• 11/24/2018

Domine Sampler - A Compositional Legacy Program


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

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


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

Domine Sampler – Philosophy

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

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

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

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




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