Program description

September 2023 – June 2024

Overview: The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic’s Appassionata Program is dedicated to nurturing young musicians, offering them opportunities for social interaction, personal development, and public performance.

Key Features:

  • Connect with fellow high-achieving music enthusiasts.
  • Participate in activities that bolster your artistic credentials.
  • Gain performance experience, vital for auditions and evaluations.
  •  Access to student recitals, masterclasses, and the chance to be a soloist for an Opus concert with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to students aged 18 or below.
  • Students, their parents, or teachers must reside in Ventura County, Westlake, Agoura, Calabasas, or Malibu.
  • To solo in an Opus concert, students MUST be enrolled in the Appassionata Program.

Appassionata program fees: 

  • Pianists and Strings: $100.00
  • Other Instruments and Voice: $50.00

Financial Support:

Partial scholarships are available through the Edward Francis Scholarship Fund and Hennings-Fischer Foundation.

Exclusive Benefits for Appassionata Students:

  • Receive 2 admission vouchers per Opus concert.
  • Opportunities to perform at recitals and attend masterclasses.
  • Volunteer at retirement homes to earn community service hours.
  • Students can compete to play as soloist in an Opus Concert with the professional Orchestra. For details go to the Performance page of this site: HERE

Please find current information on programs on our website: 


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For Further Information: Contact Ornela Ervin at



Students can register at any time during the school year.

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

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


Thousand Oaks Philharmonic
PO Box 4195, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359

Upcoming Events and Recitals:

  • October 7th, 12:00 pm -6:00pm, A Penny for a Note“,  Concerto Marathon Fundraiser for TO PHIL at University Village, Thousand Oaks

Masterclass Schedules 2023-2024:

Piano :

  • October 14th, 2023 at 1:00pm Online piano masterclass, Peter Klimo
  • October 28th, 2023 at 1:00pm Online piano masterclass, Andrew Park
  • November 4th, 2023 at 1:00pm, Online piano masterclass, Kristi Lobitz
  • January 13th, 2024 at 2:00pm, Piano masterclass at University Village, Francoise Regnat
  • February 17th, 2024 at 2:00pm, Piano masterclass at University Village, Craig Richey
  • March 9th, 2025 at 2:00pm, Piano masterclass at University Village, Roger Wright
  • April 6th, 2024 at 2:00pm, Piano masterclass at University Village, Sarkis Baltaian
  • May 4th, 2025 at 2:00pm, Piano masterclass at University Village, Charles Asche


  • September 30th, 2023 at 6:30pm, String masterclass at University Village, Alexander Kalman,
  • October 21th, 2023 at 4:00pm, String masterclass at University Village, Lorenz Gamma
  • October 29th, 2023 at 2:00pm, String masterclass at Overton Hall, Cal Lutheran University, Chan Ho Yun
  • November 4th, 2023, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Student Showcase Recital, Oakmont of Agoura Hills (Senior Living), 29353 Canwood St. Agoura Hills, CA 91301