Mainly Mozart Merges with San Diego Young Artists Symphony
Mainly Mozart Founding Partner and Executive Director Nancy Laturno Bojanic announced an historic merger with the San Diego Young Artists Symphony (SDYAS) and two significant new collaborations, one with San Diego’s The New Children’s Museum, and one with Tijuana’s Centro de Artes Musicales (CAM), beginning with the 2013-2014 season, creating:
- The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra
- Official Orchestra-in-Residence of The New Children’s Museum
- Youth Orchestra of the Californias/Orquesta Juvenil de los Californias
Joining her in the announcement were representatives from all three distinguished organizations.
For twenty-five years Mainly Mozart has been inspired by the legacy of Mozart as prodigy, teacher and collaborator, and has understood the profound impact of participatory music-making on people of all ages. The union of Southern California’s largest classical music festival and the 18 year-old non-profit SDYAS creates new, unique opportunities for the 160 young artists selected through auditions to participate in the year-round music education and performance program, which will now be known as the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra.
Mainly Mozart is honored and proud to have had the opportunity to work with the Board and artistic leadership of SDYAS to make this possible, and is committed to continuing their legacy of excellence in youth music-making.
The union of Southern California’s largest classical music festival and the 18 year old non-profit SDYAS creates new, unique opportunities for the 160 young artists selected through auditions to participate in the year-round music education and performance program, which will now be known as the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra.
Equally exciting are the collaborative relationships that Mainly Mozart has formed with San Diego’s celebrated The New Children’s Museum, and the respected four-year old Centro de Artes Musicales for this merger. The new Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra will be the Museum’s official Orchestra-in-Residence, and will present performances year-round, including a new Sunday afternoon concert series and ensemble performances throughout the Museum galleries.
With Centro de Artes Musicales, Mainly Mozart will form a bi-national youth orchestra called Youth Orchestra of the Californias/Orquesta Juveníl de los Californias comprising members of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra’s Advanced Orchestra and advanced orchestra members of CAM that will provide unique music and learning experiences that cross language, cultural and economic barriers on both sides of the border. The Youth Orchestra of the Californias will offer a concert each spring, as well as appear at various public ceremonies, and bi-national celebrations and events.
In addition to the Museum series, performance opportunities for the young musicians will expand to include touring for the Advanced Orchestra, as well as the opportunities offered for selected participants of the Youth Orchestra of the Californias. There will continue to be a high instructor-student ratio; coaching by and exposure to some of the foremost classical musicians in North America; a soon-to-be-established chamber music division coached by leading professional chamber musicians, and specially designed coaching for children with learning challenges.
Providing an inspirational, fun and accessible learning experience for young artists ages 3 – 23 in an encouraging and positive environment, the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra will continue the teaching tradition begun at SDYAS. It remains the only youth orchestra in the San Diego area which trains the youngest of orchestral students in its proven Suzuki program. The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra will comprise five divisions: Suzuki Strings, Beginning Strings, Intermediate Strings, Intermediate Orchestra, and Advanced Orchestra. Master classes led by Mainly Mozart Artist Faculty will take place throughout the year in both San Diego and Tijuana. The Youth Orchestra also offers need-based scholarships. (Performance details for 2013-2014 will be announced later this summer.)
Funding for Mainly Mozart is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; the County of San Diego; and contributions from local individuals, businesses, and foundations.