• 03/21/2020

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra


For over 36 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 and Conductor James Domine, the orchestra is a showcase for some of the finest musicians and composers in Southern California. Beginning with the 2017-2018 season's opening concert in September, the orchestra will be performing its yearly five-concert season in its new home, the Performing Arts Education Center on the Agoura High School campus in Agoura Hills. 

The SFVSO's dedicated members 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 a recipient of grants from the County of Los Angeles Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles, the Rotary Club, and various other corporate foundations,; it also receives support from individual subscribers and concert patrons.

The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra 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, 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

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 Interlochen, and the Juilliard School, and received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance Degree summa cum laude from California State University Northridge. She also pursued post-graduate studies at the Höchschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany, and trained under the respected teacher Sara Compinsky, participating 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 and Mark Richman.

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 also teaches AP Music Theory, and prepares student’s college application recital programs for music major auditions. She is a state certified Panel level adjudicator, judging Certificate of Merit examinations, music festivals and competitions throughout the Southern California region. Joanna is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, American College of Musicians, American Federation of Musicians Union Local 47, AFTRA, JCM coach, and is a guest lecturer at California State University Northridge, teaching pedagogy methods. She remains active in studio work, most recently working at Paramount Studios. She is the principal pianist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. For next season’s concert schedule, and to experience great music close to home, go to

Gallia Kastner - Solo Violin

 Galliia Kastner Solo Violin

Gallia Kastner is a twenty-two year old violinist currently studying with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California. She commenced her private violin study at five and a half with Betty Haag-Kuhnke and at age 9, she studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. 
Gallia has been the concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony since 2016 and has won numerous local, national, and international competitions, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She is a winner of the Aspen Conducting Academy’s Violin Competition, performing Sibelius Violin Concerto, the winner of the Dorothy Delay Fellowship for the 2020 Aspen Music Festival, performing with the Aspen Philharmonic on their next season, the Pasadena Showcase Competition, the Cooper International Violin Competition, the Blount Slawson National Concerto Competition in Montgomery, Alabama, the Triennial Johansen International Competition in Washington DC, and most recently the American Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, which includes an opportunity to solo with the orchestra in the Fall of 2019 . In addition, Gallia was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Scholarship and the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship from The Musicians Club of Women in Chicago. 
An avid chamber musician, Gallia was a member of the Lumiére String Quartet that won first place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and she was also the violinist of Trio Solaris, which collaborated with the Trey McIntyre Project at Jacob’s Pillow. Gallia’s broadcast performances include appearances on WFMT 98.7/Introductions, WTTW Channel 11, WGN Channel  9, and a Today Show appearance with Rachel Barton Pine. 
Some of Gallia’s performances with orchestras included The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra in Pennsylvania, and The Montgomery Symphony. Other stage appearances include concerts in Chicago’s Millenium Park, Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall and outdoor Pavilion, Lincoln Center, Kloster Schontal and Schwabish Hall Kultursiftung in Germany. She has participated in master classes with Rachel Barton Pine, Vadim Gluzman, Arkady Fomin, James Ehnes, Joseph Silverstein, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Ben Beilman, Ilya Kaler, Milan Vitek, Ivry Gitlis, the Cavani Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Calder Quartet, the Calidore Quartet, the Dover Quartet, and the Ying Quartet. She has shared the stage with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Gil Shaham, Robert Chen, Jean-Yves Thibauldet, Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver, Scott St. John, and many others. 
Gallia Kastner performs on an 1843 Giovanni Francesco Pressenda Violin on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.

David Pinto - Solo Piano

 David Pinto Pianist

David Pinto has been active in the field of music performance and education for over forty years. Beginning his career as a concert pianist, he has toured the nation playing solo concerts and also been soloist with many symphony orchestras including the Glendale, Long Beach, Nevada, and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. David has also worked in the popular and jazz mediums in Radio, TV, Theatre and Film as a pianist, conductor and arranger for many celebrity music performers.

In 2003, David and his wife Gayle founded the non-profit Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB), a unique school that serves the special challenges and aptitudes of musically talented blind youth. AMB has been featured twice on ABC's "60 Minutes," PBS's "Reading Rainbow," and most recently has garnered the support of Josh Groban's "Find Your Light Foundation." As a computer programmer specializing in making music software accessible to blind musicians, David has personally taught his music software to celebrity blind musicians including Dianne Shuur, Stevie Wonder, and the late great Ray Charles.

Rebecca Ann Ray - Vocalist

 Rebecca Ray Pink

Rebecca Ann Ray, vocalist extraordinaire, has been singing since she was a child. She has performed all over the Valley, in L.A. on the West Side, in Las Vegas, and also traveled to Germany where she  played 12 string guitar while singing at performances from Munich up to Hamburg.  She found that life on the road did not suit her and she returned home, where she has been doing what she loves best, singing pop, rock, and blues from the ‘60s forward, with a few older ones sprinkled in, including the all-French Edith Piaf rendition of La Vie n Rose.
"Singing is an exquisite joy for me, a gift I didn't earn but have been so blessed to have.” Singing came naturally to her and while she did have some formal training, she intuitively knew the best way to approach it. Today she is involved with a number of ensembles: a duo, four and five  piece bands, and James Domine's own rock band, the “Screaming Clams,” and now with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, which she says is truly a thrill.  "To be singing with all of the wonderful talent on strings, winds, horns, drums, etc., is an honor and a truly beautiful experience. "I feel so lucky to have such long term associations with so many truly good people, and for them to enjoy watching and listening to me do what I love the most. Singing is in my soul and I'll keep doing it for as long as they'll have me!”

Jennifer Bliman - Solo French Horn


Jennifer Bliman is a freelance French horn player in Los Angeles.  Jennifer can be heard off-screen as well as seen on-screen for numerous national commercials, TV, and film.  As a studio musician, she has recorded for the major television networks, as well as motion pictures and commercials.  Jennifer has been the principal horn player for the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for the past decade.  She is also currently a substitute horn player with the South Dakota Symphony.   Jennifer plays for numerous regional theater productions throughout Los Angeles, having most recently played for Broadway's original Belle in "Beauty and the Beast". She has shared the stage with great artists including Sally Struthers, Robert Goulet, Florence Henderson, Michael York, Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, and Dick Van Dyke.  Jennifer has performed featured solos on tour all around the world...But, her favorite performing place will always remain in Anaheim, California where she was a performer in the band at Disneyland.  She has an extensive private horn studio teaching students ranging from middle school to college in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and is on faculty at Moorpark College as the horn professor for the applied music program.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Horn Performance from UCLA and a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from USC.  For more information, visit

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.

Gabriel Tsai - Solo Violin

Gabriel Tsai Solo Violin

For Gabriel Tsai, 14, music is a special color you must use on a canvas to fill in the grey, dull parts of life. He first tasted music when he began playing piano at five. A little over a year later, he began exploring his favorite instrument, the violin. The violin’s vibrato lifts the sounds from Gabriel’s heart and expresses the color, depth and range of his feelings. Gabriel continues his violin study under Samuel Fischer at Colburn School.

Gabriel made his solo orchestral debut with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra in April 2018 for winning 1st place in the junior category of the 29th annual Bellflower Young Artists Concerto Competition. He was invited to perform solo violin and piano at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall in April 2018, and to perform solo piano at the Hall in December 2016. He is associate concertmaster with Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra 2019-2020, was concertmaster of Southern California Middle School Honor Full Orchestra 2018 and co-concertmaster with Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings 2018-19. He played with Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings Quartet 2018-19. He was competitively chosen by Colburn School to perform at a master class by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. He won 2nd place in violin and piano in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2018, in violin open solo and Baroque at Southwestern Youth Music Festival 2017, and in violin open solo at the Festival 2016. He also won many 1st place piano awards at the Festival and other competitions from 2016-2018. Gabriel also enjoys playing tennis, making 3D animations, building Lego creations and hanging out with his friends.

Sarah Liu - Solo Violin

Sarah Liu Solo Violin

Sarah Liu, age 15, currently studies with Sam Fischer. She has traveled across the country, performing on the violin in venues such as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C., the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in California, and the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Sarah played as a soloist with the Pacific Symphony in their Symphony in the Cities concerts in 2017 and at the Nixon Library for the Celebration of Forty Years of U.S.-China Diplomatic Relations in 2019. In 2017, she won the Judge’s Distinction Award and first place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, and performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall. Sarah is also active as an ensemble player. She traveled to Tampa Bay, Florida, with the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings as they participated in the ASTA music festival and earned a unanimous superior rating from the judges. Sarah served as Concertmistress for the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings from 2016 to 2018. She is an active member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Quartet, and Pacific Symphony Youth Octet. In her free time, she enjoys spending time and playing music with her older sister.

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.

Mark Richman - Solo Piano

March Richman Solo Piano

Mark Richman holds a summa cum laude Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, a Master’s degree in piano from Juilliard, and has pursued doctoral work at Boston University. His principal teachers include Leonard Shure, Aube Tzerko, Rosina Lhevinne, Jacob Lateiner, Emmanuel Bay, and Leah Effenbach.  For five years, Richman was a lecturer in music at UCLA, where he taught piano, chamber music, and music history.  Currently he has joined the distinguished Piano Faculty of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at Cal State Northridge.

Mr. Richman has received high acclaim for his recitals in the United States, Jamaica, Mexico City, and Moscow, where he was a participant in the 5th International Tchaikovsky Competition.  He has been a frequent soloist with leading orchestras in Southern California, including the L.A. Philharmonic, the Glendale Symphony, the Beverly Hills Symphony, the Beach Cities Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony. Last year, Mr. Richman won the Moments of Music Foundation Concerto Competition for Teachers for the second time.  As a chamber musician, Mr. Richman has performed on live radio broadcasts on KFAC and KUSC.  As an accompanist, he has assisted Jascha Heifetz at USC and has performed with many of the world’s finest concert artists including violinist Michael Rabin and flutist James Galway. 

Mr. Richman has been the recipient of many awards, including a YMF Career Grant, first prize in the Frank Sinatra and Aaron Richmond Competitions, and was Grand Prize winner in the Atwater Kent Competition.  In 1974, he received the Official Resolution of Commendation by the City of Los Angeles for his many musical accomplishments.

Mark Richman also has a secondary interest in classic film and has a collection of close to 750 films in his DVD and Blu Ray library. He currently holds the position of Instructor in Film Studies at UCLA Extension.

In addition, Mr. Richman maintains a very active private teaching studio, and several of his alumni have earned music degrees at the nation’s most prestigious universities and conservatories, and have also gone on to win major prizes and awards at the state, national, and international levels.

Blake Pouliot - Solo Violin

Blake Pouliot Solo Violin

Violinist Blake Pouliot has emerged internationally as one of Canada's most eminent young artists. Recognized for his bold stage presence and sensitive yet commanding artistry, he has been described by the Toronto Star as, “One of those special talents that come along once in a lifetime”. In November 2018, Pouliot was awarded the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts; a career grant for a Canadian artist who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence in both Canada and on the world stage. Upcoming and recent highlights include solo debuts at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, and return engagements with the Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton orchestras. In recital he will be presented by the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Arizona Chamber Music Series, and this summer at the Rockport Chamber Music festival, La Viree Classique festival in Montreal and the Aspen Music Festival. His recent return to the National Arts Center Orchestra in October 2018 was praised in the Ottawa citizen as “ ... displaying impeccible instincts and a clean, delicate touch that was showcased to perfection.” In September 2017, Pouliot recorded his debut album for the Canadian label Analekta Records. The CD, which features the works of Ravel and Debussy, was released in early 2018 and received a Five-Star rating from BBC Music Magazine, and such accolades as “this is a beautifully rendered program from a musician with soul and ideas worth hearing” from Gramophone Magazine and “a first CD of extreme refinement with nuances that leave you speechless” from Le Devoir. In January 2019 is was announced that the album was nominated for “Best Classical Album of the year - chamber or solo” at the 2019 Juno Awards. Since his solo orchestral debut with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra at age 11, Pouliot has performed as soloist with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Pacific Symphony, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors including Nicolas McGegan, Tito Muñoz, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Vasily Petrenko, Carl St. Clair, Alain Trudel, and Hugh Wolff. Mr. Pouliot has performed in recital in Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, and was featured on Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? series with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Pouliot studied violin in Canada with Marie Berard and Erika Raum, and he completed his training as an associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He continued his studies at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where he studied with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair. At Colburn, Mr. Pouliot was a member of the Colburn Artists program for students readying to launch solo or chamber-music careers. Mr. Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of their 2015 and 2018 Competition.

Daniel Grab - Solo Cello

Daniel Grab Cellist Jan 2019

As a private teacher in Southern California, Daniel works with beginning students through college graduates. His students have performed with local orchestras, and have won scholarships to such programs as Crossroads School, Colburn Music Academy, 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.

Holding a bachelor degree and graduate certificate from the University of Southern California, and master's from California State University Northridge, Daniel has studied under the nation's finest teachers including Dr. Richard Naill, Ron Leonard, and Eleonore Schoenfeld.

During his three-semester tenure as cellist to the Midori Chamber Music Seminar at USC, Daniel rehearsed and performed multiple works of chamber music with the internationally renowned concert artist.

In fall of 2018 Daniel became a part time faculty member at Palomar College in San Marcos.
As an active performer throughout Southern California, Daniel can be heard appearing with local bands, in recital, or performing with area orchestras. In his free time Daniel enjoys exploring the Southern California Coastline in pursuit of uncrowded waves.

Cary Belling - Composer

Cary Belling

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 or awards from the American Composers Forum, American Music Center, the Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Meet The Composer California as well as twelve ASCAP Plus awards. His compositions have been performed by the Culver City Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Inland Empire Symphony, the Riverside Symphony Orchestra, and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. In addition he is a music instructor at The Chandler School in Pasadena and also maintains his own private studio teaching violin and viola.

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.

Aubree Oliverson - Solo Violin

Twenty-year-old violinist Aubree Oliverson is a charismatic performer and communicator who loves sharing the joys of music with people of all ages. The Miami New Times has raved about her “endearing and powerful performance, brimming with confidence and joy.” Since her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age 11, Aubree has committed herself to the life of a performing artist. This commitment has garnered several accolades already at a young age, including her Carnegie Hall Weill Hall recital debut at age 12 as winner of the American Protégé International Strings Competition, several featured performances on NPR’s hit radio show From The Top, a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Award, and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on a high school student.

Aubree returned to the Utah Symphony at age 13 for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic, and has since performed with many orchestras including the American Youth Symphony, Beach Cities Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, Colburn Orchestra, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, Millennial Choir and Orchestra, Pasadena Orchestra, Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, San Fernando Valley Symphony, Utah Chamber Artists, and the Innsbrook Festival Orchestra and the Topanga Symphony. Her performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Topanga Symphony was described as a “brilliant interpretation” and she “expressed the sophisticated passion of a serious artist.” In 2013, she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Joseph Silverstein with the Gifted Music School Orchestra.

Aubree also enjoys playing chamber music and has performed in various settings around the world. She was a participant in the David Finckel/Wu Han Chamber Studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she performed at the Prussia Cove IMS Masterclasses, where she was nominated to perform on the final concert, and the Music Masters course Japan chamber music seminar in Yokohama. She has collaborated with artists such as Stefan Jackiw and Robert McDuffie in Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and with Lynn Harrell, Andrew Marriner, and Clive Greensmith in Los Angeles as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society.

Passionate about reaching a broader audience, Aubree has traveled to over 100 schools throughout the Western United States, motivating and inspiring thousands of children to work hard and participate in music. In June 2018 she gave a masterclass and performance in Wuhan, China, and worked individually with over 30 young violinists. Aubree was the concertmaster of the Gifted Music School  Orchestra of Salt Lake City, and graduated from the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles in 2016 where she was concertmaster of the Academy Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Also a national awardwinning composer, Aubree was recognized twice by the New York Arts Ensemble as a “composer of great promise.”

Aubree is a former student of Debbie Moench, Eugene Watanabe, and Danielle Belen, and currently studies with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. She plays on a Stefano Scarampella violin dated 1920 on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California. Aubree enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, swimming, and dark chocolate.

Raine Soriano - Solo Piano

 Raine Soriano Solo Piano

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.

Charmaine Lee - Solo Violin

Charmaine Lee, Violinist

Charmaine Lee, age sixteen, has been playing the violin since she was five years old. She is a junior at Inspire Charter Schools. For the past two years, she has been studying with Sam Fischer at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She previously studied with Lucy Qing Huo. She has won many awards in competitions including MTAC, ASTA, VOCE, and SYMF. In 2018, Charmaine won first place in ASTA's preliminary round and second place in the LA Finals. She also received a Merit Scholarship from the Colburn School. Charmaine has attended the Montecito International Music Festival and the Idyllwild Summer Chamber Festival, where she was selected as concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra. Charmaine performs in chamber ensembles through Junior Chamber Music Los Angeles and the Colburn School’s Edelman Chamber Music Intensive. In 2016, she joined JCM's Honors tour to Boston and New York and performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  Her chamber group at Colburn was selected to perform on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Sundays Live early in 2018. Charmaine has been a member of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra for the past four years, and was concertmaster of the CYMO Intermezzo Orchestra. Charmaine devotes much time to community service. She is the Branch Coordinator for JCM's Student Service Alliance for the Inland Empire Branch, and she has arranged many concerts at senior and nursing homes. She also plays at preschools and mommy-and-me’s for younger children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, eating, and traveling. This is Charmaine's debut solo performance with an orchestra, and she is very grateful for the honor of playing with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra under Maestro James Domine.

Hannah Kim - Solo Violin

Hannah Kim

Hannah Kim is fifteen years old and is a sophomore co-chair at the Sage Hill High School in Newport Coast, CA. She started playing violin when she was five years old and currently studies with Linda Rose. She soloed with the Orchestra for the first time when she was ten years old and appeared multiple times as a soloist with Dream Orchestra, Debut Orchestra and Riverside Philharmonic. She won many 1st place prizes including ASTA, MTAC, SYMF. This summer she won 1st Place in the Young Violinist Category at the Southwest Youth Music Festival (SYMF). She was the only violinist chosen to solo with the Festival Orchestra. She was a merit scholarship recipient for five consecutive years  2012-2017 at the Colburn School and also at Young Musicians Foundation. She was selected by the faculty of the Colburn School to perform at the School's Honor's recitals in 2015 and 2016. She has been actively involved in chamber music since 2012. Her Trio, the Encore Trio, won Silver Medal in 2017 PCM Chamber Music Competition.  She also plays in a  Trio and a Quartet to help raise funds for the Smile Train, a nonprofit organization that provides corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palate.

Ethan Chao - Solo Piano

Ethan Chao Solo Piano

Ethan is a 14 year old freshman at El Camino Real Charter High School. He started studying piano in 2011 with Mrs. Shirley Hsieh. He has won many competitions since then, such as the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Contemporary Music Festival sponsored by the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC), Southwest Youth Music Festival, and, most recently, the Concerto Competition sponsored by the MTAC San Fernando West Valley branch. Ethan has taken the MTAC Certificate of Merit three times (Levels 4, 6, and 7). He has performed numerous times for his community: his second grade talent show, his fifth grade culmination, and his church (accompanying). Piano playing has helped Ethan in other musical pursuits such as producing hip-hop/rap beats on the computer and learning guitar. Ethan is most grateful to Maestro James Domine for this opportunity to perform with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Knarik Petrosyan - Solo Piano

Knarik Petrosyan Piano

Knarik  Petrosyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Her music studies began at Avet Terteryan School of Music in her home country. Having the intention to become a professional musician, Knarik continued her development as a pianist by entering the piano department at the Yerevan State College of Music after Romanos Melikyan. After moving to California, Ms. Petrosyan continued her music studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.M. Degree in Piano Performance at California State University, Northridge, under the tutelage of Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. Recently, Knarik has also graduated from CSUN with her M.M. Degree in Piano Performance, and she currently continues her  piano  studies with Mark Richman.

Ms. Petrosyan has performed in numerous recitals both as a solo and chamber musician. As a member of Ivory Rose Piano Quartet, Knarik participated in the Eighth International Piano Ensemble Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany in 2012, winning the third prize. Her prize-winning group was then invited to perform in Bayreuth, Germany. Knarik was also the second prize winner of the 2015 Lansum International Music Festival Competition, in piano solo category, in Los Angeles. Additionally, Knarik has participated in masterclasses with numerous piano masters, such as James Giles, Andrew Von Oeyen, John Perry, Charles Fierro, Jay Hershberger, Mark Richman, Wojciech Kocyan, Sandra Shapiro, etc., and has performed in a chamber music masterclass with internationally renowned Szymanowski Quartet. 

In 2017, Ms. Petrosyan and her two-piano partner, Joanna Ezrin, presented a world premiere performance of Jacobo Fisher's "Three Hebrew Dances" for two pianosIn the past year, Knarik has also performed in concerts Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Milhaud's Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, and numerous other works.

Ms. Petrosyan has been a recipient of numerous academic and music scholarships and awards, including Elsie M. Keller Memorial Scholarship, Drake C. Hawkins Scholar Award, Music Instrumentalist Scholarship, Esther Roth and William Richards Memorial Scholarships. In 2015, Knarik was elected by CSUN PKL music faculty to join Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. 

As a professional pianist, Knarik performs a variety of styles including classical, jazz, pop, and film music. In 2016, she was musical director for the CSUN Musical Theater Guild,  and she has also served as a faculty member at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts. Ms. Petrosyan currently runs her private piano studio and is an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, San Fernando West Valley Branch. 

 Ms. Petrosyan is truly honored to be mentored by Joanna Ezrin and to have been chosen to perform James Domine's Piano Concerto No. 2 as she is a great fan of Maestro Domine's compositions and admires the superb quality of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Marsenne Cabral - Solo Piano

Marsenne Cabral Piano

Marsenne Cabral is a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory and has been playing piano for 14 years. She has been studying under the tutelage of Joanna Ezrin for 12 of those years and has participated in the Music Teachers Association of California Certificate of Merit Exams every year, completing both Advanced and Panel  levels. She has been selected for the Annual MTAC State Convention in both recitals and masterclasses and has also been a consistent winner in the MTAC branch and regional Bach Festivals.  She has been the gold medal recipient in both the Contemporary and Sight Reading Festivals, as well as a winner in the highly competitive Memorial Awards competitions. In December of 2017 Marsenne had the opportunity to perform the James  Domine Sonata No. 5 at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts International  Music  Festival. Next year she will be studying at UCLA and will be majoring in either neuroscience or psychology on the pre-med track.

Charlotte Fan - Solo Piano

Charlotte Fan Piano

Charlotte Fan is a piano performer and instructor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in law in her hometown in China, while also taking piano lessons with the chair of Shenzhen Piano Association.       She interacted with many piano performances and competitions in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Macao and Hong Kong, which included: 1st place in the 2011 Macao piano competition; and 1st place in the 2011 Hong Kong International Piano Open Competition.

Charlotte came to the United States in 2012 to pursue her Master’s  degree in music. She took music classes at Pasadena City College and performed frequently in piano ensembles and as an accompanied in concerts. She was also honored to play for Professor Boris Slutsky when he gave master classes there.   In 2013 and 2014, she won Old Town Music Scholarship Awards two years in a row.  In 2015, she became a graduate student in piano performance at Cal State University Northridge on scholarship, where she gave her solo recital and concerto recital with the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto.  Her teachers have included Stewart Gordon,  Eduardo Delgado,  Antoinette Perry and Dmitry Rachmanov. 

Charlotte attended the John Perry Music Festival and participated in master classes with John Perry, Benjamin Loh, and Sasha Starcevich.  She joined the Todi International Music Masters Festival in Italy as well, where she studied with Antonio Pompa- Baldi, Eteri Andjaparidze and Enrico Elisi. Charlotte is a devoted piano teacher whose students have won numerous competitions and have been invited to     perform in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York.

Aubrey Foard - Solo Tuba

Aubrey Foard is the Governor James G Martin Principal Tubist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Mr. Foard previously held principal tuba positions in the Santa Barbara, West Virginia, Canton, Youngstown, and Albany Orchestras, and was previously Principal Tubist of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon. He has performed as a guest musician with several orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, as Acting Principal Tubist with the San Diego Symphony, and tonight he is featured soloist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra in the premiere performance of "Frolic for Tuba and Orchestra," by local composer Charles Fernandez.

Mr. Foard is a graduate of The Colburn School's Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers include Norman Pearson, Fritz Kaenzig, Mark  Lawrence, David Kirk, and Alan Baer.

Charles Fernandez - Composer

Charles Fernandez Oct 2016

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.

Jacob Braun - Solo Cello

Jacob Braun Solo Cello

Cellist Jacob Braun is sought after for his artistry and unique interpretations. Jacob records for numerous studio soundtracks in a variety of settings and is often recording new music. An active performer, Jacob has performed chamber music and solo repertoire at Sundays Live at LACMA, Le Salon de Musique, Boston Court and Zipper Hall.

Formerly, Jacob was a member of the Naumburg award-winning Biava quartet and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall and The Library of Congress.

Jacob graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Music, The New England Conservatory and Yale University. He has previously taught at The University of California, Santa Barbara and the Colburn School.

Lisa Liu - Solo Violin

Lisa Liu Solo Violin

Violinist Lisa Liu began her musical studies on the piano with her mother, a professional opera singer, at the age of four.  She fell in love with the violin at the age of eight and continued her studies on both instruments equally until college.  Her primary teacher for seven years was the world-renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School, where Lisa received a Pre-College Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance.  Upon graduating, her musical interests took a shift, and her mentor, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, guided her through alternative fiddling styles. While still in New York, Lisa played in hip-hop bands, dance clubs, a Middle-Eastern/Indian influenced ensemble, Violet Samudra, and was drawn to almost anything non-traditional to her classical upbringing.

In 2010, Lisa moved to Los Angeles to be closer to family.  Her broad musical interests have led her to perform with the Gorillaz and Duran Duran at Coachella; to perform a piece written for her by Nico Muhly with the Los Angeles Dance Project at Disney Hall; to play the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Southwest Symphony; to collaborate with groundbreaking artist, Our Lady J.  She served as concertmaster for shows The Voice, X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and Underground. She frequently performs as concertmaster for The Legend of Zelda Symphony, a nationally touring video game orchestra.

Lisa's good fortune as a Hollywood studio violinist has allowed her to play on numerous TV shows and in films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Dead Pool, Fate of the Furious, Transformers 5, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Empire and The Secret Life of Pets.

Ivy Lee - Solo Piano

Ivy Lee, Piano Soloist

Ivy Lee, age 16, started playing both piano and violin in Taipei, Taiwan, at the age of  five years. She was enrolled in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exam program when she was six. In 2008 she joined the JianAn Elementary Orchestra under the direction of  Tian-Ji Lin, a renowned Taiwanese violinist and conductor.  

After moving to the U.S. in 2010, Ivy continued studying both instruments and has won numerous competitions. She is currently studying piano with Shirley Hsieh and violin with Thomas Golka. Ivy has won the following awards for violin: Los Angeles City Elementary School Music Association Scholarship (2011); first prize in the Taiwan Music Competition (2013); and the 31st District PTSA Clarice Chaplin Music Scholarship (2014). She also participated in the Children's Music Workshop's Honor Orchestra at UCLA in 2011. Ivy is currently a member of the CSUN Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and is the concertmistress of her school (El Camino Real Charter High School) orchestra. For piano, she has won first prize in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival Open Concerto Category, ax well as other categories (2012); winner of the MTAC Contemporary Music Festival (2012-2015); first prize in both Junior and Senior Divisions of the MTAC Memorial Awards Competition (2013, 2017) first prize in the International Music Competition (2013, Taiwan); first prize in the Taiwan Music Competition (2013) and the National Music Competition of Baroque (2013, Taiwan); and winner of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (2014-2016). In addition, she has won the MTAC San Fernando West Valley Concerto Competition and has performed with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Domine (2014). Ivy also participates annually in the MTAC's Certificate of Merit exam and reached the Advanced Panel level in 2017. She was selected to perform at the MTAC Convention in 2017.

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

Audrey Park - Solo Violin

Audrey Park

Audrey Park (14 years old) started her music life by playing the piano at the age of four.  As her passion and interest in music grew, she aspired to become a violinist when she turned six.  Audrey has been consistently featured as a soloist and was a concertmaster of the Santa Clarita Honors Orchestra.  She has been a member of California All-State Orchestra and was recently selected to join Junior Chamber Music’s 2018 Honors tour to Prague, Vienna and Budapest.  This summer, as a concertmaster for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, she had the honor of performing in Cremona, Montecatini and in Rome during the group’s Italy Summer Tour. 

Audrey enjoys performing as a soloist, competing in competitions, and participating in chamber groups and orchestras.  She was the 2016 winner of Santa Clarita’s Student Concerto Competition and was featured as a soloist, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Clarita Philharmonic.  Her other accomplishments in 2016 include being the LA Finalist of ASTA, placing second in Classics Alive, and becoming one of the Honor Groups of JCM.  In 2017, Audrey had the honor of performing in Carnegie Hall with the Honors Performance Series, working with conductor and composer, Kirt Mosier.  She also won the 2017 San Fernando Valley Concerto Competition and will be performing with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra in September. Other competition results include placing second at VOCE State Finals and the Antelope Valley Concerto Competition. This summer, Audrey attended the 2017 Montecito International Music Festival with scholarship and was invited to participate in Glenn Dicterow’s master class.

Having completed her freshman year at West Ranch High School, Audrey plans to further develop and gain experience by performing and competing nationally as well as internationally.  She enjoys horseback riding and snowboarding when she finds time.  Audrey currently studies with Ms. Linda Rose.

Ronnie Zhang - Solo Violin


Ronnie Zhang, aged 13, was intrigued by the violin at age 5 and began her studies at age 7. Her previous teachers include Daphne Wu, a graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music and Professor Xiaolei Ding at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Ronnie moved to the United States from China in July, 2016, and now studies with Samuel Fischer at Colburn School of Performing Arts.

She won third place at the 3rd Hong Kong International Violin Competition in 2013 and first place at the 6th Hong Kong International Violin Competition in 2016. During her musical studies in the United States, she has performed in master classes of renowned teachers such as Ida Kavafian, Paul Coletti and Grigory Kalinovsky.

Ronnie has accumulated extensive chamber music and orchestra experiences while attending various summer music camps, including ShangHai DingShanDe Music School Summer Music Festival in 2013; New York Summer Music Festival in 2014; Interlochen Center for the Arts Junior Advanced Violin Program in 2015 and Interlochen Center for the Arts Intermediate Group in 2016.  Besides music, she loves handicrafts, drawing and reading.
Ronnie wishes to thank Maestro James Domine for the honor of playing with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Francisco Castillo - Solo Oboe

Francisco Castillo

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

Thompson Wang Bio Photo

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

Bronte Vlashi Bio Photo

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

Ernie Carbajal Jr. Sep 2014

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!

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

Devon Valdez

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

Nancy Roth

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.

Larry Tuttle - Composer


Larry Tuttle writes iconic and optimistic music with a strong sense of story and narrative arc. His music is driven by 21-st Century rhythms and sensibilities, while being rooted with the power of archetypal musical elements.

Larry is the winner of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s H.J. Heinz Company Audience of the Future Composition Competition, with his work CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE.  His concert overture BY STEAM OR BY DREAM won second prize at the Keuris Composers Competition in The Netherlands, in the category of Youth Symphony Orchestra.  He recently received a commission for two new wind ensemble works from a consortium of 24 universities led by the University of Southern California under director H. Robert Reynolds.

Trained extensively in double bass and piano from an early age, Larry absorbed the orchestral repertoire from the bass sections of youth symphonies, All-City orchestras, school orchestras and music camps (including the National Music Camp in Interlochen, where he played principal bass in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra).  His collegiate studies were taken at the University of Washington.  Among Larry’s bass mentors were Ron Simon, James Harnett, Ring Warner, Oscar Zimmerman and jazz legend Gary Peacock, who opened Larry’s ears and mind with a revelatory course in ear–training.

After a long and productive journey through the world of rock and pop music and a stint as a recording artist on Warner Brothers Records, Larry eventually became one of the world’s foremost composers and performers of music for the Chapman Stick, a hybrid tapping instrument that combines qualities of the electric guitar, bass and piano.  Larry made several recordings on The Stick with his groups FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC and STRING PLANET. FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC played an anything-goes mix of contemporary classical, rock, pop and improvisation.  The aggressively hybrid nature of that group directly foreshadowed the orchestral music that Larry is writing today.  His solo album of compositions for The Stick, THROUGH THE GATES, is considered to be one of the landmark recordings of that instrument.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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