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Winter Concerts – Ovation Level Ensembles
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Winter Concerts – Ovation Level Ensembles

Mar 13, 6:00 pm

| $10 – $25

Featuring 2021 Ovation Concerto Competition Winner Erica Wang, flute soloist

Join us for our Winter Concerts featuring performances at California Center for the Arts in Escondido. March is “Music in Our Schools Month” and we are celebrating by honoring the two music educators we had planned to honor before the pandemic: Crystal Pridmore and Serafin Paredes. We will also be welcoming our annual Concerto Competition winners to the stage as featured soloists, backed by a large SDYS ensemble.

Please note the following appearances:
COVID-19 Policy for Guests and Performers

All guests over the age of 6 years must provide ONE of the following in order to enter the venue:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours OR a rapid antigen test taken 24 hours before entering the venue

Trained staff will review your proof of vaccination/Covid-19 test and ensure it matches your photo ID (for those over 18). Please plan to arrive early to allow time for check-in.  Guests who do not comply will not be admitted.

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  • A physical vaccination card
  • A picture of your vaccination card
  • A digital vaccination record

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Guests over the age of six (6) and those who need a reasonable accommodation for medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering a venueFind No-Cost Testing here 

This applies to all patrons and performers. 

2021 Concerto Competition Winners and Featured Soloists
Serena Liu – 2021 Showcase Concerto Competition Winner, flute soloist
Showcase Concert, March 12, 6pm

“I feel extremely honored to be given this title, and shocked to be considered among a pool of such extraordinary mucisians.” — Serena Liu

Serena Liu, age thirteen, is a freshman at The Bishop’s School. She first picked up the flute at the age of seven and began taking lessons one year later. Serena has been an active musician since, having played in the 2020 and 2021 All-State Junior High Symphonic Bands, as well as several competitions. She was selected as an H. B. Goodlin Virtual Festival winner last year, and also placed third in the VOCE competition’s final round. Currently, she enjoys playing in SDYS’ Sinfonia and Wind Symphony ensembles as principal flutist, and hopes to continue her orchestral journey. In addition to playing the flute, Serena enjoys figure skating, baking, and cross-stitching.

Erica Wang – 2021 Ovation Concerto Competition Winner, flute soloist
Ovation Concert, March 13, 6pm

“I’m so honored that I’ve been chosen as the winner, as the past winners have been musicians whom I really looked up to as role models. SDYS is such an amazing youth orchestra and I’m excited to perform as a soloist with the ensemble at the Winter concert.” — Erica Wang

Erica Wang began playing the flute at age nine and currently studies with Pam Martchev. She is a junior at Canyon Crest Academy and plays principal flute in SDYS’ Chamber Orchestra. Outside of SDYS, she has played in multiple youth ensembles including the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra in 2019, California’s All-State Wind Symphony in 2020, and the National Youth Orchestra 2 in the summer of 2021. In 2020, Erica won 2nd place in the National Flute Association’s High School Soloist Competition, and also received the Deveau Scholarship for Best Performance of Commissioned Work. In both 2020 and 2021, she won the Senior division of the H.B. Goodlin Virtual Festival. Previously, she has participated in master classes with flutists including Jim Walker, Denis Bouriakov, Linda Chesis, Jennifer Gunn, and Demarre McGill. Erica also loves figure skating, photography, and food.

Concert Repertoire
Chamber Orchestra

Bruce Anthony Kiesling, Guest Conductor

Overture to La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39 by Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961)
– Moderato
– Erica Wang, soloist

Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

— Intermission —

Symphony Orchestra

Bruce Anthony Kiesling, Guest Conductor

Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
The Dancing Moonlight by Dai Wei (b. 1989)
Billy the Kid Suite by Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Guest Conductor - Bruce Anthony Kiesling
Active in a wide variety of music, Bruce Kiesling has a national profile as a conductor and music educator, from classical repertoire at Carnegie Hall to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl with Stevie Wonder and Latin superstars Juanes and Gloria Estefan. His current Music Director positions include the Adrian (MI) Symphony and the Sequoia (CA) Symphony Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the School of Orchestral Studies at the NY Summer School of the Arts. In each setting, Bruce is known for de-mystifying the music and the concert experience, welcoming new members with a combination of levity and historical perspective that engage even experienced audiences.

Bruce’s other passion is music education, where he regularly works with outstanding youth orchestras. For five years, Bruce was the YOLA conductor for the LAPhil. Bruce has conducted at the country’s most storied halls, which, in addition to those above, include the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and SPAC. Bruce holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, The University of Miami, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Recent appearances include San Francisco Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Lakeside (OH) Symphony, and the Young Artists Orchestra at Tanglewood.

Profiles in Music Education Award Recipient Biographies

SDYS’ Celebration of Music Education concerts pay tribute to outstanding music educators in our community, and recognize the public and private school music teachers, private lesson teachers, and community music providers who sustain the music education ecosystem in San Diego county. As part of our tribute, SDYS presents its profiles in Music Education Awards to recognize teachers who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in our schools.

This year we recognize two outstanding educators that were selected for recognition in 2020 but whom we were unable to honor when the Celebration of Music Education concerts were canceled.

2020 Profiles in Music Education Award Recipients
  • Crystal Pridmore – PreK-6th Grade General Music Teacher at Finney Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Serafin Paredes – Music Educator at Memorial Preparatory Academy for Scholars and Athletes, San Diego Unified School District
 Award Recipient Biographies

Crystal Pridmore – PreK-6th Grade General Music Teacher at Finney Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary School District

“I sincerely believe that high quality, early, and inclusive arts education has the power to change the course of children’s lives. Every child, regardless of socio-economic background or ability level, deserves the chance to joyfully participate in making music as a regular part of their school day.” — Crystal Pridmore

Crystal Pridmore has been teaching music for 12 years as a private voice instructor, secondary choir director, early childhood music specialist, and PreK-8 general music teacher. The recipient of the 2020 CMEA Southern Border Section Elementary Music Specialist Fortissimo Award, Mrs. Pridmore currently runs the general music, choral, and strings program for PreK-6th grade students at Finney Elementary School and advocates nationwide for music education. A practitioner of the Orff-Schulwerk Approach, which combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to a child’s world of play, Mrs. Pridmore has completed three levels of certification and serves as President-Elect for the San Diego Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In recognition of her accomplishments as a music educator, Mrs. Pridmore became a semifinalist for the 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award; she holds a BA in Music Education and an MA in teaching from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a California single subject teaching credential in music. She frequently performs throughout San Diego as a soloist and choir member and is the creator and co-host of the Chaotic Harmony podcast, chronicling the reestablishment of music programs in Chula Vista Elementary School District after a 30-year absence of arts education.


Serafin Paredes – Music Educator at Memorial Preparatory Academy for Scholars and Athletes, San Diego Unified School District

“Being a music teacher is one of the best ways to inspire students to live their dreams and to show them that they can do anything they set their minds to. Some of the most important benefits that music students receive include self-discipline, self-expression, and creativity.  Music education also gives students the tools to express their feelings through their instruments and voices while building social skills.” — Serafin Paredes

Serafin Paredes has been a music educator in the San Diego Unified School District since 1999.  With a BA in Music Education from San Diego State University and Masters in Education from National University, he began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher, instructing students in band, orchestra, and guitar.  In 2005 Mr. Paredes became the music teacher at San Diego High School’s School of Media, Visual and Performing Arts.  There he taught marching band, concert band, jazz band, guitar ensemble, orchestra, and mariachi – the only mariachi program in the San Diego Unified School District at that time.   Currently, Mr. Paredes is developing the music program at Memorial Preparatory Academy for Scholars and Athletes. As of 2012, Mr. Paredes has been the Mariachi Director at the University of San Diego, leading the Mariachi Ensemble, which introduces students to a wide and rich variety of mariachi repertoire consisting of traditional and original compositions. He has been the director of La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center, a free after-school music program where students are awarded their instrument after two years of participation, for the past 18 years and finds deep motivation in being a music educator. In addition to teaching with the SDUSD and USD, Mr. Paredes has also been involved in many other projects as a music educator.  In 2002, he founded Mariachi Juvenil De San Diego, focusing on encouraging and supporting students to finish high school and continue in higher education. The organization has been granting scholarships to members that have been part of the organization for at least two years, and members have attended universities such as the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, University of San Diego, and George Mason University.  To further strengthen the mariachi community, Mr. Paredes introduced a conference and workshops for his students in 2004. Throughout the years, this conference has grown into an educational event where mariachi students from San Diego and beyond can meet and learn from some of the best mariachi professionals in the world.


California Center for the Arts 340 N Escondido Blvd
Escondido, CA 92025 United States
(760) 839-4138
San Diego Youth Symphony
(619) 233 3232
$10 – $25
Mar 13
6:00 pm
Performing Ensembles:
Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra
San Diego Youth Symphony