All About Music San Diego greatly
appreciates the funding from:
Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
Our wonderful orchestra holds rehearsals EVERY SATURDAY at the Musicians Association. Join us at 1717 Morena Blvd from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM!
Have you been feeling less motivated to practice?
The wonderful All About Music Orchestra WON THE "HONORABLE MENTION CERTIFICATE" IN THE NATIONWIDE AMERICAN PRIZE and is the perfect pick-me-up to get you excited about playing the world's greatest music.
Bring the worlds greatest masterpieces to life. Get excited to play your instrument, surrounded by talented musicians that applaud your progress.
Everyone in AAMSD has the thrill of soloing with the orchestra, no matter what your level.
YOU get to showcase your talent.
YOU get to be the star.
Contact by email: Marygerard@mac.com
Come join us
1717 Morena Blvd
Join in the fun with the fabulous All About Music Youth Orchestra. Professional coaches play along, side-by-side, with the musicians.
Everyone has an opportunity to solo with the orchestra on all types of music, including classical, chamber music, and even pop and western.
AAMSD offers a friendly atmosphere, dedicated musicians, and excellent training. Celebrated conductor, Mary Gerard, is a professional violinist and violist as well as one of the most successful music teachers in America.
Join us Saturday mornings at 10:30 at 1717 Morena Blvd. Come make new friends and explore the incredible universe of MUSIC.
Meet Our Orchestra
Click on the picture above to scroll through this gallery
Hear our magnificent orchestra in action during one of our concerts!
Meet Our Conductor
Mary is president of All About Music San Diego and conductor of Divertimento, the advanced orchestra.
Mary played in the San Diego Symphony, both violin and viola, San Diego Opera, Starlight Opera, and San Diego Chamber Orchestra. She performed violin in the ERA Trio. Her trio toured California and performed in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. Her Classic Arts String quartet played for young audiences for ten years and was selected by that nationwide organization to make demo tapes for other chapters throughout the USA. She was music director and conductor of Young Artists Symphony. And previous to that she conducted Symphonic Strings for The San Diego Youth Symphony.
Mary is celebrated for her success as a teacher of violin and viola, as conveyed by these testaments.
Throughout her career she has produced string students who now occupy principal positons in noted professional orchestras throughout the nation.
Congratulations to Our Resident Conductor,
Mary Gerard, for winning
The American Prize in Conducting,
2020 —youth orchestra division
MARY GERARD is the winner of The American Prize in Conducting, 2020, in the youth orchestra division. Mary was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the musical and theater arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. The official announcement can be read here.
"Mary Gerard, conductor, is celebrated for her success as a teacher of violin and viola. Throughout her career she has produced string students who now occupy principal positions in noted professional orchestras throughout the nation.
Mary held first violin and viola positions with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Opera Orchestra and Starlight Opera. She holds a B.A., M.A. Certificate from Dreilinden Conservatory in Switzerland and classes completed for a Ph.D. at UCSD. Her teachers include Nick Stamon, Gilbert Bach of the Berlin Philharmonic, Gerhart Heizel, concertmaster of Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, soloist for Deutch Gramophone. Her career includes a professorship in the music department of SDSU, teaching violin, viola, symphonic literature, chamber music literature, and coaching chamber music classes. Her quartet performed for Young Audiences for ten years, and her ERA trio made a debut in New York’s' Carnegie Recital Hall."
Click on any video to see what they're saying
is associate principle viola with the St. Louis Symphony. She reminisces with Mary about her journey getting there.
is an orchestra director in Orange County, CA. Watch the video to actually witness the single moment in one lesson when Mary completely turned his life around.
studied at the Amsterdam and New England Conservatories.
He's performed with the Portland Symphony in Maine and The Bryant Park Quartet in New York City. Now he's freelancing and playing his own music. And it all started with Mary...
learned phrasing and complex musical forms from Mary. She has since played for (and with) 75 celebrities, including Pavarotti, Henry Mancini, Led Zeppelin, and 2 U.S. presidents.
talks about the old days with Mary and the new days with his Ned Steinberger electric