Oceanside Music Festival

OMFest-2013 was, once again, a great success! Our audiences thoroughly enjoyed the variety of events as well as the superbly talented performers. OMFest opened with two performances of “Shake, Rattle, and Roll…or the Revue that Saved Miss Primm’s Academy for Young Ladies” at The Brooks Theatre. An adaptation of last year’s show, this year the school was damaged by an earthquake and the students, and teachers, once again stepped up and ‘put on a show’ to save the school.


At the historic 1st Christian Church Through the Storm Gospel Chorus under the direction of Ken Bell, treated their audience to a wonderful concert of traditional and contemporary liturgical music.

The Performing Arts Scholarship Fundraiser gala was an outstanding success! Themed “IMAGINE”, the gala offered great foods, wines,

and entertainment provided by former scholarship winners,

Rachel Dillon

Will Brumbacher

OCAF Honorees,

Tom Brault

and hopeful future scholarship winners:

Tom Brault and 12 year old tap dance wonder, Lauren Swette

Carlsbad High students Miranda Tomaneng and Elise Segal

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the OCAF 2013 Honoree Award presented to Carolyn Mickelson. We raised enough for 4 OCAF Performing Arts Scholarships to be given out this Spring-2014, plus we’ll have 2 additional Carolyn Mickelson Merit Awards, for a total of 6 performing arts scholarships.

OMA Board President, Cheryl Weiner

Damsels in Dis Dress members Vicki Hamilton, Eliane Weidauer, Marian Ulrich, invite Carolyn to the stage

Carolyn and husband David

Closing concert for OMFest 2013 was the traditional “Global Spirit” held at the historic St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The audience was treated to two wonderfully talented youth choruses:

Calvary Christian Chorus


San Diego North Coast Singers

We are already working on our Lucky 13th year, OMFest-2014. We always welcome interested community members. Please contact us if you would like to be a part of the Music Fest next year.

October is “National Art and Humanities Month”. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, proud members of Americans for the Arts, and the OMFest Committee, feel this time is a perfect way to celebrate. The 12th annual Oceanside Music Festival, OMFest, offered five concerts this year boasting a variety of music genre, showcasing both student and professional musicians from throughout Southern California. This year’s OMFest series opened October 5 and ran through October 20 featuring a wide range of concerts including Early Rock-n-Roll themed musical, as well as liturgical, choral, and classical music.

Part of this year’s program were two special shows that were held October 5 at The Brooks Theatre – two performances of “Shake, Rattle, and Roll, or the Revue That Saved Miss Primm’s Academy for Young Ladies”. This event supported programs and services of Casa de Amparo for abused and neglected children in San Diego community (www.casadeamparo.org). One way you can support Casa Kids is through in-kind donations. From housewares to school supplies, athletic equipment or art materials, Casa Kids always need something. These donations also help offset expenses and make more funds available for the therapeutic and healing care of abused and neglected children and their families. You can help by donating items from our wish list. Audience guests brought a minimum of two items listed to the Oceanside Music Festival on October 5th (examples of items needed can be found HERE) and receive a $3.00 discount on admission to the musical either 1 pm or 7 pm that day!

Complete program of 12th Annual Oceanside Music Festival (OMFest):

Saturday, October 5, two performances, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm of “Shake, Rattle, and Roll, or the Revue That Saved Miss Primm’s Academy for Young Ladies” at The Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054. (See more info about connection with Casa de Amparo above.)

Sunday, October 6, 1:00 pm, Choral Concert featuring Through The Storm Gospel Chorus and Tri-City Christian High School Singers at 1st Christian Church, 204 South Freeman Street, Oceanside, CA 92054. (See more info about performers below.)

Saturday, October 19, 6:00 pm, OMFest presents Scholarship Gala and OCAF Honoree Reception at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. Includes Wines and Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres plus Entertainment. Special Honoree: Carolyn Mickelson. (See more info about Carolyn and this evening’s performers below.)

Sunday, October 20, 2:00 pm, OMFest presents “Global Spirit” concert, featuring San Diego North Coast Singers at St Mary Star of the Sea Church, 609 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. (See more info about this and other performing groups below.) ADMISSION TO THIS CONCERT IS ON A FREE-WILL BASIS.


(Note, Options With Donations to Casa De Amparo are available with minimum of 3 donation items per ticket holder):

OMFest Tickets

As an active promoter of the arts, Carolyn Mickelson has been President of the Oceanside Museum of Arts (OMA) Board of Trustees, Chaired many events and fundraisers for OMA and helped with the branding, graphics and promotion of the museum. She was influential in getting funding for an ongoing  children¹s art programs there. As Chair of the Arts Commission for the City of  Oceanside, Carolyn oversaw installation of public art pieces and helped with promotion and graphics for the ongoing Concerts in the Park. When Carolyn was on the Board of OCAF (Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation) she helped promote the Days of Art, and the Music Festival, Mrs. Mickelson has done collaborations with Mira Costa college theatre, art and music departments, the Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego Rep Theatre, The Brooks Theatre, and Star Theatre. Carolyn Mickelson has also been owner and president of Creative Designs, a graphic design and advertising company. Carolyn is a graduate in fine art from the University of Michigan, has 35 years of experience as an illustrator, art director and designer in both print and broadcast advertising. This night’s show includes performances by Tom Brault, Eliane Weidauer, Elise Segal, and Rachel Dillon. (Rachel is recipient of OCAF’s Outstand Merit Award in 2013. A graduate of El Camino High School, she possesses a spectrum of talents: vocal, dance, acting, and plays both piano and sax, and has perfect pitch. She has performed throughout the North County, including 3 years for OMFest, and is equally active backstage. She will be attending Cal State Fullerton for Musical Theatre.)

   Tri-City Christian High School in Vista, CA, serves the Tri-City area students in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, and other surrounding North County cities. Tri-City Christian High School Singers and the TCCS Guitar II & III classes, perform at various school and community events throughout the year. Choir’s year includes the exceptional ACSI Musicale Choral Festival and Command Performance in Pasadena, CA, which is an annual two day workshop, event and concert with Master Conductors. The TCCS Guitar II & III classes are an advanced class, taught and directed by Mr. Bill Palmer; Choir is directed and taught by Mrs. Linda Walters.

Through The Storm gospel chorus was formed in 2005 when a group of friends and colleagues with diverse musical backgrounds joined forces to raise money for charity by presenting a gospel concert. This first successful event was followed by concert requests from numerous churches and charitable organizations to benefit groups including Invisible Children, Interfaith Community Services, Hurricane Katrina victims, World AIDS Day, Darfur Sudan refugees, Camp Pendleton recruits, Jubilee USA, and literacy campaigns. “We sing to bring awareness of the poverty and social injustice in today’s world and we remain inspired to “build dreams through music.” Led by iconic band and choral director Kenneth Bell, assistant director Jeff Lehman, and pianist Joni Yribe, the volunteer members of “Through the Storm Chorus” have been called to make a difference in the world, one concert at a time.

San Diego North Coast Singers was founded in 1993 in Encinitas, California. The 100-member youth chorus has five ensembles serving children in grades two through twelve. They are known throughout San Diego County for their joyful, spirited sound. The choir strives to offer a first-rate musical education while instilling a sense of worth in the local community and fostering global understanding through the study of multicultural music. Performance tours include New York City (Carnegie Hall and Cathedral of St. John the Divine), Italy (Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome), Austria (Salzburg Dom and Vienna Votivkirche) and Prague (St. Nicholas Church).The advanced choirs have performed in festivals and conferences throughout Southern California and have appeared numerous times with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus at UCSD and with the San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall appearing in such major works as Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Berstein’s Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Bolcom’s Songs of Experience. Special guest appearance at this concert: Amici Chamber Choir, a women’s chamber ensemble of accomplished choral singers from the greater San Diego County.

Oceanside Music Festival is an annual event of charitable nature. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Performing Arts Scholarships are presented annually by OMFest to graduating high school seniors based upon student experience, contributions to their performing arts program, and a teacher recommendation. OMFest has evolved over the years from its beginnings in 2002 by Tomas J. Morrow, PhD and the Oceanside Rotary Club with an all-Gershwin program. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation / OCAF took over OMFest in 2005 and expanded it to include a variety of musical genres. The goal, however, has remained the same: we are hoping to inspire young musicians to further explore their talents in the musical arts, while raising funds to support their talents and dreams. Anyone interested in applying to sponsor or volunteer for 12th annual OMFest, please call 760-433-3632 or email OMF@ocaf.info More info at http://www.ocaf.info/

 Oceanside Music Festival 2012


OMFest 2012 provided delighted audiences with a wide array of musical talent.  Everything from the Fashion Show at our Gala,

Miss Oceanside modeling a vintage Wedding dress

to the wonderfully talented student singers and dancers in “Hooray For Hollywood, the Musical…or The Review that Saved Miss Primm’s Academy For Young Ladies”,

student performers

to the glorious voices of both student and adult singers at the Global Spirit Concert.

“Through the Storm”, gospel choir

Plans are already in process for OMFest 2013.  We welcome community input and involvement.  If you have talents:  musical, business, or volunteer skill, please contact us.  If you would like to “Help Keep the Music Alive” in our community with a financial donation, please contact us. Watch this site for updates on the musicians, dates and venues planned for OMFest 2013! (All photos of OMFest courtesy of Rick Mohrlock.)

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Scholarships from OMFest-2012

OCAF was pleased to give out 4 Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Performing Arts Awards in 2012.  The funds were raised at the 10th Annual OMFest.

Award winners included  Sammie, Carlsbad High, triple threat with voice, acting, and dance, who received her scholarship at the OMFest Gala in October.
Lauren Grant, voice and dance from Classical High Academy, Jamen Nanthakumar, voice and acting, Carlsbad High School, and Austin Wright, triple threat with voice, acting, and dance, Vista High School.

Board member Dmitriy Demidov presenting Jamen with his award.

Board member Dmitriy Demidov presenting Jamen with his award.

Oceanside Music Festival 2011

The OCAF Performing Arts Awards Fundraiser Gala crowd was wowed by wonderful foods provided by Classic Cuisine, ‘bites’ by Ben and Joni. The entertainment portion began with a surprise Flash Mob.

OMFest Logo Additional surprises included a performance by the first OCAF scholarship winner, Hannah Downie, who came down from UC Santa Barbara to share in the celebration. OMFest Logo

Sammie Duffy, Carlsbad High School Senior was surprised with a $750.00 scholarship. She was the first OCAF Performing Arts Awards recipient of the 2011-12 season.

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