NYO Chamber Music Program Director - Artistic Staff Bios
Growing up as an exceptional young musician, Mario Ramirez received his advanced training with late world renown cellist and teacher Eleonore Schoenfeld for 10 years, who was a professor at U.S.C. Thorton School of Music. For college, he entered The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston MA. where he was accepted to study under Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr with full scholarship. Through the years, Mr. Ramirez also had the opportunity to learn and perform with the worlds finest cellists, examples include Gabor Rejto, Paul Tortelier, Anner Bylsma, Jeffery Solow and ensemble training with Alice Schoenfeld and Bertram Turetzky. He has received awards from prominent institutions including the Arnold Schoenberg Institute and the Culburn Foundation and has participated in the Idyllwild Art Summer Program, Edinburgh International Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and Piatigorsky Seminar. Mr. Ramirez has performed as a cello soloist with La Jolla Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Guanajuato Symphony (Mex), Queretaro Philharmonic (Mex) and has performed chamber, solo, and orchestral concerts in venues throughout the U.S.A., Europe and Israel.
For 20 years, Mario has previously lived, performed and taught in the Boston area as a professional cellist. He has been traveling to San Diego acting as NYO Chamber Ensembles Director since the NYO's conception.
Conductor NYO Elite Symphony, NYO San Diego Premier Symphony,
NYO Concert Band & NYO San Diego Select Wind Ensemble
John Ramirez is a proud alumni of the Julliard School of Music where he attended under a full scholarship. This was where he received advanced violin instruction under the legendary Dorothy Delay and collaborated with the world’s greatest musicians, conductors and teachers.
In San Diego, for the past 30 years, John’s musical career has allowed him to create, transform and influence many important musical programs. Also, through his successful private teaching studio he has mentored numerous high level performers. His past musical contributions include: being a key proponent for restarting the music program in the San Dieguito school system, creating orchestras at the Coronado School of Arts and in the San Dieguito Union High School District.
Following in the footsteps of his father, violinist Margarito Ramirez, who created and conducted what is now the Sinfonia Orchestra at the San Diego Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program, John Ramirez developed the Concert Strings, Concert Orchestra and Debut Strings (now Overture Strings) for the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. Since John's departure from San Diego Youth Symphony, the training orchestra's that the Ramirez family created exist in name only at SDYS. At this time, John and his fathers unique and proprietary multi-tiered orchestra training program now resides and is thriving at The New Youth Orchestra organization.
His additional experience includes: conductor of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Concert Orchestra for 12 years and the Debut Strings Orchestra for 10 years, conductor of Torrey Pines High School’s intermediate and advanced orchestra and teacher of the chamber ensembles for 8 years, orchestra conductor and string ensembles teacher at the Carmel Valley Middle School for 8 years, orchestra conductor and teacher of the chamber ensemble at the Coronado School of the Arts (COSA) and teacher of the chamber ensembles at Canyon Crest Academy for 3 years. John is currently the artistic director and founding conductor of San Diego Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program in Sorrento Valley.
Conductor NYO Junior Elite Symphony & NYO Orchestra 1
Miguel Ramirez completed his advanced violin performance training with master teachers Philipp Naegele, David Chan, Oleh Krysa and Mikhail Kopelman. Since then, he has developed a solid reputation in the San Diego and Boston area as a fine conductor, ensemble coach and private teacher. His past musical working experiences and accomplishments include: orchestral conductor and instrument specialist at the San Diego Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program for 9 years, orchestral conductor and string ensembles coach at the Torrey Pines High School for 5 years, orchestral conductor and string ensemble coach at the Carmel Valley Middle School for 5 years and the head coach of piano-string ensembles at the Boston Piano Academy for 4 years. In addition, for the past 10 years, he has provided high quality private instrumental instruction to students who play a wide range of instruments including the violin, cello, viola, bass & piano. Miguel is now one of the founding conductors of San Diego Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program - in Sorrento Valley.
Advance Chamber Music Program Coach
The future is certainly bright for Jesus Jimenez, San Diego’s most promising upcoming musician. Considered to be a virtuoso violinist, master conductor and inspiring teacher. From an early age, many accomplished musicians and teachers who surrounded him acknowledged his great talents and recognized him as a musical prodigy.
Though he was raised from very humble beginnings, his talent brought about great opportunities. Through joining groups such as Mariachi Juvenil Mi Mexico and Southwestern High School mariachi, he was allowed to naturally develop as a musician, drawing upon traditional Mexican music which allowed him to flourish technically and musically in his unique way.
At age 14, Jesus changed course, pursuing classical music after having been accepted to study with John Ramirez, a prominent violin teacher in San Diego. Soon after, many opportunities came about, including a full scholarship to San Diego’s premier private high school, Francis Parker School, where he received advance string training as the top performer and received the highest awards the school offered, including “Outstanding Musicianship Award,” “Francis Parker Recognition Award,” and “Music Award.”
He has also garnered top prizes and orchestra placements at the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, as well as solo performances with the Southwestern College Symphony, and Mexico’s FESTA Symphony in Guadalajara, performing at the Teatro Degollado. He has been a regular honored resident student member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center festival in Estes Park, Colorado.
As he has developed into a mature performer, his great talents have been recognized. Jesus was awarded a full scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene University where he is completing his Instrumental Performance Degree while studying under violin professor, Dr. Philip Tyler.
His dream to become a professional musician is being realized as he is now vice president of the Escuela de Musica, a successful enrichment music program in San Diego. In addition, he was recently appointed NYO artistic staff member as an advanced chamber coach, conductor for the 2016-2017 season, and was recently appointed the coordinator for the new “Estrella Music Program,” a community enrichment program sponsored by the New Youth Orchestra and the Escuela de Musica. This program will provide advanced music training to talented under-privileged young musicians in San Diego county.
Jesus is a founding member of the NYO New Youth Orchestra program starting as a student member since 2012. Now he holds a artistic staff position as a Advanced Chamber Music Program Coach and will be integrated as a conductor for the 2016-2017 season.
David Rumley received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from SDSU and has been working as a professional drummer and percussionist in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas for 16 years. Prior to his work at the New Youth Orchestra, David was instrumental in founding outreach programs and overseeing the percussion sections at the San Diego Youth Symphony SDYS in Balboa Park.
David can be heard performing with many of San Diego’s top repertory theatre companies including Lamb’s Players Theatre, Cygnet, North Coast Repertory, and Moonlight Stage Productions. He has been involved with many world premieres and is currently performing in San Diego’s longest running, home-grown theatrical hit, MiXtape, for which he created the original drum track. Having performed in many venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, he maintains a large private studio here in San Diego, and performs on a nightly basis in and around the San Diego area. David is a founding member of San Diego Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program.
Peter Dayeh is a classical clarinetist performing orchestral, chamber, and solo literature who is also committed to his private studio of beginning through advanced students. Dayeh is a native of San Diego, California and holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from San Diego State University, and the Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of the Arts. His former teachers include Sheryl Renk (San Diego Symphony), Dr. Robert Spring (Arizona State University), and Dr. Marian Liebowitz (San Diego State University).
Dayeh is active as an orchestral and chamber musician, as well as recitalist, throughout San Diego, Imperial, and Santa Cruz counties. He was recently appointed as 2nd Clarinet of the Santa Cruz Symphony. Former positions include Principal Clarinet with the San Diego City Ballet orchestra. Dayeh is also an accomplished chamber musician and recitalist, performing frequently throughout Southern California. Chamber music collaborations include the DiMarea (now Aiana) String Quartet and the “Those Guys Wind Quintet” in Phoenix, AZ.
He was recently a participant in the 2012 Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he received a full-tuition scholarship to attend. In the summer of 2011, he was a participant at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians as a scholarship recipient from the Quimby Family Foundation. Other festivals include the 2009 University of San Diego Chamber Music Festival and the 2008 Buffet-Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy. Dayeh has won first prize in the woodwind/brass division at the 2009 Grossmont Community Concert Association scholarship competition, as well as winning the 2009 San Diego State University Soloist Competition.
Juan R. Ramírez Hernández is a violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a celebrated composer, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. Under the auspices of this Foundation, he founded the Buckhead Youth Orchestra and Casa de la Cultura-Atlanta, both in residence at Covenant Presbyterian Church. This season marks his 14th year as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Ramírez began his studies in Mexico with Ivo Valenti and Vladimir Vulfman. His studies with Henryk Szeryng began at the age of fourteen, and continued as he became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe. While in Boston attending the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Ramírez was privileged to study with Joseph Silverstein while under the tutelage of the eminent pedagogue and conductor, Leon Barzin.
Mr. Ramírez has performed and conducted in numerous countries throughout Europe and Asia, as well as in Israel and Mexico. He has won numerous awards and honors along the way, including the Serge Koussevitzky and Leonard Bernstein Awards, the Loridans Arts Award and the Governor's Award in the Humanities.
The distinguished composer-conductor Gunther Schuller stated his "unqualified faith in Mr. Ramírez as a violinist and a musical leader of great artistic integrity" and noted that "whatever he undertakes is touched by quality." In 2004, Mr. Ramírez was named Lexus Leader of the Arts by WABE Public Radio of Atlanta and WPBA Television for "his outstanding contributions, his pursuit of excellence in music and for his initiating and serving several community music organizations in the arts community."
Known throughout the state as a music advocator and educator, Mr. Ramírez founded Music for Success! - an educational program under the auspices of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation in partnership with metro Atlanta educational institutions, providing string training by professional musicians to young elementary and middle school children of many backgrounds. He generously volunteers his time, energy and expertise to music students in the Atlanta area and beyond. He is a frequent guest conductor of the Honors Orchestra sponsored by the South Carolina Music Educators Association.
Mr. Ramírez has served on the Board of Directors of the Sphinx Organization and the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and recently received the World Chamber of Commerce Cultural International Hero Award. He holds the title of “Presidential Professor” at the University of Michigan, the highest honor “given to visiting artists and scholars, recognizing distinguished individuals for their extraordinary achievements.”
Mr. Ramírez' compositions have been performed at the 1993 Cultural Olympiad, for Prince Albert of Monaco, and premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he appeared as Guest Conductor of the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra and was present for the Mexican premiere of his “Suite Latina” by the Vega Quartet in San Miguel de Allende. Upcoming events include a new commission by the Camarada chamber ensemble of San Diego, California.
Besides Juan's participation in artistic matters for the New Youth Orchestra organization, he regularly teaches at the annual NYO summer seminar. Providing NYO members with advanced string solo, chamber and orchestra training .