Ms. Ulli Reiner
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ULLI REINER is an adjunct faculty member of Palomar College, Concertmaster and Orchestra Manager of the Palomar Symphony Orchestra, founder, Orchestra Manager and Concertmaster of the Poway Symphony Orchestra, Conductor/Soloist of the Poway Symphonette and Orchestra Director with the Poway Unified School District. Ms. Reiner is a co-founder of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of San Diego and is the Artistic Director of the YPO Suzuki School.  She was formerly conductor and co-founder of Civic Youth Orchestra’s Intermediate String Orchestra and Chamber String ensembles.   She was the founder and Orchestra Director of the Poway High School Symphony and has taught orchestra at Mt. Carmel High School, Black Mountain Middle School, Mesa Verde Middle School, and Meadowbrook Middle School.  She is currently the Orchestra Director at Bernardo Heights Middle School, Twin Peaks Middle School, and also is the instructor for the Music Appreciation classes offered to non-music students.  


A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Ms. Reiner received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in violin and viola performance and went on to graduate study at San Diego State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of San Diego, having worked towards three masters degrees in music education, Suzuki and performance.  Her violin and viola teachers have included Melvin Ritter, Tiberius Klausner, Yukiko Kamei, Noumi Fisher, Milton Thomas and her father, Rudolf Reiner.  She is also a direct descendant of the great conductor, Fritz Reiner.


Ms. Reiner’s musical studies began at the age of 3 , playing cornet, taught by her father, who attended the Bruckner Conservatory of Music in Linz, Austria.  She played trumpet in both elementary and junior high school, was also a regular member of the Deutschmeister Brass Band of St. Louis and played trumpet in her family’s church Brass Quintet throughout college.  She began her violin studies at the age of 11, also with her father as her first teacher.


As a professional violinist, she has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Starlight Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Municipal Opera, the St. Louis Philharmonic and is first violinist with the Alexandria String Quartet.  As a certified private instructor of Suzuki and traditional violin, her students have won numerous awards and scholarships leading to professional careers in music.  She has performed under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Alexis Hauser, David Atherton, Peter Eros and Walter Susskind to name a few. She has also enjoyed performing in the entertainment industry under such great artists as Andy Williams, Henry Mancini, Johnny Matthias, Angela Landsbury, Carol Channing, Yul Brynner, Lauren Bacall, Vincent Price and Zero Mostel, among many other top performers.  She has also worked in the recording industry, having made commercials for both local and national corporations.


Ms. Reiner is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki Association of San Diego, served on the Board of Directors of the American String Teachers Association and is an adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.  She currently hosts and founded the PUSD Middle School Orchestra Festival with guest adjudicator and Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Symphony and Interlochen School of the Arts, Jung-Ho Pak, and also founded and hosts the annual PUSD String Solo/Ensemble Festival.  She was recognized in 1991 and again in 1993 by Outstanding Young Women of America and, in 2000, was elected to the prestigious Who's Who of American Teachers.  

Since 1995 she has led successful international concert tours to Salzburg, Vienna, London and Paris, conducting the Civic Youth Orchestra Chamber Strings and her "Mostly Mozart Orchestra," comprised of students from the Poway Unified School District.  She was invited to conduct at the American String Teachers National Convention in Reno, Nevada, in 2005, and also was the guest conductor for the San Diego Unified School District Honor Orchestra in the spring of 2005.  


Ms. Reiner performs regularly as a violin soloist with the Palomar Symphony, Poway Symphony, Poway Community Symphonette and with the Maryland University Symphony Orchestra in St. Louis, Missouri.  In 2011, Ms. Reiner was appointed conductor of the Concert Strings ensemble with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.  Ms. Reiner’s ensembles are sought after to perform in international festivals around the globe, and she will travel to the Vienna Advent Festival with her Poway Symphonette, and adult chamber orchestra, in 2014 to perform at their yearly event.  Ms Reiner is also a consultant working with the founder of the Kids College of San Diego, Inc. in forming a startup elementary string program for the San Marcos School District. 


She is also currently working with the Raptor Resource Project in the midwest for an original composition for solo violin and orchestra representing the Decorah, Iowa bald eagle family with composer Dr. Madelyne Bryne and Dr. Ellen Weller of Palomar College.  This original composition, The Decorah Bald Eagle Concerto, is scheduled to be performed for audiences in both San Diego and in the Midwest region in 2015-16.  An educational DVD will be produced and made available to educational institutions across the country in bringing awareness to wildlife preservation, a life-long passion of Ms. Reiner having rescued wildlife since the age of 6.


In addition, Ms. Reiner’s other projects include photography of nature and wildlife.  She produced a 2015 calendar for the Poway Symphony Orchestra in celebration of their 10th anniversary year.  The calendar is titled, Lake Poway 2015 calendar by Ulli Reiner for the Poway Symphony Orchestra.


Ms. Reiner also holds a student pilot’s license and flies Piper Cherokee planes.