September 2020- June 2021

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 resume building activities while concurrently enhancing personal artistry, performance opportunities with repertoire to be presented for auditions and evaluations, general performing experience.

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 and Hennings-Fischer Foundation.

Information is also available with “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 2020-2021

Pianists: $100.00

String players: $75.00


Appassionata Zoom Orientation meeting is on Sunday, September 6th at 2:00pm.

Ornela Ervin and Elise Goodman will give a short description on the masterclass format for this season and Dr. Roscigno will give a short presentation titled:

“Dr. Roscigno answers all questions on music"

Master Classes

Piano Master Classes – 5 classes or more with 6 or 7 students each

String Master Classes – 2 classes or more with 6 or 7 students each

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


This season the Appassionata students will be participating in online recitals.

Other Benefits

Appassionata students gets 2 admission vouchers per concert.

The Appassionata enrollment is now open for the 2020-2021  season. Students can register at any time during the school year.

Preferably sign up and pay online 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:

Thousand Oaks Philharmonic

P.O. Box 4195

Thousand Oaks CA 91359

For further information, contact Ornela Ervin at

Opus Concert Solo performance

The 2021 Opus concert program has been set subject to pandemic conditions. There are no auditions this year! The soloists were selected in 2019.

Post pandemic

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 gets 10 complimentary Opus admission vouchers per concert when they perform and each


Registration and Payment: HERE

The masterclasses will be held over Zoom.

Piano Appassionata Masterclass schedule:

 Saturday, October 10th at 2:00pm, Sean Chen

 Sunday, November 15th at 2:00pm, Robert Thies

 Saturday, January 16th at 2:00pm, Peter Klimo

 Saturday, February 6th at 2:00pm, Craig Richey

 February 5-15th Francoise Regnat will critique Individual students piano performances

Saturday, April 24th at 2:00pm, Dmitry Rachmanov

 Saturday, May 15th at 2:00pm, Sarkis Baltaian

String Appassionata Masterclass schedule:

Saturday, November 21, at 4:30pmFung Ho

Saturday, February 6 at 2:00pm, Mitchell Newman

Opus Concert performances

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

Access to Competition registration form (Not applicable this year)

Concerto Competition 

Deadline for application

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