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Priti Gandhi and Bryan Verhoye

Musical Merit Foundation
and Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church present

"A Summer Evening with Priti Gandhi and Bryan Verhoye"

Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church
2128 Chatsworth Boulevard
San Diego, CA

Free admission
Reception following concert

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MMF Awards Concert

Awards Concert

Sunday June 2, 2013
5:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
320 Date St. 92101

Thomas Mellan, Organist
Thomas Mellan, Organist

April 21, 2013
3:00 p.m.
San Dieguito United Methodist Church
170 Calle Magdalena Encinitas
Kerrie Caldwell, Soprano
Kerrie Caldwell, Soprano

Brad Smith, Piano

Robert and Lenore Nottorf
Memorial Voice Recital

Sunday, March 25, 2012
3:00 pm

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
5150 Wilson St.
La Mesa, CA 91942

Mark Teplitsky, Flute

Mark Teplitsky, Flute

Sunday, April 15, 2012

3:30 pm

First United Methodist Church of Escondido

341 S. Kalmia St.

Escondido, CA 92025

Chelsea Chen, Organ

Chelsea Chen, Organ

MMF Annual Meeting

Sunday, April 29, 2012

7:00 pm

La Jolla Presbyterian Church

7715 Draper Ave.

La Jolla, CA 92037

MMF Awards Concert

Awards Concert
Sunday June 3, 2012
5:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
320 Date St. 92101


Rounding the Corners


Rounding the Corners

Vocal Recital with

Martha Howe, contralto
Mary Barranger, pianist

Sunday March 20, 2011
4:00 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church
4761 Cass St. 92109
(between Missouri and Chalcedony –
parking lots are off Chalcedony)

Love can be an inspiration, a torment, a goal and treasure, and an ever-present comfort and companion through the passages of life and of death.

Martha and Mary will be performing songs about the wonder and mystery of love by Purcell, Beethoven, Duparc, Flaherty, Guettel and two local composers, Robert Fürstenthal and Ron Gillis.

This recital is sponsored by the Musical Merit Foundation, and admission is free, with a reception afterward.

Martha Howe, Musical Merit winner in ‘78 and ‘80, has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Austria, including over a dozen roles with San Diego Opera and Wagner’s RING during her five seasons with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She lived for a decade in Vienna, and has returned to San Diego to teach and write. A list of her extensive repertoire and experience can be found on her website: marthahowe.com

Mary Barranger has performed extensively and been the principal pianist for the San Diego Symphony since 1976, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra (now Orchestra Nova) since 1988, and was a founding member of the Camarada Chamber Music Ensemble.

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Wesley Precourt, Violin
Wesley Precourt, Violin

Musical Merit Winner ’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ‘06

Sunday, March 6, 2011
First United Methodist Church of Escondido
341 S. Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA 92025

Claire Chase

Claire Chase, Flute
Accompanied by Jacob Greenberg - Piano

As the 2008 winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Claire is currently touring the U.S. as a soloist. In addition, she is Founder and Executive Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In her solo recital on January 21st, Claire will present works by Bach, Debussy, Paganini, Donatoni, Sciarrino and Boulez.

Musical Merit Winner ’95, ’97, ’98, ‘99
Friday, January 21, 2011

Venue: First Presbyterian Church
320 Date St.
San Diego, CA 92101


Stephanie Sabin, Soprano


Stephanie Sabin, Soprano

"Plaisir d'amour"

A collection of lesser known chansons by very well known composers. Accompanied by Mary Barranger, pianist.

5:00 pm, Sunday, September 19, 2010
St. Paul’s Cathedral –The Great Hall
2728 Sixth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103

With frequent performances in the greater San Diego area, Ms. Stephanie Sabin is quickly making a name for herself as a soprano with a voice of great beauty and versatility. A featured performer in many venues, Ms Sabin returned last fall from Paris, where she performed Mozart's EXSULTATE JUBILATE at the American Church. The success of this outing prompted an invitation for her to return for a solo recital, slated for March 2011.

This September 19th, Ms Sabin presents a collage of french art songs, entitled "Plaisir d'amour" accompanied with Mary Barranger at the piano. A romantic and witty perspective on love, Ms Sabin will transport listeners into the streets of Paris and the countrysides of Versailles, dreaming of wine, brie and perhaps a chocolate croissant! Composers include Duparc, Poulenc, Weill, Berlioz and many others. Please join us, September 19, at St Paul's Cathedral.

hai-yi ni

hong lin

charles neidich


Hong Lin and Friends


Hai-Ye Ni, cello
Hong Lin, piano
Charles Neidich, clarinet

generously underwritten by

The Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego

Sunday, November 7, 2010, 4:00PM
The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
Admission is Free
Reception to Follow

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Chelsea Chen
Chelsea Chen, Organ

Monday, July 19, 2010
Spreckel’s Organ Society Co-Sponsor
Victoria Robertson
Mezzo-soprano Victoria Robertson

Sunday July 11, 2010 at 4 pm
Linder Hall
First United Methodist Church of San Diego
2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Co-sponsored by FUMC's Cultural Events Committee and
the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego.

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A Celebration of George and Bill
Sunday April 11, 2010

A celebration in song, story and reminiscences of
George Trovillo and William Graham in gratitude of their generosity.
Lorant Najbauer
Lorant Najbauer, Baritone ('06, '07)

Sunday March 21, 2010
5:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
320 Date Street. 92101
Bryon Verhoye Robert Plimpton

Bryan Verhoye - Piano
Robert Plimpton - Organ

November 1, 2009 7 pm
First United Methodist Church
Mission Valley, San Diego

Bryan Verhoye
Bryan Verhoye - Piano

February 22, 2009 3 pm
First United Methodist Church
Mission Valley, San Diego

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