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.

St. Paul’s Concert Chorale at the St. Johann Church in Erding – March 20, 2012 at 7:00pm

St. Paul’s Concert Chorale
John Smedstad, director
Henry Lowe, organist
Tuesday March 20, 2012
7:00pm Concert
Stadtpfarrkirche St. Johann
Kirchgasse 9
93557 Erding (map)

Program to be selected from
Ave verum — Gabriel Faure
Ave Maria — Gabriel Faure
Maria, mater gratiae — Gabriel Faure
Selections from Nine Psalm Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter — Thomas Tallis
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen — Heinrich Issac
Die Nacht — Franz Schubert
Ich Schwing mein Horn — Johannes Brahms
Jefferson, a traditional American Shape-Note Hymn
Wondrous Love — Betty Bertaux

The St. Paul’s Concert Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble on the campus of St. Paul’s School for Boys, an independent day school located north of Baltimore, MD.  The St. Paul’s Concert Chorale is an auditioned male chorus comprised of boys whose ages range from 15 to 18 years old.  Their primary focus is on the performance of meritorious choral repertoire from throughout Western Music History.  Every two years, the St. Paul’s Concert Chorale embarks on a choir tour.  Past tours have included Germany, Iceland, and, most recently, the U.S. Desert Southwest.  The choir is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to sing throughout Southern Germany and Austria.

Mr. John Smedstad is in his sixth year as Director of Choirs at St. Paul’s School for Boys where he also teaches International Baccalaureate Music and Theory of Knowledge courses.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Smedstad was the director of the Women’s Choir at Oklahoma State University.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma State University.  Mr. Smedstad is an active clinician and performer.  He currently holds the Music Chair for the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

The choir will be accompanied by acclaimed organist Henry Lowe.  During his forty-five-year career as church musician, Henry Lowe has served parishes in Baltimore, New York City, Hamilton, Massachusetts and Cincinnati, Ohio.  He came to The Church of The Redeemer in 1984 where he leads choirs of children and adults in weekly rehearsals and liturgies. For twenty-two-years he has enriched a strong musical tradition with monthly concerts of choral, organ and instrumental music including such masterpieces as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Under his leadership the Adult Choir has been invited to sing at many churches in the Baltimore-Washington area as well as Carnegie Hall, New York City.  His recital career has taken him to many parts of the United States, England, Holland and France, playing at such noteworthy places as St, Paul’s Cathedral, London and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Additional 2012 Tour Concerts
March 18 – Heiliggeistkirche, Heidelberg
March 19 – Franziskanerkirche, Rothenburg o.d.T.