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!


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.


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 details.www.sdsouthcapmt.org. 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 http://www.capmt.org/student-programs/capmt-student-programs/ 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: https://www.facebook.com/sdsouthcapmt/

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: https://sdsouthcapmt.org/online-registrationpayments/

or email registration form to sdsouthcapmt@gmail.com

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!


mtna studio fest 2017

Would you or your child like to perform in a fun and rewarding recital? SDSC is proud to present our MTNA Studio Festival! This program is open to all instrumentalists of all ages and abilities. Theme: Fall Harvest, Halloween, and Thanksgiving

Register online at www.sdsouthcapmt.org

To learn more about this program: 2017 MTNA Studio Festival Rules & Guidelines