Artistic Staff

Heather Barclay

Director, Palomar/YPO 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.

Alyze Dreiling

Artistic Director and Conductor
Festival Orchestra and Summer Chamber Music Concert Series

Alyze Dreiling is a highly regarded performer and music educator in San Diego. In addition to serving as the YPO Soloists Ensemble Artistic Director and Conductor since 2009, she is adjunct faculty at Grossmont Colllege, University of San Diego and USD Chamber Music Festival and is also a violinist with Trio Licenza, the piano trio, in residence at USD, and a member of the California Consort. Ms. Dreiling maintains a private teaching studio and is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and the National Piano Guild. She also serves as adjudicator for the Certificate of Merit program.  An award-winning youth orchestra conductor, Ms. Dreiling won 1st prize in the 2018-19 American Prize Competition – Conductor of Youth Orchestra division. Additionally, she has appeared as soloist with the International Orchestra and the Grossmont Orchestra, where she is presently principal violist of the orchestra as well as the Grossmont Quartet, and was the Violinist/Conductor of the International Chamber Players at USIU.   She has also served as concertmaster for shows at the Old Globe, Civic Auditorium, La Jolla Playhouse, Lawrence Welk Theater and Starlight Musical Theater and has played with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Hutchins Consort, Opera Pacific, and Orquesta de Baja California.  Adept with all musical styles, she has played concertmaster for Donna Summers, Smoky Robinson, Dionne Warwick and Tom Scott, to name a few.

Before coming to San Diego, Ms. Dreiling’s credits include: soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Philharmonica Hungarica at the Vienna Summer Festival, Florida Chamber Orchestra, concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony and Knoxville Chamber Orchestra. With Myron Fink, she received a recording prize from Contemporary Recording Society for the production and release of a CD featuring Fink’s Violin Sonata #1 and subsequently the Violin Sonata #2.

She has attended Kneisel Hall, Blossom Music Festival and Academy of the West for chamber music and worked with Walter Trampler, Karen Tuttle, Janos Starker and Menahem Pressler.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, she began her studies with master pedagogue, Mischa Mischakoff .The Detroit Symphony and the Music Study Club of Metropolitan Detroit sponsored her education with Mischakoff. Ms. Dreiling graduated from Indiana University where she studied with the legendary violin teacher, Josef Gingold. She holds a BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University and MA from United States International University with an emphasis on Orchestral Performance.

Ulli Reiner

Artistic Director and Conductor
String Program

Ulli Reiner is a 2017 Grammy Education Finalist and a four time Grammy nominee.  Music is her life as an educator, conductor and violinist. Ms. Reiner is the Orchestra Director for the Poway Unified School District since 1983 located in San Diego, California. 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 classes 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, Concert Artist-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 with the cornet and then the accordion at the age of 5 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.  Her violin studies began 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 National Association of Music Educators, the California Music Educators Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki Association of San Diego, the American String Teachers Association, is currently the President of the California ASTA-SD branch, served on the Board of Directors of the American String Teachers Association as the Public School Representative and serves as an adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Grossmont College, Music Teachers Association of California, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and for CMEA.  She currently hosts and founded the PUSD 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, and 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 San Diego Youth Symphony Faculty Recitals held throughout the year. In the summer of 2015 she traveled with the San Diego Youth Symphony on their performance tour of China. Her PUSD Adult School Poway Symphonette performed at the Advent Festival in Vienna in December of 2014 having performed at the Vienna City Hall, St. Stephan’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Melk Monastery.  In the summer of 2016 Ms. Reiner toured and performed the Decorah Bald Eagle Violin Concerto with her Poway Symphonette in major concert halls in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.  In the summer of 2017 Ms. Reiner took her school students to China to perform for schools in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai in her quest for bringing peace and harmony to the world through music.  Her Poway Symphonette along with PUSD string students combined with the Poway Community Choir and performed in the Czech Republic and in Austria in June of 2018.  They were also invited to perform at the opening of the Cantus Music Festival at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

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 in the Poway Unified School District in December of 2015 for American composer and fiddler, Mark O’Connor.  Ms. Reiner is currently certified in books one through four of the O’Connor American Music method and is the orchestra director for a third year in a row at the annual NYC O’Connor Summer Music Camp. Ms Reiner will return to conduct and teach at the O’Connor Summer Camp in July of 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ms. Reiner was a guest conductor for the April 2017 California Music Educators Honor Orchestra concert which was held at the University of San Diego.  She is currently a music consultant for three university/prep schools for Heifei Meicheng International Education School, the Global Elite Education program that is sponsored through the University of California San Diego and the Tshinghua University High School all of which are located in both Beijing and Shanghai, China.  In 2016 Ms. Reiner was appointed the Music Director of the Allegro Festival, a non-profit international music and arts festival newly formed in 2016 with performances that are held each year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, CA focusing on music, music education, dance and art from around the globe.

Ms Reiner was also a consultant working with the founder of the San Diego Kids College 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. Madelyn Byrne 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 several international tours scheduled over the next several summers.  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 and biologist, Robert Anderson, who passed away in the summer of 2015. This dedication is also available for all to view on You Tube.  In May of 2018 the Decorah Concerto was re-edited and produced along with the slide presentation also produced by Ms. Reiner as a Dedication to Decorah Dad who perished from the nest just after a major snow storm in the Iowa area. The slide presentation of the Decorah Violin Concerto for the 2016 Symphonette China Tour was also produced by Ms. Reiner.

In addition to her music Ms. Reiner is active in community and volunteer work.