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Month of March, Composers Today.  Entry information available at

March 7 - Saturday, Certificate of Merit, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura

March 10 - Friday, Last day to submit the final application and fee to the appropriate CM Panel Chair.

March 13 - Friday, Board, 10:00 am

March 14 - Saturday, Branch Competition Application due to Lily. 

March 20 - Friday, Bach Applications Due Online; Fees Due to Sharon Kim Today!

March 22 - Sunday, Organ, Strings, and Wind/Voice Bach Regional Festivals at El Camino College.

March 27, 28, 29 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Final CM Panel Final Auditions South


WHEN: Friday, March 13, 10:00AM  Board Meeting only (all members are welcome and encouraged to attend)


PLACE:         Home of Pat Schullanberger.  For directions, phone Pat at 482-5445.


Certificate of Merit 2015 is almost a thing of the past—hope all your students are doing well!

You are invited:

Traditionally our June meeting has been our Branch Planning Meeting and Potluck.  This year the planning meeting will be held in May.  This is the time we make our plans for the year 2015–2016.  Everyone is invited to this meeting—we value your input. 

Then in June we will still have our Potluck Meeting to further plan the programs of the year.  Again, this is a branch event and everyone is invited.  We need to hear from all of you.

Johannes Brahms  “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”



1. Branch Festival date is Saturday, April 18th at FUMC Ventura

2.  The deadline is Saturday, March 20thApplications are online, fees to Sharon Kim, both due by March 20th.

3. The website registration is opened now.

4. Students who plan to participate Complete Works need to choose music from the requirement pieces.  

5. A list of the requirement pieces are listed in the above website. 

6. Branch & Regional Bach Festival need only one piece out of complete works but final Complete Works Audition requires the whole piece. 

7. Other Baroque pieces are allowed for only beginners and will qualify for the Branch Competition; however, these students can't advance to the Bach Regional.

8. Duplicate pieces are allowed.

9. Students cannot enter with pieces that they already have played in their previous years


The 2015 Branch Competition will be held on April 11th  at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura.  The competition is open to all instruments and voice.  Students must qualify to enter the competition by meeting one of the following criteria:

1) receive Branch Honors for level 3 or higher in Certificate of Merit in the competition year

2) receive a gold medal in the Holiday Festival in the previous year

3) be awarded Branch Winner or Alternate for the Bach Festival in the previous year.

There are three divisions: ages 12 & under,   13 - 15, and 16-18, (depending on number of applicants, Age 15 will be in 2nd or 3rd division.) There are two judges for each division.  Winners will be announced after each division program.   Students may perform any memorized piece from the standard classical repertoire. Popular music is not allowed.

Application deadline and fee of $25 are due on March 14th , 2015 to Lily Starobinets.  Make your check payable to PV-VC MTAC. Mail to: 505 Avocado Place, Camarillo CA 93010

Please visit our website at Competition for additional information and registration.


Our Teachers' Matinee recital will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 a.m. between Ensemble Festival programs so more of our students can attend.  This will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura. 

The piano, of course, will be our own Bosendorfer in the sanctuary and one of the church's grand pianos. Either or both pianos are available for solo, duo or concerto repertoire.

Please contact program coordinators Karen Becker and Fern Fay no later than Friday, April 11th if you wish to play in this program.  Send your proposed titles, composers, time duration and a short bio for yourself. 


Adolfo Camarillo High School will be offering String Orchestra for the 2015-16 school year.  Please encourage your students who will be in 9th -12th grades next year to enroll.  If they have already turned in their registration packet, they can still contact their counselor to enroll.  Here is a link to the flyer:


Sunday March 15, 2015 at 2:00pmCelebrate J.S. Bach’s 330th Birthday.  First Presbyterian Church of Oxnard, 850 Ivywood Drive. Oxnard, CA 93030. Featuring Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Clavier and Orchestra, Fern Fay on the organ and Chris Gillmon on the piano. 12 Selections from Well Tempered Clavier Book II by J.S. Bach performed by Chris Gillmon. Vocal selections performed by Lisa Boyd. Accompanists: Chris Gillmon and John Boyd. Proceeds to benefit the Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation.

Saturday, March 21, 8 pm. Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation presents "Shining Equinox: Fauré Requiem", First Presbyterian Church Oxnard, featuring the voices of El Coro Maestro (Master Chorale), Dr. Burns Taft, Director / Las Voces del Mar (Voices of the Sea) women's ensemble, Ms. Jessica Helms, Director, soloists, violin & harp.  

Music selections:  (Las Voces del Mar / Voices of the Sea women's ensemble) Ave Maria by Joan Szymko, Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré; (El Coro Maestro / Master Chorale) Ubi Caritas by Ola Gjeilo, Requiem by Gabriel Fauré

To purchase tickets, please visit or call Pacific Shores at 805-620-1000.  Email Address:  Ticket Prices - Advanced Sales: $30/Priority / $20/General. At the door: $35/Priority / $25/General.   

Wednesday, March 18, 10:00am. You are invited to attend the Sara Compinsky Master Class on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 am, with guest leader Thomas Otten. The class will take place at the home of Ronna Binn-Hersh; for directions, call (818) 343-3095.

Performers and repertoire will include:

Ivana Grubelic Malo, pianist:       

Janacek Sonata I.X.1905

         I. The Presentiment

        II. The Death

Dr. Ritta Bardakjian, pianist:   

    Chopin Preludes, Op. 28  No. 1-12

    Scriabin Etude Op. 42 No. 5

Tessie Chua Chiaco, pianist, Cherie Valaray, soprano:

     Schumann Song Cycle "Frauenliebe und Leben"

Admission: $20. Refreshments will be served.  Come and enjoy, learn and be inspired!  For more information, call Noelle Tinturin at 805-419-4229.