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 as of January 20 2019

Sunday, January 27 at 5:00pm Piano  masterclass at Hillcrest Center for the Arts.

                Craig Richey

Friday, February 15th at 6:30pm String masterclass at the home of Joyce Osborn. 

Fung Ho 

Friday. February 22nd at 6:30pm String masterclass at the home Joyce Osborn 

Mitchell Newman 

Saturday, February 23rd at 5:00pm. Piano masterclass. Place TBD. 

Dmitry Rachmanov 

Sunday, March 10 at 2:00pm Appassionata students are invited to play at the University Village

Saturday, March 23rd at 3:00pm Piano students are invited to play at the prestigious Steinway Galleria in Beverly Hills

Sunday, April 7th at 2:00pm. Piano masterclass at Hillcrest center for the arts. 

Mark Richman 

Sunday, May 12th at 2:00pm. Piano  masterclass at Hillcrest Center for the Arts. 

Ming Tsu 

Opus Concert performances

To pay the performance contribution for Opus 54 click HERE

Information for the next Opus performance audition will be posted here in due time