Music

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program

Music

Crafting the Intangible

In order to provide the best possible musical opportunities for high school and middle school age musicians, our band and orchestra programs accept middle school and high school students only, including graduated 12th graders. 9th graders may enroll in the Symphonic Band or the High School Wind Ensemble with the consent of the music faculty. The faculty reserves the right to re-assign ensemble placement after the live auditions in Idyllwild on Sunday, July 9.

Discounts & Financial Aid

Discounts & Financial Aid

Students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of at least $1000. Discount offer ends March 15, 2017. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Four-Week Music Discount

Students who are accepted and enroll in two consecutive programs, e.g., Symphony Orchestra Intensive/Chamber Festival Intensive, or Wind Symphony Intensive/Chamber Festival Intensive are eligible to receive a 15% discount for the full cost of tuition, meals and housing. In effect, students pay for three weeks and receive the fourth week free. Honor Group participants may apply the Honor Group discount of $1000 to one program.

Band/Orchestra Enrollment By Grade

Band/Orchestra Enrollment By Grade

For students finishing grades 6 – 9
Symphonic Band for Middle School: July 9 – 22
A large band of 75 musicians

For students finishing grades 8 – 12
Symphony Orchestra Intensive: July 9 – 22
A pre-auditioned large orchestra of 100 high school musicians

For students finishing grades 9 – 12
Wind Symphony Intensive: July 9 – 22
A medium size wind ensemble of 65 high school musicians

For students finishing grades 9 – 12
Chamber Festival Intensive: July 23 – August 6
A select, pre-auditioned group of approximately 90 high school musicians, includes pianists.

Courses (Ages 14-18)

Chamber Festival Intensive

Chamber Festival Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 23-August 6
Two-week session

Student Performances (subject to change)
Chamber Music Concerts
Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Thursday, August 3, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 7 p.m.

Orchestra Concerts
Saturday, July 29, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 1:30 p.m.

Final Concert
Sunday, August 6, 3 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Designed for the most advanced and serious musician, this intensive program provides a unique opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed to excel both as a chamber musician and, equally, in an orchestral setting. You will work with outstanding orchestral conductors, esteemed applied faculty, and renowned chamber music coaches. Unlike other youth festivals, Chamber Festival places dual emphasis on chamber music and orchestra. Orchestra rehearsals are in the morning and chamber music coaching and private lessons in the afternoon.

Concert-giving is core to the intensive, which will include opportunities for recital performances. Chamber ensembles will explore a rich array of music, from pieces for duos to mixed ensembles of 8-10.

Past orchestra works include Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, First Movement, Hanson’s Merry Mount Suite, Tan Dun’s Internet Symphony Eroica, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Leonore Overture No. 3, Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict Overture, and Durufle’s Requiem.

Chamber Festival is aimed at those who aspire to have a career in music; admission is highly selective.

Pianists: You will participate in chamber music rehearsals, receive daily private coaching, and may, depending upon experience and ability, play collaboratively with other students on student recitals.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. Find audition information here. The audition deadline is March 31, 2017, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Music Fee: $100

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Intensive Directors: Larry Livingston, Edie Orloff, John Walz

Festival Choir Intensive

Festival Choir Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 23-August 6
Two-week session

Student Performances (subject to change)
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 3, 8 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 6, 3 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Designed to help you develop the vocal and musical skills needed for the performance of choral repertoire. Study and perform a variety of choral and vocal repertoire for large and small ensembles.

Conductor Dr. Joe Modica and an outstanding choral faculty team will lead the large Festival Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Opera Scenes, Early Music Ensemble, master classes, recitals, private lessons, and much more. The choir has performed in Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall, as well as the beautiful new Lowman Concert Hall. As a singer, you will perform in three major concerts, all with different repertoire, ranging from a cappella pieces to a major work with orchestra.

Special guest clinicians lead master classes and workshops; past guests include well-known musicians such as Eric Whitacre, Dr. Tim Seelig and Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer.

Recorded audition or choral director recommendation is required. Find audition information here. Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until intensive fills.

Auditions not required for Festival Choir singers from the past four years.

Tuition, Room and Board: $3,165
Music Fee: $100

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Joseph Modica

Harp Performance Intensive

Harp Performance Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 9-August 5
Two two-week sessions

Session I: July 9-22
Session II: July 23-August 5

Student Performances
Friday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 7 p.m.

This intensive residential workshop is a cut above other summer harp camps. Open to harpists with at least one year of experience, you will benefit from focused, private attention as well as unique opportunities to perform with full ensembles, a feature other camps simply can’t provide.

Activities will include harp ensemble, chamber music coaching and private lessons with an emphasis on ensemble skills and musicality. You will be able to audition for placement in Symphony Orchestra or the Chamber Festival Orchestra in addition to the harp ensemble. You will gain immensely from daily rehearsals with the orchestra and individual coaching on orchestra parts as well as developing general orchestra skills.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted here.

Plan to bring your own instrument. Idyllwild can help arrange a rental harp and a discount may be available if you need to rent a harp. You should bring your own tuner with pick-up, tuning key, harp bench of appropriate height, and a full set of spare strings.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165

Enrollment limited to 8 students.

Faculty: Allison Allport

Jazz Instrumental Intensive

Jazz Instrumental Intensive

Ages 14-18

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Up your jazz playing by learning from some of the best jazz artists-instructors in the country – professionals who earn a living playing and teaching the next generation of musicians. You’ll get the opportunity to rehearse and perform daily in big bands and combos as well as get specialized coaching on your instrument. Daily curriculum will include music theory, arranging and improvisational techniques, the business of music and master classes. Guest artists and faculty perform with students at concerts held at the end of each week.

Jazz thrives and grows when it is passed unselfishly from generation to generation. Come to the Idyllwild Summer Jazz Intensive and learn from a generation of greats.

Plan to bring your own folding music stand and equipment marked with your name (i.e. drums, amps, etc.). Idyllwild Arts cannot provide instruments or personal equipment.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Chair: Jeff Tower

Songwriting Intensive

Songwriting Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 23-August 5
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 1 p.m.

Perfect for beginners as well as advanced songwriters, this exciting intensive will teach you new skills and techniques to improve your songwriting rapidly. Explore the craft of songwriting and immerse yourself in everything that is music.

Your day will include instruction from professional songwriters and musicians in writing with music and lyrical construction, performance techniques, music theory, instrument lessons and music-related courses. You will learn to collaborate with your fellow students to expand your writing into new and different genres, styles, instrument use, and beyond. An average week’s original song-crafting will yield a minimum of five songs. By the end of your two weeks, you can have 10 new, original songs to use for anything you desire! Also, each week will culminate with a live performance and a live recording that will enhance your college auditions, résumés and more.
If songwriting is a mystery to you or if you have some skills but want to learn more, you will gain a wealth of knowledge to move your writing skills forward. Find your unique signature as an artist by writing songs and recording them, as well as using the Internet and social media to market and promote the music you make.

Recorded audition required. Audition materials will be posted here. Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until intensive fills.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Chair: Don Reed

Wind Symphony Intensive

Wind Symphony Intensive

Ages 15-18

July 9–22
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 2 p.m.

Register today for the most comprehensive and advanced high school summer band intensive available anywhere in the U.S.! This exciting and challenging intensive will give you opportunities for large ensemble performance, chamber music coaching, solo performances, and group and individual coaching.

This intensive has helped Idyllwild Summer alumni secure positions with prestigious world-class ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. Many alumni are on faculty of America’s leading colleges and universities. Your Idyllwild instructors will include artist-educators who regularly appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera Orchestra, L.A. Chamber Orchestra and major studio recording ensembles. They also maintain high-profile teaching studios at the Colburn School, USC, UCLA and various California State University campuses.

Daily instruction will include rehearsals, master classes, individual lessons, solo repertoire and chamber music ensembles.

Repertoire for 2017 will include Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango, Milhaud’s Suite Francaise, movements from Maslanka’s Unending Stream of Life and Alfred Reed’s Armenian Dances. These works are some of the most exciting and classic works in the Wind Symphony repertoire, so expect an exciting Wind Ensemble experience!

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Steve Piazza

Courses (Ages 13-18)

Symphony Orchestra Intensive

Symphony Orchestra Intensive

Ages 13–18

July 9–22
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 15, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 4 p.m.

Designed for the most talented high school-aged musician, the program offers you an intensive, two-week long orchestral experience. A large ensemble working at a very high level, the orchestra sight-reads, rehearses, and performs the finest symphonic literature from a variety of musical style periods.

Works performed in the past two summers include Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Ives’s Variations on America, and Saint-Saens’s Dance Macabre.

Daily instruction will include sectional rehearsal and two full rehearsals. In addition to participating in the Symphony Orchestra, you will receive private lessons arranged individually with the faculty. During these lessons, the instructor will determine assignments for master classes and recitals. Sectional placements and seating will be made following the live audition on Registration Day.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. Find audition information here. The audition deadline is March 31, 2017, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Larry Livingston

Courses (Ages 12-18)

Piano Performance Intensive

Piano Performance Intensive

Ages 13–18

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 1 p.m.

An intensive program for advanced junior high and high school pianists, this workshop gives you the chance to focus and vastly improve your technique and performance skills over a short period of time. You will receive private lessons, performance opportunities both in recital and master class settings, piano ensemble repertoire and coaching, and class discussions of various piano-related topics. Daily schedule will be determined by class needs and your abilities and readiness to do the work. You must be self-motivated and prepared to practice individually several hours each day to master your assignments. Your intensive will include a field trip to the world-famous Hollywood Bowl to hear a live performance.

Plan to bring at least four previously learned pieces including one that is at performance level. You must be playing repertoire with a level of difficulty comparable to any Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, any sonata by Mozart or Beethoven, or any nocturne, ballade or scherzo by Chopin.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted here.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Faculty: Jeanette Louise Yaryan and Parvati Mani

Courses (Ages 11-14)

Symphonic Band for Middle School

Symphonic Band for Middle School

Ages 12-14

July 9–22
Two-week session

Student Performances:
Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, noon.

An inspiring and intensive two-week program, this is perfect for you if you are a junior high or young high school wind or percussion player. Playing as a member of a large ensemble, you will perform both classical and contemporary works for band including compositions by Holst, Reed, Persichetti, Grainger, Sousa, Bukvich, Del Borgo, McBeth and Brahms.

You will perform two major concerts, and also have the opportunity to perform in solo and chamber music recitals. Instruction includes daily full rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, chamber music ensembles, master classes and music theory. Sectional placement is made after live auditions on the first day.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Susan Willmering

Courses (Ages 9-12)

Piano Workshop

Piano Workshop

Ages 9-12

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

Ideal for the late beginner through advanced piano student. Enrollment is open without audition to any child who has completed three years of piano study. Daily group activities include improvisation, theory and rhythm games, playing eight-hand music, discussing technique and interpretation, learning new practice skills, and listening to great recordings.

You will practice two to three hours each day, during which you receive at least 30 minutes of individual practice supervision and lessons.

This intensified learning environment will accelerate your progress and help you focus for longer periods. You will be encouraged and challenged to do your finest work in a relaxed, loving, and non-threatening atmosphere. Specific goals are to polish one learned piece, finish a work in progress, and prepare a new piece for performance in concert. Your instructors will be Paul Nickels, who has taught Suzuki piano for 30 years, and Dr. Laura Spitzer, a concert pianist and associate professor at New Mexico State University.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020
Day student: $2,645
Lab Fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 14 students.

Faculty: Paul Nickels, Laura Spitzer

Music Audition Requirements

Please follow the instructions below for your audition.

Admission to the following intensives are based on a recorded audition. After you have completed your online application, find and complete the Music Audition Form under Forms & Documents in your CampInTouch account.

The form will ask you to include:

  1. Link to your audition video/audio
  2. Audition Details (If applicable)**
  3. Brief description of your music experience or your music résumé
  4. Teacher Recommendation – required for all audition programs listed below. (Print form from your CampInTouch account under Forms & Documents; you can also upload completed forms there.)

Music: Audition material (1,2,3) will be entered into the Music Audition Form using CampInTouch account.

See Individual Intensive for Audition Video/Audio audition details.
**Songwriting Intensive and Chamber Festival Intensive require audition detail.

Audition Material Deadlines:

Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Festival Intensives: April 17, 2017.
Festival Choir, Songwriting, & Piano Performance Intensives: Until intensive is full.

2017 Symphony Orchestra Intensive

2017 Symphony Orchestra Intensive

Audition material can be submitted in video or audio recording form, with or without accompaniment. Performance tempos and repertoire selections should highlight your ability to play accurately and overall musicianship.

Strings: Ages 13–18

  • One 3 octave scale (2 octaves for basses)
  • One arpeggio (your choice of key)
  • One of more pieces demonstrating technical accomplishment (something fast) and interpretive ability (something slow and legato)


Winds And Brass: Ages 14–18

  • One 2 octave scale
  • Two arpeggios (one presto staccatissimo and one largo legatissimo)
  • One or more pieces demonstrating technical level (something fast) and interpretive ability (something slow)


Percussion:

Snare Drum:

  • One etude from Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters or comparable concert etude. Suggested: Etude #1

Keyboard:

  • 3 Major scales of your choice, 2 octaves
  • Chromatic scale, 2 octaves beginning on C
  • One two-mallet solo/etude from Modern School of Xylophone by Morris Goldenberg, Fundamental Method for Mallets by Mitchell Peters, or comparable etude. Suggested: Goldenberg Etude #5
  • Optional: One intermediate to advanced level four-mallet solo/etude

Timpani:

  • One etude from Fundamental Method for Timpani by Mitchell Peters or comparable etude. Suggested: Etude #51

2017 Chamber Festival Intensive

2017 Chamber Festival Intensive Audition Requirements

Audition material can be submitted in video or audio recording form, with or without accompaniment. Performance tempos and repertoire selections should highlight the student’s ability to play accurately and overall musicianship.

Strings:

  • One 3 octave scale
  • Two arpeggios (your choice of key)
  • One or more pieces demonstrating technical accomplishment (something fast) and interpretive ability (something slow and legato)


Winds & Brass:

  • One 2 octave scale
  • Two arpeggios (your choice of key)
  • One or more pieces demonstrating technical accomplishment (something fast) and interpretive ability (something slow)


Pianists:

  • One piano solo of your choice that demonstrates interpretive skills in both slow and fast passages
  • Any piece of ensemble repertoire demonstrating collaborative skills with another instrument or instruments


Percussion:

Snare Drum:

  • One etude from Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters or comparable concert etude. Suggested: Etude #1

Keyboard:

  • 3 Major scales of your choice, 2 octaves
  • Chromatic scale, 2 octaves beginning on C
  • One two-mallet solo/etude from Modern School of Xylophone by Morris Goldenberg, Fundamental Method for Mallets by Mitchell Peters, or comparable etude. Suggested: Goldenberg Etude #5
  • Optional: One intermediate to advanced level four-mallet solo/etude

Timpani:

  • One etude from Fundamental Method for Timpani by Mitchell Peters or comparable etude. Suggested: Etude #51

2017 Festival Choir Intensive

2017 Festival Choir Intensive

Your audition video should include two short, contrasting (fast/slow, soft/loud) examples of your singing in whatever style you feel most comfortable, and one letter of recommendation from a music professional (choir director, voice or private teacher) who knows your work.

Returning students who have sung in the Festival Choir in the past four years do not need to audition for the 2017 session.

2017 Piano Performance Intensive

2017 Piano Performance Intensive

Your audition video should include you playing one work by a Baroque composer; one work by a Classical composer; and one work by a Romantic or a 20th Century composer.

2017 Songwriting Intensive

2017 Songwriting Intensive

Audition video must include 2-3 original songs demonstrating instrumental, vocal, and lyric writing skills; original song lyrics (enter in Audition Details section on the Music Audition Form); brief description of your musical and performance experience; and letter of recommendation from a private teacher or mentor who has personal knowledge of your musical abilities.

Returning Songwriters are required to re-audition.

Faculty Bios

Larry Livingston, conductor, Chamber Festival Intensive: is a distinguished conductor, educator, and administrator, and a highly respected motivational speaker. He has been the Conductor of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts since 1989. Dean of the USC Flora L. Thornton School of Music from 1986 until 2002, Mr. Livingston now Chairs the Orchestral Conducting Department. He is a recipient of the Life in the Arts Award from Idyllwild Arts. Since 2007, Mr. Livingston has held the position, Director of Educational Initiatives for the Guitar Center, Inc.

Stephen Piazza, conductor, Wind Ensemble Intensive: For nearly 40 years, Stephen Piazza has contributed to Idyllwild’s summer program. As director of the Youth Band, Youth Orchestra, Wind Chamber Music, Festival and High School Wind Ensembles, he has always selected fascinating and significant literature. His LA Symphonic Winds have toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and China. As a member of the LA Opera Orchestra he performs with such musical luminaries as Placido Domingo and James Conlon.
www.lawinds.org.

Susan Willmering, conductor, Symphonic Band: is the Director of Instrumental Music at South Pointe Middle School in Diamond Bar, where she conducts over 400 students in various concert bands. The South Pointe Wind Ensemble, led by Ms. Willmering, has performed at local, state, and national venues; most notably Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Hall. Ms. Willmering was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a National Music Honor Society dedicated to recognizing great music educators.

Sey Ahn, Assistant Conductor: A recent fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Sey is an emerging young conductor on the way to a brilliant career. The recipient of a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, she also earned two Master of Music degrees from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, one in piano and, subsequently, a second in orchestral conducting. A graduate of Larry Livingston’s orchestral conducting program at the Thornton School of Music, Sey has worked individually and/or in master class sessions with such renowned conductors as Gustav Meier, Victor Yampolsky, Larry Rachleff, Robert Spano, Nicolas McGegan (opera), Federico Cortese, Carl St. Clair, Jorge Mester, Helmuth Rilling, and Kurt Masur. She has led the Colorado All-State Orchestra in 2014 and that of Kentucky in 2015. Future engagements include conducting the All-State Orchestras of New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, and Iowa. In addition to Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, she is Assistant Conductor of the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. Recent highlights include performances in Benedict Music Tent at Aspen (Colorado), Royce Hall (Los Angeles), Alice Tully Hall (New York), and Hilbert Theater (Indianapolis).

Allison Allport, harp: DMA in harp performance, USC. Faculty at CSU Northridge. First place in the junior division of the ASTA National Solo Competition and performed a solo recital at the World Harp Congress in Prague. Allison has performed with the LA Opera Orchestra, LA Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, New World Symphony and at Carnegie Hall with the American Youth Symphony. Allison has recorded for numerous films and soundtracks, most recently, Star Wars, The Force Awakens. Allison has been featured several times with the band Weezer. www.allisonallport.com

David Beatty, trombone: His performance credits include music for motion pictures, television, commercials, theatrical productions, CDs and a number of symphony orchestras. A composer, arranger, and music copyist, he is also in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz clinics and festivals in Southern California. His ensemble experience includes directing Trombone Choir, Brass Choir, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Big Band. He is currently teaching in the commercial music area and directing the APU Jazz Ensemble.

Jason Bergman, trumpet; Trumpet professor at the University of North Texas. He served previously on the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as associate principal trumpet with the Santiago Philharmonic in Chile. He is currently principal trumpet with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Dallas Symphony, Dallas Winds, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. He has performed recitals and master classes at more than 30 institutions worldwide. His solo album, On The Horizon, has received rave reviews. Jason Bergman is a performing artist for Bach Trumpets.

Heather Bishop, Choral Vocal Faculty; BM in Piano Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance, Choir director and Department Chair of the Performing Arts at Clovis North High School, and CUSD Elementary Music Resource Specialist. Heather was named Teacher of the Year at Clovis West High School in 2003 and also received a special District “Innovator Award.” Her choirs have received top honors including performances at the Heritage Festival of Gold and World Projects.

Jason Bonham is the Principal Violist with Las Vegas Philharmonic and Viola Faculty member at UNLV and California State University, Long Beach. He has been a performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and guest principal violist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Berkeley Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony. As a chamber musician he is a founding member of Virtuosi West and has performed with members of the Emerson Quartet, Boston Chamber Society, Chicago Pro Musica, The New Russian Trio, The Beethoven Quartet, Cavatina Trio and Fry Street Quartet.

Amy Bowers, Trombone: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from USC where she currently teaches. She is a freelance musician and performs with many orchestras, including Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra. She has won many competitions including the Pasadena Solo Competition, USC Concerto Competition, YMF Debut Orchestra Concerto Competition, Pasadena Young Artist Solo Competition, and was the recipient of the Robert Marsteller Outstanding Brass Player Award from the Thornton School of Music.

Paul Carman, Saxophone: A veteran of the Frank Zappa Band, Paul has led many of his own original jazz groups including Mother Tongue, E.S.P., Triorbits, Flying V, Fourbits, and the Quarket. He has released 4 critically acclaimed CD’s recorded and composed music for films. He has taught at USC, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Saddleback College, and numerous high schools around the country. Currently Assistant Director of Jazz Studies and saxophone instructor at Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Gina Coletti, Viola: Masters degree, Juilliard School; BA, Stanford. She has performed in China, Japan, Israel, Europe, and North America. She has performed with the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, LA Master Choral and served as principal of the Mozart Chamber Orchestra. She has served on the faculties of UNLV, Ameropa International Music Festival in Prague and the Adriatic Chamber Festival in Italy. She is founder and director of ViolaFest Los Angeles. Ms. Coletti has also been the director of Junior Chamber Music Los Angeles.

Brent Crayon, accompanist: has had the privilege to collaborate with notable directors such as Stephen Schwartz, Daisy Prince, Richard Maltby, Jr., Scott Schwartz, Chen Shi-Zheng, Jon Rivera, Kay Cole, and Ed Harris. An accomplished and multi-faceted musician, Brent has been a featured performer in ensembles throughout Southern California, including Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Ventura Chamber Orchestra.

Thomas Cuffari, Pianist; BM,Chapman University; MM, Manhattan School of Music. Currently on faculty at Western Connecticut State University as Resident Music Director for Theater Arts and Instructor in the Music Department. He has taught at Concordia College (Bronxville, NY) and Medgar Evers College (Brooklyn, NY). He is also a freelance theater music director, cabaret pianist and orchestral pianist in the New York Tri-State Area.

Brian Dehn, Choral Vocal Faculty; Director of Choirs and Performing Arts Department Chair at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. He is also Director of Music Ministry at St. Boniface Church overseeing the Parish Choir. He is also the founder and Conductor of Meistersingers, a semi-professional chorus who has concertized and recorded extensively. Mr. Dehn also serves, recently completing his eleventh year, on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.

Cameron Domingues, Saxophone: BM in Performance, CSU, Fullerton, MM in Performance from USC, and is currently working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts from USC. A freelance performer and teacher in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Mrs. Domingues has performed with the Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Cypress Pops Orchestra, Disneyland College Saxophone Quintet, and the Pacific Symphony Institute. Cameron is a member of the South Coast Saxophone Quartet and is a faculty member at Mt. San Antonio College.

Lisa Edwards, Pianist; is the pianist/music assistant for the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Grant Gershon. Her concert credits include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. On disc, Lisa can be heard on two Nonesuch recordings of Steve Reich’s music, You Are Variations and Daniel Variations.

David Evans, assistant conductor, High School Wind Ensemble: San Diego State University, Music Performance Degree with Distinction; California State University, Northridge, Masters Degree, Music Performance. Professor of music at CSU, Long Beach. He has studied conducting with Dr. Frederick Fennel and has been guest clinician for the Southern California School Band Association and guest conductor for several honor bands throughout Southern California. As a trumpet performer he has studied with James Stamp, Uan Rasey, Claude Gordon and Thomas Stevens.

Sam Fischer, Violin: graduated from USC and the Juilliard School. Concertmaster of the Riverside County Philharmonic and performs regularly with the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Recent solo performances include the LA Doctors Symphony, the Golden State Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, and the Caltech-Occidental Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded extensively for motion picture soundtracks, record albums, and video game soundtracks. He is faculty member of the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

Lee Gause, trombone: Thirty years as bass trombonist and Leader of Navy Commodores jazz ensemble in Washington DC. With Commodores toured extensively throughout U.S., Europe and South America; performed at Newport and Montreaux jazz festivals and numerous performances at the White House. Performed with many giants in entertainment; Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Natalie Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, Christian McBride and Louis Bellson. Recorded numerous projects with Commodores, Bill Potts, Frank Mantooth, Ashley Alexander, New York Voices and Washington Winds.

Yehuda Gilad, clarinet: Educated in Israel and at the University of Southern California School of Music. Associate Professor of Music, USC, and Master Teacher, R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts. Recipient of many awards including the Israel-America Cultural Foundation Scholarship and the Robert Simon Award in Music. Conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony, 1982–88. As a clarinetist, he has performed with the Marlboro Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the San Francisco Chamber Music Festival and the Israel Philharmonic.

Amy Gillick, bassoon: BM, CSU Long Beach; Master’s and Doctorate degrees, UCLA. Amy Gillick is a professor of bassoon at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia. In addition to Idyllwild, she also teaches at the Summer Music Institute in Roanoke, Virginia and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso (Tuscany, Italy). Dr. Gillick is committed to commissioning new works for bassoon, the art of reed making, innovations in music pedagogy, and exploring concepts lying on the intersection of arts and technology. Amy taught previously at the Orange County Highschool of the Arts, Concordia University (Irvine), Azusa Pacific University, and Moorpark College. She currently enjoys playing with the Roanoke Symphony in Virginia. Previously she played co-principal bassoon in the Bakersfield Symphony for many years and was a member of the Santa Monica Symphony, and many other ensembles in Southern California.

Shai Golan is an Israeli saxophonist currently residing in New York. A distinguished young artist, Shai has performed with Benny Golson, David Liebman, David Binney, John Daversa, the CBDA All-California Jazz Band, the SCSBOA Jazz Band, the LAUSD Jazz Band, the CSUN Jazz ‘A’ Band, the MSM Jazz Philharmonic, the Tom Kubis Big Band, and many more. Shai is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Jazz Arts at the Manhattan School of Music. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from California State University Northridge in May, 2015 and plans on pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Jazz Pedagogy.

Tom Griep (Theater) is a conductor and pianist. He has worked with a roster of amazing talents, including Carol Channing, Nathan Lane, Rita Moreno, Cher, Tommy Tune, David Hyde-Pierce, Boby Vinton, Paul Anka, and Olivia Newton-John. Tom has conducted the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony. In 2014, He orchestrated the overture for Chita Rivera’s show with the Long Island Symphony and the Roanoke Philharmonic.

Rodger Guerrero, Choral Vocal Faculty; BA, Loyola Marymount University, MM, University of Miami, and has completed all course work for a DMA in Choral Conducting from USC. Choirs under his direction have performed at state, regional, and national music conventions and have won many regional and national choral competitions. In addition to directing high school choirs for seventeen years and children’s choirs for five years, Mr. Guerrero has conducted collegiate vocal ensembles at Fresno State University, University of Miami and USC.

Kasaan Hammon, attended Northwestern University and CalArts. She has been a featured artist in clubs in Los Angeles and New York and had several of her songs debuted on Top 40 radio stations. As owner of Trigger Management, Kasaan has had the opportunity to observe, coach, and be a part of the writing and producing process. She produces and publishes her own catalog and work under the name Rigsi Productions. Currently Executive Director of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).

Matt Harris, Piano: BM, University of Miami, MM, Eastman School of Music; based in Los Angeles; keyboardist, composer/arranger; an active clinician, conductor and composer for high schools, colleges, and professional bands around the world. Recording debut as a leader on Voss Records; most recently accepted an appointment asco-director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Northridge Additional information, pictures, big band charts, CD’s, sound bytes, and contact information can be found at Matt’s web site. mattharrismusic.com

Marshall Hawkins, bass: Born 1939 in Anacostia a community of Washington D.C. Performed with Shirley Horn, Donny Hathaway, Miles Davis, Richie Cole, Roberta Flack and many others. He founded the Jazz program at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in 1986. He has been a Jazz Bass coach in the Idyllwild Arts Summer program and was Co-founder of Jazz in the Pines in 1994. He was recently voted in to the Hall of Fame of the California Alliance of Jazz.

Jeff Hellmer, Piano: Director of Jazz Studies and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has performed and taught jazz in Taiwan, Russia, Denmark, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as throughout the United States. He has led the UT Jazz Orchestra in performances and recordings with many of jazz’s great names, including Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker, and John Clayton.

Tom Hynes, Guitar: Educator, guitarist and composer, Tom serves on the faculties of Idyllwild Arts, Azusa Pacific University, Orange County High School of the Arts (OCSA), St. Catherine’s Academy, and the Northwoods Jazz Camp. Credits include Hubert Laws, Liza Minelli, and Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, and films. Jazz recordings include The Sun Shop and Tom Hynes and Marshall Hawkins: Live at the Fret House. His interactive instructional method The Developing Jazz Guitarist is available from acmuzik.com

David Jackson, Trombone & brass chamber music coordinator: Professor of Trombone, University of Michigan, He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto, Italy Festival Orchestra. His chamber music experience includes performances with the Canadian Brass, the American Brass Quintet, Nexus Percussion Ensemble and the Galliard Brass Ensemble. He also teaches at the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Interlochen Arts Camp All-State Division.

Jeff Jarvis, Trumpet; Director of Jazz Studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU, Long Beach and is an owner of Kendor Music, Inc. A Yamaha trumpet artist, studio musician, solo performer, honors jazz band conductor, and clinician. Jeff is frequently commissioned to compose music for school, military and professional musical groups. He has co-authored The Jazz Educators Handbook, a jazz piano book with Matt Harris entitled The Chord Voicing Handbook, and with Mike Carubia, Effective Etudes For Jazz.

Matt Johnson, Drums: Best known for his jazz stylings, Johnson is equally versed in all forms of pop drumming and has performed with a range of entertainers from singers Julie Andrews and Andy Williams to Surf-rock pioneers Jan and Dean to big band legends Billy May and Les Brown. Since 1993, Matt has worked to inspire young drummers as part of the music faculty of Fullerton and is an artist/clinician for Mapex Drums, Paiste Cymbals and Aquarian Drumheads.

Wendy Knudsen Pylko, Vocal coach: teaches private singing lessons and has been a teaching artist for the LA Opera Education & Community Services Department. She was Choral Director and director of musicals at Flintridge Preparatory School. She has performed in opera and musical theater, and been soloist on various recordings for TV and film, including Warner Brothers’ Animaniacs & the Stephen Spielberg documentary The Last Days. She loves teaching Song and Dance, which she has done since the summer of 2000.

Connie Kupka, Violin: A founding member of the Arriaga String Quartet, which won the grand prize in the prestigious Coleman competition. She has performed for the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, the Oregon Bach and Colorado Music festivals, the Santa Fe and Grand Canyon chamber music festivals, the Ojai, Mostly Mozart and Sedona festivals, and in Los Angeles she regularly performs on the South Bay and Pacific Serenades Chamber Music series.

Desirée LaVertu, Choral Vocal Faculty; Director of Choral Music at Occidental College in Los Angeles, a position she has held since 2009. Previously, she was the director of the Glee Clubs at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Additionally, she was on the voice faculties of Chapman University and the summer graduate program at California State University, Los Angeles. She is also a member of the choral-vocal faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Festival Choir.

Jane Levy, Viola: Jane is a member of the Pasadena Symphony and has performed frequently with the LA Opera, LA Master Chorale, and Long Beach Symphony. She has played in the Oregon Bach Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival for many years. Jane especially enjoys performing early music on period instruments and is a member of the Bach Collegium San Diego and the Corona del Mar Bach Festival Orchestra.

Jim Linahon, Trumpet; He created more than 300 recording projects for film, television, radio, musical theater and CD/DVD’s for a wide diversity of artists, studios and agencies. Jim has served as a United States Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and his most recent projects include the first jazz recording in China for the Taipei Jazz Orchestra, a new CD Sherry Williams & The Erfurt Jazz Band and music for the film In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Rob Lockart, Saxophone: BM , MM from Eastman School. As a jazz artist he is a featured sideman with Steve Houghton, Bob Sheppard, Bill Cunliffe, Matt Harris, and Mitch Watkins for Enja records. In TV and film Rob has worked on Star Trek, Jag, Party of Five, Fish Police and many films including the jazz score of Dillinger with Charlie Haden. He has taught for over 20 years in New York, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles.

Bernhard Lörcher, cello: He studied in Karlsruhe with Prof. Martin Ostertag and received his chamber music training in Vienna with the Alban Berg Quartet and the Haydn Trio Vienna. He has performed in many music festivals and concerts all over Europe. In 1999 he joined the Stuttgart Philharmonic and became principal cello in 2001. In 2006, he made his first appearance at the Santa Catarina Music Festival in Brazil, where he has since been repeatedly invited as a guest lecturer and soloist.

Karen Lundgren, Flute: received her BM from Lawrence University, and her MM from USC studying with David Shostac. She was a student of Geoffrey Gilbert, (Royal Philharmonic) and Peter Lloyd (principal, London Symphony Orchestra). She is Chairman of the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department and the flute instructor at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Ms. Lundgren is a freelance musician, and has performed with: Long Beach Symphony and Opera, Pasadena Symphony, Antelope Valley Symphony.

Louise MacGillivray, Horn: MA in Music Performance, CSU Northridge. She is a freelance musician in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Currently on the music faculty at CA Lutheran University she also has an extensive private teaching studio and is a clinician/adjudicator/consultant for many local schools and youth symphonies. Her primary interest is in performing and coaching chamber music.

Parvati Mani has degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. She has been to the Orford Music Academy, Atlantic Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. She has performed in the United States, Thailand, Japan, and Germany. Parvati was a Lecturer in Piano at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand from 2010-14. Parvati joined the faculty of Idyllwild Arts in 2014.

Patricia Massey, Clarinet: Principal Clarinetist with the Downey Symphony and the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the South Bay Chamber Orchestra and the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra. In addition she performs regularly with a number of other ensembles in Southern California. She is active in music in the schools with Campus Concerts and the Downey Symphony Quintet. Her principal teachers include Joseph Edwards, Clark Brody, Robert Marcellus, Mitchell Lurie and Yehuda Gilad.

John Matteson, piano; Composed and performed in original progressive rock and jazz fusion ensembles that let him share the stage with Eric Johnson, Hiroshima, Spyro Gyra and Sweet. Performed with the Four Freshman, Si Zetner, Don Menza and Bill Trujillo as part of the CSN Jazz Ensemble. Performed with Buddy Greco as part of the UNLV Jazz Ensemble. Holds the longest running weekly jazz gig of 11 years with his trio in Las Vegas with musicians such as Richie Cole, Robert Conti, Greg Fishman, and many local jazz players.

Peter Middleton, Flute: Professor of flute; Northern Illinois University. He has performed at National Flute Association conventions and has published articles on flute and piccolo recordings, a co-author and consultant for a book on electronic music published by Macmillan, served as an editorial advisor for the Flutist Quarterly, and a founding member of the Pacific Woodwind Quintet. As a performer and producer he has made recordings for the Sony, CBS, Centaur, CRI, Focus, Crystal and Orion labels.

Joseph Modica, conductor: BM,Chapman University; MM, CSU, Long Beach; DMA in Choral Music, USC. He is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Redlands and Director of Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood. He has taught at the University of South Carolina and Chapman University, adjunct at Biola University Orange Coast College and Cypress College. Dr. Modica taught high school choir for ten years at Mater Dei High School, and Redlands East Valley High School.

Kristy Morrell, French horn: BM, Eastman School of Music; MM and DMA from USC; faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music, and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Member of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony and the Los Angeles Bach Festival. Active soloist, chamber musician, and clinician, and is a respected recording artist, performing on numerous motion pictures, television soundtracks and records.

Cynthia Moussas, Violin: BM, Juilliard. Member of the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Long Beach Symphony. Active in the recording studios and as a private teacher in Southern California. She has been a coach with the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra for 20 years.

Darren Mulder, Trumpet; BM in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach; MM, University of Southern California. He is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach and Santa Monica Symphonies. He is the former Principal Trumpet of the National Orchestra of Mexico (UNAM) as well as the Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy.

Gene Nakanishi, Trumpet: Bachelor’s degree at Berklee School of Music. His graduate studies were at New England Conservatory and Harvard University. He received his Masters in Computer Science from South Eastern University where he wrote one of the first computer programs to teach children how to improvise in the jazz idiom. After 15 years with the Clark County School District he resigned and was enshrined to the Educators Hall Of Fame at the School districts Headquarters.

Paul Nickels, Piano: BA in Piano Performance from California State University, Hayward. Paul spent 20 years teaching piano full time in Las Vegas, independently and with Nevada School of the Arts. He continues to teach in Las Vegas while developing Suzuki Music Education in southern Utah. Currently, he is active in music production with St. George Musical Theater.

Edith Orloff, Music, Artist-in-Residence: Master’s Degree, CalArts. Edie is an acclaimed performer throughout the U.S. and Europe as recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra. Idyllwild Arts faculty member since 1976. Founding member of Pacific Trio, resident ensemble at Idyllwild Arts. Appearances with Houston Symphony Chamber Players, Ensemble Con Brio of Germany, Czech String Trio of Prague. Has launched several series devoted to contemporary music. Recordings on Marsyas, Brio, Carlton, and Yarlung labels. Private teaching and master classes for more than 30 years. pacifictrio.com

Olga Perez Flora, Choral Vocal Faculty; Currently on the voice faculty at Muskingum University where she also conducts the Women’s Choir. She holds a Masters degree in Opera Theater from Arizona State University and two Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Perez earned her DMA in Vocal Performance at The Ohio State University.

Kristina Pradd, BA in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. She continued her studies at USC completing an MA in Jazz Studies, where she received the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship Award for her outstanding vocal abilities. At Idyllwild Arts Academy, Pradd teaches Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Songwriting, Performance Techniques and private voice lessons. Kristina is a Jazz Vocalist, Private Music Teacher, Songwriter and Recording Artist.

Dan Radlauer, Rhythm; Composer for reality TV hits Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch, The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Ruby, Outback Jack as well as Set for Life on ABC and Same Name on CBS as well as TV and radio commercials. Feature films include We’re Not Broke and Mummy III. Dan has played bass, keyboards and guitar on thousands of recording sessions. As a teacher, he specializes in composition, orchestration and young Jazz performing groups. UC, Riverside.

Christopher Reba, Songwriting, Sound: is the Music Department Chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Chris boasts a long list of accomplishments in the music industry in addition to his past roles as coordinator of music at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and instructor of music and sound recording at Finger Lakes Community College, New York. As a musician and recording engineer, Chris has played in dozens of bands and ensembles with distinguished artists in many genres, including Grammy-winning artists Sean and Sara Watkins, and Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, Buena Vista Social Club, Jason Mraz, and many others.

Don Reed, Songwriting: co-founded the Songwriting Department at Idyllwild Arts in 2010, making the school one of only a handful of high schools in the U.S. offering a Songwriting major. He teaches numerous songwriting, music business, music history classes as well as private instrument lessons. Don is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and has been writing and performing for more than four decades. Reed’s work has been featured on hundreds of recordings as well as in television, film, theater, and beyond. Don will cover songwriting exercises, rut-breakers, pop music history, music business, workshop writing, live performance, private instrument lessons and more.

Noah Reitman, Double Bass: Assistant Principal Bass of the Vancouver Symphony. Noah was previously a member of the New World Symphony and has played with the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, and Nashville. He holds a BM from the University of Michigan and an MM from Indiana University.

Sean Reusch, Trombone: is a member of the Presidio Brass. He has a Psychology degree from Penn State University and a Performance degree from Manhattan School of Music. Sean has performed with the San Diego Symphony and Opera, Los Angeles Opera and numerous orchestras in southern California. He is currently on faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University, UCSD, and Palomar College.

Charlie Richard, Saxophone; He has performed with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Orion Saxophone Quartet, Mark Masters Jazz Composers Orchestra and Hip Pocket. Charlie is currently a Professor of Music at Riverside City College. He has received the Downbeat Magazine award for Best Extended Original Jazz Composition and his CD The Hawk’s Out, by the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, was selected by New York’s Cadence Magazine as its Outstanding Big Band Recording of the Year.

Lori Marie Rios, Assistant Conductor; Associate Professor at College of the Canyons, Valencia where she is the music director of the Chamber Singers and Voices of the Canyons Community Chorus. Ensembles under her direction have sung all over the United States including appearances at the American Choral Directors Association Regional Convention in Las Vegas in 2004 and in 2007 were selected to appear at the ACDA National Convention in Miami. She is also on faculty at CSU, LA Summer Graduate Program.

Rebecca Rivera, bassoon: DMA in bassoon performance, USC. Rivera has recorded for film and music projects and performed with many ensembles throughout Southern California including Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Southeast Symphony, Torrance Symphony, Westchester Symphony, Peninsula Symphony and the Pasadena Symphony and Pops Orchestras. Rivera won the Southeast Symphony concerto competition in 2001. Rivera is a lecturer at USC and teaches reed-making workshops throughout the year.

Joshua Roach, conductor and wind coach: BM in Trumpet, Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, USC; MM in Instrumental Conducting from USC. Active as a conductor, performer, music educator, administrator and composer in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Music Director for the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, Interim Director of Bands at California Lutheran University, and has served as assistant/cover conductor for the Pacific Symphony, Downey Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, and the USC Thornton Symphony and Concert Orchestra.

Bart Samolis, Bass: A successful session and touring artist having performed and recorded with various jazz and contemporary acts including Peter Gabriel, Arturo Sandoval, Free Flight, Rod Stewart, Eric Marienthal, Michael Bolton, and many others. In the studio, his movie credits include Jack Reacher, Hop, Contagion, Battle: LA, Dream Girls, Marmaduke, Alvin and the Chipmunks, X-Men, and many others. A well rounded composer, Bart is currently writing music for film and TV and producing music from his studio in LA.

Sara Shakliyan, Pianist; MM in Choral Music, Bulgarian State Conservatory; MM, DMA in Choral Conducting, University of Southern California. In her fifth year at Harvard-Westlake School as a staff accompanist and vocal/ instrumental collaborator. She also leads the contemporary choir ensemble at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood. She is a published composer with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Her Bulgarian folk song Sednalo e Djore dos was premiered at the 2005 American Choral Directors Association National Convention. She has accompanied the Southern California Vocal Association High School Honor Choir for the past several years.

Robin Sharp, Percussion: BM, CSU Northridge; MM, USC; A freelance musician and composer, he is currently on faculty at Pasadena City College. Guest soloist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra and has worked with conductors Esa Pekka Solemen, Michael Tilson Thomas, George Mester and has played in the Juilliard Orchestra, New York Youth, American Youth Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Riverside Philharmonic. In 1998 he won the California State University Northridge Concerto Competition.

Fabio Spinella, Trumpet: BM in MUED,USC, Masters in Conducting at SOU; Fabio has toured the US and the UK and has had performed alongside some of the most credited artists, jazz legends, and gospel musicians. Fabio freelances around LA, and is an adjudicator for field tournaments, jazz and wind ensemble festivals. He has teaching experience as the Director of Bands and Department Chair for the VPA at Workman HS, and also at Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College.

Dan St. Marseille, Saxophone: MM, CSU, Fullerton; A professional musician and educator, and the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Orange County School of the Arts. He has performed as a soloist and alongside many renowned musicians. Dan’s recordings are heard internationally on jazz radio. In addition to local and national tours, Dan has performed in Europe, Canada and many jazz festivals. In April of 1999, he was inducted into the Saddleback Valley School Districts Hall Of Fame for excellence in performance.

Ron Stout, trumpet.

Ted Sugata, oboe: MM, Cleveland Institute; BM, Manhattan School. Major teachers include John Mack and Joseph Robinson. He is an active freelance musician having performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Los Angeles Opera. He has participated in summer festivals, including fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West. Mr. Sugata is currently completing a DMA degree in oboe performance from USC under Joel Timm.

Scott Sutherland, Tuba: He is a founding member of the Presidio Brass, an internationally touring brass quintet based in San Diego. As a soloist, Scott has been featured with the San Diego Symphony, Riverside and Burbank Philharmonic Orchestras and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic among many other orchestras in Southern California. He attended USC and UCLA and is currently on faculty at the University of Redlands.

Marek Szpakiewicz, Cello: DMA and MM from USC Thornton School of Music, Graduate Certificate from Peabody Conservatory. Marek is on the faculty of Azusa Pacific University, where he serves as Director of Chamber Music. His performances have drawn praise from critics in Europe, U.S. and Japan, and he earned permanent residency from the U.S. government as an “Extraordinary Ability Artist. He has also contributed to film orchestration as a collaborator with Polish film composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, and among the scores he worked on, the music for the critically acclaimed movie “Finding Neverland” received the 77th Academy Award for Best Original Score. For more information: www.szpakiewicz.com.

Naoko Takada, World renowned marimba soloist and Yamaha artist has toured the world performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Conzart Haus in Berlin, Santory Hall in Tokyo, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York. Her talent was apparent at age eleven when she appeared as guest soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. She has since performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Japanese Kioi Sinfonietta,China National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, West Los Angeles Symphony and the Xalapa Symphony in Mexico. Naoko currently teaches marimba at the University of Southern California and is the chief judge for the Southern California International Marimba Competition. In addition to being a Yamaha performing artist and clinician, she also has her own signature series of mallets available from Encore Mallets, Inc. She has numerous arrangements and commissioned works are available through Studio 4 Publications under the Naoko Takada series.

Jeff Tower, Chair: BA in Music Education, University of Northern Iowa, MM in Trombone Performance, University of Redlands, Honorary Doctorate, Pacific Western University. He has worked as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor at music festivals, conventions and camps all over the western US. He serves as an Educational specialist and Trombone Artist for Conn/Selmer Corp. He is currently still on the Board of Directors for the California Alliance for Jazz and Sales Director and Agent for LMP Studios.

Melissa Treinkman Weitenberner, vocal coach; In 2013 Melissa made her solo main stage debut in LA Opera’s production of Carmen (Vendor). Most recently she was a featured singer in The Ghost of Versailles with the LA Opera. A frequent performer with LA Opera’s Outreach Program, and has sung with the Utah Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera North, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater and Chicago Opera Theater. Melissa holds a BM from Northwestern University and a MM from DePaul University. More info at www.VoiceByMelissa.com.

Stirling Trent is a graduate of The Juilliard School, with a BM, and the University of Southern California, with both MM and DMA degrees. Student of Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Jan Mark Sloman. Former Concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, as well as the Moritzburg Festival Academy, in Dresden, Germany. Orchestra experience with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Three years as tenured member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and member of the Kansas City Symphony, beginning in 2015.

Pasha Tseitlin, violin: As a classical concert performer, Pasha is distinguished by his virtuosity, intensity, and heartfelt sensitivity. Pasha has performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Ryazan Philharmonic, Szymanowski Concerto with the USC Symphony, Prokofiev No. 1 and Berg Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony and Paganini’s Perpetuo Mobile with the San Diego Symphony, among others.

Derek Tywoniuk is a percussionist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a percussionist, he has appeared with Wild Up, The Upside, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Ojai Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the Lucerne Festival Academy, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Smoke and Mirrors Ensemble, the last of which recorded two albums on the Yarlung Records label. As a composer, his works have been performed internationally, recorded on the Bridge and Yarlung record labels, and published by Edition Peters. Derek is an alumni of the Colburn Conservatory (AD, MM) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM). He is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at UCLA. For more information, visit www.derektywoniukmusic.com

Amanda Walker, Clarinet: MFA, UCLA; Principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and has performed with the LA Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, the Royal and Swedish Ballets, the LA Music Center Opera Orchestra, and the LA Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in the Bach Camerata of Santa Barbara, the Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music series and the Summer Music series at the Getty. She has recorded for film, freelances and also teaches.

John Walz, Artist-in-Residence: A celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on four continents. His performances of twenty-five different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities. In 1979, he, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe. He is currently the principal cellist with the LA Opera.

Roger Wilkie, Violin: Concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony. He has appeared as soloist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and the LA Chamber Orchestra. He has given numerous solo recitals for the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, LA County Museum of Art/KUSC-FM broadcasts, Swiss National Radio, and National Public Radio’s Performance Today. His chamber performances include the Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Mainly Mozart Music Festivals, and the Camerata Pacifica.

Wolfgang Wipfler, French horn: At twenty he became principal horn with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and then appointed principal horn in the Stuttgart State Orchestra in 1988. In 2004, he was appointed principal horn for the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has taught for the Stuttgart Academy of Music and the Würzburg Academy of Music. Concert tours include Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Since 2010 he has been a solo horn member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

Christoph Wyneken, Violin/Viola: Music studies in Berlin, Detmold and Austin, Texas. His performing career includes recordings, solo concerts and chamber ensemble tours. The artistic director of the State Youth Orchestra of Baden-Württemberg, Landesjugendorchester Bad.-Württ. His work with the Landesjugendorchester was honored with the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Cross of Service), the European Music Award and the STAMITZ medal. 1991-2007 he was a faculty member at the conservatory in Freiburg. Guest professor at the TOHO Orchestra Academy and the Musachino Conservatory in Tokyo, Japan. www.christoph-wyneken.de or www.landesjugendorchester.de

Elena Yarritu, flute: is a freelance flutist and teacher. As acting principal flute, she performs with the La Jolla Symphony. An active chamber musician and solo recitalist, Yárritu has performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and abroad in France, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. She has recently performed Mozart’s Concerto in G major with the Palo Alto Philharmonic. Yárritu’s has earned degrees from Stony Brook University, Yale University and San Jose State University.

Jeanette Louise Yaryan, Piano: BM, Youngstown State University; two MMs, The Cleveland Institute of Music; DMA, USC. Jeanette is a talented soloist and a gifted collaborator of many musical genres, has taught at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program since 2011. Jeanette has taught at USC, Cypress College, El Camino College, and California Academy of Math and Science High School.

David Young, Double bass: BM, Eastman School of Music; MM, DMA, University of Southern California. Studies with Oscar Zimmerman, Peter Mercurio, and Dennis Trembly. Principal Double Bass, Los Angeles Opera and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; many other performing involvements. Faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and the Leader of the String Family Players string quintet with decades of experience producing and narrating children’s concerts. Other summer teaching includes the Golden Gate Bass Camp.

Laura Spitzer: Associate Professor of Music, New Mexico State University. Undergraduate studies completed at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she was awarded the Bösendorfer Stipend and graduated with distinction. MM with Leon Fleisher, Peabody Institute. DMA with John Perry, University of Southern California. Her students have won the Theodor Presser Award, Vivien Head Competition, New Horizons Young Artist Competition, PMTNM competition, and El Paso Symphony Guild Concerto Competition.

Paul Nickels: BA in Piano Performance from California State University, Hayward. Spent 20 years teaching piano full time in Las Vegas, independently and with Nevada School of the Arts. He continues to teach in Las Vegas while developing Suzuki Music Education in southern Utah. Currently, he is active in music production with St. George Musical Theater.

Janisa Tharp began piano instruction at age 2 with her father, Suzuki-trained instructor Paul Nickels, and later studied with Muriel Adler. Piano performance major at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts under Mary Straub. Participated in numerous competitions including the Clark County School District Solo and Ensemble Piano Festival and the Bolognini Scholarship Competition. Received training at several Suzuki Institute classes with Cleo Brimhall and Dr. Haruko Kataoka.

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