ULLI REINER, Four time Grammy Education nominee and 2017 Grammy Finalist winner is Conductor of the Symphonic
Strings ensemble and conductor of
the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory having been appointed in
2011. Ms. Reiner is an adjunct
faculty member of Palomar College, Concertmaster of the Palomar College
Symphony Orchestra, Founder, Orchestra Manager and Concertmaster of the Poway
Symphony Orchestra, Conductor/Founder and soloist with 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
their Suzuki String 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 class offered to
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory
of Music, as a full scholarship recipient, Ms. Reiner received a Bachelor of
Music Education degree with emphasis in violin and viola performance and went
on to graduate study as first violin with the Graduate String Quartet in
residence at San Diego State University, the University of Southern California,
and the University of San Diego. Her
violin and viola teachers have included Melvin Ritter-Concert Artist, Tiberius
Klausner-a former student of Ivan Galamian at Juilliard, Yukiko Kamei-assistant
to Jascha Heifetz at USC, Noumi Fisher recording artist for MGM, Professor or Viola- Milton
Thomas at USC and her father, Rudolf Reiner.
Ms. Reiner’s musical studies began at the age of 3 ½, 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 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,
the Alexandria String Quartet and in numerous orchestras in the San Diego area.
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
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 California Music Educators Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas,
Suzuki Association of San Diego, served on the Board of Directors of the
American String Teachers Association and served as an adjudicator for the
Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association and for the Grossmont
College Woman’s Committee. She currently hosts and founded the annual PUSD
Middle School Orchestra Festival with such distinguished guest adjudicators as
Jung- Ho Pak the Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Symphony and Interlochen
School of the Arts, Dana Zimbric Music Director of the California Chamber
Orchestra and Dr. Ellen Weller, Music Director of the Palomar Symphony
Orchestra. Ms. Reiner 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 recently completed teacher training under the Mark O'Connor American Music methodology
and will host the Mark O'Connor workshop to be held at Bernardo Heights Middle School on Monday, December 14th from 6-10pm.
She will also conduct classes at the Mark O'Connor Summer Music Camp in New York City in the summer of 2016 and summer
of 2017. She is certified in books one-four of the O'Connor Method.
In December of 2014 her Poway Symphonette was invited and
performed at the Vienna Advent Festival and performed at the Vienna City Hall,
St. Stephan’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church and at the Melk Monastery. In the summer of 2016 her Poway Symphonette
will perform in prestigious concert halls in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai China. She will also be featured as a violin
soloist as well.
Ms. Reiner performs regularly as a violin soloist with the Palomar
Symphony, Poway Symphony, Poway Symphonette and with the Maryland University
Symphony Orchestra in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Reiner’s ensembles are sought after to perform in
international festivals around the globe, and she will travel to the Salzburg
Festival with her Poway Symphonette in 2016 to perform for this festival having
performed in such distinguished cities as London, Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague.
Ms. Reiner was also a consultant working with the founder of the Kids College
of San Diego in forming a startup-string program for the San Marcos School
Ms. Reiner commissioned composer Dr. Madelyne
Bryne of Palomar College to compose the Decorah Bald Eagle Violin Concerto. This original composition was performed with the Palomar Symphony Orchestra in May of 2015 and will be performed
in China and in the Midwest region. An educational DVD/CD 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.
Ms. Reiner is one of the top 10 finalists out of 4,500 nominations for a 2017 Grammy Education Award for her
work and dedication to education.
Ms Reiner also has many interests outside of music. Besides her
work as an avid supporter
of wildlife and in photography of nature, she holds a student pilot’s license
flying Piper Cherokee planes and is a member of Woman of Aviation and the
Golden State Aviation in El Cajon, California. Most
recently she has also taken up falconry studies and Mandarin Chinese.