Artistic Staff

Heather Barclay – Music Director, Junior and Senior Percussion Ensemble

Heather Barclay is a professional percussionist and has been performing and teaching since 1984. Ms. Barclay earned her Bachelor of Arts, Performance and Certification of Music Education at The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, WI and her Master of Fine Arts in Performance at United States International University in San Diego, CA. Her instructors include Linda Raymond Siegel, Tele Lesbines, Tatsuo Sasaki, Stanley Finck, and Raynor Carroll. Ms. Barclay is a freelance percussionist and tympanist in Southern California. She was the principal percussionist with the International Chamber Players and a substitute percussionist in the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Nova. She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, the International Symphony Orchestra of Tijuana and the Tijuana Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Ballet, among numerous others. In addition, she has performed solo recitals in California, Arizona, and Wisconsin.  Ms. Barclay is also a private instructor of percussion and tympani. She has been teaching since 1984 and has coached and conducted several award winning percussion ensembles along with drum lines for many high school marching bands. Along with the YPO Percussion Ensemble, she is currently teaching at Palomar College, and coaching at Westview High School and Mesa Verde Middle School. She maintains a very active studio in Poway, California.

Juan Sanchez – Instructor, Drum Power

Juan began his Latin percussion studies at SDSU under the direction of Mark Lamson.  In 2004, he founded the longest running Afro-Cuban Drumming program in San Diego at the World Beat Cultural Center.  In 2006, Sanchez travelled to Cuba where he was formally introduced to Afro-Cuban music with Pepito Fernandez, a local rumbero from the Calljon de Jamel.  Juan returned to work with various high and middle school drumlines in the South Bay.

Alyze Dreiling – Conductor Emeritus

With the Festival Orchestra and Soloists Ensemble programs suspended, we take this time to honor the talent and dedication of Alyze Dreiling with the title Conductor Emeritus.  To follow Ms. Dreiling’s current activities, please visit

Ulli Reiner – Conductor Emeritus

With the Fiddle and Classics program suspended, we take this time to honor the talent and dedication of Ulli Reiner with the title Conductor Emeritus.  To follow Ms. Reiner’s current activities, please visit