Appassionata Program

September 2018 – June 2019

General information and Description

This educational program serves the needs of young musicians. It provides student recitals and
Master Classes and is the entry port for becoming a soloist for an Opus concert with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. Any student wishing to audition to solo in an Opus concert MUST be enrolled in the Appassionata Program. The program is open to students 18 years of age and under. Partial funding is available through the Edward Francis Scholarship Fund.

For current information on the program, consult this website or “like” the TOPhil
Facebook page.

Either the student, parent, or teacher must live in Ventura County, Westlake, Agoura, Calabasas or Malibu for a student to become an Appassionata student and
eventual soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic

Categories and Fees for Appassionata Program enrollment

Pianists $200

String players $150

Wind players, Brass players, Vocalists $50 

Master Classes

Piano Master Classes – 5 or more MC of 5 or 6 students each

String Master Classes – 2 or more MC with 5 or 6 students each

Wind players, Brass players, Vocalists no Master Classes

All Appassionata students, parents and friends can audit any Master Class for free.


All Appassionata students may perform in as many recitals and masterclasses as they wish. First come, first served, if there are too many requests for a recital 

Dates and venues will be sent out in advance.

Each Appassionata student gets 2 tickets in a voucher form for each Opus concert


Opus Concert Solo performance

All students registered in the Appassionata program can compete to perform in an Opus concert. An audition jury selects the soloists.

Performance Fee for a selected soloist: $650

Each soloist gets 10 complimentary Opus admission vouchers per concert when they perform. 

They get 2 vouchers for all the other concerts in that season.


For further information, contact Ornela Ervin at

The Appassionata enrollment is now open for the 2018-2019 season. Students can register at any time during the school year. 


                                        Program Registration form access click: HERE

 Upcoming Appassionata activities

An orientation meeting for all interested students, parents and teachers is planned for Saturday, October 6th at 4:30pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. John Roscigno, the Tophil conductor, and some board members will give presentations, and answer questions about the Appassionata program. 

The meeting will be followed by a piano masterclass. Professor Françoise Regnat will be the Master Teacher. 

Opus performances

The TOPhil auditions for Opus performances will take place:

California State University,Northridge

Saturday, November 10th. 

Deadline for audition registration is Oct 31st

To register use the form: HERE

Gather all required information before attempting the registration

Candidates that are not Appassionata registered: Winds percussion, harp and voice please: 

Pay $50 fee: HERE