The Holy Names University Preparatory Music Department (PMD) conducted its 2012 Concerto Festival Concert on Sunday, May 20. Young performers from age 9 -17 performed to a standing-room-only audience of over 400 people in the Regents’ Theatre in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts.
This annual concert showcases the talents of young musicians who sharpen their skills studying piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, recorder, classical guitar, harp, and voice. For their outstanding musical achievements, Winners Clarisse Lau and Charlotte Wong were presented with a special award of recognition. Honorable Mentions were presented to Michelle Zhang, Iris Tran, Michael Niemuth, Veronica Oberholzer, and Miriam Benjamin.
The Holy Names University PMD was founded in 1968 by Sister Terese-Cecile Murphy, an early proponent of Suzuki music education in the West. PMD Director Katherine Baird explains, “The Suzuki philosophy provides a logical, developmentally sound approach to instrumental learning. Since the Suzuki philosophy is based on how children learn their language, it begins with training the ear and with fostering ability in a nurturing environment. Music reading proceeds after a sense of musicality and fluency are achieved. Holy Names University is a renowned center of Suzuki Education in the western United States and has over 200 children enrolled in the program.”
The concert also included students as young as four and five who played side-by-side with the orchestra. Dr. Steven Hofer, HNU’s Music Department Chair, conducted the soloists, who were accompanied by the HNU Orchestra.