Faculty & Staff

Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro

Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro

Artistic Advisor

Teaches: Wind Ensemble

anthony.mazzaferro@ocsarts.net

Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors from San Francisco State University.  During his undergraduate years, he served as the Principal Tubist in the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally,  he was appointed the Assistant Conductor for both the Symphonic and Concert Bands. Dr. Mazzaferro attended Northwestern University and pursued a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting where he studied with John P. Paynter.  In 1986 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. As a Graduate Assistant Dr. Mazzaferro was a Teaching Assistant for the Band and Music Education departments.

His guest conducting and adjudication assignments have included Honor Bands and Orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.  In 1994, 2001, and 2014 Dr. Mazzaferro was selected to conduct the California All-State High School Honor Band. In 2007 Dr. Mazzaferro also conducted the California All-State Junior High Symphonic Band. Dr Mazzaferro has also conducted the Alberta, Canada All-Provincial Honor Band and the Singapore “Junior College” National Honor Band.   As a clinician, Dr. Mazzaferro has worked with Concert Bands and Orchestras from The United States, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and China. Since 1992 he has served as the Principal Conductor of the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific.  In 2012 Dr. Mazzaferro was appointed Conductor of the Orange County Wind Symphony.

On his principal instrument, tuba, Dr. Mazzaferro has performed with numerous bands and orchestras throughout California.  This includes the Diablo Symphony Peninsula Symphony, Symphony of the Mountain, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Ana Symphony, and the Crystal Cathedral “Hour of Power” Orchestra. He is currently Principal Tuba with the Corona Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, and the Irvine Symphony.

Dr. Mazzaferro is the 2007 recipient of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) “Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award for excellence in Band Education and Performance”. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in Northern California.

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Amy Bowers

Amy Bowers

Instructor

Teaches: Low Brass Master Class

amy.bowers@ocsarts.net

Amy Bowers attended the University of Southern California for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, studying with Terry Cravens.

While in school, she won many awards, including the Pasadena Solo Competition, University of Southern California Concerto Competition, Pasadena Young Artist Concerto Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Solo Competition, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition, and the University of Southern California Robert Marsteller Award. She is a highly sought after trombonist and teacher in California. She freelances in many orchestras including the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, among many others. Miss Bowers teaches trombone and chamber music at the University of Southern California and has a large private studio of her own. 

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Victoria Hiromi Doo Lee

Victoria Hiromi Doo Lee

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, Double Reed Master Class

victoria.lee@ocsarts.net

Oboist Victoria Hiromi Doo Lee (’07) holds a bachelor’s and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Liang Wang.  An Orange County native, her versatility has led to numerous performances in all types of venues, from appearing with chamber groups at aquariums and art museums in California to touring as a soloist in France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  She is an active, in-demand musician who currently holds the principal chair of the Santa Monica Symphony and the Orange County Symphony.  

Miles McAllister

Miles McAllister

Instructor

Teaches: Trumpet Master Class

miles.macallister@ocsarts.net

Miles McAllister is an Orange County-based educator and performer.  He earned both of his degrees in Trumpet Performance, graduating with his Master of Music from California State University, Fullerton in 2015 and the University of Redlands in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music.  He is now a member of Presidio Brass, a nationally and internationally touring brass quintet. He is also 3rd trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony and a member of the Disneyland Band at the Disneyland Resort. Mr. McAllister is an active freelance performer and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (including at the Hollywood Bowl), Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Long Beach Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Pops, New West Symphony, California Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, and many other groups throughout Southern California.  From 2011-2013, he played lead trumpet for Carnival Cruise Lines in numerous showbands performing in their full-scale production shows and live variety sets. Miles has also recorded on Star Wars: Rogue One and the documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.

Mathieu Girardet

Mathieu Girardet

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, WE Sectionals, Symphonic Band, Guided Practice, Clarinet Master Class

mathieu.girardet@ocsarts.net

Born in Southern France, Mathieu Girardet is a clarinetist, composer/arranger, and educator now based in Southern California. His musical career has taken him to New York, South Korea, and various European countries, where he has performed on many of the world’s greatest stages. Mr. Girardet holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan. As a graduate fellow at Michigan, he performed in the university’s top band and orchestra, also taking second prize at the school’s annual chamber music competition with his clarinet quintet. Having recently returned to the west coast, Mr. Girardet is looking forward to working with young musicians, as he hopes to soon lead a music program of his own. He is in his first year at OCSA, where he leads large ensemble woodwind sectionals, directed practice, and music theory courses.

Warren Gref

Warren Gref

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, Horn Master Class

warren.gref@ocsarts.net

In addition to teaching at OCSA, Warren Gref currently serves as an adjunct professor at Cal State Fullerton where he teaches Horn. He also teaches Horn a UC San Diego, and is a horn coach at Vista Murrieta High School, Rancho Buena Vista High School, Carslbad High School, and many others. Mr. Gref studied at USC and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His pricipal teachers were Wendell Hoss, James Decker and Myron Bloom. 

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Gref has performed under such internationally acclaimed conductors and composers as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, EsaPekka Salonen, John Williams, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Jeffrey Tate, and Antal Dorati. He has also performed for Broadway musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Titanic, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Ragtime, The Producers, and others. He has also done a considerable amount of freelance work for Los Angeles-based television and motion picture studios (Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony, Capitol, Fox), and has a contract with the San Diego Symphony for many years. 

Axel Clarke

Axel Clarke

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, Sectionals, Percussion Master Class

axel.clarke@ocsarts.net

Axel Clarke has been active as a performer and instructor in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Percussion Performance from Cal State Long Beach. As a teacher, he has been a member of the Studio Faculty at Long Beach State for 10 years and also directs the percussion program at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts. He is also one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed IronWorks Percussion Duo. He currently tours internationally with the Beatle Tribute Abbey Road performing up to 150 shows per year in theatres and PACs.

Mr. Clarke’s performance and recording credits include work with Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Ballet, Stephen Hartke, the Ojai Festival, Sara Haze, Chelsa Lena, Skanic, Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra, The Robin Cox Ensemble, DMP, Next Exit, Mehdi, and several Steel drum ensembles. He can also be heard in numerous multi-media exhibits in museums across the country and in documentaries for Animal Planet and Discovery. As a composer he is published by Bachovich Music Publications and his works have been performed throughout North America, Asia and Europe. He is endorsed by Yamaha Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Innovative Sticks and Mallets, and SKB Cases.

 

Janelle Barrera

Janelle Barrera

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, SB Sectionals, Flute Master Class

janelle.barrera@ocsarts.net

As a performer and educator specializing in flute,Janelle Barrera brings myriad skills to her musical career. She has been an active instructor, clinician,conductor, and freelance musician for the past 20 years.

Ms. Barrera education includes a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Ms. Barrera is Principal Flute of the Southern California Philharmonic, Gospel Song Celebration Orchestra, founding member of That 70s Trio, and a member of the ALLOY Wind Duo with her husband and saxophonist, James Barrera. She is the current President of the Los Angeles Flute Guild, founder of the Los Angeles Flute Guild's "Flüt Än-säm-bəl", and Director of the Southern California Flute Camp.

In addition to teaching at OCSA, she also serves on faculty at Kennedy High School, Warren High School and the Savanna High School Band and Colorguard. She is a certified Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit Instructor.

Ms. Barrera makes her home in Southern California with her family and three cats. Her mission is to promote music education and share her love of flute performance with people of all ages and abilities.

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Dr. John Hallberg

Dr. John Hallberg

Instructor

Teaches: Directed Practice, Saxophone Master Class, Saxophone Ensemble

john.hallberg@ocsarts.net

Dr. John Hallberg, a Southern California native, is highly in demand as both a performer and instructor. His career has allowed him to perform and teach throughout Europe, China, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Along with his teaching responsibilities at OCSA, Dr. Hallberg also currently instructs saxophone at California State University, Fullerton, and the Colburn School for the JumpStart Young Musicians Program. A dedicated teacher, his students have garnered high recognition and praise as saxophonists themselves, and have successfully won positions in several honor bands, and have been accepted into leading music programs, including the University of Southern California, University of California-Los Angeles, The Hartt School, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, California State University, Long Beach, California State University, Fullerton, and the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Hallberg received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with minors in Music Theory, Music Technology, and Jazz Studies from USC. Dr. Hallberg also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Music from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.

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Thomas Idzinski

Thomas Idzinski

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, SB Sectionals

thomas.idzinski@ocsarts.net

Thomas Idzinski is a Freelance Tubist, Contractor and Educator. Mr.  Idzinski has performed in a lot of different places such as Hawaii, South Korea and many more. Mr. Idzinski has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in tuba performance, and will be auditioning for his Master’s Degree in the fall of 2017. Since 2015, Mr. Idzinski has held the Principle Tuba position in the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra performing alongside musicians in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2016, he won the principal tuba position of The Debut Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Idzinski also teaches for East Whittier Middle School as a brass instructor. He joined the Orange County School of the Arts family in 2016 teaching music theory A and symphonic brass and percussion sectionals. In his second year at OCSA he will also be teaching chamber music. In the fall of this 2017, Mr. Idzinski is excited to be starting a wind band program for the students Samueli Academy.

Anthony Maiello

Anthony Maiello

Professor

George Mason University School of Music

Anthony J. Maiello, artistic director and conductor of the American Festival Pops Orchestra in  Washington, D.C., makes professional appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles, and presenting clinics, lectures, and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Europe.

Presently a professor of music with George Mason University (GMU) School of Music, Professor Maiello teaches graduate and undergraduate Conducting, all levels of Aural Skills, and Jazz Theory & Arranging.  He founded and conducted the GMU Wind Ensemble, as well as the GMU Chamber Orchestra. He also served as associate director of the School of Music, conductor of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and director of the GMU Jazz Ensemble.

Throughout his career, Professor Maiello has published musical compositions for string orchestra and is the author of Conducting Nuances (GIA Publications, Inc.), Conducting: A Hands-On-Approach (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications), and co-author of The 21st Century Band Method (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications). In 2012, he was presented with the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia “Signature Award” for promoting music in America, and in 2013 was nominated for a GRAMMY Music Educator Award, a category created by the Recording Academy in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation in recognition of music educators. This year, Professor Maiello will receive the Bandmaster of the Year Award from Phi Beta Mu, the International Band Fraternity, at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL.

“It has been a delightful pleasure and honor to be associated with Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble and Wind Studies program at the Orange County School of the Arts under the direction of Mr. Teren Shaffer. This world-class organization has performed at numerous national venues, including the International Midwest Band and Orchestral Clinic in Chicago.  It sets the standard for high school wind band programs throughout the United States of America.  In my opinion it is absolutely FIRST-CLASS!”

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Bob Mintzer

Bob Mintzer

Chair, Jazz Studies Department

USC Thornton School of Music

Bob Mintzer is a triple threat musician who has been active in the jazz community for many years, recording and playing alongside many greats, including Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones with the Mel Lewis Big Band, James Taylor, the New York Philharmonic, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Queen, the National Symphony, American Saxophone Quartet, Art Blakey, Donald Fagan, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling, Jaco Pastorius, Mike Manieri, and Randy Brecker.

He is currently on the faculty of USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he teaches, directs the Thornton Jazz Orchestra, and conducts a jazz workshop for incoming freshman and sophomore students. Mr. Mintzer also plays with the Yellowjackets, one of the premier jazz groups playing today, which has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards. He maintains a busy touring schedule, playing with the Yellowjackets, his quartet, big band, and as a guest conductor and soloist alongside college and professional bands.

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Frank Potenza

Frank Potenza

Chair, Department of Studio/Jazz Guitar

USC Thornton School of Music

Capri Records Ltd. recording artist Frank Potenza is a protégé of the legendary jazz guitarist Joe Pass. He is an active educator, composer, arranger, and performer with nine solo albums to his credit. He has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Brother Jack McDuff, George Van Eps, Mundell Lowe, Joe Sample, Ronnie Laws, Joe Diorio, John Clayton, Jimmy Smith, Benny Green, Buddy Collette, Andy Simpkins, Ernie Andrews, Eddie Harris, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many other jazz luminaries.

From 1996 to 1999, he toured as a member of the Gene Harris Quartet. He is a featured soloist on Alley Cats, which was Harris’ final recording for Concord Records. Mr. Potenza has performed locally at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Frank Potenza currently tours in support of his latest Capri Records Ltd. recording For Joe, a tribute to Joe Pass. Frank is a full professor and chair of the guitar program at the USC Thornton School of Music and the author of several texts for the USC Thornton Guitar Instructional Series, published by Mel Bay Publications, the world’s largest publisher of guitar materials.

“I’m delighted to serve on the OCSA Conservatory Program advisory board. It’s a joy to see each new generation of college students in their formative years and a labor of love to work with them. It assures me that the music is in good hands and that it will thrive for a long time to come. My interactions with the students have been nothing short of fantastic. In performance with them, I’ve found their playing to be at an incredibly high level, and their interaction at clinics and master classes is enthusiastic and stimulating. I attribute all of that to the high level of instruction that they receive daily, and to the inspiration that they derive from the thoughtful mentoring of the OCSA faculty. I’ve known some of them for many years, and I’m familiar with their ongoing careers and accomplishments. I feel fortunate to be involved in such a vital and forward-looking music program.”

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Christopher Sampson

Christopher Sampson

Vice Dean of Division of Popular Music

USC Thornton School of Music

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