HERB ALPERT MUSIC CENTER

HERB ALPERT MUSIC CENTER

Faculty & Staff


Dr. Christine Park

Dr. Christine Park
Professor of Music and Department Chair
AFT 1521 Faculty Union President

Full-Time Faculty


Professor Anderies

Professor Trevor Anderies
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Jazz Studies and World Music 
Percussion Studies - Drums 

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Resolve, innovation, and passion define Professor Anderies’ musical direction. Based in Los Angeles, California, he performs locally and on the international scene with many groups including, Slumgum, The Walsh Set Trio, The Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, Dan Rosenboom, Joe Anderies Generations Project, Neelamjit Dhillon, The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble, and The Trevor Anderies Quintet. Amongst his many teachers have been Joe LaBarbara, Bennie Maupin, Art Lande, Randy Gloss, Paul Romaine, and Larry Koonse. In addition, he has studied Ewe music from Ghanian Master Drummer Alfred Ladzekpo, and Tabla from North Indian Master Swapan Chaudhuri.

Professor Anderies has performed and recorded with a wide array of artists including Bennie Maupin, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Dwight Trible, Hugh Ragin, Ron Miles, Greg Gisbert, Pat Coil, Larry Coryell, Eric Gunnison, and Shunzo Ohno. In addition to being a performer, he works as an Adjunct Professor at Pierce College and as an Accompanist at the University of Southern California Kaufman School of Dance. He has also presented workshops at various universities including CU Boulder, Denver University, Reed College, Sacramento State, Metro State, Mesa State College, George Mason University, and the University of Reno, Nevada. He has performed his music all around the United States as well as in Italy, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Denmark, Brussels and Taiwan. He released his debut album, Shades of Truth, in 2013 on Nine Winds Records, his second album Promise of a Tree on Orenda Records, and his latest album Samsara on Personality Records.

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Dr. Christine Gengaro
Online Education Coordinator
Professor
Music History, Voice

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Books: 

  • Listening to Stanley Kubrick: the Music in His Films (Scarecrow Press, 2013)  
  • Experiencing: Chopin (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) 
  • Anthony Burgess’ This Man and Music – annotated edition (Manchester University Press, 2020) 

Dr. Christine Gengaro grew up in Queens, New York, and started taking piano lessons at the age of 5. She had an affinity for music and loved to sing, dance, and play piano recitals. Her love for music history blossomed in high school, where a senior-year elective (Music Appreciation) got her interested in the stories—and the human beings—behind the music. She completed a Masters degree in Classical Voice in 1997 at Hunter College (City University of New York), and thereafter made a living by teaching music in the New York City Public School system. Being a middle school teacher for three years taught “Doc G” a lot of lessons about empathy, equity, and patience. 

Dr. Gengaro moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2000 to begin the Ph.D. program in Musicology (music history) at the University of Southern California. There she met and fell in love with her favorite library, Doheny Library on USC’s campus. She still conducts research there when working on projects. She graduated in 2005 and got a full-time job at LACC the following year. 

Since then, “Doc G” has published two books and written chapters for a dozen others. She has written program notes for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for over a decade and continues to work with LACO on their outreach efforts into Los Angeles-area elementary schools. She is always working on something: writing, researching, giving talks, or presenting papers at conferences around the world, including those in England, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and all over the U.S. 

In the last two years, Dr. Gengaro has dedicated herself (with the help of some fellow community college musicologists) to rethink the approach to the curriculum in music history and music appreciation classes. Among the shifts has been to de-centralize the Western canon and instead contextualize artists like Beethoven and Mozart as part of a global perspective on the arts. In her classes there is also greater attention given to women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community; primary sources and contemporary accounts have become more important. She has tried to increase equity by using free textbooks and open resources and by allowing students to present their work in multiple formats (including performance, curation, and video presentations). 

Dr. Gengaro is delighted to be part of the LACC community, her professional home for the last 16 years. In addition to teaching, she is currently serving as the Online Education Coordinator for the school. She even met her husband at LACC; Kenneth Thomas is adjunct faculty and staff member in the Cinema/TV Department. 

Books: 

  • Listening to Stanley Kubrick: the Music in His Films (Scarecrow Press, 2013)  
  • Experiencing: Chopin (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) 
  • Anthony Burgess’ This Man and Music – annotated edition (Manchester University Press, 2020) 

https://www.christineleegengaro.com/

Kelly

Dr. Kevin Kelly
Professor
Composition, Songwriting, and Theory

Dr. Kevin Kelly is a Los Angeles-based composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born July 6, 1978 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, he completed his bachelor's degree in composition at West Chester University, where his principal teachers were Robert Maggio and Larry Nelson. He was awarded a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, where he studied with Jay Reise, James Primosch, Anna Weesner, and Ingrid Arauco. He has also studied with Samuel Adler, Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet and Michel Merlet while participating in the summer composition program at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France.

Among Dr. Kelly's awards and scholarships are: a prize in the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts' Young Composers Competition; recognition as a regional winner in the 1999 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition; the William Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania; and the Theodore Presser Scholarship from West Chester University. An active singer-songwriter, he has played his music throughout the United States and Western Europe with the eclectic chamber-folk ensemble Homesick Elephant (www.homesickelephant.com). Dr. Kelly is on the faculty of Los Angeles City College, where he teaches composition, harmony, musicianship, orchestration, counterpoint, and songwriting.

Kim

Dr. Irene Kim
Professor
Director of Choral Studies
Piano, Theory

Dr. Irene Kim joined the LACC music faculty in Fall 2000 as the Director of Choral Activities. Over the years, she has taught introductory theory courses, piano courses levels 1-4, and all choral groups. Prior to her position at LACC she served as choral director at various schools, community groups, and churches including San Gabriel High School and the University Campus Choir at UCLA.

Dr. Kim is a graduate of University of Arizona where she earned a Ph.D. in music education. She received her M. M. and B.A. from UCLA in Choral Conducting, Music Education, and Piano Performance.

Dr. Milen Kirov

Dr. Milen Kirov
Professor of Music
Composition, Theory, Piano
Director of Balkan Funk Band
Yamaha Artist 

https://www.milenkirov.net/

Described as a “pianist with superhuman coordination,” Dr. Milen Kirov is an award-winning Bulgarian-American performer, composer, and educator with an inimitable artistic voice and celebrated creative output. His career redefines the role of the performer-composer in 21st century by transcending genres, labels, and artistic boundaries. Combining his Bulgarian music heritage and concert pianist background with contemporary composition, jazz, world music, and improvisation, Dr. Kirov has carved a thriving career as a unique and respected artist.

Dr. Kirov has won awards from the Bulgarian National Radio Composition CompetitionBulgarian National Music Competition “Sv. Obretenov”; MTNA Performance Competition; Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto CompetitionLiberace Scholarship CompetitionJ. Huntzinger Concerto Competition, and has received numerous grants and commissions from organizations such as the American Music Center and Montecito Music Festival among others. In June of 2015 Dr. Kirov was awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition by the United States Congress for his work as a director of an international music ensemble, and for “showcasing Bulgarian culture and continuing Los Angeles’ tradition of multiculturalism.” Milen has performed throughout Europe and North America and has written and recorded music for several films including “Human Error” – a Robert M. Young film, official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival; “A Cigar At the Beach” – an award-winning film by Triskalion Entertainment, and “Woody Allen: A Documentary” directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Robert Weide, part of the celebrated PBS’ American Masters series. 

As an artist and producer, Dr. Kirov has released 6 albums and several singles, and has appeared as a guest artist on numerous other records on labels such as Sony BMGMRi, and A.i. Music. His latest album “SPATIUM,” released by London-based ICSM Records in May, 2022 was hailed by critics as "smoking, smoking, smoking throughout, this is the start of something big" (Chris Potter, Midwest Record) and "arresting effort of Milen Kirov's... and his unerring grasp of dynamics as he propels the music to flow in such inexorable motion" (Doug Collette, AllAboutJazz.com.) Milen’s compositions and performances have been featured on dozens of radio and TV stations on four continents. Some of the diverse artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Perry Farrell, Ellis Hall, Miroslav Tadic, Dragomir Yosifov, Steve Ferrone, Mike Keneally, John Bergamo, Theodosii Spassov, Money Mark, and James Gadson, among others. Dr. Kirov is also known as a keyboardist who utilizes a wide range of acoustic, analog, and digital keyboard instruments such as harpsichord, pipe organ, accordion, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes piano, and synthesizers.

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in a family of musicians, Dr. Kirov started playing the piano at age four and attended High School of Music “D. Petkov” and Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in his hometown. He holds degrees from California State University, Northridge and California Institute of the Arts. Currently, Kirov is an Associate Professor of Piano, Composition, and Theory at Los Angeles City College. He frequently gives master classes and lectures, and serves as a jury in piano, jazz, and chamber music competitions. Dr. Kirov is the co-founder, and member of the jury of the annual Competition for Young Pianists “Stella Oslekova” held in his hometown of Plovdiv and dedicated to the memory of his beloved first piano teacher.

Dr. Kirov is a Yamaha Artist.

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Professor Kassandra Kocoshis
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Popular Music and World Music 
Latin Percussion and Latin Ensembles 

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Instagram: @kassianieleni 
 

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Professor Kassandra Kocoshis has been playing percussion since she was eleven years old. She received her BM in Percussion Performance from DePaul University and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, where she studied with Randy Gloss. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, where she specializes in pop, R&B, soul, new music, rock, Latin and flamenco.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Professor Kocoshis has performed with Carlos Vives, Young the Giant, Vahagni, Mickey Hart, Shaherah White, Adam del Monte, Hamed Nikpay, and many more. She is a member of California soul band Beat Mosaic and Las Chikas.

Professor Kocoshis has recorded with artists from a diverse array of genres, including Meghan Trainor, Vahagni, Soul Scratch, Beat Mosaic, and many others. She has recently contributed percussion to the Grammy nominated album Love Language by South African flutist, Wouter Kellerman and can be seen in Postmodern Jukebox's video "The Prayer" featuring American Idol stars Pia Toscano and Stefano Langone. She is a Latin Percussion (LP) and Amplified Timber Artist.

Dr. Christine Park

Dr. Christine Park
Professor of Music and Department Chair
AFT 1521 Faculty Union President

Dr. Christine Park is the Department Chair of Music at the Herb Alpert Music Center. Her education comes from The Juilliard School in New York City, Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini in Florence, Italy, California State University, Northridge with degrees in Piano Performance, Music Education, Italian Baroque Musicology, and International Piano Pedagogy. She received her doctorate in Higher Education at The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Dr. Park began her career at LACC in 2002. She has been active as the Director of Staff & Organizational Development (2009-2015), Director of the New Faculty Academy (2009-2017), and the Chair of Work Environment Committee (2016-2017). Aside from LACC, she was elected as the President of MACCC—Music Association of California Community Colleges (2012-2014) and on the Executive Board (2006-2015). She is currently the Chapter President of AFT 1521 (American Federation of Teachers) for LACC.

Dr. Park’s leadership as the Department Chair includes the achievement of $10.1 million endowment from the Herb Alpert Foundation, building the Direct Pathway with California Institute of the Arts and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and raising over $1 million for instruments, equipment, software, and additional scholarships for music students.

Professor Zambrano

Professor Euro Zambrano
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Music Production and World Music 
Commercial & Popular Music - Drums 

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Professor Euro Zambrano, multi Latin Grammy Award nominee, is a Venezuelan Drummer, Music Producer, Percussionist and Educator based in Los Angeles, California.

Professor Zambrano has recorded hundreds of music productions including CDs and DVDs, has been music director, drummer and/or percussionist in concerts and recordings of international artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, José Luis Rodríguez “El Puma”, Franco de Vita, Oscar de León, Ricardo Montaner, Gloria Trevi, The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Gabriela Cartulano, Munyungo Jackson, Colin Hay, Abraham Laboriel, Israel Houghton, Adrienne Bailon, Becky G, Prince Royce, David Pack, Luis Conte, Oskar Cartaya, Alex Acuña, Pedro Eustache, Jimmy Haslip, Tommy Walker, La Santa Cecilia, María Conchita Alonso, José Alberto “El Canario”, Oscar Hernández, Frank Quintero, Yordano, among many others. He has also performed in TV Shows, International Festivals and Awards such as Latin Grammy Awards, The Real TV Show, Latin American Music Awards, Balon de Oro Awards,  Spotify Live Sessions, Global Citizens Festival, among many others.

In 2013, he was awarded a full scholarship and obtained his Master Degree in Music Production at Shepherd University in Los Angeles, California. Studied Bachelors in Composition at Ars Nova School of Music in Caracas, Venezuela.

In 2017, his wife, the singer-songwriter Gabriela Cartulano, released her album titled "Tu Amor" produced by Euro Zambrano, which has won 5 nominations for different awards such as: Latin Grammy as Best Christian Album 2017, Arpa Awards as Best Female Vocal Album 2018 and Redemption Awards for Best Female Vocal Album, Best Song of the Year and Best Music Producer of the Year 2018.

Professor Zambrano currently works in different activities within the music industry, among them, being part of the band of the world star Stevie Wonder and the World Tour of Chaka Khan. Also producing, directing different bands and as musician of recording sessions and concerts.

He has more than 20 years of experience in education and has been part of the faculty of California State University, Los Angeles; and Shepherd University, Los Angeles. He has given Master Classes, Clinics and Workshops in many countries in North and South America and has been exhibitor of different musical instruments during the NAMM Show in the city of Anaheim, California since 2010.

Professor Zambrano is sponsored by: DW (Drums) / REMO (Drum Heads) / PAISTE (Cymbals) / VIC FIRTH (Drum Sticks) / TELEFUNKEN (Mics) / MEINL (Percussion) / ROLAND (Electronic Drums and Percussion) / BEATO (Drum Bags) / ULTIMATE EARS (In Ears Monitors) / DRUMDOTS (drum dampener) / GRUV GEAR (Bags)

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Anderson

Dr. Ron Anderson
Piano and Theory

Dr. Ron Anderson holds a doctoral degree in Piano Performance, as well as degrees in Opera and Composition, and has enjoyed successes in all three endeavors. 

During his 10-year singing career, Dr. Anderson performed about two dozen operatic roles, including Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and the title roles in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. His oratorio credits include numerous performances of the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah, requiems of Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, and multiple performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as well as other choral masterpieces.

In addition to his long list of operatic roles, he has been regularly featured as soloist (both as a pianist and a vocalist) in televised concerts with several orchestras throughout Southern California, including Torrance Symphony, the Marina Symphony, the Cypress Pops Orchestra, and the Redlands Bowl.

His compositions for orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, piano solo, and voice have been received enthusiastically, having won competitions and critical acclaim. Recently, his choral anthem “Wilt Thou Forgive?” was awarded First Prize in the Cerddorion Composers Competition, tied with Bernardino Zanetti of Italy. He is a current winner of the SMP Press composition contest in three categories (Choral, Chamber, and Solo). His compositions and arrangements are published on SMP Press (Sheet Music Plus).

Aside from teaching at LACC, Dr. Anderson is presently on the Piano Faculty at Chapman University. His private studio has produced several winners in the National Chopin Foundation, MTNA, Composers Today, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and others. He is in demand as a lecturer, and often adjudicates for competitions and events, such as the Steinway & Sons Junior Piano Competition, MTNA Composition Competition, MTNA State and Division Piano Competitions, the Reno Youth Music Festival, the Yamaha National Junior Original Concert, MTAC Young Composers Guild, and the Composers Today State Contest and Evaluations. Dr. Anderson is the former State Chair for the Composers Today Young Composers Guild and continues to serve in an advisory capacity.

Professor Barbier

Mattie Barbier
Trombone

Professor Mattie Barbier is an LA-based musician and sonic researcher focused on experimental intonation, noise, and the physical processes of their instrument. Their playing has been described by the LA Times as being "of intense, brilliant, virtuosic growling that gave the striking impression that Barbier was dismantling the instrument while playing it," by the Wire as “exploring the nooks of instrumental tone far beyond the reach of most mortals,” and by the New Yorker as being a "diabolically inventive trombonist-composer."

Professor Barbier engages in collaborative relationships with a range of musicians including Clara Iannotta, Michelle Lou, Weston Olencki, Catherine Lamb, Kevin Drumm, Sarah Davachi,  Jacob Kirkegaard, and Katherine Young. As an interpreter, they have given premieres by and collaborated with a broad spectrum of composers including George Lewis, Liza Lim, Lester St. Louis, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Kaori Suzuki, Raven Chacon, and Scott Walker.

They are a member of RAGE Thormbones, wildUp, echoi, wasteLAnd music, and is an active soloist and improvisor on low brass instruments and bagpipes. They teach at CalArts and Los Angeles City College (LACC).

Professor Barbier has presented and created work with and for the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Getty Villa, Monday Evening Concerts, San Francisco Exploratorium, Indexical, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, Roulette Intermedium, RedCat, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Factory Seconds Brass Trio, and Issue Project Room as well as in collaboration with holographer Tristan Duke. They have made festival appearances at Borealis (NO), IMD Darmstadt (DE), Donaueschinger (DE), Maerzmusik (DE), Bludenz Tage zeitgemäßer (AT), Chicago’s Frequency Festival, Dartington International Summer School (UK),  Kalv Festival (SE), the Ojai Music Festival, and Musica Nova Helsinki (FI) with the Helsinki Philharmonic with upcoming engagements at Donaueschinger with the SWR. Various recording projects have been released on Sofa, Dinzu Artifcats, Carrier, Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, Innova, Faux Amis, New Focus, Domino, New Amsterdam, and Kairos Records.

Professor Cartulano

Gabriela Cartulano
Jazz and Popular Music - Voice

Professor Gabriela Cartulano-Zambrano is an Italo-Venezuelan Latin Grammy nominee, singer-songwriter, vocal instructor, producer, and music business specialist based in Los Angeles, California.

She has three music productions and dozens of music singles released as a soloist where she has participated as main artist, general producer and singer-songwriter. She has also participated as back vocalist in several albums and music productions. Professor Cartulano-Zambrano is a certified announcer and voice-over artist. She has participated on doubling TV series, and TV and radio jingles.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Master’s in Marketing Management (with honors) and with a Specialization in Popular Music in Venezuela. In 2022, after many years of experience within the music industry, she added a Specialization in Music Business.

She has been Projects and Special Events Coordinator for the Symphonic Orchestras System of Venezuela in Venezuela. She has participated as Associate Coordinator for International tours with the conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra in England, Turkey, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Uruguay. She has been Production Coordinator for TV shows as Univision New Year’s Special, Los Angeles and Music Videos among many others. She has been a vocal instructor in private and public institutions and non- profits since 2010.

In 2017 she received a Latin Grammy nomination with her album “Tu Amor” as artist, singer-songwriter and general producer. She received 2 nominations for Arpa Awards in 2018 and 2022 and Redencion Awards, NYC in 2018. In 2007 she received Publications Mention for her Bachelor’s Thesis and in 2010 for her Graduate Thesis “Recording and Releasing a Music Production”. In 2004 she won the 1st Place in Simon Bolivar University Festival and in 2006 was awarded 3rd Place in the National Festival of the University Voice, Venezuela.

Professor Cartulano-Zambrano is a voting Member of Latin Grammy Awards (LARAS), member of The American Federation of Musicians, Local 47 (AFM), and BMI, among others. She is sponsored by Fender Guitars and Telefunken Mics.

Prof. Conrad

Andrew Conrad
Saxophone

Professor Andrew Conrad is a single reed artist, improviser, and composer living in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Improvisational Music at the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s degree in Jazz Reeds performance at California Institute of the Arts, where he primarily studied saxophone, improvisation, and composition. While attending CalArts he studied Jazz as well as music from around the world taught by its masters including West African Ewe Music, Balinese Gamelan, Cuban Music, Balkan Folk Music, and North Indian Classical Music. He has received several awards including the LA Weekly Theater Award for “Best Original Music for a Musical” for his work with Poor Dog Group on Brewsie and Willie, and 1st Place in the Umbria Jazz Festival’s CONAD Jazz Competition. He is the leader of A Conrad Trio and a co-leader of the improvisational jazz quartet Chord Four, both of which perform all original compositions as well as being a longstanding member of Orkestar Meze. Andrew has performed or recorded with Wild Up, Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, theBABAorchestra, Poor Dog Group, Tina Raymond, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Fell Runner, and The Trevor Anderies Quintet. He has performed at many national and international venues including Umbria Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Festival, Los Angeles Bach Festival, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. Professor Conrad also works in Los Angeles with JoAnn Kane Music Service as a professional Music Copyist, Transcriber and Librarian.

Professor Golchin

Toofun Golchin
Guitar

Toofun Golchin is a composer and guitarist who keeps one hand in his middle-eastern roots and the other in the western world of rock and jazz. He regularly does work as a session guitar player for various composers including Dan Romer. His compositions can be heard on the Discover and TLC channels. Professor Golchin's band Zaub was started during his time at CalArts and mixes middle-eastern and rock music together.

Prof. Hannifan

Dr. Patricia Hannifan
Piano

Dr. Patricia Hannifan is an Instructor at Los Angeles City and Valley Colleges and a Staff Accompanist at Los Angeles Valley College. She is also the Organist and Music Director for Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Long Beach as well as a freelance piano and organ accompanist in the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Hannifan also teaches piano and organ and coaches singers in her private studio.

Her achievements include being a four-time Winner of the Artistic Director Achievement Award for 'Best Music Director' by the Valley Theater League for her work with the Woodland Hills Community Theatre - The Fantasticks (1998), The All Night Strut! (2001), The Taffetas (2006) and Nunsense (2009).

As a founding partner of the LAVC Summerfest, a collaboration of the Music, Theater, and Dance departments of Los Angeles Valley College, she served as the Musical Director for the inaugural performance of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret in the summer of 2010 and the 2011 performance of Anything Goes by Cole Porter.

Dr. Hannifan holds a DMA in organ performance from University of California, Los Angeles, a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Flora L. Thorton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from California State University, Northridge.

Prof. Horton

Erinn Horton
Jazz and Popular Music - Voice, African-American Music

Professor Horton has a very rich experience in Commercial Music and currently teaches Commercial Voice courses and lessons at Los Angeles City College. She trains and nurtures students' voices through the nuances of varying genres while solidifying a firm foundation of vocal technique. Professor Horton also introduces students to African American traditions in the LACC Gospel Ensemble and the African American Music history course. The ensemble learns music that spans the musical canon from the old standards to the newest releases within the gospel genre. The history course explores the contributing factors that helped develop and nurture genres born from the African American experience.

Professor Horton not only lives an active life of music but also studied it intensively. Her informal study began as a child in church and then school. She began her formal study at Berea College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music then flourished at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she received her Masters in Vocal Performance. Though formally studying classical voice in both undergrad and grad school, Professor Horton explored the music of Africa, India and Indonesia alongside the art of improvisation at CalArts. She also sang with the Latin Jazz Ensemble as she perfected her salsa moves. Her passion led her to create and direct the CALARTS Gospel Choir for two years. Seeing a greater need, she also created/ produced “The African American Arts Experience”. It was a three day collaborative festival covering film, music, fine art, artist talks and writing that highlighted African American and Black contributions to the Arts. Embracing all of these influences, including gospel, R&B, pop and jazz, she provides a culturally diverse mindset to her approach to performance and teaching music.

Dr. Nagatani

Dr. Ken Nagatani
Classical Guitar

Dr. Ken Nagatani received both a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California in 2006 as a student of William Kanengiser.

He has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Mary Pickford Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Classical Guitar and the Jack Marshall Memorial Scholarship while at USC. He has certified training in the Suzuki method, and has been active as a performer and teacher in Southern California for the past 24 years. He currently teaches Classical Guitar and Beginning Guitar at LACC.

Dr. Niles

Dr. Steven Niles
Piano and Musicianship

Dr. Steven Niles attended the University of Southern California where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with minors in Historical Musicology, Music Education, and Harpsichord. He has taught music in the Los Angeles Community College District since 2011, at Pierce, Mission, and City Colleges. He teaches class and applied Piano, Music Appreciation, and Music Theory. Professor Niles has performed nationally and abroad in solo recitals and as concerto soloist. He has taught numerous masterclasses at institutions in the US, China, and Taiwan. He has commissioned and premiered numerous works by contemporary composers. He performs continuo and improvises in early music, as well as Jazz. He also writes music criticism for New Classic LA and other publications.

Prof. Reyes

Caroline Reyes
Director of Gamelan Ensemble; Harp

Professor Caroline Reyes is an Instructional Assistant at Los Angeles City College, who returned to her native Los Angeles and Orange County area from Western New York in the summer of 2015. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in harp performance and ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. An active performer and educator, Professor Reyes has served on the faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College and has performed with many notable ensembles, including the Long Beach Symphony, Orchestra Santa Monica, The Eastman Wind Ensemble, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Rochester Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Professor Reyes has been featured in the Rochester Women in Music Festival, as guest faculty recitalist at the Eastman School of Music, and the Rochester Fringe Festival. When not playing or teaching the harp, Professor Reyes can be found performing with and teaching Balinese gamelan ensembles and teaching world music courses.

Dr. Rivera

Dr. Rebecca Rivera
Music General Education

As a bassoon and contrabassoon player, Dr. Rebecca Rivera has recorded for several film and music projects and performed with many ensembles throughout Southern California including Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops Orchestras and the woodwind trio Third Wheel.

She recently performed with Elton John at the 125th Anniversary concert for Yamaha. She has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Orpheum and The Los Angeles Music Center. She is a guest artist on Fiesta by Flamenco Latino guitarist Tony Ybarra.

In addition to maintaining her private teaching studio, Dr. Rivera is adjunct professor of bassoon and Chapman University and a lecturer in reed-making at the University of Southern California. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance at the University of Southern California, studying with Rose Corrigan and Judith Farmer.

Prof. Simeonov

Emilia Simeonov
Violin, Strings

Professor Emilia Simeonov has been an active violinist and educator with a diverse performance career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra and theater musician in Europe and the US.

Starting her career in Oslo, Norway and later in NYC, Professor Simeonov has been invited to perform at several music festivals - The Annual Oslo Opera Ball, Knut Hamsun Festival, Bergen Mostraspelet, Music on Madison concert series in NYC, and New York Fringe Festival to name a few.

Professor Simeonov has been a violinist in Kristiansand Chamber Orchestra, The Norwegian Opera, Manhattan Symphony, as well as a member of TettPå String Quartet and Forte String Quartet.

As a theater and musical musician she has been a soloist and a composer of the theater production Dos Parables by Isabel Allende, performed at Oslo New Theater, a concertmaster of the musical production Jesus Christ Superstar by Lloyd Weber and a solo violinist at the chamber musical Araby at NYC Fringe Festival, featured at the WNYC Greene Space.

As an educator, Professor Simeonov has more than twenty years experience teaching violin, viola, chamber music and string orchestra. She served as a faculty of Paramus High School Music Program (NJ), Montclair Kimberly Academy, as well as Oslo Community Music School (Norway). Many of her students have won regional competitions and been accepted to music colleges and universities.

Besides being a classical violinist, Professor Simeonov has a passion for improvising in different styles, including Balkan, Flamenco and World music. She has been performing and recorded with several bands.

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, in a family of musicians and artists, Professor Simeonov started playing violin at the age of six with her mother, a professional violinist and educator. After graduating Sofia School of Music “L. Pipkov” in the class of Alexander Seraphimov, she was accepted with a full scholarship at The Norwegian Academy of Music, where she holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music and B.M. in Violin Performance. Professor Simeonov studied with professors Terje Moe Hansen, Milan Vitek and Gregori Zhistlin.

Prof. Stahl

David Stahl
Piano

 

Professor David Stahl has been an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College since 1996. Before his Professorship at LACC, he taught music classes at Harbor College beginning in 1991. From 1999 to 2022 he also worked as the full-time commercial voice accompanist at LACC. Originally from Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in Piano Performance where he was the winner of the Van Cliburn scholarship. He later earned his Master of Fine Arts degree also in Piano Performance from UCLA. His teachers have included Eugene Mancini, Aube Tzerko, Bela Siki, and David Bar-Illan. He works in both classical and commercial music. He performed the Tchaikowsky Piano Concerto #2 with the Maui Symphony, composed music and lyrics for a stage musical and choral works, and has commercially recorded 3 CDs (David on the Keys, Guy in a White Shirt, and Christmas by the Fireside). He presently lives in the Chicago area and teaches remotely at LACC.

Prof. Stinson

Lori Stinson
Classical Voice

Professor Lori Stinson is a frequent concert and soprano opera soloist in the greater Los Angeles area and the country. She has sung operatic roles with San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Glimmerglass Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, and Long Beach Opera, as well as covering roles at New York City Opera.

As a concert soloist, Professor Stinson has sung with Los Angeles Bach Festival, Redlands Bowl Symphony, Torrance Symphony, The Marina Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Ventura Master Chorale, and Foothill Master Chorale, as well as many others. Some of the roles and oratorio she has most performed are The Countess in the Marriage of Figaro and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte. She has performed as the soloist in Carmina Burana five times in the past seven years. When she was a soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Cypress Master Chorale, the newspaper there said, “Her large, gleaming soprano soared above all else, and her wonderful performance would have graced any stage in the world. She sang loud, she sang soft, she colored her words, she shaped her phrases. She made the most of her turn in ‘Libera me’ and her soft high note at the end of the a cappella section was dynamite. Her high C was great. She was fabulous.”

She made her motion picture debut as the singing voice of actress Alison Elliott in a 2001 made-for-TV movie, “The Song of the Lark,” broadcast on most public television stations as part of the network’s “Masterpiece Theatre American Collection.” Professor Stinson recorded more than half a dozen opera and oratorio arias and art songs for the soundtrack in portraying a fictional character through her vocal development from a teenager to a renowned opera diva.

Professor Suarez

Stu Suarez
Sound Engineer
Music Technology & Production

Professor Stu Suarez is the full-time sound engineer for the Cinema/TV and Music Departments at LACC.

Dr. Turkmenoglu

Dr. Ahmet Türkmenoğlu
Bass

Dr. Sezin Ahmet Türkmenoğlu is a versatile bass player, composer, and educator based in Los Angeles. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he has worked with musicians like Alan Pasqua, Stanley Jordan, Bruce Forman, Otmaro Ruiz, Jimmy Branly, Frank Potenza, Nick Mancini, Chris Wabich, Abe Lagrimas, Larry Koonse, Michael Carvin, Michael Orland, Dennis Hamm, Kenwood Dennard, and Steve Hass. Dr. Türkmenoğlu has recorded and toured all over the world with many artists, both in Turkey and the U.S. He holds a doctorate degree in jazz performance from the University of Southern California.

Professor Wallfisch

Joanna Wallfisch
Pop/Jazz Voice and Songwriting

“A truly beautiful listen from start to finish” - Pop Matters  
“Bold, dramatic, powerful” - Jazz Times 
“Ushering you into a magical sound world that references everything from The Third Stream stylings of Chick Corea to the songs of Kurt Weil...★★★★”  - Jazzwise
“Sublime voice... truly unique performance” - The Telegraph

London born vocalist-composer, multi-instrumentalist, author and painter, Professor Joanna Wallfisch heralds from generations of professional musicians.

However, music was not always simply a focus of work in her family, but of survival. Her grandmother, Anita Lasker Wallfisch, now 98, survived Auschwitz Birkenau as she was invited by conductor Alma Rose to play the cello in the camp orchestra (a band that entertained the Nazis in exchange for life). Post liberation Anita became a founding member of the English Chamber Orchestra. Her brother Simon is a renowned cellist and opera singer, and her eldest brother Benjamin is an Oscar and Grammy nominated film composer. Her parents, Elizabeth and Raphael, are concert violinist and cellist respectively. 

Since 2011, Professor Wallfisch has released six albums of original music, has featured on various film soundtracks, and appears on four tracks of the 2021 chart topping record Dawn Fmby The Weeknd. 

Music and creativity have been the through line of the Wallfisch family, and integral to Joanna's life and career. World Music Report describes her songs as "quintessential heart-music by a vocalist who seems to have connected with the deepest recesses of her being emerging into brightness again with songs of haunting beauty.” Her music defies genre classification as she effortlessly imbues her songs with nuances of jazz, classical, art-song, and folk, carrying her "clear-eyed poetry" (Boston Globe) and "striking vocals" (Hothouse). Her unique musical background shines through in her own compositional style, evoking her classical routes with her love of jazz, art-song, folk and pop, pushing boundaries of genre and stylistic expectations. 

Professor Wallfisch is master in the art of live vocal looping, and plays the guitar, ukulele, charango, piano and flute. She composes for ensembles including string quartets, woodwinds, and choir. In the summer of 2023 Joanna's piece "Uprise Skyward" is being premiered by the Laude Ensemble at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, as part of the NEO Voice Festival. In April 2023 she performed in a brand new opera by Olan Jones with Overtone Industries at USC. 

Her gift for music encompasses her passion for both performance and for education. She strives to helps others, promoting messages of peace and community, healing and equality through the arts, via education and outreach programs. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Professor Wallfisch sings with the Laude Ensemble, is on songwriting faculty at Los Angeles College of Music, works regularly as a session vocalist, is an early childhood music educator for non-profit Urban Voices Project and owns her own company, Little Whale Music. In August 2023 she her sixth record is out on Galileo Music.

She also recently became a mother - her greatest achievement yet.

Her music and art has taken her around the globe.  She first studied to be a painter at Central Saint Martins, London. In 2008 she lived in Paris for a formative and pivotal semester, where she fell in with a jazz band, busking along the Seine. There Professor Wallfisch realized her true passion was sharing music with strangers, transforming tired commuters to joyful humans through song. Following this she completed a masters program in jazz vocals at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  

In 2012 she moved to New York City where she forged an indelible creative path, collaborating with musicians, circus artists, choreographers and photographers, developing her voice as a multi-dimensional artist. In 2013 she toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, performing as part of Chorale Le Chateau for the Abyssinian Mass.

In 2015 she released her second album, The Origin of Adjustable Things, on Sunnyside Records: an intimate duo project with pianist Dan Tepfer. As a follow up to this success Sunnyside released Gardens In My Mind, her third album of self-penned songs and arrangements, featuring the award winning string ensemble The Sacconi Quartet, and Dan Tepfer on piano.

Her debut album, Wild Swan was written while still a student at The Guildhall in 2011, and features Joe Martin (bass), Sam Newsome (piano), Rob Garcia (drums) Art Hirahara (piano) and Jay Vilnai (guitar).

In 2018 she self-released her fourth record Blood and Bone, which London Jazz said, "overflowed with creativity and musical resources."

2019 marked the release of her fifth record entitled Far Away From Any Place Called Home... a song-cycle depicting the events of her 1500 mile solo bicycle tour down the US Pacific Coast Highway.

2023 introduces her sixth record, All In Time, on Galileo Music. An album of 9 songs, inspired by dreams and real life, and the transformation of moving into motherhood. 

The Great Song Cycle

Professor Wallfisch is an adventurer at heart, and in August 2016 Joanna created her ongoing project The Great Song Cycle: a zero-emissions concert tour by bicycle. She first embarked on a solo concert tour of the West Coast of the USA, 1154 miles from Portland to Los Angeles, carrying her instruments, camping gear, and everything else she needed upon her bike.

Inspired by this life-altering experience, she composed a 60-minute song-cycle, which she released as her 2019 album, and performed as a one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. She also wrote and published a memoir (on UWA Press), entitled "The Great Song Cycle; Portland to LA on Two Wheels and a Song".

In 2019, she set off on a second Great Song Cycle tour, this time cycling the Pacific Coast of Australia, from Brisbane to Hobart. She made a documentary film of this tour, which featured in multiple film festivals around the world. 

Alongside her musical career she is a passionate educator and takes her songwriting and teaching skills to outreach programs, schools and colleges. She is on the songwriting and vocal faculty at Los Angeles College of Music, and runs her own early childhood music program, Little Whale Music.

In 2016 she travelled to Mumbai to volunteer with charity organization Songbound, an outreach initiative that brings the transformative power of music to some of India’s poorest and most marginalized children.

In Los Angeles, Professor Wallfisch works with non-profit organization Urban Voices Project, working in a trauma-informed setting of music education, music therapy, and community choir for unhoused people in the Skid Row. Joanna helped pilot an early childhood program named Family Sing, aimed at the children and parents who are experiencing homelessness.

Of this work, she says, “Bringing music to people in need keeps me grounded and inspires everything I do. It reminds me how powerful music is beyond the concert stage. Music saves lives. It saved my grandmother’s life, and I am compelled to bring my musical skills into a situation that can truly heal and inspire those who need it most, and to help them find a way through their darkest times through singing.”

Dr. Wanner

Dr. Daniel Wanner
Theory and Music Appreciation

Dr. Wanner is the Dean of Pathways and Curriculum at LACC.

He was Chair of the Music Department from 2004-13, served as the Chair of Department Chairs for five years, and was the President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC) from 2010-12.

Dr. Wanner received his Master's Degree in Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from Columbia University in New York City. Following the completion of his studies, he worked as a music editor; published articles on music, film, and art; wrote numerous orchestral and chamber works; and served as the President of the League of Composers/ISCM.

Prof. Zilboorg

Greg Zilboorg
Trumpet, Music Production, and Wind Ensemble

Professor Greg Zilboorg is a trumpet player and composer who draws on his experience in jazz, classical, and electronic and music to create works featuring lush harmonies, lyrical melodies and engaging textures with an alive, unpredictable, yet organic quality.

Professor Zilboorg began his journey in music as a cornet player with the school band where he grew up in northern Vermont. He later studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and California Institute of the Arts, where he focused on jazz, improvisation, and composition. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches, performs, and does session work.

Staff


Mr. Gerhold

Thomas Gerhold
Collaborative Pianist

Thomas Gerhold is a piano collaborator at Los Angeles City College.

Mr. Plotkin

Sam Plotkin
Instructional Assistant

https://www.samplotkinmusic.com/

Sam Plotkin is a composer from Poughkeepsie, NY. He began his musical career playing saxophone in grade school and college, in concert, jazz, and marching bands. Sam has a BA in Music from Vassar College, where his studies focused on contemporary composition. He moved to Los Angeles in 2016, and has since contributed music to many independent movies and TV shows. His most recent feature film, Here On Out, can be found on Amazon Prime.

In addition to his film work, Mr. Plotkin has written concert music for wind ensemble, string quartet, choir, ensemble percussion, and electro-acoustics, and folk/bluegrass. As an instrumentalist, he plays guitar, dobro, banjo, pedal steel, percussion, bass, and many others. Today, Sam's work can be heard in films and TV shows around the world. Recent placements include podcasts, YouTube productions, corporate advertising, PBS, NBC, Fox, Netflix, Showtime, and Comedy Central.

Caroline Reyes

Caroline Reyes
Instructional Assistant

Professor Caroline Reyes is an Instructional Assistant at Los Angeles City College, who returned to her native Los Angeles and Orange County area from Western New York in the summer of 2015. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in harp performance and ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. An active performer and educator, Professor Reyes has served on the faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College and has performed with many notable ensembles, including the Long Beach Symphony, Orchestra Santa Monica, The Eastman Wind Ensemble, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Rochester Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Professor Reyes has been featured in the Rochester Women in Music Festival, as guest faculty recitalist at the Eastman School of Music, and the Rochester Fringe Festival. When not playing or teaching the harp, Professor Reyes can be found performing with and teaching Balinese gamelan ensembles and teaching world music courses.

Professor Suarez

Stu Suarez
Sound Engineer
Music Technology & Production

Professor Stu Suarez is the full-time sound engineer for the Cinema/TV and Music Departments at LACC.

Mr. Windt

Neil Windt
Collaborative Pianist

Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Neil Windt works as an accompanist  and has collaborated with a variety of choral and instrumental groups across the  United States. Past appearances include the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium (2013) and ACDA Western Division (2016 & 2018). Since 2016, Mr. Windt has served as staff collaborative pianist and coach at Los Angeles City College.

As a composer, his music has been described as “intriguing…compelling” with particular praise reserved for an original use of both orchestral texture and an individual harmonic language. Most recently, his Requiem æternam for mixed chorus and orchestra was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2022 American Prize in Choral Composition.

Recordings of Mr. Windt’s work as a pianist can be sampled on his YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/@NeilAWindt), as well as the Herb Alpert Music Center YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/@HerbAlpertMusicCenter).


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Summer 2024 Office Hours:
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