Opportunities and Guidance for Emerging Artists
La Jolla Music Society’s Artist Development Program provides professional opportunities for young artists through Coaching Workshops, Master Classes, Musical Preludes, Fellowship Artist program and our special partnership with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.
La Jolla Music Society presents the SDYS Chamber Orchestra in Concert
LJMS will showcase the incredibly talented student musicians of SDYS’ Chamber Orchestra both with featured soloists and emerging composers. This residency combines LJMS’ position as a leading presenter of music and dance in Southern California with SDYS’ long tradition of innovative music education programs. With the residency, LJMS will expand its Winter Season programming and deepen its commitment to education by extending professional opportunities to SDYS students, and SDYS will showcase its most advanced and seasoned students in the professional setting of LJMS’ concert series with guest artists and conductors.
SummerFest Coaching Workshop sessions take place on weekdays from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Riford Library in La Jolla throughout the festival. These intensive master classes, conducted by senior artists from the festival roster, are offered to the young artists participating in our Fellowship Artist Program and local advanced students. Coaching Workshops scheduled during the Winter Season pair young, technically and artistically strong local students with artists featured in the Revelle Chamber Music Series. All Coaching Workshops are open to the public, further providing students with the opportunity to present their work to a discerning audience.
Master classes in both music and dance are offered during the Winter Season to San Diego area students at the high school and university level. Over the past several seasons, these classes have been led by artists from I Musici di Roma, pianists Juho Pohjonen and Vadym Kholodenko, and the Joffrey Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
La Jolla Music Society’s Musical Preludes are held on stage and open to ticket buyers before all Discovery Series concerts and select SummerFest performances. Musical Preludes give young musicians the platform to develop their musicianship and technique in front of a live audience, which in turn bolsters the confidence needed for auditions, competitions and future performances. Fellowship Artists are featured on SummerFest Musical Preludes, while students from the San Diego Youth Symphony perform before Discovery Series concerts in the Winter Season.
Each summer, La Jolla Music Society’s Music Director invites students from the world’s leading musical conservatories and pre-formed string quartets and piano trios to participate in the Fellowship Artist Program. As part of this highly competitive program, selected young musicians receive a multitude of performance opportunities throughout SummerFest, daily coaching sessions led by world-class chamber musicians, and tickets to every performance. The program focuses on developing the skills of interpretation, communication and performance required in chamber music. In addition to joining senior festival musicians on stage for main series concerts and performing on several Musical Preludes, the Fellowship Artists are given the amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with master teachers in public Coaching Workshops held throughout the festival. These Workshops allow the ensembles to fine-tune the pieces for their Musical Preludes for upcoming competitions, or feature an emphasis on specific periods or performance techniques. Fellowship Artist alumni have won internationally renowned competitions such as Fischoff and Banff, launched successful careers, and have returned to the festival as senior musicians.
San Diego Youth Symphony Scholarships and Performance Opportunities
La Jolla Music Society’s partnership with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory provides young local musicians with numerous opportunities for artistic and professional development. SDYS musicians are selected to perform as soloists on Music Preludes in the Discovery Series and at Community Music Center recitals. Coaching Workshops during SummerFest and the Winter Season provide world-class training from LJMS artists. Advanced students from SDYS rehearse and perform with musicians like internationally acclaimed violinist Cho-Liang Lin and Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Joyce Yang in the annual SummerFest Outdoor Concert, a free event at Scripps Park in La Jolla that regularly draws over 2,000 attendees. This partnership also benefits students at LJMS’ Community Music Center. Each year, graduating CMC students are encouraged to apply for SDYS programs, and those who are accepted are given one-year, full-tuition scholarships.
For more information about La Jolla Music Society’s Education Programs, please contact Allison Boles, Education Manager, at 858.459.3724 or ABoles@LJMS.org.