Beginning in the month of October, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation began its 15th annual Oceanside Music Festival. Held throughout the year, the 2016-2017 series is focused on pairing student talent from within our community with both local performing professionals, and touring national artists (when they are present in the area), to create singular, life enriching educational opportunities.

Free to the public performances are put out by OCAF, featuring “flash concerts” (surprise performances), with diverse offerings of genres such as classical, bluegrass, jazz, blues, ethnic music representing the cultural makeup of our community, relying substantially on performing artists (students and professional) from North County San Diego community.

“Encore: In Harmony…Community in Concert” – March 12, 2017

Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation’s third music event of the Oceanside Music Festival 2016-17 Series is here. “Encore: In Harmony…Community in Concert” will take place 2:30 pm, Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 609 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Neither political, nor a religious event, it is a bringing together of all segments of our North County community with uplifting, supportive, and inclusive song, instrumental music, and poetry.Untitled2Scheduled performers include JROTC, Oceanside High School Concert Choir, Kathy Robbins (Jewish Cantor), Robert Parker and Joni Yribe, (pianists), Bahman Sarram (Iranian violinist), Dr. Merryl Goldberg (Klezmer player), BASE student performers, Tiffany Valkilian and Jazmine Rogers (vocalists), Brad McMurrey and Matthew Maichen (poets).

Tickets at the door are: $15.00 for General Admission, or $10.00 for Students, Seniors, and Military w/ID. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to ‘Oceanside Promise’, a city-wide call to action partnership to ensure that every student graduates high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life.



BASE Programs students – Before and After School Enrichment is a non-profit organization that provides programs and events for Oceanside Unifi ed School District. The mission of BASE Programs is to empower youth to reach their greatest potential by providing them with creative educational experiences.

Kathy Robbins, ‘Community Cantor’ who serves the broader Jewish and Interfaith communities, participating in community events, leading worship services for various congregations. Her versatility has enabled her to perform in Greenwich Village coffee houses, Country Music halls, Manhattan night clubs and Catskills resorts. She has shared the stage with musical greats such as Big Band sensation, Cab Calloway and award-winning composer Alan Menken. Among her recording projects is a contemporary remake of the 1975 Grammy nominated song, ‘Ain’t No Way to Treat A Lady’ written by her friend and colleague, acclaimed songwriter, Harriet Schock. Her public service announcement on YouTube, “Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady PSA” is to raise awareness and change attitudes and behavior regarding violence against women.

Brad McMurrey, local poet extraordinaire, has been on the scene for many years and his poetry reflects a wisdom that only comes from a long life well lived. He has performed at the semi-annual poetry slam competition at the La Paloma Theater for several years as well as performing in Canada and Ireland. Several of his poems have been published in the top two San Diego County anthologies: the Magee Park Poets Anthology and The San Diego Poetry Annual.

Jazmine Rogers, an up and coming singer and student at MiraCosta College won the 2016 $5,000 grand prize at the second annual Campus SuperStar singing competition benefiting Hillel of San Diego held at the Irwin M Jacobs Lecture Hall in Sorrento Valley.

D. Merryl Goldberg is a Professor in the School of Arts at California State University San Marcos and Executive Director of Center ARTES. Prior to entering academia, she recorded numerous CDs and was on the road for 13 years playing the saxophone with the Klezmer Conservatory Band. She is the recipient of numerous grants including Federal Department of Education Arts in Education Program grants, a joint Spencer and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant, Fulbright-Hays Foundation grants, National Endowment for the Arts grant, and California Arts Council grants.

Again, they will be joined by JROTC, Oceanside High School Concert Choir, Internationally recognized pianist Robert Parker, vocalist Tiffany Vakilian, poet Matthew Maichen, Iranian violinist Bahman Sarram, and a San Diego favorite accompanist and pianist, Joni Yribe.

“Blue Monday” concert – Oct 10, 2016

In honor of the National Arts Month, the 15th annual Oceanside Music Festival kickoff began with an arts partnership event at Muramid Mural Museum & Art Center, 212 Artist Alley, Oceanside, CA 92054, titled “Blue Monday” (jazz and blues) 7:00 to 9:00 pm October 10, 2016. Got the Monday Blues? Oceanside Music Festival jazzed up the evening with the best of Oceanside’s professional and student jazz and blues musicians featuring  Robert Parker on piano, Mark Phelps on the bass, vocals by Eliane Weidauer, and special guest artists including Rachel Dillon. “Blue Monday” admission was $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, students and military with ID. Proceeds from this event helped fund Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation’s annual scholarship program. Tickets were purchased at the door.

Christy Coobatis – composer, published songwriter, singer, a longtime teacher of popular songwriting and audio engineering, MiraCosta College’s music and recording arts instructor, who has written music for commercials, Emmy-Award-winning television and feature films. A world-class musician and composer, Christy has served as resident composer for several modern dance companies and scored numerous independent films, including American Addiction, Wager of Love and Ground Rules.

Robert Parker – a highly regarded pianist with a broad range of tastes and experience in jazz, r & b, rock, country, and classical music. Award winning pianist and graduate of the Drake University Instrumental Music Department, Robert Parker has been performing professionally for 4 decades on record as well as in concert. Fond of memorable melodies, dynamics, chord textures and driving rhythms derived from classical and jazz experiences from within the string section of Orchestras (St. Bass, Violin), Big Bands (St. Bass, Piano) and Country (piano), and Concert bands (Bass Horn, St. Bass). Known for a solid left hand and classically fueled cadenzas or a gentle touch when coaxing the heart into ballads, his style is dynamic and memorable. Having performed on and produced and scored (strings, horns, vocals) countless recordings in the field of Country Music, the Iowa native is also known for his ground breaking weekly appearances in the early 80’s on the Country Variety TV show, Ozark Opry.

Mark Phelps on the bass, is an outstanding example of Oceanside hometown talent. He is a mentor, supporter of the arts and friend. He graduated from Oceanside High School in 1971. He was a member of the Band and Orchestra. He received an AA in Music from MiraCosta College in 1973 and was awarded the Medal of Honor as the top student in Music and Art. He received his BA in Music Education from SDSU in 1979. His first teaching assignment was at Barstow High School from 1980-82 teaching Marching, Concert, and Jazz Band along with teaching Choir. During this time he also taught guitar classes at Barstow Community College. In 1982 he came back to his Alma Mater Oceanside High School to teach Orchestra, Marching, Concert, and Jazz Band. He donated his time and encouraged his students as well, to share their time and talents to the community. He retired in 2015 and in addition to performing as a freelance musician with several community Jazz Band, he also plays with numerous local orchestras for musicals.

Eliane Weidauer, is another product of the Oceanside school system. She graduated from OHS with a vocal scholarship. She went on to sing and perform throughout the US and Germany, including a brief stint as lead vocalist in a German rock band. Her repertoire ranges from the American Songbook, Broadway, fold, to liturgical. She has been a drama coach and youth theatre director for more than 30 years. Eliane currently serves on the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Board and the MiraCosta Theatre Spotlight Circle Board, and Theatre Arts West.

OCAF Performing Arts Scholarship winner Rachel Dillon is 19 years old and has been involved in theater for over thirteen years, performing with El Camino High School, Mira Costa College, CYT, Star Theater, Moonlight, and Legoland California. As a Senior he won the National Youth Theater Award, San Diego County Fair Superstar Contest, and other awards for her vocal performances. She trained Vocally under Suzzane Tincher, April Orchard, Lori Moss, Sean Tamburrino., and theatre under Acting: Chris O’Bryon, Evelyn Carol Case, and Sharon Strong.