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The Clarinet Through Time: Sheryl & Frank Renk and Friends

  • Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway El Cajon, CA, 92019 United States (map)


Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano K. 498 “Kegelstatt"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Two Dances from ‘A Soldier’s Tale’

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Fantasy for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

Robert Muczynski (1929-2010)


Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Concerto for Two Clarinets

Franz Krommer (1759-1831)

Sheryl Renk


Sheryl Renk is the Principal Clarinetist of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. She was the Principal Clarinetist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for ten years and was formerly a member of the San Francisco Symphony. During that time Sheryl joined the orchestra on several European, Asian and United States tours, and she performed on numerous San Francisco Symphony recordings.

Prior to the above positions, Ms. Renk performed extensively throughout the West Coast with various orchestras, opera orchestras and chamber music groups. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras as well as a duo performance with renowned clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman. She has also performed on many movie and commercial soundtracks, mostly recorded at the famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. 

Ms. Renk completed her music education at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Donald Carroll. She continued her clarinet studies with Rosario Mazzeo, formerly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Festivals attended include the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the La Jolla SummerFest Chamber Music Festival, the Durango Music Festival in Colorado, the Cascade Music Festival in Oregon, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Bear Valley Music Festival. Ms. Renk is the Clarinet Professor at San Diego State University.

Frank Renk


Frank Renk is clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. He is also the principal clarinetist of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Frank was formerly the principal clarinetist of the Sacramento Philharmonic and the California Symphony. Frank has also performed on many movie and commercial soundtracks, mostly at the famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.

Mr. Renk continues to perform occasionally with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He also performs numerous chamber music concerts throughout the West Coast and has appeared as soloist on occasion. 

Music Festivals that Mr. Renk has attended include the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the La Jolla SummerFest chamber music festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the “Music from Bear Valley” Music Festival and the Cascade Music Festival of Oregon. 

Frank completed his music education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University where he studied with Donald Carroll. He continued studying the clarinet with Rosario Mazzeo, formerly of the Boston Symphony. 

Mr. Renk also teaches a large number of students in the San Diego area. In November 2006 Frank Renk was profiled in the San Diego Union-Tribune

Nuvi Mehta


Nuvi Mehta has a gift for capturing the mind and heart of every person in his audience. The L.A. Times likens him to a young Gary Cooper, saying, “His old-fashioned Hollywood charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.”Combining drama and music education in his concerts, he is creating a new generation of classical music lovers. 

Appointed Director of Special Projects for the San Diego Symphony in 2006, Mehta launched the Symphony’s Classical EdgeSeries - multi-media concerts, introducing new patrons to ‘the stories behind the notes’ – the series developing a large dedicated following. Widely considered one of the finest speakers on classical music, Mehta’s on stage demonstrations and “What’s the Score?” talks, draw up to 1000 patrons a night.

 Conducting appearances have taken Mehta across the United States, to Europe and to Mexico.  He has been a guest of the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony the Knoxville Symphony, the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.   He has appeared as violin soloist with the San Diego Symphony, the Marquette Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, and as concertmaster and soloist with the New World Symphony.

Since 2004, as Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival Association, Mehta has expanded the range of festival concerts adding community outreach, On Stage Talks and Up Close events with artists. The Ventura Music Festival today presents the most illustrious artists in the world of Classical music, Jazz and Crossover.  

Mehta is a graduate of Indiana University and The Juilliard School.  He studied violin with Josef Gingold, Szymon Goldberg, David Cerone, and in masterclasses with Nathan Milstein.  Conducting teachers include Otto Werner Mueller, and Charles Bruck and in masterclasses with Leonard Bermnstein. 

 He lives in Jamul, California.

Tina Chong


Hailed as a “paradigm of lyricism” by the Charleston Gazette, pianist Tina Chong has established herself as an up and coming young artist in North America. After her orchestral debut at the age of nine, Tina has appeared as a guest soloist numerous times with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico, including the Calgary Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Tina’s recital career has brought her to such venues as the Sala Chopin in Mexico City, the Sheldon Center in St. Louis, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the National Arts Centre and Rideau Hall in Ottawa. She’s been recently featured in the Harbor Music Festival, Lachine Festival, Young Musicians Forum, and the WFMT Series of Chicago. Her performances have been described as “…mature and yet fresh, imbued with tradition and yet inhabited by individuality, the marks of an artist.” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times)

Tina captured the “Best Canadian Prize” at the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition. Winner of an impressive number of awards, she is the grand prizewinner of the 2010 CMC International Stepping Stone Competition in Canada and second prizewinner of the 2009 Jacques Klein Piano Competition in Brazil. Other top placements include the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition and the Seneca Chamber Orchestra Competition.

A native of Banff, Canada, Tina began her musical studies at the age of three. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied under the guidance of Angela Cheng. Tina is now pursuing an Artist Diploma and Doctorate of Music degrees at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as a student of Arnaldo Cohen. She is a recipient of the Indiana University Chancellor’s Fellowship and is currently being supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Chi-Yuan Chen


Taiwanese violist Chi-Yuan Chen holds the Viola Principal chair of San Diego Symphony Orchestra and is a faculty member at San Diego State University. He was the winner of the 2004 International Paris Viola Competition, Ville d’Avary, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the recipient of the Henri Kohn Award at the Tanglewood Music Festival for his contributions to chamber music. Mr. Chen has established himself as one of the leading violists in his generation. In 1999 he made his American concerto debut at Boston’s Jordan Hall performing William Walton’s Viola Concerto.

Mr. Chen has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and the Gardner Museum Chamber Ensemble in Boston where he was the principal violist from 1999-2002. An advocate of chamber music, Mr. Chen has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Colin Carr, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Toshio Hosokawa, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Yo-Yo Ma, William Preucil, George Perle and Paula Robison, as well as members of the American, Arditti, Brentano, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Mendelssohn and Miami string quartets. 

A founding member of the Great Wall String Quartet (resident ensemble of Beijing’s Great Wall International Summer Academy), Mr. Chen has performed regularly and toured extensively in Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau and Taiwan. As the only string quartet invited by the United Nations, the Great Wall String Quartet participated in a documentary film for the 2009 World’s Heritage Festival, a DVD recording of which has been added to the UN’s library archive. The quartet recently (2012) released their debut album titled The Great Wall. In 2013 the album was awarded “Best Performance in Classical Music” at the 29th Golden Melody Award in Taiwan. 

Mr. Chen began violin study at the age of six and made his public debut in Taiwan at age ten. The following year he switched to viola and shortly thereafter made his string quartet debut in Hong Kong at the City Cultural Center. As a concert violist, Mr. Chen toured internationally, performing at the White House in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, City Hall in Hong Kong, Carnegie Hall in New York, Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Victoria Hall in Geneva and the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing.