Orchestra Nova to hold The Magic of Music fundraising event in Rancho Santa Fe


As Orchestra Nova nears the conclusion of its most successful performance season ever, its March 17 fundraising event The Magic of Music is fast approaching.

This black-tie event, honoring Orchestra Nova supporters Harry and Helen Miyahira and organized by event chair Kathleen Davis and her committee, promises to be an evening of cocktails, exciting auctions, dinner, an orchestra concert and dancing to the music of Big Band Express at the beautiful Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.

The Miyahiras are long-time supporters of Orchestra Nova and believers in its mission and in the vision of artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak. They have provided financial as well as advisory support through the years and Harry has also served on the orchestra’s board of directors. Their involvement is representative of the broad-based enthusiasm being generated by the orchestra’s innovative vision and groundbreaking music education programs.

Mr. Miyahira grew up as one of eleven children in the Sugar Plantation camp of Maui, Hawaii, and operated an electronics service shop during high school. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and his M.S. degree from USC. He was named an “Oustanding Electrical Engineer in 2001” by Purdue University. As a commissioned Army officer, he received extensive training and experience in management and developed organizational and leadership skills which he later used to found his company HME in 1971. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of HME. He names as his primary success factor his wife Helen who has inspired and encouraged him throughout his career.

HME’s chief executive officer Chuck Miyahira and president Mitzi Dominguez joined Harry in presenting Orchestra Nova with a $25,000 matching grant for their year-end fundraising efforts. That grant was matched and an additional $5,000 was raised, which HME also matched.

Join Orchestra Nova on March 17 for an exciting evening of entertainment and music honoring the Miyahiras, while supporting the orchestra’s innovative programs.

Tickets are available at or 858-350-0290.

Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available. Contact Kathleen Davis for more information: or 858-756-8430.

The Magic of Music Wine Collection Party on Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. offers another opportunity to support the orchestra’s fundraiser. Admission is a bottle of wine rated 90 points or better and valued at $50 or more. To inquire or RSVP, contact Shirley Corless at 760-753-8578 or by Feb. 20.