October to Remember: A Festival, Two Competitions, and an Award

QUESTION: How do you fit three groups of music students in one weekend? Well, have them perform in three well-applauded and very successful programs, of course!

Saturday, October 27. Mission: Young Artists Competition. Venue. Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library. Sixty-five (65) students representing 9 teachers/studios competed and performed to vie for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards before a panel of 2 adjudicators. In front of a captive audience, solid performances were delivered on these instruments: piano, strings, viola, bass, cello, alto saxophone, and guzheng. Students played either as soloists, duets, trios, quartets, and as members of 3 orchestras! Students received trophies, cash award (1st prize), ribbons (1st, 2nd, 3rd, as determined by adjudicators), certificates with ratings ( Excellent, Superior, Unanimous Superior), and of course, treat bags for everyone. Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library was overflowing with music students and all performances were open to the public. Verdict: Mission accomplished!

Saturday, October 27. Mission: Concerto Competition. Eleven (11) highly competitive students played their hearts away to outperform each other by age-category as they gave their powerful renditions of classical masterpieces like Camille Saint-Saens’ Concerto no.1 in A minor, 1st mvt. (cello), Boccherini’s Concerto in B flat Major, 2nd mvt. (cello), and (our very own local composer) Lu-Yan Gou’s Concerto no.1 in C major, 3rd mvt. (bass). Verdict: Mission Accomplished!

2018 Concerto Competition and Young Artists Competition Results

All first place winners are will be featured in our biggest event ever, our culminating activity of the year: Honors Recital and Gala, scheduled on June 8, 2019.

Sunday, October 28. Mission: MTNA Studio Festival. Venue: Carmel Valley Library. Twenty-seven (27) students representing 8 teachers from our chapter performed in our most fun-filled, costume-inspired, Halloween and Fall Harvest-themed Studio Festival. The room was filled to capacity as the audience cheered and applauded their favorite players. Performers received medals, adjudicator comment sheets, audience compliment cards and treat bags. Those who won Best Costume received extra treat bags! Performances were rated as Excellent, Superior, and Unanimous Superior. Those who obtained US will have a chance to be invited on our biggest event of the year: Honors Recital and Gala, set on  June 8, 2019. Verdict: Mission Accomplished!


Several teachers from our chapter attended CAPMT 50th Anniversary State Conference last October 19-20, 2018 at Torrance Marriott (Redondo Beach). The highlight for us is receiving our award as the CAPMT Chapter of the Year for 2018! Two days of very informative lecture, presentations, masterclasses, recitals, and a gala awards banquet energized us to work further for a better and bigger San Diego South Chapter!


Thank you for all your support.


Published by San Diego South Chapter CAPMT 1

Established in 2016, SDSC is a professional non-profit music organization affiliated with Music Teachers National Association and California Association of Professional Music Teachers. Activities of SDSC are aimed to promote the art and appreciation of music as well as the advancement of musical education in San Diego and its vicinities.

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