AFCM encourages young musicians and builds future audiences for classical music in San Diego through support of music education and appreciation.


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Our 25th Anniversary Gala at Morgan Run Club and Resort was a huge success!!!.

A mimosa reception on the lovely terrace was followed by a lunch indoors where 186 guests enjoyed an honors ceremony and musical entertainment. David Ellenstein, Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre, emceed as Lulu Hsu and Dana Zimbric were honored for their valuable services to AFCM and the San Diego Community.

David looks on as pianist and vocalist Ines Iriwati delights Lulu with an unexpected rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening" from the musical South Pacific.

And Dana seems equally pleased as she displays her well-deserved award!

San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer and Classics 4 Kids Executive Director Kiran Shelat were there to congratulate AFCM on 25 years of “introducing kids to great music." Their praise was reinforced by San Diego Symphony Orchestra Board Member Mitch Woodbury. A long-time AFCM member, donor and supporter, Mitch praised our docents for their dedication, creative classroom presentations and positive impact on students.

When young students get a chance to hear classical music they love it, and here are two videos you can use to introduce children to many of the instruments they hear in both classical and popular music.

But kids wouldn't enjoy listening to classical music, right? WRONG, as you'll see in the next video below.

And we do more than than just introduce kids to great music. We've also awarded young competition winners. In the photo on the right saxophonist Yenny Zhang and violinist Annelle K. Gregory, winners of a San Diego Symphony Concerto Competition, receive $1000 each from AFCM President Ron Bierman. Conductor Ken-David Masur applauds their achievement. (Photo by Ling Zhu.) Ron chairs the AFCM Board.

Annelle has gone on to win other competitions and recently recorded a well-received Rachmaninoff CD for Bridge Records.

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras has awarded our organization a "Most Valuable Player" certificate. Take a look here.

Every year we introduce many thousands of young San Diego students to the pleasure and excitement of classical music--thanks to the support of over 200 members. This is a link to our latest newsletter. And this is a link to a summary of the year's accomplishments.

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