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.

Symphony of the Vines is a partnering with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) Arts Collaborative, which includes artists, art educators and arts supporters committed to sustaining and growing arts education in San Luis Obispo County. Symphony of the Vines Student Spotlight is a program that gives advanced local music students an opportunity to rise to the challenge of presenting a solo performance. They work with Symphony of the Vines professional musicians and present their solo performance in a professional venue. 

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

Joseph Galicinao from Pioneer High School is our next featured Student Spotlight. He will play the French horn during our Clarinet Quintet concert at The Monarch Club at Trilogy in Nipomo (Wednesday, February 12, 7pm). Joseph has been playing the French horn for about 5 years. Besides being on the track & field team, he is the drum major and enjoys leading the band during field shows and parades.


Here is a fun story about Albert Zhang, 11 years old, our Student Spotlight during “Piano Recital with Torsten Juul-Borre” and the next video is of his performance at  Grace Bible Church, Arroyo Grande, and Cass Winery, Paso Robles in November 2019. Get tickets here.

Evalynn Moylan, 17, Morro Bay High School, was the Student Spotlight during our Romantic Cello concerts in October, 2019.

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

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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