Mark Alpizar, Associate Music Director
Conductor, La Primavera
Mark Alpizar is a conductor and clarinetist in pursuit of a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University where he is a teaching assistant for the orchestra and studies conducting with Phoenix Symphony’s Tito Muñoz. In addition to his responsibilities at ASU, Mr. Alpizar is the conductor for the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra in Orange County, California. Between both groups he has played two concertos, premiered an opera, performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, and toured England, Ireland, Spain, Greece, New York, and Sydney.
Formerly, he was the Assistant Conductor for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and conducted the Collegium Musicum at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach. His previous degrees in music education, clarinet performance, and orchestral conducting were also earned at the Cole Conservatory. In addition to his conducting, Mr. Alpizar is the clarinetist of Quintessential Winds with whom he has recorded many world premieres and toured and competed across the country.
Val Jamora is a well established music educator in Southern California, having taught high school and middle school music since the mid 1990s. He received a dual bachelors degree in psychology and music education from CSU San Bernardino in 1994, and a masters degree in instrumental conducting from CSU Los Angeles in 2002. He studied conducting with Dr. Thomas Verrier, Allan McMurray and Dr. Luis Gonzales. He also received training in saxophone performance with Jack Fuesler, Charles Richard and Dr. Jeff Benedict.
Prior to working at Corona del Mar, Mr. Jamora was the director of bands at Bloomington High School and Ruth O Harris Middle School in Bloomington CA. He is also a long time staff member and conductor at Arrowbear Music Camp, and is currently one of the primary conductors with the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra. His honors and distinctions include the PTA Honorary Service Award, The Bill Boyer Excellence in Teaching Award and was recognized as the High School Teacher of the Year for Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Mr. Jamora has performed in locations all over the world, including venues in Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Venice, Rome, as well as the Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
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