Mario Eguia is a professional Mariachi musician and multi-instrumental instructor. He currently teaches at National City Middle School and Options Secondary School for Sweetwater Unified High School District where he has served as a Curriculum Consultant for the Visual and Performing Arts Program. He began playing mariachi under the tutelage of Ruben Baldenegro and at the age of 15 was performing with professional mariachi ensembles in Mexicali, Imperial Valley, Coachella Valley, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Mario also teaches at City Heights Music School. During the last 20 years he has toured across the United States and internationally engaging multi-generational audiences sharing his cultural heritage through music.
April Leslie is a San Diego native who plays the clarinets and saxophones. April received her Masters in Music from Azusa Pacific University. She is an in-demand freelance musician both locally and internationally performing various styles and genres of music (classical, jazz, pop, etc.). Some of the groups she performs in include: the Classics Philharmonic, California Chamber Orchestra, Diversions Trio, Left Coast Quintet, JAMB, San Diego Symphony, The Saxations, The Sully Band, Stellita’s Grove, Manny Cepeda Orchestra and the Ira Liss Big Band. April also has a successful private lesson studio where she loves sharing her passion for music with her students!
Melanie is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer. Her original music has been featured on KNSJ radio and on Aztec Music Group’s compilation of student compositions entitled The Backdoor. She plays jazz guitar, ukulele, and bass. Her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar is from SDSU and she has been an instructor at City Heights Music School, Harbor Music Academy and California Music Studios. Melanie’s repertoire includes rock, pop and jazz standards as well as original music upon request.
Bassoonist David Savage has been performing with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and musical theater groups for 40 years. In addition to bassoon and contrabassoon he also performs on other woodwind instruments, like flute, recorders, saxophone, etc. He has been a musician with Classics 4 Kids since it was founded.
Based in the San Diego area, he has performed regularly with ensembles throughout Southern California, Mexico, and Oregon. He has performed in a wide variety of musical shows, concerts, and educational venues. His performances range from very old to very new, and from traditional, popular, and classical, to modern experimental music.
Over the years some of the groups have been the Harry Partch Ensemble, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Civic Light Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, Orquesta Baja California, Sunriver Music Festival, Oregon Coast Music Festival, South Coast Chamber Orchestra, California Chamber Orchestra, Temecula Valley Symphony, Pacific Lyric, SONOR. In addition to the larger ensembles, there are several wind quintets and other chamber groups which have performed extensively and recorded on O.O. Discs, CRI, Neuma, New World Records, American Composers Forum, and Old King Cole Productions.
Francesca Savage was educated at SDSU and continued her musical explorations at UCSD. She has performed orchestral and chamber music in Europe, Mexico and throughout Southern California. Her passion is helping others find their musical voice.
Andrea Altona earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone and James Stern. Additional studies were completed at the University of Iowa School of Music with Allen Ohmes and chamber music with William Preucil. She received her M.B.A. from San Diego State University.
Andrea has trained extensively in teaching the Suzuki Methods well as the Mark O’Connor Method and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She served as President of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 325 from 2012-2016.
Andrea has performed with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nova), as substitute with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera, the New World Symphony, and has performed on several motion picture scores including Freaky Friday and Legally Blonde II. Andrea actively plays for many Broadway shows and has performed with the national touring productions of the Lion King, Cinderella, Phantom Of The Opera as well as 9 years as Concertmaster of the Old Globe Theater’s production of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She has had the honor of working with many great artists, including James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Hornsby, Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli.
Victoria Bietz studied with Mark Kaplan at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her B.A. in Violin Performance. She went to The Boston Conservatory for her Masters in Music and studied with longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra member Joseph McGauley. Victoria has worked in San Diego as a freelance violinist since 1998. She has played with many groups including: San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Classics 4 Kids, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway San Diego, Luscious Noise, California Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and former groups: Orchestra Nova, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, and Starlight Theatre. Her wedding and special event group Avonlea Strings plays across San Diego and Orange County.
In May of 2018, Victoria went on the international tour of China with Pacific Symphony. She played in beautiful concert halls in Shanghai, Hefei, Wuxi, Chongqing, and Beijing. A couple years before in 2015, Victoria went on the San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory international tour to China as an Alumni. Concerts were played in Beijing, Yantai, and Shanghai, with a special performance at the famed Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
Victoria grew up in the eastern San Diego mountains of Jamul. Her musical family fostered her interest in the violin and she became heavily involved in San Diego Youth Symphony, where she was Concertmaster for three years. While in SDYS, Victoria traveled to Sun Valley Idaho, Spain, Canada, and Eastern Europe. While in High School, Victoria competed and won prizes in both the MTAC Goodlin Scholarship Competition and the ASTA Solo Competition. At age 19, Victoria began subbing with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
Clarinetist Peter Dayeh is in demand as a freelance clarinetist in San Diego, California. Peter is a frequent solo recitalist and has been presented by such organizations as the Fallbrook Music Society, the Golden Valley Music Society, and Marian Liebowitz Artist Management. Peter preforms frequently as both clarinetist and Eb clarinetist with the San Diego Symphony. Previously, he has played 2nd and Eb clarinet with the Santa Cruz Symphony (Santa Cruz, CA). Peter has also performed as principal clarinetist with the San Diego Winds, a professional wind ensemble comprised of symphony members and other local professional musicians.
In addition to performing, Peter mostly enjoys teaching his private studio, with students spanning all ability levels. Past students have been accepted into prestigious music programs such as Northwestern University, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University), to name a few. His middle and high school students continue to hold top seats in local youth orchestras, as well as local and state-level honor groups and summer programs, such as the Idyllwild Arts Camp. As a clarinet teacher, Peter frequently works as a coach and clinician at local high schools, teaching weekly classes and masterclasses to large groups of students.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Music degree from San Diego State University, where he studied with Dr. Marian Liebowitz; and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where he studied with the renowned Dr. Robert Spring. He has studied the orchestral repertoire with Sheryl Renk, principal clarinetist of the San Diego Symphony. He has participated in the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival in Hancock, Maine, as well as the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Lynne-Marie Friedrichs holds a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Oregon, where she was a Graduate Assistant to her violin teacher, Joseph Genualdi. She performs regularly with the California Chamber Orchestra, and Classics Philharmonic, and is a substitute violinist for the San Diego Symphony. She has held positions with the Eugene Symphony and Opera, the Long Beach Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. She has shared the stage with touring groups, including Led Zeppelin, Josh Groban, Johnny Matthis, Chris Botti, and Celtic Woman.
Mrs. Friedrichs has taken Suzuki Teacher Training courses with master teachers throughout the US, including Michele George, Cathryn Lee, Linda Fiore, Daina Voldka-Staggs and Edmund Sprunger. She enjoys coaching her students to beautiful violin playing, and aims to instill in them a love of music and violin playing. Her students have won numerous awards at the local and state level, and hold leadership positions in school and youth orchestras.
Mrs. Friedrichs serves on the local board of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), and runs the Certificate of Merit program for 130 North County string students every year. In addition to her private studio, Mrs. Friedrichs is a violin instructor for the Allegro Strings Program in Escondido.
Born in New York, Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As cellist of the Hausmann Quartet, he is an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. One of the principal cellists of The Knights, Alex has performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and Europe with luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Vera Beths and Christina Courtin, appearing at the festivals of Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia and Tanglewood, as well as in the Canary Islands and Carnegie Hall with Osvaldo Golijov’s Pasión. An avid chamber musician and passionate advocate for new music, Alex has been a member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble and Hutchins East, performed often with the FLUX Quartet, appeared with Newband and at Music at the Anthology (MATA). Alex has performed as soloist with the Lehman Concert Artists, National Repertory Orchestra and Brandywine Chamber Orchestra. His varied interests have led to collaborations with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Malashock Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group. In San Diego he is a mainstay on the Art of Élan chamber series, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music, a member of the San Diego Baroque Soloists and Ensemble-in-Residence at Mainly Mozart with the Hausmann Quartet.
Also an active performer in Mexico, Alex was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, based in the state of Sinaloa, and returned there to perform as soloist with the Tarab Cello Ensemble in the Feria de las Artes. A highlight of last season was a residency in Tijuana which included visits to a dozen schools, and he has performed and taught as part of the Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Jalisco since 2009.
Alex has recorded for Ancalagon, Bridge, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos and Sony records, as well as music for film, television and commercials. He attended the Eastman School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Miami, Queens College and Juilliard Pre-College.
Healy Henderson is currently a member of the San Diego Symphony and performs with the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, and many others. She is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of music, where she was a student of Herbert Greenberg. Healy has also played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Delaware Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Healy served as Associate Concertmaster of the International Orchestral Institute at Attergau in Austria, under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Marcello Viotti, Bobby McFerrin, and Mariss Jansons. She has toured with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, and performed at the Moscow Conservatory Summer School and Festival. In 1998 she played Principal II violin for the Hollywood Pops Orchestra for two tours of Taiwan, which were telecast throughout the country.In 2003, Healy was chosen as a distinguished alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory to perform for the grand opening of the Singapore Conservatory of music. In 2005, Healy performed with the Percy Faith Orchestra on a tour to Japan as well as returning to the Oregon Coast Music festival and the Cascade Festival of Music.
Galina Kiep is currently a free-lance bassoonist, splitting her time between Southern California and Sarasota, FL. She has been a member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra since 2014, and has played with ensembles such as the San Diego Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has participated in many music festivals including the Atlantic Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, and Music From Angel Fire. She currently teaches bassoon at the University of San Diego, in addition to running a private bassoon studio out of her home.
Hailed as “a phenomenal, expressive oboist with a velvety dark chocolate sound”, Taiwanese-American Rong-Huey Liu is one of Southern California’s most active oboists, holding principal positions in the Long Beach Symphony, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Riverside County Philharmonic. In high demand as a multi-faceted soloist, Liu has performed the oboe concertos of Bach, Corigliano, Ferrer Ferran, Handel, Kalliwoda, Marcello, and Mozart. She was the featured soloist in the world premiere of Walter Saul’s “Kiev 2014: Rhapsody for Oboe and Orchestra”, garnering critical acclaim for her “sublime playing…. a crisp performance, technically adept but filled with a quiet perseverance and passion”. She recorded “Kiev 2014″ for Naxos CDs with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under the direction of Theodore Kuchar, and in 2017 she will present the newly discovered oboe concerto by A. Lebrun with the Long Beach Symphony. In a last- minute step-in concerto appearance with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Rong-Huey was praised by critics for her ״obvious confidence and captivating performance”.
A versatile chamber musician, Rong-Huey Liu has been invited to perform as guest artist at Sundays’ Live, Grand Performance, Ojai Summer Music Festival, Bruman Chamber Music Summer Festival, Nevada Chamber Music Festival Summer Concerts, Chamber Music Unbound and Southwest Music Festival/International New Music Festival. At the Cactus Pear Festival, her playing was noted by critics for “sweetness shaped by a sense of crisp articulation” and for leading a performance of a “razzle dazzle piece…the audience was thrilled”.
As a Hollywood studio musician, Rong-Huey has recorded with celebrities such as Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Chris Botti, David Benoit, Ron Isley, and Paul Tuvman. Several cinematic sound tracks feature her oboe solos, including one written for Julia Roberts in the “Fireflies in the Garden”. Other film/TV recording credit includes “Star War: The Last Jedi”, “Lady Bird”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Ferdinand”, to name a few.
Ms. Liu has won first place in the Taichung Regional Oboe Competition, the Taiwan National Oboe Competition, and the Harvard Musical Association, as well as performance awards from the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwanese College Music Competition, Boston Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, and Spotlight Awards from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Rong-Huey holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California (with an award from Phi Beta Kappa and a membership in Pi Kappa Lambda). Among her teachers are Rong-Yi Liu, Joseph Robinson and David Weiss. She is the oboe professor at California State University Fullerton School of Music, La Sierra University and Riverside City College, as well as maintaining a successful private oboe teaching studio in Riverside. In the summer, she serves as faculty artist/teacher at the Fresno Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy.
Travis Maril is Lecturer of Viola at San Diego State University, where he coordinates the String Division and serves as Co-Director of the SDSU String Academy for Pre-College Students. In the summers he teaches at the San Diego Summer Music Institute and has also taught at the Interharmony Music Festival (Italy).
A passionate chamber musician, Mr. Maril won a top prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and had performances broadcast on “Performance Today” with the Hyperion Quartet. He has performed with the Miró Quartet, concertmasters of the Cleveland Orchestra, LA Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic, principal players in the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Diego Symphonies, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Festival appearances include Ojai, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and repeat appearances with the Mainly Mozart Festival and La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest.
Locally he appears often with Art of Elan, Camarada, the Danny Green Trio, and as a regular substitute with the San Diego Symphony. For several years he performed and recorded with local band The Tree Ring, whose debut album won a San Diego Music Award. In addition he has been an active performer of musical theatre at the Old Globe and Civic Theaters, performing on the original productions of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Steve Martin’s “Bright Star,” and Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous.”
In the pop realm he has shared the stage with Christina Aguilera, Belle & Sebastian, Idina Menzel, The Who, and many others. He has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the composer Joel P. West and performed as solo violinist and violist for many of his scores, including the critically-acclaimed “Short Term 12,” “I Am Not a Hipster,” “Grandma,” and episodes of “Chef’s Table” and “Street Food” on Netflix. He also performed on West’s score for the film “Just Mercy,” which opens in 2020.
As a soloist he has been a winner of the La Jolla Young Artist Competition and Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, the latter win resulting in a performance of Walter Piston’s Viola Concerto with the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra. He has toured Europe with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra and been awarded fellowships to the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, the Emerson String Quartet Workshop, the Banff Institute, New York String Seminar and Music Academy of the West.
Mr. Maril’s students have held principal positions in the San Diego Youth Symphony and have attended Itzhak Perlman’s Music Program, Music Academy of the West and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. They have gone on to study or gained admission to prestigious institutions including The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, the New England Conservatory, Indiana University and the Cincinnati Conservatory. He is a frequent clinician for the music teachers in San Diego unified schools, and has served as an adjudicator for the VOCE and ASTA competitions of San Diego.
Mr. Maril earned his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Southern California’s Thorton School of Music, where he was a Trustee Scholar and selected as an Outstanding Graduate. He earned his M.M. from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. His principal viola teachers included Jeffrey Irvine, Ralph Fielding, Karen Ritscher, Brian Chen and Donald McInnes. His chamber music mentors include James Dunham, Norman Fischer and Peter Marsh with additional coachings and masterclasses with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Takacs, Ysaye and Juilliard Quartets.
Joe McNalley began bass violin studies at the age of eleven, and started writing orchestral music in his early teens. Formal training with Edwin Barker, Ran Blake, Miroslav Vitous and Hankus Netsky at the New England Conservatory of Music was followed by advanced studies with Bertram Turezky at U.C. San Diego. Mr. McNalley has played with a number of notable musicians in the classical, jazz, and world music realms and has been honored several times for his solo and ensemble playing. He has performed with George Russell, Vinnie Golia, Jimmy and Jeanie Cheatham’s Sweet Baby Blues Band, Jay McShann, Eddie “Mr. Cleanhead” Vinson, Thad Jones, and other notables of Jazz and Blues. As the founder of the Hutchins Consort, he has written over 220 arrangements and original compositions for the Hutchins Violins.
Tiffany Modell is a descendant of the highly regarded Ivan Galamian violin school. Her teachers include internationally renowned soloist and recording artist Sergiu Luca and the celebrate pedagogue Dorothy DeLay (teacher of Itzak Perlman, Midori, Sarah Chang and Gil Shaham) at The Juilliard School. Other influential teachers include Naoko Tanaka – a founder and leader of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra N.R.C. and Kurt Sassmannshaus, world-renowned pedagogue and the D.R. Starling Chair for Classical Violin.
Ms. Modell’s career includes recitals, chamber music, orchestral concerts, teaching and chamber music coaching in America and Europe. She has held the leadership positions of Concertmaster and Soloist for the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera Orchestra, The Classics 4 Kids Philharmonic, and the California Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the San Diego Symphony and Orchestra Nova. She ended her tenure as a First Violinist in the Kansas City Symphony of Missouri in 2001. Since that time, Ms. Modell has been an active orchestral/chamber musician and recitalist.
med locally with the San Diego Symphony and Orchestra Nova. She ended her tenure as a 1st violinist in the Kansas City Symphony of Missouri in 2001. Since that time, Ms. Modell has been an active orchestral/chamber musician and recitalist.
Tim Saeger, is a native of San Diego, California. Being a versatile musician he can be found playing classical weddings, big band jazz, and every genre in between. Tim also maintains a professional private instructional studio catering to beginning through advanced students. As a clinician and private instructor in the Poway and San Diego Districts he currently holds a position as Trumpet Clinician and Private Instructor at Mount Carmel High School, Del Norte High School, and Westview High School.
“Performing and teaching music is a passion I have found in myself. I knew from a very young age that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Trumpet has taught me discipline, respect, and has given me the confidence and the tools I need to be successful. I only hope to be able to share this with others, as others have shared this with me.”
Annabelle Terbetski received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College. She received her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from the Florida State University, and also received a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music from Kent State University. Annabelle is an avid chamber musician and has been a member of the Escalante String Quartet, Eppes Quartet and the Aidan Quartet. While in San Diego, Annabelle has served as Principal Violist of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the Grossmont String Quartet. Currently, Annabelle is performing throughout southern California with Quartet Nouveau and teaching privately.
Jon has been teaching privately for the last 30 years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Indiana University.
30 Years Experience with All Percussion Instruments
Including Private Lessons, Assignments at the University of Pretoria,
And Assignments at Schools in Israel, South Africa, and the United States
Currently Jon Is Artist in Residence with Several Elementary and Middle School Bands
Jerusalem SymphonyIsrael Philharmonic in Tel Aviv
South African Broadcasting Orchestra
Principal Percussionist and Timpanist with the State Theatre Orchestra in South Africa
San Diego Symphony
San Diego Chamber OrchestraClassics for Kids Philharmonic
2nd Avenue Klezmer Band