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CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS PROGRAM - A Virtual Event on February 21, 2021

The 60th Annual Fine Arts Awards recognizes excellence in Classical Music


Nicholas Bircher, Violin

San Luis Obispo High School, Senior
Music Teacher: None

Meditation from Thais, by Jules Massenet
Romance in G, by Beethoven

Colin Guan, Cello

San Luis Obispo High School, Junior
Music Teacher: Yoshika Masuda

Cello Concerto Op. 85 (excerpt), Edward Elgar
Cello Suite No. 4, Prelude, J.S. Bach

Eliana Nunley, Vocal

Arroyo Grande High School, Senior
Music Teacher: Judith Dunlore

“Far from the Home”, Fiddler on the Roof, composed by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
“Alleluia”, Mozart

Ava Portz, Vocal

Arroyo Grande High School, Senior
Music Teacher: Judith Dunlore

“Vergin Tutto Amor”, Francesco Durante
“Corazon Porque Pasais”, Fernando Obradors

Sadie Richert, Violin

SLO Classical Academy, Junior
Music Teacher: Sharon Holland

“Allegro moderato” from Violin Concerto in G Major, Joseph Haydn
“Rumanian Folk Dances”, Bela Bartok, Transcription for violin by Zoltan Szekely

Claire Sze, Violin

Crossroad School, Senior
Music Teacher, Aimee Kreston

“Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61”, Camille Saint-Saens, I. Allegro non troppo
“Partita in D minor for solo violin (BWV 1004), Johann Sebastian Bach, I. Allemanda


Debbie Lagomarsino

Debbie Lagomarsino is a seasoned music and education teacher with global experience. She has been Musical Director for more than 35 productions throughout SLO County, Santa Barbara, Indonesia, and Africa.

She has been teaching piano for 36 years, and has had many students who have participated in adjudicated events, festivals, and competitions. Debbie has been the State Competitions Coordinator for the Young Artist Program for the past 6 years.

She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers); is a board member for CAPMT; on the Advisory Board for the Paderewski Festival; and is President of the Central Coast Music Teachers’ Association.

Debbie graduated with a BA Degree in English and a minor in music from California Polytechnic State University. She lives in Paso Robles, CA.

Cliff Swanson

Clifton Swanson has enjoyed being a part of San Luis Obispo’s music scene since arriving in 1967 to teach in the music department at Cal Poly.

In 1971 he was involved in the formation of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and was soon invited to conduct the San Luis Obispo Symphony. In 1984, he became chair of the Cal Poly Music Department, retired from conducting the SLO Symphony to become a member of the bass section, and continued as music director of the Mozart Festival until his retirement from Cal Poly in 2004.

He has been involved from the outset in the conception and design of the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center, and served for nine years as a member of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center board of directors. He completed two terms as president, and continues his involvement as an Honorary Board Member.

Clifton is married to Jane Swanson, recently retired performer and current teacher of the French horn. They have two children; Erika Norris, M.D., who won the Monday Club Competition as a pianist in 1984, and Christopher Swanson, who graduated with a degree in violin performance from Indiana University and currently performs and teaches violin in Portland, Oregon.

Keith Waibel

Keith Waibel is the Music Director of the San Luis Chamber Orchestra. The SLCO is in its 21st year. Keith has been the Music Director for the last eight years. For the last 12 years, Keith has been the instructor of Clarinet at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and the directs the Clarinet Choir. He also is the clarinet instructor at Cuesta College and directs the Wind in the Reeds Clarinet Choir.

On the central coast, He has conducted the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, the Atascadero Community Band, The White Caps Band and the San Luis Obispo County Band. He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Music Performance. Keith has lived on the central coast since 1982 and currently resides in Morro Bay.


1st Place - Colin Guan, Cello   |   2nd Place - Claire Sze, Violin


NOTE: ALL FAA videos are viewable on our TMC YouTube Channel in the Fine Arts Playlist. View & Subscribe!

General questions about the Fine Arts Awards can be directed to the chair, 

Jennifer Wand.

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