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!



2017 Fall Events


This fall has been an impressive musical season for CAPMT San Diego South Chapter.

October 28, 2017, was a fun-filled day for our Halloween-themed MTNA Studio Festival Program where several teachers joined forces to feature some of their students. Instead of an adjudicator, the audience served as friendly critics by writing their observations and thoughts in complimentary cards!  The captive audience was surely engaged during all performances and students had a blast reading their complimentary cards after the event. Each went home with a goody bag and a commemorative medal to mark the afternoon occasion. Six piano teachers from the chapter had 24 students perform in the packed community room of Carmel Valley Library.

The following day, October 29, 2017, set a serious tone to our highly-motivated and competitive music students as they vied to win prizes and awards in the 1st San Diego South Chapter Concerto Competition and Young Artists Competition. Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library served as the venue for this year’s competitions. (2017 Concerto Competition Results YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION 2017 RESULTS with REPERTOIRE LIST.)

Thirteen string students (violin, viola, cello) vied for 1st Place in the Concerto Competition, Category A-D. This was followed by the Young Artists Competition, piano and string divisions. Overall, YAC had 35 entries from 66 participating students. All came prepared to impress!  Students performed solos, duets, ensemble,  as well as orchestra selections. Fresas Flores Balistreri served as adjudicator. Teachers and volunteers were on hand to run the events smoothly. Many thanks to event chair Lu-Yan Guo, events coordinator, and chapter president Rowena Asuncion, teachers Fei-Fei Soong, Natsuko Jones, Sally Sumner and Timothy Sumner, and volunteer Alex Quiman for all their hard work. We surely need a bigger venue for next year’s fall competitions!

November 18, 2017,  was set aside for Ensemble and Piano Auditions, a CAPMT state event. Four teams participated in the ensemble auditions and twelve soloists did their best to score a “5” in the piano auditions. Greene Music was the perfect venue for the afternoon event. Volunteers Samuel Bautista, Alex Quiman and Koni Ruiz helped during the event. Students received their certificate from CAPMT and a participation trophy from the chapter. Students who got “5” will be invited to perform on February 17, 2018, for the CAPMT Southern Festival to be held at LA Harbor College.

Additionally, top-performing and selected students from all these fall events will be invited to perform in the Honors Recital and Gala on June 9, 2018.

CAPMT San Diego South Chapter is surely committed to pursuing its goal to bring music and excellence in the San Diego community. We look forward to a more musical 2018!

2017 Concerto Competition

Our newest event for 2017! San Diego South Chapter is inviting competitive music students to participate in our first Concerto Competition. Vie for a chance to be featured at the 2018 Honors Recital and Gala and win a cash prize!

SDSC  2017 Concerto Competition Flyer

Welcome back! Fall is almost here!

It is a brand new school year for San Diego, and San Diego South Chapter of CAPMT District 1 welcomes you with more music programs, activities, and events planned for 2017-2018.

We look forward to working with our fellow teachers, students, parents, volunteers, and community partners to ensure a greater year for San Diego South Chapter and District 1.

By October, our music programs will roll, with the first 2 events slated for fall. Our ever popular and fun MTNA Studio Festival will surely get our young music students engaged to learn repertoire for our Fall and Halloween Theme. The Young Artists Showcase and Competition hopes to inspire our more competitive music students to learn more challenging repertoire.

November is the time for the state-sponsored Piano Auditions, Ensemble Auditions, and Vocal Ensemble Auditions. Here, participating students who garner a rating of “5” will be invited to perform in the CAPMT Southern California Festival slated early next year.

So, let us keep the ball rolling! We have plenty of reasons to celebrate. We are increasing our membership, we are strengthening our music programs, we are gaining more visibility in the community and beyond, considering this is our second year as a recognized chapter. Each and every one of us is looking forward to the new academic year with enthusiasm and optimism. We anticipate steady progress toward more inspired and quality music education. Best wishes to all students, parents, and teachers for a more productive school year filled with many excellent opportunities. Working together, we will continue to inspire success, achievement, and a lifetime of musical learning in San Diego and beyond!. Afterall, music knows no boundaries!

2017 Honors Recital & Gala

June 3, 2017,  shone the spotlight on the musical talents of deserving students who performed in this year’s Honors Recital and Gala. The primary mission of this culminating event of the chapter is to present chosen students who received top awards and ratings in the various festivals and competitions conducted by the chapter during the school year, as well as representative students from member studios. Additionally, all members of the chapter are recognized, including all event and program chairs, as well as our CAPMT District 1 SDSC Outstanding Member of the Year awardee.

Solo, ensemble, and orchestral works were performed by an array of talented music students, featuring piano, violin, guitar, cello, viola, including voice. The 5400 sq.ft. Recital Hall at Balboa Park with its sprawling stage served as the venue for this year’s memorable event.

Around 200 guests showed up to watch and listen to the performances, mix, mingle and enjoy a buffet of hors d’oeuvres prepared by teachers and volunteers of the chapter. The evening paid tribute to this year’s Outstanding Member of the Year, Mr. Lu-Yan Guo. Indeed, this year’s Honors Recital and Gala is something to be remembered for a long time!

2017 Honors Recital and Gala