Coachella Valley Symphony and Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony

Tuesday, April 27th at 5:00pm

LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert Zoom Salon Series

Featuring Musical Selections from:

  • John Mario, Music Director & Conductor
  • James Beauton, Youth Music Director & Conductor
  • Erin Shen, Violinist

Each of them will share stories on their life, lessons learned and their passion.

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Erin Shen, Violinist

She is a recent graduate of Palm Desert High School, and currently in her first year at UC San Diego majoring in NanoEngineering. Prior to this, she started as a musician in the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony (BRYS) when she was only 8, and later joined CVS for the past 3 years. In that time, I have become a violinist, concertmaster for BRYS, and is now a mentor to the young musicians of BRYS. She hopes to extend her music aspirations in college, while continuing to serve as a mentor to BRYS musicians as many have done for me.


John Mario, Music Director & Conductor

John Mario was the principal tour conductor for Jackie Evancho’s Dream With Me and Songs of the Silver Screen tours, has been noted for his exemplary affinity for accompaniment of singers throughout the Classical and Pop world. In addition to his conducting duties, John Mario performs in recitals and is a leading coach of the Italian Opera repertoire in his New York City and LA studios, preparing internationally-acclaimed singers for their roles on the stages of the world. He has accompanied world-renowned conductors and singers in opera rehearsal and has played in master classes for singing legends Licia Albanese and Renata Scotto.


James Beauton, Youth Music Director & Conductor

James Beauton is a Southern California based percussionist and conductor who specializes in the experimental music of the last century. He was recently appointed as the director UC San Diego Pep Band and directs both the Mt. San Jacinto College Concert Band and Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony. He has earned degrees from UC San Diego (Doctorate of Music), SUNY Stony Brook (Master of Music), and Michigan State University (Bachelor of Music). James is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday the 27th ay 5pm!

Michael Napoli


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