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Conservatory Of Music

Conservatory Of Music Faculty

Robert Coburn, Professor of Music Composition and Theory; Program Director of Music Composition and Theory; Artistic Director, SoundImageSound; Chair, Department of Music Studies, 1993, PhD, University of Victoria (Canada), 1995; MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1974; BM, University of the Pacific, 1972. Selected Commissions and Performances: San Francisco New Music Ensemble; Royal Conservatory of Music (Stockholm, Sweden); Victoria International Festival (Victoria, B.C., Canada); Electronic Music Plus Festival ; Roulette Festival of New Music (N.Y.); International Saxophone Festival Palmela (Portugal). Permanent Sound Environment Installations: 39 Bells (Philadelphia), 1996; Bell Circles II (Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Public Art Program), 1991. Selected compositions: TranquilTurmoil Dreaming (2003) for computer and video; In Stillness (2005) for violin, computer, and video; Fragile Horizon (2007) for viola, speaking voice. computer and video; emptiness [reflection] (2010) for alto saxophone, computer and video.

Ruth V. Brittin, Professor of Music Education; Program Director of Music Education, 1197, PhD, Florida State University, 1989; MME, Texas Tech University, 1985; BME, Texas Tech University, 1983. Editor. Publishes and presents research for the International Society for Music Education, Music Educators National Conference, and state music education organizations. Active music education clinician, brass adjudicator, and performer on French horn. Former Chair of Music Education at Syracuse University, 1989-1997.

Yejee Choi, Lecturer of Music; Director of Choral Activities, 2017, B.M., University of Wisconson-River Falls M.M., University of Minnesota D.MA, University of Southern California. Dr. Yejee Choi is the Director of Choral Studies at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where she directs Pacific Singers, University Chorus, and Oriana Womens Choir, as well as teaching Choral Conducting and Sight-Singing. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While at USC, Dr. Choi taught Choral Conducting I, USC Oriana Women's Choir, and served as the Assistant Conductor of USC Concert Choir. Her Master of Music degree is from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she served as Co-Director & Assistant Conductor of the University Singers, UM Women's Chorus, and UM Campus Singers. Choi received her bachelor of music degree from University of Wisconsin- River Falls, where she studied voice, piano, and organ. Prior to her music education in the United States, Dr. Choi studied composition at the Korean National University of Art, one of the most prestigious music conservatories in Seoul, South Korea.

Eric Hammer, Professor of Music Education; Director of Band Activities, 1993, BM, University of the Pacific, 1973; MM, University of Oregon, 1990; DMA, University of Oregon, 1994.

Keith N. Hatschek, Associate Professor of Music Management; Program Director of Music Management; Program Director of Music Industry Studies, 2001, BA, University of California Berkeley, 1973; Certificate in Marketing, University of California Berkeley, 1993. Principal and founder of Keith Hatschek & Associates, consultant to the recording technology and entertainment industries. Author, “How to Get a Job in the Music and Recording Industry” (2007) Berklee Press, “The Golden Moment: Recording Secrets of the Pros”(2005) Backbeat Books, regular contributor to various print and online music industry journals. Voting member National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Associate Member-Audio Engineering Society, Faculty advisor-NAMM-Affiliated Music Business Institutions member, Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).

Feilin Hsiao, Professor of Music Therapy; Program Director of Music Therapy, 2006, PhD, University of Iowa, 2006; MA, New York University, 1994; Certified Music Therapist, 1994; BA, Chinese Cultural University (Taipei, Taiwan), 1986; Board Certified Music Therapist, 2001; Teaching Credential in Music Education (1996) and Special Education (1999). Lecturer at National Taipei University of Education, Taipei Municipal University of Education, and Shih Chien University; Past-president of the Music Therapy Association of Taiwan; Recipient of the T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Nicolasa Kuster, Professor of Bassoon; Program Director of Woodwind Performance, 2008, BM and BA, Oberlin College and Conservatory, 1993. Former Principal Bassoonist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and bassoonist with the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. Positions in the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed as a soloist in the U.S., Panama, Italy, and Kazakhstan. Guest artist at the Anchorage Music Festival, Ameropa Chamber Music Festival and Solo Course in Prague, Czech Republic; recordings on the Chandos label with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.

Patrick Langham, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies; Program Director of Jazz Studies, 2003, Holds both the Bachelor of Music with a concentration in jazz studies and the Master of Music with a concentration in jazz studies from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has taught at the University of South Carolina – Spartanburg and Tusculum College in Knoxville. As a saxophonist and director Professor Langham has performed with distinguished jazz artists and on numerous jazz festivals throughout the southern United States. He has developed and taught courses in jazz history, theory, improvisation, and performance, and has created and operated a highly successful jazz camp at USC Spartanburg.

Ann Miller, Professor of Violin; Program Director of Strings Performance, 2008, BM summa cum laude, Rice University, 2003; MM, The Juilliard School, 2005; DMA, The Julliard School, 2010.. Student of Ronald Copes and Kathleen Winkler. Chamber appearances in Ukraine, Mongolia, and throughout the U.S. Member of the New Pacific Trio.

Stephen Perdicaris, Lecturer in Trombone; Program Director of Brass and Percussion Performance; Director of Pacific Music Camp; Director of Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp; Director of Operations in Conservatory of Music, 1993, BM, University of North Texas, 1981; Associate with Honors, Royal College of Music, London, 1990. Numerous recordings with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony (England) on EMI. Currently a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic. Clinician, Selmer Corporation.

Patricia Shands, Professor of Clarinet; Director of Chamber Music, 1995, 1995, DMA, Rice University, 2001; MM, University of Southern California, 1985; BM Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1981. Student of David Shifrin, Mitchel Lurie, and David Peck. Prizewinner in the International Concert Artist Guild competition. Featured at music festivals of Spoleto, Chautauqua, Round Top, Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival and frequent live performances nationally on NPR “Performance Today”. Recordings featured on “Art of the States” are broadcast internationally. Solo and chamber music recordings on Centaur, Onossa, Albany and Plum labels. Current member of the Ariel Ensemble, Stockton Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet.

Nicholas Waldvogel, Associate Professor of Orchestra; Director of University Symphony Orchestra, BA in Music, Harvard, 1989; MA, in Music, Harvard, 1989; MM, in Conducting, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1993; Graduate Performance Diploma in Conducting, Peabody Conservatory, 1994; PhD, in Music History, Yale University, 1992. Formerly with the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande (Switzerland), and the State Philharmonic “Dinu Lipatti” (Romania).

Sarah Clemmens Waltz, Professor of Music History; Program Director of Music History and BA in Music, PhD, in Music History, MPhil, Yale University, 2007; BM in Music History with High Honors, Oberlin Conservatory, 2000; BA in Physics, Oberlin College, 2000. Recent works: PhD, diss., The Highland Muse in Romantic German Music, 2007; “In Defense of Moonlight,” Beethoven Forum (Spring 2007). Presentations at national and international conferences. Member: American Musicological Society, American Beethoven Society, North American British Music Studies Association, Society for Eighteenth-Centry Music.

Frank H. Wiens, Professor of Piano; Program Director of Piano Performance, 1976, BM, University of Michigan, 1970; MM, 1970; Student of Benning Dexter, Gyorgy Sandor, Harald Logan and John Perry. New York recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1984 and 1991; London recital at Purcell Room, 1986; soloist with Atlanta, Denver and Detroit Symphonies and Yaroslavl Philharmonic in Soviet Union; concert tours in Asia and Europe, and annually in the United States; compact disc recording of Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto with Slovakia National Orchestra released in 1995 on Fanfare-Intersound label. Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award, Faculty Research-Lecturer Award, Distinguished Faculty Award.

Lynelle Frankforter Wiens, Professor of Voice; Program Director of Voice Performance, 1978, BM, University of Nebraska, 1975 (Phi Beta Kappa); MM, with Distinction, Indiana University, 1978; MusD with High Distinction, Indiana University, 1988. Student of Eileen Farrell, Margaret Harshaw, Lynn Wickham. MTNA National Winner, 1971; Van Lawrence Fellow (awarded by National NATS and the Voice Foundation), 1993. Served as a faculty member at the Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice (Philadelphia) and the Pacific Voice Conference (San Francisco.)

Jennie Blomster, Lecturer in Horn, BM, University of Denver; MA, CSU Fresno. Studied with Thomas Hiebert, Richard Seraphinoff, David Krehbiel, David Kappy, John Keene, and David Kaslow. Member of the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet, Winds of the San Joaquin, and Fresno Brass Quintet. Principal horn Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, Merced Symphony Orchestra, Moment Musical Chamber Ensemble. Frequently plays with Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockton Symphony Orchestra, Stockton Opera.

Scott Choate, Visiting Lecturer of Tuba/Euphonium, 2014, BM, Arizona State University also attended San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Studied with Sam Pilafian and Floyd Cooley. Principal tuba with Fresno Philharmonic, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Vallejo Symphony and Stockton Symphony. Frequently performs with San Francisco Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Ballet.

John Cozza, Lecturer, Applied Piano and Accompanying, 2004, BM, MM, University of Southern California, diploma in piano performance and in chamber music from the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria; DM in solo performance, chamber music and accompanying from Northwestern University. Studied with Daniel Pollack in Los Angeles, David Kaiserman in Chicago, and Hans Graf and George Ebert in Vienna. Member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Amercan Liszt Society, and the Franz Schmidt Society in Austria.

Jeffrey Crawford, Lecturer in Music Theory and Technology, 2001, Audio production consultant who directs, records, masters, and produces custom music CDs; analyzes, enhances, and restores audio; composes and produces music for theater, film and video; creates multimedia projects; photographs and produces cover-art, layout inserts and labels for projects; and engineers and produces programs for radio broadcast. Former Engineer and Producer for Fingers Audio Productions and Engineer for Tonos Electracoustic Music Studio.

Thomas Derthick, Lecturer in Double Bass, BM, California State University, Sacramento. Graduate study, California State University, Long Beach. Studied with Murray Grodner, Stuart Sankey and Abe Luboff. Principal Bass with the Sacramento Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

Michael Downing, Lecturer of Percussion, 2018, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Fresno State. Michael Downing is section percussionist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Stockton Symphony, as well as a founding member of OrphiQ Percussion Quartet. Michael has been a soloist with both the Phoenix Symphony and the Stockton Symphony performing "Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu". The double percussion concerto written by Avner Dorman was premiered by Michael and fellow percussionist Graham Thompson in 2012. He has also been a soloist with several other orchestras performing the third movement of Eric Ewazen's Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, most recently presenting the exciting finale for the prestigious Music al Parcs concert series in Barcelona, Spain. He has also been featured as the vibraphone soloist for John Williams' Escapades.

Daniel Ebbers, Professor of Voice, 2004, B.M. in voice from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the M.M. in voice from the University of Southern California. Daniel Ebbers most recent solo appearance was with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting Richard Einhorn's critically acclaimed "Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc". He has appeared with the Sacramento Opera as Cassio in Verdi's Otello, Basilio, in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Beppe, in Pagliacci. Other recent engagements include Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, and Fenton in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor. In concert Mr. Ebbers has appeared with the prestigious Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Stockton Chorale in Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Napa Valley Chorale singing Dvorak's Mass in D, in addition to Mozart's Mass in C minor. In research and performance, Mr. Ebbers is regarded as an expert in the music of Benjamin Britten. He recently appeared in the title role of St. Nicholas in Britten's tour de force Cantata for tenor, orchestra and choir, in addition to performing the great masterpiece Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings with the Bear Valley Music Festival and the St John's Chamber Music Series.

James Haffner, Associate Professor of Opera, 1999, BA degree in theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College, an Artists’ Diploma in opera stage directing and a Master of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors’ Lab National Opera Association, and Opera America. He has taught at Die Technische Universitat, Berlin, the University of Kentucky, Miami University of Ohio, Webster University and Cal State Fullerton.

David Henderson, Lecturer in Saxophone, 2007, BM, University of Michigan; MM, The Juilliard School. Awarded first prize in saxophone from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, where he studied on a Fulbright-ITT grant. Student of William Fread, Larry Teal, Donald Sinta, Joe Allard and Jean-Marie Londeix. Performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras; member of the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet.

Mathew T. Krejci, Lecturer in Flute, 1989, MM, Indiana University, 1978; BMEd, Indiana University, 1973. Principal Flutist in the Festival Orchestra, 1978-83. Presently performs as a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic. Performed with Music Now, President of the Board of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. Principal Flute of the Bear Valley Music Festival, recordings with the VUTAE, Albion, and Klavier labels.

Sonia Leong, Lecturer in Piano, 2001, BM, University of British Columbia, 1992; MM, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1994; Concert Recital Diploma, Guildhall School of Music, 1995; DMus, University of Montreal, 1998. Member of New Pacific Trio. Concerto performances with Filarmonica de Stat Dinu Lipatti (Romania) and Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra (Canada). Performances in Canada, the US, England, Romania, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. Former faculty member of the University of Puget Sound.

Brook Moes, Lecturer in Music Education, 2005, BM, University of the Pacific; MM, University of Maryland; MBA, Herriot-Watt University in Scotland. Student of James Stern, Ronda Cole, Arnold Steinhardt, John Dalley, and William Preucil; pedagogy studies with Ronda Cole and John Kendall, chamber music studies with the Guarneri Quartet. Recitals in Scandinavia, Romania, and the U. S.

Thomas F. Nugent, Lecturer in Oboe, 1990, BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1984. Student of Marc Lifschey. Attended Tanglewood, Spoleto and Colorado Philharmonic Music Festivals. Has performed with San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Also performs with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, California Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Sierra Chamber Society and Sonus Imaginorem. Member, Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet.

Leonard Ott, Lecturer in Trumpet, 1998, BA in Music, California State University, Hayward, 1987. Member of Oakland East Bay Symphony, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. Also freelances regularly with Santa Rosa Symphony, Napa Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, and many other Bay Area groups.

Margaret Perry, Lecturer in Class Piano and Piano Pedagogy, 2004, BM, MM, Brigham Young University; DMA, University of Arizona. Ensemble Artist Pianist with the Utah Symphony and Opera. Member, Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Burr Cochran Phillips, Assistant Professor of Voice, 2007, BM, University of North Texas 1982; MM, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, 1994. Performances with opera companies include Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Tulsa Opera, Fort Worth Opera and San Antonio Opera Theater. Orchestral performances include Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Tulsa Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Ars Nova Orchestra of Buffalo, Carmel Bach Festival, Oklahoma Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony and Corpus Christi Symphony. Previous faculty positions include The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ. Member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Igor Veligan, Lecturer of Viola and Violin, 2006, MA, Odessa State Conservatory. Student of Zoja Istomina and Galina Gritzenko, chamber music studies with Oleg Shkarpitnuy and Natalya Buzanova; master classes with Zakhar Bron, Liana Isakadze, and Igor Frolov. Performances with the L’Estro Armonico String Quartet, the Arlekin String Quartet, Argenta Trio, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento; concertmaster of the San Francisco Choral Society Orchestra, principal viola of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, principal violist of the Lake Tahoe Summer Festival, member of the Monterey Symphony.

Vicky Wang, Lecturer in Cello, 2017, B.M., Juillard School M.M., Juillard School D.MA, City University of New York. Winner of the Young Artist International Competition, cellist Vicky Wang made her New York debut in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 2001. As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Wang was a member of the award-winning ensemble Aristos String Quartet. This ensemble has been invited to participate in the focus! New Music Festival in New York, Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia as well as frequent collaborations with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its lecture-concert series. Ms. Wang's concert highlights also include collaborations with legendary performers Ray Charles at the Belleayre Music Festival and Liza Minelli at Avery Fisher Hall.

Eric Wood, Lecturer in Music Composition and Theory; Lecturer in Music History, 1998, DMA, Boston University, 1994; MM, University of Oregon, 1986; BM, 1984. Numerous commissions and performances, several published articles and lectures. Studied with Lukas Foss, Monte Tubb, Charles Fussell and Derek Healey.