Welcome to Wind Studies!

The Frederick Fennell Wind Studies program was started with the hopes of creating a college/conservatory prep program for woodwind, brass, and percussion students. Within the past decade, we have developed the program into one of the premiere high school wind band programs in the country.

The Wind Studies Program curriculum is made up of our Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, Master Class, Chamber Music, Ensemble Sectionals, and Core Classes: Theory, Composition, and Career Explorations. Throughout the year, students participate in multiple large ensemble and chamber music performances and festivals, and we frequently bring professional musicians and conductors on campus to interact with our students. I'd like to invite you to explore our upcoming performances/events on our calendar to stay up-to-date with the happenings of the Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program. This new information platform will serve as our main point of communication with both our current and prospective students and families!


To the fore,

Jeffrey E. de Seriere II

Coordinator, Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program

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Fall 2017 Wind Studies Newsletter

Dear Wind Studies Families,

I would like to welcome you to another great year of music making at OCSA!

We have been off to a dynamic start of the school year, gearing up for the numerous upcoming events.


It has been an absolute honor to have Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro join OCSA’s family as the new Artistic Advisor of the Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program and Music Director of the Wind Ensemble. I look forward to many memorable performances under his baton and invite you to attend his inaugural concert on October 28.


We have a terrific season ahead, filled with a number of important guest master classes and workshops.

Some of the highlights include the master classes by Ms. Luciani and the residencies during College Fair of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Vanderbilt University. See below for full details.

In addition, the Wind Ensemble has been invited back to the UCLA Festival and will be performing at Royce Hall on February 23, 2018.


I am also excited to announce we are working on a project with the Pacific Symphony which will bring all their principal musicians on campus bi-yearly to coach our students.


I thank you for your continued support of the Wind Studies Conservatory and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.


Musically yours,

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

Important Upcoming Fall Dates

Gina Luciani Workshop and Flute Master Class

October 11, 2.15 pm- 4.45 pm

DMS 103

Ms. Luciani is an International Artist for Trevor James Flutes and Beaumont Music. You may read more about her here: https://www.ginaluciani.com/bio



Prof. John Logan Brass Master Class

October 26, 1.30 pm-2.45 pm

DMS 201

Professor Logan is Head of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. You may read more about him here: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/staff/john-logan/



Prof. Jeremy Wilson Brass Master Class

October 27, 1.30 pm-2.45 pm

DMS 103

Prof. Wilson is chair of the Brass Department at Vanderbilt University. You may read more about him here: https://blair.vanderbilt.edu/bio/jeremy-wilson



Wind Studies Fall Band Concert

October 28, 7.30 pm

Symphony Hall

Come and join us for Dr. Mazzaferro’s inaugural performance with the Wind Ensemble.

Ticket information at: https://www.ocsarts.net/quick-links/box-office/about-box-office



Wind Studies Winter Chamber Music Concert

December 4, 7.30 pm

Symphony Hall

Performances by outstanding chamber music groups.

Ticket information at: https://www.ocsarts.net/quick-links/box-office/about-box-office



Wind Studies Winter Band Concert

December 15, 7.30 pm

Symphony Hall

Come and hear our award winning ensembles perform.

Ticket information at: https://www.ocsarts.net/quick-links/box-office/about-box-office



Student Opportunities

SCSBOA - Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Honor Bands

Please follow this link to apply for the SCSBOA



Student Successes

Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into the leading local youth orchestras:

Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCSYO)

  • Will Antici - trombone

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE)

  • Jayden Fogel - flute
  • Scarlet Baker - oboe
  • Heera Kamaraj - clarinet
  • Edward Park - clarinet
  • Riley Borklund - trombone

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO)

  • Dianne Seo - flute
  • Shelby Capozzoli - bassoon
  • Heejun Park - clarinet
  • Jack Finlay - French horn
  • Katelyn Chan - French horn
  • Dominic Diaz - bass trombone
  • Justin Ahn - percussion


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro was the Guest Conductor for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, a professional ensemble of leading musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. He also recently served as an Adjudicator/Clinician for SCSBOA, The Heritage Music Festivals, World Projects, Inc., and this spring he will participate in the Delta College Invitational Music Festival.

As a performer on Tuba, Dr. Mazzaferro will be performing with the Symphony Irvine, Corona Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, and the Dana Point Symphony this season.

Amy Bowers- Performed with the LA Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony;

Taught at Idyllwild Arts summer camp and headed up the Jr International Trombone Festival in Redlands

Recorded All Southern and All State solos with commentary and put on YouTube to help students prepare for auditions in December.

https://youtu.be/o2m8LYgxXcM  High School trombone solo


https://youtu.be/KjLpXi8XP2U  Middle School trombone solo


Mathieu Girardet- Conducting his inaugural concert with the Irvine Valley College Wind Symphony in October


April Chocholaty- Performance with the Orange Community Master Chorale and Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley at Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Chocholaty joined the orchestra, playing piccolo part for Carmina Burana.


Mrs. Chocholaty produced her first album, titled 101. It is nineteen arrangements of American folk songs which were all co-arranged by Mrs. Chocholaty and pianist Adam Bravo. Look for this album to come out on iTunes by the end of October 2017


Miles McAllister-  Hollywood Bowl performance with LA Phil during the summer; Presidio Brass on tour through the south this month and will be touring the Midwest, East coast, and South Florida in November including a live streamed performance at Disney World on Thanksgiving; Played lead trumpet on LaLaLand live with San Diego Symphony


Victoria Lee- Performances as principal oboe of Santa Monica Symphony, Orange County Symphony and Southern California Philharmonic; Presenter, SCSBOA Conference

Volunteers Needed

Parents interested in donating concessions and/or volunteering to work concessions or as ushers can email their contact information (parent email and cell) to Mrs. Kim Lowery at kimsking@aol.com  She will then add your name to the sign up genius.

Thank you.

I would like to take a moment to thank the many parent volunteers who helped with Wind Studies events and hope you will continue your support this year.

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Save the Date: Our Winter Chamber Music Concert is coming up!

Save the Date: Our Winter Chamber Music Concert is coming up!

Come to our Winter Band Concert!

Come to our Winter Band Concert!

Q: Why is the Parent Funding Agreement so important?

A: The PFA is the donation* each family pledges to the Conservatory. Your pledges help support all aspects of the Conservatory program. It pays for the components of a vibrant and multi-faceted musical program, including library maintenance, new instruments and equipment, instructor salaries, guest artist fees and extracurricular activities. 

*Donations are tax deductible. 

Q: Why is the Parent Funding Agreement so important?

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