Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

July 18, 2018

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony auditions are on  August 17-18, 2018.

 Learn more about the requirements.

Heralded as “…a prestigious group of young, talented musicians…” by Santa Barbara Seasons magazine, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony brings together 70-80 gifted musicians, ages 12-18, from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to perform works across the orchestral repertoire. Under the baton of Andy Radford, this advanced ensemble instills the discipline and commitment that budding young professionals need for the next step in their careers, whether in music or another field.

Top-performing musicians in the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony have the opportunity to play with the Youth Symphony’s Chamber Ensemble. 

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2018-19 Performances

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018, time TBD
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019, 4pm
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019, 3pm - Music Education Center Community Concert
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4pm

2018-19 Tuition

$350/year
Tuition fees cover the cost for the 2018-19 season. Scholarships are available and information regarding these can be found on the application form. Admitted musicians will not be turned away due to finances. If tuition is a challenge, please reach out.

2018-19 Audition Information

Audition Dates

  • Friday, August 17, 2018, 1:30pm-7pm Violins
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, 1:30pm-5:30pm Violas, Cellos, Basses
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, 6pm-9pm Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Audition Location

Santa Barbara Community Church
1002 Cieneguitas Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Audition Requirements

Musicians auditioning for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony should have significant experience on their instrument. Students with less experience please consider our Junior Ensembles (insert link).

  • Fill out the application form (available in English and Spanish)
  • Download and prepare audition excerpts from the repertoire
  • Solo piece which best demonstrates both technical and musical skills on the instrument (No accompanist needed)
  • Sight-reading will also be included in the audition
  • Violinists, violists, and cellists who are auditioning for the first time please also prepare one three-octave scale of your choosing

Note: Youth Symphony auditions also serve as an audition for the Chamber Ensemble, which is an invite-only group. Musicians may decline the invitation to play in the group and still play with the Youth Symphony. 

Music Director, Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

Andy Radford is the principal bassoonist with the Santa Barbara Symphony and has performed with many California ensembles including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.  He is professor of bassoon at UCSB and with his wife, Amy Hagen, is founder and music director of the Ojai Youth Symphony. Mr. Radford enjoys performing the full range of musical genres, appearing at the Monterey Jazz Festival and in concert with The Who, Moody Blues, Josh Groban and others. He has played in more than 700 performances of Phantom of the Opera and in productions of Carousel, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast and La Bohème. Also an active studio musician, Mr. Radford has performed on more than 200 film scores, including Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, George of the Jungle, The Family Stone, and Bambi 2. 

For more information, contact

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
(805) 898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org


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July 18, 2018

Santa Barbara Symphony’s Junior Ensembles

(Create anchor link to bottom of page for this text) Junior Ensemble auditions are on August 17-18, 2018. Learn more about the requirements. 

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Junior Ensembles are for beginning and intermediate instrumental musicians, ages 9-14. Students learn how to play in an ensemble while they strive to improve their individual playing skills. Across the Junior Ensembles, it is our goal for students to feel successful and have fun while they develop their musicianship. 

Camerata String Ensemble

Level: Beginner
The Camerata String Ensemble is comprised of string players (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) who are early in their musical training. It introduces students to the basics of ensemble playing, following a conductor, and listening across a musical group while playing. Students in the Camerata String Ensemble have at least one (1) year of experience on their instrument (either in a group setting or private lessons). 

Philharmonia Orchestra

Level: Intermediate
The Philharmonia Orchestra engages string, wind, brass, and percussion students in performing as a full orchestra. To provide targeted training and experience with other repertoire, Philharmonia students also rehearse as a chamber strings group and a symphonic wind band. Students perform in both the full orchestra and their chamber group. Students in the Philharmonia Orchestra have two (2) or more years of study on a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument. 

2018-19 Tuition

$250/year
Tuition fees cover the cost for the 2018-19 season. Scholarships are available and information regarding these can be found on the application form. Admitted musicians will not be turned away due to finances. If tuition presents a challenge, please reach out.

Links

2018-19 Performances

All performances are free admission unless otherwise noted.

  •  Saturday, November 10, 2018, 3pm
  •  Saturday, March 9, 2019, 3pm
  •  Saturday, April 20, 2019, 3pm - Music Education Center Community Concert
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019, 3pm

2018-19 Audition Information

Audition Dates

  • Friday, August 17, 2018, 1:30pm-5:30pm Violins
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, 1:30pm-5:30pm Violas, Cellos, Basses
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, 6pm-8pm Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Audition Location

Santa Barbara Community Church
1002 Cieneguitas Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Audition Requirements

Camerata String Ensemble
Students auditioning for Camerata String Ensemble should have at least one (1) year of experience on their instrument (either in a group setting or private lessons). 

  1. Fill out the application form (available in English and Spanish).
  2. Prepare the following:
    – One-octave major scale and arpeggio: A, D, C, and G (or) Two-octave major scale and arpeggio: C and/or G 
    – Solo piece or excerpt (2 minutes in length) which best demonstrates the student’s skills
    – Sightreading, as decided by the conductor

Philharmonia Orchestra

Students auditioning for the Philharmonia Orchestra should have two (2) or more years of study on a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument. 

  1. Fill out the application form (available in English and Spanish).
  2. Prepare the following according to instrument type:

Strings:

  • Two-octave major scales and arpeggios: C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, and E-flat
  • Solo piece or excerpt (3 minutes in length) which best demonstrates the student’s skills
  • • Sight-reading, as directed by conductor

Woodwinds and Brass:

  • Two-octave major scales and arpeggios: F, B-flat, and E-flat
  • Two-octave chromatic scale (if possible)
  • Solo piece or excerpt (2-3 minutes in length) which best demonstrates the student’s skills
  • Sight-reading, as directed by conductor      

Percussionists

  • Solo piece or excerpt on snare drum
  • Sight-reading, as directed by conductor

Conductor, Camerata String Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra

Marisa McLeod, violinist and a native of Newark, New Jersey, began her study of the violin at the age of three. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Montclair State University, and her Master of Music degree from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. Ms. McLeod is also Suzuki certified from the School for Strings in New York City, and the Eastman School under Anastasia Jempelis. Ms. McLeod was a member of the Anderson String Quartet for 10 years.  She has played with many other quartets, such as the Juilliard String Quartet, American String Quartet, Le Quatuor de Deux Monde in Fontaineblau, France, and the Cleveland Quartet, with Peter Salaff as her private teacher. Ms. McLeod has also performed and recorded for artists including Snoop Dogg, Smokey Robinson, En Vogue, Moesha, Stevie Wonder, and Earth Wind & Fire.

Presently, Ms. McLeod performs with the California Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Pasadena Symphony & Pops, and various other orchestras in Southern California. She is a former violin instructor at the Renaissance Arts Academy and maintains a home studio.For Marisa, performance is sustenance. She relishes the interdependence between art, the artist and the audience, and as a teacher and coach she finds herself in the enviable position of being able to pass on to others the how-to of creating this loving relationship.

For more information, please contact

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
(805) 898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org


Kate Kurlas to Lead Santa Barbara Symphony Marketing and Sales Team as Vice President of Marketing

July 18, 2018

Santa Barbara, CA— Kate Kurlas, an award-winning executive with more than a decade of marketing, sales and operations experience will join the Santa Barbara Symphony and lead the marketing and sales team and strategic revenue initiatives. 

“Not only is Kate a local Santa Barbaran who knows the community and culture, she is an expert in target marketing and brand positioning which will greatly benefit the Symphony organization and our audiences,” said Kevin Marvin, executive director. “As a leader, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a solid group of highly-experienced and creative management team members and to work side-by-side to implement the new strategic vision for the community. In August, Kate joins the Santa Barbara Symphony as a key member of this special team and I look forward to accomplishing great things together.” 

Prior to joining the Symphony, Kate worked at The Granada Theatre in various leadership roles. Most recently, she was director of marketing and sales and previously as director of operations. She is a graduate of UCSB where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, and an associate’s degree in commercial arts from Santa Barbara City College. She is in the current class of Emerging Leaders, a leadership program through Leading From Within to empower and elevate the next generation of nonprofit leaders. She dedicates her volunteer time to Santa Barbara Beautiful as the 2nd vice president on the board of directors.


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Blaine Inafuku, formerly of Seattle Symphony, appointed as new Director of Artistic Administration

July 10, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, CA—The Santa Barbara Symphony continues to strengthen the vision and enhance the value of the organization to Santa Barbara residents and visitors. Blaine Inafuku joins the team at the Santa Barbara Symphony as Director of Artistic Administration on July 2, 2018.  Under the leadership of the Symphony’s Artistic and Music Director Nir Kabaretti and the Artistic Advisory Committee, Inafuku will play a key role in the crafting and implementation of the organization’s artistic vision. Inafuku’s primary focus will include curating innovative new artistic programming that meets the needs of the community with critical responsibilities in the planning and administration of the orchestra operations, budget, orchestra personnel, and production management.

Joining the senior management team on July 2, Inafuku comes to the Santa Barbara Symphony with more than 10 years of artistic and operations management experience with some of the industry’s top ensembles, including the Seattle Symphony, the former Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Chicago Symphony. A classically trained percussionist, Inafuku’s extensive knowledge of the classical repertoire will serve Santa Barbara Symphony in bringing creative, meaningful programming to the community. He has a strong background in production planning and internal operations of small and large ensembles and has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Symphony, among others, and abroad with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Blaine earned a Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois; a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois; and holds a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.


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Symphony Celebrates Additional Three-Year Extension with Maestro Kabaretti

May 24, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, CA—Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti has signed a three-year contract extension with the Santa Barbara Symphony, with plans to continue to bring high-quality performances of interest to Santa Barbara audiences. The Board of Directors enthusiastically approved the contract with compliments to Kabaretti and excitement about the current and coming seasons.  

Since 2006, the Santa Barbara community has embraced Nir Kabaretti and has relished his dynamic and innovative style. At the time, more than 300 candidates from around the world expressed interest in the position to lead the Santa Barbara Symphony. Kabaretti was the clear choice due to his vast experience and talent in symphonic and operatic repertoire, and he has most certainly fulfilled the expectations of the Santa Barbara community for the last 12 seasons. 

“We are grateful that our ever-popular and sought-after Maestro will be with us for the next three years. Under his artistic leadership, the orchestra has developed into one of the finest in the region,” said Dr. Don Gilman, President of the Board of Directors.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Highlights Beauty in Mahler’s ‘Tragic’ Piece

April 24, 2018

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Sunday matinee performance of Gustav Mahler’sturn-of-the-20th-century epic Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, “Tragic” captured and expressed the reputed power of the work.

Paradox and conflict, suffering and grace permeate the entire symphony.

Apparently, it engenders the same: Ongoing critical argument about the correct order of the movements influenced the programs. The order of the second and third movements were reversed on Saturday and Sunday.

The first movement allegro was epic by itself. None of the 102 musicians on stage stayed in the background.


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