alice has performed with the Wind Symphony, Studio Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Northridge Flute Quartet, in addition to other outside ensembles including the Orange County Wind Symphony and the Bellflower Symphony. She studies with flute professor Sandy Kipp Iles, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Alice is a private teacher and band coach, and plans to continue teaching and working as a freelance musician throughout Los Angeles and the Southern California area.

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.

Julia Wallace - Solo Piano

Julia Wallace pianist

Julia Wallace, age 15, is a sophomore at Agoura High School. She has been playing piano since the age of 5, studying under Sarah Knauer. She played on and off for 2 years, until finally, in October of 2013, she picked up her passion for piano once again, studying under Joanna Ezrin. In December of 2017, Julia played at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts International Festival.  Julia has been selected annually to perform at Music Teachers Association of California Convention recitals due to her exceptional scores in all areas of the Certificate of the Merit program. In addition, she has received many awards in competitions, including the Contemporary Festival, Sight Reading Festival, Junior Bach Festival, and Memorial Awards program. She has also been selected to the Circle of Winners in the Fullerton College Piano Ensemble Competition. Julia is honored to perform in the Domine Sampler program, especially with a piece of music that was dedicated to her.

Marc Soong - Solo Piano

Marc Soong Solo Piano

Sixteen-year-old Marc Soong has shown a keen interest in classical music since the age of three. He has won numerous national and international piano competitions including the Los Angeles Young Musicians International Competition, San Jose International Piano Competition, American Protégé International Piano and String Competition, Redlands Bowl Young Artists Competition, Classics Alive Young Artists Competition, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Steinway Piano Competition, Glendale Piano Competition, Great Composers Music International Competition, and many others. Soong won the Grand Prize at the 2018 ENKOR International Music Competition. He has been selected as a featured performer on NPR's "From the Top" a radio program broadcast nationally.

Soong studies piano under the guidance of Professor Daniel Pollack and Dr. Vladimir Khomyakov at USC Thornton School of Music. He has performed in many venues such as the Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival in Redlands, California, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, Trianon Theatre in San Jose, Gindi Auditorium in Los Angeles, Steinway & Sons Gallery in Los Angeles and Seattle areas, and many others. Soong was selected as a recipient of the Young Musicians Foundation David Weiss Scholarship in 2015-2016. Soong has attended and performed at Aspen Music Festival in June 2019.

Soong enjoys sharing his music with the community. One of his most memorable experiences was organizing and performing with his sister at the benefit concert to raise money for Parkinson's disease through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Soong is a senior at Stanford University Online High School. Besides his love of music, math and science are his favorite subjects. Soong would like to thank Professor Daniel Pollack, Dr. Vladimir Khomyakov, Maestro James Domine, Mrs. Joanna Ezrin, and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for making this an incredible opportunity.


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