Congratulations to student Joaquin Moreno for his participation in the Gaithersburg Young Artists Competition and advancing to the next round of the International Great Composers Competition for Best Handel Performance!
I am very much looking forward to attending a music workshop retreat in NYC this March. The European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) retreat is a satellite event from the esteemed Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France. The retreat will be led by their institute directors, Dr. Philip Lasser and Dr. Benjamin C. S. Boyle.
A big Congratulations to violin student Jonathan Tiayon, who was accepted into the DC Youth Orchestra Program's Young Artist Orchestra this Spring 2018! Jonathan is also playing in the Montgomery County Honors Orchestra in Maryland.
I am pleased to be teaching a few summer courses again at Levine Music's Maryland Strathmore Campus this June 2018. I will be teaching for the second year of Adult Beginner Violin/Viola Class and the Boot Camp for Kids, in addition to the new Adult Beginner/Intermediate String Ensemble. Contact me if you're interested in joining any of these classes!
Update: Registrations are now available online:
Congratulations to several of my students who have been accepted into the Maryland All-State Orchestra and Montgomery County All-County Honors Orchestra Festivals this spring!
This weekend I finished conducting on a concert along with several other conductors in Waynesville, NC for the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition, with the fabulous local symphony musicians and studying under the observation of Master Teacher Dwight Oltman. Always fun to work with and learn from fantastic musicians.
A Congratulations is due to one of my students, Joaquin Moreno, violin, who has received Honorable Mention in the Intermediate Instrumental Division of Levine Music's 2017 Marlin-Engel Solo Competition. Proud of your hard work!
Exciting news! I have been accepted as a Full Participant into the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition in North Carolina later this spring, where I will be learning from master teacher Maestro Dwight Oltman and working with the SMI Chamber Orchestra in rehearsal and concert.
I am pleased to have been asked to conduct the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet as soloists performing along with the Levine School of Music Student Guitar Orchestra, this May 2017! They will be performing one of their commissions Shiki "Seasons of Japan" (2012), dedicated to the 2011 victims of the tsunami and earthquake. Here is a bit of information on the beautiful piece.
Update: Here is a preview video from Levine Music VIDEO
I begin another new post this month, as a Music Adjunct Teacher for the Strings and Orchestra Department at Northwestern High School, Jim Henson Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Hyattsville, MD, in Prince George County. I will be assisting in private lessons and rehearsals, and am happy to be a part of such a fantastic program and staff.
Today I feel it is important to re-post my musical mission statement, as a part of a global effort and hopes for a peaceful world.
To read or download PDF, click here: https://www.academia.edu/10003602/A_Global_Musical_Mission (link function not working, please copy and paste at this time)
or go here under "Essays" for clickable link:
My husband and I are headed to northern Spain for the holidays, to visit his home. I'm thrilled!
Also, after the new year there will be an announcement about some new activities on my schedule!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to everyone! May '2017' be wonderful, successful, and happy to you and yours!
A news plug for my husband, Juan Gallastegui, who has been selected as one of the conducting finalists with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington! Proud wife ("manager") here!
Juan has also been asked to Guest Conduct for concerts with the Loudoun Symphony!
The NSO, a mixed group with students from all 3 student orchestral ensembles, performed as the first youth orchestra ever to perform on the Town of Clifton Park's Children's Performing Arts Series at Clifton Commons Park in NY! It was a great turnout, a beautiful warm summery weather evening, and a great mix of music! Congrats to all and best of luck to all next year!
Aston Magna Season Finale 2016 just finished this past weekend in NY and MA! Currently playing in the Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra in NY, and preparing for a few more NSO rehearsals for the summer concert at the end of this month in Clifton Park. What a musical July!
I am happy to announce a new post as a teaching faculty at Levine Music beginning in the 2016 school year! I will be teaching at two campus locations: Sallie Mae Hall (main campus) in uptown Washington, DC and in North Bethesda, MD at Strathmore. This means another big move for us late this summer. Stay tuned for any more information!
Yesterday all of the ensembles in the NSO youth orchestra put on a very successful spring concert! It was exciting. We had an intern conductor, a student conductor, a guest visitor for a special composer project, and lots of really great, hard music played well!
Jay Shulman's visit to our NSO rehearsal and concert this spring representing his father, composer and cellist Mr. Alan Shulman, made a great impression on our orchestra and family audience. Grateful for New York music history and relationships with current musicians and local composers. What a great opportunity! Thanks Jay!
Welcome to my new website. Over time I will be tweaking some things, but in the meantime, everything you need should be accessible and easier to find. As usual, if you are looking for something or want to ask for more information, please connect with me via the Contact page. Happy browsing!