Our annual Musical Mosaic, entitled "Music Speaks and Fills the Air" was held on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, PVE. Much thanks to our reception chairperson, Kris Basua as well as her helpers, Debra Shrader, Mary Feyk, and Teddy Greenwald. As well as Darlene Vlasek and Beth Howell for setting a wonderful night of music for all to enjoy.
Below are pictures from that night.
Shirley’s Ho’s concert, which was presented by the South Bay Evergreen Seniors Association, “Singing for Health and Life II” took place at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 22, 2017. The benefit vocal recital featuring Shirley Ho aims at promoting vocal practice as an exercise to strengthen physical and mental health while supporting the hospital’s fundraising goals. Shirley has partnered with Torrance Memorial to lead the Chinese Community Healthcare & Outreach programs since 1994. She is a huge asset to Torrance Memorial and the South Bay, building bridges between the Chinese community and its surrounding cultures.
Over the span of 20 years, she has made signification contributions to local communities by founding and leading charitable organizations and health care seminars. Through her fundraising concerts, the local Chinese community was able to express their gratitude towards Torrance Memorial for its high-quality care by donating all proceeds from the benefit to Torrance Memorial. The donations raised from the recital amounted to over $20,000 and will be used towards the transformation to the North Patient Tower.
In the photo she is pictured with several persons from Torrance Memorial Hospital.
To honor our dearly departed members, Ruth Cuccia and Helen Freeborn we had a memorial concert to honor then and raised funds for a future scholarship to be named in their honor. The concert was Saturday, June 17th, 2018.
Check out the pictures from the event.
Kayla Atkinson, soprano
$1000.00 Ruth Cuccia Memorial Scholarship
Kayla Atkinson, soprano, is a current student at El Camino College studying voice. She has been performing since a very young age and has always had a love for singing. One of her favorite roles to date was in the spring of 2016 when she performed as Cinderella in Into the Woods, where she was nominated for the Irene Ryan Awards. She has had the privilege to perform the national anthem for many school, sport, and memorial events, including El Camino’s graduation ceremony last year. In addition to all her performing accomplishments, Kayla has been on the Dean’s list for every semester during her time at ECC. She has just been accepted to Cal State Fullerton’s music program and will be attending there in the fall. She is honored to be a recipient of the Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship and hopes to make everyone proud as she continues in her career. Soli Deo Gloria!
Laurie’s Song – Aaron Copland
Darryl is a Boy (and He Lives in My Closet) – Michael Mitnick
Avery Jett, French horn
$750.00 Patrons Scholarship
Avery Jettis a French horn performance major at El Camino College. He has been playing the French horn for nearly ten years and can also sing and play mellophone, trumpet, and viola. Originally from Manhattan Beach, Avery hopes to remain in Los Angeles as a studio musician, citing his love for movie soundtracks and JohnWilliams as his reason why. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, Avery hopes to continue his education at the Colburn School or at USC. Avery has performed in the American Youth Symphony, has toured Paris, London, and China and has also had the pleasure of playing in venues like Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Nôtre Dame Cathedral, and the State Capitol. When he is not playing French horn, Avery is feeding his embarrassing obsession with Star Wars, watching movies or playing video games.
Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 Movement II: Andante - Richard Strauss
Hyeon (Shelley) A Park, piano
$750.00 Patrons Scholarship
Hyeon (Shelley) A Park was born in Changwon, Korea and started playing the piano when she was 7 years old. She participated in various concerts and competitions during her elementary and junior high school days. She came to America as a high school student and continued to learn the piano at the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton Highschool. She has been working as a piano accompanist in church for over 10 years. She is currently studying piano at El Camino Community College. She plans to transfer to a University to continue music study and to become an accomplished pianist and music teacher.
Rhapsody in g minor Op.79 No.2 - Johannes Brahms
Jade Saffery, saxophone
$300.00 Patrons Scholarship
Jade Saffery is a tenor saxophonist who studies jazz under Ann Patterson and Dr. Alan Chan at El Camino College. Winner of the Norma Kayser and Christopher J. Mello scholarship and featured young artist at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Jade hopes to continue her education and eventually become a college professor of music.
Giovanna Mera, guitar
$300.00 Memorial Scholarship
Giovanna Mera is enrolled at El Camino College in the Applied Music Program. In the 2018 Spring semester she is studying with; Dr. P. Schulz for Theory and Musicianship203A, Dr. W. Doyle for Music History 215B, Dr. J. Nachef for both Voice 1 as well as for the Concert Choir Ensemble, Dr. D. Teter for Applied Music, and Professor Jon Minei for Private Classical Guitar Lessons as well as for Guitar Ensemble. In the past, she has received both an achievement scholarship award from the Neptunian Woman’s Clubas well as a scholarship from Mu Phi Epsilon. She would like very much to be able to first graduate with an AA in Music, followed by a bachelor’s in performance for Classical Guitar, finished by a Masters/Ph.D. in Composition and Conducting.
Liana Wopschall, voice
$300.00 Patrons Scholarship
Liana Wopschall is attending El Camino College as a music major. Her personal voice teacher is Ann Grennan, with whom she studied for more than two years. She also studied with Erin Wood through the Applied Music program at El Camino. Her vocal accomplishments include VOCE South Bay 1st place winner in the senior division, Certificate of Merit level 8, Certificate of Merit Panel finalist, second place in musical theatre category adult division for NATS-LA-SEP and honorable mention in classical category adult division, and Certificate of Honor for "outstanding musical performance at the Applied Music Juries" (in her first semester at El Camino's Applied Music program). Her musical aspirations for the future are to obtain a bachelor’s degree in music and to sing opera.
Our annual Musical Mosaic was a huge success! Thanks to everyone that participated, from the musicians donating their time and skills and to the audience for taking their time to enjoy live music!
The program featured a mosaic of music form flute and guitar to big band jazz!
Enjoy the pictures from our February 2, 2018 event.
Huge thanks to the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
Enjoy the slideshow from the event below.
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On Sunday, October 17th, 2017 Member Ramona Gifford hosted our annual potluck dinner to kick off the new year.
Members enjoyed an evening of great food and music by member Beth Nam and friend, Kevin Kwan Loucks (piano for four hands).
A silent auction was held to help raise funds for our philanthropic work in the community. Among the items auctions were Kings game tickets, original artwork, a trip to Mammoth Mountain, and other goodies.
The triennial International Convention took place this past July 27-30th in Denver, Co. Our chapter was well represented as our President, Lenita and fellow board members, David Champion, Ramona Gifford, and Wendy and Julio Sequeira made the journey to the Mile High City.
Our Chapter returned home with many awards, including Outstanding Alumni Chapter of the Pacific Southwest Province, Outstanding Yearbook, Greatest number of SERV hours, and most importantly two newly-minted ACME honorees. Dr. Joanna Nachef, choral conductor, and pianist Anli Lin Tong received their honors at the convention.
The Convention gave all us a chance to catch up with old brothers and sisters, immerse ourselves in the latest trends in music and education, and meet the new collegiate members. We even had the chance to hear the Flying Order of the Purple Funk band!
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