Student Spotlight and Educational Outreach

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight is a program that connects advanced music students with professional musicians in our Off-the-Vines Chamber Music Series.
Dr. Valerie Berg-Johansen, Board Director, and Hilary Clark, Symphony of the Vines Chamber Series Coordinator, are managing the program.

Performance opportunities like these are hard to come by, but are very valuable learning experiences for those needing to bridge the gap between being a student and becoming a professional. It also gives the budding musician a chance to preview the professional arena: intense rehearsals, many hours of practicing, as well as a little dose of healthy pressure but without a competitive environment. Dr. Valerie Berg-Johansen

Dr. Valerie Berg-Johansen

Student Spotlight is a program that collaborates with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education –
“The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education strives to promote the arts by facilitating opportunities for local students to work alongside professional artists in professional settings.”

Student Spotlight participants receive:
• Rehearsals with their instructor
• Rehearsals and mentoring with SOV musicians
• Opportunity to perform in a professional venue
• Professional videotape of their performance
• Family tickets to the concert

Our Student Spotlight will be featured at these concerts:

Romantic Cello, Saturday, October 19, Trinity United Methodist Church, Los Osos
Evalynne Moylan, 17, Los Osos, Morro Bay High School

Piano Recital, Sunday, November 17, Cass Winery, Paso Robles
Albert Zhang, 10 years old, pianist, Atascadero student


Holiday Brass, Sunday, December 15, Atascadero Community Church
Student TBA


Clarinet Quintets , Thursday, Feb 13, Pear Valley Estate Wine, Paso Robles
Student TBA

If you would like to recommend a student, please email Dr. Berg-Johansen at vnelsonstudios@gmail.com.

Educational Outreach

The future of the arts lies within our youth. Symphony of the Vines believes strongly in giving young students an opportunity to be inspired by music. Partnering with San Luis Obispo County of Education, Symphony of the Vines musicians will be performing in schools throughout the county in 2019-2020.

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