Ted Case

Jazz piano
Ted Case graduated in May 2014 from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Ted moved from his birthplace in North Carolina to Portland, Oregon, when he was six years old. He started playing classical piano in second grade and gravitated to jazz in high school when he fell in love with the recordings of Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi and Hank Jones. In 2010 he earned the piano chair in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a national honor band. In 2012 he won the Wildflower Solo Piano competition in the collegiate jazz category. At USC, Ted has had the honor to study under Vince Mendoza, Russell Ferrante, and Alan Pasqua. He performs frequently in the Los Angeles area with his own trio and as a sideman. He also leads Purple Crayon, a ten-piece neosoul band with strings, rhythm section, and singer. 

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Ted is now offering private and group instruction in jazz performance and theory at Hyperium Conservatory. Students of all ages and levels can learn the elements of jazz in a rigorous but supportive environment. Ted focuses on teaching students to learn independently through listening, transcription and the development of aural skills. Classical musicians who have an interest in jazz, along with beginning instrumentalists, can learn to read chord charts, improvise solos, and play with a rhythm section. Any musician can learn the joy of creative improvisation through this great American art form.

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Rose Chen DMA

Piano
Pianist Rose Chen came to the United States in 1997 after winning numerous solo piano awards as a teenager and making her solo debut at the National Concert Hall in her native Taiwan. Rose earned a Bachelor's Degree at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and Masters Degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In November, 2009 Rose successfully completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts with full-scholarship at the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music. She was awarded as the outstanding graduate in the USC doctoral program. 

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In the past six years, Rose has devoted herself to chamber music and is enjoying a chamber music career with much success. Her highly accomplished piano trio, the Blue Rose Trio had captured top prizes in the Coleman, MTNA, and Peninsula chamber music competitions. Rose has concertized in Canada, Austria, Brazil, France, Israel, Hong Kong, and China. Within the United States Rose also maintains a steadfast performing and teaching career in Alaska, Texas, and throughout California. Rose also had appeared in master classes with Goto Midori, Thomas Allen, Lowell Liebermann, Gilbert Kalish, Eroica Trio, Takacs Quartet, and Julliard Quartet.
In addition to her lifelong interest in Western classical music, Rose's eclectic taste in music encompasses a variety of styles and genres, including Jazz, folk, and the music of the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. The venues in which she has performed are comparably varied: concert halls, churches, schools, hospitals, and restaurants. Whatever the style or setting, it is playing in an ensemble, with the excitement of interacting among other musicians, often spontaneously, that she finds most rewarding. This fervor carries across to others, she feels, making it an ideal medium for musical communication with an audience.
Rose's recent projects include playing the piano in a Tango band called Haberdashery Ensemble, and recording an all Villa-Lobos album with cellist, Dr. Lars Hoefs. Rose is currently the Artist-in-Residence of the Los Angles Musical Salon Concert Series where she collaborates with numerous guest performers. She is also the staff accompanist/vocal coach at Biola University in California.

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Étienne Gara

Violin, Viola
Praised for the warm tone and expressiveness of his playing, French born violinist Étienne Gara has performed extensively worldwide, appearing in such renowned venues as The New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, the Marigny Theatre in Paris, and the Wiener Saal in Salzburg. Since making his orchestral solo debut in 2005 with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary, he has continued his soloist career with orchestras in Europe and the United States. His concerts have been broadcast in Hungary, Switzerland, France and Belgium. 

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Mr. Gara has been a frequent guest of international music festivals, including the Aurora Festival in Sweden, the Thy Festival in Denmark and the Academy of Music of Lausanne where he was nominated laureate as a member of one of the best violin and piano duos. In France he performed at the Tons Voisins Festival and the Juventus Festival where he met the composer Eric Tanguy, who later wrote a piece for him. He was invited to participate in the Perlman Music Program in New York in 2009 and 2010, and joined Itzhak Perlman for the winter residency of the festival in Sarasota, FL and a program of concerts in Israel.

A 2010 laureate of the prestigious Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, as well as a laureate of the Fifth International Chamber Music Ensemble in Boston, he is a winner of Sir Yehudi Menuhin's "Music Live Now" competition, and won Second Prize at the Raiffeisen Klassik Competition in Salzburg. The Lions Club of France honored him with a scholarship for their national "Young Talent" award. In 2005, he had the honor to be chosen concertmaster for the opening of the new Auditorium of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

A passionate chamber musician, Mr. Gara has performed with many renowned players such as Lucy Chapman, Tony Nys, Rober Tapping, Jacob Koranyi, Julian Steckel, Daniel Blumenthal, Plamena Mangova and Denis Pascal. As an advocate for the arts, he has collaborated with The American Contemporary Ballet, the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble, and appeared on screen in the movie Broken Horses. He regularly participates in efforts to bring music to people with little access to live performance.

Born in Paris to a French mother and Hungarian father, Mr. Gara started playing the violin at the age of five. After studying in Paris, he continued his education at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg with Igor Ozim and Helmut Zehetmair. As an Erasmus scholarship recipient, he worked with Victor Tretiakov at the Musikhochschule of Cologne before completing his Performer Diploma with Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He earned his Master of Music at New England Conservatory under renowned pedagogue and violinist Donald Weilerstein and later joined the violinist Midori at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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Amy Gollins

Oboe, English horn, Flute
Amy Gollins is an oboe and English horn player from Mount Prospect, Illinois. She is currently the second oboist with the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. Amy is currently at The University of Southern California pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying oboe with Dr. Joel Timm. She received her Master's degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in oboe performance from The Boston Conservatory where she studied oboe and English horn with Robert Sheena, English horn, of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has toured South Africa, and recently, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest with the Lehigh University Philharmonic in 2010. Past teachers include David Diggs, a New York recording artist and Pedro Diaz of the Metropolitan Opera. Amy received her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  

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Eric Hagstrom

Drums, Percussions
Eric Hagstrom received his bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance from CSULB where he was a member of the top notch ensembles, Pacific Standard Time and the Concert Jazz Orchestra. He can be heard performing all around Los Angeles with the groups "Mostly Kosher", "Brainstory" and countless other jazz ensembles.
Eric Hagstrom has had the privilege to study with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as Jeff Hamilton, Matt Wilson, Raynor Carroll and Brad Dutz.  

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Lars Hoefs DMA

Cello
Lars Hoefs hails from Appleton, WI. He attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, received a B.M. from Northwestern University under Hans Jørgen Jensen, and both Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California, studying cello with Ronald Leonard. At USC, Lars was teaching assistant for the Contemporary Music Ensemble, winner of LA Weekly's "Ensemble of the Year." 

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Lars has performed and taught on four continents. He returns every August to Brazil for the Rio International Cello Encounters, and spent a half-dozen summers under the midnight sun at festivals in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Lars is cellist of the California Quartet and the Connections Chamber Music Series. Honors include top prizes in the Fischoff, MTNA, Coleman, and Peninsula Chamber Music Competitions. In demand as a writer, Lars was the program annotator for the Pasadena Symphony.

Lars spent 2009 as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, where he researched Villa-Lobos and performed tango and solo Bach with dancers.

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Izumi Kashiwagi Erskine DMA

Piano, Music Theory
Izumi started playing the piano at the age of five. She attended California State University of Long Beach where she obtained a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance in 2005. Izumi has studied with Edith Hirshtal, Junko Garret, Craig Richey at CSULB and Joseph Kalichstein and Rita Sloan at the Aspen Music School and Festival in 2003 and 2004. The recipient of many scholarships and awards, she won the 2003-2004 concerto competition at CSULB by performing the third piano concerto by Prokofiev.  

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In 2006 Izumi performed in the Geijutsu Theare Large Hall in Tokyo with her sister. She is also an experienced chamber musician and has performed with Peter Stumpf, the former principal cellist of Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has attended The Quartet Program in Boulder, Colorado in summer 2009, where she performed with Charles Castleman, the chair of the string department at The Eastman School of Music. She has recently been acknowledged as Liszt scholar/Piano artist from Liszt international competition.

Izumi has earned a masters degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California where she is currently working on a doctoral degree in the same field under the instruction of Kevin Fitz-Gerald receiving a full-scholarship, Koldofsky fellowship and teaching assistantship.

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Myroslava (Mira) Khomik DMA

Violin, Viola
Ukrainian-born violinist Myroslava Khomik is a winner of international competitions and awards, including the Remember Enescu Competition in Romania, Ugzhorod Silver Bells in Ukraine, and the New Names of Ukraine. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Ukraine, Spain, US, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and her performances were broadcast on National TV and Radio in Ukraine, the US, and in Asia.

She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also served as the Teaching Associate of Chamber Music in the string department. She is a newly appointed member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, regularly performs with New West Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and Divan Consort Ensemble in Los Angeles, and is an adjunct string faculty at Fullerton College.  

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Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Khomik maintains an active performing and teaching schedule. She is an avid promoter of contemporary composers, regularly participates in premieres of new works, and enjoys taking part in, as well as co-producing collaborative projects. Among the upcoming performances this season are solo appearances with Orquestra Sinfonica de Barra Mansa in Brazil, West Shore Symphony Orchestra and Dana Point Symphony Orchestra in the US, recitals in Los Angeles, New York, and Kyiv, featuring premieres of several contemporary American composers and also highlighting music by John Adams in honor of his 70th birthday celebrations, as well as chamber music concerts at the Broad Stage Series, and Le Salon de Musiques series in Los Angeles, Gulfstream New Music Festival in Ukraine, and an educational outreach residency with her string quartet in Juneau, Alaska.

Most recent past highlights include premiere of the re-edited violin concerto by Ferran Sor with Orquestra de la Societat de Concerts de Barcelona, guest solo appearance and master classes at the 10mo. Festival Internacional de Musica y Musicologia in Mexico, and with the Kyiv Kamerata in Ukraine, as well as completing a week-long residency at UNASP in Sao Paolo, and at the Projeto Retreta, an outreach music program for the underprivileged children in Artur Nogueira, Brazil.

A devoted chamber music advocate, Ms. Khomik won several competitions with her string quartet in 2013 and 2014, as well as the gold medal at the Global Music Awards 2014 with Divan Consort new music ensemble. She has a pleasure to collaborate with distinguished artists, such as the members of the Borromeo and Jerusalem String Quartets, Robert Davidovichi, Ronald Leonard, Eugene Friesen, Gloria Cheng, Guillaume Sutre, Movses Pogossian, Antonio Lysy, among others. Ms. Khomik frequently appears in prestigious chamber music series such as LACMA Sundays Live, Jacaranda, HEAR NOW New Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Broad Stage Series, Beverly Hills Festival, and NASUCA concert series in Los Angeles, and has performed in concerts at the Incontri in Terra di Sienna Music (Italy), Academie de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland), Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), and Zeist Music Days (Netherlands).

Ms. Khomik started learning music at the age of four in Ukraine, and after receiving her Performance Diploma from Lviv Krushelnytska School of Music, was invited to continue her education in the US on full scholarships. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also served as the Teaching Associate of Chamber Music in the string department. She is a newly appointed member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, regularly performs with New West Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and Divan Consort Ensemble in Los Angeles, and is an adjunct string faculty at Fullerton College and the French Conservatory in Beverly Hills.

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Sammi Lee

Flute, Music theory, Composition
Sammi Lee is a dedicated flutist, improviser, concert producer and educator based out of California. She holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts with multi-focus contemporary flute performance.
Her most recent performance calendar featured CLAW at LA Live, collaboration with Van Dyke Parks, Vinny Golia's Large Improvisation Ensemble, and performance of Stephen Prina's The Way He Always Wanted It in the Japanese Pavilion LACMA, and on-going collaboration series Expulsion and Cleopatra with Heidi Duckler Dance Company.  

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Her dedication to contemporary performance and collaboration with artists of all genres opened opportunities to work closely with Anne LeBaron, Baroque Ensemble under the instruction of Allen Vogel and Michael Pisaro's Experimental Ensemble, featuring performances of Elliot Carter at 100 and John Cage: 4'33' and Beyond at the REDCAT. As a concert producer, she has directed a concert series in Los Angeles with focus on premiering local living composers and their new works since 2008. In extension of the concert series, in 2010, she started a new project, CLAW (Contemporary Los Angeles Winds), producing performances mainly of newly commissioned works of LA composers.

As a private flute teacher Sammi enjoys teaching all ages, emphasizing traditional technique and repertoire, building strong fundamental musicianship and music theory comprehension with a focus on creativity.

Currently she is a music faculty at Rolling Hills Preparatory School in San Pedro where she teaches middle school general music, high school composition, and directs instrumental program. She resides in downtown Los Angeles where she also works at the Colburn Conservatory of Music as a Resident Life Advisor.

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Louis Ng recording engineer


Louis is the in-house recording engineer of our award winning production company mediaHYPERIUM and we are offering his expertise at our music conservatory. Besides working for mH he is the most requested engineer at USC recording most of their student and faculty recitals.



 

 


Cameron OConnor DMA

Guitar, Music Theory
Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Cameron O'Connor is among the most exciting and versatile of the new generation of American classical guitarists. In addition to recently winning First Prize in the Frances Walton Competition, he has also been a top prizewinner in the Tokyo, Indiana, Sierra Nevada, and Appalachian International Guitar Competitions, as well as the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale J.S. Bach Competition, Randy Rhoads Memorial Guitar Competition, and CSUN Concerto Competition. Current performance engagements include projects with John Adams, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Boston's Firebird Ensemble. His playing has been featured in films, including James Franco's Don Quixote, Seattle's Classical 98.1 KingFM, and American Public Media's Performance Today radio broadcasts.  

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Cameron made his Lincoln Center debut under the baton of Tan Dun, in which he performed the Concerto for Six, an ensemble piece which mixes Western and Eastern musical idioms; in a review of the concert, the New York Times observed that Cameron "fluttered on his guitar strings in a manner reminiscent of a pipa player's technique." Other recent highlights include an "especially effective" (South Florida Classical Review) performance at the New World Center in Miami, an invitation to perform at the 9/11 Memorial in New York-- a ceremony which featured Vice President Joe Biden and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, serving as part of the Worcester Chamber Music Society's Fellowship Ensemble, and performing as a guest artist at the Aspen Music Festival.

A strong believer in the importance of the accessibility of arts for the public, Cameron has spearheaded several events, such as free concerts at elementary schools and libraries, and has performed at several Classical Revolution Los Angeles events; he also organized the Royal High School Band Alumni Concert Fundraiser, the funds of which benefitted music students of the school. O'Connor's teaching experience ranges from the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School to the Aspen Music Festival and School, as teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin; and at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as a graduate assistant. He furthermore provides several interactive performances each month in non-traditional venues-- from hospitals to juveniles' halls-- as a fellow with the Thornton-Gluck Fellows Program.

Pursuing a strong interest in early music, Cameron has studied the lute and Renaissance performance under the esteemed Ron Purcell. This, in addition to a love for music in the ensemble setting, has pushed him into composing and arranging new music for both ensemble and solo guitar; Cameron recently gave a lecture arranging the music of Richard Wagner at USC's Doheny Library, which subsequently led to publications by Los Angeles Classical Guitar Editions. He furthermore performs regularly as an electric guitarist and often on banjo and mandolin in musical theatre productions throughout Southern California.

Cameron graduated cum laude from California State University Northridge, where he studied under Ron Borczon, Ronald Purcell, and Steve Thachuk. He recently received his Master Of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. Dr. O'Connor studied with William Kanengiser while working on his doctorate at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He serves on the faculty of CSU Bakersfield, Riverside City College, and Pasadena City College Extension.

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Wenjun Qi DMA

Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar
Wenjun Qi recently graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
Ms. Qi studied with Brian Head who is the chair of the USC guitar department, Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser who are members of the Grammy winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
In spring of 2011, Ms.Qi graduated from Southern Oregon University where she has been awarded a full scholarship. Wenjun Qi, a native of Chengdu, China, graduated from the Sichuan Conservatory. 

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While studying at this Conservatory, Wenjun performed a concerto with the Sichuan Conservatory Philharmonic Orchestra and received several awards, including the National College 2007 Best Student Scholarship.

She won First Prize at the Fifth National Guitar Competition of China, both as a soloist and as part of a duet, where she was also the youngest winner.

She has performed in many master classes with prestigious guitarists such as Roland Dyens, David Russell, Pepe and Angel Romero.

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Brandon Sherman Trumpeter/Improviser/Composer

Trumpet
Brandon Sherman, a native of Southern California, has been performing music for over 25 years starting with violin and piano at age 3 and moving on to Trumpet, French Horn, and Trombone in later years
He started at age 10 focusing on his main instrument, trumpet, and began studying privately with such names as Bobby Shew, Leslie Drayton, John Fumo, Howie Shear, New York Trumpeter Ralph Alessi, and other New York names like Brad Shepik, John Hollenbeck, Jason Moran, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley and Jim Black. 

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Throughout his high school years he played professionally on Trumpet and French Horn in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas with the Los Angeles Jazz Society, The Lane 29 Jazz Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Youth Orchestra, the Mike Stanley Wind Ensemble and many other groups.

In 2002, Brandon moved to Reno, Nevada where he made a name for himself as a freelance musician, leader and sideman in a variety of jazz and improvisational music ensembles. While in Reno, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Nevada studying under the tutelage of Dr. Larry Engstrom, Dr. David Ake, and Peter Epstein.

While at the University, Brandon developed a love for composition and began writing and arranging music constantly for Brass Quintet, Jazz Small Ensemble and Jazz Big Bands. In 2007, Brandon moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music from the California Institute of the Arts (graduated May 2009).

While living in Los Angeles he maintained a healthy performance and recording schedule. His compositions have been featured in venues all over LA, including being recorded at the Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio in Valencia, CA and in the famed Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood.

In 2010, Brandon was a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz omosers ar. fter ln an erformn n New York City from 2010-2013, Brandon once again resides in Los Angeles where he continues his active career in Music Performance, Recording and Composition. His unique sound and compositions have been heard in just about every major city of the United States as well as in Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Austria, Slovenia and France.

BM in Trumpet Performane (2007) Univ. Nevada-Reno MFA in Jazz Studies (2009) California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

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Samuel Shuhan

Double Bass
A native of New York, Samuel Shuhan is currently pursuing a master's degree in performance at the University of Southern California while studying double bass with professor David Allen Moore. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College under the tutelage of Nicholas Walker.
Although his education is rooted in classical music, Shuhan is a lover of most genres. He stays active playing jazz, electric bass, recording electronic music, and most recently began learning to play the violone. He has toured and performed internationally across genres and in 2014 attended the summer festival Domaine Forget in Québec and studied with master and pedagogue François Rabbath.
In 2011, Shuhan won the Lee Strebel Memorial Youth Concerto Competition and in the following year performed as a soloist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra 

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Kathryn Shuman Soprano

Vocal
Kathryn Shuman is a versatile vocalist, composer and music teacher who performs regularly and writes music for voices, and instrumental ensembles of varying sizes.
Specializing in classical and jazz styles, Kathryn is experienced in performing several different genres including baroque, opera, jazz, blues, funk, soul, folk, and often mixtures of any of those.
She has performed internationally in places including St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and various cathedrals, churches and festivals in Florence, Berlin, Wales, and Ireland. She has also sung in many music festivals in the US as well, including Monterey Jazz festival in September 2014, with the awardwinning small jazz group, Pacific Standard Time.
She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance at California Institute of the Arts this May 2016. She received a Bachelor of Music degree at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University of Long Beach in 2014. 

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Currently, Shuman is in the process of recording an album with duo project, "Ben and Kat," featuring Ben Finley on bass. This project features vocals and electric bass both using live electronics and effects processing.

This duo will be on a Canada and US East Coast tour July 2016. In addition to this project, Kathryn is working on a solo album featuring a handful of fellow artists. One of Kathryn's originals, "the habit is who I am" was chosen to be recorded for the CalArts' singer/songwriter project, released May 2015.

Kathryn has 7 years of music teaching experience. She has taught private and group lessons for voice and music theory at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, CA, and Poly Tech High School in Long Beach, CA. Kathryn taught the Institute voice class at CalArts while she was studying there.

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Benjamin Sorrell DMA

Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet
Hailed as having, "a gorgeous sound" by conductor Benjamin Zander, saxophonist Dr. Benjamin Sorrell has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras throughout Western Europe and across the United States. As performer he has earned a number of honors including winning the New England Conservatory (NEC) Concerto Competition performing Ingolf Dahl's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, leading a quartet to win the NEC Honors competition and a solo performance in Jordan Hall, Boston, MA, as well as being invited to perform William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso with the University of Southern California Wind Ensemble. 

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Repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, Benjamin is a strong proponent of the music of our time. These interests have led to performances at Helmut List Halle, Graz, Austria, and The Players Theatre and John Zorn's The Stone in New York City, and to his invitation to the University of Colorado at Boulder's Pendulum New Music Series to premiere a new work for saxophone and piano by Anthony Green that was dedicated to Lee Hyla, the guest of honor for the evening. As an orchestral musician Benjamin has had the opportunity to work under the batons of Hugh Wolff, Donald Palma, Carl St. Clair, Benjamin Zander, Jung-Ho Pak, Gunther Schuller, Lucas Vis, and Beat Furrer.

Benjamin has participated in various music festivals including, International Music Institute Darmstadt (Germany), Habanera Academy (France), European Saxophone University (France), Impuls Ensemble Academy for Contemporary Music (Austria), Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (Boston, MA). His research interests lie in the discovery and development of a universal method of musical analysis that can bridge 20th/21st century music to that of the common practice period, he is currently preparing for publication an analysis of Berio Sequenza IX for contralto saxophone.

Currently, Benjamin is the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Sinai Akiba Academy, maintains a studio of private saxophone students throughout Los Angeles County, and is the saxophone instructor at HYPERIUMconservatory. In the past he was part of a New England Conservatory Community Outreach saxophone quartet for two years, and continued that outreach as an Honors Ensemble performing in schools, at after-school programs, retirement homes, and assisted living communities in underprivileged neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Benjamin has been heard playing on National Public Radio's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and plays Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones on Ben Ranson's debut CD, Eighteen Wheels of Pain. Dr. Sorrell received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School School of Music studying with Los Angeles Philharmonic saxophonist, James Rötter, and holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree, both with Honors, from New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Kenneth Radnofsky. Additional studies and/or masterclasses with Claude Delangle, Marcus Weiss, Vincent David, Jean-Denis Michat, Arno Bornkamp, Jean-Michel Goury, Habanera Quartet, and Prism Quartet.

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Uriel Vanchestein

Clarinet, Music theory, Composition
As a clarinetist, Uriel Vanchestein is a laureate of the Geneva International Music Competition and the AudiMozart International Competition. He has been invited to perform recitals and give master classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, at the Xian International Clarinet Festival in China, and at the Caracas International Clarinet Festival in Venezuela. He has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra from 2008 to 2010, has performed a recital for Soroptimist International in Japan and appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra, the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra and I Musici Chamber Orchestra of Montreal. Also a founding member of the Boreal Trio, Vanchestein performs with the group around the US and will be taking part in the next season of Pro Musica of Montreal.  

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Also an active composer, Vanchestein's works have been performed on four continents in such venues as the Verbier Festival and Carnegie Hall. Newly commissioned by the Orford Art Center for a piece to be premiered by the New Orford String Quartet this coming July, he was also recently commissioned by the New York Woodwind Quintet, the New York Classical Players for a Double Concerto for Flute, Clarinet and String Orchestra, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival for a String Quartet performed by the Harlem String Quartet and the Fibonacci Trio for a piano trio.

After being a pupil of Maestro Inouye from the Metropolitan Opera, Vanchestein conducted a performance of Wagner's Siegfried-Idyll at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and a performance at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Lyon.

Mr. Vanchestein received a Bachelor and a Master's Degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Charles Neidich. He also graduated from the École de Musique Vincent-d'Indy of Montrèal with Marek Sowinski and studied two years in Boston with Jonathan Cohler.

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Herbert Waltl President and Artistic Director

Piano
HERBERT WALTL began his musical education at the age of five and subsequently studied with the renowned pianist and composer Franz Hummel. Parallel to his intensive training with Mr. Hummel, he attended the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany. Initially specializing in Beethoven, he made numerous concerts, as well as recordings and radio and television broadcasts in Europe and the US. Equally interested in composing, he was offered the position of ComposeHerbert Waltl began his musical education at the age of five, but abandoned a promising career as pianist and composer in favor of producing. He has over 35 years of experience in the recording and entertainment industry.

Exploring cutting-edge technology and new pro-AV production methods, Mr. Waltl has been recognized by world leading technology companies as a visionary, creative source and authority in the media industry. He was the first DVD video producer in history (working on projects for Philips Research Laboratories long before it was a recognized format or even had a name, producing both: video and audio) and has been hailed as the "guru" of surround audio productions.r-in-Residence at the San Francisco State University. 

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Herbert Waltl has also been recognized as producer with numerous awards and nominations including two Grammy awards, TEC Award for "Outstanding Creative Achievement", DVD Entertainment Award for "Best Music DVD", Surround Sound Music Award, DVD Audio Excellence Award and Finalist of the Billboard DEMX Awards for "Music DVD of the Year 2005".

Early artistic background
Herbert Waltl attended the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany. Discovered and trained by renowned German pianist/composer Franz Hummel, he embarked on a performance career, initially recording the Beethoven "Diabelli Variations" and giving recitals in Europe and the U.S. Despite his early success as a performer, Mr. Waltl's interest in composition increased, especially in the area of electronic instrumentation. He became proficient in, and an early proponent of, computer-aided composition. His interest and expertise has grown with subsequent technological advances and he has been able to pursue and combine his passions for artistic expression and cutting technologies.

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Philip Yao

French Horn, Trumpet
With over 1,500 credits in Film, Television and recording, USC graduate Phillip Yao has worked with many of the world's top composers and musicians including John Williams, James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith.
Mr. Yao can also be heard on recordings showcasing a variety of artists from all genres, Hilary Hahn, Barbra Streisand, Aerosmith, Josh Groban and Ray Charles, to name a few.
In addition, he has years of orchestral, opera, ballet and Broadway show experience having played with the Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.  

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