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

Performances:
Thursday, August 8, 2013
4:00pm
Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris, France (map)

Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00pm
Providenzkirche
Karl-Ludwig-Straße
69117 Heidelberg, Germany (map)

Sunday, August 11, 2013
8:00pm
Erlöserkirche
Friedrichstraße 11
85435 Erding (map)

Program
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

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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.

March 29, 2013: LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir Sings at Eglise Lutherienne St. Marcel in Paris

LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir
Shawn M. Pendry and Theresa Moreau King, directors

Friday, March 29, 2013
8:00 PM
Eglise Lutherienne St. Marcel
24 Rue Pierre-Nicole
75005 Paris, France (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Arr. Ades | Let There Be Peace on Earth
Bohm | Silent as Night
Chilcott | Can You Hear Me
Cohen | Halleluia
Leavitt | Ose Shalom
McPheeters | Miserere Nobis
Porterfield | Sanctus
Arr. Printz | Wade in the Water
Ramsey | Heaven Unfolding
Stroope | Inscription of Hope
Traditional | O Sacred Head
Traditional | What Wondrous Love

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About the artists…

LaVilla School of the Arts is a public performing arts magnet for middle school students, ages 11-14. The school is located in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. There are eight choirs that meet daily as part of the vocal music curriculum. LaVilla is proud to be the only middle school in the United States that offers both a composition and vocal techniques class. The students in the France Tour Choir represent two of the advanced groups: Bel Canto & Chamber Singers. Throughout their twelve year history, LaVilla choirs have received local and national awards for their superior rated performances. LaVilla’s Vocal Music Department was proud to be invited to send a tour choir to Austria in 2003, England in 2005, Italy in 2007, Switzerland in 2009, and Greece in 2011.

Shawn M. Pendry, director

Shawn M. Pendry is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and has been a choral director at LaVilla for the past nine years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

He spent two years as the assistant director to the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, where he started a community school of the arts to provide instrumental and vocal instruction to children in need. He was a lecturer on the need of the native children of Mali, West Africa where he spent time as a missionary. He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at LaVilla School of the Arts in 2008 – 2009. Mr. Pendry is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Florida Vocal Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Synesthesia Association.

Theresa Moreau King, director

Theresa Moreau King is currently in her fourth year of teaching at LaVilla School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. While at the University of Arizona, Mrs. King taught a full studio of undergraduate music education and musical theater majors. Before coming to work at LaVilla, Mrs. King was a guest clinician with the Duval County Public School System. She served as music director for three years at Edgewater United Methodist Church. During her time there, she worked with multiple choral and instrumental ensembles and started a youth music program in association with a local chapter of the Boys and Girls’ Club of America. She was also a member of “Wakin’ the Neighbors”, a contemporary Christian rock band based out of Central Florida.

Mrs. King is also an accomplished performer, having made her European debut with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria as Mirabella in “Zigeunerbaron” by Johann Strauss II. She has been featured in numerous roles including the Principessa from Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” Dame Quickly in Verdi’s “Falstaff,” Madame Flora for Menotti’s “The Medium,” Marcellina from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” She is a member of the Florida Vocal Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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March 27, 2013: LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir Sings at Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel in Paris

LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir
Shawn M. Pendry and Theresa Moreau King, directors

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
10:15 AM
École Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
70 Rue du Théâtre
75015 Paris, France (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Arr. Ades | Let There Be Peace on Earth
Bohm | Silent as Night
Carmichael | Skylark
Chilcott | Can You Hear Me
Cohen | Halleluia
Emerson | Let My People Go
Emerson | Set Down Servant
Leavitt | Ose Shalom
Loesser, arr. Brymer | Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat
Arr. Printz | Wade in the Water
Arr. Shaw | Duke Ellington Choral Medley
Shaw | Joshua Fit de Battle
Sondheim, arr. Beck | Sweeny Todd
Stroope | Inscription of Hope
Thomas | I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray

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About the artists…

LaVilla School of the Arts is a public performing arts magnet for middle school students, ages 11-14. The school is located in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. There are eight choirs that meet daily as part of the vocal music curriculum. LaVilla is proud to be the only middle school in the United States that offers both a composition and vocal techniques class. The students in the France Tour Choir represent two of the advanced groups: Bel Canto & Chamber Singers. Throughout their twelve year history, LaVilla choirs have received local and national awards for their superior rated performances. LaVilla’s Vocal Music Department was proud to be invited to send a tour choir to Austria in 2003, England in 2005, Italy in 2007, Switzerland in 2009, and Greece in 2011.

Shawn M. Pendry, director

Shawn M. Pendry is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and has been a choral director at LaVilla for the past nine years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

He spent two years as the assistant director to the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, where he started a community school of the arts to provide instrumental and vocal instruction to children in need. He was a lecturer on the need of the native children of Mali, West Africa where he spent time as a missionary. He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at LaVilla School of the Arts in 2008 – 2009. Mr. Pendry is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Florida Vocal Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Synesthesia Association.

Theresa Moreau King, director

Theresa Moreau King is currently in her fourth year of teaching at LaVilla School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. While at the University of Arizona, Mrs. King taught a full studio of undergraduate music education and musical theater majors. Before coming to work at LaVilla, Mrs. King was a guest clinician with the Duval County Public School System. She served as music director for three years at Edgewater United Methodist Church. During her time there, she worked with multiple choral and instrumental ensembles and started a youth music program in association with a local chapter of the Boys and Girls’ Club of America. She was also a member of “Wakin’ the Neighbors”, a contemporary Christian rock band based out of Central Florida.

Mrs. King is also an accomplished performer, having made her European debut with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria as Mirabella in “Zigeunerbaron” by Johann Strauss II. She has been featured in numerous roles including the Principessa from Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” Dame Quickly in Verdi’s “Falstaff,” Madame Flora for Menotti’s “The Medium,” Marcellina from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” She is a member of the Florida Vocal Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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