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Mr. Abbott, originally from Ohio and Iowa, has taught in the Music Department of Los Angeles City College for 35 years. His primary teaching area is voice, but he also has taught music fundamentals courses, and in the past he has taught one or more of the choral ensembles. He is also a vocal performer of considerable experience.
Prior to coming to California, he taught for twelve years at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During that time he presented many voice recitals, appeared as tenor soloist in oratorios throughout the upper Mid-Western United States, and was the vocal soloist with The Charles Pederson Early Music Consort. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has appeared as tenor soloist in recital and oratorio performances throughout the Los Angeles area, and for twelve years was tenor soloist at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
He continues to appear in performances on the Los Angeles City College campus. He has been a member of the Music Department faculty for 39 years, lives in Highland Park, and has three children and three grand children.
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Dr. Anderson holds a Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance, as well as degrees in Opera and Composition, and has enjoyed success in all three endeavors. In addition to his long list of operatic roles, he has been regularly featured as soloist (both as a pianist and a vocalist) with several orchestras throughout Southern California, including Torrance Symphony, the Marina Symphony, the Cypress Pops Orchestra, and the Redlands Bowl.
His choral compositions have been received enthusiastically, and have won competitions and critical acclaim. His symphonic fanfare, Citius, Altius, Fortius was premiered in 2005 with the Cypress Pops Orchestra and won 1st Prize in the MTAC Composers Today Competition in 2006. Dr. Anderson also won 1st Prize with his Gethsemane for string quartet in 2007, and again with his Nightfall, for solo piano in 2008.
Dr. Anderson has taught at Chapman University, Biola University, Bethesda University, University of Arizona, CSU, Long Beach, LA City College, and LA Trade Tech College. He has also maintained his own private studio, which has produced several winners in Composers Today, MTNA and other competitions. He is in demand as an adjudicator and lecturer in a variety of musical disciplines, and has judged for the MTNA Composition Competition, the Reno Youth Music Festival, the Yamaha International Junior Original Concert, and the 'Composers Today' State Contest. Dr. Anderson serves as the State Chair for the 'Composers Today' Young Composers Guild.
Dr. Arbury grew up in Washington, D. C. where he sang as a boy treble at Washington National Cathedral in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He remained with the choir for eighteen years and in that time sang with every voice part. He has worked at the Music Division of the Library of Congress, co-founded an independent record label, conducted small ensembles, performed extensively as a bass and percussion player, and is a founding member for the early music vocal ensemble 'Icarus'.
He has taught music technology at the University of Maryland, music theory at the Catholic University of America, and currently teaches both subjects at Los Angeles City College. He has acted as Composer-In-Residence and has received commissions and grants from numerous ensembles and organizations including the American Composers Forum, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Institute for Studies in the Arts, the Phoenix Arts Commission, and the Wolf Trap Foundation. His compositions for concert hall, church, dance, and theater have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.
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Professor Armstrong is an Outreach Faculty of Music at Los Angeles City College.
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Mr. Armstrong is a fiercely creative musician, composer and educator living in Los Angeles. His background is a mix of intensive academic training and extensive professional experiences on saxophones, guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, bass, and electronic sampler. He holds a B.M. in Music from the University of Washington and a M.F.A. in Jazz Reeds from the California Institute of the Arts.
He maintains a busy performance schedule as a highly sought after musician in Los Angeles. Along with frequent gigs and recording sessions, he plays regularly with bands led by Mike Barone, Vincent Gallo, Bennie Maupin, Vinny Golia, and Dan Rosenboom. Jonathan also founded the critically acclaimed modern jazz quartet Slumgum and the cutting edge electronic psychedelic group Pitch Like Masses. He has performed with these projects throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
As a composer, he has written music for film and theatre. In 2012 he composed and conducted an original score for a nine-piece chamber group in the ground-breaking theatre piece “Homo Economicus”. In addition, his original contemporary classical pieces are premiered frequently around Los Angeles. These pieces represent a wide variety of ensembles from solo piano to a 20 piece large ensemble that features elements of improvised conduction and a spoken word artist.
In 2013, Mr. Armstrong formed the Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, a 22 piece modern big band that is dedicated to realizing his daring long form compositions. These compositions are the culmination of Jonathan’s career incorporating sophisticated structures of modern classical music, complex rhythms and forms of world music and expressive jazz improvisation.
His passion for reaching out to the community and educating young minds in the ways of music has led him to design and teach multiple improvisation and listening based curriculums that he's employed throughout Los Angeles. He currently teaches private lessons as well as jazz ensembles for Heart of Los Angeles, Harmony Project, Barnhart School and Los Angeles City College.
Cellist Alisha Bauer is an active performer and recording artist in both classical and popular music settings. After graduating from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, Ms. Bauer continued her music studies under a full scholarship at UCLA where she received her Master of Music degree in Cello Performance.
Chamber music has been a staple in Ms. Bauer's performance career. As the cellist and co-founder of the Alcantara Ensemble, she was a semi-finalist and finalist in the Fischoff and Coleman International Chamber Music Competitions respectively, and was a MTNA Regional Chamber Music Competition representative. She is also a member of the jazz chamber ensemble Dream Street, which released its third album in late 2012. Ms. Bauer has been a guest artist for chamber music series programs presented by Chapman University, Azusa Pacific University, Dana Point Coastal Arts, Torrance Cultural Arts, The Previews of Manhattan Beach, South Bay Chamber Music Society and at the Banff Summer Residency Series where she was featured in a live CBC radio performance broadcast.
As a teaching artist and music education advocate, Ms. Bauer joined the Los Angeles City College music department in 2008. She has performed throughout Los Angeles communities with the outreach music education programs of the Da Camera Society and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Her successful private cello studio has produced many fine cellists who have been accepted into esteemed music programs such as the Heifetz International Music Institute, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Junior Chamber Music, Cal Arts, and UCLA.
Ms. Bauer has become a highly sought after cellist by the recording industries. Along with performing on soundtracks for television and film, she is also a regular solo recording artist for organizations that specialize in producing music for advertising media.
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Dr. Blake is a Professor of Music and Humanities at LACC teaching Music Appreciation, Commercial music techniques, MIDI, advanced electronic music and applied music students. His degrees are as follows: PhD. UCLA; MM UCLA; BA and a BM University of Redlands; Hoch Schule fur Musik, Frankfurt, Germany; Cal Arts, and the San Francisco Conservatory. He has taught at Los Angeles City College, Southwest College, Instructional Television, Occidental College, CALTECH, Long Beach City College, UCLA, and UC Irvine. He has worked as a professional freelance musician playing: oboe, clarinet, flute, English horn, saxophone, oboe d’amore and synthesizer. He was in the orchestra of the Laguna Beach Festival of Art: LA Bach Festival, and played for movie scores, recordings, local orchestras, chamber groups and is the founder of M.O.S.A.I.C. ( Musicians Offering Service to AIDS in California).
He has been awarded grants from the following: US Dept. of Education Title V Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant; US Dept. of Education VATEA Grant in Music Video Production; Fund for Instructional Improvement State of California- Grant in Multi-Media Music Video; NABET Educational Program in Media and Education; City of Los Angeles Telecommunications grant in Video Production; City of Los Angeles Artist in the Community 1993-95; Chancellor’s Research Grant UCLA; Pacific Composers Composition Award, COTA Orchestra; Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs – Sundays at Four, compositions performed, and as an artist.
He has worked with the community on the K-Day Performing Arts Program; Inner City Mixed Media Arts Program; State Disabled Recruitment Program; F.A.R. Foundation for Art Resources award grantor; Pacific Composers founding member; LA Middle School Programs in Arts; and the Black Media Coalition; education liaisons for NAMM and SMPTE.
Dr. Blake is an artist, composer, musician, teacher and is also certified in Pilates.
This is Ms. Buckley's first semester at LA City College as adjunct faculty. She hails from New Orleans, LA, where she started her love affair with music by singing in choirs and playing the piano. She headed north for her collegiate studies receiving a BA in music from Princeton University and was the first undergraduate to pursue a certificate in conducting. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, receiving a Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting. In 2002, she returned to New Orleans and became the Artistic Director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Children’s Chorus, a program offering choral experiences to children ages 3-18. She was also the Music Director and Conductor of the Orleans Chamber Singers, an adult semi-professional chamber ensemble specializing in Renaissance and other a cappella repertoire. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue her doctorate in Choral Conducting at the USC Thornton School of Music which she completed in 2012. In 2010, she was selected as a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival where she studied with renowned conductor, Helmuth Rilling. She has guest conducted the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Choral Society of Southern California, and the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. In addition to her work with LA City College, she is also the Artistic Director of the Hollywood Master Chorale, Director of Music for Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, Conductor of the Ebell Chorale, Associate Conductor of the Pasadena Master Chorale, Vocal Coach for the Los Angeles Daiku, and a private voice and piano instructor. Ms. Buckley is also on the music faculty at Rio Hondo College, directing two of their vocal ensembles. Along with her conducting work, she maintains an active singing career and has also appeared as soprano soloist for the DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, the Horizon Music Group, the Hollywood Master Chorale, the Choral Society of Southern California, the Zimriyah Chorale and the USC Chamber Singers.
Mr. Carter is a Los Angeles based guitarist, educator, producer, and songwriter. Some of his credits include work with Weezer, Josh Groban, 2 time Grammy winner composer Chris Tin (Calling All Dawns, Lilo & Stitch 2, X2: X-Men United), and Grammy winning bassist/songwriter Duff McKagen (Guns n' Roses/Velvet Revolver). As a composer, Mr. Carter has written music for Animal Planet (Pitbulls & Parolees), MTV (Trippin’, Wildboyz, and The Real World), and Puma. He is the creator and author of the Rock Like The Pros guitar series, which is currently being used at colleges throughout Los Angeles, including University of Southern California, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, LA City College, Cypress College, and Chaffey College. The Rock Like The Pros series includes: Beginning Guitar Method, Intermediate Guitar Method, Advanced Guitar Method, and 12 Beginning Fingerstyle Meditatio’s. He has also co-written 2 Blues Books/DVDs with virtuoso guitarist, Steve Trovato, for Alfred Publishing.
As a producer, he has worked and recorded with Ron Eschete, Grant Geissman, Larry Koonse, Pete Christlieb, Frank Potenza, Bruce Forman, Tim May, Carl Verheyen, John Pisano, Putter Smith, Tom Ranier, Joe Bagg, Zildjian, iPerform3D, Wirechoir, The Chris Frame Band, and Ocean Tribe.
Mr. Carter received a Master of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and Music Education. Terry currently teaches at LA City College, USC, Santa Monice College, Cypress College, and Los Angeles Trade Tech College. For more check out www.terrycarter.com.
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Mr. Cheesman is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer and educator. As a free lance guitarist and session player, he has played and recorded many styles of music including jazz, salsa, blues, country, rock, pop, and folk. He also performs on seven string guitar, bass, krar, and mandolin. His performances include work as a sideman, music director, and band leader that include performances with Richard Carpenter, Ron Eschete, Kevin Tulius (LA Jazz Quartet), Matt Baldoni (Mindy Abair), and Paul Kreibich (Ray Charles).
He received a Masters of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music from California State University Long Beach. He has studied with many great musicians including Joe Diorio, Steve Trovato, Frank Potenza, Jody Fisher, John Prince, Shelly Berg and Ron Eschete. He recently returned from Ethiopia where he studied krar and indigenous music.
Professor Cheesman has been teaching in the college setting for over 10 years. He has experience teaching Popular Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Jazz Appreciation, Guitar Ensemble, Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals and Applied Lessons at Santa Monica College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, and Hope International University.
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Professor Dutton, (BA English Literature, BA Music, UCSB, MA Music Composition, UC Berkeley), has taught at Los Angeles City College since 1975. In addition to his work at LACC, Dutton has taught theory, music analysis, composition, and ear-training at The Colburn Conservatory of Music, and Santa Monica College.
He also owned and managed Dutton’s Brentwood Books, a highly regarded independent bookstore from 1983 until 2009.
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Dr. Gengaro has taught at Los Angeles City College since 2004. Hired as a full-time professor in 2006, she teaches voice, music theory, and music appreciation. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Dr. Gengaro has also taught at Pasadena City College and Santa Monica College. Prior to that, she completed three years as a middle school teacher in the New York City Public School system.
Dr. Gengaro received a Masters degree in vocal performance from Hunter College (City University of New York) in 1997 and is a graduate of the Ph.D. program in music history at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation was on the novel, film, and play, A Clockwork Orange. She received the Faculty Learning Award in 2012, and in 2013, her first book, Listening to Stanley Kubrick: the Music in His Films, was published by Scarecrow Press. Dr. Gengaro has presented musicological papers in the U.S., England, France, and Malaysia. Dr. Gengaro’s work appears in The Journal of Popular Music and Society, The Journal of Film Music, Anthony Burgess and Modernity, and The Worlds of Back to the Future. Dr. Gengaro has written program notes for the Mozartwoche concert series in Vienna, the Ford Theatre Foundation, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Pacifica, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In addition to acting as LACO’s program annotator, she currently writes a blog for the organization called 'Telling Tales'.
Dr. Gengaro is also a member of the Los Angeles-based band, The Crazy Never Die.
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Dr. Hannifan is an Instructor at Los Angeles City and Valley Colleges and a Staff Accompanist at Los Angeles Valley College. She is also the Organist and Music Director for Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Long Beach as well as a freelance piano and organ accompanist in the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Hannifan also teaches piano and organ and coaches singers in her private studio.
Her achievements include being a four-time Winner of the Artistic Director Achievement Award for 'Best Music Director' by the Valley Theater League for her work with the Woodland Hills Community Theatre - The Fantasticks (1998), The All Night Strut! (2001), The Taffetas (2006) and Nunsense (2009).
As a founding partner of the LAVC Summerfest, a collaboration of the Music, Theater, and Dance departments of Los Angeles Valley College, she served as the Musical Director for the inaugural performance of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret in the summer of 2010 and the 2011 performance of Anything Goes by Cole Porter.
Dr. Hannifan holds a DMA in organ performance from University of California, Los Angeles, a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Flora L. Thorton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from California State University, Northridge.
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Luther L. Henderson, III, son of the celebrated Broadway musical arranger, orchestrator, and pianist, Luther Henderson and Tealene Henderson, was born in New York City. A graduate of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, he entered the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin. He studied piano with Eugene List and Maria Faini, and conducting with Donald Hunsberger, Jonathan Sternberg, A. Clyde Roller and Cornelius Eberhardt.
Dr. Henderson is a Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College (LACC) where he conducts the LACC Orchestra, and teaches strings, music appreciation, and Afro-American Music classes. He previously taught at Pasadena City College, LA Mission College, Beverly Hills (CA) High School, and Mount Vernon Junior High School in Los Angeles.
Dr. Henderson has appeared in the capacity of guest conductor or music director for the following ensembles/productions: The New American Orchestra, UCLA Orchestra, Detroit Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl, Milwaukee Music Under the Stars Orchestra, LA Southeast Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Production of Duke Ellington's 'Sophisticated Ladies', The Tonight Show, the Grammy Awards, The Merv Griffin Show, Easter Seal Telethon, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has worked as conductor with Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington, Jr., Kenny Burrell, Hubert Laws, Freda Payne, Gregory Hines, Paula Kelly, and Dee Dee Bridgewater among others. Dr. Henderson appeared as the orchestra conductor on the Dr. Dre music video "Been There, Done That." He has also worked as orchestrator/arranger on the Grammy Awards and Emmy Awards television productions. As pianist, he was invited to participate in three 'Monster Concerts' in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, staged at Carnegie Hall, UCLA’s Royce Hall, and The White House.
As Director of Educational Activities - Foundation for New American Music, he implemented the Studio Workshop Institute, which provided training and experience to qualified professional level minority musicians who were actively pursuing careers in the motion picture, television, and recording industries in Los Angeles.
Dr. Henderson served as a Commissioner (twice Chair) of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission (2001 – 2009). In addition, he served for thirteen years as the elected Treasurer of the Los Angeles Community College District Academic Senate. He currently is a member of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committee. He is married to Professor Patricia G. Siever, Vice President of the Culver City Board of Education and Vice Chair of the History Department at West Los Angeles College.
Mr. Harte received his first double bass lesson during his final semester of high school and quickly discovered his love of low notes. The following fall, he enrolled as a Music Performance Major at Southeast Missouri State University in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After two years at Southeast Missouri State University, he was accepted as a scholarship student of legendary bass player and teacher Homer Mensch at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. While at Juilliard, he was chosen to perform with the Juilliard Orchestra on a tour of Japan and Korea as well as the recording of "Concertos From My Childhood," with famed violinist, Itzhak Perlman. Continuing his double bass performance studies, he moved to Houston where he was a student of Paul Ellison and then to Los Angeles to attend USC's Thornton School of Music. He earned an Artist's Diploma from USC, as a student of David Moore of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Choosing to remain in Southern California, he enjoys the diversity that being an L.A. musician brings. He maintains an active musical life and is equally excited to be performing in a concert hall or a recording studio. Orchestrally, Thomas has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, and The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. As a recording musician, he can be heard on both movie and video game soundtracks. He has also recorded and performed with notable pop artists including Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Beck, Wu-Tang Clan, OneRepublic and Sting. He lives in Los Feliz with his wife Leah and, when he is not playing the bass, he enjoys walking with his beagle R.B., practicing yoga, and eating great food.
Flutist Eileen Holt is an accomplished performer. Her unique sound and ability to play in many diverse styles and genres have kept her in demand as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. Principal Flutist with the Riverside County Philharmonic, she has appeared as soloist with Ransom Wilson in 2009 and under conductor, Tomasz Golka again in 2011. She has performed as orchestral musician with such pop stars as Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Josh Groban with whom she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. She has appeared with many regional orchestras such as Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Long Beach Opera, and San Diego Symphony. She has performed at Carnegie Hall as a featured performer with the award winning, Calico Winds. She has also been acting principal flutist for many Broadway touring shows such as “Aida”, “Into the Woods”, and “La Boheme”. Film credits include “Dreamgirls”, Other commercial recordings include “Music of the Night” for Atlanta Records, featuring singer Michael Crawford, with whom she toured nationally as principal flutist. She has also enjoyed a career as professional vocalist with the LA Opera. During this time she shared the stage with such greats as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Marilyn Horne. She has also had the privilege of working under the batons of some of the world’s leading conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, and Andre Previn. Ms. Holt teaches flute at University of California, Riverside, and University of La Verne.
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Mr. Kahn is a Faculty Member at Los Angeles City College. He also is an Associate Professor at LA Valley College, where he teaches jazz harmony, arranging and improvisation, music technology and notation, business and music fundamentals, among other classes. Prior to his tenure at LACC, Mr. Kahn served on the faculty of the California State University at Los Angeles from 1992 to 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies and Arranging. His recent textbook Fundamentals of Music, a Modern Approach offers training in traditional, commercial and jazz basics. Published by Kendall-Hunt, the text is a renewable workbook for college-level courses in music and bridges the gap between traditional classical pedagogy techniques of modern popular music. It includes visual learning tools, flash cards, group activities, games, and a lengthy glossary.
Mr. Kahn is a seasoned pianist, songwriter, music technologist and music producer and has been booked in virtually every live venue in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. He has performed for the Emperor of Japan, the Sultan of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of the Philippines, and countless officials of the United States government. He has entertained at the homes and affairs of hundreds of film and television industry figures, as well as significant contributors in the worlds of art, music, theater, dance and sports. He has been a popular fixture at the Four Seasons, Regent-Beverly Wilshire, Peninsula and Ritz-Carlton hotels, as well as the Los Angeles, Brentwood and Annandale Country Clubs. He regularly performs in the LA Valley College Recital Series as a soloist and with his trio.
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Dr. Kalman was born in Russia and began taking violin lessons at the age of 8 under the guidance of his father, Honored Artist of Russia, Felix Kalman. After winning numerous violin competitions throughout Russia, Alexander moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1995 and to Los Angeles in 1996, where he received his MM Degree and subsequently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at USC under the leadership of Prof. Eudice Shapiro.
Dr. Kalman serves as a guest concertmaster of Nimbus Ensemble and Brentwood Symphony in Los Angeles, and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, with which he toured South America. He performs with many local orchestras, records soundtracks for motion pictures, and gives chamber and solo recitals throughout Los Angeles area. Dr. Kalman has concertized throughout Russia, USA, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan.
Dr. Kalman is a devoted teacher and enjoys educating violinists and chamber musicians of all ages. He has taught violin since the age of nineteen in Vladivostok, Russia, Fairbanks, AK, and Manchester, VT. Currently, Dr. Kalman is a Faculty Member at Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Valley College in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills International Music Festival. He also teaches numerous private students in his Santa Monica studio.
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Dr. Kelly is a Los Angeles-based composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born July 6, 1978 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, he completed his bachelor's degree in composition at West Chester University, where his principal teachers were Robert Maggio and Larry Nelson. He was awarded a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, where he studied with Jay Reise, James Primosch, Anna Weesner, and Ingrid Arauco. He has also studied with Samuel Adler, Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet and Michel Merlet while participating in the summer composition program at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France. Among Dr. Kelly's awards and scholarships are: a prize in the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts' Young Composers Competition; recognition as a regional winner in the 1999 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition; the William Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania; and the Theodore Presser Scholarship from West Chester University. An active singer-songwriter, he has played his music throughout the United States and Western Europe with the eclectic chamber-folk ensemble Homesick Elephant (www.homesickelephant.com). Dr. Kelly is on the faculty of Los Angeles City College, where he teaches composition, harmony, musicianship, orchestration, counterpoint, and songwriting.
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Dr. Kim joined the LACC music faculty in Fall 2000 as the Director of Choral Activities. Over the years, she has taught introductory theory courses, piano courses levels 1-4, and all choral groups. Prior to her position at LACC she served as choral director at various schools, community groups, and churches including San Gabriel High School and the University Campus Choir at UCLA.
Dr. Kim is a graduate of University of Arizona where she earned a Ph.D. in music education. She received her M. M. and B.A. from UCLA in Choral Conducting, Music Education, and Piano Performance.
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Mr. Kozubek is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education with a minor in Guitar Performance from DePaul University in Chicago. He was presented with the honor of being on the Dean’s List upon graduation in 1972.
In 1974 he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance during which time he was awarded the Jack Marshall Memorial Scholarship, granted a teaching assistantship to Duke Miller and was inducted to Pi Kappa Lamda’s honorary music society before graduating in 1977.
He was awarded another teaching assistantship under Tom Patterson at the University of Arizona where he enrolled in the DMA program and completed two semesters of study before having to leave for medical reasons.
He has contributed articles to the Guitar Foundation of America’s quarterly Soundboard and is an active member of the Foundation as well as the American Guitar Society. He has performed with community orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and as a soloist throughout the Southern California area. He has developed guitar programs at no less than seven community colleges and universities in his pedagogical career.
In a teaching capacity, Mr. Kozubek has developed countless students who have won top honors in guitar competitions as well as gone on to graduate schools at major universities in the United States and Canada. He is a consultant to many of the guitar instructors at colleges and universities in the southland.
He is currently the director of guitar studies at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches on both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has developed a complete curriculum for the guitar program at APU that includes courses in guitar fingerboard harmony, guitar pedagogy, elementary guitar methods, guitar history & literature, applied lessons as well as directing the guitar ensemble. This program includes both classical and commercial guitar study where Mr. Kozubek coordinates the efforts of adjunct professors who teach electric guitar and electric bass guitar. He also teaches music fundamentals and music theory on several levels. His other duties at APU include tending to the needs of APU Artist Series guests, organizing interviews, and preparing students to perform in master classes by the guest artist. His most recent accomplishment is writing a textbook on guitar fingerboard harmony entitled Fingerboard Harmony: An approach to understanding common harmonic practice on the guitar fingerboard.
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Brian Kwon is an active performer/teacher in San Fernando Valley area. He is a graduate of Los Angeles City College, with an Associate of Arts in Music, and California State University, Northridge from which he holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees respectively. He currently teaches Music 651 at LACC.
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Professor Laronga, LACC Jazz Band Director and Brass Instructor, received her MM in Jazz Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She has taught and continues to teach at several institutions and for many programs including Mt. San Antonio College, East Los Angeles College, The New York Pops, The United Nations International School, and for a groundbreaking jazz program funded by The Midori Foundation for The Landmark and Coalition School in New York City. Ms. Laronga has been an adjudicator, clinician, and performer at many jazz festivals throughout the nation.
During her tenure in New York, she was a member of 'Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra' and performed with such jazz giants as Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Herbie Mann, Slide Hampton, Marian McPartland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Diane Schuur. As a freelancer, she has performed with Dave Liebman, Bill Watrous, Aretha Franklin, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg. Ms. Laronga has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, Birdland, The Apollo Theater, and The Montreal Jazz Festival, among other notable venues around the world. Her studio work includes 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno', 'What Happens in Vegas' and '7th Heaven' as well as various recordings and live broadcasts. As a leader of her own group, she released her debut jazz CD, 'Love Never Dies' in 2006. She also enjoys other types of music and is co-founder of The Los Angeles Brass Choir.
Professor Laronga is an avid New England Patriots fan!
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Mr. Mitchell is an instructor at LACC teaching percussion and director of the Percussion Ensemble. He is an active performer working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Opera. Mr. Mitchell attended LACC, CSU Northridge, and UCLA earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. He has taught at LACC since 1988.
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Ms. Murray is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College. Originally from the Los Angeles area, her early opera roles include Leticia in The Old Maid and the Thief and Serpina in La Serva Padrona. She went on to appear on the USC stage as Adele in Die Fledermaus, Sarah Goode in The Crucible, and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. Other performances with USC were in an opera showcase in the role of Madame Mao in Nixon in China and as La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She also sang the role of Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. Ms. Murray has been the recipient of several awards, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing Young Artist Awards in both the Career and Apprentice divisions, and the Opera Buffs’ Encouragement Award.
Ms. Murray made her European debut in Croatia singing Villa-Lobos’ Bachianis Brasilieras at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which also featured such highly acclaimed artists as Denyce Graves. The performance was very well received; the Dubrovnik Journal wrote that 'her crystal and soft voice was an exceptional surprise'. Following her success with the Dubrovnik Festival, she appeared on Croatian live television performing songs from the musical Kismet. Last December, she was featured as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University. Ms. Murray received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California specializing in music education, vocal pedagogy, and early music performance. She also teaches at Biola and Pepperdine Universities.
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Ms. Musicant is an instructional assistant and adjunct faculty member in the Music Department at Los Angeles City College. An active freelance clarinetist/bass clarinetist, she is a founding member of the Avenel Chamber Players and principal clarinetist with the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, and has played with many other ensembles in the Los Angeles area, including the Golden State Pops Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony, Observatory Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Players, Dulce Madera Clarinet Quartet, and the Hour of Power Orchestra.
A music educator at heart, Ms. Musicant has been the director of band programs at Olive Middle School and Crestview Preparatory School, and has taught on faculty at Cazadero Music Camp, the Claremont Clarinet Festival, and the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University and her Master's Degree in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University, where she was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship in clarinet. She has studied with Frank Ell, Frank Kowalsky, Margaret Thornhill and David Howard.
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Born in Los Angeles, Dr. Newton began study of the guitar with Vahdah Olcott Bickford and attended the University of Southern California School of Music on scholarship, where he studied with Pepe Romero and from which he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees with honors. His background also includes work with John Duarte in England, José Tomás in Spain, Alirio Diaz in Canada, classes with Andrés Segovia, flamenco studies with Luis Maravilla and jazz studies with Laurindo Almeida and Lee Ritenour. In 2007 he completed a Doctoral Degree under the direction of Dr. Peter Yates at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Newton has given concerts, masterclasses and broadcasts throughout the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Western and Eastern Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East. He has several recordings to his credit, including Romancero Gitano with the Los Angeles Chamber Singers. Dr. Newton is on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College and Glendale College, teaching guitar, music theory and music appreciation, and is the classical guitar instructor on VideoGuitarLessons.com. He is president of the American Guitar Society, director of the AGS International Concert Series, and a former member of the GFA Board of Directors. He has also been a frequent contributor to guitar periodicals, and adjudicates on national and international competitions.
Dr. Niles attended the University of Southern California where his degrees culminated in a Doctor of Musical Arts. He majored in Piano Performance, studying with eminent master pianist Daniel Pollack for ten years, receiving instruction in the Lhevinne lineage of Russian pianism. He minored in Historical Musicology, with emphases in extended techniques of twentieth century piano music, Reform Opera Seria, and historic tunings and temperaments, and completed doctoral elective concentrations in Music Education and Harpsichord performance.
Dr. Niles is a dedicated proponent of contemporary music, having performed new works by major living composers, including Roberto Sierra, Peter Child, Chris Dench, and others. He founded a 501©c(3) nonprofit musical presenting organization, Music of Changes, and organized a composer portrait series at the Herbert Zipper Auditorium of programs featuring the music of one composer alone per concert.
Dr. Niles performs early music on the harpsichord, often using the keyboard tunings and temperaments particular to the period, region, and composer. In addition to solo harpsichord music, he also realizes basso continuo and improvises in early music ensembles.
Dr. Niles has been teaching and accompanying in the LACCD since 2010, beginning as a Project Match intern at Los Angeles Mission College, where he went on to teach Music Appreciation as an adjunct instructor, and accompany the Mission College Choir. He has also taught Class and Applied Piano at Los Angeles Pierce College. He regularly performs solo and collaborative recitals in the series at Mission, Pierce, and Pasadena City College, among other institutions.
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Mr. Nuñez has earned a Master's Degree in Bassoon Performance from UCLA in 2004, a Professional Certificate in Bassoon Performance in 1998 from USC, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from California State University, Los Angeles.
He has performed as principal bassoonist in Mexico City, and as a freelance bassoonist in Los Angeles and Southern California. Mr. Nuñez was a featured performer on two albums by renowned jazz flutist and composer James Newton, and with his ensembles, has toured Europe and the United States.
Among his many teaching posts, Mr. Nuñez has taught at Azusa Pacific University, and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at East Los Angeles College, having taught Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Mexican Folk Music, Intro to Music, and Music Appreciation, apart from teaching a Woodwind Instruction course at LACC.
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Professor Christine Park is the Department Chair of Music at Los Angeles City College. Her education comes from California State University, Northridge, The Juilliard School in New York City, and the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, Italy with degrees in Piano Performance, Music Education, Italian Baroque Musicology, and International Piano Pedagogy.
Professor Park has been serving as the Director of Staff & Organizational Development at LACC since 2009 and as the Co-Chair of College Council since 2013. She served as the Treasurer (2006-2009), and as the President (2011-2013) of Music Association of California Community Colleges, and currently holds the position as the Immediate Past President.
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Pianist Jacqueline Petitto is an active soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. She has collaborated with numerous Southern California artists including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
She received both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music cum laude from Santa Clara University. Festival appearances include the International New Music Festival (Nevada), the Aspen Music Festival, the Cliburn Piano Institute, Orford Arts Centre (Canada) and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Dr. Petitto has taught at USC and University of La Verne, and is presently on the faculties at Los Angeles City College, Pasadena City College and the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Since 1999 at LACC, Dr. Petitto has taught several courses including all levels of class piano and applied piano, keyboard harmony and music fundamentals. Furthermore, Dr. Petitto is a frequent performer in LACC’s Concert Series and Music Department Faculty Recitals. Her many awards and honors include the 2010 LACC Staff and Organizational Development Recognition Award and the 2013 LACC Faculty Learning Award.
In addition to her performing and teaching career, Dr. Petitto is often in demand as an adjudicator, and has been an active member in organizations such as the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Music Teachers National Association and California Association of Professional Music Teachers.
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Mr. Powers is an Adjunct Faculty of Music at Los Angeles City College.
Metro-Detroit native Ms. Raymond is a drummer/percussionist based in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her masters degree in jazz studies from California Institute of the Arts in 2010. She studied and performed with Joe La Barbera, Darek Oles, David Roitstein, Larry Koonse, Vinny Gollia, Leo Wadada Smith, and Charlie Haden at Calarts, as well as with Ghanaian Ewe drumming master Alfred Ladzekpo. Known for her subtle artistry and emotive accompaniment, she maintains an active performing and touring calendar. Her ability to express an array of styles is illustrated by sharing the bandstand with a wide range of artists including Bobby Bradford, Moon Zappa, Ann Patterson’s Maiden Voyage, Bob Sheppard, Ingrid Jensen, Matt Otto, Art Lande, and many more. In 2007, she was chosen as the drummer for the prestigious International Association of Jazz Educator’s “Sisters in Jazz” Ensemble. With this group, she toured the US and Central America playing at various festivals including the MaryLou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in music from The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in double performance - classical percussion and jazz studies drum set. There, she studied with Stan Kenton drummer John Von Ohlen as well as the members of Percussion Group Cincinnati.
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Mr. Shin is a doctoral candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He is music director and conductor of the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony, now entering his ninth season with them. A strong proponent of bringing music to youth, he is music director and conductor of Harmony Project’s Hollywood Youth Orchestra and the Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Shin also serves as Assistant Conductor for the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Shin was a prizewinner at the prestigious 51st International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, France - notable winners to include Osmo Vänskä and Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Shin holds a BA in Music from UC Berkeley, and a Master's in Orchestral Conducting from the USC Flora L. Thornton School of Music.
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Mr. Stahl has been has an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College since 1996. Before his Professorship at LACC, he taught Piano I through IV and Music Fundamentals at Harbor College since 1991. Since 1999, he has also worked as the full-time commercial voice accompanist at Los Angeles City College. Originally from Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in Piano Performance where he was the winner of the Van Cliburn scholarship. He later earned his Master of Fine Arts degree also in Piano Performance from UCLA. His teachers have included Aube Tzerko, Bela Siki, and David Bar-Illan. He works in both classical and commercial music, has composed music and lyrics for a stage musical, and has commercially recorded 3 CDs which can be found at cdbaby.com/artist/davidstahl.
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Ms. Stinson is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College.
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Dr. Stuntz is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College.
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Mr. Suovanen received his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance and Master’s Degree in Music from California State University, Northridge.
His primary teachers were the guitar faculty at CSUN under the leadership of Dr. Ronald Purcell. He furthered his education through master classes under the direction of Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Alirio Diaz, Elliot Fisk, Robert Guthrie, Oscar Ghiglia, John Mills, John Duarte, Alice Artz and Manuel Barrueco. In 1977, he was selected from among his classmates to perform for the great Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia.
Mr. Suovanen and the other outstanding guitar faculty of LACC have developed one of the most comprehensive classical guitar programs found in any community college district in the State of California.
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Mezzo-Soprano Diana Tash appears internationally in both operatic roles onstage and as a featured soloist. Teamed with famed pianist Armen Guzelimian performances include recent solo recitals for Santa Barbara Opera in December 2011 and at Carnegie Hall in 2008 as well as Los Angeles’s Zipper Hall in 2006, from which a live recording, “Diana Tash, In Recital” was released in 2009 with LML records. Ms. Tash’s mezzo stage work has been hailed as 'radiant' by the Los Angeles Times and 'skillful' by the New York Times. Her solo work includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the LA Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and L. Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Akron Symphony in Ohio in 2009.
Ms. Tash was a Resident Artist with the LA Opera Company from 1992 to 1996, singing with some of the major singers and conductors of our time. In a return to LA Opera in 2004, she sang Mercedes in Carmen with Mo. Placido Domingo, and sang with both San Diego Opera and Opera Pacific in 2006 and again in 2008 in Mozart’s Magic Flute. She has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in England with Maestro Stuart Robinson and at the Aspen Festival with Maestro Lawrence Foster. Ms. Tash is a winner of the Western Regional Metropolitan Opera Finals and was last heard with the Santa Barbara Choral Society in Handels Messiah in 2012, in Sacramento Opera’s Orlando as Medoro in 2010 and in Long Beach Opera’s Medea in February 2011.
She also recently concluded a tour with composer Maria Newman and her Viklarbo string quartet in September 2013. This year, famed countertenor Brian Asawa and she release their Baroque duet album “Spirits of the Air”.
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Dr. Wanner is a Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College (LACC), where he has taught since 2001. He was Chair of the Music Department from 2004-13, served as the Chair of Department Chairs for five years, and was the President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC) from 2010-12. He is currently the Faculty Accreditation Co-Chair for LACC.
Dr. Wanner received his Master's Degree in Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from Columbia University in New York City. Following the completion of his studies, he worked as a music editor; published articles on music, film, and art; wrote numerous orchestral and chamber works; and served as the President of the League of Composers/ISCM.
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Dr. Williams is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College (LACC). He holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Arizona and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Williams is an active composer and pianist, and at LACC, he instructs classes in music theory and piano.