2019 Playathon Acknowledgement

The 2019 Playathon was held on Saturday, February 9 at the Clairemont Lutheran Church. Students, teachers, families and friends enjoyed an afternoon filled with beautiful solo piano music, violin concerto and piano duets in the fundraising concert for the Goodlin Foundation music scholarships. Among the 25 performers were former Goodlin Competition participants, Goodlin winners, and three of the Kids Into Music (KIM) scholarship recipients.

This year’s Playathon has raised $915, and we would like to thank the following individuals for their generous support:

Tonya Alba, Yiliang Bao, Amra Demirovic, Nathalie Gholmieh, Jim Guerin, Kim Harper, Sophie Hsieh, Hanan Jammal, Chun-ta Lai, Galina Laur, Yuko Maruyama, Tiberiu Negulescu, Kiamran Radjabli, Pedro Salazar, Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Galina Talis, Lielei Wahlmann, Chen Wang, Xing Wang, Quangming Xiao, Yaping Xu, Di Yu, Shandra Zawacki and Liang Zhao

Thank you for making this another successful event. Please join us again next year!

2018 Playathon Report

Playathon, a fundraiser for the Goodlin Foundation music scholarships, was held Saturday, February 17, 2018, with recitals at 2, 3, and 4 pm. The performances were all outstanding and included piano, organ, voice, percussion, guitar, and violin.

Each of the four 2018 Kids Into Music (KIM) scholarship recipients performed. I was able to speak with three of them after their respective recitals, and was very impressed with the poise, maturity, and dedication to their studies and to the study of music that they each expressed. To give a glimpse into the life of one of the KIM students, Jonn Carlo Segovia Menchaca, a violinist, is 13 years old and in the 8th grade at Lewis Middle School. He has studied violin for 4 years and plays in the orchestra at Lewis Middle School. He plans to both continue violin performance in ensembles and orchestras as an adult and to teach, since, as he put it, he likes helping others and to teach others the things he has been taught will be a wonderful profession.

Another of the KIM Scholarship recipients who performed in the Playathon was Fernanda Salazar. Fernanda is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade at The Preuss School, a part of the UCSD system. She took part in a group piano lesson for a time and then said to her teacher that she wanted to have more challenge in her music studies. It was at that time that her teacher applied to put her in the KIM program. When asked if there was anything she credits for her musical advancement which she would like to share with other students, she said that she plays piano every day.

A third student that I was able to speak with was Aryana Pizarro, age 11 and in the 6th grade at the School for Creative, Performing and Media Arts. Most of our San Diego Branch MTAC teachers will be familiar with Aryana’s last name because Aryana’s two brothers, known as The Pizarro Brothers, held the KIM scholarship for a couple of years and played for the branch general meetings at least once a year. In addition to her piano studies and performances, Aryana sings with her brothers. Her goal in life is to continue always in music and to become a Pulmonologist. She has asthma and wants to be able to help children who also have it.

These were inspiring students to listen to and to talk with and we look forward to hearing more from them in the future.

Many thanks to Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Goodlin Scholarship Chair and to Yuko Maruyama, the Kids Into Music Scholarship Chair for their excellence in organizing the Playathon. This was an exceptional event.

Jaclyn Summers
Chair, Goodlin Scholarship Foundation, MTACSD

2018 Playathon Donor Acknowledgement

With the help of the teacher members of the Music Teachers Association of CA, San Diego Branch, and parents and students we bring you today’s concerts. You have helped raise over $1000 to support the Helen B. Goodlin contest in May 2018, and this year, we are able to give a higher grant to Certificate of Merit seniors. The Helen B. Goodlin Foundation is now raising money for the Kids into Music program, headed by Yuko Maruyama. It enables deserving students who otherwise could not afford lessons to study music. All four of our recipients are performing in today’s Playathon. Thanks to the San Diego Foundation for their guidance and to the MTAC for a generous donation to the Helen B. Goodlin Fund.

I wish to especially thank the following donors for their generosity.

Simone de Bruyne & Timothy Lewis, Lee Galloway, Jim Guerin, Aziz & Nathalie Gholmieh, Jing Chen Lee, William H. Lee, Yuko Maruyama, Jarl & Christine Nelson, Olga Postnikova, Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Armin & Rachel Schwartzman, Viktor Shekhtmann, Jonathan & Lielei Wahlmann, Chen Wang, William Wang, Renu Wijay, John C. Wu & Kim L. Harper, Guangming Xiao & Wei Liu, Mantian Xu and Da Yang, Feng Ye & Liang Zhao, Hui Li & Junhua Zhao

Playathon 2017 Acknowledgement

Playathon 2017 was held on Saturday, February 25 at Clairemont Lutheran Church. The 10 AM and 11 AM programs included a wide range of repertoire from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart to Prokofiev, Villa-Lobos and Kapustin. Thank you to all the participants for their wonderful performances, and for their dedication to music. After the program, some of the piano students got to try the organ, parents and teachers socialized over home-baked treats and drinks, and participants received small souvenirs to take home as well. This was a wonderful and popular event. Please join us again next year!

Thank you to Donors: Julian Angel, Jun Ho Bahn & Hee Jun Jung, Lourdes Barrera, Irina Bendetsky, Krzysztof Brzuza, Renee Calvo, Steve & Ericka Eggleston, Aziz Gholmieh, Kim Harper & John Wu, Mrs. Jones, Martin & Julia Kaplan, Jing Chen Lee & William H. Lee, Ji Liu, Yuko Maruyama, James & Eva Marie Moresco, Lea & Larry Rogers, Jun Su & Linda Liu, Oscar & Haruko Takeshita, Chen Wang, Xing Wang, Guangming Xiao & Wei Li, and Yaping Xu.

Your generosity and participation in the Playathon raised $910.00 in donations for the Helen B. Goodlin Fund.

Participating Teachers: Irina Bendetsky, Krzysztof Brzuza, Sun Yung Cho, Dianne Feureisen, Inessa Litvin, Alison Luedecke, Yuko Maruyama, Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Seiran Sohn, Yvonne Shanks, Corby Stutzman, and Lori Bastien Vickers.

Playathon 2017 Event Details

Thank you to all the participants who registered for the 2017 Playathon. Please click to see the Playathon 2017 program:

Date: February 25, 2017

Time: 10 AM or 11 AM

Place: Clairemont Lutheran Church

Address: 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117

Registration Deadline: February 11, 2017

Playathon 2018


February 17, 2018, 2:00 and 3:00 PM Recitals
Clairemont Lutheran Church
4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
Registration is online only. Click here to register.
Registration Deadline: February 3, 2018

Playathon 2016 at Clairemont Lutheran Church

Try out your CM, Bach, Goodlin pieces and at the same time, donate to the Helen B. Goodlin Scholarship Awards. Registration is online only. Donation checks must be made payable to: "The San Diego Foundation" and designate "Helen B. Goodlin Foundation" on the check’s memo line. After completing the online registration, mail your donation check by February 11, 2017 to: Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Playathon Chair, 6395 Rancho Mission Rd., #12, San Diego, CA 92108
Organists, pianists, instrumentalists, adults, professionals, amateurs, children, teens. All are welcome. Choose which recital you prefer.