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2016 Concerto All-Stars Concert | Sunday, April 17, 2016 7P

25 Jun 2015 by In Past Events

Dr. Anderson and the La Sierra University Orchestra will be presenting the 2nd Annual Concerto All-Stars Concert on Sunday evening, April 17 at 7p. This event will feature four amazing student musicians. This performance will also include the winner of the Marcia Specht-Guy Concerto Prize, Susana Leiva. She is a junior vocal major. There will be a pre-concert lecture given by Dr. David Kendall, Department of Music Musicologist, at 6:15p. This event is free to the public. Donations are gladly accepted. For more information, please email MUSIC@LASIERRA.EDU or call 951-785-2036.

Program will include:

Night on Bare Mountain M. Mussorgsky

Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, K. 622 W.A. Mozart

Yiming Cheng, Clarinet

Michael Patterson, Conductor


Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104, B.191 A. Dvorak

Chiyuan Ma, Cello




Presentation of Awards


Concerto for Piano in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 P. Tchaikovsky

Jonathan Mamora, Piano

Je Veux Vivre from Romeo and Juliette C. Gounod

Susana Leiva, Soprano


About the Concerto Competition

In 1951, Marcia Specht was the first La Sierra student invited to perform as a soloist with the La Sierra College Orchestra, then directed by Alfred Walters. A student of Ralph Pierce, noted concert pianist and adjunct professor of music at La Sierra, Marcia played the first movement of Piano Concerto #1 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Following her graduation from the Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 1954, she married Fritz Guy, La Sierra College class of 1952. 

After her death in 2006, Marcia’s family and friends established the Marcia Specht Guy Prize, awarded each year to the winner of the Music Department’s annual concerto competition, to honor her memory and to encourage student performance of classical music.


Susana Leiva, soprano

Susana Leiva Ovalle was born in 1992 in Santiago, Chile. Susana began piano lessons at the age of four with Georgina Gonzalez at the University of Chile. At the age of twelve, she furthered her piano education under the outstanding tutelage of Armand Abols at the Austral University of Chile. From the time Susana transferred from Universidad Adventista de Chile to La Sierra University, she has been studying voice with Dr. Raejin Lee since 2012 and has participated in several master classes and music summer programs under the tutelage of Faith Esham, Fabiana Bravo, Museop Kim, and other fine opera singers. Leiva has also studied organ with Dr. Kimo Smith, and piano with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. She is currently performing with choral ensembles directed by Dr. Ariel Quintana, Sergio Leiva, and Dr. Elvin Rodríguez.

Susana has performed with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, both as a vocalist and percussionist, in annual Opera Galas, and many other operatic outreach programs, including numerous recitals for the Riverside Opera Guild and Rain Cross Chorale concerts. She is an active performer in the Greater Los Angeles area, singing for many different churches and a variety of philanthropic events. She has performed at La Sierra University operatic productions for the past five years as one of the female lead roles such us Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (2013), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (2014), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (2015), and The Princess in Little Nemo in Slumberland (2015). In recognition of her fine work, Susana won first place in the Riverside Opera Guild Competition in 2013, and second and first prizes in the Marguerite Marsh Scholarship Competition in 2013 and 2014, respectively. As her last award, Susana will be performing with La Sierra University orchestra this coming up spring quarter as the winner of the Grand Prize of La Sierra University Marcia Specht-Guy Concerto Competition 2016.




Jonathan Mamora, piano

Jonathan Mamora is a junior Piano Performance major at La Sierra University. He has been studying piano for the last 16 years and is currently studying with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. He is also studying organ with Dr. Kimo Smith as well as conducting with Dr. Ariel Quintana. His former piano teachers include Helen LaiPang, Dr. Lily Diehl, and Kevin Fitzgerald.

He has competed and has been a prizewinner in regional and international competitions, including 2nd prize at the IIYM International Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Honors Competition, 1st prize in the Steinway Society of Riverside County Concerto Competition, and 1st prize in the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Piano Competition. He has been a prizewinner in the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artists Competition, among others. He has also competed in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. In 2012, he was accepted into the prestigious Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. He was the 1st place winner of La Sierra University’s 2013 Promising Young Artist Competition and the 2014 Marcia Specht-Guy Concerto Competition. He has worked with many world-renowned and local teachers and musicians, including Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Sara Davis Buechner, Stewart Gordon, Daniel Pollack, James Bonn, Bernadene Blaha, and Santiago Rodriguez.

Jonathan has traveled around the nation and performed in many different places, including recent performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the La Sierra University Orchestra, Rhapsody in Blue with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, the second movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Loma Linda University Church Orchestra, and the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Coachella Valley Symphony. At school, he is a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble as a percussionist, the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, Chorale, and a cappella group UNITED as a bass, pianist, and assistant conductor, and various student chamber groups as a pianist. He is also a member of the Honors Program at La Sierra University. He often performs as a pianist for vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and choirs.  

Yiming Cheng, clarinet

YIMING CHENG was born in Tianjin, China. She took up the clarinet at the age of ten. She strated taking formal lessons with Prof. Chuan Xie at Tianjin Music Academy Middle School, Prof. Peter Loeffler-Asal and Philipp Brunner at Frankfurt Conservatory of Music and Arts, and Prof. Ulrich Wurlitzer and Ulrich Mehlhart in Wuerzburg Conservatory of Music. In 2014, she graduated Konzertdiplom's degree in Germany. In the Fall of 2014 Yiming came to the U.S. and started taking lessons under the tutelage of Dr. William Wellwood at La Sierra University.

As a performer, She has participated in performances at the Mozart Festival in Germany in 2009 and 2013. She had the honor of performing with great musicians including Paul Meyer, András Adorján, Grigori Zhislin to name a few. In 2013 and 2014 she performed at the New Year Concert with Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra on tour in China and in Germany respectively. Also she has performed with her own clarinet quartet called Lyra, across the Bavaria area in south of Germany. She has won the All Stars Prize in both 2015 and 2016 in the Concerto Competition at La Sierra University.

Chiyuan Ma, cello

CHIYUAN MA started studying cello at the age of nine in China. He studied under the tutelage of widely acclaimed cello professor Xianying Han at Xi'an Conservatory of Music. In 2010, he enrolled in the Central Conservatory of Music, China's leading music school, where he studied with Wen Ma for his bachelor's degree.

Ma has performed extensively throughout China and Russia with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with several world-renowned musicians such as Valery Gergiev.
In 2014, after completing his bachelor's studies, Ma came to the United States to further his studies in cello performance under Pinfei Tang at La Sierra University. That summer, he also participated in the Montecito International Music Festival and studied with Ko Iwasaki, an adjunct professor at Toho Conservatory in Tokyo.