Laura Arganbright DMA

Oboe
Dr. Laura Arganbright is a freelance oboist who performs throughout the Los Angeles area. She currently holds the principal oboe chairs with the American Youth Symphony and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and is a regular performer with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, LA's conductorless orchestra. Additionally, Laura has performed in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Sinfonietta, Opera Neo Summer Festival, and the Center Stage Opera company.

A recent graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Laura was awarded the Brandon Mehrle Service Award in recognition of individuals who demonstrate extraordinary support of Thornton through a commitment of energy and professional expertise. She was twice recognized for outstanding performance, leadership, and commitment to the community through her involvement with the Thornton Community Engagement Programs. Laura's academic studies were focused in Teaching and Learning Music, with additional emphasis on Baroque Oboe and Arranging. Before pursuing her doctorate at USC, Laura studied in her native state of Arizona and was the graduate oboe teaching assistant at Arizona State University. Past instructors include Marion Kuszyk, Joel Timm, Lot Demeyer, and Martin Schuring.  

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Laura has taught music and oboe in a broad range of settings. Since 2016, she has served as the oboe teaching assistant at the Idyllwild Summer Program. Laura held leadership positions within the Thornton Community Engagement Program and assisted in training new mentors in addition to coaching instrumental sectionals and instructing general music classes. While at USC, she led reed making sessions, established the annual Oboe Cleaning Day for students to learn instrument care and maintenance, and she was the oboe instructor for students pursuing music minors. Laura has been selling handmade oboe reeds commercially for five years, and she has over ten years of experience in private oboe instruction.

For more information, including recordings and upcoming performance activities, visit Laura's website: www.LAoboe.com.

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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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Glynis Davies

Vocal
Glynis Davies completed her Master's of Music Degree in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance from The Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB in 2015. During her coursework there she studied with Christine Guter and was her graduate assistant, getting to direct Jazz and Tonic (the schools second vocal jazz group). She holds a Bachelor.s of Music Degree in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. As well as an Associates of Arts Degree in Professional Music from the School for Music Vocations at SWCC, where she directed Organized Noise (a vocal jazz group at the school).
Glynis began playing piano at the age of 3 because her mother was a piano teacher. She comes from a very musical family. At age 7 she asked to start taking singing lessons and doing musical theater. She fell in love with jazz during high school jazz choir, thus choosing her musical pathway. She has a strong classical foundation in both piano and voice with lots of experience in the musical and jazz worlds as well. She has been privately teaching for ten years and loves working with students on an individual basis, as well as group settings.  

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Currently, Glynis teaches private voice lessons at Marymount University, is the vocal jazz specialist at Downey High School for their jazz choir, and teaches private voice and piano of all ages and styles throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Last year she ran the Vocal Jazz program at Fullerton College, while the director was on leave. Glynis has performed with the professional vocal jazz ensembles True North and Arf!. She has sang in collegiate vocal jazz groups Pacific Standard Time (CSULB) directed by Christine Guter, Jazz Singers (CSUS) directed by Kerry Marsh, and VoicesIowa (SWCC) directed by Phil Mattson. Through these collegiate groups she has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Educators Network Conference, and Carnegie Hall to name a few. She loves performing in her own projects as well but enjoys teaching even more. Music is the expression of the soul and Glynis loves to help others learn to develop their gifts. Beyond teaching and performing she also loves to compose and arrange music, especially for jazz choir.

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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 DMA

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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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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Hans Kristian Goldstein

Cello
Hans Kristian Goldstein, a 'Virtuoso experience' (Norwegian Østlands Post), was born in Norway. He began playing the cello at the age of eleven. He made his solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, at Sixteen as he grew up nearby.
As a teacher Hans has instructed young pupils in Sweden, Norway and United States. He teaches cello, Chamber music and Orchestra. Hans taught at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory. He also taught Non-Major Students at the Thornton School of Music at USC, Los Angeles.
Mr. Goldstein has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Hans performed in Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Norway. He also performed in South Africa, China and throughout the United States.  

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His performances have been broadcast on television and radio. Performances were broadcast in Norway on NRK. KUSC Los Angeles, New Hampshire Public Radio, WFMT, WQXR (United States) and on the Pretoria Radio in South Africa. He was named "New Artist of the Month" in the April 2010 issue of Musical America. A solo recital was cited as one of Baltimore's ten top musical events in 2010 by the Baltimore Sun. He has also appeared as "Fresh Face" in the Strad Magazine.
He performed in many reputable concert halls. These include Carnegie Weill Hall, Merkin Halls of NYC. He also performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, Steinway, Shriver, Disney and the Grieg Hall in Norway

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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.



 

 


Denise Peykanu

piano,organ
Denise Peykanu is a professional pianist, organist and music educator with over 25 years' experience in these disciplines. She holds a Bachelors's Degree in Applied Piano Performance (Pan American University, currently, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and an All-Level Music Education credential from the University of Texas, Austin, TX. Advanced studies in Organ Performance, choral conducting, vocal and accompanying from UCLA and Orff Certifications, Level 1 and 2 from Cal State Los Angeles compliment her piano teaching techniques. She incorporates ideas from her fine education and classroom experiences in her lessons: movement and singing, theory, ear training and sight reading and sight singing. As a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (), her students are invited to participate in the special programs sponsored by MTAC. She serves the local South Bay Branch as CM Theory Chair and Southern California Junior Bach Festival Chair. She was honored by her fellow MTAC teachers with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to the branch. Denise also holds membership in the National Guild of Piano Teachers () which sponsors the Guild Auditions annually.  

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Denise was past principal organist/pianist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Newhall, CA, St. Lawrence Martyr in Redondo Beach, American Martyrs in Manhattan Beach and Holy Trinity in San Pedro, CA. She has taught General Music K-5 in Round Rock, Texas, Newhall, CA, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes ISD and P.S Arts. She conducted/accompanied Childrens' Choirs at all teaching positions. Retiring in 2017 from full-time music ministry, Denise currently works as a free lance musician at several South Bay Churches, most notably, St. John Fisher in Rolling Hills Estates. She shares her talent with the community as a volunteer with the Torrance Memorial Hospital volunteer piano program bringing healing music to patients and their families.

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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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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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Herbert Waltl President and Artistic Director

Piano, Music Theory
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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Micah Wright DMA

clarinet, saxophone, piano, flute
Micah Wright received his degrees in clarinet performance from USC (D.M.A.), Rice University (M.M.), and Drake University (B.M.). Micah is an active musician in the Los Angeles area, performing in solo, chamber, studio, and orchestral settings. He maintains a private studio, teaches clinics and masterclasses throughout the Southwest, and is a D'Addario Woodwinds performing artist. Micah has received many national and international musical honors throughout his career, most recently winning the 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions, 2nd Prize at the 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition, Honorable Mention at the 2017 William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition, winning the 2016 Frances Walton Competition, and winning the 2016 MTNA California Young Artist Woodwind Competition. Micah has performed as a concerto soloist with several ensembles including Rice University's Shepherd School Symphony, Drake University's Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Meyer Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Concert Band, and the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.  

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Micah has performed throughout the United States and can be heard on Seattle's KING FM 98.1 and Sarasota's WUSF 89.7. He performs regularly with several chamber groups in Southern California. A versatile musician, Micah is known for his innovative programming. He frequently performs his own arrangements of solo and chamber works, explores non-classical genres, and performs programs where he is featured as both a collaborative pianist and clarinetist. Micah's main clarinet teachers during his collegiate study were Michele Zukovsky (USC), Yehuda Gilad (USC), Richie Hawley (Rice University), Dr. Michael Webster (Rice University), Clarence Padilla (Drake University), and Joyce Wheeler (Drake University). Micah Also studied piano with Bernadene Blaha (USC), Dr. Chiu-Li

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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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