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Important Dates for June

June 10- Friday.  Board and General Meetings.  Home of Lily Starobinets.

June 11-Saturday.  Auditions for Ann George & Peter Yazbeck Scholarships.  Home of Lily Starobinets.


WHEN:            Friday, June 10

                      10:00AM Board meeting (all members are welcome to attend)

                     11:00AM General.  Planning meeting for 2016-17 and potluck!  Please bring two copies of your studio recital programs for reporting to ASCAP. 

PLACE:           Home of Lily Starobinets


Thanks to everyone who voted; we now have a great new set of board members to install at our June Potluck & Installation.  Edward Francis, the President of the Conejo Valley Branch, will be our installing officer.  Everyone is invited to attend this event—just let Lily or myself know what dish you will be sharing.

It is a pleasure to have two of our newer members joining the board:  Jeong-ah Ryu & Becca Stankis.  Jeong-ah has volunteered to be Bach chair this year.  Caitlin Boruch, another newer member of our branch, has said she is willing to chair a CM Honors Recital in the spring.

Thanks go to Celine Gietzen and her many helpers for another very successful Ensemble Festival.  The students seemed to enjoy this festival so much & looked outstanding in their new green t-shirts.

The Teacher Matinee was the best ever.  Our talented teachers outdid themselves with fine performances on the flute, violin, and piano.  Our appreciation to Karen Becker & Fern Fay for making it happen.

It has been an honor and a privilege being your president for the past two years.  This is a fabulous branch, with so many dedicated teachers who make the job much easier.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”  -Victor Hugo



Our Branch had a very successful Regional I.  Branch winners from Pleasant Valley - Ventura County Branch, Conejo Valley, Kern County, Santa Barbara County and Santa Clarita Valley Branches performed on May 21.  We had full attendance for a third year in a row.  The Regional Festival selected 45% of the performers to receive the Regional Honors Award.  Congratulations to all the teachers who had participating students and to all the winners; all performances were outstanding.  Teachers can access the winners list at – Simply log on with your Teacher's ID and select the option on the home page to view the Regional Winners List.

Winners from Regional Festival who meet the repertoire requirement are eligible to compete in the Complete Works Audition on Sunday, October 2, 2016  at California State University, Long beach. First place winners of the CWA will be invited to perform at the Complete Works Audition Awards Concert to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Long Beach. 

Pleasant Valley-Ventura County Winners:

 Joshua Lau                (Nicole Burns )         Franklin Ohlinger        (Ruth Johnson)         

 David Kwon               (Sharon Kim)       Mika Mullikin             (Kary Kramer)

 Katie Cha                  (Sharon Kim)       Anna Lapteva              (Lily Starobinets)

 Cruz Hernandez        (Ada Lovingfoss )

The level of playing at Regional Bach Festival was exceptionally high, as noted by all the judges.      


Please bring two copies of all person studio recitals from the past year to our June meeting.  Caitlin Boruch will be sending them to the State for ASCAP compliance. 


Mary Cox has five very nice ebony music cabinets for sale, as well as a large collection of classical sheet music.  Please contact her by email if interested at  She will be in the Oxnard area on June 15 to show them to prospective buyers. 


—Sunday June 5th 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Dr. KuanFen Liu and Channel Islands Choral Association invite you to I DIG ROCK 'n' ROLL, a fund-raiser for music education. Proceeds benefit the CSU Channel Islands Choir and the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus. Sunday June 5th, Freedom Park Center, 515 Eubanks Street, Camarillo, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Live music by Fish Fry  Ticket includes dancing, chili dinner, wine and beer (21+ with ID) Silent Auction  Presale: $50  Students: $25  General Admission at door: $60 Purchase tickets at or contact Dave Davidson,  (805) 987-2664.  This is going to be fun and, certainly, a worthwhile cause.  And bring some young music lovers to the event!

Sunday, June 5, 3:00pm. This year, for the first time in its 50 year history, the Liszt Society Festival takes place in Southern California, at California State University, Northridge.   The TOPhil will be part of the Gala Concerto Finale concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of CSUN on Sunday, June 5, 3:00pm. The entire festival is quite impressive, we encourage you to check out other events. Two of our TOPhil alumni, Alexander Agate and David Fraley will perform in master classes, and Peter Klimo, a past Celebrity Recital soloist is featured in the Grand Concerto Finale. For a complete schedule of events, to register, or to purchase tickets in advance at a substantial discount, visit: