Monterey County Composers' Forum

Painting by Eyvind Earle

    The Monterey County Composer's Forum is an organization for local composers who are interested in sharing their music with the community.  It was created by Steve Ettinger as a group that would allow any composer to have a piece performed in an inclusive and non-judgmental way.  The forum welcomes individuals of many different ages and musical styles.  Current members of the forum include individuals composing in the classical, popular, and folk styles.

Mission Statement

The Monterey County Composer's Forum is committed to providing quality opportunities for local composers from a variety of backgrounds and presenting their works in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

   The Forum meets once a month to discuss issues in composition as well as to plan three concerts throughout the year.  Any individual who would like to join the group and have his/her piece on the next concert should come to our next meeting.  For more information about the composer's forum, contact Steve Ettinger by phone- (831) 385-0973 or by e-mail:


Sunday, November 1st, 2015 at 3 pm 

at Hidden Valley Music Seminars

88 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924

My work to be performed at this concert is:

Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in D, Op. 86

Performed by Samsun Van Loon, cello


Rick Yramategui, piano

 On Sunday, Nov. 1st at 3:00 pm, the Monterey County Composers’ Forum will present “Evergreen”, a concert of original compositions dedicated to the memory of longtime member and cellist, Alison Passell. The concert at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 88 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, will feature the talented Bay Area cellist Samsun Van Loon. Works by composers Dana Abbott, David Canright, Steve Ettinger, Paula Kaiser, Peter Kwiek, Carlton Macy, Ed Moncrief, Alison Passell, David Price, Julie Roseman, Karl Schmidt, Dale Victorine and Rick Yramategui will also feature flute, violin, french horn, piano, guitar and voices. A reception will follow. There is a $10 suggested donation for admission to the concert.  Donations will also be accepted to benefit the Sempervirens Fund.  For more information, contact Steve Ettinger at 385-0973 or at

Below is a schedule for the next Monterey County Composers Forum meetings and concerts in 2015. All of the meetings (see schedule) are on Mondays at 7 PM at Rick Yramategui’s house in Salinas at 19 Hawthorne St. You’ll need to be a member of MCCF to contribute works in these concerts – but don’t have to be a resident of Monterey County. Meetings are not mandatory, but highly recommended. Concert locations are listed below. For more information and to put your work on a program, please contact Steve Ettinger (831) 385-0973, or Dale Victorine (408) 768-1941.


10/12/15 – Monday – 7:00 – Meeting

11/01/15 – Sunday – 3:00 – CONCERT - "Evergreen" (at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley)


For more information on becoming a member and including your music in one of our concerts, please contact

Steve Ettinger at (831) 385-0973 or Dale Victorine at  (408) 768-1941.


Steven Ettinger has a Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA, both in the areas of music composition. For the past 10 years, he has been the Strings Instructor in the King City Union School District, where he has started the South Monterey County Youth Orchestra. Steve founded the Monterey County Composers' Forum as a place where composers of many different styles could present their music in a supportive environment. He also teaches part-time at Hartnell College.


Jack Bradshaw holds a Bachelor's Degree from Oklahoma City University and an Master's Degree from Northwestern University, both in piano performance. He is an active ragtime performer and has appeared at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, with his wife, Chris.

Chris Bradshaw earned a B.A. from San Francisco State and an M.A. from the University of Iowa, both in organ performance. She is both active in the American Guild of Organists and in the Sacramento Ragtime Society. Jack and Chris perform regularly for festivals and events as a ragtime piano duo.

Bruce Graham, grew up in Anaheim, Ca. and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Brigham Young University. He currently teaches in King City where he has lived for the past 29 years. He has written music for school and community plays and has performed with various groups in the area.



Mary Lesher studied music both at Hartnell College and CSUMB and was a music instructor at Gadsby's Music Co. and Hartnell College for many years. She's written dozens of songs and has performed them at various concerts in Monterey County . Mary has published a songbook entitled "Creator of Unicorn's Gift" and her CD "We Are All Stardust" is soon due for release. 

Ed Mercurio: I have been a composer of both instrumental and vocal rock and folk music for over 40 years. My own unique style and most of my creative inspiration emanate from my adventurous lifestyle. I have done little public performing, however, I organized a band called Time Traveler composed of MCCF members for a Monterey Music Videos appearance. This is my 31st year of teaching biological and atmospheric sciences at Hartnell College. I also have a successful biological consulting business and I do research on climate change. My hobbies include photography of natural phenomena and the breeding of horticultural varieties of plants and types of pet animals. I am also an outdoor endurance athlete and I love hiking, backpacking, mountain bicycling, rollerblading and running.


Ed Moncrief is a singer songwriter who has performed on the Central Coast for the past 27 years. He was an original member of Camerata Singers of Monterey County and has recently rejoined that distinguished choral group. Ed, with his wife Judi, was a founding member of Amadeo, a quintet that performed at numerous concerts, fairs, and churches from 1977 to 1993. During its many years together, Amadeo developed a broad repertoire of musical styles and songs including Renaissance madrigals, sacred music, and original compositions. Ed's original songs a rooted in folk music and its expressions of hope for a better tomorrow: yet Ed's melodies and chord structures push beyond the traditional simplicity of the folk song.


Allison Passell has been a 2nd grade teacher since 1989 and has been musically active as performer and composer since early childhood. She holds a degree in music composition from UCSB and has played cello in the Hartnell community Orchestra and other local groups since 1990. She also enjoys playing piano, guitar, flute, and recorder.


Almost a California native, Dennis Seese acquired an interest in the violin at the age of 4 years. Before studying the violin he learned piano for a brief period of time. The violin study was dropped in high school and soon after he learned guitar which was his first composing tool and he learned jazz briefly under the guidance of the late Warren Nunes, one of the SF Bay Area's foremost jazz guitar players. In college the violin was added, again as another instrument, and swing jazz was the emphasis. While living in Salinasin the 80's composing on the piano began.


Reverend Rick Yramategui received his BA in Music Education from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA and his M. Div. from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, MN.  An active member of the Monterey County Composers Forum, Rick has been composing and arranging music since his high school days.  He is currently serving as Pastor of Carmel Valley Community Chapel and also teaches Ragtime for the Exploritas program at Hidden Valley Music Seminars.  One of his passions is the study of ancient Christian texts and setting those texts to music.  He has two CDs out: “New Songs from Ancient Wells” and “It’s About Time - Ragtime!”


Dale Victorine, a California native, has been composing since he was in high school. He’s written piano, vocal, choral, organ, orchestral, and chamber works, and values melody above all else. Recent works include two violin sonatas, two string quartets, two piano sonatas, and a piano trio. Largely self-taught, he draws inspiration from the greats of classical music.  Other inspirations include nature, art, poetry, and American ideals. Dale Victorine is a member of The American Composers Forum, The National Association of Composers, U.S.A., and The Monterey County Composers Forum, and is active in helping produce several concerts of new music a year.