Summer Newsletter


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Hello music fans, students and teachers of San Diego South Chapter! We hope your summer is a blast so far!

Please take note of our upcoming activities and programs this fall. We look forward to these exciting events that will surely inspire you to play more and learn new music materials!


October 20, Saturday, 1 pm: MTNA Studio Festival and Young Artists Competition (Piano Division)
Venue: Carmel Valley Branch Library, Community Room. 3919 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, CA 92130.
This day will host two events: competitive (YAC) and non-competitive divisions (MTNA Studio Festival). Performers will receive comments, medals, and certificates.
October 26, Saturday, 1:30 pm. Young Artists Competition (String Division, other instruments) and Concerto Competition. Designed for highly-motivated students, performers compete by instrument and abilities. First place winners will be invited to perform in the Honors Recital and Gala 2020.
Venue: Scripps Ranch Miramar Branch Library Community Room, 10301 Scripps Lake Dr., San Diego, CA 92131.

November 24, Sunday, 1 pm. CAPMT Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions. Venue: Greene Music Recital Hall, 7480 Miramar Rd, San Diego, 92126. Students who obtain a grade of “5” at the chapter and district level will be invited to perform at the Southern CA Festival. Please visit our state website (currently being updated) at for further details.

welcome.jpgWe are always excited to introduce new members of CAPMT-SDSC. Our chapter continues to grow!

Welcome New Members: Magdolna Bornemisza and Timothy Broadway!

Magdolna Bornemisza is a well-known music teacher in the San Diego area and is an experienced performer as a soloist and collaborative pianist, a church musician and choir leader. She also was a board member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and served on the Executive Board of The Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego. Tim Broadway is a sought-after piano teacher, performer and adjudicator in San Diego and is a respected and long-time member of CAPMT and MTAC.


Hats off to all teachers and students who participated and volunteered in the 2019 Honors Recital and Gala held last June 8, 2019! We made it through 2018-2019 and we finished with a bang!

Best ever Piano and Ensemble Auditions

November 18, Sunday, proved to be an auspicious day for the 20 students who performed in CAPMT San Diego South Chapter’s Piano Auditions , and for the 3 ensemble groups who participated in the Ensemble Auditions!

Ranging from Classical to Contemporary repertoire, students performed their 2 solos and required duet piece for the piano auditions. The three groups for the ensemble auditions featured piano, violin, cello, and bass instruments. Heidi Lee Kim, NCTM served as Adjudicator.  Students were rated from 1-5, with 5 (5-,5,5+) being the highest. Al students received participation trophies, certificate and adjudicator comment sheets.

All students who got a 5 rating will be invited to perform at CAPMT Southern Festival slated on Feb. 3, 2019, at LA Harbor College. Those who will perform will participate in a pre-festival masterclass on January 26, 1 pm, at Carmel Valley Library.

The auditions were held at Greene Music, Miramar Rd, San Diego. Kudos to all seven teachers participated, Event Chair Rowena Asuncion, and supportive audience, parents and family members.



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Honors & Contemporary Music Competitions

Join CAPMT’s most exciting competitions! Register now before the deadline, December 20, 2019!


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Designed for highly motivated and competitive students, these 2 competitions will start at the district level.  District 1 (San Diego County and Imperial County) will run the competitions on February 9, 2019, Saturday at Greene Music Recital Hall.

CAPMT Honors competition provides a statewide audition program for serious, competitive students of all instruments and voice, but excluding organ. CAPMT Contemporary Music Comoetition is for highly motivated students and highlights the music of contemporary composer. It is open to piano, string, wind, brass, and voice students. Both competitions are open to students through age 26. The competitions foster advanced competition skills through heavier repertory demands. Preliminary auditions are done at the district level. District level first place winners will compete at the state finals slated on April 6, 2019.

Click here for more detailed information about CAPMT Honors Competition.

Apply here now!

Click here for more detailed information about CAPMT Contemporary Music Competition. Take note of important new rules!

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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.

Register now for our exciting 2018 Fall Events!

Calling all student instrumentalists!

Brush up your chops! Time to settle down and play your piano and string instruments! Better yet, pick up your flute and warm up your voices!

San Diego South Chapter of CAPMT District 1 is welcoming the Fall Season with a blast!

Competitive music students can join our Young Artists Competition and Concerto Competition. SAVE THE DATE: October 27, Saturday, 2pm at Pacific Beach Taylor Branch Library! Wonderful prizes (trophies, ribbons, monies) are at stake! All first place winners will be featured in the Honors Recital and Gala in June 2019! Visit our website for further Registration: September 1-October 14, 2018.

For non-competitive students, we have the MTNA Studio Festival. This is a FUN recital where you perform music in a very supportive and nurturing atmosphere. Theme: Fall Season, Thanksgiving, Halloween! Dress up for the occasion. Repertoire may or may not be memorized. Comment sheets and medals will be awarded; and of course, we will be handing out treats to all performers! Date: October 28, Sunday, 1 pm at Point Loma/Hervey Library. Start preparing now! Registration: September 1-October 14, 2018.

For our CAPMT state events, our chapter will be holding our Piano and Ensemble Auditions on November 18, 2018, Sunday at 1 pm. Venue: Greene Music Recital Hall. Registration is through the CAPMT website. Visit to learn more!





A Day to Remember: 2018 POP Music Festival

The 3rd Annual Spring Pop Music Festival was another successful event hosted by CAPMT 1 SDSC on May 19, 2018 at Chula Vista Library Performance Hall, 365 F. St. Chula Vista, CA.

Twenty-eight music students (piano, voice, violin) representing five teachers of SDSC performed with The Royer’s Destroyers Band, a local professional band in San Diego. Repertoire ranged from standard classics, movie and Disney themes, Broadway musicals, jazz, and rags. It was a fun-filled music festival, with students practicing with the band in the morning and then leading and directing the band in their afternoon performance! The ninety-three audience members (family members and the general public) actively participated by filling up personalized compliment cards for their favorite student players. Performers also received participation medals and certificates to commemorate the event. Selected players, Mia and Anya Davis, and Brendon Sheen Ligason were invited to perform at the Honors Recital and Gala scheduled on June 9, 2018.

SDSC would like to acknowledge the following for making this a wonderful event to remember for years to come:

Event Chair: Sally Sumner

The Royer’s Destroyers Band: Devin Voltra (Electric Guitar), Kevin Ford ( Electric Bass), and Ryan Jones (Drums)

Participating Teachers: Anna Vasilyeva, Mark Asuncion, Graziel Dulay, Sally Sumner, Timothy Sumner

Awards & Certificates: Rowena Asuncion

Flyers, program design, event registration: Mark Asuncion

Documentation: Alex Quiman

Emcee: Sharon Halverson

We look forward to this fun-filled and rewarding experience again next spring!

San Diego Young Protege Music Competition-April 28, 2018

What a lovely Saturday afternoon we had last April 28, 2018! Fifty-seven students participated in the first San Diego Young Protege Music Competition. Representing ten local studios, contestants performed on various instruments including piano, cello, violin, viola, guzheng, alto saxophone and double bass. Students competed by age category and division, either as a soloist, part of a duo, ensemble or orchestra. There were 31 solo entries for these instruments, 3 string duets, 2 string ensemble entries, and 2 orchestra entries. Alll students received participation trophies, certificates and comment sheets. Deserving first prize winners received monetary award and ribbons. Second and third place winners received ribbons. Adjudicators were Sharon Muyco and Fresas Balisteri. The event was chaired by SDSC member Fei-Fei Soong. Over-all coordinator of this first-ever local event was chapter president Rowena F. Asuncion. Kudos to all the teachers, students, families, audience, supporters, and volunteers!

Check out photos of our event:

See you on the next competition!


February 24, 2018: Winter Music Festival

2018 Winter Festival Guidelines

Let us recognize and honor our local composers and arrangers!

Register now for our unique music festival! This February 24, Saturday, we will be featuring students from San Diego who will be performing music arranged or composed by any of our local living composers! Students will get a chance to perform their pieces and get helpful critiques from any one of our invited local composers!

Venue: Point Loma/Hervey Library

Event starts at 1:30 pm PST

Registration deadline: February 10, 2018

To register online:

or email registration form to

See you there!