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  • Bobby Halvorson


    Bobby Halvorson is a Doctor of Musical Arts having earned his degree from California Institute of the Arts in "Performer-Composer" in May of 2013.

    Emphases include-- extended vocal technique, contemporary concert music, orchestral and chamber music, folk music, pop music, and country music.

    Bobby Halvorson arranges music for ensembles with a distinct strength in vocal arranging and vocal harmony. He currently directs the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at California Institute of the Arts and the Santa Clarita Men of Harmony Barbershop Chorus. He also teaches undergraduate tonal music theory, songwriting forum, a composition course on techniques used in composing for voice, composition, theory and voice lessons.

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  • Brian Havey


    Los Angeles native Brian Havey started playing piano at the age of 15 and has been immersed ever since. Though well-versed in many musical styles, Brian spends most of his time exploring creative improvised music and composition. When he's not in his studio composing music & designing sounds for indie video games, the accomplished pianist performs throughout the U.S. and Europe, and nerds out building software synthesizers & generative music algorithms that create music on the fly. As a recording artist, Brian has released over half a dozen albums and EPs, including jazz & electronic music.

    As a teacher, Brian is focused on teaching strong fundamentals that emphasize reading and good rhythm, with the ultimate goal of teaching students, young or old, musical self-reliance. While a bit no-nonsense, Brian has a growing library of custom arrangements and exercises he gives students of all levels to not only help them grow musically but maintain interest.

    Brian holds three music degrees, including a Masters degree from California Institute of the Arts. Brian is the current keyboardist for Captain Beefheart's Magic Band.

  • Cari Stevens

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  • Chris Korangy


    Chris Korangy is a Berklee College of Music graduate with over 15 years of experience as a pianist, composer and teacher. Aside from his classical training that he received growing up in London, he is also an accomplished jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He has written, orchestrated and recorded original music for numerous theatre productions both in the U.S. and U.K. and has performed extensively as a pianist in the U.S. and throughout Europe. He is currently involved in developing interactive animations and graphics for the purpose of enhancing music education for children.

    As a teacher, nothing gives him greater joy than to witness a student express themselves confidently and proficiently through music, and for them to break through their beliefs about what they thought they could and couldn't do.

    He believes every student is unique with their own special talents and challenges to overcome. It is his hope and purpose as a teacher to find out the very best way for his students to not only reach their goals, but to surpass them!

  • Chris Lee


    Chris Lee is Los Angeles based pianist, composer, music producer and educator. After graduating from prestigious Berklee college of Music in Boston, he relocated to Los Angeles to work with various film composers such as Jeff Rona, Mike Suby, and Joey Newman whose film/Tv/game credit include “God of War2,” “The Butterfly Effect,” “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” and etc. Chris Lee also composed additional music for ABC television series, “Make It or Break It.” Besides composing, he is equally passionate in performing jazz piano. While working in Los Angeles, he made an acquaintance with Credia, one of the biggest classical music management companies in Korea and toured with renowned violist Richard O’Neill, performing in front of thousands of audience at venues such as Sejong Arts Center which aired on national TV. Chris is also an avid educator, having taught jazz and classical piano to wide range of groups from beginners to professional. He is currently attending USC to further his musicianship and will be graduating in 2018 with Master’s degree in jazz piano.
  • Chris Schunk


    Christoffer Schunk is a multidisciplinary composer and performer based in Los Angeles. His pieces have premiered at SEAMUS, the Iron Composer Competition, REDCAT, Human Resources LA, and the wulf, and have been performed by the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, The Black House Collective, UC Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, and various other artists throughout the country. As a film composer, Schunk's scores have premiered in the Cannes Film Festival and Highland Park Film Festival, he received "best score" in the Santa Barbara Digital Film Festival and "best film" in the Reel Loud Film Festival and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

    Schunk is as versatile a performer as he is a composer. He was the pianist, celesta player, and didgeridoo player in the premier of Anne LeBaron’s opera Crescent City; he performed on accordion and setar in the John Cage Centenary Festival at REDCAT; he played guitar, ukulele, accordion, and was the singer-songwriter for the folk band Awkward Starfish; and he continually performs in a variety of new chamber works throughout California as both a multi-instrumentalist and performance artist.

    Schunk holds an MFA Performer-Composer degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Composition from UC Santa Barbara. He has been teaching for over 10 years and will cater lessons to your tastes and interests, providing a solid foundation for any genre of music.

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  • Cooper Babbes

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  • Cooper Wolken


    Cooper Wolken is a drummer, composer, and music educator living in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in the woods of Massachusetts, he began studying drums at an early age. He completed studies at New England Conservatory’s preparatory school, then moved to LA to attend California Institute of the Arts where he earned a BFA in jazz drumset.

    Currently, Cooper is an active member in LA’s creative music community. In addition to playing experimental and improvised music, he works extensively in rock, pop, folk, and jazz styles.

    As a teacher, his aim is to inspire curiosity and passion about music while developing the skills necessary for growth. Lessons will be shaped to each student's unique learning strengths, and they’ll be positively guided in developing fundamental technique and facility around the drumset. They will be encouraged to explore the possibilities of the instrument, and ultimately find their own creative voice on the drums.
  • Christin Hablewitz


    Christin is passionate in her efforts to expand the repertoire to meet our ever-evolving global society. While rooted in classical clarinet, along with some jazz, she has branched off to study, perform, educate and expose listeners to a variety of amazing music including, Classical Persian and North Indian, Brazilian Choro, Trinidadian Calypso, Cuban Danzon, Klezmer and America's hybridization of it all.

    In 2012 she completed a MFA in clarinet performance fromCalifornia Institute of the Arts in Southern California. She has also received a M.A. in Creativity & Arts Education fromSan Francisco State University and B.A. in Music fromNorthern Illinois University in Music Education. Christin performs on clarinet, bass clarinet, flutes and steel drums in various ensembles, including Los Angeles Clarinet Choir,Zetz Klezmer Ensemble, KREation Ensemble, Steel Jam Steel Band, and many more.

    Music education has also played an important role in her life and she continues to teach students from beginners to advance players, privately and school ensembles. Christin has a passion for teaching students and performing new music, world music, improvisation and integrating various art forms in a classical context.

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  • Clarice Cast


    Clarice Cast, native of São Paulo, Brazil, earned a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in World Percussion from the California Institute of the Arts. She has been nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Arrangement Instruments & Vocals” with the sophisticated Lado B Brazilian Project’s debut album. Clarice has always been fascinated and influenced by a diversity of musical styles, and it has been her driving force to learn, perform, write, and teach these styles. Besides being an active performer, recording artist, and maintaining a private teaching studio, Clarice teaches at a variety of educational programs in the Los Angeles area and is a regular clinician at colleges, universities, and percussion festivals, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2014. Clarice endorses Tycoon Percussion Instruments.
  • Danny Wood


    Daniel Wood is a composer of new opera and new chamber music and experimental filmmaker born based in Los Angeles. He attended Whittier College where he studied with Dr. Teresa LeVelle in composition and Dr. Tyler W. Tom in solo piano. There he received the Friends of Music Scholarship among other merit-based scholarships such as the John Greenleaf Whittier Award. During high school he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a piano major while simultaneously studying at the Colburn School with Dr. Stephen Cook. He performed as a soloist and accompanist in Zipper Hall on numerous occasions as well as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as a collaborative pianist. Daniel has also attended Interlochen Academy for the Arts, the Bard Summer Conducting Program with Harold Farberman, the Etchings Festival where he had lessons and master classes with Louis Karchin, Dominique Schafer, John Aylward, and Fabien Levy. More recently Daniel premiered pieces at the Academia dell'arte in Arezzo and the soundScape festival in Maccagno.

    After finishing a BFA in composition at California Institute of the Arts with composers Karen Tanaka, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, and most recently Anne LeBaron, Daniel moved to Los Angeles where he teaches and performs.

  • David Rhodes


    David Rhodes is a Los Angeles composer, pianist, and teacher. Before completing his MFA in the California Institute of the Arts Performer-Composer program, Mr. Rhodes worked with an experimental theater company in San Francisco as resident composer and music director, where he received exemplary reviews for his "mesmerizing" and "ethereal" scores for theater and short films. He has worked closely with such composers as David Crumb, Rob Kyr, Michael Jon Fink, Wolfgang von Schweinitz and Ulrich Krieger, with piano studies under Victor Steinhardt and Vicky Ray. David's music has been performed in San Francisco, New York, Brazil, and Los Angeles where he continues to compose for ensembles of mixed instrumentation and film. He splits his time between practicing (standard and contemporary repertoire), composing (commercial, film, and stage music), and running his studio/music school, Rhodes School of Music.

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  • Desiree Hazley


    Desiree Hazley is a classically trained violinist who is a native to Los Angeles. She began studying the violin at the age of five. Since then she has traveled the world and performed in over 18 countries. As a professional freelancer she has collaborated on many recordings, TV shows, events, musicals, and band and orchestral performances. Her stage appearances range from performing with Andrea Bocelli and David Foster for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards' Governors Ball to performing with Andy Grammer on ABC's The Bachelorette. She has additionally recorded many compositions for Dreamworks, Disney, and Lionsgate Films and appeared on FX's TV show, American Horror Story, and the last season of Fox Network's TV show, Glee.

    In the summer of 2014, she had an amazing opportunity to go on a world tour of 10 countries with Yoshiki, a Japanese Icon, and also performed with his rock band, X Japan, at Madison Square Gardens. She also performed with Yoshiki at several festivals including: Sundance Film Festival (Utah), SXSW (Texas), Otakon (Maryland), and Hello Kitty Con (California).

    Desiree is also a motivated teacher in the Los Angeles area. She started her own private studio in 2009 and has taught at multiple conservatories. She received her B.M. in Violin Performance at Azusa Pacific University and additionally studied violin at California Institute of the Arts.
  • Emilio Cuenca


    Emilio Cuenca's teaching method has evolved throughout his 8 years of teaching experience into an all-inclusive approach, which he tailors to every student's needs. He believes in the well-rounded musician and includes theory, harmony, solfeggio and ear-training, along with performance practice. He equips his students with the skills necessary to play genres from Baroque to Pop to Salsa, to sight-read for their personal enjoyment and to play with others. His goal is to enable his students to fulfill their own musical aspirations.

    Emilio was raised in Southern California and has studied piano in Italy, Spain, Mexico and in both coasts of the U.S. He enjoys cooking, playing "air instruments" while listening to old classical records and is an avid lap swimmer.

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  • Evan Montgomery


    Evan Montgomery has been an educator, performer, and composer for over 15 years. He received his Masters in Jazz Guitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts in 2015, and his Bachelors in Classical Guitar Performance from Lawrence University in 2009.

    In lessons Evan focuses on several basic concepts; time/rhythm, fretboard harmony/theory, and musicality/creativity. Evan believes that music is a joy to be shared by all, and is dedicated to creating a lesson plan that caters to the students needs and wishes. Though excelling in jazz, classical, and improvised music, Evan has performed and worked with musicians and artists of every genre. He strives to share this appreciation for all types of music with his students.

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  • George Silva


    George Silva, a Los Angeles native, is a performer/composer/instructor who has been studying music for over 15 years. George has an extensive education in music, having received his A.A in Guitar Performance from Los Angeles College of Music and his BFA and MFA in Jazz Studies - Guitar from California Institute of the Arts. Being a native to the Los Angeles area has given George a unique understanding and insight into music’s ability and role in cultivating diversity and inclusivity within the community.

    As a performer and instructor, this exposure to diversity has given George the ability to develop practical lesson plans that take influence from both western and eastern music styles. Since 2014, George’s time as an instructor with Plaza de la Raza as well as San Gabriel and Los Angeles Unified School Districts has given him the honor of being a part of over 200 students’ music-learning experiences.

  • Hunter Harris


    Hunter Harris is a violist/violinist who specializes in early and contemporary music. His music experience began at an early age with piano lessons. Attaining a BM from the University of South Carolina, he specialized in music education where he gained teaching experience through the University of South Carolina String Project, and student teaching. In graduate school at the California Institute of the Arts, through the Community Arts Partnership, Hunter gained valuable teaching experience to better serve the music community.

    His experience as a violist/violinist has allowed him to collaborate and perform with notable musicians such as: Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Lorenz Gamma, Malcolm Goldstein, Susan Allen, Tisha Mabee, Allan Vogel, Mark Menzies, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. An advocate for early music, he has immersed himself into the world of historical performance practice by studying baroque violin and viola with notable baroque violinist, Susan Feldman. Not limited to early music, he also advocates for works by modern and contemporary composers, including Tigran Mansurian, Luciano Berio, György Kurtág, Eitan Steinberg, Betty Olivero, Toshio Hosokawa, and Mauricio Kagel.

    In 2013, he recorded at Capitol Records, in Hollywood, for the California Institute of the Arts Jazz CD, produced by David Roitstein. Also in 2013, he performed with Mexican avant-garde theater company Teatros de Ciertos Habitantes, at Radar L.A. 2013, an international festival of contemporary theater. In 2014, he completed his MFA in viola performance at California Institute of the Arts. His teachers have included: Constance Gee, Mark Menzies, and Susan Feldman.

    Most recently, he has played Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Los Angeles based opera company, Opera Animata, Mozart’s Sparrow Mass with the Santa Monica College Chamber Choir, and in December, Handel’s Messiah with the San Juan Capistrano Mission Basilica Choir, all on period instruments.

  • Jake Sucher


    Jake Sucher is a Los Angeles based musician and educator. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Albert School of Music on May 16th, 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies. He currently does work as a free-lance film composer, private music teacher, and performing musician. As a composer and performer, Jake has received many honors. His compositions for film have been featured two years in a row at the CalArts film showcase at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. In the summer 2015 Jake was invited to participate in an art residency at No Lugar Contemporary Art in Quito, Ecuador where he collaborated with artists from around the world and premiered original sound design. As a performer, Jake has had the opportunity to record his own composition for jazz quartet at Capitol Records for the 2014 CalArts Jazz CD. He also tours and performs regularly around Los Angeles.

    Jake's first job, as a sophomore in high school, was teaching piano and guitar to the neighborhood kids. Today Jake has worked on the faculty of various educational organizations including West Coast Music Academy, Valencia Seoul Music, the Academy of Technology Art and Music, and Gand Camp Music Tech and still maintains a private studio of students.
  • Jaron Crespi


    Jaron Crespi is a pianist, producer, songwriter, and teacher based in Los Angeles. He began studying the piano at age nine, then picked up the guitar at age thirteen and has been writing songs ever since. He studied jazz guitar at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in New York City before transferring to California Institute of the Arts where he would receive his BFA in jazz piano.

    While at CalArts Jaron created and composed music for large-scale, interdisciplinary artistic performances in which he incorporated the talents of dancers, play-writes, set designers, filmmakers, and fine artists. Jaron is currently involved in the LA music scene as a producer and songwriter, collaborating with various artists and exploring a wide stylistic range.

  • Jessica Lin

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  • Joe Wong


    Lessons combine a straightforward presentation of fundamental technique, along with the motivational framework to ignite students’ creative impulses. Students receive a solid foundation in the history and craft of drumming, but are encouraged to pursue their own artistic ambitions.

    We will help you identify and pursue your creative goals with a clear, step-by-step approach that ensures steady, rewarding progress. We believe that each lesson should be a fun and creative experience in and of itself, in addition to being a step towards larger development.

    LA DRUM was founded by Joe Wong, a musician and composer with over 20 years of experience. As a drummer, Joe has recorded and toured the world extensively with a diverse range of artists. As a composer, he has scored an eclectic collection of films, TV shows, and ads. His projects have received critical acclaim from several media outlets, including: The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. As an educator, Joe has instilled a love of music in hundreds of students.

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  • Justin Asher


    Justin Asher is a Los Angeles based composer, sound designer, and multimedia artist who’s work reflects the tumultuous relationships humans have with their technologies. His art focuses on production-as-instrument, feedback, speech, hyper-acoustics, and sonic archetypes. He works comfortably in both experimental and commercial settings.

    He can be heard on all forms of media, public and private, throughout the universe.

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  • Kathryn Shuman


    Kathryn Shuman is a versatile vocalist, synthesist (synthesizer player!), and composer based in Los Angeles. As an actively involved artist in the LA creative music community, she frequently performs original music with many different bands and vocal groups. Kathryn has performed with opera companies including The Industry, and is also currently an auxiliary chorister for the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

    Kathryn has been singing since she can remember, and has always enjoyed exploring the flexibility of the human voice. She performs and writes music that stems from a love of communication, and an open embracement of individuality. Kathryn is experienced in performing and teaching many different genres— anywhere from contemporary classical with extended techniques, to soul, funk and North Indian classical singing. She has performed internationally in places including St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and various cathedrals, churches and festivals in Florence, Berlin, Wales, Canada, and Ireland. She has also sung at many prominent venues including The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Monterey Jazz festival, The Troubadour, REDCAT, Segerstrom Hall, Art Share L.A. and others.

    Kathryn earned an MFA degree in Voice Performance at California Institute of the Arts May 2016, and a BM degree in Voice at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB in 2014. With 7 years of music teaching experience, Kathryn aims to inspire each of her students to find passion and enjoyment in music, while honing technical skills to be able to encourage constant growth.

  • Laura Anderson


    Laura Jean Anderson was born in Olympia, Washington and has been playing music since the moment she could make noise. Originally focusing on the study of voice with a classical and jazz background, Laura Jean received her BFA in Vocal Performance from California Institute of the Arts, where she had the privilege to work with some of the best teachers in the country. After expanding musically, Laura Jean began to explore the world of guitar playing and composition, where she has found another passion. Although based in Los Angeles, Laura Jean travels the country with sensation Jomama Jones as well as with her own original music with the project The Lady and stays involved with many different projects as a musician in salsa, MoTown, soul, country, jazz and folk bands. Laura Jean has performed in various groups in many admirable venues throughout the county including The Kirk Douglas and Red Cat Theatre (Los Angeles), Fifth Avenue Theatre and Experimental Music Project Museum (Seattle), Joe’s Pub (NYC), Salvage Vanguard Theatre and Mohawk (Austin), and Victory Gardens (Chicago). Laura Jean has taught voice, piano, songwriting and guitar since she was 17. She is enthusiastic about giving students the feeling that they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Her approach is tailored to the student’s desires at the same time as pushing for expansion and experience.

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  • Lauren Davis


    Lauren Michelle Davis is a Los Angeles based soprano, pianist, songwriter, lyricist, educator, and general noisemaker. A lover of all things unusual, Lauren has dedicated her life to creating honest, original music, helping other composers bring their own unique vision to life, and guiding younger artists through their own musical journeys. Lauren holds a BFA in Vocal Performance from California Institute of the Arts. She has three years of experience teaching voice and piano lessons, thirteen years of classical vocal training, and over twenty years playing piano.

    As a classical vocalist, Lauren has lended her voice to a multitude of different projects. She regularly performs with the groundbreaking opera company THE INDUSTRY, and has appeared in HOPSCOTCH, NIMBUS, and the 2015 FIRST TAKE program. Her voice can also be heard on the recently released recording of Lewis Pesacov & Elizabeth Cline's THE EDGE OF FOREVER. Lauren collaborates regularly with Ensemble Vocatrix, an early music ensemble who is dedicated to performing the music of Hildegard von Bingen. Other recurring projects include Shvidkala, a Georgian (yes, the country) women's vocal ensemble, and ILEVENS, a microtonal dance rock band led by composer Brendan Byrnes, for whom she plays microtonal synth. This season, Lauren will be premiering the role of Blanche Barrow in Andrew McIntosh & Melinda Rice's chilling new opera BONNIE & CLYDE, which will be presented as the first installment of the THE INDUSTRY's new SECOND TAKE program.

    Lauren's core songwriting outlet is Blackberry Tongues, a progressive rock (ish) quartet whose unique and bizarre music has taken many forms over the years. Their debut album We Are Open Mouths was born in January 2015. Their subsequent recording project, wallpaper music, is a series of self-recorded and produced 5 song movements, the first installment of which was released in July 2016. The next movement, called so in line, is set to emerge in early 2017. The band is also currently preparing to record their second full-length album. For more information, please visit www.lauren-michelle-davis.com.

  • Jake Rosenzweig

    Jake Rosenzweig is a bassist/improvisor/composer active in the current LA music scene, performing in numerous rock, jazz, folk, chamber, experimental, and improvised musical capacities. He has performed at such prominent venues as REDCAT, Human Resources, the Hammer Museum, Machine Project, Beta Level, the Wulf, Handbag Factory, and the Earmeal Webcast; additionally embarking on various tours of California and the west coast.

    Jake holds a Bachelor's in Jazz Performance from the University of Utah and Master's in Jazz Bass from the California Institute of the Arts, where he had the fortune to study with musical luminaries Charlie Haden, Vinny Golia, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others.

    Ongoing projects include the 'thrash-jazz' unit Stupid Man Suit and the chamber alt-folk group Three Thirds. He has also written, recorded, and performed a unique repertoire for solo contrabass and contrabass quartet, utilizing idiomatic and little-known sounds from the instrument as foundation for musical construction.

    As a teacher Jake wants nothing more than to help enable students to experience the joy of music and the invaluable feeling of inspiration it brings, as well as the useful side-benefits of self-discipline, teamwork, and achieving personal goals.

  • Marylin Winkle


    Marylin Winkle is a passionate scholar, teacher, advocate, and performer who believes fiercely in the power of the arts to affect lives and create change. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at USC, majoring in Baroque Cello Performance with minors in Teaching & Learning and Opera Directing. She is studying cello and viola da gamba with Bill Skeen of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music, among other west coast period ensembles. She received her MA in Cello Performance from San Jose State University where she studied with David Goldblatt of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Her BM in Cello Performance was completed at Stetson University under the instruction of David Bjella, Co-Principal Cellist of IRIS Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Winkle also has decade of private teaching experience. She founded SJSU’s Young Musicians’ Project (YMP), which provides at-risk youth with free/affordable music instruction. At the collegiate level, Marylin recently directed Caccini’s LA LIBERAZIONE DI RUGGIERO with Chamber Opera USC. As a period performer, Marylin has played basso continuo productions of L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (Monteverdi), FAIRY QUEEN (Purcell), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), L’ORMINDO (Cavalli), IL PRIMO OMICIDIO (Scarlatti), Haydn’s CREATION, and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart). Marylin has also performed as a baroque cellist with Musica Angelica. Beyond the baroque, audiences can often find Marylin in theater pits, either performing in musicals (FUNNY GIRL, Condundrum Theatre Co.) or underscoring her own compositions for intimate plays (LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD’S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS, Skylight Theatre Co.).

  • Marina Pacowski


    She is a classically trained pianist and has been playing all over the world. She is also a passionate and devoted teacher with 20 years of experience and holds a Masters in Music.

    Marina is an accomplished pianist accompanist, sight reader. She transposes and reduces scores fluently. She has a Master in this specific field as well as first prize in Analysis and Harmony. She has performed and has given Master Class in many formations and countries as the US, Mexico, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, and of course, in France). She has specialized in Double Bass repertory (and instrument she fell in love for as a teenager) as she was an accompanist for 20 years at the former festival “International Double Bass festival” in Capbreton/France. She performed with world-renowned double bass players such as Thierry Barbé, Catalin Rotaru, Wolgang Güttler, Giuseppe Ettorre, Alberto Boccini, Petrù Iuga, Dan Styffe, Barry Green.... She also embraces and loves accompanying all instruments repertory from Strings to Woods and Brass.

    As a soloist, she also inspires composers and counts several collaborations with them. Among others, French-Basc Composer composer Peio Çabalette composed for her the Concerto « Black Sun » It was performed in 2015 under the direction of Maestro Iker Sanchez and received acclaim from the critic. The french composer Bernard Salles also composed for her « Four portraits for Marina P ».

    Marina is very thrilled to start teaching at the Rhodes Music School and looks forward to meeting new students as well as the school's great artistic team!
  • Maxwell Gualtieri


    Los Angeles-based guitarist/composer/improviser Maxwell Gualtieri is a mainstay in the local creative music scene, regularly performing his own original music and the music of others. He is involved with notable bands and ensembles that include Stupid Man Suit, The Michael Mull Octet, The Matty Harris Double Septet, Saturn’s Rival, The Anthropic Ensemble and Sophocles Steve, among others. His work includes a variety of multidisciplinary projects, from composing and performing music for film and dance, as well as his more experimental audio/visual work that includes his ensemble Ladies and Gentlemen. Max is constantly refining his pour-over technique and occasionally uses a French press. In addition to his creative work, Maxwell is the Artist Liaison for the pfMENTUM record label and is managing director of the Rhodes School of Music. His latest release is a solo album of improvised music for electric guitar on the pfMENTUM label titled, For Los Angeles.

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  • Nicole Ying

    A native of China, pianist Nicole Ying is an active soloist and chamber musician residing in Los Angeles, California. Having started piano at the age of four, Nicole won the Platinum Award in the Third Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival (Guangdong Selection), and Second Prize in the First “Future Music Cup” Xing Hai Youth Piano Competition. Nicole is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in piano performance at California Institute of the Arts as a scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Dr. Ming Tsu.
    Nicole is the pianist of the Well-Timbred Trio, a piano trio group recently founded at CalArts. She is a frequent participant at the Montecito International Music Festival in Los Angeles. She has closely worked with prominent artists including Maria Dean, Lorenz Gamma, Mark Menzies, Stephen Miahky, Donald Neuen, Phil O’Connor, Stanley Sharp, Karen Tanaka, and Alan Vogel. She is very privileged to study harpsichord with the renowned harpsichordist Patricia Mabee. Nicole has also played in master class series with Nadia Shpachenko and Galyna Popov​a.
    In the field of teaching, Nicole ​is the teaching assistant for the rhythm skills class, and instructor ​for non-major piano lessons at CalArts. Nicole is also experienced in giving private piano lessons to young children outside of school. ​
  • Nita Chawla


    Nita is a music educator and performer originally from the nation's capital, Washington D.C.! A recent transplant to Los Angeles, Nita is one of the new Mini Music teachers at Rhodes School of Music. She brings to this warm and lively city her 10 years of experience teaching private music lessons, theater, art and performing live. Nita loves inspiring young students to appreciate the joy and creativity of music while also learning theory and technique. Her speciality is in piano and acoustic guitar and she looks forward to introducing your little one to the joy and gift of music!
  • Philip Rankin


    Philip Rankin is pianist and composer native to Los Angeles, CA. He has been performing and teaching all over Southern California for 10+ years and is highly-proficient in all genre's of music from Classical, Popular, Jazz, and the different cultures of Latin America, West Africa, Indonesia and Europe. Currently he is fronting the wildest klezmer band this side of the Mississippi, Bubbeleh. Philip holds an MFA in Jazz Studies and a BFA in Classical Piano from the California Institute of the Arts.

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  • Rusty Kennedy

    Rusty Kennedy is a Los Angeles based bassist, educator, arranger, conductor, and composer. He has over 10 years of experience teaching, and has spent much of that time leading elementary and middle school brass, winds and orchestra and teaching privately. He currently teaches, conducts, and arranges for Harmony Project Ventura, where he teaches brass and leads the orchestra and jazz band. He also currently privately teaches brass and bass at Rhodes School of Music in Larchmont. As an instructor, Rusty is beloved for his positive and optimistic approach and for his ability to truly connect with students. Well-versed in a wide array of genres, including Jazz, Progressive Rock, Blues, Metal, Balkan, Brazilian, Grindcore, West African, Salsa, Funk, R & B, hip hop, Microtonal, Dance, Pop, and even opera, Rusty is sought after for his extreme versatility and his specialized approach to every project. He has toured extensively around the US and has performed at festivals internationally. Just a small fraction of his many projects include Blackberry Tongues, Wax People, Izela, Brundlefly, Bubbeleh, The Baba Orchestra, Atomic Ape, Heart of Cygnus, Felix Martin, and THE INDUSTRY’S HOPSCOTCH. He holds a BFA in jazz bass performance from California Institute of the Arts.
  • Sara Gomez


    Sara Sinclair Gomez is a Los Angeles based classically trained mezzo-soprano and multidisciplinary performance artist who specializes in teaching voice, piano, and early childhood music. Born and raised in LA, Sara has been an active member of the local artist community her entire life and is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge of music by means of creative teaching and performance coaching. With a background in art, movement and theatre, Sara emphasizes the visual and physical nature of performance. Her experience ranges from classical/contemporary musical theatre, experimental opera, jazz, pop, choral, and even playing keyboard on US and European tours with indie rock bands. Sara has been a featured soloist at numerous venues including SFMOMA, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, REDCAT, Zipper Hall, The Troubadour, The Machine Project, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 365 Mission, and The Wallis Annenberg Center. Sara is a certified Kodály Method teacher and holds an MFA in Vocal Performance from California Institute of the Arts.

  • Sariah Wong


    Sariah Wong is a Los Angeles native pianist, and singer-songwriter. She studied piano performance at The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and at the California Institute of the Arts. Aside from playing keyboards on shows such as the David Letterman and Good Morning New York, she has also performed Mozart concerti in Vienna with the Altenburger Vienna Orchestra. Specializing in Baroque and Impressionist repertoire, she is very passionate in teaching fundamental piano technique, songwriting, and ear training. She is currently singing in the band Night Cruise and working on her solo EP.

    Rhodes School of Music
  • Steven van Betten


    Steven Kai van Betten is a Guitarist/Composer/Teacher, who is actively involved in the Los Angeles creative music community. Born and raised in the rural town of Blue Diamond, Nevada, he began studying guitar and writing music at an early age. He has completed study at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Music Residency, The School for Improv (SIM), and The California Institute of the Arts where he received a BFA in jazz guitar. In addition, he spent a month in Ghana apprenticing SK Kakraba, a master of the gyil - traditional african xylophone.

    Steven currently composes, performs, and tours frequently with a wide variety of bands and ensembles spanning from intimate chamber folk music to polyrhythmic experimental rock. He has performed at prominent venues such as The Monterey Jazz Festival, The House of Blues, The Troubadour, The Echo, The Bootleg Theatre, REDCAT and Levitt Pavilion. He has had the opportunity to collaborate and compose for several different choreographers and film makers including Dave Wolter’s student academy award winning animation, “Eyrie”.

    As a teacher, Steven’s goal is to have his students develop an enriching, enjoyable, and lifelong relationship with music.

    Rhodes School of Music

  • Ted Case


    Growing up in Portland, OR, Ted began classical studies on piano at age 5. In middle school, a passion for other styles of music began to consume him, and he began studying jazz in high school with Randy Porter, Thara Memory, and Alan Jones.

    In 2010 Ted moved to Los Angeles to study jazz piano on full scholarship at the University of Southern California. There, he enjoyed the Thornton School of Music's wide array of course offerings: composition lessons from Vince Mendoza, jazz piano instruction from Alan Pasqua, classical piano lessons under Bernadene Blaha, and popular music recording classes with Patrice Rushen.

    Since graduating in 2014, Ted has settled into a satisfying musical life of freelance performance, teaching, and original music projects. A position with Young Musicians Foundation has given him the opportunity to hone his expertise as a teacher. Freelance work has helped him develop a repertoire as a keyboardist in many styles, including jazz, soul, R&B, and pop. As a songwriter and arranger, Ted led 8-piece ensemble Purple Crayon through a year of recording and performing. Currently, he's hard at work writing, arranging, recording and mixing an album of original music, expecting release in summer 2016.

  • Ted Taforo


    Ted Taforo is a performer, educator, and composer known for his versatility, unique compositions, and powerful saxophone sound. Ted has performed and/or recorded with Spoon, Duncan Thum, Kan Wakan, Maxim Ludwig's Raw Dog Band, Michael Mull Quartet, Bird Concerns and others. His work as a solo artist includes the recordings The Pope from Rome and Texacoma. Ted is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and California Institute of The Arts. Ted teaches woodwinds at West Coast Music Academy in Santa Clarita, CA and is an instructor for the Music Immersion Experience (MIE) at Roosevelt Elementary School in San Gabriel, CA.
  • Charlie Carswell

    Bio coming soon
  • Heather Carr

    Bio coming soon