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150 Finalists Compete in Orchestra Nova’s 2nd Annual “Music Bee”

With their cheering sections behind them, finalists from 18 San Diego county schools competed in Orchestra Nova’s 2nd annual Hunter Family Music Memory competition at Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University, on May 20. The “Music Bee” competition was the culmination of a year of intense listening studies of 16 pieces of classical music for over 6,000 3rd-6th grade students in the San Diego, Del Mar and National City Unified School Districts and at The Cambridge School and the Harriet Tubman Village Charter School. More information

Nine-year old Umi Garrett wowed San Diegans

Nine-year old Umi Garrett wowed San Diegans just as she had wowed audience members of NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres audience a year ago with her sparkling personality and exceptional talent as a pianist when she performed a benefit concert for Orchestra Nova on May 21 at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium.

Hei-ock Kim, a finalist in Orchestra Nova’s The Next Star talent competition held in March 2010 made a special appearance performing Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in a stunning performance which brought the audience to its feet.

Kyoto Prize Symposium Opening Ceremony and Gala A Big Success – Jung-Ho Pak Directed Entertainment

The San Diego Kyoto Prize Symposium Opening Ceremony and Gala event on April 20 was a big success, highlighted by spectacular entertainment under the direction of artistic director Jung-Ho Pak. Eighteen of Orchestra Nova's principal musicians performed with a wonderful array of guest artists.

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4Arts - Group of Four Arts Organizations Join Forces

Four San Diego entrepreneurial arts organizations in different genres have formed a collaboration that will involve cross-promotions of their events for the remainder of this season and the 2010-2011 season.

Cygnet Theatre, Malashock Dance, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) and Orchestra Nova San Diego are breaking new ground with this announcement of their partnership.

Members or subscribers from each organization are offered 2-for-1 tickets to all events of the Group of Four organizations on an “if available” basis.

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The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering a special 20% discount on all tickets to the 4Arts organization through June 2010 in their “Bang for the Buck” program. More Information


A Star is Born

Soprano Maria Lozano, a graduate student at SDSU, was announced as the winner of Orchestra Nova’s The Next Star talent competition Monday night, March 8, at the Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla. After surviving two rounds of competition with Internet voting and an Orchestra Nova panel of judges, the three finalists, Gorden Cheng, Hei-ock Kim and Maria discovered what life as a professional musician is like with a week of media interviews and appearances, rehearsals with the orchestra and, finally, three concerts where they performed with the orchestras.

The final judges were Internet voters, audience members at each concert and the orchestran’s musicians. Reflective of one of the closest races possible for a talent competition, Jung-Ho Pak said, “They’re all winners in my book and we intend to support each of them in whatever path they choose to make their dreams come true.”

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Orchestra Nova is on a Roll

Orchestra Nova ended 2009 on a positive note
  • All three Masterpiece Messiah concerts sold out and were enthusiastically received. 

  • Our year-end fund-raising appeal broke records for year-end donations (nearly $20,000), doubling the amount of year-end donations in 2008. Over one-third of the donors were new donors to our orchestra.
Good things happening in 2010
  • The Parker Foundation has awarded Orchestra Nova a $30,000 Challenge Grant – stay tuned for more news on this.
  • Orchestra Nova recently received the highest ranking from the San Diego Arts and Culture Commission, indicating that we are considered a "model" organization and meet all review criteria to the highest degree possible
Challenges ahead -- but a determination to meet them head on
  • As with most arts organizations during these troubled financial times, we are facing financial challenges but our dedicated team of staff, board and supporters is determined get through them and to keep the positive momentum going


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