ULLI REINER, a Grammy Education Award semi finalist for 2016 and a top ten finalist for 2017, is the Orchestra Director for the Poway Unified School District since 1983. Ms. Reiner is an adjunct faculty member of Palomar College, Concertmaster of the Palomar College Symphony Orchestra, founder, Orchestra Manager and Concertmaster of the PUSD Adult School Poway Community Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the PUSD Adult School Poway Community Symphonette . Ms. Reiner is also Artistic Director and co-founder of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of San Diego-Intermediate Symphony, Suzuki School and formerly conductor and co-founder of the Civic Youth Orchestra-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 offered to non music students.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, as a full scholarship recipient, she 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 as first violinist with the Graduate String Quartet in residence, the University of Southern California, and the University of San Diego, having worked towards three masters degrees in music education, Suzuki violin and violin performance. Her violin and viola teachers have included Melvin Ritter-Concert Artist, Tiberius Klausner-former pupil of Ivan Galamian of Juilliard, Yukiko Kamei-Assistant to Jascha Heifetz at USC, Noumi Fisher-MGM recording artist, Milton Thomas-Professor of Viola at USC and her father, Rudolf Reiner. She is also a direct descendent of the great conductor, Fritz Reiner.
Her musical studies began at the age of 3 1/2 starting the cornet with her father as her teacher who attended the Bruckner Conservatory of Music in Linz, Austria. She played the trumpet in both her elementary and junior high school music programs. She also played trumpet with her family church brass ensemble 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, St. Louis Municipal Opera, the St. Louis Philharmonic, and 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 companies.
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 was an adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Grossmont College and MTA of California. She currently hosts and founded the PUSD Middle School Orchestra Festival with such distinguished guest adjudicators; Jung-Ho Pak Artistic Director of the Cap 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. She 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 of 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. Her orchestras continue to be invited yearly to perform in international festivals around the globe.
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 Symphonic Strings ensemble with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. She also frequently performs in the SDYS Faculty Recitals held throughout the year. Her Poway Symphonette performed at the Advent Festival in Vienna having performed at the Vienna City Hall, St. Stephan's Cathedral, St. Peter's Cathedral and the Melk Monastery. She will travel to China with her Symphonette in 2016 and with her PUSD students in 2017 and perform in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.
Ms. Reiner serves on several boards in advocating music education and music performances in the community. She serves on the Rancho Bernardo Friends of the Library-Discovery Series board in bringing performances to the library throughout the year for student and amateur performers. She also hosted a workshop at Bernardo Heights Middle School on Monday, December 14th, 2015 for American composer and fiddler, Mark O'Connor. Students and adults of all ages enrolled in this one day workshop. Ms. Reiner has also been asked to become a Teacher Trainer with the O'Connors and travel to NYC in the summer of 2016 and 2017 to conduct at their annual NYC O'Connor Summer Camp.
Ms. Reiner will also be a guest conductor for the April 2017 California Music Educators Association Honors Orchestra concert to be held at University of San Diego. She is currently a music consultant for three university/prep schools for Heifei Meicheng International Education School and the Tshinghua Universtiy High School all of which are located in China.
Ms Reiner was also a consultant working with the founder of the San Diego Kids College organization in a startup string program for the San Marcos School District. She collaborated with the Raptor Resource Project Director in the midwest for an original composition for solo violin and orchestra representing the Decorah, Iowa bald eagle family with composer Dr. Madelyne Bryne of Palomar College. This original composition titled, the Decorah Bald Eagle Violin Concerto is dedicated to Ms. Reiner and will be performed for audiences both in San Diego and in the Midwest region. She will also perform the violin concerto on her tour to China this summer. An educational DVD/CD will also be produced and made available to educational institutions across the country through a special grant in bringing awareness to wildlife preservation. A special performance of a portion of the concerto was co-produced by Ms. Reiner and dedicated to the Raptor Resource Project Director, Robert Anderson, who passed away in the summer of 2015. This dedication is also available for all to view on You Tube.
Ms. Reiner was nominated for an Educational Grammy Award in 2016 for her dedication and work in music education. She was a finalist for a Grammy Award and was one of 25 chosen semi finalist applicants out of 4,500 nominations. She was also recently nominated as a top ten finalist for a Grammy Award in 2017. In addition to her music Ms. Reiner is active in community and church volunteer work. She is also active in wildlife preservation, photography of nature and holds a student pilot's license flying Piper Cherokee planes. She is a member of Woman of Aviation and Golden State Flying Club in El Cajon, California. She has recently taken up falconry studies and Mandarin Chinese. She is also a volunteer for Project Wildlife and a member of several other non profit wildlife organizations across the country.