September 2021-June 2022


General information and Description

This educational program serves the needs of young musicians. It provides socialization with other high-achieving students interested in the same art form. It provides resumé-building activities while concurrently enhancing personal artistry, performance opportunities with repertoire to be presented for auditions and evaluations, and general performing experience.

This program offers student recitals and masterclasses 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 and Hennings-Fischer Foundation.

Information is also available on the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic 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 2021-2022

Pianists: $100.00

String players: $75.00


Activities and Recitals 

Appassionata students are invited to play at a concerto marathon program called “A penny for every note” at the United Methodist Church in Westlake Village on Saturday, September 25th. The program will run between 2:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Appassionata students will present a winter festival. (Date and place TBA)

Appassionata students will have a final gala recital in May. (Date and place TBA)

Students will be playing at various retirement homes throughout the year.


Piano Masterclasses –7 classes or more with 6 or 7 students each

String Masterclasses – 2 classes or more with 6 or 7 students each

The masterclasses will be offered online for this season and the Appassionata students, parents, teachers, and friends can audit the masterclasses for free.

Other Benefits

Appassionata students will receive 2 admission vouchers per concert.

The Appassionata enrollment is now open for the 2021-2022 season. Students can register at any time during the school year.

Register and pay online (preferred) for Appassionata membership: HERE

or on the screen select the form text, copy it to a blank Word file, fill in the required information either on the computer or on the printed copy and postal mail with check to:


Registration and Payment: HERE

For further information, contact Ornela Ervin at

APPASSIONATA 2021 2022 Registration, Activities & Recitals, Master Classes

Registration and Payment: HERE

The masterclasses will be held over Zoom.

Activities and Recitals 

“A penny for every note” Marathon

United Methodist Church in Westlake Village

Saturday, September 25th  2:00 pm-8:00 pm

Piano Appassionata Masterclass schedule:

Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00 pm, Peter Klimo

Sunday, October 10th at 2:00 pm, Dmitry Rachmanov

Sunday, October 17th at 2:00 pm, Charles Asche

October 10-20th Francoise Regnat will critique individual student’s piano performances. This opportunity is offered to students who cannot participate in the Zoom masterclasses.

String Appassionata Masterclass schedule:

Saturday, October 23 rd. at 5:00 pm, Pavel Ilyashov

Saturday, October 30th at 4:00 pm, Linda Wang

Opus Concert performances

For the 2021 season, soloists were selected in 2019.The concert program has been set subject to pandemic conditions.

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

At the audition, the students are required to play with an accompanist, and it is the responsibility of the student to provide one.

There is an Opus performance fee for each selected soloist.

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

2021 2022 Season

Access to Conditions and Competition registration form: HERE

Deadline for application: 2021 October 23

Competition: 2021 November 13 Time To Be Announced

Location: California State University  Northridge

Nordhoff Hall, Room 107

Nordhoff St, Northridge,CA

Soloists, to pay the performance contribution for the next Opus concert click HERE