Five Performances You Don’t Want to Miss

Concert Hour – Dominic Schaner
This Thursday at Concert Hour

It’s been awhile, too long, actually, since Early Music string enthusiast (and former Palomar student) Dominic Schaner has graced the Concert Hour stage. This time around, archlute and guitar in tow, Schaner presents a program entitled Heresy of the Free Spirit e il divino. Friends, this is a rare performance, and you don’t want to miss it! Step briskly then, toward the Performance Lab (D10) and witness as Schaner as he seeks to “divine the improvisatory and unbound (or free) nature of Early Music in light of the mystical tradition from which the program takes its title.” Doors open at 12:20!

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Everything’s Swingin’- Palomar Jazz!
Friday March 27, 2015 Hey! It’s springtime and we’re on the move! Join the Palomar Day and Night Jazz Ensembles as they launch another uplifting groove-fest.
Culture Crossing- Palomar Chorale and Chamber Singers
Sunday March 29, 2015 Join these solid singing groups in an exploration of the human voice and its manifestations across world cultures, traditions and eras!
Palomar/YPO Percussion Ensemble
Sunday April 12, 2015 Welcome this exciting, exhilarating group of percussionists to the Spring Season as they present their first main stage performance!
Steinway Series- Ching-Ming Cheng
Sunday April 19, 2015 Equal Parts performer and Educator, Cheng comes to the series by way of Cal State San Marcos, where she is a full time faculty member. Cheng will pull from her broad classical and romantic background for a program of rare delights!
Performing Arts Circle
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Palomar Performing Arts
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1140 W. Mission Rd
San Marcos, Ca 92069
(760) 744-1150 x2453

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2014/2015 Season Partners
Steinway Piano Gallery San Diego
Now open in the UTC Shopping Mall!



Academic Pathways in Music

Considering Music as your major?

Get a sneak preview.


March 7, 2015 at 2:00pm



Registration deadline: March 4


  • Meet Palomar College music majors and faculty advisors
  • Sessions in major-specific coursework for vocal, instrumental and composition tracks
  • Tour Performing Arts Complex, performance labs and computer lab
  • Hear performances by Palomar College ensembles
  • Register for summer music classes


  • “Careers in Music”
  • “How to Build a Composition Portfolio”
  • Options in Academia: Conservatories, Universities and Community Colleges: Which one is right for you?
  • Q & A: Ask and Get an Honest Answer

FREE Food!

FREE T-shirt!

FREE student ticket to Palomar College Musical Theatre Performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”


For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Weller at 760-744-1150 ext. 3949 or

Concert Hour February 5, 2015 Danny Weller Jazz Trio

Jump to a collection of jazz classics made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, with singer Rebecca Jade burning on scat solos transcribed from Ella’s recordings! She will be joined by Wellers Danny and Charles on bass and drums. That’s right! Bass, drums and vocals! Don’t miss it!


Concert Hour January 29, 2015 Kursch and Kristensen, Organ

Four hands, four feet! Two fine organists from Denmark, Rikke Schjerlund Kursch and Lise-Lotte Kristensen, arrive stateside to open the spring series on Palomar’s vintage pipe organ.


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The Water Speaks: Cast List/Audition Winners

The Water Speaks – Ensemble List

by Michael Mufson

Thank you all for your work the wonderful and creative audition process.  Please read this important information about the rehearsal schedule and preparations for the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 10:00 in the Studio Theatre.  These were the days with the least confilicts.  Beginning April 13 we will move to Monday-Friday.  Tech week is 6-11 PM

First rehearsal is Monday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 in the Studio Theatre.

Your assignment for the first rehearsal is to bring source of text that you find or write related to the topic of water.  This text should relate to your particular passion, fascination, curiosity or concern related to an aspect of water.  The source might be factual (from the news media, science community, nature writing for example), poetic/literary, humorous, religious, spiritual, song lyric etc.  Feel free to think outside the box.  Have 2-3 lines from the source memorized!

It is essential that we begin with a full commitment to the work of this project. No excuses.

Email me at to confirm that you have read this.

I’m so excited to start working with all of you!

Reyna Bell

Monique Barbour

Saleem Bodden

Colette Culbertson

Heather Fiore

Brian Keon

Bryan Levin

Camille Liim – Costume Design

Donnie Longoria

Darcie McClain

Karen McCleod

Benjamin Munson

Faye Nourollahi

Hannah Piccola

Garrett Sanders

Robert Sisson

Claire Smith

Anthony Soriano

Anna Tower

Ingrid Travaõ

Caitlin Westmoreland



Congratulations to the new Applied Music Students!

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into the Applied Music program: Maddee MacLeod (trumpet), Daniel Gonzales (alto sax), Clara Kelly (soprano), Raymond Lucero (bass trombone), Kai Taylor (drum set), Lisa LaQue (soprano), Donovan Dec (tenor), Nickolas Altman (tenor), and Josias Miguel (tenor sax)! Be sure to enroll in the Performance Studies class, and attend the first meeting this Friday, January 23 in room D-10.


Welcome to Spring 2015 and our NEW Website!

Welcome to Palomar Performing Arts, Spring 2015!

In addition to our NEWly-renovated Howard Brubeck Theatre, NEW Studio Theatre & Performing Arts Complex, NEW Steinway grand piano & practice pianos, and NEW structural improvements around the D buildings, we at Palomar Performing Arts have now rolled out the red carpet for a brand-NEW, shiny website! We hope you find event listings to be more accessible and user-friendly as you look to add Spring Season 2015, Concert Hour, and our NEW Steinway Series to your calendar. 

The Palomar Performing Arts box office opens February 3 at 12 pm, and single tickets and FlexTix packages will be for sale! In addition, off-season events taking place at Palomar Performing Arts, like North County School of the Arts’ Cinderella and the Palomar Theatre Ensemble’s Stop Kiss, are available for purchase now through ticket links found in each event listing.

Throughout the spring, event/class/program information, news articles, music/theatre/dance ensemble pages, and faculty /staff contact and biographical information will be continuously updated. Questions, comments, or concerns?  Please contact Palomar Performing Arts Publicity/Programs Coordinator Randy Hoffman at (760) 744-1150 ext. 2317 or

Thank you and enjoy the show!


Spring 2015 music classes still open!


If you or your friends have been waiting to register for piano, guitar classes, ensembles or computer music, please register ASAP! You need these important courses to transfer to a four-year music program! Spring 2015 classes begin Monday, January 12. Enroll at 115 Basic Keyboard I (for beginning music readers)

Mus 116 Accelerated Basic Keyboard (combines Basic Keyboard I and II 115 and 117)

Mus 119 Piano Skills I

Mus 130/131 Vocal Literature/Performance

Mus 157/178 Guitar Ensembles/Classical Guitar

Mus 176 Intermediate Guitar

Mus 180/181 Computer Music I/II

Mus 184/187 Electronic Ensemble/Computer Music Composition

Mus 223 Premiere Chamber Ensembles

Mus 224 Intro to Jazz Piano

Mus 225 Piano Skills II

If you have any questions about these classes, either contact the listed instructors directly, or email or call me.

Ellen B. Weller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – Music
Director, Palomar Symphony Orchestra
Performing Arts Department
1140 W. Mission Rd.
San Marcos, CA  92069
(760) 744-1150 ext. 3949


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Spelling Bee Cast List

Spelling Bee Cast List

We would like to thank everyone who tried out for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Cast List:

Ian Laughbaum – Chip Tolentino [also Jesus Christ and Carl’s Dad]

Anna Broberg – Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere

Jose Guerrero – Leaf Coneybear

Mitchel Ridgaway – William Barfee

Delaney Dietrich – Marcy Park

Emilee Brown – Olive Ostrovsky

Ali Robbins-Goddard – Rona Lisa Perretti [also Olive’s Mom]

Bayani Decastro – Vice Principal Douglas Panch

Aaron Ritchey – Mitch Mahoney [also Dan’s Dad and Olive’s Dad]