One of our Symphony students who has been with the orchestra for a number of years has recently entered into a challenging medical situation, beginning a fight against an aggressive brain cancer. We hope that you will find a minute to check out his story, which has been lovingly documented by his older brother Clemente, one of our volunteer teachers in the orchestra. In an age where the cost of cancer treatment is far beyond the means of most people, any little bit of support helps!
We are so proud of everything Justin has accomplished in his time with CYOSC, and the incredible strength of character that he demonstrates. He was recently provided an opportunity by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and instead of simply thinking about himself, he asked that they provide a string quartet of instruments for his fellow students at the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC). The foundation also made it possible for him to attend a concert of and meet the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles!
Our Symphony Concertmaster, Vivian Kung, won the Philharmonic Society's Orange County Youth Symphony (OCYS) Concerto Competition playing Paganini's Concerto no.1 in D major! Congratulations Vivian! She will perform with the orchestra in March of 2018. Below is a video of her performance of the work in a Masterclass with Nicholas Mann, courtesy of the MusiShare Young Artists Program (MSYAP).
Congratulations to Academy student Audrey Ma (age 7) who won First Place in the Instrumental Prodigy category in the Southern California Philharmonic Young Artists Competition! She will be performing Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto with SCP on March 3rd @ 7pm (location TBA).
AUDREY MA began her violin studies at the age of four with Mrs. Chika Wie through the Suzuki Method, and for the past three years has been a member of the Suzuki String Academy of Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California. She has appeared as a solo performer with the CYOSC Sinfonietta and the St. Margaret's Summer Music Festival Orchestra, both under the direction of Mr. Gene Wie. As part of her ongoing musical training, she has participated in performance classes taught by distinguished teachers including William Fitzpatrick, Kerstin Wartberg, Charles Krigbaum, and Eric Chin of the Telegraph String Quartet. Audrey is currently in first grade at a public elementary school in Irvine, and her hobbies include piano, soccer, reading, and visual art.
Congratulations to the Omer Quartet for their Second Prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. First violinist Mason Yu was for many years as a high school student the Concertmaster of Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California! A round of applause for the hard work and achievement by this wonderful ensemble!