Music educator and Poway resident Ulli Reiner was recently recognized with an Exceptional String Educator Citation from The American Prize in Conducting contest. Ulli is the orchestra director at Bernardo Heights Middle School and Twin Peaks Middle School, concertmaster at Palomar College Symphony Orchestra and Poway Symphony Orchestra, conductor for the Poway Symphonette, and a large number of other roles with music organizations throughout the region. She has founded a number of local orchestras and ensembles, including school orchestra programs to inspire and support young musicians.

The American Prize is a series of nonprofit competitions to recognize artists, ensembles, and composers throughout the country. The organization has awarded over $50,000 since 2010.