CMC Sessions: Traditions Moving Forward with Tregar Otton

February 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CMC Sessions: Traditions Moving Forward

Make musical discoveries with faculty from Community Music Center as they explore their methods, approaches, and creative practices in adapting musical traditions to inspire and guide the musicians of tomorrow. CMC Sessions: Traditions Moving Forward showcases the talents of faculty from the CMC Cultural Traditions and Piano Departments who represent diverse classical and non-classical traditions in workshops and presentations. The online workshops will use video, audio, and lecture-demonstrations to illustrate the faculty members’ influences and the musical education that shaped them, highlighting how their traditions impact their teaching and performing at CMC. Their personal stories illustrate the breadth of talent and creativity in CMC’s faculty.

Meet these talented and inspiring faculty:

Tregar Otton, Classical Foundations, Popular and Traditional Performance and Pedagogy

February 10, 2022 at 7pm (PT)

In Classical Foundations, Popular and Traditional Performance and Pedagogy, Tregar Otton will discuss traditional and popular music from Cuba, Ireland, the U.S.A. and The Americas, through the lens of a performer, teacher and arranger/composer with a strong classical background. The presentation will include video of both source material and Tregar’s performances along with live performances. In keeping with the theme of CMC Sessions, the presentation will cover Tregar’s journey from classical violin training starting at the age of four, to performing traditional Cuban and Mexican music in major venues both nationally and internationally and the impact that journey has on his students teaching at the Community Music Center of San Francisco.

This event will be conducted online via video conferencing. RSVP HERE to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.

People who are interested in this workshop can dive deeper by exploring private lessons and group classes and ensembles.


Tregar began his classical training at age four. At sixteen, he was the youngest member of the Berkeley Symphony and played under his mentor, Maestro Kent Nagano. Tregar has been continually performing professionally since he was 16. He is the violinist, composer/arranger, and musical director of Orquesta la Moderna Tradición, an established, internationally known Cuban Orquesta dedicated to performing traditional and modern Cuban music including Danzón, Cha-Cha-Chá and other genres; this led him into investigation and performance of deeply traditional Afro-Cuban music. He is musical director of The Shams Eire, an Irish trad/rock/rebel-music band. Tregar has also performed for decades with Los Cenzontles playing, teaching and investigating Mexican traditional and modern music. He is a well-known performer in flamenco circles as well. He performed with as a regular member in bands in New York with Chocolate Armenteros, Patato Valdes, Juan Carlos Formel, and Orquesta Broadway.