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!

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


A Piano Recital and Masterclass

On May 20, 2017, master teacher Dr. Victor Labenske from Point Loma University shared his invaluable expertise in a very stimulating masterclass. His exuberance and positive energy engaged not only the piano students but the captive audience as well.  That afternoon at Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library was a learning experience for everyone; each one benefiting from Dr. Labenske’s comments, demonstrations and insights. Fifteen students from six piano teachers played their prepared music ranging from a Bach Minuet to a Chopin Polonaise, with six of them chosen for the masterclass. What a wonderful way to celebrate Spring 2017 for our piano students!

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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.