Dr. Azadeh Raoufi, pianist, harpsichordist, conductor is the founder and school director. She earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Piano Performance and Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from University of Iowa in Iowa City. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Early Music from University of Southern California. Dr. Raoufi has been the keyboardist of Baroque Sinfonia Ensemble from 2009 to 2015, the ensemble that won the Early Music Festival Young performers for five consecutive years. She has performed in different groups such as Harpsiolin and Concitato 415 with which they won the Beverly Hills Music Auditions. As part of her last project for her doctorate degree, she started developing series of Music Theory apps for Android and iOS called “Miss Azi’s Music Maze”, “Miss Azi’s Little Pianists”, “Miss Azi’s Clef Master” and “Miss Azi’s Scale Master.”
Matthew has been teaching guitar and music both privately and in groups for 8 years. He studied at Columbia College Chicago where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Contemporary, Urban and Pop Music. Matthew enjoys teaching in the styles of pop, rock, classical, jazz, bossa nova, funk and acoustic fingerstyle. Currently, Matthew performs locally in solo acoustic guitar sets and accompanies singers with original music. Under his instruction, students are taught the fundamentals of music through learning popular and traditional music by focusing on note reading, tablature, proper technique and rhythmic exercises.
Students are also encouraged to create their own music and melodies through his songwriting exercises.
Jospeh Muskat has been playing Percussion and Drumset since the age of 12. He graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and then continued his education at the University of Southern California where he earned a Masters Degree in Percussion. Currently he works as a freelance percussionist in Southern California playing in orchestras, musical theater and recording. Ensembles he has played with include the Golden State Pops, the Redlands Symphony, the American Youth Symphony, the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, Video Games Live, the Santa Monica Symphony, and YMF Debut Orchestra. Performing on many of the stages in Los Angeles including the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, the Microsoft Theater, Gibson Amphitheater, the Ford Amphitheater, the Shrine Auditorium and Royce Hall, he has appeared with Itzhak Perlman, Jack Black, LeVar Burton, Jennifer Garner, Paul Sorvino, Jon Secada, Il Volo, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Black Uhuru, Steve Bartek from Oingo Biongo, Mike Einziger from Incubus, Dave Lombardo from Slayer, and with film composers Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, David Newman, John Debney, John Powell, Randy Edelman, Cliff Eidelman, Peter Bernstein, Christopher Young, Stu Phillips, Bear McCreary, Brian Tyler and Richard Sherman.
Max Naseck is a recent graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with a degree in Jazz Studies. While in school he studied with many notable musicians and instructors including Alan Pasqua, Vince Mendoza, Peter Erskine and Russ Ferrante. His combo, the USC Composers Collective (led by Vince Mendoza), won first place at the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival. Along with jazz, Max has experience playing and teaching pop, r&b, classical, afro-cuban and many other styles of music. Max is also an assistant engineer at Blanck Records, working in studio environments such as the John Williams Scoring State to create recordings for film and TV projects as well as producing sound design and other recording projects for major labels such as Sony BMG.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Daren’s performance career includes engagements such as; auxiliary violist for the Santa Barbara Symphony; member of the Redlands Symphony, the positions of principal, assistant and section violist of Festival Musical de Santo Domingo under Phillippe Entremont, Dominican Republic, co-principal violist of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Destin, FL. In the past Daren has served as auxiliary violist for Cincinnati Symphony, Pops and Cincinnati Opera Orchestras; an auxiliary member of Columbus Symphony Orchestra, OH, in both the violin and viola sections for 15 years; auxiliary violist for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. In the past Daren has performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival under former music director Eiji Oue; the Lancaster Music Festival, Lancaster, OH; the Heidelberg Festival, Heidelberg, Germany; and as a concerto soloist under harpsichordist and director Eiji Hashimoto with the 18th Century Music Ensemble in Luca and Florence, Italy. Daren’s professors included Martha Strongin Katz, founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, and Masao Kawasaki, professor of violin and viola at CCM and The Juilliard School. In the past and in addition to his performing career, Daren has served in leadership roles in the administrations of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. As an entrepreneur, Daren maintains a boutique roster of Los Angeles Emmy award winning talent including an actress, composer and conductor, and jazz quintet.
Currently living in the Los Angeles area, Mr. Aguila teaches trumpet, composes, and performs regularly. He has received a Bachelors in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters in Fine Arts in the Performer-Composer Program from the California Institute of the Arts. His compositions have been performed at Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Aguila has performed at RedCat and Eastman Theater at Kodak Hall, and CalArts Stockhausen Festival in 2015. He has also toured Europe with orchestras and wind bands while working at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In 2011 he was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on a segment called "meal or no meal". During the segment Mr. Aguila solved the Rubik's Cube with one hand while playing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. After the segment he was invited to play a solo with the Tonight Show Band and sit in. Type your paragraph here.
Nicole Li received her a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy in Shanghai Normal University and Master of Music degree in California State University, Northridge in Piano Collaborative major. She has been piano instructor for five years with abundant performance experience, both as a performer and accompanying university students. She has great experience with teaching adults and children in both private and group lessons and also, she have patient and passion to all music works.
Siuzanna Iglidan is classically trained pianist, composer and opera singer. Siuzanna was born in Odessa, Ukraine and received her MA in Performing Arts from Odessa National Antonina Nezhdanova Academy of Music. She began her singing career in 2010, after several private coaching lessons with Vladislav Dekhtyarenko, a former singer with the Odessa National Theater of Opera and Ballet. After a successful audition in 2012, Siuzanna became a protégé of Mauro Trombetta, the Artistic Director of the National Opera of Rome. During the course of her music career, Siuzanna has won more than 30 Ukrainian and International music competitions. Since 2009 Siuzanna Iglidan became a special guest and a member of the judging panel, at International music festivals-contests in Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, and Lithuania.Beside her performance career she began teaching career at age of 15 as music director at Preschool “Alyonka”, at age 19 she was teaching at music school, and in 2010 Siuzanna became a professor of music at South Ukrainian Pedagogical University in Odessa. To further challenge herself during her time in Ukraine and improve her teaching ability, she pursued a PhD in theory and pedagogy and participated in conferences related to science, sociology, and psychology. Currently Siuzanna Iglidan is a soloist of Center Stage Opera, CalPhill Chorale, and Opera by the Beach companies.
Cece Wen is an award-winning film composer, songwriter, and music producer. After graduating from NYU film scoring program with a Master's degree in 2012, Cece has been scoring for all kinds of multimedia, including games, films, musicals, and songwriting. Her works have been nominated to many international film festivals including Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, NYC Indie Film Awards, Chinese American Film Festival, etc. Her work for indie games also been exhibit in international game shows including Tokyo Game Show, GDC China, Indicate, etc. Ceceis a multi-instrumentalist playing piano and guitar, currently a keyboardist in Los Angeles based rock band Angry Donkey. Cece won Laurent in Donne in Musica XII international composition contest and California Independent Film Festival Scoring competition in 2017.
Baritone Joel Nesvadba (pronounced “nes-VAHD-ba”) is a passionate performer of early music, especially that of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. He has toured both nationally and internationally, singing with The Boston Camerata, The Broken Consort, Bach Collegium San Diego, and The Texas Early Music Project. Last year, he was soloist with the Boston Camerata’s “The Night’s Tale”, a show The Boston Globe praised for its “rousing theater” and exclaimed “…very few evenings are as rewarding.” He has also performed at the San Francisco Early Music Society's Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival with Early Music America's Young Performers Festival Ensemble. In addition to early music, Joel is active in contemporary popular music. He has worked with the electronic artist and DJ Moby as a background vocalist, guitarist and pianist. He is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.
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Omar Torrez’s musical brew is equal parts post-modern rock, Mexican and Cuban Son, gutbucket blues, spiced with stunning guitar wizardry and irreverent yet accessible songwriting.
His latest release, A Night of Serious Drinking, was produced by Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Bob Dylan, Pink, Public Image Ltd.). The single “Marina” won 3rd place in the Latin category of the International Songwriting Competition. It will be released on the famed Mexican label Discos Intolerencia in 2014.
Among the artist’s career highlights – he was the guitarist on Tom Waits’ Glitter & Doom world tour.
The Mexican-American artist first gained notoriety as a finalist at the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition at the Bumbershoot Festival, using a borrowed guitar. Since then, Torrez has won fans worldwide through international festivals and humanitarian work. In addition to Tom Waits, Torrez has shared the stage with Buena Vista Social Club, Jethro Tull, Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Kinky, Sidestepper, Pancho Sanchez, Mumiy Troll, Nortec Collective, Francisco Aguabella and many more.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Julie Vreman is a clarinetist and classical saxophonist. She has completed studies in both the U.S. and abroad. While living in Lausanne, Switzerland, Julie has performed in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and wind ensembles. She was second clarinet of L’Opéra des Champs performing works by Mozart, Chabrier and others. She has also taught at L’Ecole de Musique d’Epalinges, the International School of Lausanne, Le Conservatoire de la Broye and at other music schools, conservatoires and music camps in the Swiss region. She is currently a teaching artist for the Young Musician’s Foundation in Los Angeles.
Professional California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential (Instrumental Music). California State University, Los Angeles, June 1998
Bachelor of Art in Music. California State University at Los Angeles, March 1994
Associate of Arts East Los Angeles College, June 1980
Private Instrumental Instructor, 1980-Present
South East Symphony Association Saturday Conservatory, 2007-2011
LAUSD, Gage Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher (Gage Middle School Music Dept. Chair), 1999-Present
LAUSD, Local District 6 Arts Teachers, Middle School Point Person for Music 2005-2007
LAUSD Local District Arts Teachers (LDAT) Advisory Team 2005-2007
Saturday Conservatory of Music, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, California 2000-2006, 2011-2012