Every year, talented high school musicians compete in the Dan Stover Memorial Instrumental Music Competition, sponsored by the Pasadena Rotary Club. The competition is open to all high school students. A judging panel consisting of a minimum of three (3) judges will select the winner whose name will be submitted to the District. Following the Pasadena Rotary Club competition, the winner will go on to compete at the Region and the District level. Cash prizes are awarded at both the Club and District level.
MEET THE JUDGES:
Dan Foliart, composer, has made an indelible mark on the landscape of network television, as he celebrates his 35th consecutive year in the profession. Currently, he is serving his fourth term on the ASCAP Board of Directors. He recently ended his service as president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists after serving that organization for five terms over ten years.
Recently Foliart worked with comedian George Lopez on his series, Saint George that aired on the FX network. Included among his recent projects are ABC Family's successful series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager,and eleven year run of 7th Heaven, for the WB. Along with Emmy nominations, Foliart has garnered 34 ASCAP Film and Television Awards, including 16 in the Most Performed Theme category.
Of the 50-plus series for which he has composed, many continue to air both in syndication and internationally. Beginning at Paramount Studios, with then partner, Howard Pearl, Foliart started an extended run that included such favorites as Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Angie, Bosom Buddies, Joanie Loves Chachi, and cable's first series, Brothers. Other series that he has composed for include Home Improvement, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210, 9 to 5, Guns of Paradise, Island Son, Carol and Company, Soul Man, Burke's Law, Malibu Shores and 8 Simple Rules.
Dan Foliart is serving his second term as president of the LA County Arboretum Board of Trustees.
Sarah O'Brien was born and raised in Nottingham, England. She trained in piano and cello at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, also specializing in composition and orchestration. On completion of a Master's Degree Sarah was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to the United States in 1993 to study advanced performance at the University of Southern California. She has lived in Altadena since 2005.
Sarah quickly established herself as a studio player for Hollywood's film and television industries. She works with major artists in the fields of both classical and popular music including ELO, Celine Dion, and Andrea Bocelli. She has accumulated numerous credits for album recordings. Since 1994 Sarah has toured internationally with acclaimed keyboardist/composer Yanni, including his televised performances at India's Taj Mahal, China's Forbidden City and The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.
Sarah's varied career also includes orchestrating, arranging and directing musical projects and events. She has been acknowledged in ASCAP's New Artist series on several occasions. Her musical 'Winds of Angkor', inspired by love letters that survived the Killing Fields was staged in Cambodia in 2010 and is the subject of a PBS music documentary, currently in post-production. She regularly travels to Cambodia to support arts and education within the country and has worked closely with the Cambodian community of Long Beach, CA. She hopes to premiere 'Winds of Angkor' in the US to raise awareness of Cambodia's struggle, and inspire all who work towards peace in the aftermath of genocide. Sarah has been a member of Tarzana-Encino Rotary Club and is currently President 'nominee' of Altadena Rotary Club. She was a recipient of Rotary International's 'Outstanding Achievement for Promoting the Arts' Award and is grateful the opportunity to serve District 5300 and be part of the judging panel for Pasadena Rotary Club's 2017 Dan Stover Music Contest!
Introducer: Terry Masango
Invocation: Scott Jenkins
Guest Introductions: Robert Lyons
Song Leader: Marilyn Buchanan
Accompanist: Ross Jutsum