Music Essays

What does music mean to you? Read the essays submitted by our high school senior scholarship awardees for 2020.

No one becomes Adele, Beethoven, or Louis Armstrong overnight. Mastery of anything worthwhile requires passion and love, talents that I’ve learned to embrace through my musical journey. At five years young, I was introduced to classical music. The fine tunes and simple harmonics swept me off my feet, sparking my musical journey. I was learning notes and rhythms while simultaneously learning how to read and write in school. Under the study of my wonderful teacher, I excelled in many competitions and recitals. But with all the trophies and awards, I got used to feeling like music was just an individual achievement, something that one could simply profit off of. However, performing at Carnegie Hall in 2017 drastically changed my perception of music, opening me up to new people and experiences. It was then that I realized what music meant to me. Sharing this beautiful form of art allowed me to connect and bond with others over an experience. From running the soundboard for the Hunchback of Notre Dame school performance to performing with the school band at the UCLA Invitational to rocking at a Why Don’t We concert with my friends, I was able to not only bring people together to enjoy some tunes, but to also experience how music had the ability to spread happiness. To me, music is a very powerful source, one that has the ability to positively change people’s lives for the better.There is no greater joy than seeing smiles and hearing laughter of those around me as we share our devotion towards music. Music is more than a self-fulfilling goal; it’s about sharing your favorite moments with loved ones, moments that can never be replaced. I believe that music is the greatest gift that anyone could ask for. As a musician, I value the core lessons from my training, and I hope to continue motivating others on their journey towards healthier and happier lives through embracing the joy of music.

– Tiffany Phan, Mira Mesa High School

My love of music started quite anticlimactically. I never had a specific realization of the joy of music but rather a gradual draw to it. This draw all started when my family was offered a 1960’s upright Wurlitzer piano. It had a special character to it that I can never forget; a beautiful wood look with some occasional chips and discolorations. When it first arrived, I was not too interested in it but as I grew, I began to appreciate it and gradually started playing. From curiously messing around on that upright at around age 5, to now, playing on concert grands at various competitions and recitals, music has always been there for me. As I grew older, I became more serious about music. I began participating in more recitals and competitions and even started to attend symphony performances with my mom. Music became not just a form of entertainment for me, but a medium for exploration and expression. At about age 12, I discovered the beauty of composers like Rachmaninoff and Chopin. I became infatuated with these two iconic composers and was inspired by their individual styles. I was drawn to Chopin, my favorite composer, because of the beautiful singing melodies in his pieces. Around the same time, I began to realize the depth of music and its ubiquitous nature in human culture. Music is a universal language of human emotion; it’s how we express our struggles, triumphs, and everything in between. As I grew older, I became more aware of the importance of music in society as well as in my life personally. Music has also given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with my teacher, who has profoundly affected my appreciation of music and its meaning in my life. Instead of adopting an ultra-competitive attitude, she taught music to me with passion and optimism. She has taught me to always relax, to be detailed while also seeing the bigger picture, and most importantly, to always live and play with passion. Throughout my life, music has offered me a way to relax, explore and create. It has profoundly changed who I am as a person and has taught me so many valuable life lessons. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

– Eric Thomas, Patrick Henry High School

Music improves our lives

Hello fellow musicians and music aficionados! Winter is fading and spring is just around the corner. We hope that whatever the season, music always warms your hearts and uplifts your spirits!

February 1st featured talented students of the chapter at the CAPMT Southern Festival held at LA Harbor College. Pianists and string  (violin, cello, guzheng) players wowed the audience with their lively solos and ensemble pieces. Participating studios included Luyan Guo and Fei-fei Soong, Rowena Asuncion, and Jane Boldyshava. Congratulations to their students and their supportive families! We are proud of you!

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SDSC Fall Events

Hello San Diego music fans and enthusiasts! This fall, our chapter is offering lots of opportunities for performances for the musical YOU! Join us this year! Register to any of our competitive and non-competitive events to foster your musical aspirations and talents!fallpiano

 

EVENTS THIS FALL 2019:  Please visit our website to register for our local events and learn more: www.sdsouthcapmt.org

Steinway Piano Gallery San Diego is opening! All CAPMT teachers especially SDSC teachers are invited to their OPEN HOUSE on September 30, 6:30-8:30 pm. Address: 9222 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92126.

October 5, Saturday, 11AM. Masterclass with Steinway Artist and radio host (NPR “From the Top”) Christopher O’Riley. Teachers and students are invited to attend this free educational event. Venue: Steinway Piano Gallery San Diego. Address: 9222 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

October 20, Saturday, 1pm: 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, 1pm. 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. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THESE EVENTS: October 14, 2019.

November 24, Sunday, 1 pm. CAPMT Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions. Venue: Greene Music Recital Hall, 7480 Miramar Rd, San Diego, 92126.  Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions are non-competitive, welcoming programs designed to encourage and motivate students of all ages. For many teachers and students, this is their favorite event of the year! Repertoire is performed in an audition, recital, or festival setting, depending on the district/chapter. Students are given constructive comments, along with a rating from 1-5. Students receiving a “5” are invited, but not required, to perform at the CAPMT Northern or Southern Festivals.  Our state website www.capmt.org is now in full swing. Online registration is now open and will close on October 5, 2019. Click here to learn more about rules, guidelines, and to register.

Piano Auditions Repertoire List

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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!

EVENTS THIS FALL 2019 

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 http://www.capmt.org 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.

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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.

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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!

Flashback: 

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.