August 5-13, 2013 – South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra performs in France and Germany

South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra
Laguna Niguel, California
Rocky Lee, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Yiqun Chen and Dan Robbins, Associate Conductors

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris, France (map)

Saturday, August 10, 2013
69117 Heidelberg, Germany (map)

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friedrichstraße 11
85435 Erding (map)

To Be Selected From:
Morricone | Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission
Jenkins | Palladio
Hofeldt, Loney | Lullaby
Nyman | Prospero’s Books Suite
Bartok | Rumanian Folk Dances
Paganini |  Caprice #5
Bach | Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Fuga
Bach |  Partita No. 3 in E major, Preludio


About the Artists…

Founded in 2001, the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra is recognized as a premier youth orchestra in Southern California. Founders Rocky and Sarah Lee envisioned an environment where the orchestra strives for musical excellence and the development of poise and confidence in each musician through the joy of music making. The SCYSO provides a distinguished orchestral experience designed to motivate and enhance musical talent and cultivate individual growth through the rehearsal and performance of renowned orchestral repertoire.

The SCYSO is well respected and supported by local music teachers and public school directors. The orchestra further distinguishes itself by being the only ensemble with four separate rehearsal locations enabling the SCYSO to attract and accommodate the most talented musicians in various Southland communities. The SCYSO rehearses weekly in Cerritos, Mission Viejo, Rosemead and Pomona. The orchestras combine monthly for workshops. The SCYSO has represented the United States on four international concert tours performing in Czech Republic & Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009 and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011. The orchestras were received with great applause performing in the magnificent cities of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Dublin, Cardiff & London.

The orchestra will perform its fifth concert tour, traveling to France & Germany in the summer of 2013.

Maestro Rocky Lee, is a graduate of Chapman University, where he studied conducting with Maestro John Koshak and violin performance with Mischa Lefkowitz. With nearly two decades of teaching experience, he has become one of the most respected music educators in Southern California. His revolutionary approach to music education has made classical music enjoyable and simple to grasp for young musicians.

As a conductor, he has received accolades in the United States and abroad. Under his leadership, his orchestras have represented the United States on four international concert tours. His work in conducting and education has earned him recognition from the European Cultural Initiative for the Young Generation, presented to him by Dr. Jutta Unkart-Seifert. Together with his staff of selected professional musicians, his orchestras create an environment where young musicians are challenged and encouraged to develop and refine their musical abilities. Maestro Lee challenges the musicians to achieve their highest potential from every stage of their musical development. These attributes can be recognized by the enthusiasm expressed by the orchestras he conducts.

Maestro Yiqun Chen, has been a music educator and performer for nearly a decade. He received a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching Music from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in instrumental music education. While attending USC, Mr. Chen received the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Chen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance with a concentration in saxophone and jazz studies from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach and was a recipient of the Mary E. Israel Music Scholarship as well as the Jazz Studies Department Outstanding Student Award. His primary saxophone teachers were Chris Charbonneau, Leo Potts, Jay Mason, and James Barrera. He has also studied with Doug Masek and Rusty Higgins. With many years of private teaching experience, his private students have been members of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association’s Honor Bands as well as the California Band Directors Association’s All State Honor Band and the California Music Educators Association’s All State Honor Band. His students have also been successful in solo competitions such as the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Solo Competition and the Claremont Winds Concerto Competition. In 2006 he was a member of the Disneyland All American College Band and performed full time at the Disneyland Resort. Mr. Chen has participated in the 16th annual Hamamatsu Wind Instrument Academy, the 3rd annual Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 2 Conference. Mr. Chen is the director of instrumental music at GladstoneHigh School in Covina, California and the director of the Cerritos branch of the SCYSO. He is currently a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Maestro Dan Robbins, is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in 1988 and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with honors in 1992. As a native of Southern California, he has taught and performed for many years. He has been honored at La PazIntermediateSchool where he is the music director, and was awarded the SVUSD Teacher of the year in 2000. In 2001, he was nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award and was recognized as teacher of the year by the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and Phi Delta Kappa (ΦΔΚ). In 2009, he received the Orange County Outstanding Arts Educator Award. He has toured with the SCYSO to Czech Republic and Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009, and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011. Mr. Robbins was chosen to conduct the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Ensemble for the 2009-2010 school year.

June 22-July 3, 2013 – Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir performs in Italy and Switzerland

Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir
Los Angeles, California
Peggy Richmond, director

Tuesday, June 25 , 2013
Institute of Little Sisters of the Poor
Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 6

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Santa Maria de Ricci
Via Del Corso

Monday, July 1, 2013
Weggis Pavilion
Lakeside Weggis

To Be Selected From:
Bach, arr. Hopson | All the Earth Sing Forth
Williams and Drennan | Come and See The Works of The Lord
Rutter | All Things Bright and Beautiful
Petker | Trumpets Resound!
Bach, arr. Roddy | Rejoice Ye Children of God
Chilcott | Be Simple Little Children
Bach arr. Gounod | Ave Maria
Cutright | Jubilate Deo
Arr. Willmington | Uyai mose/Come, All You People
Traditional | Dona Nobis Pacem
Richmond | Teach Us Lord


About the Artists…

The ultimate goal for the county-wide Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir (LA4C) is to spread the gospel throughout the world. LA4C currently has approximately 75 members.  The choir is in its 19th season and is in demand throughout the Southern California area.  The choir has performed on various T.V. shows (Home and Family Show, KCET’s Storytime Show,  The Carol  Lawrence Show), recorded a CD for Walt Disney Productions,  appeared on various radio programs, and performed in venues such as The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center,  Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, The Republican Convention’s Prayer Breakfast, etc.   LA4C completed its first CD recording which is available at performances and on the choir’s web page (  LA4C also sang in Washington, DC, representing California in our nation’s “225th Anniversary of our Independence Concert.”  They have traveled extensively in Europe, including England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands.  In the summer of 2013, the choir is headed back to Italy and will also be singing in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Ms. Peggy Richmond is a published music writer, having written the music for the Luis Palao Crusades’ Children’s Program, as well as music for LA4C and the children’s choirs at her church, Glendale Presbyterian Church, where she is currently on staff.

In addition to Ms. Richmond’s responsibilities as Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, she also teaches piano and voice, is Director of Children’s Music and Worship at Glendale Presbyterian Church, and teaches music at local elementary schools in Glendale.


June 20-29, 2013 – California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performs in China and Korea

California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Los Altos, California
Byung Woo Kim, conductor

Sunday, June 23, 2013
Great Wall of China
Ju Yong Pass

Monday, June 24, 2013
Joint performance with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra at Central Conservatory of Music
Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Joint performance with Myung Sung Youth Orchestra
Jangchun Art Hall

To Be Selected From:
Barber | Adagio for Strings
Schubert | “Death and the Maiden” for String Orchestra, 1st Movement
Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48


About the Artists…

Established in 2007, the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CYPO) imbues youth with the highest quality music education along with a sense of social awareness and civic engagement. At our current membership of 120, our musicians range in age from grade four through college, and are divided into two separate ensembles: Associate and Senior. As a non-profit organization, CPYO has a unique mission to use the talents of young people to benefit the community.

In our second season, we toured New York City and performed at Carnegie Hall, while also organizing a special benefit concert for PSALT and IMPACT, two organizations that support starving children in North Korea. We have had the honor of working with acclaimed artist Melvin Chen and also participating in events such as the 2010 Los Angeles International Music Festival. While our work has benefitted the Virginia Tech Peace Scholarship and raised $85,000 in earth-quake relief for children in Sichuan, China, we also perform locally for neighbors such as the Rincon Garden Center for elderly in our immediate community. During August of every year, our young musicians participate in an intensive training camp at Walden West.

Now in our fifth season, CPYO continues to be dedicated to developing students’ natural gifts and appreciation for music while providing positive opportunities that will enrich their lives.

Byung-Woo Kim, conductor
Byung-Woo Kim is founder and Music Director of CPYO. He is currently a faculty member at West Valley College Music Department. His previous posts include Conductor of the San Jose Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra for the 2004-2007 seasons, Concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony for eight years and Concertmaster of the Julliard Symphony. Mr. Kim has served on the faculties of the San Francisco International Summer Music Festival as Violin Professor and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra, the National Music Camp of Interlocken under the All-State Program and Summer Music Monterey, and Santa Clara University as a violin professor. Since 1997, he has participated as a judge for the Irving M. Klein International Spring Competition.

As a soloist, Mr. Kim performed with the San Jose Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony, and the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, among others. As a violinist he has concertized extensively throughout the country with numerous professional orchestras and performed chamber music including the complete Beethoven Sonata Series for the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University. Mr. Kim holds Master of Music degrees from both the Julliard School of Music and the University of Michigan. He continued to further studies in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Southern California. He has participated in the Farberman’s Conductor’s Institute in New York and the International Academy of Advanced Conducting with Dr. Lenoid Korchmar.

June 14-22, 2013 – Davis High School Madrigals perform in Italy

Davis High School Madrigals
Davis, California
Karen Gardias, director

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Chiesa di San Giovanni Ciro 
Via San Ciro, 13
Vico Equense (map)

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Via Vitellia, 33
Rome (map)

Friday, June 21, 2013
Santa Maria del Popolo Church
Piazza del Popolo, 12
00187 Rome  (map)

To Be Selected From:
Rachmaninoff | Bogoroditse Devo
Tavener | The Lamb
Bartolucci | O Sacrum Convivium
Manuel | Alleluia
Palestrina | Sicut cervus
Palestrina | Kyrie
Lauridsen | O Magnum Mysterium
Palestrina | Isti sunt viri sancti
Duruflé | Ubi Caritas
Chesnokov | The Angel Cried Out
Biebl | Ave Maria
Palestrina | Adoramus Te
De Victoria | Veni Sponsa Chrsti
Finzi | My Spirit Sang All Day
Langager | Irish Blessing


About the Artists…

The Davis High Madrigal Singers, founded in 1966, is an auditioned group of 32 high school students from Davis, California, who perform a wide variety of music dating from the 15th century to the present. In their distinctive, Renaissance-inspired costumes, the chamber choir currently enjoys about 40 performances per year within the United States and abroad. This highly accomplished class, within the CA public school system, demands the best of these young musicians’ talents and they have had the pleasure of working with many renowned U.S. and international musicians. Some of the Madrigals’ most treasured experiences, however, have been through community outreach. From the time-honored tradition of The Madrigal Dinner, a 16th Century holiday feast, to the preparing and serving of meals at The Wayfarer Center, choral workshops, and benefit concerts, the Madrigals are committed to their “musical message of joy and hope” through song and service.

Karen Gardias, director
Karen Gardias received a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace University, a master’s in education from Maryville University, and a Doctorate of Education in Music from University of the Pacific. Karen began her teaching career as a high school orchestra director in Raleigh, North Carolina and then St. Louis, Missouri. She is beginning her 20th year as a choir director at Davis High School.In addition to her role as Department Chair, she teaches AP Music Theory. Her choirs have performed throughout Europe, Australia, and United States. They have won the Prague International Choral Competition, the Llangollen Eisteddod International Competition and performed with Josh Groban.

Karen received the ‘News 10 Teacher of the Month Award’ for Northern California; The Yale University Outstanding Music Educator; two Striving for Excellence Awards for Yolo County, Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and has been a BTSA Mentor Teacher. Her school music program has been recognized as a Grammy
Foundation Signature School.


June 8, 2013–Covenant Christian High School Chamber Chorus performs in San Francisco

Covenant Christian High School Chamber Chorus
Indianapolis, IN
Daniel C. Blosser, director

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Union Square Park
San Francisco, CA 94108 (map)


Barnum | Adoramus Te, Christe
Spencer | At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners
Grotenhuis | Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
Stroope | The Conversion of Saul
Lange | Esto les Digo
Leavitt | Festival Sanctus
Stroope | I Am Not Yours
Mattson | I’ll Be Seeing You
Ames | Let Everything That Hath Breath
Whitacre | Lux Aurumque
Aguiar | Salmo 150
Byrd | Sing Joyfully

About the Artists…

The Covenant Christian High School Chamber Chorus is one of the finest high school choral ensembles in city of Indianapolis. Comprised of twenty-nine students, this choir specializes in performing advanced choral compositions ranging from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and also frequently performs literature from jazz and musical theater. The choir has been a consistent performer at competitions through the Indiana State School Music Association, and has given high quality performances in regional festivals and concerts.

Daniel C. Blosser, director
Daniel C. Blosser is an active singer, conductor, and educator in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. He is in his fourth year as the Director of Choirs and Bands at Covenant Christian High School. Outside of Covenant, he serves on the voice faculty of the University of Indianapolis and the conducting faculty of Butler University. Mr. Blosser received his Masters of Music in choral conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and received his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Indianapolis.