Faculty & Staff

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

Associate Director, Instrumental Music; Coordinator, Pianist Program

sarkis.baltaian@ocsarts.net

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian has gained an international reputation as a concert pianist, chamber musician, recording artist, and pedagogue. He has been praised by critics for his “beautiful tone and ability to project even the most delicate pianissimos” and compared to George Gershwin and Oscar Levant for his performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F. Dr. Baltaian made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 1999 and has performed extensively both as a recitalist and concerto soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Baltaian is a dedicated teacher whose students have won various national and international competitions and have been accepted at many prestigious schools, such as Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, USC, UCLA, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Barbara, Pomona College, and University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Baltaian has held teaching positions at the Colburn School, Pan Pacific Festival in Australia, UAHuntsville, and CSULA. He currently serves on the faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and also maintains a private studio in Orange County and Los Angeles, working with award winning students.

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Dr. Doris Chiang

Dr. Doris Chiang

Instructor

Teaches: Musicianship B, Piano Ensemble B, Piano Seminar A

doris.chiang@ocsarts.net

Dr. Doris Chiang received her doctorate of musical arts from the University of Southern California (USC). After finishing her double major bachelor’s degrees in business and music at California State University, Fullerton, she pursued piano performance at USC, where she graduated with high academic honor. Her past teachers include Dr. Mary Mark Zeyen, and Dr. Stewart Gordon.

Dr. Chiang serves frequently as an adjudicator for Certificate of Merit program and Southwestern Youth Music Festival, as well as other piano festivals in southern California. From 2004 – 2007, she organized the monthly master class for local piano teachers in north Orange County. Besides her solo appearances in southern California, she was the pianist for Bachiana Piano Ensemble from 2004 -2008 and Hillsboro Trio, founded in 2009. The ensemble performs throughout the southern California. She is also actively involved with Music Teacher Association of California. Her role includes Certificate of Merit Chair (2004 - 2005) and President (2010 - 2012).

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Chiang’s students are the prizewinners of local festivals and MTAC events. She maintains an active studio in north Orange county areas.

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Dr. Judy Huang

Dr. Judy Huang

Instructor

Teaches: Piano Seminar 7/8, Piano Ensemble A, Theory, Chamber Music, Piano Master Class A

judy.huang@ocsarts.net

Judy Huang made her professional debut at age eleven with the Fine Arts Orchestra in Taiwan. She was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2004 Carmel Music Society.

She has given concerts in Taiwan and in the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Poland. Sharing her passion of chamber music, Dr. Huang is dedicated to community outreach programs and has collaborated with members of Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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Shannon Kauble

Shannon Kauble

Instructor

Teaches: Musicianship A

shannon.kauble@ocsarts.net

Shannon Kauble holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from California State University, Fullerton, as well as bachelor’s degrees in piano and vocal performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Since 1999, she has taught piano and voice privately, and she was also a church choir director from 1999-2006. Additionally, she is the president of the Lakewood-Cerritos branch of MTAC, and regularly serves as a piano and voice evaluator for CM evaluations and other local festivals.

As a freelance vocalist and accompanist, she performs for a variety of functions and in many locations mostly around the country and occasionally abroad. She also frequently appears as a singer and pianist with the chamber ensemble, Musica Anima. Furthermore, she has performed as a soprano soloist with the Pacific Symphony and has sung operatic roles with Opera of the Foothills, Antelope Valley Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, California State University Fullerton’s Opera Theater, International Lyric Academy of Rome, and Blue Danube Musikimpresario of Bulgaria. Other ensemble appearances have been with Long Beach Opera, Euterpe Opera Theater, Opera of the Foothills, and Lyric Opera of Los Angeles.

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Pepron Pilibossian

Pepron Pilibossian

Instructor

Teaches: Music History, Piano Sight-Reading 9/10, Piano Seminar B

pepron.pilibossianocsarts.net

Pepron Pilibossian has established herself as recitalist and chamber musician in high demand. A winner of numerous National and International competitions, she has performed in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, and Bulgaria. Recent appearances include Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Hall, Zipper Hall, as well as performances at the Varna Summer, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, The Kapelle Trio and Round Top International Music Festivals. Ms. Pilibossian keeps an active performing and teaching schedule. Currently, she fulfills her passion for mentoring young musicians at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, the Orange County School of the Arts, and Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.

Lukas Swidzinski

Lukas Swidzinski

Instructor

Teaches: Piano Seminar 7/8, Piano Sight-Reading 7/8, Piano Master Class - Section B

lukas.swidzinski@ocsarts.net

Lukas Swidzinski was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1996. He has taught at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana since 2009 and Vanguard University since 2016. At OCSA, he is a part of the Classical Voice Conservatory as well as the Instrumental Conservatory assisting with the musical activities and preparation of singers and pianists.  

Mr. Swidzinski has also worked at Ohio State University and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Since returning to California, he was on staff at the University of California, Irvine and University of Redlands. He has been active as a freelance pianist in Los Angeles.

He holds a double master's degree in piano and orchestral conducting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a bachelor of music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Advisory Board

Nina Scolnik

Nina Scolnik

Associate Chair for Performance

Senior Lecturer in Piano

University of California, Irvine
Dr. Derek Kealii Polischuk

Dr. Derek Kealii Polischuk

Director of Piano Pedagogy

Associate Professor of Piano

Michigan State University
Joel Kabakov

Joel Kabakov

PhD Distinguished Composer and Educator