Three Poway locals made their way to New York City this summer for the NYC Mark O’Connor American Music Summer Workshop, held at the Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan. The program included classes in the various O’Connor American Music levels, teacher training classes, improvisation classes, and an all-camp orchestra held each day of the workshop.


Young Riley Danielson received a full tuition scholarship to attend the workshop for the second year in a row, and participated along with her violinist father, Chris Danielson. At home in Poway, Riley is in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s violin program. Ulli Reiner – Poway Unified School District Orchestra Director, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra-Violin Artistic Director, and Grammy Education Award Finalist – directed the workshop’s all-camp orchestra.

The Mark O’Connor Family Band performed at the NYC Old Winery for the camp. Next year’s camp will be held in Charlotte, NC.