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St. Margaret’s Inaugural Summer Piano Festival Draws Musicians from Around the World

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SMESSummer13.1580Fifty students from around the world, and as far away as China, came to San Juan Capistrano and St. Margaret’s to participate in the inaugural Southern California Music Institute Piano Festival held June 21-30 in the new Performing Arts Center.

The Festival accommodated students at every level by offering two sessions: the Academy and the Camp. This year’s Academy session involved 30 students, including six boarding students who came to San Juan Capistrano from China, Mexico, San Francisco, Ohio and New York and was tailored towards students interested in advanced piano studies. The Camp included six students in a morning program who were interested in learning about music. Camp students studied music theory and ear training, attended classes and had private music lessons.

Lead by prestigious faculty members, the Southern California Music Institute Piano’s purpose is to spread love and appreciation for music through the education of performance, composition, theory and listening. This year’s faculty included Artistic Director John Perry, a world-class pianist who is a professor at Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and professor emeritus at USC Thornton School of Music; Executive Director Mina Hirobe-Perry a faculty member of the Colburn School and executive director of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy; Dr. Sarkis Baltalan a teacher at the Colburn School and the Orange County School the Arts; Dr. Wojciech Kocyan, a professor at Loyola-Marymount University who also gives masterclasses internationally; Dr. Andrew Park, a teacher and conductor who performs nationally and internationally, and teaches at Bethesda Christian University and at Idyllwild Arts Academy.

“It was thrilling to welcome John and Mina Perry and their superb faculty team to St. Margaret’s for this first summer piano festival. Their program brought together a wide age and ability range of students and demonstrated for our community a high standard of excellence in music-making as we continue to explore the educational possibilities in The Arts at our new Performing Arts Center. We are also grateful for the support of our generous donors that have made the presence of so many fine pianos from Steinway and Sons available year-round for practice and performance,” said St. Margaret’s Orchestra Director Gene Wie.

Click here to read more at The Orange County Register’s OCVarsity.com.

For more information about the Southern California Music Institute Piano Festival: www.socalmusicinstitute.org

For more information about the St. Margaret’s Orchestra and Chamber Music Program: www.smesorchestra.org


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