Featuring Bobae Johnson, Violin and Karalyn Schubring, Composition Fellow

Sunday November 1 at 4 PM
Central United Methodist Church
Central Avenue at Palm Lane, Phoenix
In the Phoenix Central Arts District
$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors and Students
Under 18 free w/paid adult

Prize-winning Valley virtuosos, violinist Bobae Johnson of Phoenix, and MusicaNova Composition Fellow Karalyn Schubring of Gilbert,  join the MusicaNova Orchestra in the first concert of the season. Johnson soars in a concerto from a Russian émigré and Schubring’s world premiere marks her symphonic orchestra début.  Also on the program are works from a contemporary American composer, and a reimagined classic adapted from Spanish Ballet.

Concert Program

  • Christopher Theofanidis, Visions and Miracles
  • Julius Conus, Violin Concerto in E Minor Bobae Johnson, soloist
  • Karalyn Schubring, Symphonic Dance No. 1 (world premiere)
  • Manuel De Falla, El Amor Brujo

Click here to read the Colors of Music Study Guide, with details on the composers,  background and insight into each of the musical works, and a guide to what you’ll hear at the concert.


Violin soloist Bimage1 300obae Johnson is a 16-year-old junior at Desert Vista High School. She has been a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony since 2011 where she has served as principal first violin and concertmaster. In the past year, she won the Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition sponsored by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the American String Teachers Association state solo competition, and was a finalist in the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Competition. In addition she was the strings winner of the Arizona Music Educators Association All-State Solo & Ensemble competition, for which she received an invitation to perform at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium at the All-State Festival.

During the past two summers she studied at the Innsbrook Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Le Festival International du Domaine Forget, where she performed at masterclasses with Elizabeth Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa and the Emerson String Quartet. Bobae is a volunteer strings teacher with Harmony Project – Phoenix, a MusicaNova education partner.   She played twice in the MusicaNova’s Young Artists series, in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.

Click here to see Bobae’s full résumé and here to read her Meet the Artist interview.


Karalyn Zoni Winner2015-16 MusicaNova Composition Fellow Karalyn Schubring is a sixteen-year-old senior at Chandler Preparatory Academy in Chandler, Arizona. She began studying piano at age three and composing at age six. She currently studies classical repertoire performance and composition at East Valley Yamaha Music School with teachers Talia Carmi and Tomoko Yonemaru, respectively. Karalyn is passionate about performing and composing music and plans to pursue a full-time career in composition. The world premiere of her work Symphonic Dance No. 1 will be played by the MusicaNova Orchestra in its November 1, 2015 concert in Phoenix.

In this past year, Karalyn performed her music at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim CA, and was commissioned by East Valley Children’s Theater in Mesa to write the music for an original play, Arya’s Rock: A Video Game Adventure, which premiered in June 2015 and received an ariZoni Theatre Award for Original Music Composition in September 2015.

Click here to read Karalyn’s full résumé and here to read her Meet the Artist interview.