Aug. 5-17, 2019

Ages 12-18

Daily schedule 10am-4pm*

*subject to change

 

ADDRESS

WESTMONT ACADEMY FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

WESTMONT COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

hankim@westmont.edu

joakim@westmont.edu

Tel: (805) 565-6842

© 2019 by WAYA.

    Teaching, inspiring,mentoring and performing with students

Faculty

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Han Kim

WAYA Artistic Director,

Westmont Violin Professor

Andy Radford

SBYS music director, WAYA Symphony Orchestra conductor, SBS Principal Bassoonist, UCSB Bassoon Faculty

Joanne Kim

WAYA Administrative Director,

Westmont & SBCC Clarinet Faculty, SBS musician

Loribeth Gregory-Beck

Director of Education, Santa Barbara Symphony

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Mary Beth Woodruff

Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Strings, WAYA Strings Chamber Orchestra conductor, Violin

Sang Jun Yhee

Lecturer, Cello

Michael Shasberger

Conductor, Chair of Westmont College Music Department

Amy Hagen

SBSMEC teaching artist,

SBS musician, Violin

Emily Sommermann

Westmont Violin Faculty

Andrea Di Maggio

Westmont Flute Faculty, Director of Westmont Flute Choir

Laura Walter

Lecturer, Flute

Guest Teacher, Chamber Music Coaches and Teaching Assistants

Jim Connolly

Bass

Trumpet Player

Eric Heidner

Brass

Junia Work

Teaching Assistant

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Samila Aquino Holt 

Teaching Assistant

Marcia Dickstein

Harp

 

Kim "gave the audience a rich sampling of his versatility. Kim has an expressive temperament: his playing is irresistibly dynamic and colorful. The [program] revealed Kim's sure ear, clean articulation, and maturity of interpretation." CASA Magazine

Violinist, Han Kim is an award-winning and internationally accomplished artist who has performed to critical acclaim in numerous countries on four continents. He has been praised by many audiences around the world for his passion, sensitivity and charisma. His playing is described as a "musical gift of rare beauty" The Korea Times. His knowledge and versatility allow him to perform a diverse mix of musical styles ranging from the standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire.

Dr. Kim has concertized extensively as solo performer, duo-recitalist and chamber musician. In the United States, he has performed in some of the nation’s most prominent venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Cutler Majestic Theater, Jordan Hall, Kaufmann Concert Hall, and The Kennedy Center. Performances have also led him to institutions and festivals including Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Boston Conservatory, Columbia University, Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, The Juilliard School, Longy School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Meadowmount School of Music, Morningside Music Bridge, Musicorda, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the US and abroad performing standard concertos to contemporary world premieres.

As a Promessa Records Artist he has released Encore Favori, a solo CD featuring a dozen encores and virtuosic showpieces, and will be recording the next album in 2020. He is Founder and the violinist of The Finehouse-Kim-Yhee Trio.

His passion for sharing musical knowledge and experience to young musicians has taken him to many different parts of the world. As an avid educator, he has given lectures, workshops and masterclasses nationally and internationally on technique, innovative practice methods and performance. He devotes a considerable amount of time to traveling for clinics as well as maintaining an internationally active recording and performance schedule. At Westmont College, he is Head of Strings and teaches alongside his wife, Joanne Kim, a clarinetist. He is Founder and Director of Westmont Academy for Young Artists and Westmont International Music Festival, and is on the faculty at Chamber Music Society of Santa Barbara, Montecito International Music Festival and InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. He has served as Chair of Adjudicators of the New York International Music Competition and is currently the string adjudicator for Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship Awards.

Dr. Kim has earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance under a fellowship grant. His Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin performance are from The Juilliard School where he was a merit scholarship recipient. His influential teachers and mentors include Roman Totenberg, Sally Thomas and Pamela Frank. He has worked with distinguished chamber music artists including Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets. 

He is a Bella Rosins Artist and performs on a Carlo Antonio Testore of 1721.

His CDs can be purchased at the Westmont College bookstore and hanjoannekim.com

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, Dolce, exploring restaurants in Santa Barbara, playing pool, and gardening.

 

Mary Beth Woodruff grew up in Southern California and began studying the violin at the age of 7. At the age of 15, she left California to attend high school at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. While there, she served as co-concertmaster of the IAA Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Honors Quartet with whom she was a prize winner in both the Downbeat Magazine Chamber Music Competition and the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Following graduation, she went on to the New England Conservatory of music and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she majored in both chemistry and music and was awarded an Advanced Music Performance Scholarship. She was also a made member of the Burchard Scholars in the Arts at MIT and received the Margaret and Agnar Von Ness Scholarship for Best Performer in the Arts. While in Boston, she was a member of the Boston Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, the MIT Chamber Music Society, and the New England Chamber Orchestra.

She attended Carnegie Mellon University for graduate school with a full scholarship to study with Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. During this time period, she participated in the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival in Israel and was co-concertmaster of the orchestra. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance, she spent the summer on faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In the fall of that year, she began teaching at Biola University Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she taught violin, viola, music history, strings literature/repertoire, strings pedagogy, and was head of chamber music studies. During her 7 years at Biola she led a group of students on a chamber music concert tour of mainland China, and soloed with the Biola Symphony Orchestra on a concert tour of Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

In 2005, upon the birth of her first son, Ms. Woodruff left Biola and focused on both performing and teaching privately in the Santa Barbara community. She has played with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and served as assistant concertmaster of Santa Barbara Opera Orchestra. In 2008, she founded Santa Barbara Strings, a multi-tiered string orchestra program for young musicians from age 4-18 serving children from 26 different schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. They expanded to now include 11 string trios, quartets, and piano trios. As a violinist, she has also played in and/or served on the faculty at the following summer festivals: Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Songfest International, and the Zell a.d. Pram Summer Chamber Music Program in Austria. Her principal teachers have included Ronald Copes, James Buswell, Andres Cardenes, and John Harbison (chamber music and composition). Currently, she is Conductor and Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Strings, serves on the MIT Educational Council, is the Santa Barbara Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program and has a violin/viola studio of 30 students. She is in demand as both as a chamber music coach, adjudicator, and masterclass clinician. She is an avid chamber musician and considers herself very fortunate to have shaped and coached many chamber ensembles of all ages. She lives in Solvang with her husband, Matthew, and their three young children Aidan, Henry, and Claire.

 

Sang Jun Yhee is an American cellist who has undoubtedly demonstrated his excellence in both domestic and international arenas. Sang Jun received the Doctor of Music degree in cello performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2017 where he was a student of Julia Lichten. Sang Jun Yhee received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick and David Soyer. Recently, Sang Jun has finished his Konzertexamen Degree at the Lubeck Musikhochschule in Germany as a scholar of the Deutsch Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  Additionally, Sang Jun has extensively studied with world-famous cellists, David Geringas and Arto Noras. Sang Jun is also the recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, a well-known fellowship that financially supports some of the most gifted young musicians in the United States.

Sang Jun’s appearances as a soloist and chamber musician have included concerts at the Schlewig-Holstein Music Festival (2013) in Lubeck, Germany, the Chigiana Music Festival (2012, 2013) in Siena, Italy, the Usedom Music Festival (2013, 2014) in Usedom, Germany, the Interlaken Music Festival (2013, 2014) in Interlaken, Switzerland, a performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Lubeck Philharmonic Orchestra (2016), and performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Hamburg Camerata(2017). 

 

Emily Sommermann, violinist, received her Master of Music Degree in violin performance from SUNY Stony Brook under the tutelage of Isidore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. She has been a member of orchestras in Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, and Germany.  In Santa Barbara she has performed as section violinist with the SB Symphony and SB Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Sommermann is the musical director and principal violinist with the Santa Barbara String Quartet performing frequently for private events.  

Pursuing excellence as a teacher, Emily has received training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and attended conferences in Orff and Kodaly. She has been on the faculty of Laguna Blanca School, SB Music and Arts Conservatory, and Westmont College. Ms. Sommermann maintains her private violin studio at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara mentoring the next generation of musicians in the art of violin playing.

Clarinetist, Joanne Kim, earned Doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet performance at Manhattan School of Music with a fellowship under the tutelage of Mark Nuccio. Her Bachelor of Music was from Mannes College, and Master of Music degree with merit scholarship in the prestigious Orchestral Performance Program was from Manhattan School of Music.

Her performing career began in her late teens with the honorable Stamas Scholarship Fund from the New York Philharmonic offering her a new clarinet for her studies and concerts.​

She has performed with New York Soloist Ensemble, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony.​

Concerts have led her to renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Massey Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Roy Thompson Hall, Merkin Hall, and Granada Theatre. She has also performed at colleges and conservatories including Royal Conservatory of Music, Mannes College, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Queens College, Hunter College, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Western Ontario, Ball State University, New School University, Long Island University, and LA Harbor College.​​

As a passionate educator, Dr. Kim travels to give lectures and classes while maintaining an active performance schedule. Dr. Kim performs with her husband, Han Soo Kim, a violinist, and is a member of the Sonos5winds, the wind quintet in residence at Westmont College. 

Dr. Kim is on the faculty at Westmont College, Westmont Academy for Young Artists, and Santa Barbara City College.

 
 

Andrea Di Maggio, flutist, has been praised for her “stellar playing and social grace” by the Santa Barbara Independent and is in demand as both a teacher and an performer in the Santa Barbara area. Andrea graduated from San Jose State University in 2001, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance where she studied with Paris Conservatory, French flutist, Isabelle Chapuis-Starr. While attending San Jose State University, she won many Bay Area instrumental performance competitions. Andrea was granted a teaching position at Arizona State University during 2001-2002, and while completing her first year of graduate school, she taught private lessons to the undergraduate flute majors, implemented and taught a flute course to music education students, and performed in faculty recitals. Andrea transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara in Fall 2002 to study with Jill Felber on a full scholarship. She graduated with honors with a Masters Degree in Instrumental Performance in 2004. Andrea has performed in masterclasses with Robert Stallman, Tadeo Coehlo, Michel Debost, and Jill Felber. Andrea regularly performs in solo and chamber music recitals and is a founding member of Sonos Montecito, the Woodwind Quintet-in-residence at Westmont College. Andrea maintains a small and competitive private flute studio, with students winning awards from the Santa Barbara Music Club and The Music Teachers Association of California. Andrea performs on a silver Miyazawa Boston Classic flute with gold and platinum headjoint. For more information please visit www.dimaggiomusic.com.

 

Angela Miller, viola B.M. in Viola Performance BYU, M.M. and D.M.A. in Viola Performance UCSB, residency with the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, free lance musician and educator.

Angela has soloed with various West Coast orchestras, performing a standard classical repertoire. She recently recorded her first solo album, produced by acclaimed soloist Helen Callus, with whom she performs a duet. In January 2016, she recorded her first solo album of hymn transcriptions, arrangements and new compositions by herself and contemporary composers. It’s being edited for commercial release.

Her chamber music specialization has included residencies with the Young Artists String Quartet at UC Santa Barbara as well as the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. As a member of the Young Artist’s String Quartet (2012-14), she performed for musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Kronos Quartet, Brian Chen and the Silk Road Ensemble.

 
 

Neil Di Maggio, pianist and teacher, enjoys a full and diverse dual career as an active performer and teacher and as Director of Research in College Advancement at Westmont College.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance (summa cum laude) from San Jose State University, where he studied with Beethoven scholar, Dr. Alfred Kanwischer.  His Master of Music degree in piano performance is from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied under master teacher Mack McCray.  He received a full-tuition scholarship and teaching assistantship for the graduate program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  There he earned his Master of Music in collaborative piano with renowned collaborative artist and professor, Anne Epperson. Other influential teachers are Yael Weiss and Betty Oberacker, and Laurette Goldberg (harpsichord).

 

Neil’s professional work has taken him from California to Phoenix to New York City and he enjoys a busy musical career of chamber and solo performances, collaborating with faculty from Westmont College, Santa Barbara City College, and UC Santa Barbara.  Recently he partnered as harpsichordist with the faculty of Santa Barbara Strings, and serves on the piano faculty for the Westmont Academy for Young Artists.  The Santa Barbara Independent praised his “brilliant display” as soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Santa Barbara Master Chorale.  Neil’s students are scholarship recipients from the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the Santa Barbara Music Club, and the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation.

 

Flutist Laura Walter has performed widely across the United States, and is an active adjudicator at prestigious competitions. Her students have gone on to successful careers as musicians, doctors, scientists and major symphony conductors. After studying flute, piano, and jazz extensively in the Midwest, she played with the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), Dayton Philharmonic (OH), Springfield Symphony (OH) and Richmond Symphony (IN). She then furthered her studies with Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony, and Kyril Magg of the Cincinnati Symphony. Her M.M was earned at the University of Kentucky, and she now performs with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, and other chamber groups in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles area. Alry Publications has published several of her pieces for flute choir, and an etude book written to highlight difficult orchestral flute passages. She has taught at Wright State University, Miami Valley Music Academy, and been a featured guest lecturer at the Dayton Philharmonic.

Ms. Walter has been on the faculty of Westmont College for over 20 years. She has recorded over a dozen CD’s with various artists, performed on the Today Show, and for Oprah, as well as with Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Yanni, Steve Allen and others. Her solo album “The Nature of Nurture” has won critical acclaim. Recently she was featured on a recording of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, and locally premiered “Cut Pieces” with Ursula Gallenkamp, performance artist. As a piccoloist in John Luther Adams’ ground breaking “Inuksuit” for 48 percussionists and 3 piccolos, she performed at the Ojai Music Festival, in a tree.

Formerly the Executive Director of The Richards Institute of Education and Research, a non‐profit group, she continues working with teachers and children, especially at‐risk youth, using the experience of interactive play to develop motivation, intelligence, literacy, emotional stability and beauty. She is the regional coordinator of Education Through Music (ETM) and leads workshops for teachers to incorporate the arts into the current STEAM philosophy, integrating song, movement and play into daily activities for a more effective classroom. Traveling extensively in the summers, she continues working with young musicians across the US and Japan, at Fine Arts camps and workshops. A special interest in trauma has led her to the exploration of the uses of music and art in healing, creating empathy, and hope.

 

Andy Radford, is the Principal Bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the California Philharmonic. Active in the recording industry, Radford has played in over 300 soundtracks including the recent films: Up!, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Forrest Gump. He has performed and recorded with artists such as; Neil Diamond, The Three Tenors, Dixie Chicks, Joshua Redmond, Pat Benatar, Chris Botti, The Who, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Josh Groban, Michael Crawford and Faith Hill.

A free-lancer for many years in the Los Angeles area, Andy now lives in Ojai and splits his working hours between bassoon performance and music education. Radford is the Education Coordinator for the Ojai Music Festival and is an Artist-in Residence for the Festival’s BRAVO! Program. Along with his wife, violinist Amy Hagen, Radford co-founded the Ojai Youth Symphony in 2001. Andy became Music Director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in 2004 and serves on the faculty of UCSB and Westmont Colleges.

 

Michael Shasberger's endeavors include conducting the Westmont College Choir and Orchestra, private voice instruction, working with the office of the campus pastor, and developing artistic collaborations with the Santa Barbara arts community. He is also the conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Singers, guest conductor for the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Director Emeritus of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver and sings with the Santa Barbara based Vocal Scholars vocal ensemble.
He is active as a conductor, educator, composer and singer. Dr. Shasberger has considerable experience as a performer in professional opera, oratorio and musical theater. He has been a resident artist with the Indianapolis and Arkansas opera Companies, and has performed professionally with several vocal chamber ensembles, including the Denver based vocal chamber ensemble “AVE” in appearances on concert series throughout the western United States and in England. Dr. Shasberger has been a guest conductor with the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic among others, as well as preparing choirs for performance with the Indianapolis and Arkansas Symphony orchestras.
He has presented papers at state, regional and national conferences of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association. Choirs under his direction, including those from Augustana Lutheran Church, Butler University, Colorado Christian University and Hendrix College, have appeared at many state, regional and national conventions of organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as on tour in Europe, Latin American, and the United States. Dr. Shasberger has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder, directing the University Choir and University Chamber Singers, as well as holding the position of resident scholar on the CU faculty serving as the director of the Musica international choral music database project at the University.
He has also served as a member of the national committee on technologies for the American Choral Directors Association, and board member for the international choral music internet resource site ChoralNet. He earned his bachelors degree in music from St. Olaf College, his masters degree from Redlands University, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.

 

Harpist,  Marcia Dickstein, continues enticing new audiences to the harp in chamber music and solo with orchestra, and inspiring composers to write new works in various genres. To date, she has commissioned and premiered over 150 compositions by American composers. Credits include: solo with orchestras in Louisville, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Geneva, Switzerland and award winning recordings 3 Friends, Chamber Music of Arnold Bax, Look Ahead and the latest Three by Three on the Klavier, Koch, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and other labels. As Founder/Artistic Director of The Debussy Trio, now in its 27th year, she has performed worldwide. Additionally, she has played on over 400 film scores and also plays with the Long Beach Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. She is Professor of Harp at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and CalPoly, San Luis Obispo.

Active as a composer/editor, her music is available at www.sheetmusicbyfatrock.com

 

Violinist Kristine Pacheco, a California native, is a highly sought after performer and music educator. She appears regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Choral Society Orchestra, and the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Kristine has performed in many great concert spaces like Carnegie Hall and Disney’s REDCAT, but also in less likely places for music: at the center of a rodeo ring, on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, and in an airplane hangar. When not performing Kristine devotes much of her time to teaching young musicians. She is the Education Programs Manager at the Santa Barbara Symphony, an instructor with the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Education Center, and is the musical director of Mariachi Monarcas de Goleta.  Kristine has three years of experience teaching in the El Sistema style and has maintained a private violin studio for over eight years. Equally at home with contemporary, classical, and early music repertoire, Kristine studied at UC Berkeley earning a bachelors in Music and Premedical Studies and holds a masters in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University.Violinist Kristine Pacheco, a California native, is a highly sought after performer and music educator. She appears regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Choral Society Orchestra, and the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Kristine has performed in many great concert spaces like Carnegie Hall and Disney’s REDCAT, but also in less likely places for music: at the center of a rodeo ring, on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, and in an airplane hangar. When not performing Kristine devotes much of her time to teaching young musicians. She is the Education Programs Manager at the Santa Barbara Symphony, an instructor with the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Education Center, and is the musical director of Mariachi Monarcas de Goleta.  Kristine has three years of experience teaching in the El Sistema style and has maintained a private violin studio for over eight years. Equally at home with contemporary, classical, and early music repertoire, Kristine studied at UC Berkeley earning a bachelors in Music and Premedical Studies and holds a masters in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University.

Samila Aquino is a rising sophomore at Westmont College where she is majoring in music. Samila began playing the Clarinet in sixth grade and has studied under Dr. Joanne Kim since eighth grade. She was the principal player in her high school band and orchestra which competed in national competitions across the country. Her love for music was inspired by her cousin's lovely viola playing growing up but she decided to take a different route with instrumentation and has loved it ever since. Entering Westmont she received a scholarship from the music department where she has joined the Westmont Orchestra and is excited to deepen and expand her passion for music.

Jim Connolly, string bass instructor, is a composer and performer living in Santa Barbara, California. He writes music for The Gove County Philharmonic, The Gove County String Quartet and Lit Moon Theatre. He has composed for choir, musical saw, five string violin, string quartet and various chamber ensembles. He plays the double bass, saw, banjo, piano and sings. He attended New England Conservatory. Jim has received five Independent Theater Awards, numerous commissions, grants, ASCAP Plus Awards and in 2001 was listed as one of the twenty-five most intriguing people in Santa Barbara. He has collaborated or performed with Nate Birkey, Gilles Apap, Jeff Kaiser, Brad Dutz, Headless Household, Jeff Bridges, Vinny Golia, Eugene Chadbourne, Cougar Estrada, Anna Abbey and his brother Kevin Connolly. The Gove County String Quartet is Laura Hackstein and Sally Barr on violin, Kirsten Monke on viola and Jim Connolly playing bass. The Gove County Philharmonic has included Ron McCarley on clarinet, Jeff Kaiser playing trumpet, Bruce Bigenho on piano, Jim Bement and Brett Larson on accordion, Gilles Apap and the members of The Gove County String Quartet are the strings. For listening and more information please visit http://www.jimconnollymusic.com.

Junia Work is a sophomore at Westmont College, where she is majoring in music. She has studied violin with Kaori Atkins, Mary Beth Woodruff, and Dr. Han Soo Kim, and has attended summer festivals across the country. She began playing in ensembles in elementary school with Junior Strings, and after many years in Santa Barbara Strings has joined the Westmont Orchestra. She has received scholarships from the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation and the Santa Barbara Music Club. As she especially enjoys chamber music, she has played in several chamber ensembles, both locally and at festivals, and hopes to continue to learn and grow as she studies at Westmont.

Eric C. Heidner currently teaches private trombone lessons at Westmont College. A native Santa Barbaran, he is in his sixth year as the Director of Bands at Santa Barbara City College, where he directs both the SBCC Concert Band and the "Good Times" Jazz Ensemble. Before recently joining the faculty at the college, he held the position of Director of Bands for Santa Barbara High School for five years. In addition, he has worked with a great many local school music programs, including those of Dos Pueblos High School, Arroyo Grande High School, Bishop Diego High School, and numerous public elementary and parochial schools. He holds a B.M. in trombone performance from UCSB (studying under Bill Booth), as well as an M.A. in musicology. He earned his teaching credential from Westmont College in 1997. As a professional brass instrumentalist, he has worked with Doc Severinsen and has played for such people as Dizzy Gillespie and former President Ronald Reagan, and has served as both principal hornist and principal trombonist to the SBCC Concert Band between 1992 and 2003.