A Pop Music Festival to Remember

San Diego South Chapter celebrated Spring 2017 with a bang! Last April 29, twenty-nine students from seven chapter member teachers masterfully played with a professional band. The morning rehearsals provided a unique experience for the students to be the band leader and learn to direct “their band”. Two afternoon recitals showcased their piano and vocal performances ranging from Broadway musicals, Disney songs, jazz, movie themes, current pop hits and pop standards. All participating teachers and teacher volunteers came out to lend their time and effort: Mark Asuncion for emceeing and overseeing student check-ins, Festival Chairs Sally Sumner and Graziel Dulay, band members Steven Barta (guitars), Matthew Lutack (drums), and Jim Albarella (bass), Fresas Balistreri (Adjudicator), Chu-ying Hung and Tim Sumner for assisting the students, Jennifer Rodriguez for video documentation, Alex Quiman for photography, and Chapter President Rowena Asuncion for overseeing the whole project. Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as Adjudicator’s Pick: pianistsTiffany Phan ( Mia and Sebastian’s Theme from “La la Land”), Hubert Phan (See You Again), Jaleal Tagulinao (Viva La Vida), Isabella Howell (Water Under the Bridge), Alexandra Orczyk (Colors of the Wind); and vocalists Erin Grace Tuscano (I Enjoy Being a Girl from The Flower Drum Song) and Mikala Villanueva (The Simple Joys of Maidenhood). They received medals for their outstanding performances. All students received a certificate of achievement award, and especially made CAPMT souvenir bags, pencils and luggage tags.

The Parish Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopalian Church in Del Mar, CA provided a wonderful venue to this fun event, with its accessibility, superb acoustics, a 9 ft Baldwin piano and colorful spring decorations inside and outside the hall! Students, teachers, family members and guests had fun posing in the photo booth during rehearsals and after the recitals!

Please visit our Facebook page, CAPMT San Diego South ( https://www.facebook.com/sdsouthcapmt/) for pictures and videos of the event.

Popular Music Festival is on April 29!

Calling all student instrumentalists and vocalists! Get ready with your chops! Play with a professional band at no extra cost! San Diego South Chapter will feature this much-awaited event: Popular Music Festival with Improvisation and Masterclass.

Plan to register soon! Watch out for further details and announcement.

Date: April 29, 2017

Venue: St.Peter’s Episcopal Church 334 14th St. Del Mar, CA 92014

Online Registration opens: March 15, 2017

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2017, 11:59 PST


2017 Winter Festival: Music of the 3Bs

Despite the rains and cold weather, the event did not the dampen the spirits of those who attended and participated in the chapter’s Winter Festival. Student performers, their families and supporters in tow, showed up and played their prepared pieces with gusto. Several instruments were represented: piano, violin, viola, cello and classical guitar. What a remarkable and inspiring way to spend a rainy Saturday! Fourteen students divided into skill levels (elementary, early and late intermediate levels, advanced level) performed in the Competitive Division while twenty-four students performed in the Non-Competitive Division. Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church in La Jolla provided the wonderful venue. Kudos to those who organized the event, especially the 10 participating teachers and studios, event chairs Tim Sumner and Mark Asuncion, event facilitator Sally Sumner, overall program coordinator Rowena Asuncion, Alex Quiman for documentation, and adjudicator Timothy Broadway. Here are  some pictures of the event, along with the list of winners. All winners and adjudicator’s pick will be featured in the June 2017 Honors Recital and Gala. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for more pictures and videos of the event.


New Year, New Horizons!


Happy New Year!

2017 promises to be an exciting year for all of us! We have a slew of music events coming up, enough to satisfy music students, teachers, professionals and patrons belonging to San Diego South Chapter of CAPMT. Of course, all events are open to the public, and if you are still not a member, now is the time to join us!

JANUARY: Music and Arts Talent Extravaganza.January 29, 2017, Sunday. Greene Music Recital Hall.Event Chair: Fresas Balistreri

Watch adults and teachers perform in a recital! Check out paintings on display by artist, composer, cellist and teacher LuYan Guo. Tickets:$10 Proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund of the chapter.

FEBRUARY: Winter Festival: Music of the 3B’s (Bach, Bethoven, Brahms).

Event Chair: Timothy Sumner. Registration Form is available online! Deadline: February 4, 2017. Event Date: February 18, 2017, Saturday 1-4 pm.Venue: Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, La Jola, CA.

2017 Winter Festival Flyer


MARCH: MTNA Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland

APRIL: Pop Music Festival. Event Chair: Sally Sumner

MAY:  2017 Annual Young Performers Competition: Event Chair: Lu Yan Guo

JUNE: Honors Recital and Gala Awards. Event Chair: Rowena Asuncion

Please click on our events tab for more information or contact respective event chairs. Check back our website for updates.You may also email us at sdsouthcapmt@gmail.com.

Three cheers for 2017!🎉🎉🎉

Merry Christmas!


During this Holiday Season, our thoughts turn gratefully to all those who have made our initial year a success! Teachers, students, patrons, volunteers and supporters- we salute you for accompanying us in our journey and being a partner in our pursuit of excellence and service towards the musical community of San Diego.

May your Christmas be filled with music, warmth, love, cheer, and abundant blessings!

Thank you and Best Wishes to you and your loved ones this Holiday Season and the New Year!

-San Diego South Chapter, CAPMT District 1




2016 Ensemble & Piano Auditions

It was a pleasant and exciting afternoon when San Diego South Chapter held the CAPMT Ensemble and Piano Auditions last November 6, Sunday, at the recital hall of SoCal Pianos in San Marcos.

This annual state event held at the district and chapter levels measures the performance of those auditioning against a standard of excellence and not against each other. Students from several teachers and studios performed 2 memorized solos and a duet piece before an appreciative audience and to our District Director and adjudicator, Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar. 3 out of 6 ensemble teams  and 4 of of 13 piano auditions students received top honors garnering the scores of 5, 5+, and 5-. These students will be invited to perform at the CAPMT Southern Festival on February 11, 2017. This will be held at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, CA. Performers’ ages ranged from 6- 16, with many excited first-timers. Although the atmosphere was especially tension-filled, all students were able to play through and were all smiles in the end!

To commemmorate the event, all participants received medals and a beautiful certificate from CAPMT. Those attending the CAPMT Southern Festival will also receive a free masterclass in early February as well as a stipend from San Diego South Chapter.

Congratulations to all students and kudos to all teachers, friends and family members who came to watch and supported the events, making it a day to remember!


A Musical Day!

What a day! October 30 was a day of celebration for our chapter as we held not just one but two events in one day!

The MTNA Studio Festival this year featured 24 beginner and elementary pianists dressed in their smart recital attires: Halloween garb and costumes, who played such pieces as Cool Groove, Halloween Pranks, Toccata in d minor, Spooks, Trick or Treat Parade, among many others. Students received a rating certificate, a treat bag, and of course, a commemorative trophy. Kudos to all the 7 teachers who sent their students, adjudicator Jennifer Rodriquez, and the program committee for a fun-filled event!

The Young Artists Showcase and Competition featured intermediate and advanced music students in their musical best! The showcase division was a no-stress recital for instrumentalists, and the competition division saw students vie for First Prize in their respective levels and instruments. Ten teachers sent a total of 56 students with their 31 entries in both divisions. Entries included solo repertoire for piano and strings (violin, viola and cello) a dance solo, cello duet, string ensemble, violin ensemble, and orchestra. Adjudicator Fresas Balistreri selected students and winners who will be invited to perform at the Honors Gala and Recital on June 2017, as well as rated and wrote critiques on their performances. Her critique on the orchestra’s rendition of Lu-Yan Guo’s composition Music World was well received:

” Beautiful opening, bringing out the rich tones of all orchestral instruments. The phrasing is well-executed. Excellent ending! Steady tempo and imagery of Music World.”

All performers received trophies, certificates, comment sheets and of course, a treat bag! First prize winners were surprised and evidently pleased to receive a money envelope from the chapter.

Congratulations to all winners, teachers, and students! See you next year!


N.B. Don’t forget to visit and like our Facebook page for more pictures and videos of the live performances.



RCMDP Workshop October 20, 2016

Attend our forthcoming workshop on October 20, 2016!

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program will be  conducting a workshop (Teach the Building Blocks of Music with Celebrate Theory!)  for its new theory syllabus and the San Diego launch of Celebrate Theory!, a graded music theory book series that will help you and your students in furthering musical education and knowledge.

Speaker: Dr. Deborah How

Date and Time: October 20, Thursday, 9:30-12:30

Venue: Bertrand’s Music, Rancho Penasquitos Towne Center, 9906 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA, 92129

RSVP : http://www.rcmdp.org/workshops

Door prizes await!

See you there!