When I started Temecula Conservatory of Music it was out of my house. I had just lost my job and had five children to provide for. My inspiration and passion came from a combination of desperation and hope. In 2001 I had taught middle school orchestra in Texas where the school orchestra systems had great support from the school districts and were very established. Yet after one year of teaching I had decided to go into sales for my career because the orchestra systems did not match what I had in mind. So when I lost my job in 2013 I saw great potential in Temecula and the surrounding cities where I could create from scratch my vision of the perfect orchestra program. We started off with three group violin classes and within three years had three levels of youth orchestras where every student had a private teacher. During these six years our students have been able to improved must faster than I could ever have imagined. They have inspired me with their hard work and passion.
The idea that we might be able to go to Carnegie Hall took root after about one year. To underline our intentions I announced it at our spring concert. With no room to reverse course we went to work. With a Superior score at a competition in 2017 we were accepted into the Carnegie Hall Spring Music Festival of 2019. It’s been a long road these past six years with thousands of music lessons, many performances and competitions and an untold number of wrong notes. We are almost to the finish line with this goal. With just six weeks until we walk on stage in New York I feel like we are at mile marker 23 of our marathon where we can almost see the finish line. I can’t tell you how excited I am to represent Temecula and walk on stage at the most prestigious concert hall on earth. It is going to be incredible!
Brad Bohn, Founder/Conductor
Temecula Conservatory of Music