Iman Khosrowpour
Iman Khosrowpour, violinist, violist

Artistic Director, Conductor
Iman Khosrowpour made his concerto debut with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen. As a recipient of the highly competitive Orchestra Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival, he has performed under the direction of maestros James Levine, David Zinman, Alan Gilbert and Hugh Wolf. In 2000 he had the distinct honor of being chosen to perform at a private event for former U.S. President Bill Clinton at New England Conservatory. He has performed extensively with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with several commercially released with both ensembles. He has toured and given concerts in Japan, Canada, Brazil, Czech Republic, and throughout the United States. In the 2011-2012 season he gave the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Daniel Luzko, and in summer 2013 made his European concert debut performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Czech Virtuosi Orchestra in Brno, Czech Republic. Upcoming concerts for the 2014-2015 season include recitals in Japan, Germany, Paraguay and IVC. In fall 2014 Mr. Khosrowpour became Artistic Director and Conductor of the Irvine Valley College Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Khosrowpour will be the guest conductor for the 2015-16 Irvine Honors Orchestra high school ensemble in April 2016 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall.

In 2006, Mr. Khosrowpour entered Harvard University’s competitive Regional Studies in East Asia Master of Arts program, where he studied Japanese language, history, architecture, and music. From 2007 to 2008 he attended the InterUniversity Center for Advanced Japanese Studies in Yokohama, Japan. While pursuing his summer research Mr. Khosrowpour worked as a translator for the Saito Kinen Matsumoto Festival led by Seiji Ozawa. Upon returning to Harvard for his final year of study, Mr. Khosrowpour received the Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduation Thesis, writing on the film music of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.

In 2010 Mr. Khosrowpour returned to his hometown of Irvine, California and has rapidly become a much sought-after teacher and performer. A passionate educator, he maintains a busy private teaching studio and is on the faculty of the Orange County School for the Arts, as well as Irvine Valley College. Mr. Khosrowpour’s students have been members of the Irvine and AllSouthern California Honors Orchestras and Orange County School of the Arts, have served in Concertmaster and Principal positions in the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as winners of regional competitions.

Mr. Khosrowpour was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to the United States when he was two years old. He began violin studies at age of eleven and quickly displayed promise, only two years later becoming a pupil of the late Erick Friedman, prized pupil of Jascha Heifetz. . Mr. Khosrowpour graduated from Peabody Conservatory, Rice University, and New England Conservatory, and counts among his major teachers Mr. Friedman, William R. Kennedy, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Masuko Ushioda. He has also performed in masterclasses for Zakhar Bron, Alexander Treger, Joseph Silverstein, and Koichiro Harada, as well as studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Orion, and Borromeo string quartets.

Mr. Khosrowpour plays on a 1919 Romeo Antoniazzi violin.
Esther Kang
Esther Kang, violinist

Esther Kang is a local of Irvine, California. She is a magna cum laude graduate from University of Southern California where she received her B.M. in Violin Performance studying under Alice Schoenfeld. She has won first prize at ASTA, Musical Arts, SYMF, and YMF competitions. She performs regularly in the Downey Symphony and Burbank Philharmonic orchestras since 2011. Esther currently is teaching at music schools in Tustin and Diamond Bar.
JinHee Kate Kim
JinHee Kate Kim, violinist

JINHEE KATE KIM, D.M.A., Violinist and Educator

Dr. JinHee Kate Kim is an expert teacher and accomplished violinist known for artistic innovation. At Universities and in her private studio, Dr. Kim has mentored award-winning students of all ages. She has received the first prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Completion with Duo mit Affekt and the Most Distinguished Musician Award (2006) from IBLA International Competition with Trio ECA. She has performed at regional and international master classes of renowned solo and chamber musicians, at music festivals, and as a soloist with local orchestras. Currently, she is working on a CD of the complete Ives Violin Sonatas.

From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Kim taught at Mount St. Joseph University (formerly College of Mount St. Joseph) as an Adjunct Professor of Music. Her prior teaching experience includes Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola at Eastern Nazarene College and Teaching Assistant to Roman Totenberg at Boston University. She also served as Chamber Music Mentor at Gordon College, and Graduate Theory Department Teaching Assistant at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Kim has broadened her impact by teaching master classes and special courses in Kyrgyzstan and Ohio. Since 1996, she has maintained a private studio, teaching students who became laureates of the International String Competition of Golden Strings of America and the Boston Pops Orchestra Young Artists Competition, among others.

Dr. Kim’s innovative approach to performance blossomed in 1992 when she sustained an injury to her left hand. This inspired her to develop groundbreaking performance methods using multi-media. As a pioneer of multi-media performance art, she created her first composition, El Bara Art, which includes violin performance, recorded narrations, acting, sound effects, mime, and collage art. She continues to develop and perform new works.

As an avid chamber musician, Dr. Kim has performed in the United States, Canada, Korea, Italy, and Germany, and in such prestigious venues as the Carnegie Weil Recital Hall in New York and the Sejong Center Chamber Hall in Seoul, Korea. Since 2013, Dr. Kim has worked toward performing the complete violin sonatas, the first cycle of which was broadcasted online for the Phoenix Ensemble Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. One of her chamber groups, Trio ECA, appeared in the “Arte Showcase” on Arte TV and in “Music and People” of FEBC Radio in Seoul. In 2004, EBA Trio appeared on CBS TV in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Kim earned her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Boston University.
Sorah Myung
Sorah Myung, violinist, violist

Faculty (on leave 2017)
Sorah Myung enjoys a busy musical career as both violinist and violist . She holds a concertmaster position at La Mirada Symphony Orchestra and an assistant principle viola position at Mozart Classical Orchestra in Southern California. Also, she has been playing at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) music festival in Graz, Austria for the last seven seasons.

As a dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Myung is in great demand as teacher, coach and lecturer. She gave master classes in Suzuki violin school in Hong Kong and held an artist faculty position at Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival in San Juan Capistrano in the past. Recently she was invited to give lectures at Immanuel Bible College Music College in Cebu City, Philippines for two weeks. Ms. Myung was an adjudicator at MTAC Irvine Branch Junior Ensemble Music Festival, Association of Christian School International Music Festival, and New Mexico Fine Arts Festival, Newport Mesa Solo & Chamber Ensemble Festival and a strings judge at ASTA solo competition in 2015.

Ms. Myung received her BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and MM degree from Yale University School of Music. She is currently a strings faculty and a chamber music coordinator at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and a strings coach for the Irvine and Laguna Beach Unified School Districts.

Ayako Sugaya
Ayako Sugaya, violinist

Ayako Sugaya has been in the first violin section of Pacific Symphony since 1997. She came directly to the orchestra after completing her Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, where she was recognized with the Distinction in Performance award. Her primary violin professor at NEC was Ms. Masuko Ushioda who was a disciple of legendary violinist Joseph Szigeti. While studying at NEC, Ms. Sugaya was a teaching assistant of Ms. Ushioda.

Ms. Sugaya earned both her Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Her primary violin professor at New England Conservatory was Ms. Masuko Ushioda who was a protégé of legendary violinist, Joseph Szigeti. While studying at NEC, Ms. Sugaya regularly acted as a teaching assistant of Ms. Ushioda. Upon reception of her Graduate Diploma she was recognized with the Distinction in Performance award. She received her diploma from Toho High School of Music, Japan.

While a student at NEC Ms. Sugaya won numerous orchestra auditions and awards. She has received fellowships and principal positions for many prestigious music festival orchestras including Tanglewood Music Center and Schelswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany. In addition, she was appointed as concertmistress for Sir Simon Rattle in the performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 with the NEC Symphony Orchestra. She was also selected to perform regularly with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra, a resident orchestra of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass. In 1995, she won the Japanese American Association Music Award which led her to the debut performance at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.

In addition to her performance activities through Pacific Symphony, Sugaya has performed with Colora.

Many of Ms. Sugaya's students have won numerous auditions and have been selected for the concertmaster and principal positions with CMEA All-State Honors Orchestra*, CODA Honors Symphony Orchestra, SCSBOA All-Southern California Honors Orchestra, Irvine Unified School District Honors Orchestra, as well as the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO), the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) etc. In regard to the solo opportunity, students have earned the Grand Prize, 1st Prize and other awards at the solo competitions such as Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Musical Arts Competition of Orange County and Satori Strings Contest.
Michael Chang
Michael Chang, violist, violinist

A native of southern California, Mr. Chang has graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in 2006.

Last two year at his stay at Curtis Institue, Mr. Chang has led the chamber music mentor program under the tutelage of Steven Tenenbom of the Orion String Quartet for 2 years.

Mr. Chang was a 3 time invitee of Pacific Music Festival where he served as a principal violist from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, Mr. Chang has toured numerous cities performing various chamber music works with Concertmaster Rainer Kuchel and principal players of Vienna Philharmonic receiving the highest ovations.

In summer of 2009, Mr. Chang toured 10 different cities with highly proclaimed “Ensemble Ditto”, recording highest grossing chamber music series in history of Korean concertizing. After the tour, Ensemble Ditto has released its recording and DVD, topping the Korean billboard charts in Classical music.

Mr. Chang is an active performer and a dedicated teacher in southern California. His students have garnered honors in All National in both violin and viola and has prized in numerous competitions throughout California and Nationwide. Also you will find him performing with Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and other studio recording sessions.

Mr. Chang also dedicated his time volunteering as an Artistic Advisor in “Love-In-Music “ in efforts to reach out to the inner city children of Santa Ana, providing musical education to the under privileged. Mr. Chang has helped to structure teaching method and helped to train fellow volunteers with pedagogy from 2009-2011.

Currently Mr. Chang serves as a viola faculty at Cal State University of Fullerton, where he was appointed in 2011.
Carter Dewberry
Carter Dewberry, cellist

Faculty (on leave 2017)
Dr. Carter Dewberry completed her DMA in Chamber Music Performance and M.M. in Cello Performance from UCLA. She received her B.M. in Cello Performance from Western Michigan University and also holds a B.A. in French with minors in Women's Studies and Philosophy.

Carter enjoys a diverse performance career as a soloist, orchestral, and recording musician. She has toured Europe multiple times, studied at Encore and Meadowmount many summers throughout her high school and undergraduate years, and has competed in and won numerous concerto and chamber music competitions throughout the United States. She has released two solo albums and a film score that feature her original compositions and arrangements. She is a member of the Belle3Musique trio that recently released their first album in November, 2014. She also regularly performs live and records for television, film, and independent music projects.

Carter’s passion is instilling in others a love for the cello. She begun learning the instrument when she was 8 years old and has taught since age 11 when she founded a summer music camp in her hometown for young string players. In high school, she worked with her orchestra teachers to throw a daylong cello festival for cellists throughout Western Michigan. In college, she participated in numerous cello festivals and led several ensembles. She is the founder of the OC Cello Choir, a community cello ensemble, and the Definiens Project, a non-profit chamber music organization.

Carter maintains a private cello studio in Orange County offering group and individual music theory instruction.
Da Yoon Kang
Da Yoon Kang, cellist

Da Yoon Kang started cello at the age of ten under the instruction of Sangwon Cho, head of the Vienna Music Institute, in Irvine. In 2008 she went to The Colburn School of Music and took private lessons from Professor Richard Neil. Later that year she studied with Peter Stump, Cello Professor at USC at the University of Southern California. During her time at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she studied with Professor Geoffrey Rutkowski and Professor Jacob Braun, former member of the Penderecki String Quartet and now a sought out recording artist, recording often for motion picture scores and television shows as well as cello faculty at The Colburn School.

From a young age Da Yoon was passionate about performing music and has been involved in many prestigious youth orchestras, such as the Irvine Unified School District Honor Orchestra, All Southern-California (SCSBOA) Orchestra and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, from elementary school through high school. She served as a principal cellist in many orchestras ever since middle school: Sierra Vista Symphonic Orchestra and the Northwood High School Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra. In her college years, she was principal cellist of the UCSB Symphony and Chamber Orchestra for three years as well as the UCSB Opera Pit Orchestra.

Major awards include first prize in the Orange County Musical Arts Competition, SYMF Competition, ASTA Competition, Fe Bland Scholarship Competition, Casals Cello Scholarship, and UCSB Quarterly Performance Award. In the winter of 2011, she was awarded with the Music Affiliates Performance Award at UCSB. She was also a member of the Mendelssohn trio which won the Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2013 at UCSB. After graduating from UCSB, Da Yoon returned to her hometown of Irvine, where she currently has an active cello studio, teaching students privately as well as at the Vienna Music Institute. She performs chamber music with the faculty members at the Vienna Music Institute and performs often with the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles.
Laszlo Mezo
Laszlo Mezo, cellist

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo Mezo gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation when he won First Prize in the “Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition” at the young age of 18. Since then, he has won numerous other competitions which have brought him international recognition including the Fourth Prize in the “Antonio Janigro Junior International Competition” in 1998, Second Prize in the “International Dávid Popper Competition for Young Cellists” in 2000, the Special Prize in the “International Dávid Popper Cello Competition” in 2004, and First Prize in the “Ima Hogg International Competition” in 2008.

Mr. Mezo has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher, and chamber musician. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Always eager to pass on his knowledge, Laszlo has conducted master classes in Japan, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, and the United States. Mr. Mezo is currently an adjunct professor in cello at Chapman University and Saddleback College in California, and he was Assistant Teacher at the University of Southern California between 2007 and 2008.

As a soloist, Mr. Mezo has performed with maestros Ádám Fischer, Thomas Wilkins, Grant Llewellyn, Zsolt Hamar. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated in recitals with pianists Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Steven Vanhauwaert, Gábor Farkas, Márta Gulyás, Piotr Folkert, and Balázs Szokolay, violinist Kristóf Baráti, cellist Philipp Muller, and the Bartók Quartet. He has also played under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano as a member of the Bayerische Staatsorchester in Munich, Germany.

Mr. Mezo holds two master's degrees from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He graduated from the class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mr. Mezo has also participated in the master classes of Uzi Wiesel, Josef Podhoransky, Othmar Müller, Philippe Müller, Rainer Zipperling, Fenyves Lóránd, Wolfgang Boettcher, and Aldo Parisot.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Mezo is a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is a sought after soloist, and an active studio musician in Hollywood. He has played in many film scores, some most updated blockbusters include Ice Age, Life of Pi, Wolverine, and The Lone Ranger.

His first CD recording of Dávid Popper’s works, on the Hungaroton label, includes several first time ever recordings of the master’s cello works. He recently finished his second CD, “Made in Paris,” with romantic cello pieces from the 19th century also featuring world premiere works by cellist-composer Daniel Van Goens, and pieces from the Suite Populaire Espagnole by Manuel De Falla.
Leif Woodward
Leif Woodward, cellist

Cellist Leif Thomas Woodward is an alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music where he was granted the Colburn Foundation Scholarship for studies in Early Music Performance and graduated Pi Kappa Lambda. In addition to holding a Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, Leif also holds a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Leif works with groups such as: Los Angeles Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Master Choral, Pacific Choral, Santa Barbara Symphony, Bach Collegium San Diego, Angeles Consort, and Tesserae. He appears at the Carmel Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Corona Del Mar Baroque Music Festival, and on the chamber music series at the John Paul Getty Museum, Norton Simon Museum, “Sundays Live” at LACMA, Les Salons de Musiques, Redlands Chamber Music Society, Musica Angelica Chamber Music Series, and at Centrum’s Chamber Music Series in Port Townsend, Washington. In addition, Leif is an active soloist and section player in the Los Angeles studio-recording industry. He has worked on film, television, and video game soundtracks for composers: John Williams, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, Christian Linke, Sebastien Najand, Alex Temple, Austin Wintory, and Tom Holkenborg. Leif thoroughly enjoys working with young musicians. He is the Instructor of Violoncello Performance and Chamber Music at Vanguard University and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School of Music. Leif is also on faculty for orchestral and chamber music studies at Orange County School of the Arts and Poly Technic High School in Long Beach. He coaches the All Southern California High School Honor Orchestra, Orange County Youth Symphony, and adjudicates for competitions such as the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards, MTAC State Finals and Regionals, CMEA, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival.
Alexander Zhiroff
Alexander Zhiroff, cellist

Alexander I. Zhiroff, cellist, was born in Russia. He began piano studies at age six and cello at seven years old. Alexander made his first serious debut at age 12, when he won the National Competition of Young Musicians in his age group. The same year he auditioned for Mstislav Rostropovich and studied with him during the summer. The following years of studying music Alexander was trained under three of Russia’s most respected cello teachers: A.Latinsky, Y. Slobodkin and A. Gueorguian. He graduated with honors from the famed Gnessin Institute (now Gnessin Academy) in Moscow with a doctorate degree and was invited to remain as faculty. Alexander has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions and international festivals, before his teaching career took him in 1982 to Cuba as a performer/professor of cello and chamber music at the Instituto Superior de Artes, and in 1985 in the Rostov (Russia) Musical Institute (now the Rachmaninov Conservatory). His perfoming career has included solo and chamber music recitals and appearances with orchestras in USA, Russia and Cuba, most notably as frequent soloist with GOSTELERADIO (USSR), Composer’s Union (USSR), EGREM(CUBA),PBS (USA). He settled in Los Angeles, later Irvine CA with his family in the early 90’s and is presently active in the recording and television industry, as well as maintaining an active teaching studio. Alexander has been the soloist for the YANNI Touring Orchestra from 1996.
Matt Hare
Matt Hare, double bassist

Matt Hare is well known as a performer and educator. He is on faculty at the University of California at Irvine, Concordia University, and Saddleback College. Dr. Hare also teaches several sections of Music Appreciation and History of Rock online and in the classroom at Saddleback College. He is a string coach at Irvine, Laguna Hills, Trabuco Hills, and University high schools. He frequently gives recitals and master classes that often include his own transcriptions and arrangements.

Dr. Hare is a long-time member of the International Society of Bassists. He was a clinician for their Young Bassists’ program at the 2009 convention at Penn State, and the 2011 convention in San Francisco.

Previously he was first director of educational programs at Lemur Music, a retailer that specializes in the double bass. He has been on faculty at Luther, Cornell, and Wartburg Colleges and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.

Dr. Hare freelances with many ensembles in Southern California, including the San Bernardino and San Diego Symphonies. He has been a regular member of the bass sections of the Quad Cities and Peoria Symphonies, and has played in the sections of many symphonies in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

He holds a BA from Bloomsburg University, a MM from Butler University and a DMA from the University of Iowa. Major teachers include Mark R. Jelinek, Diana Gannett, David Murray and Volkan Orhon.
Jung-A Lee
Jung-A Lee, pianist

Dr. Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist, and conductor. She currently works as an organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, and an adjunct professor at Vanguard University. This spring she also began teaching at Biola University. In addition, she played for the choirs of the University of California, Irvine, as a collaborative pianist/organist from 2004 to 2015. In 2009 she founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music. She is the chairman of the non-profit organization with thirteen board members.

Lee gives about seventy concerts throughout the year as a concert organist and collaborative pianist. Most recently she did organ concert tours in France, Italy, South Korea, and Nigeria. In the United States Lee gave solo organ recitals in many venues including the Cadet Chapel at United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Woolsey Hall at Yale University, The Memorial Church and Rudolph Busch Hall at Harvard University, Methuen Music Hall in Massachusetts, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, CA, Crystal Cathedral (Christ Cathedral current) in Garden Grove, CA, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA, and the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, CA. Furthermore she performed at many churches in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, England, Wales, and South Korea.

In 2014 she did a concert tour with the University of California, Irvine choirs in Slovakia and Hungary. Lee also played for the major performances of the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony under the direction of Maestro John Alexander in Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, California for the last several years. In 2010 she also played for the performances of the Men in Blaque Choir from the UCIrvine held in Shaoxing, China as a part of the Choral Olympics. In the same year she played the organ at Lincoln Center in New York City for the Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church choirs. In 2008 she played for the UCI choirs in the International Choral Competition in Wales, United Kingdom, which was televised. In 2007 she also conducted the UCI choirs at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom.

She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from Boston University. Her dissertation was on Petr Eben (1929-2007)’s Chamber Music. In Boston Lee served as an organ scholar of The Memorial Church, Harvard University from 2001 to 2003 whose services were broadcast on the radio. She earned her Master of Music degree in organ performance from Yale University with a full scholarship and worked as a collaborative pianist for the Opera School at Yale. While studying there she received many prizes including the Charles Ives Prize. From 1996 to 1997 she studied at Humboldt University and Kirchenmusikschule in Berlin, Germany as an exchange student. Lee finished her Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Toronto. While studying in Toronto, she served as an organist at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church whose services were broadcast on the radio. In addition, she holds a London Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in piano performance.

Her teachers include James David Christie, Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, Gerre Hancock, John Tuttle, Karl Hochreither, Michael Bloss, and William Wright. Lee also participated in the master classes with Olivier Latry, Marilyn Keiser, and Susan Landale. She worked with fine conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Doreen Rao, Bramwell Tovey, Murray Somerville, Joseph Huszti, and Chai-Hoon Park.

Lee can be heard as organist on Rorem: Works for Choir and Organ/Harvard University Choir CD on Black Box label (catalog number 1102), on the recordings of the Men in Blaque of University of California, Irvine, and the recordings of the Concert Choir of Vanguard University of Southern California. Her first DVD of Music Mission International, “Beauty in the Wind,” was released in 2010. Several pieces from the DVD were broadcast on the radio program, “Pipedreams” hosted by Michael Barone. In 2012 her CD, “Precious Lord” was released, which includes numerous hymn arrangements and features David Washburn (trumpet), Valerie Geller (violin), and Lori Loftus (piano) as well as Dr. Lee. In 2013 she was also featured at KUSC, 91.5 FM MHz, South Carolina ETV, and Kookdong Korean Christian Radio. In 2014 her 90-minute organ solo recital was broadcast at KVPR, 89.3 FM. Most recently, her new CD, “Amazing Grace,” was released. The CD was recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the organ was built by Rosales/Glatter-Götz. This spring another choral CD recorded with Men in Blaque from UCI will be released.
Nathan Lewis
Nathan Lewis, pianist

Faculty, Staff Collaborative Pianist
Nathan Lewis was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1993. Introduced to the violin at the age of 2, his musical aptitude was apparent from an early age. By 7 years old, Nathan had made his American debut, performing Paganini’s 24th Caprice, and had begun to learn the rudiments of piano playing. Pursuing both instruments seriously, his primary formal studies were conducted at the Colburn School of Music and UC Irvine. He excelled at both institutes while exploring new musical fields, exceeding the established music theory curriculum at the Colburn School, and performing as accompanist for numerous recitals at UC Irvine. Utilizing his unique background in musicology, collaboration, and solo performance, Nathan combines a detail-oriented approach with vibrant story-telling in performance.

Teaching from the age of 16, Nathan is passionate about fostering holistic music education in the Orange County community. He currently maintains a private piano studio centered at the Spotlight School of Music, where he also teaches theory, composition, and coaches string and wind players. Additionally, he has worked for the Music Institute of Chicago, Colburn School of Music, Pioneer School of Music, and South Coast Repertory. His students have graduated to study at many elite colleges, including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Harvard University.
Janice Park
Janice Park, pianist

Janice Park, DMA, is an instructor of music and Coordinator of Secondary Piano at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Orange County, California. She is also 1st Vice President and Program Chair of the Music Teachers’ Association of California Orange County Branch. A native of South Korea, Dr. Park came to USA after graduating Seoul Music & Arts High School, to further her musical education. She received both Master degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Chapman University. Her major teachers included Dr. Joseph Matthews, James Bonn, and Antoinette Perry. Dr. Park taught music theory and was the pianist for Women’s Choir at Chapman. She has also been a faculty member at the Irvine Valley College for 15 years, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and an Assistant Lecturer at USC. Dr. Park has received numerous honors and awards.

Dr. Park has been active in solo, ensemble and collaborative recitals, including: performances with the concert master of the Pacific Symphony, as a soloist with Chapman Orchestra, Piano Trio recital at USC and chamber recital at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She was invited twice by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings to perform both chamber and solo music. She was the featured pianist for two separate world premiere concerts, one locally and one in South America. Recently, she gave a recital with Thomas Hooten, the Principal Trumpet of Los Angeles Philharmonic. She is frequently sought to act as a clinician and as an adjudicator for competitions and piano festivals.

She is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Musical Arts Club of Orange County. Her article on how to teach piano students was published in the piano magazine, Keyboard Companion

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