Who We Are
Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra is an inclusive youth orchestra serving children and their families all over the San Diego area. With six groups under the umbrella of MMYO we are able to include a large age range—all the way from 3 to 23. Students have the opportunity to play a variety of concerts in a range of venues, including the Balboa Theatre. World renowned musicians regularly visit to teach master classes and lead rehearsals. MMYO not only provides incredible performance opportunities and learning experiences, but also includes a high instructor-student ratio, coaching by and exposure to Mainly Mozart’s international Artist-Faculty, and inclusive programs for children with learning differences. Our mission is to enrich the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s passionate music lovers by connecting them to the genius and innovation of Mozart and the Masters, to world-class musicians and music-making, and to each other.
Meet our instructors!
Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Music Director Hernan Constantino has been actively involved in the San Diego classical music scene since 1990. He serves as MMYO’s Music Director and Conductor of the Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras.
Mr. Constantino enjoys a three-pronged career; that of violinist, conductor and educator. As a conductor, his credits include the Oregon Coast Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. As a violinist, Mr. Constantino has held posts with several acclaimed orchestras and respected organizations throughout the United States, including the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Portland Opera Orchestra, the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, and many others. In addition to his current post with the San Diego Symphony, Mr. Constantino also performs regularly with the San Diego Opera Orchestra.
As an educator, Mr. Constantino offers private instruction at his studio, the Solosoli Violin Studio and is an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California. Prior to the formation of the MMYO, Mr. Constantino held the same position for the San Diego Young Artists Symphony for seven years, which merged with Mainly Mozart in May 2013.
Musician Jane Gayle Frey, Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Associate Music Director, instructs the Suzuki Strings, Beginning Strings and Intermediate Strings ensembles. She is a multi-level SAA registered Suzuki Violin teacher with an Early Childhood Credential in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy and over 30 years of teaching experience.
An active professional musician, Ms. Frey has held numerous posts with distinguished orchestras, including serving as a member of the string section with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Dallas Ballet Orchestra.
As an educator, prior to her current post as MMYO Associate Director, Jane Frey was a member of the faculty of San Diego State University’s Suzuki String Program for twelve years. She served as Master Teacher for the Point Loma Nazarene University String Project for five years where she also served as Professor of Viola. In addition to her work at MMYO, Ms. Frey maintains a private studio, works as a substitute in the San Diego Symphony and works regularly as a studio musician in the recording and motion picture industry in Southern California. Prior to the formation of the MMYO, Ms. Frey held the same position for the San Diego Young Artists Symphony for seven years, which merged with Mainly Mozart in May 2013.
Frank Glasson, a native of Solana Beach, has performed both locally and abroad in the trumpet sections of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Opera, Middel Deutsche Rundfunk Orchestra of Germany, Tokyo Opera Nomori of Japan, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, State Theater and National Chamber Orchestras of South Africa and has appeared as soloist with the latter two. Also an accomplished jazz performer, Frank received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” for his improvised solos on the recording “Jazztet” in 2006. Frank is a Yamaha performing artist and can currently be seen performing with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony of Orange County, La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway San Diego, and Classics 4 Kids Orchestra. He maintains a private teaching studio and served as conductor of the Pretoria Youth Symphony (South Africa), Jazz Band Director at Palomar College, adjunct Trumpet Professor at San Diego State University and as conductor of the CYO Wind Ensemble. Frank is currently the band director for the Solana Beach School District. For 8 years Frank served as President of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 325.
Youth Orchestra of the Californias
The Youth Orchestra of the Californias is a collaborative effort of MMYO and the Centro de Artes Musicales in Tijuana, Mexico. It is America’s only binational youth orchestra. Students and conductors from MMYO and CAM join forces a few times a year to play a mixture of European and Latin American repertoire. Soloists from both countries join the orchestra, uniting the two nations through the universal language of music.
Chamber Music Institute
A 16-week course (ages 12–23) on Saturday afternoons at Mesa Community College beginning in January.
The program is led by the Hausmann Quartet and guest coaches hail from the roster of Mainly Mozart’s world renowned musicians. The Chamber Music Institute at the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra provides an environment where young musicians can come to realize their potential, hone their leadership skills and flourish while exploring the subtleties of ensemble playing through master classes, coaching and performance opportunities.
Unfortunately, limitations in staffing and space prevent CMI from happening this year.
San Diego Makes Music
• What is an inclusive orchestra?
o An inclusive orchestra is one where no one is rejected based on skill level. Our auditions are used for placement only. NOTE: Though the orchestras are inclusive, the band and winds program is not.
• Where can I find the music to print?
o Music can be printed by following this link: (coming soon)
• What is the attendance policy?
o Each student is allowed four excused absences per semester, to be approved in advance. Full details are outlined in the musician’s handbook.
• What is the tuition for one year?
o Tuition this year is $600 for the first child and $510 for any subsequent children in any family. Military families are given the discount of $510 for every child. Registration fee for any child is $60.
• Where are the rehearsals?
o Rehearsals are located at Mesa College, located at 7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego, CA 92111, in the music building.
• Are the groups able to work with children with special needs?
o Absolutely! Any questions you may have may be directed to Lidia Riley at 619.239.0100 x303 or [email protected].
• How can I volunteer with MMYO?
o Mainly Mozart volunteers are welcomed into the Mainly Mozart family, meet new friends and professional contacts, and receive complimentary concert tickets when availability permits. For information, please contact: Robert Fishman, Director of Administration: (619) 239-0100, ext. 305
• Do you offer tuition assistance?
o Yes! Contact Lidia Riley at (619) 239-0100 x303 or [email protected] for more information
Registration price includes:
• Free MMYO tee shirt
• Free SDMM tee shirt (for those who participate)
• Free tickets to all MMYO concerts with the exception of June 5
• 3 free balcony tickets per student to be used at their choice of Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra concerts