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 26- July 2, 2013 – Downingtown East High School Chamber Choir performs in Germany

Downingtown East High School Chamber Choir
Exton, Pennsylvania
Adam Speakman, director

Friday, June 28, 2013
Dorfkirche Kaltenborn
Dorfstrasse Kaltenborn
14913 Niedergörsdorf
Kaltenborn (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
Thomaskirchhof 1
04109 Leipzig (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
Demmering-Str. 84
04177 Leipzig (map)

To Be Selected From:
Scarlatti | Exultate Deo
Palestrina | Sicut Cervus
Victoria | O Magnum Mysterium
Viadana | Exultate Justi
Zimmer | Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blong Mi
Schutz | Selig Sind Die Toten
Morley | Though Philomela
Josquin | El Grillo
Morley | Sing We and Chant It
Vecchi | Fa Una Canzona
Daley | In Remembrance
Gawthrop | Sing Me to Heaven
Ringwald | Precious Lord
Simon | Let the River
Brahms | Waldesnacht
Stanford | The Bluebird
Estevez | Mata del Anima Sola
Orban | Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Aguiar | Salmo 150


About the Artists…

These exceptional young artists from Downingtown, Pennsylvania have gained an international reputation for excellence, having toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, and China. In competitions, they generally garner first place, superior ratings, and special awards for student and staff leadership. The choral music program at DEHS has a long history of traditions and performances that enrich the lives of its members. The choirs have participated in master classes with the Barbershop Harmony Society, composer Eric Whitacre, and with several collegiate ensembles and professors. They have performed at the ROMAinCANTO Festival, Disney World, and with Festivals of Music in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. They have also appeared for numerous community functions.

Mr. Adam Speakman has been the Choral Director at Downingtown High School East Campus since 2006. In addition to conducting the numerous choral ensembles, he is also the Music Director for musical theater productions at DEHS. Mr. Speakman holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education and certification in Kodály Methodology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Principal Certification from Cabrini College, a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Susquehanna University and certification in Music Technology from the Technology Institute for Music Educators. Mr. Speakman’s students have actively participated in numerous Pennsylvania Music Educators Association events and his choirs have competed and performed in many national and international choral festivals. Mr. Speakman is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association, the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Kodály Educators of Eastern Pennsylvania, the Technology Institute for Music Educators, the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.