Board of Directors (2022-2023)
Monica Wu DeCesare
CAPMT President elect
CAPMT District 1 director
Flutist ELENA YARRITU enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher. She has earned a MM degree from Yale University School of Music, a DMA from Stony Brook University, and has studied with many distinguished flutists in the U.S. and abroad. She performs principal flute with the La Jolla Symphony and records on the MSR Classics Label. An advocate of the flute in tango, her latest CD Emigrantes includes an original commissioned work by Buenos Aires-based pianist/composer Exequiel Mantega and the complete duo version of Piazzolla Tango Etudes with flutist Paulina Fain. She has 30 years of experience mentoring young talent and maintains an active flute studio in North County San Diego. Her pupils are top prize-winners in local, regional, and national competitions including the National Youth Orchestra, Goodlin Scholarship, San Diego Musical Merit, The National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition, Young Arts, and Spotlight, among others. In the Fall of 2021, she joined the music department as faculty at MiraCosta College. She enjoys gardening, cooking and playing with her two wheaten terriers. sandiegocoastalflutes.org
Anna Matuszczak has been playing the violin since age six. She began her studies at the Music School for Talented Children in Poland, where she studied violin and classical voice. She continued her education at The University of Music in Lodz, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Instrumental Performance. As a young musician, she was involved in the Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra and traveled to many countries, especially Italy, where she performed a concert in the Vatican for Pope-Saint John Paul II.
As a professional, Anna has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral music all over Europe. She has served as concertmaster of Amman Symphony Orchestra and held a position as violin professor at the National Music Conservatory in Jordan. In 2016, Anna was invited by an Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino to record an album called Petra in the ancient city of Petra (Indiana Jones was filmed there), which resulted in touring and participating in many music festivals around Italy.
Since moving to California in 2017, Anna has performed with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and in various groups organized by CMG Music Recording in Hollywood including the Alan Parsons Project's new album The Secret, The Bad Seed Movie, The High Note, among others. In 2019, Anna Matuszczak was invited to be an instrumental judge for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young Artist Competition. Currently based in San Diego and Encinitas, Anna is excited to be able to teach the violin and musicianship to a whole new generation of young musicians.
Tavner Delcamp grew up in a musical family in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied 15 years with Frederic Gahr learning aspects of the technique and interpretation needed for the performance of many well-known classical works. He received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and continued his studies in graduate school eventually receiving a PhD in biochemistry. He moved to San Diego in 1996 and worked at the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development Institute. Since 2011 he has taught chemistry at Navy College and at several San Diego community colleges. He has taught piano to young students for over 20 years as well as serving on the board of the San Diego North Chapter of CAPMT. After stepping down from a three-year stint as President he now serves in the capacity of Treasurer.
Eveline graduated as salutatorian, receiving the Music and Math awards, from the High School of Performing Arts, NYC, the high school that was featured in the movie, TV show, and musical, “Fame." She completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in piano performance, studying from the late Edith Oppens, at the Mannes College of Music, NYC. While working full-time at AT&T, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA. A “golden parachute” opportunity allowed Eveline to take a very, very early retirement from AT&T as a sales and marketing communications consultant, allowing her to return to college to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choral Conducting, from the University of California, Irvine and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, with emphasis in sacred and choral music, tonal and atonal music analysis, piano pedagogy, and business. Not wanting to stop there, Eveline earned a Certificate of Completion in Psychology from Coastline Community College, Costa Mesa, then an Associate of Science degree in Advanced Culinary Arts, and certificates of achievement in Baking and Pastry Arts, Catering, and Restaurant Management, from Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa.
Eveline has enjoyed teaching piano and music theory in NYC and now in CA, especially preparing students for practical piano and music theory exams, auditions, and festivals. Students have qualified to perform at special events. She also freelances as pianist/organist/keyboard collaborative artist/violinist/choral and instrumental director, for churches of various denominations, and, for special events. She has been an evaluator for piano exams for over 20 years. As part of community involvement, she founded a string ensemble, Musique du Coeur to perform gratis, and a catering business, Eveline's Elegant Events, to create hors d’oeuvres and desserts, for worthy fundraisers. Eveline, having served as Membership and Finance Chair for the Pacific Symphony League, and now looks forward to serving as Membership Secretary, and assisting in other capacities, as needed.
James Gary began his piano studies and music arranging when he was nine. After serving as staff pianist for the San Diego Youth Symphony, he toured the United Kingdom with the orchestra as a piano soloist. Later, Mr. Gary graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied pedagogy and piano performance. James has since concertized widely and performed with several orchestras. He has been heard on the BBC as well as on Mexican radio. He maintains an active piano studio in San Diego north county and has garnered many awards for excellence and dedication in teaching - including Steinway corporation's "Top Teacher" award.
is a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist based in San Diego. She primarily plays clarinet and piano, and graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. At Chapman, Rebekah played principal clarinet in orchestra and wind ensemble, and also participated in jazz and new music ensembles. Rebekah currently works as a music instructor at Bach to Rock Music School, where she teaches piano and woodwind/brass lessons, as well as early childhood music classes. She also teaches music lessons with Project Performer, a performing arts studio based in Poway, and previously worked with Harmony Project Long Beach, an after-school orchestral program for low-income elementary school students. Rebekah will be pursuing her Master of Arts in Music Education degree at McGill University beginning in Fall 2021. She is excited by the opportunity to assist with CAPMT SDNC and looks forward to learning from and contributing to this talented community of teachers and students!