In-person Piano and Ensemble Auditions

Unlike the previous year where the auditions were held virtually, our chapter was able to hold in-person auditions at Scripps Miramar Ranch Library’s spacious Community Room equipped with a stage and a 7-ft Schimmel grand piano. It was exciting to see music students perform in-person once again.

There were 5 teams for the Ensemble Auditions, with piano, violin, cello, and guzheng as their instruments. Each of the nine student pianists for the PIano Auditions performed 3 pieces, 2 memorized solos and the 3rd piece either another solo or a piano duet. The auditions were adjudicated by pianist, teacher, and clinician, Heidi Lee Kim, NCTM, CAPMT Certification Chair and CAPMT District 8 Director.

For everyone’s safety, everyone wear masks inside the performance hall; the piano was disinfected between players, and students’ hands were likewise sanitized before playing. All attendees signed and submitted COVID waiver forms as mandated by CAPMT and MTNA. Students were graded from 1-5, with those receiving a score of 5-,5, and 5+ invited to perform at CAPMT Southern Festival on January 8, 2022. The students did their performances very well and the supportive audience were generous in giving the appreciation to their commendable efforts.

SDSC’s Young Artists Competition was a blast!

The piano division evaluations of the Young Artist Competition took place on November 6 in person in the afternoon in Scripps Miramar Ranch Library. Twenty students from four studios competed in five categories according to the difficulty level of their repertoire. Each student performed one memorized composition. Pieces represented each of the four keyboard periods from the Baroque to the Contemporary period. After the evaluator, Dr. Sonya Schumann, announced the winners students received a participation certificate,a trophy, and a written evaluation of their performance. First place winners received a cash award. The students performed in front of a very appreciative audience of about twenty people. All safety protocols were observed as all attendees checked in with their COVID waiver forms and everyone wore masks at all times. Students’ hands were sanitized before they played, and the piano keyboard was disinfected between the performers. Everyone present enjoyed hearing live music again, and the competition was a great opportunity for students to return to performing in front of a real audience!
The recorded entries in the string division of the Young Artist Competition were evaluated virtually by Zachary Reaves. There were several entries from 3 studios in 3 categories : Orchestra (2) Ensemble (2) and String Solo (15). A total of 35 students participated playing cello, violin, viola. They received a certificate, a trophy and a written evaluation, and the winners received a cash award. The virtual performances of participants can be viewed on the San Diego South Chapter YouTube channel.

The Fall Festival was a hit!

The Fall Festival on October 30th was the first in-person CAPMT recital since March 2020, and it was a great success. Twenty-four music students from six studios performed in two recitals at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. Piano, guitar, and violin students played seasonal favorites to get the audience in the mood for Halloween the following day. All performers were awarded a certificate, medal, and treat bag for their participation. Performers were encouraged to wear costumes, and many participated in the costume contest. The costume contest winners were awarded with an extra treat bag. The audience wrote compliment cards as each student performed that the students received at the end of the recital. Despite the challenges due to COVID, it was a pleasure to hear and see live music back on stage.

A well attended event!
Performers dressed up in recital attire and costumes!
Recital 1 students and teachers
All performers sanitized hands before playing and the piano keys were cleaned after each performer.
Various instruments were represented including piano, violin, guitar, and voice.
Recital 2 students and teachers.

MTNA Studio Fall Festival

Join us in our forthcoming MTNA Studio Fall Festival! Register now!

Calling all motivated music students of all ages and abilities of San Diego county! Perform live (in-person) in this FUN festival in recital format! Play a piece or 2, memorized or with your sheet music in front of a supportive audience! All participants will receive a commemorative medal, MTNA Studio Festival Certificate, a comment sheet from an adjudicator and a treat bag!

Register here!

2021 Virtual Honors Recital & Gala

It is that time of the year again when we will be celebrating and recognizing all teacher members, donors, music students, and supporters of our chapter: CAPMT District 1 San Diego South Chapter! This June 12, 2021, join us as we feature award-winning music students and selected studio representatives from our fellow music teachers in an hour-long music recital! We will pay tribute to all members who continued to stay and support the chapter during this very eventful year of 2020-2021. Visit our Facebook page for more updates. Stay tuned!

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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