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!