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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Staff Profiles


Dan St. Marseille
Director, Instrumental Music Conservatory
daniel.st.marseille@ocsarts.net

 Dan St. Marseille, Coordinator, IM Jazz Studies Program

Degrees and Studies:

  • M.M. Saxophone Performance, Jazz Studies, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.M. Music Clarinet Performance, Chapman University Conservatory of Music

Teaching Experience:

  • California State University Fullerton
  • Calvary Christian School – Santa Ana
  • Music Instructor - Orange County Department of Education
  • Idyllwild Arts Jazz Workshop
  • Master Classes and Clinics – North America and Europe

Professional Experience:

  • Leader/Manager, Dan St. Marseille Quartet
  • Founder, Resurgent Music – Jazz Recording Label
  • Published Composer, affiliated with BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated)
  • Performances throughout North America and Europe

Awards:

  • 2008-Wind Symphony Award, Chapman University Conservatory of Music
  • 1999-Saddleback Valley School District Hall of Fame
  • Recognized by County of Orange and State of California for performance excellence and career in music and recording

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian
Coordinator, Pianist Program
sarkis.baltaian@ocsarts.net

Currently Teaches:

  • Pianist Program

Degrees and Studies:

  • Studied with Rositza Ivancheva at the “Dobrin Petkov” Music High School for gifted students in Bulgaria
  • Bachelor's degree in music, USC
  • Master's degree in music, USC
  • Doctorate in musical arts, USC


Teaching Experience:

  • Teaching assistant, Professor John Perry, USC
  • Faculty, CSULA
  • Faculty, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Pan Pacific Music Festival in Sydney, Australia
  • Mammoth Lakes Music Festival
  • Chamber Music Coach, Junior Chamger Music Series in Los Angeles
  • Adjudicator, Music Teachers National Association, Music Teachers Association of California, Junior Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival

Professional Experience:

  • Carnegie Hall debut, 1999
  • Recitalist/concert soloist with major orchestras throughout United States, Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Aspen International Music Festival
  • Holland Music Sessions
  • Pan Pacific Music Festival
  • International Chamber Music Festival
  • Live concerts and interviews: NBC, NPR, KUSC-Los Angeles, K-Mozart, WMFT, Chicago, Bulgarian National Radio and TV, Classic FM-Bulgaria

Awards:

  • Top prize winner, national and international competitions

Christopher Russell
Coordinator, Orchestra and String Program
chris.russell@ocsarts.net

Degrees and Studies:

  • M.A. Orchestral Conducting, Indiana University
  • B.A. Composition, California State University, Fullerton


Teaching Experience:

  • Director of Orchestral Studies, Azusa Pacific University
  • Director, Instrumental Music Conservatory, Orange County High School of the Arts

Professional Experience:

  • Associate conductor, Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra
  • Music director, Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra
  • Music director, Indiana University String Orchestra
  • Conductor, Biola Symphony
  • Conductor, Indiana University New Music Ensemble
  • Guest conductor, NOVA Contemporary Music Ensemble of the University of North Texas
  • Guest conductor, California State University, Long Beach New Music Ensemble
  • Pre-concert lecturer, Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Pre-concert lecturer, Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Rachel St. Marseille
Coordinator, Commercial Music Program
Rachel.stmarseille@ocsarts.net 

Rachel St. Marseille graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach with a double major in music education and vocal performance, with an emphasis in jazz studies. In addition to her position as coordinator for the Commercial Music Program, she is a faculty member at Occidental College, teaches private jazz voice, and is the director of Children's Music at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.
 
Ms. St.Marseille has performed all over the world, including in Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and across the United States. Her performance highlights include being a featured soloist for a Whitney Houston Tribute at the Disney Concert Hall, performing with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra on a three-week tour in Japan with the Billy Vaughn Singers, and singing backup with the Rolling Stones for its 50th Anniversary Tour at the Staples Center.


James Barrera

Currently Teaches:

  • Saxophone Master Class, Saxophone Ensemble

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.M., Saxophone Performance, California State University, Long Beach
  • M.M., Saxophone Performance, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Leo Potts, Dr. Otis Murphy

Teaching Experience:

  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, CSULB -  Professor of Saxophone
  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music -  Associate Instructor of Saxophone

Professional Experience:

  • ALLOY wind duo
  • Duo Eleganté
  • New Los Angeles Saxophone Quartet
  • Rio Hondo Symphony
  • American Youth Symphony

 


Maya Barrera

Currently Teaches:\

  • Double Reed Master Class/Double Reed Ensemble

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.M., USC Thornton School of Music
  • M.M., Oboe Performance, Manhattan School of Music
  • Robert Botti, Dr. Joel Timm, David Weiss

Teaching Experience:

  • Private teacher, Southern California 

Professional Experience:

  • Solo, symphony, chamber, experimental music
  • Brass Angel’s Odyssey Cast, solo artist

Mandy Burke

Currently Teaches:

  • Music Theory I
  • Music History I

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.M. Vocal Performance, California State University, Long Beach
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, California State University, Long Beach

Teaching Experience:

  • Private studio teaching

Professional Experience:

  • The Sam Morrison Band, singer
  • Long Beach Opera
  • Lyric Opera of Los Angeles
  • Celestial Opera Company

Axel Clarke

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Music Theory 2
  • Music as a Business
  • Improvisation for non-Jazz Musicians
  • AP Music Theory (Academic elective)

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.M., Percussion Performance, California State University, Long Beach
  • M.M., Percussion Performance, California State University, Long Beach

Teaching Experience:

  • Studio Faculty, California State University

Professional Experience:

  • IronWorks Percussion Duo
  • Long Beach Symphony
  • Long Beach Ballet
  • Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra
  • Robin Cox Ensemble
  • DMP
  • Next Exit
  • Mehdi
  • Several steel drum ensembles
  • Compositions published by Bachovich Music

 


Jeff Cloud

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Contemporary Guitar 9/10
  • Contemporary Guitar 11/12

Degrees and Studies:

  • Graduate, Dick Grove School of Music, Los Angeles
  • Graduate, Mira Costa College, Recording Arts Program

Teaching Experience:

  • Recording Workshop, Beverly Hills, instructor
  • Private teaching studio

Professional Experience:

  • Owner, Music Producer, Recording Engineer, Studio Guitarist of Cloud 9 Recording Studio, San Diego
  • Worked, performed, or recorded as guitarist with Don Jose Ruiz and with members of the Gregg Allman Band, Taj Mahal, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton, Billy Idol, Tracey Chapman, The Neville Brothers, Sergio Mendez, Emmylou Harris


 


Rusty Vail Delafkaran

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Piano for non-Pianists

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.M., Voice Performance, University of Florida, Jacksonville
  • Graduate study, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Teaching Experience:

  • Private teaching studio, teaching piano, guitar, recorder, voice
  • Choral director

Professional Experience:

  • Classical singing career
  • St. Michael and All Angels Chamber Choir, Corona del Mar

 


William Fitzpatrick

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Violin and Viola Master Class

Degrees and Studies:

  • Dorothy Delay
  • Graduate, Juilliard School of Music
  • Blair School of Music, Nashville, Tennessee

Teaching Experience:

  • Director of Chamber Music, American Conservatory, Fontainebleau, France
  • Assistant to Robert Mann and Claus Adam of the Juilliard String Quartet
  • Chapman University Conservatory, Instructor of Violin

Professional Experience:

  • Founder and 1st Violinist of the New York String Quartet
  • Conductor of the Nashville Chamber and Symphony Orchestras
  • Founder and Conductor of “L’Ensemble des Deux Mondes,” France
  • Collaboration with “l’Orchestre Symphonique de France”
  • American Symphony Orchestra, New York, soloist
  • Performed and recorded with Gaby Casadesus, Itzak Perlman, Emmanuel Ax, Ron Leonard

 


Adrienne Geffen
adrienne.geffen@ocsarts.net

 Adrienne Geffen, Coordinator, Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program

Currently Teaches:

  • Clarinet Master Class

Degrees and Studies:

  • M.M. Woodwind Performance, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.M. Clarinet Performance, Northwestern University

Teaching Experience:

  • University of La Verne

Professional Experience:

  • Founding member, Third Wheel chamber ensemble
  • Orange County Wind Symphony
  • National Tour, Meredith Wilson's The Music Man
  • Orchestra, Royal Caribbean International

Jesse Hellen-Lloyd

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Audio

Degree and Studies:

  • California State University, Long Beach studying Recording Technology, Percussion, Electronic Music Composition

Professional Experience:

  • Sound technician, California State University, Long Beach
  • Recording Engineer in Los Angeles and Orange County

 


Casey Hopson

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Jazz Guitar I
  • Jazz Guitar II 

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M., California State University, Fullerton, Classical Guitar Performance
  • M.M., University of Southern California, Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance 

Teaching Experience:

  • Westmont College
  • Performing Arts Guild of Orange County
  • Private teaching studio

Professional Experience:

  • Director, Performing Arts Guild of Orange County

 


Judy Huang

Currently Teaches:

  • Piano Sight Reading 7/8
  • Piano Seminar 7/8
  • Practice Class
  • Piano Ensemble
  • Piano Seminar
  • Piano Master Class

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M. University of California, Los Angeles
  • Robert Turner, Ming-Qiang Li, Aube Tzerko, Vitaly Margulis

Teaching Experience:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • International Institute for Young Musicians

Professional Experience:

  • Performer, Fine Arts Orchestra, Taiwan
  • Carnegie Hall recitals 2006 and 2007
  • Soloist with the Peninsula Symphony, Rio Hondo Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Palermo Orchestra, and UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra

Awards

  • Grand Prize Winner, 2004 Carmel Music Society Piano Competition

Elizabeth Johnson

 

Currently Teaches:

  • String Techniques

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M., University of California, Irvine
  • M.M., Graduate Performance Diploma, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Experience:

  • Vanguard University
  • Private teaching studio

Professional Experience:

  • Freelance musician, has played with Josh Groban, Bebe Neuwirth, Steve Perry

 


Mark Massey 

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Jazz Piano
  • Standards 1 Combo

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M., California State University, Long Beach

Teaching Experience:

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • El Camino College 

Professional Experience:

  • Performances throughout Southern California, greater U.S., Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Far East, India
  • Worked with Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Stephane Grappeli, Louie Bellson, Barbara Morrison, Phil Upchurch, Poncho Sanchez, Tony Williams, and Maynard Ferguson
  • Featured guest at the Moscow Jazz Festival, 2001
  • Toured Japan, 2007, with Billy Vaughn Orchestra, and in 2008 with tenor saxophonist, Scott Martin

Awards:

  • Recipient, Carmen Dragon Fellowship for Composition

 


Arie Morigouchi
arie.morigouchi@ocsarts.net

 

 

Degree and Studies:

  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University, Music Education and Vocal Performance
  • 1st-Year Certification, Kodàly Association of Southern California (KASC)

Teaching Experience:

  • Private Instruction for Voice, Piano, and Musicianship
  • Assistant Director, Azusa Conservatory Children's Chorus
  • Music Assistant, Just For Kids (Osaka, Japan)

Professional Experience:

  • Member, Los Angeles Chamber Choir
  • Member, Angeles Chorale
  • Member and Coordinator, Ensoma Vocal Ensemble

Awards:

  • Outstanding Senior Award in Music Education, Azusa Pacific University
  • International Choral Competition 2013 winner (Spittal, Austria), A.P.U. Chamber Singers

Dan Oguri

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Strings 7/8
  • String Techniques

Degree and Studies:

  • Alumnus, OCHSA
  • B.M., Rice University, Viola Performance
  • M.M., Boston University, Viola Performance

Teaching Experience:

  • Private teaching studio 

Professional Experience:

  • Pacific Symphony
  • Opera Pacific
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Redlands Symphony

 


Corinne Olsen

Currently Teaches:

  • Appreciation 7
  • Music Service Class

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M., SUNY Potsdam, Violin Performance, with a minor in Music Business
  • M.M., California State University, Long Beach
  • Master Class performance with Pinchas Zuckerman

Teaching Experience:

  • Community Youth Orchestra viola coach
  • Fountain Valley High School viola coach 

Professional Experience:

  • Corona Symphony Orchestra
  • Golden State Pops Orchestra
  • Social Networking Manager for JRockRevolution.com

Erica Powell

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Harp Masterclass

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.M., Eastman School of Music

Teaching Experience:

  • The Sage Gateshead, UK Centre of Excellence in Music Education

Professional Experience:

  • Orange County Wind Symphony
  • Northern Sinfonia, UK
  • Leeds Sinfonia, UK
  • Durham Sinfonia, UK
  • Cunard Cruise Lines: Queen Elizabeth 2 & Queen Mary 2

 


Roger Przytulski

Currently Teaches:

  • Music Theory 2
  • Music History 2
  • Ear Training/Transcription
  • Beginners’ Jazz Workshop

Degree and Studies:

  • A.A., Palomar College
  • B.M., California State University, Long Beach
  • M.M., University of Southern California
  • Donald Crocket, Frank Ticheli, Bruce Miller, Martin Herman,Leo Potts

Teaching Experience:

  • Long Beach City College 

Professional Experience:

  • Active, published composer and performer in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas
  • Compositions performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Bourgas Opera-Philharmonic Society, USC Thornton Symphony, Varna Opera-Philharmonic, among others
  • Scores for short films and documentaries
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, American Jazz Philharmonic, Cypress Pops Orchestra, Pete Jacobs War Time Radio Review
  • Composer in residence for Pasadena Youth Symphony, Bakersfield Youth Symphony

Awards:

  • Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award
  • Robert Linn Memorial Scholarship
  • CSU Composition Prize
  • Pi Kappa Lambda membership
  • Chosen participant, 2001 Whitaker New Music Readings Session with American Composers Orchestra in NY

Melissa Rodgers

Currently Teaches:

  • Trumpet Master Class
  • Trumpet Ensemble

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M., California State University, Fullerton, Trumpet Performance
  • Pursuing D.M.A., Claremont Graduate University, History Performance Practices

Teaching Experience:

  • Private teaching studio
  • Master Classes in trumpet  

Professional Experience:

  • Specialist in Baroque performance on the natural/baroque trumpet
  • Performances with Bach Collegium, San Diego, CGU Collegium Musicum, Musica Angelica
  • Many performances on both Baroque and modern trumpet throughout the U.S.

Brian Shetland

Currently Teaches:

  • French Horn Master Class
  • Brass Ensemble

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M., California State University, Long Beach, French Horn Performance
  • M.M., California State University, Long Beach, French Horn Performance
  • Jim Atkinson, Joe Meyer, Lisa Cherry

Teaching Experience:

  • Private teaching studio

Professional Experience:

  • Founding member, Pacific Brass Ensemble
  • Founding member, French Horn sextet, Lessix
  • Torrance Symphony
  • Riverside County Philharmonic
  • Westchester Symphony
  • Carson Symphony
  • Peninsula Symphony

Barry Silverman
barry.silverman@ocsarts.net

 Barry Silverman, Director, Instrumental Music

Currently Teaches:

  • Concert Orchestra
  • Concert Orchestra Strings 

Degree and Studies:

  • B.M. University of Southern California, Performance, Conducting, Music Ed.
  • M.M., University of Southern California, Performance, Conducting, Music Ed. 

Teaching Experience:

  • Music Director and Conductor, Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra
  • Director of Band and Jazz Studies, and Opera Orchestra, Chapman College
  • Co-founder and Music Director, Foothill Youth Summer Theater
  • Co-founder and Music Director, Broadway Superstar Camp
  • Music Specialist, Capistrano Unified School District 

Professional Experience:

  • Music Director and Conductor, South Coast Symphony
  • Contemporary concerts, Musica Viva at Tel-Aviv Museum
  • Israel Philharmonic
  • Monday Evening Concerts
  • Contemporary Music Series, American Embassy in Israel
  • Hundreds of Concerts for Youth for Young Audiences of Los Angeles, Performing Tree, Orange County Philharmonic Society

Jeremy Swem 

 

Currently Teaches: 

  • Trombone/Tuba Master Class

Degree and Studies:

  • Trombone Performance & Instrumental Music Education B.M., CSULB

Teaching Experience:

  • Long Beach City College

Professional Experience:

  • Musical Theater West
  • Fullerton Civic Light Opera
  • The Golden State Pops Orchestra
  • Novus Tuba Quartet
  • Capistrano Valley Symphony
  • Southeast Symphony
  • Korean PhilharmonicUSC Thornton Symphony

 


Phillip Triggs

 Phillip Triggs

Currently Teaches:

  • Strings Technique

Degree and Studies:

  • MM, Northwestern University, Viola Performance
  • BM, Chapman University, Viola Performance

Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct Professor of Viola, Concordia University
  • Adjunct Professor of Viola, Santa Ana College
  • Applied Viola Instructor, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
  • Viola Instructor, Musishare, Inc.
  • Viola Coach, OCYSO and CYOSC
  • Chamber Music Instructor, Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival
  • Graduate Assistant: Instructor of Viola for Non-Music Majors, Northwestern University

Professional Experience:

  • Pacific Symphony
  • Opera Pacific
  • New West Symphony
  • Civic Orchestra of Chicago
  • Northwest Indiana Symphony
  • New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago
  • Golden State Pops Orchestra
  • Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet
  • Motion Picture, Video Game, and Television Recording

 


Gene Wie

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Music Technology
  • Chamber Music

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.S. Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
  • M.F.A. Music, University of California, Irvine

Teaching Experience:

  • Orchestra director, St. Margaret's Episcopal School
  • AP Computer Science teacher, St. Margaret's Episcopal School
  • Summer festival faculty, Chamber ArtsFest (USA/Europe) and The Viola Workout (Colorado)
  • Private music instructor

Professional Experience:

  • Music director, Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California
  • First violinist, Elegie String Quartet
  • Principal clarinet, South Orange County Chamber Orchestra
  • Concertmaster, Blackbird Music Project
  • Viola substitute, Pacific Symphony 

 


Victor Williams

Currently Teaches:

  • Music History 1 

Degree and Studies:

  • OCSA Alumnus
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Musicology (Music History)
  • Chapman University
  • Musicology M.M. program, California State University, Long Beach

Teaching Experience:

  • Orange County School of the Arts

Benjamin Woods

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Flamenco Guitar 1
  • Flamenco Guitar 2

Degree and Studies:

  • Flamenco studies in Sevilla and Madrid, Spain 

Professional Experience:

  • Performed with or accompanied workshops for Jesus Montoya, Jose Anillo, Pastora Galvan, Belen Maya, Domingo Ortega, Maria “Cha Cha” Bermudez, La Tania, Felix de Lola, Jesus Alvarez, and more
  • Performing currently in clubs, restaurants, theaters throughout California
    Founder and performer with Flamenco/Metal Band, FLAMETAL


 


Leif Woodward 

 

Currently Teaches:

  • Cello/Bass Sectional

Degree and Studies:

  • OCSA Alumnus
  • B.A., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • D.M.A., University of Southern California
  • Ronald Leonard
  • Clive Greensmith Jean-Michel Fonteneau
  • Laurette Goldberg
  • Dr. James Tyler

Teaching Experience:

  • Poly Technic High School, Long Beach 

Professional Experience:

  • Los Angeles Musica Angelica
  • Los Angeles Master Choral
  • Pacific Choral Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra
  • Santa Barbara Symphony
  • Angeles Consort
  • Carmel Bach Festival
  • San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival
  • Corona Del Mar Baroque Festival
  • Musica Angelica Chamber Music Series
  • Adjudicator, Los Angeles "Spotlight Awards,” MTAC "Voce" State Finals, CMEA State Central Section, Long Beach Mozart Festival

Awards:

  • Colburn Foundation Scholarship for Early Music Performance studies
  • Pi Kappa Lambda

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