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Mission Statement 
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The Purpose of the Contra Costa String Association:

• to encourage and foster the growth of the string playing in Contra Costa County.

• to help support other existing music organizations in the area, such as school music programs, youth orchestras, and music teachers associations.

• to provide performing and playing opportunities for string players of all ages and levels.

• to stimulate achievement and performance skills for string students through recitals, workshops, master classes, evaluations, competitions, and other activities.

• to offer public concerts for the enrichment of the community.

• to be as source of teacher and performer referrals.

CCSA History 
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The Contra Costa String Association was formed in 1985 in an effort to encourage and foster the growth of string playing in Contra Costa County. One of CCSA’s first projects was to sponsor a Young Artist Competition, which is for string players residing in the Contra Costa County and those who study with a CCSA member or any teacher in the county. This continues to be a vital CCSA activity.

Until 1990, when CCSA became a non-profit organization, it consisted of a few dedicated professionals who worked toward planning events. It now has nearly one hundred members, including string enthusiasts and supporters, players of all ages and level of proficiency, and other instrumentalists. All members receive newsletters and directories.

CCSA hopes to be a valuable service to all interested in string playing.

Our fiscal year is from January 1 to December 31. Being a non-profit organization, the Contra Costa String Association does not pay fees to its members.

Your tax-deductible donations to CCSA are always welcomed and greatly appreciated. To make a donation, please send your check (made out to CCSA) to Marie Schwarz, treasurer:

    Marie Schwarz
    126 Corinne Ct.
    San Ramon CA 94583

For a CCSA Membership Application please contact:

CCSA SoundPost
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SoundPost – Back Issues

CCSA SoundPost

The SoundPost–Op VII #2  September 2001 Ariel Witbeck, Editor

In case anyone missed getting the “Soundpost” for a few months, it is because there have not been any!  There were so few that paid their dues,the editor just decided to pursue other priorities. For those of you who DID pay, they will be carried over to 2002. For those who did not, they are due and payable now. Use tear-off form in the SoundPost for your convenience, and please send dues to:

    John Blasquez
    2000 Solveig
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

The only activity since the last “Soundpost’” was our sponsorship of the California Music Festival, with our founder, James Greening as Music Director. The featured guest artist was Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. We plan to do it again next summer, so look for it. Really exciting to meet the young musicians of the future from all over the US and even from foreign countries. Featured composer will be Schubert and concentrate on his Chamber Music, no Orchestra or Opera.

The immediate activity is a concert on Saturday, September 22, at Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center 7:30 P.M. Several of our CCSA Members are participating: Merrilee Walker, Concertmaster, Joyce Anderson, and daughter Janet Anderson, Gil Gleason, Joe Deviney. Please come and cheer them on. It will be conducted by our president, Ariel Witbeck and feature duo pianists Nancy Rude and Eileen Klatsky in the Two piano Concerto of Mozart. Other works will be Overture by Telemann, Sentimental Sarabande and Playful Pizzacato for the Simple Symphony of Britten, and Brahms Hungarian Dance #1 (See flyers and share) Call Ariel for advanced ticket sales.  $6 general admission.  At the door they will be $8.  837-3814

The next event is our Young Artist Competition. Wendy Reynolds is chairman. Contact her by phone (925-944-1262) for applications and more information, or write to:

    Wendy Reynolds
    904 Carl Rd.
    Lafayette 94549

(Teachers: See flyer enclosed with the SoundPost.) 

will again be on Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2002 at 1 PM for Elementary and Intermediates and 3:30 for Juniors and Seniors. Put that on your calendar, as this is always a special and inspiring event.

Preliminaries will be the weekend before, by appointment. All this will take place in the newly renovated and re-modeled Music Building of Diablo Valley College. 

The SoundPost – Back Issues

CCSA Directory
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The CCSA Membership Directory 2000 is complete and you should have received yours by now. If you've paid your yearly dues, but haven't received your directory, please let us know.

Next time we publish the directory, we want everyone’s email addresses in it. Send your email address to John Blasquez. He will see that it get's into next year's directory.

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  Ariel Witbeck 925-837-3814
Vice President
  Harriet White 925-946-1770
  Marie Schwarz 925-829-3875
  Sherrill Pfeiffer 925-944-9257
Membership Chair
  John Blasquez 925-935-9295
  Ariel Witbeck 925-837-3814
Young Artist Competition
  Harriet White 925-946-1770
Student Recitals
  Harriet White 925-946-1770

Music Festival

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California Music Festival

Date: July 31 – August 13, 2000

Music Director: James Greening
Associate Director: Ariel Witbeck
Sponsor: The Contra Costa String Association

• Open to professional musicians, college/conservatory students, and talented teenagers.

• Focusing on chamber music and orchestra of Mozart and Haydn, closing with the Mozart Requiem. Also solo recitals and master classes.

• For all instruments and voice. Openings for cellos and violas; Bassoons and horns; And singers for the chorus. Participants from all over the US
and abroad.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area. Concerts take place at Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lafayette.

Click here for Festival Schedule & post-registration information.

Contacts: For further information regarding the festival schedule, tuition, and concerts, contact:
  • James Gardner 925-943-5324
  • Ariel Witbeck 925-837-3814
  • Frank and Judy Ryken 925-937-9036 (Chorus information)
  • James Greening 925-682-6896 (After June 21)

Volunteer Support: Host families are needed for string players from out of state age 18-25. And we are looking for volunteers to assist at many levels. Contact person will be posted soon.

Young Artist Competition
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Once again the CCSA Young Artist Competition was a great success. Kudos to all! The results are listed below and in the January 2000 SoundPost.

Here are the results:

Vamos Award 1st place Mina Lee
2nd Place Timothy Hsu
Honorable Mention Michael Treachler
Senior 1st place Chris Grafton
2nd Place Brenda Yee
Honorable Mention Deborah Kim
Intermediate 1st place Mina Lee
2nd Place Timothy Hsu
Honorable Mention Michael Treachler
Elementary 1st place Christine Hsia
2nd Place Nolan Yee
Senior Harry Turner Award Kathy Kwon
2nd Place Franzisca Doll
Junior 1st place Matthew Kan
2nd Place Claire Liu
Honorable Mention Jennifer Tzeng
Intermediate 1st place Jim Liu
2nd Place Haniko Hjersman
Honorable Mention Caroline Kan
Honorable Mention Keith Tsang
Elementary 1st place Sophia Zhang
2nd Place Carson Kong
Honorable Mention Ramaya Parameswaren

Other finalists included: Crystal Leung, Natalie Reed
Emily Burlingame, Amanda Sims, Albert Chang, Robert Corselli, and Vinay Parameswaren. Congratulations to them as well.

We thank Harriet White for putting it all together, all the contestants, accompanists, and parents. And the teachers: Virginia Baker, Laurie Carlson, Anne Crowden, Doris Fukawa, Betty Lawrence, Greg Mazmanian, Art Peterson, Ariel Witbeck, Jenny Rudin, Jill Brindel, Leighton Fong, and Mildred Rosner.

We also thank the preliminary judges: Sherrill Pfeiffer, Charles Reider, Wendy Reynolds, Sharon Green, and the finals judges, Charles Blossom, Steven Evans, and Loren Tayerle.

Student Recitals
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The next CCSA student recital is:

    Sunday, April 30th, 7 pm
    Diablo Valley College, Music Building, Rm 101.

Contact Harriet White at 925-946-1770 to enter students.

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Calendar of Events
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See The Soundpost for a list of current Concerts and activities.

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