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Christine Abraham

Office: MB 2076

Phone: 510-885-3144

 christine.abraham@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Voice

Profile 

Declared "radiant" by the Los Angeles Times and "glamorous and melting of voice" by the Wall Street Journal, Christine Abraham has performed a varied operatic and orchestral repertoire to esteemed artistic acclaim. On the concert platform, Abraham has appeared as featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Boston Baroque, Music of the Baroque, Toronto Consort, Bethlehem Bach Festival and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in works ranging from Monteverdi (with Dame Jane Glover conducting) to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (under the direction of Neemi Jarvi).

As an advocate of contemporary works, she has participated in a number of world premieres: David Carlson's Anna Karenina with Florida Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (recorded for Signum Classics), Paul Moravec's Blizzard Voices with Opera Omaha, Steven Hartke's The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif (recorded for the Naxos record label), Peter Lieberson's Ashoka's Dream with the Santa Fe Opera, Stephen Paulus' Woman at Ottowi Crossing with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and David Carlson's The Midnight Angel with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Glimmerglass Opera.

Most recently, Ms. Abraham returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City to sing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Other career highlights include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Ida in Die Fledermaus, her debut with the Spoleto Festival USA as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette, appearing as Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia with Opera Boston, performing the roles of Cenerentola with Dallas Opera, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Hawaii Opera Theater, Lazuli in Chabrier's L’Etoile and Minerva in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with Glimmerglass Opera, and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites with Palm Beach Opera. With New York City Opera she has sung Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Nicklausse and the Muse in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Miss Jessel in Britten's Turn of the Screw, and the roles of Mahler, the Queen, and Sheherazade in the New York premiere of Tan Dun's Marco Polo.

Ms Abraham maintains a private teaching studio and serves on the faculties of Mills College, California State University East Bay, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She joined the CSU East Bay Music faculty in the fall of 2011.

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Pamela Hicks

Office: MB 2110

Phone: 510-885-3888

 pamela.hicks@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Voice, Opera Workshop

Profile 

Soprano Pamela Hicks is co-director of the Opera Workshop and a lecturer in voice. Among many other attainments she is the winner of Licia Albanese Prize and a national winner of the New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and was praised for her performance in the German premiere of The Last Savage by Gian-Carlo Menotti, with the composer directing.

Ms. Hicks appears often with local organizations, most recently as Verdi's Lady Macbeth in North Bay Opera's Macbeth and as Anna Glavari in the San Francisco Lamplighter's production of The Merry Widow.

Pamela Hicks joined the CSUEB music faculty in the fall of 2007.

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Buddy James

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

Office: MB 2084

Phone: 510-885-3128

 buddy.james@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Option Minor

Profile

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Jeffrey Sykes

Office: MB 1562

Phone: 510-885-2675

 jeffrey.sykes@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Collaborative Piano, Vocal and Instrumental Coaching

Profile 

Acclaimed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as "a commanding solo player, the most supportive of accompanists, and a leader in chamber music," pianist Jeffrey Sykes has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. The San Francisco Examiner praised his appearance with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players as "a tour-de-force performance [that was] the evening's major delight."

Recent activities include a Carnegie Hall recital with flutist Stephanie Jutt under the auspices of the Pro Musicis Foundation and a live broadcast over WGBH, Boston Public Radio. His performances have been frequently broadcast over National Public Radio's Performance Today, and he has a discography including eleven CDs published by various labels. Together with Ms. Jutt, Dr. Sykes is the founder and artistic director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society of Wisconsin, a highly-acclaimed and innovative chamber music festival now in its seventeenth season. The festival is noted for integrating dance, drama, and visual art into the concert setting and creating an approach to chamber music that makes it more easily accessible to audiences. He is a regular guest artist in the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio and a founding member of the Painted Sky Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 2007, Dr. Sykes served as the guest artistic director of Music in the Vineyards, a chamber music festival in Napa Valley, California. This year, Dr. Sykes has joined with violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau to form the San Francisco Piano Trio. For the last ten years, Dr. Sykes has served as the Music Director of Opera for the Young, a professional opera company that gives more than 200 fully-staged performances a year to schoolchildren throughout the upper Midwest. He works extensively as a vocal coach throughout the United States.

Dr. Sykes joined the faculty of California State University, East Bay in the fall of 2008 where he coaches, accompanies, and directs the piano accompanying class. Dr. Sykes holds degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria. He continued his studies in musicology at the University of Pennsylvania as a William Penn Fellowship recipient, and then was a Fulbright scholar at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship from the United States Department of Education, he completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

(9/08)

Woodwinds

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Michelle Caimotto

Office: MB 1016

Phone: 510-885-4072

 michelle.caimotto@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Flute

Profile 

Michelle Caimotto is principal flutist of the Festival Opera and West Bay Opera Orchestras, piccoloist of the California Symphony and a member of the Symphony Silicon Valley. As a free lance musician, Ms. Caimotto performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Orchestras. Active in the recording industry, her credits include motion picture soundtracks for Fox, Merchant-Ivory, Miramax, and Paramount as well as projects for ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon, PBS television, and National Public Radio. She can be heard on the CBS/Sony Classics CD Music from the Star Wars Trilogy conducted by John Williams as well as on the original cast soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème and in the Disney/Pixar animated short film Exploring the Reef, which is included on all Finding Nemo DVDs.

Ms. Caimotto studied with Barbara Breeden and Paul Renzi in San Francisco, and with William Bennett in London, England. Ms. Caimotto is on the faculties of California State University, East Bay; Mills College, Oakland; and the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. Her students' accomplishments include positions with many local youth orchestras, Command Performances in the CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, winners of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition, participation in All City, All County, All State Bands and in the National Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. In addition, her students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions including the Oberlin College-Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, and Trevor Wye's postgraduate flute studio in England.

Visit Ms. Caimotto's website at: http://homepage.mac.com/michellecaimotto

(revised 10/11/04)

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Diane Maltester

Office: MB 2506

Phone: 510-885-3303

 diane.maltester@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Clarinet

Profile 

Diane Maltester,received her master's degree in music performancefrom California State University, Hayward and has been on the music faculty at Los Medanos College since 1980.

She is a member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and principal clarinetist with the Napa Valley Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, and the Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also principal chair with the Festival Opera. She performs numerous solo and chamber recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of The Emerald Ensemble and the Muir Trio. She enjoys teaching privately and is the former Northern Woodwind Chairperson for the Music Teachers Association of California. She is presently the co-conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony and clarinet instructor at California State University, East Bay.

(10/08)

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Deborah Shidler

Office: MB 2506

Phone: 510-885-3303

 oboeprof@aol.com

Specialty(ies): Oboe

Profile 

Pacific Symphony oboist Deborah Shidler studied with Ronald Roseman, Marc Lifschey, and Robert O'Boyle. She received her M.M. from Yale University and B.M.E. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her work in Southern California,Ms. Shidleris principal oboe with the Berkeley Symphony and a frequent performer with many San Francisco Bay Area ensembles, including the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, San Jose and Oakland-East Baysymphonies, Ballet and Opera San Jose, and Festival Opera. Other performances include engagements with the American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart, Kirov, and Bolshoi Ballet Companies, and Mark Morris Dance Group. She has participated in the Aspen, Cabrillo, and Carmel Bach Festivals, Music in the Mountains, and the Bach Aria Festival and Institute in New York. Ms. Shidler has recorded for the Sony Classical, Koch International, Harmonia Mundi, Summit, 20th Century Fox, and Reference recording labels. She is also on the faculty of California State University, Sacramento.

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Daniel Zinn

Office: MB 2529

Phone: 510-885-3573

 daniel.zinn@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Saxophone, Jazz Combo

Profile 

Dann Zinn plays saxophones, flutes, and various ethnic flutes. He has recorded or performed with Joe Henderson, Russell Ferrante (from The Yellow Jackets), Chuck Findley (The Tonight Show), Jeff Tain Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Mary Wells, and Martha and the Vandellas, among many others. He has recorded on over twenty-five CDs as a featured soloist, including numerous Dave Eshelman Jazz Garden Big Band CDs, as well as the classical crossover hit Bach Improvisations with the Ira Stein Group. He tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Locally, he has been featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Nightspot, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center among countless others. His first solo recording of original music entitled ten songs has garnered critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe from such prestigious publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz. Other performances include numerous television, radio, and multi media projects, such as Tiger Woods and John Madden video games, Kangaroddy children show on PBS, and a Willie Mays special on CBS. He is currently working on a series of tone and technique books which present various systems for organizing scales and related subjects.

Dann has taught saxophone, big bands, jazz combos, history of jazz, history of rock and roll, music appreciation, and applied woodwind classes at Cal State University, East Bay for eleven years. He has been on the faculty of U C Berkeley for eight years and is also on the faculty of the Dave Brubeck Institute and the Jazz School. His private studio has yielded some of the nation's most promising high school musicians. Many have received full, four year scholarships to some of the nations top music schools, as well as winning Down Beat magazine awards, and occupying top spots in nationwide and statewide all star bands. He has received two teacher recognition awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005. Dann has studied with Eddie Daniels, Ernie Watts, Lenny Pickett, Richard Mathias, Gary Gray, and Michelle Caimotto among others.

(photo by Ron Davis)

Brass

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Mitch Butler

Director of Jazz Studies

Office: MB 2118

Phone: 510-885-3309

 mitch.butler@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Trombone, Jazz Trumpet

Profile 

Dr. Dorsey Mitchell Butler III is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and was named the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in 2013. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Dr. Butler is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance.

Dr. Butler was the trombonist and leader of the jazz/fusion group Nebulous Jazztet from 2001 to 2006 and is currently leader of Modus Bone and the Mitch Butler Trio. He was also the solo trombonist in the well renowned North Carolina Jazz Repertoire Orchestra led by Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Jim Ketch from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Butler was a member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra headed by world renowned trumpeter Irvin Mayfield from 2008 to 2010. In February of 2010 the N.O.J.O. won the Grammy Award for large jazz ensemble with the release of the recording Book One - a recording that Dr. Butler is featured on. He is also the solo trombonist for the international award winning jazz group JazzBonez featuring six trombones and rhythm section. Contributions to The New Five Jazz Project based in Austin, Texas and the John Brown Jazz Orchestra based in Durham, NC have also proven to be important to his musical development as a performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Butler has also performed and/or recorded with musical greats such as John Brown, Curtis Fuller, Tia Fuller, Derrick Gardner, Vincent Gardner, Aaron Graves, Benny Green, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Brad Leali, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marshall, Bob Mintzer, Melton Mustafa, Dick Oates, Bill Reichenbach, Rufus Reid, Herlin Riley, Stephen Riley, Adonis Rose, Darius Rucker, Grady Tate, Billy Taylor, Gregory Tardy, The Temptations, Ray Vega, Fred Wesley, and Ron Westray among many others.

Dr. Butler has also invested time in music throughout the community, having provided private lessons in trombone and jazz studies as well as participating in clinics/workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Southeast, and central Texas. He has also held faculty and teaching positions at several institutions including Durham School of the Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, and Claflin University.

Dr. Butler is an exclusive Michael Rath Trombones artist and clinician.

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Tony Clements

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 ttuba@comcast.net

Specialty(ies): Euphonium, Tuba

Profile 

Tony Clements started his tuba studies at the age of 7 in Lindenhurst, New York where he was taught by Julius Rubin, a freelance trombonist, and later by Bill Barber, who was a member of the Gil Evans Band. At the age of 14, he and his parents moved to Modesto, California, where he attended Thomas Downey High School. During his high school years, he was mainly self-taught as the nearest tuba teacher was in San Francisco, 100 miles away. On his 18th birthday, he and his tuba got on the train bound for Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. (Amtrak would not take two large cartons, so Tony took his tuba and had his clothes shipped later). He spent his freshman year under the tutelage of Gary Tirey. After one year, he returned to his adopted home state, California, and attended the University of the Pacific, in Stockton. There, he studied with Floyd Cooley of the San Francisco Symphony. After a brief stay at Stanislaus State College in Turlock, California, Tony moved to Los Angeles to attend Cal State, Northridge, where he obtained the bulk of his musical training. There, he played tuba in the symphony, bass trombone in the jazz band, euphonium in the wind ensemble and bass trumpet in the brass ensemble. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, under Morrell Pfeifle and conducted the tuba ensemble and new music ensemble as well. Tuba-wise, he studied with Tommy Johnson, Jim Self and finally, Roger Bobo. He got his symphonic training with Mehli Mehta in the American Youth Symphony and Myung-Whun Chung and the Young Musicians' Foundation Debut Orchestra. Along the way, Mr. Clements has spent summers playing at Disneyland and Marriott's Great America.

In 1981, while playing bass trombone in a long run of "Music Man", Mr. Clements won the post of Principal Tubist in the San José Symphony, a post he holds today with it's successor, Symphony Silicon Valley. For many years, in addition to his artistic duties, Mr. Clements was also the orchestra's Personnel Manager. As a contrast to his hectic schedule during the symphony season, he has played several summer music festivals. Among them are: Music in the Mountains, in Nevada City, California; The Mozart Festival, San Luis Obispo, California; The Cabrillo Festival, Santa Cruz, CA, Sand point, Idaho and the Lake Tahoe Festival.

Tony has played with the San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, The San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Opera San Jose, Ballet, San Jose and many free-lance orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is fond of saying, "I’ve played the ‘Nutcracker’ over 600 times."

He is a popular Bay Area soloist, playing with virtually every college band in the area and many high school groups. In 1988, Mr. Clements toured Japan with the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Wind Ensemble as their guest soloist, playing 'Carnival of Venice' nine times, earning him the nickname "Tuba-san." His recent solo appearances have taken him to McMinnville, OR; Little Rock, AR; Providence, RI and Huntingdon, PA.

In 1999, Tony premiered six (!) new pieces for tuba and strings with the San Jose Chamber orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Barbara Day Turner. In his next appearance with the SJCO, he premiered three new pieces for euphonium and strings. This season, he performed Ralph Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Bass Tuba with the Symphony Silicon Valley, and Concertino for Tuba and Strings by Arthur Frackenpohl with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra.

In 2001, Mr. Clements was appointed as Conductor of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra. His teaching positions include Stanford University, California State University, East Bay (where he was Director of Bands for the 2006-07 school year) and Ohlone College, where he directs the 30-member Tuba Union of the Bay Area, a tuba ensemble comprised of local tubists. In September 2007, he was named Director of Bands at Ohlone College, adding the Ohlone Community Band to his duties.

In January, he was sworn in as President of Local 153 of the American Federation of musicians.

In his off time Tony enjoys motorcycling, camping, and playing with his English springer spaniels, Sam and Baylee. When not playing his horn, you can figure he's out riding one of his beloved Harley-Davidsons.

Updated 7/17/08

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Scott Macomber

Office: MB 2002

Phone: 510-885-3570

 scottmacomber9@gmail.com

Specialty(ies): Trumpet

Profile 

Bay Area trumpeter, Scott Macomber, is in demand as an orchestral trumpeter, chamber musician, soloist, and educator. Scott frequently appears onstage and in the pit with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras. During the 2009-10 season he served as acting third trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony and has joined that symphony for several domestic and international tours. He has appeared on recent recordings of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Ives’ Concord Symphony, Adams’ Harmonielehre and Varese’s Ameriques all under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Scott serves in permanent positions with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Scott is also Co-Principal Trumpet of the prestigious Arizona MusicFest All-Star Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the Mendocino Music Festival. Scott is a passionate educator whose students have achieved marked success. Former students have gained acceptance to elite training programs at Northwestern University, Tanglewood fellowship program, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival, San Francisco Youth Symphony, Domaine Forget and Chose Vale Trumpet Seminar. Born in Evanston, IL, Scott began studying the trumpet at age nine. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree at Northwestern University in 1995 Scott moved to the Bay Area to earn his Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1997. In addition to teaching applied trumpet at CSUEB, Scott serves on the artist faculty of UC Davis and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Extension Division.

(1/13)

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David Ridge

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 dpridge@hotmail.com

Specialty(ies): Trombone, Trombone Ensemble

Profile 

David Ridge is the principal bass trombonist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. His duties with the company include playing trombone, bass trombone, and contra bass trombone. He also performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet and is a member of the California Symphony. Mr. Ridge has performed with every major arts organization in the Bay Area. Before moving to San Francisco, he held the position of principal bass trombone with the Charleston Symphony in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, he performed with the Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, and Savannah Symphonies as well as with the Virginia Opera Company.

Mr. Ridge has recorded extensively with the San Francisco Opera. He has recorded operas: Herodiade; Orphee e Eurydice; Harvey Milk; A Streetcar Named Desire; and Dead Man Walking; national TV broadcasts: Dangerous Liaison; Turandot; Capriccio; A Streetcar Named Desire; and The Merry Widow, San Francisco Opera's Opening night Gala 1997; and videos: Capriccio; Turandot; A Streetcar Named Desire; and The Merry Widow. He can also be heard on the documentaries: Sing Faster; The Stagehands Ring, and The Making of Doctor Atomic. San Francisco opera performances can be seen in movie theaters around the country and heard on local, national, and international radio broadcasts. As a member of the San Francisco Opera, he has performed world premiers by Philip Glass, Jake Heggie, Andre Previn, Steward Wallace, and John Adams.

Symphonic recordings he can be heard on include Symphony at the Opera, with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Lou Harrison-A Portrait, with the California Symphony. As a soloist he can be heard on the CD Trombonarama, performing the world premiere of Martin Rokeach's Ninth Avenue Hustle for bass trombone and piano, which was written for him. He has recorded on the Sony, Teldec, Deutsche Grammophon, Erato Classique, Arabesque, London, Decca, Varese-Sarabande, Argo, Chapter III, and Milan labels, as well as on London, Pixar and Disney video.

Mr. Ridge is active in the recording industry and records frequently at GeorgeLucas' Skywalker Ranch. He can be heard on movie Soundtracks: The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; Seventeen Again; In The Electric Mist, Barnyard; When I Find The Ocean; XXX2 State of the Union; Hellboy; Once Upon A Time In Mexico; Jurassic Park III; Spy Kids; Dracula 2000; The Game; Mimic; and Pooh's Grand Adventure, the Search for Christopher Robin; television movies: Running Mates; The Man Who Captured Eichmann; Member of the Wedding; A Will of Their Own; and imax movies: Cosmic Voyage and To the Max; and trailers: The Da Vinci Code; The Tale of Despereaux; and Pirates of the Caribbean III, 10,000 B.C. He has also recorded music for best selling video games: GI Joe; Red Faction; Godfather 2, Command and Conquer: Red Alert; Gears of War II; Prototype; Dead Space; Tiberium; Star Wars: the Force Unleashed; Uncharted -Drake’s Fortune; The Simpsons Game; Beowulf; Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain; and Gran Turismo 4; and albums: The Music of The Great Smokey Mountains and Chanticleer’s Christmas album Let it Snow. He can also be heard on the short films: Pocus (for Wall-E); Exploring the Reef (for the DVD of Finding Nemo; and Articles of War. Other commercial projects include music for Walt Disney World® U.S.A., Walt Disney World® Tokyo, Disney Cruise Lines®, Las Vegas and commercials for Taco Bell®, Burger King®, Kentucky Fried Chicken®, and Power Bar®.

Mr. Ridge has performed at many of the major music festivals in this country and abroad including the Arizona Musicfest, Tanglewood Institute of Music; Colorado Philharmonic/National Repertory Orchestra; Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy; Spoleto Festival U.S.A., American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Evian Music Festival in Evian, France, and orchestral tours of Switzerland, France, and Germany.

Mr. Ridge has performed with many well-known artists including Natalie Cole, Michael Crawford, Linda Ronstadt, The Temptations and The Three Tenors. He was also a member of the national tour of Les Misérables, performing the show over 300 times and has performed on national tours of A Chorus Line and West Side Story.

Mr. Ridge is on the faculty at California State University East Bay and is a former faculty member of Charleston Southern University and Saint Mary‘s College. He is a frequent soloist and clinician throughout the United States. Some of the many ensembles and organizations that he has been soloist with include The United States Army Orchestra, The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C., the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium at the University of New Mexico, the Music Teachers' Association of California’s state convention in Sacramento CA, Composers Inc., and the Diablo Wind Symphony. He is also a popular soloist at the annual CSUEB Trombone Day. He has coached the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and at the Pacific Summer Music Institute at the University of the Pacific and has been a judge for the International Trombone Association's Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition.

Mr. Ridge attended the New England Conservatory of music on scholarship and received his B.M. and M.M. of Music. He was given a full scholarship to attend the Mannes College of Music in New York and received the Professional Studies Diploma. His Teachers include John Swallow, Don Harwood, Steve Norrell, and Arnold Jacobs.

1/9/09

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Alicia Telford

Office: MB 2571

Phone: 510-885-3135

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Horn

Percussion

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Alan Hall

Phone: 510-885-3135

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Drums

Profile 

Alan Miguel Hall has played and/or recorded with saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bobby Mintzer, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; and pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Tom Coster, Kit Walker; bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff  Kai Eckhardt and Gary Brown; guitarists Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Joyce Cooling; and vocalists Mark Murphy, Rebecca Parris and Kenny Washington. He is a member of several groups including: the Art Lande/Paul McCandless Group; Ray Brown's Great Big Band; Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band; Kriya;The Sheldon Brown Group; Cirque Du Soleil; the Dan Zemelman Quartet; and the Fred Randolph Group.

Hall is currently Percussion Department Chairman at The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA and adjunct faculty at U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. He was assistant professor in the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-1993. He is author of several articles and the drum book, Internalization: A Non Reading Intensive Approach to Jazz Drum Set Phrasing and Independence.

He teaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has presented drum clinics, master classes and jazz workshops at Berklee College of Music, Stanford University, Berklee Summer Program, Keene State College, CSU, East Bay, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jazz Camp West and the Lafayette Summer Jazz Music Workshop. He is and endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Aquarian Accessories, and Vic Firth Sticks.

(10/27/08)

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Artie Storch

Phone: 510-885-3149

 artie.storch@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

Profile 

As an active Bay Area free-lance musician, Artie Storch is a regular extra percussionist for the San Francisco Symphony, Silicon Valley, Oakland and Marin Symphonies, and has performed with ensembles ranging from Masterworks Chorale to Metallica.  He is a frequent player in the Bay Area theater scene, where he has performed in numerous shows including The Producers, White Christmas, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.

As principal percussionist for The Skywalker Symphony, his recording credits include playing drums and/or percussion for movies (Mars Attacks, Inspector Gadget, The Iron Giant, Spy Kids, Jurassic Park 3Hellboy, Barnyard, Seventeen Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past); television (The Man Who Captured Eichmann, Sesame Street, Young Indiana JonesRunning Mates); commercials for Saturn, Nissan, Hershey’s, Taco Bell; records by Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt, John Williams, Chanticleer, and The San Francisco Symphony; and video games (Gran Turismo, Siphon Filter Omega Strain,The Simpsons, Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Star Wars:The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Starcraft II, Kinect Disneyland Adventures).

Mr. Storch received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he studied with Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where his principal teacher was Saul Goodman.

He teaches privately, and is on the faculties of California State University East Bay and Chabot College where he teaches percussion and directs the percussion ensembles.

Mr. Storch is also the Percussion Director for the California Youth Symphony.

(Revised 9/2/14)

Strings

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Joseph Hébert

Office: MB 2571

Phone: 510-885-3135

 joseph.hebert@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Cello

Profile 

Joseph Hébert – San Francisco Bay Area cellist, choral director, and educator, is versatile in classical and improvisational styles of music. He has toured the United States, Japan, Africa, and Europe having shared the concert stage and recording studio with hundreds of artists from the classical and popular music worlds, including Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Placido Domingo, Ray Charles, Jesse Norman, and Harry Connick Jr. He is also a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy and has performed on many Grammy award winning and nominated recordings. He has been described by the Oakland Tribune as “one of the most eloquently expressive cellists in the (San Francisco) Bay Area.”

Mr. Hébert served for over 15 years on the faculty of the University of California Berkeley, Young Musicians Program. While there he was a cello instructor, coach for string ensembles, as well as the String Orchestra conductor. He directed multiple choruses, with the largest choir consisting of over 100 students. The program has produced some of the top artists in jazz, contemporary and classical music genres. As a gifted educator, Mr. Hébert has given lectures and clinics to thousands of elementary through college age students locally and nationally.

Joseph is an accomplished Choral Director having traveled to Europe with his choirs and cello for performance tours of the Vatican, Rome, Florence, Assisi, and throughout Italy. For over 20 years, he directed volunteer choirs with over 150 children, teens and adults in a Bay Area church community of over 10,000 members.

Mr. Hébert is the Assistant Principal Cello of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He performed with the Skywalker Symphony on numerous film and video recording sessions including the Grammy nominated CD compilation entitled "John Williams Conducts, John Williams the Star Wars Trilogy/Skywalker Symphony."The reviewer Wind and Wire described Joseph Hébert as “one of the most versatile cellists around…”he plays pizzicato on some tracks, making it sound like he is playing bass; then he soars with full-bowed classical treatment.”

For more information please visit
www.josephhebert.com

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Pat Klobas

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Double Bass

Profile 

Double bass lecturer Pat Klobas joined the California State University East Bay Music Department faculty in the Fall of 2001. A highly skilled bassist in the jazz and classical fields, Pat is in demand as a performer, producer, clinician and teacher. Pat started his professional career in his teens as an electric bassist performing rock music around the Portland, Oregon area. At the ripe old age of fourteen, Pat's band was the opening act for the popular group Steppenwolf. As a high school senior, Pat received the Rice Music Award of Achievement from Beaverton High School. After high school Mr. Klobas relocated to San Francisco to start his classical music study of double bass. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at San Francisco State University, his Masters of Music degree in Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

In the field of jazz and popular music Mr. Klobas is known in the San Francisco Bay Area as a first call session man. Pat has shared the stage with jazz artists Rosemary Clooney, Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman, Warren Vashe, Scott Hamilton, Greg Osby, Steve Turrie, Marty Morrell, Tommy Kesecker, San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet, Standard Deviation with Michael Udelson, and the American Jazz Philharmonic. His numerous Latin music shows include performances with Pete Escovedo, Andy Narell, Babatunda Lea and Indian Master Tabla percussionist Zakir Hussain. Mr. Klobas is first call for the San Francisco Symphony Pops Orchestra rhythm section as well as the California Symphony Pops and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Pops with Erich Kunzel. Pat has his own band called the Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble performing original compositions and arrangements throughout the Bay Area.

As a classical bassist Mr. Klobas performs as acting assistant principal bassist with the Marin Symphony, and as section bassist in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He is a substitute for the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, The Skywalker Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Merola Opera, the Turtle Island String Quartet and Quartet San Francisco. Pat was principal bass with San Francisco Opera's touring company Western Opera Theater for 14 years, performing in over 40 states before its final curtain.

Performing with Broadway stars and musical theater productions are part of Pat's numerous musical experiences. Some of Pat's favorites shows were with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Elaine Stritch, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Feinstein, Bob Hope, the Shorenstein Nederlander productions of the world premiere of White Christmas, The Producers with Martin Short and Jason Alexander, Les Misérables, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Ragtime, and many others.

As a recording artist Pat Klobas' recent list of credits include Star Wars Trilogy with John Williams conducting (Grammy® nominated), Linda Ronstadt Winter Light, No Gravity Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble, recordings for Turtle Island String Quartet, Randy Newman, Kitaro, and the San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet. Skywalker Symphony movie soundtracks include Spy Kids, Predator ll, Ricochet, Soap Dish, Why Charlie Brown, Why?, and many others.

Pat is president of the Northern California Bass Club, an educational forum for students and professional bassists. As president, Pat conducts master class seminars with world-renowned jazz bassists including John Patitucci, Christian McBride, Robert Hurst, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Manring, Buster Williams, Brian Bromberg and Richard Davis. Pat also teaches for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department, the Oakland East Bay Symphony MUSE program and the Golden Gate Bass Camp with Barry Green. Pat is the director of the Ray Brown Memorial Bass Course featuring John Clayton and Kristin Korb.

Mr. Klobas has studied with Stephen Tramontozzi, Charles Siani, Shinji Eshima, Joe Lescher, Herman Jobelman and Charles Chandler. Pat's jazz teachers/influences include Rufus Reid, Richard Davis, John Clayton, John Patitucci and Ray Brown.

(rev. 3/23/09)

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Philip Santos

String Orchestra Director

Office: MB 2529

Phone: 510-885-3573

 philip.santos@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Violin, Viola, String Ensemble

Profile 

In addition to teaching violin at CSUEB, Philip Santos performs frequently with many established groups in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Symphony's Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Sierra Chamber Society, Music on the Hill, Old First Church Concerts, and Composers, Inc.

Currently, Mr. Santos is concertmaster of the Fremont Symphony, assistant concertmaster of Marin Symphony and principal second violin of California Symphony. He has also played with the Chicago Symphony and has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony. Mr. Santos is also on the faculty of the University of California's Young Musicians Program and has a very active studio where he teaches many private students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

(9/08)

Keyboard

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Colin Hogan

Office: MB 2038

Phone: 510-885-3135

 colin.hogan@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Piano

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Jeffrey Sykes

Office: MB 1562

Phone: 510-885-2675

 jeffrey.sykes@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Collaborative Piano, Vocal and Instrumental Coaching

Profile 

Acclaimed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as "a commanding solo player, the most supportive of accompanists, and a leader in chamber music," pianist Jeffrey Sykes has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. The San Francisco Examiner praised his appearance with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players as "a tour-de-force performance [that was] the evening's major delight."

Recent activities include a Carnegie Hall recital with flutist Stephanie Jutt under the auspices of the Pro Musicis Foundation and a live broadcast over WGBH, Boston Public Radio. His performances have been frequently broadcast over National Public Radio's Performance Today, and he has a discography including eleven CDs published by various labels. Together with Ms. Jutt, Dr. Sykes is the founder and artistic director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society of Wisconsin, a highly-acclaimed and innovative chamber music festival now in its seventeenth season. The festival is noted for integrating dance, drama, and visual art into the concert setting and creating an approach to chamber music that makes it more easily accessible to audiences. He is a regular guest artist in the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio and a founding member of the Painted Sky Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 2007, Dr. Sykes served as the guest artistic director of Music in the Vineyards, a chamber music festival in Napa Valley, California. This year, Dr. Sykes has joined with violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau to form the San Francisco Piano Trio. For the last ten years, Dr. Sykes has served as the Music Director of Opera for the Young, a professional opera company that gives more than 200 fully-staged performances a year to schoolchildren throughout the upper Midwest. He works extensively as a vocal coach throughout the United States.

Dr. Sykes joined the faculty of California State University, East Bay in the fall of 2008 where he coaches, accompanies, and directs the piano accompanying class. Dr. Sykes holds degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria. He continued his studies in musicology at the University of Pennsylvania as a William Penn Fellowship recipient, and then was a Fulbright scholar at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship from the United States Department of Education, he completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

(9/08)

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Ellen Wassermann

Office: MB 2038

Phone: 510-885-3127

 ellen.wassermann@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Piano, Piano Ensemble

Profile

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Misato Weber

Office: MB 2036

Phone: 510-885-4198

 misato.weber@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Class Piano

Profile 

Ms. Misato Weber was born and raised in Japan, where she studied piano at Yamaha Music School. She studied piano performance at California State University, East Bay under Ms. Ellen Wassermann, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997 and Master of Arts in 2000. She has studied organ privately under Sgt. Floyd Werle and Dr. Valerie Sterk.

She has received awards from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and from the Music Teachers Association of California. She has taught piano at Cal State East Bay since 2004. She has worked as an accompanist, playing for competitions and concerts, and traveling with choirs. She plays extensively, solo or as an accompanist, in liturgical settings, choirs, symphonies, and at ceremonies and special events. She also teaches private students of all ages and levels.

(1/10)

Harp & Guitar

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Janice Ortega

Office: MB 1008

Phone: 510-885-2753

 janice.ortega@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Harp

Profile 

Janice Ortega is a native of San Mateo and began her studies of the harp at the age of ten. She graduated with honors in Music from California State University, Hayward. Scholarships enabled her to continue graduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands.

Janice has performed in Europe with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Liege (Belgium) Orkestra Philharmonique, Limburg (Holland) Symphony Orchestra, Gianville Symphony in Milan, Italy, and the Von Karajan Orchestra (Berlin). She made many European television and radio appearances as soloist and as a member of the California d'Oro Chamber Players.

Janice received the Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands and the Master of Music Degree in harp performance from Indiana University under the direction of Susann McDonald. She also studied with Juilliard Professor Nancy Allen at the Aspen School of Music.

Janice is currently on the Music faculty of California State University, East Bay. She is active as both a classical and pop musician in the Bay Area. Janice has performed for several years as soloist and in ensemble settings with the symphony orchestras of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose, the Peninsula Civic Light Opera, the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and with the Seabourn Cruise Line.

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Brian Pardo

Phone: 510-885-3135

 brian.pardo@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Guitar

Profile 

Brian Pardo was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Haverford College (Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in Music), an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, and a teaching credential in Secondary School Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He studied guitar with Pat Martino, Allen Hanlon, Tuck Andress, and Fred Frith.

Mr. Pardo's jazz performance credits include work with Jack McDuff, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Charles McPherson, Arthur Blythe, Mark Levine, Eddie Henderson, Mundell Lowe, Tony Monaco, Barbara Dennerlein, Eddie Marshall, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Paul Hanson, Chuck Israels, and Paul McCandless.

Non-jazz performance credits include work with Bonnie Raitt, Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, MTV Award winner Coco Lee, Tom Waits, Train, Jaya, The Coasters, The Shirelles, and The Ink Spots.

Mr. Pardo has appeared at the JVC Jazz Festival (NY), the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Clearwater Jazz Festival (FLA), the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, and Zellerbach Hall (Cal Performances).

Mr. Pardo has recorded with Jack McDuff, Chuck Israels, Barbara Dennerlein, Paul Hanson, Claudia Gomez, Phil Klein, and Dave La Febvre. He also arranged and recorded material for the Monterey Jazz Festival Holiday Sampler. Pop recording credits include Coco Lee's 1999 Live album. Mr. Pardo has also appeared on dozens of other albums by a variety of Bay Area artists.

Commercial composition credits include the scoring of music for film, radio and television. Original soundtrack work can be heard on programs produced for PBS, Comedy Central, and ABC Television, and includes a score that Mr. Pardo co-composed for Everyday Heroes, a film by Academy Award nominated director Rick Goldsmith. In his home recording studio, he has produced commercial music for Apple Computers, Levi's Apparel, Summit Medical Center, Kryptonite Sporting Gear, and Dominican Hospital.

Mr. Pardo is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Bentley School (Lafayette, CA), and is on the faculties of the Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA), Mills College (Oakland, CA), and Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA). He joined the CSUEB faculty as lecturer of jazz guitar in fall, 2008. Mr. Pardo is Clinician for Yamaha Musical Instruments and Sibelius, and is on the faculties of Jazzcamp West, the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, and the Jazz Guitar Masters Series.

(9/08)

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Marc Teicholz

Office: MB 2002

Phone: 510-885-3570

 marc.teicholz@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Guitar, Guitar Ensemble

Profile 

Marc Teicholz was first prize winner of the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America competition, a winner in New York's 1991 East-West Artists competition, the 1986 Paganini competition, and a finalist in the 1992 Pro Musicis competition. A member of the California Council for the Arts Touring Roster, Mr. Teicholz has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, receiving critical acclaim for his recitals and master classes. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California, Hawaii, and Russia. Sponsored by Columbia Artists Community Concert Series, Marc tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, and Menus and Music, and is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones. He has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and most recently, Guitar Salon International. His latest disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection.

He has worked with composers Andrew Imbrie and Dusan Bogdanovic to produce new guitar literature and has premiered several new works written for him. Mr. Teicholz also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Jazz

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Mitch Butler

Director of Jazz Studies

Office: MB 2118

Phone: 510-885-3309

 mitch.butler@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Trombone, Jazz Trumpet

Profile 

Dr. Dorsey Mitchell Butler III is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and was named the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in 2013. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Dr. Butler is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance.

Dr. Butler was the trombonist and leader of the jazz/fusion group Nebulous Jazztet from 2001 to 2006 and is currently leader of Modus Bone and the Mitch Butler Trio. He was also the solo trombonist in the well renowned North Carolina Jazz Repertoire Orchestra led by Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Jim Ketch from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Butler was a member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra headed by world renowned trumpeter Irvin Mayfield from 2008 to 2010. In February of 2010 the N.O.J.O. won the Grammy Award for large jazz ensemble with the release of the recording Book One - a recording that Dr. Butler is featured on. He is also the solo trombonist for the international award winning jazz group JazzBonez featuring six trombones and rhythm section. Contributions to The New Five Jazz Project based in Austin, Texas and the John Brown Jazz Orchestra based in Durham, NC have also proven to be important to his musical development as a performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Butler has also performed and/or recorded with musical greats such as John Brown, Curtis Fuller, Tia Fuller, Derrick Gardner, Vincent Gardner, Aaron Graves, Benny Green, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Brad Leali, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marshall, Bob Mintzer, Melton Mustafa, Dick Oates, Bill Reichenbach, Rufus Reid, Herlin Riley, Stephen Riley, Adonis Rose, Darius Rucker, Grady Tate, Billy Taylor, Gregory Tardy, The Temptations, Ray Vega, Fred Wesley, and Ron Westray among many others.

Dr. Butler has also invested time in music throughout the community, having provided private lessons in trombone and jazz studies as well as participating in clinics/workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Southeast, and central Texas. He has also held faculty and teaching positions at several institutions including Durham School of the Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, and Claflin University.

Dr. Butler is an exclusive Michael Rath Trombones artist and clinician.

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Alan Hall

Phone: 510-885-3135

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Drums

Profile 

Alan Miguel Hall has played and/or recorded with saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bobby Mintzer, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; and pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Tom Coster, Kit Walker; bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff  Kai Eckhardt and Gary Brown; guitarists Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Joyce Cooling; and vocalists Mark Murphy, Rebecca Parris and Kenny Washington. He is a member of several groups including: the Art Lande/Paul McCandless Group; Ray Brown's Great Big Band; Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band; Kriya;The Sheldon Brown Group; Cirque Du Soleil; the Dan Zemelman Quartet; and the Fred Randolph Group.

Hall is currently Percussion Department Chairman at The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA and adjunct faculty at U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. He was assistant professor in the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-1993. He is author of several articles and the drum book, Internalization: A Non Reading Intensive Approach to Jazz Drum Set Phrasing and Independence.

He teaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has presented drum clinics, master classes and jazz workshops at Berklee College of Music, Stanford University, Berklee Summer Program, Keene State College, CSU, East Bay, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jazz Camp West and the Lafayette Summer Jazz Music Workshop. He is and endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Aquarian Accessories, and Vic Firth Sticks.

(10/27/08)

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Colin Hogan

Office: MB 2038

Phone: 510-885-3135

 colin.hogan@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Piano

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Pat Klobas

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Double Bass

Profile 

Double bass lecturer Pat Klobas joined the California State University East Bay Music Department faculty in the Fall of 2001. A highly skilled bassist in the jazz and classical fields, Pat is in demand as a performer, producer, clinician and teacher. Pat started his professional career in his teens as an electric bassist performing rock music around the Portland, Oregon area. At the ripe old age of fourteen, Pat's band was the opening act for the popular group Steppenwolf. As a high school senior, Pat received the Rice Music Award of Achievement from Beaverton High School. After high school Mr. Klobas relocated to San Francisco to start his classical music study of double bass. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at San Francisco State University, his Masters of Music degree in Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

In the field of jazz and popular music Mr. Klobas is known in the San Francisco Bay Area as a first call session man. Pat has shared the stage with jazz artists Rosemary Clooney, Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman, Warren Vashe, Scott Hamilton, Greg Osby, Steve Turrie, Marty Morrell, Tommy Kesecker, San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet, Standard Deviation with Michael Udelson, and the American Jazz Philharmonic. His numerous Latin music shows include performances with Pete Escovedo, Andy Narell, Babatunda Lea and Indian Master Tabla percussionist Zakir Hussain. Mr. Klobas is first call for the San Francisco Symphony Pops Orchestra rhythm section as well as the California Symphony Pops and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Pops with Erich Kunzel. Pat has his own band called the Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble performing original compositions and arrangements throughout the Bay Area.

As a classical bassist Mr. Klobas performs as acting assistant principal bassist with the Marin Symphony, and as section bassist in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He is a substitute for the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, The Skywalker Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Merola Opera, the Turtle Island String Quartet and Quartet San Francisco. Pat was principal bass with San Francisco Opera's touring company Western Opera Theater for 14 years, performing in over 40 states before its final curtain.

Performing with Broadway stars and musical theater productions are part of Pat's numerous musical experiences. Some of Pat's favorites shows were with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Elaine Stritch, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Feinstein, Bob Hope, the Shorenstein Nederlander productions of the world premiere of White Christmas, The Producers with Martin Short and Jason Alexander, Les Misérables, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Ragtime, and many others.

As a recording artist Pat Klobas' recent list of credits include Star Wars Trilogy with John Williams conducting (Grammy® nominated), Linda Ronstadt Winter Light, No Gravity Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble, recordings for Turtle Island String Quartet, Randy Newman, Kitaro, and the San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet. Skywalker Symphony movie soundtracks include Spy Kids, Predator ll, Ricochet, Soap Dish, Why Charlie Brown, Why?, and many others.

Pat is president of the Northern California Bass Club, an educational forum for students and professional bassists. As president, Pat conducts master class seminars with world-renowned jazz bassists including John Patitucci, Christian McBride, Robert Hurst, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Manring, Buster Williams, Brian Bromberg and Richard Davis. Pat also teaches for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department, the Oakland East Bay Symphony MUSE program and the Golden Gate Bass Camp with Barry Green. Pat is the director of the Ray Brown Memorial Bass Course featuring John Clayton and Kristin Korb.

Mr. Klobas has studied with Stephen Tramontozzi, Charles Siani, Shinji Eshima, Joe Lescher, Herman Jobelman and Charles Chandler. Pat's jazz teachers/influences include Rufus Reid, Richard Davis, John Clayton, John Patitucci and Ray Brown.

(rev. 3/23/09)

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Brian Pardo

Phone: 510-885-3135

 brian.pardo@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Guitar

Profile 

Brian Pardo was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Haverford College (Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in Music), an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, and a teaching credential in Secondary School Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He studied guitar with Pat Martino, Allen Hanlon, Tuck Andress, and Fred Frith.

Mr. Pardo's jazz performance credits include work with Jack McDuff, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Charles McPherson, Arthur Blythe, Mark Levine, Eddie Henderson, Mundell Lowe, Tony Monaco, Barbara Dennerlein, Eddie Marshall, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Paul Hanson, Chuck Israels, and Paul McCandless.

Non-jazz performance credits include work with Bonnie Raitt, Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, MTV Award winner Coco Lee, Tom Waits, Train, Jaya, The Coasters, The Shirelles, and The Ink Spots.

Mr. Pardo has appeared at the JVC Jazz Festival (NY), the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Clearwater Jazz Festival (FLA), the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, and Zellerbach Hall (Cal Performances).

Mr. Pardo has recorded with Jack McDuff, Chuck Israels, Barbara Dennerlein, Paul Hanson, Claudia Gomez, Phil Klein, and Dave La Febvre. He also arranged and recorded material for the Monterey Jazz Festival Holiday Sampler. Pop recording credits include Coco Lee's 1999 Live album. Mr. Pardo has also appeared on dozens of other albums by a variety of Bay Area artists.

Commercial composition credits include the scoring of music for film, radio and television. Original soundtrack work can be heard on programs produced for PBS, Comedy Central, and ABC Television, and includes a score that Mr. Pardo co-composed for Everyday Heroes, a film by Academy Award nominated director Rick Goldsmith. In his home recording studio, he has produced commercial music for Apple Computers, Levi's Apparel, Summit Medical Center, Kryptonite Sporting Gear, and Dominican Hospital.

Mr. Pardo is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Bentley School (Lafayette, CA), and is on the faculties of the Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA), Mills College (Oakland, CA), and Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA). He joined the CSUEB faculty as lecturer of jazz guitar in fall, 2008. Mr. Pardo is Clinician for Yamaha Musical Instruments and Sibelius, and is on the faculties of Jazzcamp West, the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, and the Jazz Guitar Masters Series.

(9/08)

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Saul Sierra-Alonso

Phone: 510-885-3135

 saul.sierra-alonso@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Latin Jazz Ensemble

Profile 

Saúl Sierra-Alonso joined the CSUEB Music faculty in fall, 2010 as director of the Latin Jazz Ensemble. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he started playing professionally in 1990. He moved to Boston Mass. in 1995 and attended the Berklee College of Music where he graduated in the summer of 1999, with a major in Performance. Some of his teachers included Oscar Stagnaro, Rich Appleman, Daniel Morris, and Jim Stinnet. He received the US Scholarship tour award and the Outstanding Performer award at Berklee.

As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since the fall of 1999, Saúl has performed, toured or recorded with Nestor Torres, Jimmy Bosh, Eddie Montalvo, Johny Rodríguez, Orestes Vilató, Bobi Céspedes, Antonio Sánchez, Miles Peña, John Santos, Jesús Díaz, Rebeca Mauleón, Mark Levine, Greg Landau, Mike Spiro, Jackeline Rago, Chuchito Valdez, Alexander Livinali, Wayne Wallace, Aquiles Baez, Marco Granados, Anthony Blea, Doug Beavers, and María Márquez, among others.

For the past 10 years Saúl has been a member of some of the leading bands in the Bay Area, including The John Santos Quintet/Sextet, Bobi Cespedes’ band, Dr. Loco’s Rocking Jalapeño Band, El Tren Trío, Anthony Blea y su Charanga, The Snake Trío, Jesús Díaz y su QBA, The Bay Area Afro-Cuban All Stars, The Venezuelan Music Project, Corazón Sur, and Sababa band.

A founding member of Vission Latina, the band that he co-leads with Carlos Caro, percussionist extraordinaire, and Marco Díaz, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist (piano/trumpet), Saúl keeps himself busy performing, composing, arranging and teaching in the world class musical community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

(10/10)

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Daniel Zinn

Office: MB 2529

Phone: 510-885-3573

 daniel.zinn@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Saxophone, Jazz Combo

Profile 

Dann Zinn plays saxophones, flutes, and various ethnic flutes. He has recorded or performed with Joe Henderson, Russell Ferrante (from The Yellow Jackets), Chuck Findley (The Tonight Show), Jeff Tain Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Mary Wells, and Martha and the Vandellas, among many others. He has recorded on over twenty-five CDs as a featured soloist, including numerous Dave Eshelman Jazz Garden Big Band CDs, as well as the classical crossover hit Bach Improvisations with the Ira Stein Group. He tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Locally, he has been featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Nightspot, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center among countless others. His first solo recording of original music entitled ten songs has garnered critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe from such prestigious publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz. Other performances include numerous television, radio, and multi media projects, such as Tiger Woods and John Madden video games, Kangaroddy children show on PBS, and a Willie Mays special on CBS. He is currently working on a series of tone and technique books which present various systems for organizing scales and related subjects.

Dann has taught saxophone, big bands, jazz combos, history of jazz, history of rock and roll, music appreciation, and applied woodwind classes at Cal State University, East Bay for eleven years. He has been on the faculty of U C Berkeley for eight years and is also on the faculty of the Dave Brubeck Institute and the Jazz School. His private studio has yielded some of the nation's most promising high school musicians. Many have received full, four year scholarships to some of the nations top music schools, as well as winning Down Beat magazine awards, and occupying top spots in nationwide and statewide all star bands. He has received two teacher recognition awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005. Dann has studied with Eddie Daniels, Ernie Watts, Lenny Pickett, Richard Mathias, Gary Gray, and Michelle Caimotto among others.

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Composition & Music Theory

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Rafael Hernandez

Office: MB 1511

Phone: 510-885-3161

 rafael.hernandez@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Composition, Technology

Profile

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Daniel Highman

Office: MB 2506

Phone: 510-885-3303

 daniel.highman@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music History, Composition, Music Theory

Profile 

After studying classical and jazz piano, bass, and guitar while growing up in the Bay Area, Daniel Highman went on to pursue music composition as his primary field of study in college. He received his B.M. in music composition from the University of Southern California, and his M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University. His composition teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandstrom, Eugene O'Brien, Per Martensson, and Richard Wernick. Some of the highlights of his compositional life have included having orchestral works performed at USC and Indiana University, receiving a commission from the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and having a work commissioned for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

Upon finishing his doctorate at Indiana University, Daniel's interest in African music led him to move to Ghana for six months to study Ghanaian dance and drumming. While he was there he studied with Apetsi Kwaku Anenuney and Prosper Atsu Ablorbey at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, Accra. This was an overwhelmingly rich experience that greatly enhanced his understanding of the role of music in culture.

Since returning to the Bay Area Daniel has become an active performer and teacher. He currently is the pianist for the indie-rock group Naked Fiction, as well as the tango ensembles Quinteto del Bailongo, and Seth Asarnow y Su Sexteto Tipico.

(9/11)

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Frank LaRocca

Office: MB 2012

Phone: 510-885-3567

 frank.larocca@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Composition, Music Theory

Profile

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Jeffrey Miller

Office: MB 2094

Phone: 510-885-3126

 jeffrey.miller@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Composition, Music Theory

Profile 

Jeffrey Miller studied at San Francisco State University, the University of Southampton, England, and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where he received his Ph.D. in composition. Before coming to California State University, East Bay, he taught at Brooklyn College, Knox College, and the Canberra (Australia) School of Music. His music, which includes works for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, voice, and solo instruments, has been performed throughout the United States and he has received commissions from the Irving M. Klein String Competition, Musicians' Accord, and the Nova Singers. Dr. Miller has received grants and awards from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Meet the Composer, the Lilly Endowment, and the American Choral Directors Association, and has held artists' colony residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and Villa Montalvo. Jeffrey Miller is also a Co-Artistic Director and the Executive Director of the prominent Bay Area new music presenter Composers, Inc.

The Music of Dr. Miller

Music Education

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John D. Eros

Interim Chair, Credential Program Advisor

Office: MB 2078

Phone: 510-885-3149

 john.eros@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Education

Profile

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Danielle Gaudry

Director of Bands

Office: MB 2116

Phone: 510-885-3285

 danielle.gaudry@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Conducting, Music Education

Profile 

Danielle Gaudry is Assistant Professor of Music at California State University East Bay where she is Director of Bands. She conducts the Wind Symphony, the Chamber Winds and the contemporary music ensemble Orchestre dB, in addition to teaching classes in instrumental music education and conducting.

Dr. Gaudry holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting with a Cognate in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble) from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts (Wind Conducting) from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Originally from Canada, Dr. Gaudry taught high school instrumental music in Winnipeg for seven years where her concert bands and jazz bands ranked among the top in the province of Manitoba. In addition, she spent fourteen years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Captain Gaudry was the Director of Music of the Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles from 2002-2010, successfully leading the band in performances at high-profile international and local military events, as well as producing recordings. For several years, she was also Conducting Instructor at the Canadian Forces Logistic Training Centre, Music Division, at CFB Borden in Ontario. Retaining her military affiliations here in the US, Capt Gaudry was the Associate Conductor with the 38th Infantry Division Band, Indiana National Guard from 2010-2013.

Dr. Gaudry has published on the topics of chamber wind ensemble repertoire as well as the history of early chamber wind ensembles, her main areas of research. She will be presenting sessions at both the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference and the California All State Music Educator Conference in 2014.

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Buddy James

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

Office: MB 2084

Phone: 510-885-3128

 buddy.james@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Option Minor

Profile

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William Shannon

Phone: 510-885-3135

 william.shannon@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Technology

Music History & Ethnomusicology

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Daniel Highman

Office: MB 2506

Phone: 510-885-3303

 daniel.highman@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music History, Composition, Music Theory

Profile 

After studying classical and jazz piano, bass, and guitar while growing up in the Bay Area, Daniel Highman went on to pursue music composition as his primary field of study in college. He received his B.M. in music composition from the University of Southern California, and his M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University. His composition teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandstrom, Eugene O'Brien, Per Martensson, and Richard Wernick. Some of the highlights of his compositional life have included having orchestral works performed at USC and Indiana University, receiving a commission from the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and having a work commissioned for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

Upon finishing his doctorate at Indiana University, Daniel's interest in African music led him to move to Ghana for six months to study Ghanaian dance and drumming. While he was there he studied with Apetsi Kwaku Anenuney and Prosper Atsu Ablorbey at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, Accra. This was an overwhelmingly rich experience that greatly enhanced his understanding of the role of music in culture.

Since returning to the Bay Area Daniel has become an active performer and teacher. He currently is the pianist for the indie-rock group Naked Fiction, as well as the tango ensembles Quinteto del Bailongo, and Seth Asarnow y Su Sexteto Tipico.

(9/11)

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Peter Marsh

Graduate Advisor

Office: MB 2000

Phone: 510-885-3132

 peter.marsh@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Ethnomusicology, Music History

Profile

Audio Production

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Rafael Hernandez

Office: MB 1511

Phone: 510-885-3161

 rafael.hernandez@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Composition, Technology

Profile

Ensemble Directors

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Mitch Butler

Director of Jazz Studies

Office: MB 2118

Phone: 510-885-3309

 mitch.butler@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Trombone, Jazz Trumpet

Profile 

Dr. Dorsey Mitchell Butler III is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and was named the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in 2013. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Dr. Butler is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance.

Dr. Butler was the trombonist and leader of the jazz/fusion group Nebulous Jazztet from 2001 to 2006 and is currently leader of Modus Bone and the Mitch Butler Trio. He was also the solo trombonist in the well renowned North Carolina Jazz Repertoire Orchestra led by Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Jim Ketch from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Butler was a member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra headed by world renowned trumpeter Irvin Mayfield from 2008 to 2010. In February of 2010 the N.O.J.O. won the Grammy Award for large jazz ensemble with the release of the recording Book One - a recording that Dr. Butler is featured on. He is also the solo trombonist for the international award winning jazz group JazzBonez featuring six trombones and rhythm section. Contributions to The New Five Jazz Project based in Austin, Texas and the John Brown Jazz Orchestra based in Durham, NC have also proven to be important to his musical development as a performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Butler has also performed and/or recorded with musical greats such as John Brown, Curtis Fuller, Tia Fuller, Derrick Gardner, Vincent Gardner, Aaron Graves, Benny Green, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Brad Leali, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marshall, Bob Mintzer, Melton Mustafa, Dick Oates, Bill Reichenbach, Rufus Reid, Herlin Riley, Stephen Riley, Adonis Rose, Darius Rucker, Grady Tate, Billy Taylor, Gregory Tardy, The Temptations, Ray Vega, Fred Wesley, and Ron Westray among many others.

Dr. Butler has also invested time in music throughout the community, having provided private lessons in trombone and jazz studies as well as participating in clinics/workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Southeast, and central Texas. He has also held faculty and teaching positions at several institutions including Durham School of the Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, and Claflin University.

Dr. Butler is an exclusive Michael Rath Trombones artist and clinician.

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John D. Eros

Interim Chair, Credential Program Advisor

Office: MB 2078

Phone: 510-885-3149

 john.eros@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Education

Profile

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Danielle Gaudry

Director of Bands

Office: MB 2116

Phone: 510-885-3285

 danielle.gaudry@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Conducting, Music Education

Profile 

Danielle Gaudry is Assistant Professor of Music at California State University East Bay where she is Director of Bands. She conducts the Wind Symphony, the Chamber Winds and the contemporary music ensemble Orchestre dB, in addition to teaching classes in instrumental music education and conducting.

Dr. Gaudry holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting with a Cognate in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble) from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts (Wind Conducting) from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Originally from Canada, Dr. Gaudry taught high school instrumental music in Winnipeg for seven years where her concert bands and jazz bands ranked among the top in the province of Manitoba. In addition, she spent fourteen years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Captain Gaudry was the Director of Music of the Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles from 2002-2010, successfully leading the band in performances at high-profile international and local military events, as well as producing recordings. For several years, she was also Conducting Instructor at the Canadian Forces Logistic Training Centre, Music Division, at CFB Borden in Ontario. Retaining her military affiliations here in the US, Capt Gaudry was the Associate Conductor with the 38th Infantry Division Band, Indiana National Guard from 2010-2013.

Dr. Gaudry has published on the topics of chamber wind ensemble repertoire as well as the history of early chamber wind ensembles, her main areas of research. She will be presenting sessions at both the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference and the California All State Music Educator Conference in 2014.

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Buddy James

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

Office: MB 2084

Phone: 510-885-3128

 buddy.james@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Option Minor

Profile

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David Ridge

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 dpridge@hotmail.com

Specialty(ies): Trombone, Trombone Ensemble

Profile 

David Ridge is the principal bass trombonist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. His duties with the company include playing trombone, bass trombone, and contra bass trombone. He also performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet and is a member of the California Symphony. Mr. Ridge has performed with every major arts organization in the Bay Area. Before moving to San Francisco, he held the position of principal bass trombone with the Charleston Symphony in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, he performed with the Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, and Savannah Symphonies as well as with the Virginia Opera Company.

Mr. Ridge has recorded extensively with the San Francisco Opera. He has recorded operas: Herodiade; Orphee e Eurydice; Harvey Milk; A Streetcar Named Desire; and Dead Man Walking; national TV broadcasts: Dangerous Liaison; Turandot; Capriccio; A Streetcar Named Desire; and The Merry Widow, San Francisco Opera's Opening night Gala 1997; and videos: Capriccio; Turandot; A Streetcar Named Desire; and The Merry Widow. He can also be heard on the documentaries: Sing Faster; The Stagehands Ring, and The Making of Doctor Atomic. San Francisco opera performances can be seen in movie theaters around the country and heard on local, national, and international radio broadcasts. As a member of the San Francisco Opera, he has performed world premiers by Philip Glass, Jake Heggie, Andre Previn, Steward Wallace, and John Adams.

Symphonic recordings he can be heard on include Symphony at the Opera, with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Lou Harrison-A Portrait, with the California Symphony. As a soloist he can be heard on the CD Trombonarama, performing the world premiere of Martin Rokeach's Ninth Avenue Hustle for bass trombone and piano, which was written for him. He has recorded on the Sony, Teldec, Deutsche Grammophon, Erato Classique, Arabesque, London, Decca, Varese-Sarabande, Argo, Chapter III, and Milan labels, as well as on London, Pixar and Disney video.

Mr. Ridge is active in the recording industry and records frequently at GeorgeLucas' Skywalker Ranch. He can be heard on movie Soundtracks: The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; Seventeen Again; In The Electric Mist, Barnyard; When I Find The Ocean; XXX2 State of the Union; Hellboy; Once Upon A Time In Mexico; Jurassic Park III; Spy Kids; Dracula 2000; The Game; Mimic; and Pooh's Grand Adventure, the Search for Christopher Robin; television movies: Running Mates; The Man Who Captured Eichmann; Member of the Wedding; A Will of Their Own; and imax movies: Cosmic Voyage and To the Max; and trailers: The Da Vinci Code; The Tale of Despereaux; and Pirates of the Caribbean III, 10,000 B.C. He has also recorded music for best selling video games: GI Joe; Red Faction; Godfather 2, Command and Conquer: Red Alert; Gears of War II; Prototype; Dead Space; Tiberium; Star Wars: the Force Unleashed; Uncharted -Drake’s Fortune; The Simpsons Game; Beowulf; Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain; and Gran Turismo 4; and albums: The Music of The Great Smokey Mountains and Chanticleer’s Christmas album Let it Snow. He can also be heard on the short films: Pocus (for Wall-E); Exploring the Reef (for the DVD of Finding Nemo; and Articles of War. Other commercial projects include music for Walt Disney World® U.S.A., Walt Disney World® Tokyo, Disney Cruise Lines®, Las Vegas and commercials for Taco Bell®, Burger King®, Kentucky Fried Chicken®, and Power Bar®.

Mr. Ridge has performed at many of the major music festivals in this country and abroad including the Arizona Musicfest, Tanglewood Institute of Music; Colorado Philharmonic/National Repertory Orchestra; Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy; Spoleto Festival U.S.A., American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Evian Music Festival in Evian, France, and orchestral tours of Switzerland, France, and Germany.

Mr. Ridge has performed with many well-known artists including Natalie Cole, Michael Crawford, Linda Ronstadt, The Temptations and The Three Tenors. He was also a member of the national tour of Les Misérables, performing the show over 300 times and has performed on national tours of A Chorus Line and West Side Story.

Mr. Ridge is on the faculty at California State University East Bay and is a former faculty member of Charleston Southern University and Saint Mary‘s College. He is a frequent soloist and clinician throughout the United States. Some of the many ensembles and organizations that he has been soloist with include The United States Army Orchestra, The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C., the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium at the University of New Mexico, the Music Teachers' Association of California’s state convention in Sacramento CA, Composers Inc., and the Diablo Wind Symphony. He is also a popular soloist at the annual CSUEB Trombone Day. He has coached the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and at the Pacific Summer Music Institute at the University of the Pacific and has been a judge for the International Trombone Association's Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition.

Mr. Ridge attended the New England Conservatory of music on scholarship and received his B.M. and M.M. of Music. He was given a full scholarship to attend the Mannes College of Music in New York and received the Professional Studies Diploma. His Teachers include John Swallow, Don Harwood, Steve Norrell, and Arnold Jacobs.

1/9/09

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Philip Santos

String Orchestra Director

Office: MB 2529

Phone: 510-885-3573

 philip.santos@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Violin, Viola, String Ensemble

Profile 

In addition to teaching violin at CSUEB, Philip Santos performs frequently with many established groups in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Symphony's Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Sierra Chamber Society, Music on the Hill, Old First Church Concerts, and Composers, Inc.

Currently, Mr. Santos is concertmaster of the Fremont Symphony, assistant concertmaster of Marin Symphony and principal second violin of California Symphony. He has also played with the Chicago Symphony and has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony. Mr. Santos is also on the faculty of the University of California's Young Musicians Program and has a very active studio where he teaches many private students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

(9/08)

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Saul Sierra-Alonso

Phone: 510-885-3135

 saul.sierra-alonso@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Latin Jazz Ensemble

Profile 

Saúl Sierra-Alonso joined the CSUEB Music faculty in fall, 2010 as director of the Latin Jazz Ensemble. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he started playing professionally in 1990. He moved to Boston Mass. in 1995 and attended the Berklee College of Music where he graduated in the summer of 1999, with a major in Performance. Some of his teachers included Oscar Stagnaro, Rich Appleman, Daniel Morris, and Jim Stinnet. He received the US Scholarship tour award and the Outstanding Performer award at Berklee.

As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since the fall of 1999, Saúl has performed, toured or recorded with Nestor Torres, Jimmy Bosh, Eddie Montalvo, Johny Rodríguez, Orestes Vilató, Bobi Céspedes, Antonio Sánchez, Miles Peña, John Santos, Jesús Díaz, Rebeca Mauleón, Mark Levine, Greg Landau, Mike Spiro, Jackeline Rago, Chuchito Valdez, Alexander Livinali, Wayne Wallace, Aquiles Baez, Marco Granados, Anthony Blea, Doug Beavers, and María Márquez, among others.

For the past 10 years Saúl has been a member of some of the leading bands in the Bay Area, including The John Santos Quintet/Sextet, Bobi Cespedes’ band, Dr. Loco’s Rocking Jalapeño Band, El Tren Trío, Anthony Blea y su Charanga, The Snake Trío, Jesús Díaz y su QBA, The Bay Area Afro-Cuban All Stars, The Venezuelan Music Project, Corazón Sur, and Sababa band.

A founding member of Vission Latina, the band that he co-leads with Carlos Caro, percussionist extraordinaire, and Marco Díaz, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist (piano/trumpet), Saúl keeps himself busy performing, composing, arranging and teaching in the world class musical community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

(10/10)

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Artie Storch

Phone: 510-885-3149

 artie.storch@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

Profile 

As an active Bay Area free-lance musician, Artie Storch is a regular extra percussionist for the San Francisco Symphony, Silicon Valley, Oakland and Marin Symphonies, and has performed with ensembles ranging from Masterworks Chorale to Metallica.  He is a frequent player in the Bay Area theater scene, where he has performed in numerous shows including The Producers, White Christmas, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.

As principal percussionist for The Skywalker Symphony, his recording credits include playing drums and/or percussion for movies (Mars Attacks, Inspector Gadget, The Iron Giant, Spy Kids, Jurassic Park 3Hellboy, Barnyard, Seventeen Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past); television (The Man Who Captured Eichmann, Sesame Street, Young Indiana JonesRunning Mates); commercials for Saturn, Nissan, Hershey’s, Taco Bell; records by Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt, John Williams, Chanticleer, and The San Francisco Symphony; and video games (Gran Turismo, Siphon Filter Omega Strain,The Simpsons, Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Star Wars:The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Starcraft II, Kinect Disneyland Adventures).

Mr. Storch received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he studied with Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where his principal teacher was Saul Goodman.

He teaches privately, and is on the faculties of California State University East Bay and Chabot College where he teaches percussion and directs the percussion ensembles.

Mr. Storch is also the Percussion Director for the California Youth Symphony.

(Revised 9/2/14)

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Marc Teicholz

Office: MB 2002

Phone: 510-885-3570

 marc.teicholz@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Guitar, Guitar Ensemble

Profile 

Marc Teicholz was first prize winner of the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America competition, a winner in New York's 1991 East-West Artists competition, the 1986 Paganini competition, and a finalist in the 1992 Pro Musicis competition. A member of the California Council for the Arts Touring Roster, Mr. Teicholz has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, receiving critical acclaim for his recitals and master classes. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California, Hawaii, and Russia. Sponsored by Columbia Artists Community Concert Series, Marc tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, and Menus and Music, and is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones. He has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and most recently, Guitar Salon International. His latest disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection.

He has worked with composers Andrew Imbrie and Dusan Bogdanovic to produce new guitar literature and has premiered several new works written for him. Mr. Teicholz also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Ellen Wassermann

Office: MB 2038

Phone: 510-885-3127

 ellen.wassermann@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Piano, Piano Ensemble

Profile

Administrative Staff

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Mariko Abe

Administrative Support Coordinator

Office: MB 2569

Phone: 510-885-3135

 mariko.abe@csueastbay.edu

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Catherine Hull

Administrative Support Assistant

Office: MB 2571

Phone: 510-885-3135

 catherine.hull@csueastbay.edu

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Matt Payne

Instrument/Electronic Equipment Technician

Office: MB 1525

Phone: 510-885-3115

 matthew.payne@csueastbay.edu

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Justin Plank

Instructional Support / Music Resource Center Coordinator

Office: MB 2047

Phone: 510-885-3167

 mrc@csueastbay.edu

Advisors

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John D. Eros

Interim Chair, Credential Program Advisor

Office: MB 2078

Phone: 510-885-3149

 john.eros@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Education

Profile

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Buddy James

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

Office: MB 2084

Phone: 510-885-3128

 buddy.james@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Option Minor

Profile

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Peter Marsh

Graduate Advisor

Office: MB 2000

Phone: 510-885-3132

 peter.marsh@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Ethnomusicology, Music History

Profile

Listed A-Z

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Mariko Abe

Administrative Support Coordinator

Office: MB 2569

Phone: 510-885-3135

 mariko.abe@csueastbay.edu

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Christine Abraham

Office: MB 2076

Phone: 510-885-3144

 christine.abraham@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Voice

Profile 

Declared "radiant" by the Los Angeles Times and "glamorous and melting of voice" by the Wall Street Journal, Christine Abraham has performed a varied operatic and orchestral repertoire to esteemed artistic acclaim. On the concert platform, Abraham has appeared as featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Boston Baroque, Music of the Baroque, Toronto Consort, Bethlehem Bach Festival and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in works ranging from Monteverdi (with Dame Jane Glover conducting) to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (under the direction of Neemi Jarvi).

As an advocate of contemporary works, she has participated in a number of world premieres: David Carlson's Anna Karenina with Florida Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (recorded for Signum Classics), Paul Moravec's Blizzard Voices with Opera Omaha, Steven Hartke's The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif (recorded for the Naxos record label), Peter Lieberson's Ashoka's Dream with the Santa Fe Opera, Stephen Paulus' Woman at Ottowi Crossing with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and David Carlson's The Midnight Angel with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Glimmerglass Opera.

Most recently, Ms. Abraham returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City to sing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Other career highlights include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Ida in Die Fledermaus, her debut with the Spoleto Festival USA as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette, appearing as Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia with Opera Boston, performing the roles of Cenerentola with Dallas Opera, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Hawaii Opera Theater, Lazuli in Chabrier's L’Etoile and Minerva in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with Glimmerglass Opera, and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites with Palm Beach Opera. With New York City Opera she has sung Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Nicklausse and the Muse in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Miss Jessel in Britten's Turn of the Screw, and the roles of Mahler, the Queen, and Sheherazade in the New York premiere of Tan Dun's Marco Polo.

Ms Abraham maintains a private teaching studio and serves on the faculties of Mills College, California State University East Bay, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She joined the CSU East Bay Music faculty in the fall of 2011.

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Mitch Butler

Director of Jazz Studies

Office: MB 2118

Phone: 510-885-3309

 mitch.butler@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Trombone, Jazz Trumpet

Profile 

Dr. Dorsey Mitchell Butler III is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and was named the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in 2013. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Dr. Butler is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance.

Dr. Butler was the trombonist and leader of the jazz/fusion group Nebulous Jazztet from 2001 to 2006 and is currently leader of Modus Bone and the Mitch Butler Trio. He was also the solo trombonist in the well renowned North Carolina Jazz Repertoire Orchestra led by Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Jim Ketch from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Butler was a member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra headed by world renowned trumpeter Irvin Mayfield from 2008 to 2010. In February of 2010 the N.O.J.O. won the Grammy Award for large jazz ensemble with the release of the recording Book One - a recording that Dr. Butler is featured on. He is also the solo trombonist for the international award winning jazz group JazzBonez featuring six trombones and rhythm section. Contributions to The New Five Jazz Project based in Austin, Texas and the John Brown Jazz Orchestra based in Durham, NC have also proven to be important to his musical development as a performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Butler has also performed and/or recorded with musical greats such as John Brown, Curtis Fuller, Tia Fuller, Derrick Gardner, Vincent Gardner, Aaron Graves, Benny Green, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Brad Leali, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marshall, Bob Mintzer, Melton Mustafa, Dick Oates, Bill Reichenbach, Rufus Reid, Herlin Riley, Stephen Riley, Adonis Rose, Darius Rucker, Grady Tate, Billy Taylor, Gregory Tardy, The Temptations, Ray Vega, Fred Wesley, and Ron Westray among many others.

Dr. Butler has also invested time in music throughout the community, having provided private lessons in trombone and jazz studies as well as participating in clinics/workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Southeast, and central Texas. He has also held faculty and teaching positions at several institutions including Durham School of the Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, and Claflin University.

Dr. Butler is an exclusive Michael Rath Trombones artist and clinician.

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Michelle Caimotto

Office: MB 1016

Phone: 510-885-4072

 michelle.caimotto@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Flute

Profile 

Michelle Caimotto is principal flutist of the Festival Opera and West Bay Opera Orchestras, piccoloist of the California Symphony and a member of the Symphony Silicon Valley. As a free lance musician, Ms. Caimotto performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Orchestras. Active in the recording industry, her credits include motion picture soundtracks for Fox, Merchant-Ivory, Miramax, and Paramount as well as projects for ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon, PBS television, and National Public Radio. She can be heard on the CBS/Sony Classics CD Music from the Star Wars Trilogy conducted by John Williams as well as on the original cast soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème and in the Disney/Pixar animated short film Exploring the Reef, which is included on all Finding Nemo DVDs.

Ms. Caimotto studied with Barbara Breeden and Paul Renzi in San Francisco, and with William Bennett in London, England. Ms. Caimotto is on the faculties of California State University, East Bay; Mills College, Oakland; and the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. Her students' accomplishments include positions with many local youth orchestras, Command Performances in the CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, winners of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition, participation in All City, All County, All State Bands and in the National Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. In addition, her students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions including the Oberlin College-Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, and Trevor Wye's postgraduate flute studio in England.

Visit Ms. Caimotto's website at: http://homepage.mac.com/michellecaimotto

(revised 10/11/04)

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Tony Clements

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 ttuba@comcast.net

Specialty(ies): Euphonium, Tuba

Profile 

Tony Clements started his tuba studies at the age of 7 in Lindenhurst, New York where he was taught by Julius Rubin, a freelance trombonist, and later by Bill Barber, who was a member of the Gil Evans Band. At the age of 14, he and his parents moved to Modesto, California, where he attended Thomas Downey High School. During his high school years, he was mainly self-taught as the nearest tuba teacher was in San Francisco, 100 miles away. On his 18th birthday, he and his tuba got on the train bound for Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. (Amtrak would not take two large cartons, so Tony took his tuba and had his clothes shipped later). He spent his freshman year under the tutelage of Gary Tirey. After one year, he returned to his adopted home state, California, and attended the University of the Pacific, in Stockton. There, he studied with Floyd Cooley of the San Francisco Symphony. After a brief stay at Stanislaus State College in Turlock, California, Tony moved to Los Angeles to attend Cal State, Northridge, where he obtained the bulk of his musical training. There, he played tuba in the symphony, bass trombone in the jazz band, euphonium in the wind ensemble and bass trumpet in the brass ensemble. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, under Morrell Pfeifle and conducted the tuba ensemble and new music ensemble as well. Tuba-wise, he studied with Tommy Johnson, Jim Self and finally, Roger Bobo. He got his symphonic training with Mehli Mehta in the American Youth Symphony and Myung-Whun Chung and the Young Musicians' Foundation Debut Orchestra. Along the way, Mr. Clements has spent summers playing at Disneyland and Marriott's Great America.

In 1981, while playing bass trombone in a long run of "Music Man", Mr. Clements won the post of Principal Tubist in the San José Symphony, a post he holds today with it's successor, Symphony Silicon Valley. For many years, in addition to his artistic duties, Mr. Clements was also the orchestra's Personnel Manager. As a contrast to his hectic schedule during the symphony season, he has played several summer music festivals. Among them are: Music in the Mountains, in Nevada City, California; The Mozart Festival, San Luis Obispo, California; The Cabrillo Festival, Santa Cruz, CA, Sand point, Idaho and the Lake Tahoe Festival.

Tony has played with the San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, The San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Opera San Jose, Ballet, San Jose and many free-lance orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is fond of saying, "I’ve played the ‘Nutcracker’ over 600 times."

He is a popular Bay Area soloist, playing with virtually every college band in the area and many high school groups. In 1988, Mr. Clements toured Japan with the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Wind Ensemble as their guest soloist, playing 'Carnival of Venice' nine times, earning him the nickname "Tuba-san." His recent solo appearances have taken him to McMinnville, OR; Little Rock, AR; Providence, RI and Huntingdon, PA.

In 1999, Tony premiered six (!) new pieces for tuba and strings with the San Jose Chamber orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Barbara Day Turner. In his next appearance with the SJCO, he premiered three new pieces for euphonium and strings. This season, he performed Ralph Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Bass Tuba with the Symphony Silicon Valley, and Concertino for Tuba and Strings by Arthur Frackenpohl with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra.

In 2001, Mr. Clements was appointed as Conductor of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra. His teaching positions include Stanford University, California State University, East Bay (where he was Director of Bands for the 2006-07 school year) and Ohlone College, where he directs the 30-member Tuba Union of the Bay Area, a tuba ensemble comprised of local tubists. In September 2007, he was named Director of Bands at Ohlone College, adding the Ohlone Community Band to his duties.

In January, he was sworn in as President of Local 153 of the American Federation of musicians.

In his off time Tony enjoys motorcycling, camping, and playing with his English springer spaniels, Sam and Baylee. When not playing his horn, you can figure he's out riding one of his beloved Harley-Davidsons.

Updated 7/17/08

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John D. Eros

Interim Chair, Credential Program Advisor

Office: MB 2078

Phone: 510-885-3149

 john.eros@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Education

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Danielle Gaudry

Director of Bands

Office: MB 2116

Phone: 510-885-3285

 danielle.gaudry@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Conducting, Music Education

Profile 

Danielle Gaudry is Assistant Professor of Music at California State University East Bay where she is Director of Bands. She conducts the Wind Symphony, the Chamber Winds and the contemporary music ensemble Orchestre dB, in addition to teaching classes in instrumental music education and conducting.

Dr. Gaudry holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting with a Cognate in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble) from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts (Wind Conducting) from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Originally from Canada, Dr. Gaudry taught high school instrumental music in Winnipeg for seven years where her concert bands and jazz bands ranked among the top in the province of Manitoba. In addition, she spent fourteen years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Captain Gaudry was the Director of Music of the Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles from 2002-2010, successfully leading the band in performances at high-profile international and local military events, as well as producing recordings. For several years, she was also Conducting Instructor at the Canadian Forces Logistic Training Centre, Music Division, at CFB Borden in Ontario. Retaining her military affiliations here in the US, Capt Gaudry was the Associate Conductor with the 38th Infantry Division Band, Indiana National Guard from 2010-2013.

Dr. Gaudry has published on the topics of chamber wind ensemble repertoire as well as the history of early chamber wind ensembles, her main areas of research. She will be presenting sessions at both the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference and the California All State Music Educator Conference in 2014.

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Alan Hall

Phone: 510-885-3135

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Drums

Profile 

Alan Miguel Hall has played and/or recorded with saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bobby Mintzer, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; and pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Tom Coster, Kit Walker; bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff  Kai Eckhardt and Gary Brown; guitarists Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Joyce Cooling; and vocalists Mark Murphy, Rebecca Parris and Kenny Washington. He is a member of several groups including: the Art Lande/Paul McCandless Group; Ray Brown's Great Big Band; Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band; Kriya;The Sheldon Brown Group; Cirque Du Soleil; the Dan Zemelman Quartet; and the Fred Randolph Group.

Hall is currently Percussion Department Chairman at The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA and adjunct faculty at U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. He was assistant professor in the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-1993. He is author of several articles and the drum book, Internalization: A Non Reading Intensive Approach to Jazz Drum Set Phrasing and Independence.

He teaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has presented drum clinics, master classes and jazz workshops at Berklee College of Music, Stanford University, Berklee Summer Program, Keene State College, CSU, East Bay, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jazz Camp West and the Lafayette Summer Jazz Music Workshop. He is and endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Aquarian Accessories, and Vic Firth Sticks.

(10/27/08)

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Joseph Hébert

Office: MB 2571

Phone: 510-885-3135

 joseph.hebert@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Cello

Profile 

Joseph Hébert – San Francisco Bay Area cellist, choral director, and educator, is versatile in classical and improvisational styles of music. He has toured the United States, Japan, Africa, and Europe having shared the concert stage and recording studio with hundreds of artists from the classical and popular music worlds, including Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Placido Domingo, Ray Charles, Jesse Norman, and Harry Connick Jr. He is also a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy and has performed on many Grammy award winning and nominated recordings. He has been described by the Oakland Tribune as “one of the most eloquently expressive cellists in the (San Francisco) Bay Area.”

Mr. Hébert served for over 15 years on the faculty of the University of California Berkeley, Young Musicians Program. While there he was a cello instructor, coach for string ensembles, as well as the String Orchestra conductor. He directed multiple choruses, with the largest choir consisting of over 100 students. The program has produced some of the top artists in jazz, contemporary and classical music genres. As a gifted educator, Mr. Hébert has given lectures and clinics to thousands of elementary through college age students locally and nationally.

Joseph is an accomplished Choral Director having traveled to Europe with his choirs and cello for performance tours of the Vatican, Rome, Florence, Assisi, and throughout Italy. For over 20 years, he directed volunteer choirs with over 150 children, teens and adults in a Bay Area church community of over 10,000 members.

Mr. Hébert is the Assistant Principal Cello of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He performed with the Skywalker Symphony on numerous film and video recording sessions including the Grammy nominated CD compilation entitled "John Williams Conducts, John Williams the Star Wars Trilogy/Skywalker Symphony."The reviewer Wind and Wire described Joseph Hébert as “one of the most versatile cellists around…”he plays pizzicato on some tracks, making it sound like he is playing bass; then he soars with full-bowed classical treatment.”

For more information please visit
www.josephhebert.com

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Rafael Hernandez

Office: MB 1511

Phone: 510-885-3161

 rafael.hernandez@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Composition, Technology

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Pamela Hicks

Office: MB 2110

Phone: 510-885-3888

 pamela.hicks@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Voice, Opera Workshop

Profile 

Soprano Pamela Hicks is co-director of the Opera Workshop and a lecturer in voice. Among many other attainments she is the winner of Licia Albanese Prize and a national winner of the New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and was praised for her performance in the German premiere of The Last Savage by Gian-Carlo Menotti, with the composer directing.

Ms. Hicks appears often with local organizations, most recently as Verdi's Lady Macbeth in North Bay Opera's Macbeth and as Anna Glavari in the San Francisco Lamplighter's production of The Merry Widow.

Pamela Hicks joined the CSUEB music faculty in the fall of 2007.

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Daniel Highman

Office: MB 2506

Phone: 510-885-3303

 daniel.highman@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music History, Composition, Music Theory

Profile 

After studying classical and jazz piano, bass, and guitar while growing up in the Bay Area, Daniel Highman went on to pursue music composition as his primary field of study in college. He received his B.M. in music composition from the University of Southern California, and his M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University. His composition teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandstrom, Eugene O'Brien, Per Martensson, and Richard Wernick. Some of the highlights of his compositional life have included having orchestral works performed at USC and Indiana University, receiving a commission from the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and having a work commissioned for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

Upon finishing his doctorate at Indiana University, Daniel's interest in African music led him to move to Ghana for six months to study Ghanaian dance and drumming. While he was there he studied with Apetsi Kwaku Anenuney and Prosper Atsu Ablorbey at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, Accra. This was an overwhelmingly rich experience that greatly enhanced his understanding of the role of music in culture.

Since returning to the Bay Area Daniel has become an active performer and teacher. He currently is the pianist for the indie-rock group Naked Fiction, as well as the tango ensembles Quinteto del Bailongo, and Seth Asarnow y Su Sexteto Tipico.

(9/11)

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Colin Hogan

Office: MB 2038

Phone: 510-885-3135

 colin.hogan@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Piano

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Catherine Hull

Administrative Support Assistant

Office: MB 2571

Phone: 510-885-3135

 catherine.hull@csueastbay.edu

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Buddy James

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

Office: MB 2084

Phone: 510-885-3128

 buddy.james@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Option Minor

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Pat Klobas

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Double Bass

Profile 

Double bass lecturer Pat Klobas joined the California State University East Bay Music Department faculty in the Fall of 2001. A highly skilled bassist in the jazz and classical fields, Pat is in demand as a performer, producer, clinician and teacher. Pat started his professional career in his teens as an electric bassist performing rock music around the Portland, Oregon area. At the ripe old age of fourteen, Pat's band was the opening act for the popular group Steppenwolf. As a high school senior, Pat received the Rice Music Award of Achievement from Beaverton High School. After high school Mr. Klobas relocated to San Francisco to start his classical music study of double bass. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at San Francisco State University, his Masters of Music degree in Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

In the field of jazz and popular music Mr. Klobas is known in the San Francisco Bay Area as a first call session man. Pat has shared the stage with jazz artists Rosemary Clooney, Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman, Warren Vashe, Scott Hamilton, Greg Osby, Steve Turrie, Marty Morrell, Tommy Kesecker, San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet, Standard Deviation with Michael Udelson, and the American Jazz Philharmonic. His numerous Latin music shows include performances with Pete Escovedo, Andy Narell, Babatunda Lea and Indian Master Tabla percussionist Zakir Hussain. Mr. Klobas is first call for the San Francisco Symphony Pops Orchestra rhythm section as well as the California Symphony Pops and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Pops with Erich Kunzel. Pat has his own band called the Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble performing original compositions and arrangements throughout the Bay Area.

As a classical bassist Mr. Klobas performs as acting assistant principal bassist with the Marin Symphony, and as section bassist in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He is a substitute for the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, The Skywalker Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Merola Opera, the Turtle Island String Quartet and Quartet San Francisco. Pat was principal bass with San Francisco Opera's touring company Western Opera Theater for 14 years, performing in over 40 states before its final curtain.

Performing with Broadway stars and musical theater productions are part of Pat's numerous musical experiences. Some of Pat's favorites shows were with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Elaine Stritch, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Feinstein, Bob Hope, the Shorenstein Nederlander productions of the world premiere of White Christmas, The Producers with Martin Short and Jason Alexander, Les Misérables, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Ragtime, and many others.

As a recording artist Pat Klobas' recent list of credits include Star Wars Trilogy with John Williams conducting (Grammy® nominated), Linda Ronstadt Winter Light, No Gravity Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble, recordings for Turtle Island String Quartet, Randy Newman, Kitaro, and the San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet. Skywalker Symphony movie soundtracks include Spy Kids, Predator ll, Ricochet, Soap Dish, Why Charlie Brown, Why?, and many others.

Pat is president of the Northern California Bass Club, an educational forum for students and professional bassists. As president, Pat conducts master class seminars with world-renowned jazz bassists including John Patitucci, Christian McBride, Robert Hurst, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Manring, Buster Williams, Brian Bromberg and Richard Davis. Pat also teaches for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department, the Oakland East Bay Symphony MUSE program and the Golden Gate Bass Camp with Barry Green. Pat is the director of the Ray Brown Memorial Bass Course featuring John Clayton and Kristin Korb.

Mr. Klobas has studied with Stephen Tramontozzi, Charles Siani, Shinji Eshima, Joe Lescher, Herman Jobelman and Charles Chandler. Pat's jazz teachers/influences include Rufus Reid, Richard Davis, John Clayton, John Patitucci and Ray Brown.

(rev. 3/23/09)

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Frank LaRocca

Office: MB 2012

Phone: 510-885-3567

 frank.larocca@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Composition, Music Theory

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Scott Macomber

Office: MB 2002

Phone: 510-885-3570

 scottmacomber9@gmail.com

Specialty(ies): Trumpet

Profile 

Bay Area trumpeter, Scott Macomber, is in demand as an orchestral trumpeter, chamber musician, soloist, and educator. Scott frequently appears onstage and in the pit with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras. During the 2009-10 season he served as acting third trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony and has joined that symphony for several domestic and international tours. He has appeared on recent recordings of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Ives’ Concord Symphony, Adams’ Harmonielehre and Varese’s Ameriques all under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Scott serves in permanent positions with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Scott is also Co-Principal Trumpet of the prestigious Arizona MusicFest All-Star Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the Mendocino Music Festival. Scott is a passionate educator whose students have achieved marked success. Former students have gained acceptance to elite training programs at Northwestern University, Tanglewood fellowship program, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival, San Francisco Youth Symphony, Domaine Forget and Chose Vale Trumpet Seminar. Born in Evanston, IL, Scott began studying the trumpet at age nine. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree at Northwestern University in 1995 Scott moved to the Bay Area to earn his Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1997. In addition to teaching applied trumpet at CSUEB, Scott serves on the artist faculty of UC Davis and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Extension Division.

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Diane Maltester

Office: MB 2506

Phone: 510-885-3303

 diane.maltester@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Clarinet

Profile 

Diane Maltester,received her master's degree in music performancefrom California State University, Hayward and has been on the music faculty at Los Medanos College since 1980.

She is a member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and principal clarinetist with the Napa Valley Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, and the Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also principal chair with the Festival Opera. She performs numerous solo and chamber recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of The Emerald Ensemble and the Muir Trio. She enjoys teaching privately and is the former Northern Woodwind Chairperson for the Music Teachers Association of California. She is presently the co-conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony and clarinet instructor at California State University, East Bay.

(10/08)

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Peter Marsh

Graduate Advisor

Office: MB 2000

Phone: 510-885-3132

 peter.marsh@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Ethnomusicology, Music History

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Jeffrey Miller

Office: MB 2094

Phone: 510-885-3126

 jeffrey.miller@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Composition, Music Theory

Profile 

Jeffrey Miller studied at San Francisco State University, the University of Southampton, England, and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where he received his Ph.D. in composition. Before coming to California State University, East Bay, he taught at Brooklyn College, Knox College, and the Canberra (Australia) School of Music. His music, which includes works for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, voice, and solo instruments, has been performed throughout the United States and he has received commissions from the Irving M. Klein String Competition, Musicians' Accord, and the Nova Singers. Dr. Miller has received grants and awards from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Meet the Composer, the Lilly Endowment, and the American Choral Directors Association, and has held artists' colony residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and Villa Montalvo. Jeffrey Miller is also a Co-Artistic Director and the Executive Director of the prominent Bay Area new music presenter Composers, Inc.

The Music of Dr. Miller

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Janice Ortega

Office: MB 1008

Phone: 510-885-2753

 janice.ortega@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Harp

Profile 

Janice Ortega is a native of San Mateo and began her studies of the harp at the age of ten. She graduated with honors in Music from California State University, Hayward. Scholarships enabled her to continue graduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands.

Janice has performed in Europe with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Liege (Belgium) Orkestra Philharmonique, Limburg (Holland) Symphony Orchestra, Gianville Symphony in Milan, Italy, and the Von Karajan Orchestra (Berlin). She made many European television and radio appearances as soloist and as a member of the California d'Oro Chamber Players.

Janice received the Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands and the Master of Music Degree in harp performance from Indiana University under the direction of Susann McDonald. She also studied with Juilliard Professor Nancy Allen at the Aspen School of Music.

Janice is currently on the Music faculty of California State University, East Bay. She is active as both a classical and pop musician in the Bay Area. Janice has performed for several years as soloist and in ensemble settings with the symphony orchestras of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose, the Peninsula Civic Light Opera, the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and with the Seabourn Cruise Line.

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Brian Pardo

Phone: 510-885-3135

 brian.pardo@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Jazz Guitar

Profile 

Brian Pardo was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Haverford College (Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in Music), an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, and a teaching credential in Secondary School Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He studied guitar with Pat Martino, Allen Hanlon, Tuck Andress, and Fred Frith.

Mr. Pardo's jazz performance credits include work with Jack McDuff, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Charles McPherson, Arthur Blythe, Mark Levine, Eddie Henderson, Mundell Lowe, Tony Monaco, Barbara Dennerlein, Eddie Marshall, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Paul Hanson, Chuck Israels, and Paul McCandless.

Non-jazz performance credits include work with Bonnie Raitt, Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, MTV Award winner Coco Lee, Tom Waits, Train, Jaya, The Coasters, The Shirelles, and The Ink Spots.

Mr. Pardo has appeared at the JVC Jazz Festival (NY), the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Clearwater Jazz Festival (FLA), the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, and Zellerbach Hall (Cal Performances).

Mr. Pardo has recorded with Jack McDuff, Chuck Israels, Barbara Dennerlein, Paul Hanson, Claudia Gomez, Phil Klein, and Dave La Febvre. He also arranged and recorded material for the Monterey Jazz Festival Holiday Sampler. Pop recording credits include Coco Lee's 1999 Live album. Mr. Pardo has also appeared on dozens of other albums by a variety of Bay Area artists.

Commercial composition credits include the scoring of music for film, radio and television. Original soundtrack work can be heard on programs produced for PBS, Comedy Central, and ABC Television, and includes a score that Mr. Pardo co-composed for Everyday Heroes, a film by Academy Award nominated director Rick Goldsmith. In his home recording studio, he has produced commercial music for Apple Computers, Levi's Apparel, Summit Medical Center, Kryptonite Sporting Gear, and Dominican Hospital.

Mr. Pardo is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Bentley School (Lafayette, CA), and is on the faculties of the Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA), Mills College (Oakland, CA), and Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA). He joined the CSUEB faculty as lecturer of jazz guitar in fall, 2008. Mr. Pardo is Clinician for Yamaha Musical Instruments and Sibelius, and is on the faculties of Jazzcamp West, the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, and the Jazz Guitar Masters Series.

(9/08)

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Matt Payne

Instrument/Electronic Equipment Technician

Office: MB 1525

Phone: 510-885-3115

 matthew.payne@csueastbay.edu

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Justin Plank

Instructional Support / Music Resource Center Coordinator

Office: MB 2047

Phone: 510-885-3167

 mrc@csueastbay.edu

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David Ridge

Office: MB 2527

Phone: 510-885-3572

 dpridge@hotmail.com

Specialty(ies): Trombone, Trombone Ensemble

Profile 

David Ridge is the principal bass trombonist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. His duties with the company include playing trombone, bass trombone, and contra bass trombone. He also performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet and is a member of the California Symphony. Mr. Ridge has performed with every major arts organization in the Bay Area. Before moving to San Francisco, he held the position of principal bass trombone with the Charleston Symphony in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, he performed with the Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, and Savannah Symphonies as well as with the Virginia Opera Company.

Mr. Ridge has recorded extensively with the San Francisco Opera. He has recorded operas: Herodiade; Orphee e Eurydice; Harvey Milk; A Streetcar Named Desire; and Dead Man Walking; national TV broadcasts: Dangerous Liaison; Turandot; Capriccio; A Streetcar Named Desire; and The Merry Widow, San Francisco Opera's Opening night Gala 1997; and videos: Capriccio; Turandot; A Streetcar Named Desire; and The Merry Widow. He can also be heard on the documentaries: Sing Faster; The Stagehands Ring, and The Making of Doctor Atomic. San Francisco opera performances can be seen in movie theaters around the country and heard on local, national, and international radio broadcasts. As a member of the San Francisco Opera, he has performed world premiers by Philip Glass, Jake Heggie, Andre Previn, Steward Wallace, and John Adams.

Symphonic recordings he can be heard on include Symphony at the Opera, with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Lou Harrison-A Portrait, with the California Symphony. As a soloist he can be heard on the CD Trombonarama, performing the world premiere of Martin Rokeach's Ninth Avenue Hustle for bass trombone and piano, which was written for him. He has recorded on the Sony, Teldec, Deutsche Grammophon, Erato Classique, Arabesque, London, Decca, Varese-Sarabande, Argo, Chapter III, and Milan labels, as well as on London, Pixar and Disney video.

Mr. Ridge is active in the recording industry and records frequently at GeorgeLucas' Skywalker Ranch. He can be heard on movie Soundtracks: The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; Seventeen Again; In The Electric Mist, Barnyard; When I Find The Ocean; XXX2 State of the Union; Hellboy; Once Upon A Time In Mexico; Jurassic Park III; Spy Kids; Dracula 2000; The Game; Mimic; and Pooh's Grand Adventure, the Search for Christopher Robin; television movies: Running Mates; The Man Who Captured Eichmann; Member of the Wedding; A Will of Their Own; and imax movies: Cosmic Voyage and To the Max; and trailers: The Da Vinci Code; The Tale of Despereaux; and Pirates of the Caribbean III, 10,000 B.C. He has also recorded music for best selling video games: GI Joe; Red Faction; Godfather 2, Command and Conquer: Red Alert; Gears of War II; Prototype; Dead Space; Tiberium; Star Wars: the Force Unleashed; Uncharted -Drake’s Fortune; The Simpsons Game; Beowulf; Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain; and Gran Turismo 4; and albums: The Music of The Great Smokey Mountains and Chanticleer’s Christmas album Let it Snow. He can also be heard on the short films: Pocus (for Wall-E); Exploring the Reef (for the DVD of Finding Nemo; and Articles of War. Other commercial projects include music for Walt Disney World® U.S.A., Walt Disney World® Tokyo, Disney Cruise Lines®, Las Vegas and commercials for Taco Bell®, Burger King®, Kentucky Fried Chicken®, and Power Bar®.

Mr. Ridge has performed at many of the major music festivals in this country and abroad including the Arizona Musicfest, Tanglewood Institute of Music; Colorado Philharmonic/National Repertory Orchestra; Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy; Spoleto Festival U.S.A., American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Evian Music Festival in Evian, France, and orchestral tours of Switzerland, France, and Germany.

Mr. Ridge has performed with many well-known artists including Natalie Cole, Michael Crawford, Linda Ronstadt, The Temptations and The Three Tenors. He was also a member of the national tour of Les Misérables, performing the show over 300 times and has performed on national tours of A Chorus Line and West Side Story.

Mr. Ridge is on the faculty at California State University East Bay and is a former faculty member of Charleston Southern University and Saint Mary‘s College. He is a frequent soloist and clinician throughout the United States. Some of the many ensembles and organizations that he has been soloist with include The United States Army Orchestra, The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C., the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium at the University of New Mexico, the Music Teachers' Association of California’s state convention in Sacramento CA, Composers Inc., and the Diablo Wind Symphony. He is also a popular soloist at the annual CSUEB Trombone Day. He has coached the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and at the Pacific Summer Music Institute at the University of the Pacific and has been a judge for the International Trombone Association's Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition.

Mr. Ridge attended the New England Conservatory of music on scholarship and received his B.M. and M.M. of Music. He was given a full scholarship to attend the Mannes College of Music in New York and received the Professional Studies Diploma. His Teachers include John Swallow, Don Harwood, Steve Norrell, and Arnold Jacobs.

1/9/09

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Philip Santos

String Orchestra Director

Office: MB 2529

Phone: 510-885-3573

 philip.santos@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Violin, Viola, String Ensemble

Profile 

In addition to teaching violin at CSUEB, Philip Santos performs frequently with many established groups in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Symphony's Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Sierra Chamber Society, Music on the Hill, Old First Church Concerts, and Composers, Inc.

Currently, Mr. Santos is concertmaster of the Fremont Symphony, assistant concertmaster of Marin Symphony and principal second violin of California Symphony. He has also played with the Chicago Symphony and has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony. Mr. Santos is also on the faculty of the University of California's Young Musicians Program and has a very active studio where he teaches many private students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

(9/08)

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William Shannon

Phone: 510-885-3135

 william.shannon@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Music Technology

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Deborah Shidler

Office: MB 2506

Phone: 510-885-3303

 oboeprof@aol.com

Specialty(ies): Oboe

Profile 

Pacific Symphony oboist Deborah Shidler studied with Ronald Roseman, Marc Lifschey, and Robert O'Boyle. She received her M.M. from Yale University and B.M.E. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her work in Southern California,Ms. Shidleris principal oboe with the Berkeley Symphony and a frequent performer with many San Francisco Bay Area ensembles, including the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, San Jose and Oakland-East Baysymphonies, Ballet and Opera San Jose, and Festival Opera. Other performances include engagements with the American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart, Kirov, and Bolshoi Ballet Companies, and Mark Morris Dance Group. She has participated in the Aspen, Cabrillo, and Carmel Bach Festivals, Music in the Mountains, and the Bach Aria Festival and Institute in New York. Ms. Shidler has recorded for the Sony Classical, Koch International, Harmonia Mundi, Summit, 20th Century Fox, and Reference recording labels. She is also on the faculty of California State University, Sacramento.

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Saul Sierra-Alonso

Phone: 510-885-3135

 saul.sierra-alonso@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Latin Jazz Ensemble

Profile 

Saúl Sierra-Alonso joined the CSUEB Music faculty in fall, 2010 as director of the Latin Jazz Ensemble. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he started playing professionally in 1990. He moved to Boston Mass. in 1995 and attended the Berklee College of Music where he graduated in the summer of 1999, with a major in Performance. Some of his teachers included Oscar Stagnaro, Rich Appleman, Daniel Morris, and Jim Stinnet. He received the US Scholarship tour award and the Outstanding Performer award at Berklee.

As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since the fall of 1999, Saúl has performed, toured or recorded with Nestor Torres, Jimmy Bosh, Eddie Montalvo, Johny Rodríguez, Orestes Vilató, Bobi Céspedes, Antonio Sánchez, Miles Peña, John Santos, Jesús Díaz, Rebeca Mauleón, Mark Levine, Greg Landau, Mike Spiro, Jackeline Rago, Chuchito Valdez, Alexander Livinali, Wayne Wallace, Aquiles Baez, Marco Granados, Anthony Blea, Doug Beavers, and María Márquez, among others.

For the past 10 years Saúl has been a member of some of the leading bands in the Bay Area, including The John Santos Quintet/Sextet, Bobi Cespedes’ band, Dr. Loco’s Rocking Jalapeño Band, El Tren Trío, Anthony Blea y su Charanga, The Snake Trío, Jesús Díaz y su QBA, The Bay Area Afro-Cuban All Stars, The Venezuelan Music Project, Corazón Sur, and Sababa band.

A founding member of Vission Latina, the band that he co-leads with Carlos Caro, percussionist extraordinaire, and Marco Díaz, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist (piano/trumpet), Saúl keeps himself busy performing, composing, arranging and teaching in the world class musical community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

(10/10)

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Artie Storch

Phone: 510-885-3149

 artie.storch@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

Profile 

As an active Bay Area free-lance musician, Artie Storch is a regular extra percussionist for the San Francisco Symphony, Silicon Valley, Oakland and Marin Symphonies, and has performed with ensembles ranging from Masterworks Chorale to Metallica.  He is a frequent player in the Bay Area theater scene, where he has performed in numerous shows including The Producers, White Christmas, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.

As principal percussionist for The Skywalker Symphony, his recording credits include playing drums and/or percussion for movies (Mars Attacks, Inspector Gadget, The Iron Giant, Spy Kids, Jurassic Park 3Hellboy, Barnyard, Seventeen Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past); television (The Man Who Captured Eichmann, Sesame Street, Young Indiana JonesRunning Mates); commercials for Saturn, Nissan, Hershey’s, Taco Bell; records by Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt, John Williams, Chanticleer, and The San Francisco Symphony; and video games (Gran Turismo, Siphon Filter Omega Strain,The Simpsons, Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Star Wars:The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Starcraft II, Kinect Disneyland Adventures).

Mr. Storch received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he studied with Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where his principal teacher was Saul Goodman.

He teaches privately, and is on the faculties of California State University East Bay and Chabot College where he teaches percussion and directs the percussion ensembles.

Mr. Storch is also the Percussion Director for the California Youth Symphony.

(Revised 9/2/14)

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Jeffrey Sykes

Office: MB 1562

Phone: 510-885-2675

 jeffrey.sykes@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Collaborative Piano, Vocal and Instrumental Coaching

Profile 

Acclaimed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as "a commanding solo player, the most supportive of accompanists, and a leader in chamber music," pianist Jeffrey Sykes has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. The San Francisco Examiner praised his appearance with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players as "a tour-de-force performance [that was] the evening's major delight."

Recent activities include a Carnegie Hall recital with flutist Stephanie Jutt under the auspices of the Pro Musicis Foundation and a live broadcast over WGBH, Boston Public Radio. His performances have been frequently broadcast over National Public Radio's Performance Today, and he has a discography including eleven CDs published by various labels. Together with Ms. Jutt, Dr. Sykes is the founder and artistic director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society of Wisconsin, a highly-acclaimed and innovative chamber music festival now in its seventeenth season. The festival is noted for integrating dance, drama, and visual art into the concert setting and creating an approach to chamber music that makes it more easily accessible to audiences. He is a regular guest artist in the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio and a founding member of the Painted Sky Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 2007, Dr. Sykes served as the guest artistic director of Music in the Vineyards, a chamber music festival in Napa Valley, California. This year, Dr. Sykes has joined with violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau to form the San Francisco Piano Trio. For the last ten years, Dr. Sykes has served as the Music Director of Opera for the Young, a professional opera company that gives more than 200 fully-staged performances a year to schoolchildren throughout the upper Midwest. He works extensively as a vocal coach throughout the United States.

Dr. Sykes joined the faculty of California State University, East Bay in the fall of 2008 where he coaches, accompanies, and directs the piano accompanying class. Dr. Sykes holds degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria. He continued his studies in musicology at the University of Pennsylvania as a William Penn Fellowship recipient, and then was a Fulbright scholar at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship from the United States Department of Education, he completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

(9/08)

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Marc Teicholz

Office: MB 2002

Phone: 510-885-3570

 marc.teicholz@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Guitar, Guitar Ensemble

Profile 

Marc Teicholz was first prize winner of the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America competition, a winner in New York's 1991 East-West Artists competition, the 1986 Paganini competition, and a finalist in the 1992 Pro Musicis competition. A member of the California Council for the Arts Touring Roster, Mr. Teicholz has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, receiving critical acclaim for his recitals and master classes. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California, Hawaii, and Russia. Sponsored by Columbia Artists Community Concert Series, Marc tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, and Menus and Music, and is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones. He has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and most recently, Guitar Salon International. His latest disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection.

He has worked with composers Andrew Imbrie and Dusan Bogdanovic to produce new guitar literature and has premiered several new works written for him. Mr. Teicholz also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Alicia Telford

Office: MB 2571

Phone: 510-885-3135

 music@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Horn

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Ellen Wassermann

Office: MB 2038

Phone: 510-885-3127

 ellen.wassermann@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Piano, Piano Ensemble

Profile

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Misato Weber

Office: MB 2036

Phone: 510-885-4198

 misato.weber@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Class Piano

Profile 

Ms. Misato Weber was born and raised in Japan, where she studied piano at Yamaha Music School. She studied piano performance at California State University, East Bay under Ms. Ellen Wassermann, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997 and Master of Arts in 2000. She has studied organ privately under Sgt. Floyd Werle and Dr. Valerie Sterk.

She has received awards from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and from the Music Teachers Association of California. She has taught piano at Cal State East Bay since 2004. She has worked as an accompanist, playing for competitions and concerts, and traveling with choirs. She plays extensively, solo or as an accompanist, in liturgical settings, choirs, symphonies, and at ceremonies and special events. She also teaches private students of all ages and levels.

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Daniel Zinn

Office: MB 2529

Phone: 510-885-3573

 daniel.zinn@csueastbay.edu

Specialty(ies): Saxophone, Jazz Combo

Profile 

Dann Zinn plays saxophones, flutes, and various ethnic flutes. He has recorded or performed with Joe Henderson, Russell Ferrante (from The Yellow Jackets), Chuck Findley (The Tonight Show), Jeff Tain Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Mary Wells, and Martha and the Vandellas, among many others. He has recorded on over twenty-five CDs as a featured soloist, including numerous Dave Eshelman Jazz Garden Big Band CDs, as well as the classical crossover hit Bach Improvisations with the Ira Stein Group. He tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Locally, he has been featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Nightspot, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center among countless others. His first solo recording of original music entitled ten songs has garnered critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe from such prestigious publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz. Other performances include numerous television, radio, and multi media projects, such as Tiger Woods and John Madden video games, Kangaroddy children show on PBS, and a Willie Mays special on CBS. He is currently working on a series of tone and technique books which present various systems for organizing scales and related subjects.

Dann has taught saxophone, big bands, jazz combos, history of jazz, history of rock and roll, music appreciation, and applied woodwind classes at Cal State University, East Bay for eleven years. He has been on the faculty of U C Berkeley for eight years and is also on the faculty of the Dave Brubeck Institute and the Jazz School. His private studio has yielded some of the nation's most promising high school musicians. Many have received full, four year scholarships to some of the nations top music schools, as well as winning Down Beat magazine awards, and occupying top spots in nationwide and statewide all star bands. He has received two teacher recognition awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005. Dann has studied with Eddie Daniels, Ernie Watts, Lenny Pickett, Richard Mathias, Gary Gray, and Michelle Caimotto among others.

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