The youth of our community are a fundamental interest. From the beginning, we have held a very strong desire to support music education and outreach programs. We are continually striving to seek new ways of reaching our youth and supporting their creative and artistic talents.
As Music Director of the San Dieguito Performing Arts Association, Warren Gref invited William Ver Meulen, Principal horn of the Houston Symphony, and world-renowned horn soloist to give a master class and recital. This event was extremely well received. Financial underwriting was generously given by Mr. Phil Gieseke, who understands the impact these kinds of informative and inspiring influences can have on young students.
Being committed to the concept of the master class, and choosing to make it anannual event, now as Music Director for Seagate Concerts, Mr. Gref has invitedMr. Floyd Williams, Senior Professor of Clarinet at the Queensland Conservatoriumof Music in Brisbane, Australia to offer a master class and recital, and hashosted Dr. Steven Gross, professor of horn at the University of California,Santa Barbara, and their scholarship brass quintet, which gave a master classand recital as well. In addition, Antonio de Innocentis, a guitarist from Italy,has also presented a master class and recital as part of our ongoing commitmentto these educational outreach activities.Each year, Seagate Concerts will tryto present a master class from a recognized artist, alternating among the familiesof instruments found in an orchestra and in chamber music.
This year, Seagate Concerts hosted Dr. Steven Gross, professor of horn at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and their scholarship brass quintet, which gave a master class and recital, held at Rancho Bernardo High School on May 5th.
Our goal is to reach out to every school child by way of assemblies and youthconcerts. Practical steps toward that goal have already been taken. Severalyears ago, a group of 10 musicians from the Orchestra of San Dieguito presentedan assembly to over 300 students at Ocean Knoll School in Encinitas. Theenthusiastic response from students and teachers was extremely gratifying andencouraging. Special recognition goes to Kelli McCauley for coordinating everyone'sefforts, and to Janet Baum and the Ocean Knoll PTA and the San Dieguito PerformingArts Association. The Orchestra of San Dieguito has also given performances ofProkofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" to widespread acclaim. If you know of a schoolor organization which would like us to present an assembly or youth concert,please contact us.
Young Artist Competition
Exceptional young musicians need to be acknowledged for their diligent work andaccomplishments. Seagate Concerts help provide that opportunity. While WarrenGref was affiliated with SDPAA as Artistic Director, a similar event was held,and Tammy Zhou, piano student at Mt. Carmel High School, and pupil of Jane Bastien,was awarded the top honors and also soloed with the Orchestra of San Dieguito.Seagate Concerts is continuing in a slightly different format. One year, the YoungArtist Competition was held for chamber music, and the Rancho Bernardo TromboneQuartet received highest honors. Each year Seagate Concerts has subsequently alternatedbetween holding a solo competition and a chamber music competition. The top winnerof a recent solo competition was Jesse Schiffman, a flute student who was a juniorat Torrey Pines High School at the time. In future years, Seagate Concerts willcombine these competitions into one competition with two categories - solo and chamber music.