Kimberly K. Amin, M.M., Piano
Cory Barger, Bassoon
Cory Barger received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA before heading to London to study at the prestigious Royal College of Music. She loves touring, and her work has taken her throughout the European Union as well as to India and China. Cory has worked with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, and Leif Segerstam, and held posts as principal bassoon with Co-Opera Company and the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in addition to a busy freelance portfolio. She has performed in a twelfth-century chapel in France, on the side of a mountain in Greece, in a Sicilian wine bar, on the streets of Bayreuth, on Chinese television, and at the security line in Chhatrapati Shivaji airport. Here in California, she has worked with the Redlands Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, and Desert Symphony, and is preparing the launch of her chamber ensemble, Constellation.
Ralph Cato, D.M.A., Voice
American baritone, Ralph Cato has travelled the world extensively, telling stories in song using his warm, clarion baritone. A graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of California in Los Angeles, Cato has always been a champion of performance and education.
Cato studied musical theater with Paul Gleason and later with John Hall at UCLA. Later, he travelled extensively with the Albert McNeil’s Jubilee Singers as a featured soloist. He sang his first Carmina Burana, with the Estonia National Symphony and it has become a work he has since sung numerous times to critical acclaim. In Köln, Germany, he sang the Mozart Vesperes Sollennes de Confessore Mass with the Cologne Philharmonic and will sing the baritone role in Carmina Burana this spring. He has sung the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Marcello (La Boheme), Sonora (Fanciulla del West), Germont (LaTraviata), Escamillo (Carmen) and Tonio (I Pagliacci). In Porgy and Bess, he has portrayed Sportin’ Life, Porgy and Jake as well as Peter and Robbins all in different productions. Cato has toured Europe, China, Canada, Australia and the US as a featured soloist with the Irish dance show Riverdance. and was a part of the ensemble in Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme. He has performed with Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Bangor Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, San Bernadino Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Stockton Symphony, The California Philharmonic, The Pacific Symphony, The Southeast Symphony, The Pacific Chorale, Chorale bel Canto, and The Santa Barbara Choral Society.
When not performing, Cato teaches applied voice, and diction for singers at UC Riverside and Los Angeles Valley College.
Richard Chasin, B.A., Trumpet
David W. Christensen, M.M., Organ and Carillon
David Christensen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Redlands, receiving the BM and MM degrees. While attending the U of R Mr. Christensen studied organ with Raymond Boese. He continued his organ studies with Robert Anderson at Southern Methodist University in Texas.
In recent years, Mr. Christensen has performed organ recitals on the concert series of notable churches including St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Christensen is currently Organist and Director of Music at Eden Lutheran Church in Riverside. He also plays for the Wednesday evening service at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Riverside. Previous positions in Riverside have included the First United Methodist Church, and the First Congregational Church.
At the University of California, Riverside, Christensen studied carillon with Lowell Smith and Margo Halsted. In 1987 he was appointed University Carillonneur and currently is active in that position, playing weekly recitals and teaching carillon students. He has performed concerts on many carillons throughout the United States and Canada including the University of Michigan, University of Toronto, Princeton University, Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge, St. John's Cathedral in Spokane, and others.
Two of Mr. Christensen's carillon arrangements are published by The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. A piece for handbells is available from the Lorenz Corporation. Several pieces for organ have been published by the Kenwood Press. Mr. Christensen can be heard playing the carillon on the Delos CD Christmas with Roger Wagner featuring the Roger Wagner Chorale with carillon and handbells.
Lisa Cherry, Horn
Lisa Cherry has been a professional musician since 1978. Upon completion of her degree in Performance in 1981, she won her first orchestra job in Veracruz, México. After the Veracruz orchestra job, Lisa returned home and has been “free-lancing” ever since!
A sought-after show player, she has performed with Long Beach Civic Light Opera, San Gabriel Light Opera, La Mirada Civic Light Opera, at the “Old Globe Theater” in San Diego, and La Jolla Playhouse. Her many symphony orchestras include Peninsula Symphony, Westchester/Marina del Rey Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, South Coast Symphony (founding member), and Pacific Symphony. Ms. Cherry was in the “Hour of Power” orchestra from 2001-2010 at Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, which was televised all over the world. She has toured with orchestras all over the world to Taiwan, Canada, México, and Italy.
An accomplished teacher, Ms. Cherry also has a home studio in Orange County where she teaches many young players and adults alike. Lisa holds a B.M. in Music Performance from California State University (1981). Her extensive teaching backround has made her very sought after and includes teaching at top Universities all around Southern California, UCI, Concordia University, Vanguard University, Riverside Comm College and has been at Cal Baptist University on their teaching faculty since 2004.
Justin DeHart, D.M.A., Percussion and Marimba
Robert D. Dominguez, Drum Set
Eileen Holt, Flute
Reverend Tom Kurai, Taiko Drums
Reverend Tom Kurai has been the abbot of Sozenji Buddhist Temple in Montebello, CA since 1986. He began playing taiko in 1975 in Los Angeles with the seminal pioneering group, Kinnara Taiko. In 1978, he started Sozenji Taiko and began teaching and composing taiko pieces. From 1980 to 1983, Rev. Kurai was a member of the National Folkloric Dance and Music Ensemble based in Tokyo. After returning to the U.S, he continued to lead Sozenji Taiko, while becoming a member of L.A. Matsuri Daiko. He also lead and taught several fledgling taiko groups in the greater L.A. area from 1987 to 1996
In 1996, Rev. Kurai founded the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, a school of taiko with several locations. He has been teaching the Taiko Ensemble class at UC Riverside for nearly 20 years as well as teaching taiko and zen meditation in the music therapy dept at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino. He has received grants from Cal Arts, the Japan Foundation, Japan Society, Irvine Foundation and the L.A. City Cultural Affairs Dept, producing taiko concerts and collaborative projects with a variety of performing artists.
Rev. Kurai has performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Japan America Theatre, the 1998 Super Bowl, the Hollywood Bowl and many other venues throughout the United States, Japan, Taiwan and Europe. Rev. Kurai has been featured on recordings, film, tv and video game sound tracks and music videos. He has received the Dramalogue/Ovation, LA. Weekly, and Inland Theater League awards for outstanding musical performance in live theater, and the 2004 Lester Horton Award for best achievement in music for dance.
Gary Matsumoto, Jazz Piano
Throughout his career, Gary Matsumoto has developed a reputation for being a first rate pianist, composer, arranger, and educator in Southern California. Matsumoto was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he still calls home. And while he can still be seen playing regularly in the greater LA area, he also performs throughout the year in venues across the U.S. as well as internationally.
Matsumoto started playing piano at the age of 6, but his interest in music began to peak while attending the University of California, Irvine. There, in addition to classical lessons with Dr. Lorna Griffith, Matsumoto studied with Miles Davis pianist Kei Akagi. In 1999, he graduated with a B.M. in music performance and in 2002 received his master's degree in jazz studies from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with David Roistein. While in school, Matsumoto took every advantage to study and play with great musicians like Joe LaBarbera, Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, Wadada Leo Smith, and James Newton, among others.
Matsumoto has been a regular on the LA jazz scene for well over a decade. Playing and recording credits include Dave Damiani, George Benson, Henry Franklin, Bruce Foreman, Sara Gazarek, Jane Monheit, Azar Lawrence, Bobby Rodriguez, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Clayton Cameron, Ricky Woodard, Jeff Clayton, James Carter, Herman Riley, Sam Most, and Phil Ranelin. But the entirety of his career has seen him in a variety of settings. In addition to jazz, he has performed and recorded with rock, pop, country, and classical groups. Some of his earliest jobs were in musical theatre, where Matsumoto worked as a pianist and musical director.
In 2003, he went on tour with famed MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, opening for Cheap Trick. Matsumoto has also worked with film composer Nathan Wang on various projects, including performing in concerts with international recording artists Coco Lee, JJ Lin, Vivian Hsu, and Jenny Tseng.
In 2008, SP records released The Matsumoto Trio - Days Ahead, his first as a leader. He has also been featured on over a dozen recordings by other artists, including Dave Damiani's recent release Midlife Crisis on Hard Knocks Records.
Matsumoto can be seen regularly playing as a member of Dave Damiani and the Instigators as well as with the 16 piece No Vacancy Orchestra.
Frances C. Moore, M.A., Violin and Viola
Patrick L. Read, M.A., Classical Guitar
Patrick Read began his studies of the classical guitar under the late Washington, D.C. teacher Sophocles Papas. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. and a Masters Degree from the Riverside campus of the same university. He attended the Master Class of Andrés Segovia in Berkeley and worked six years with Argentine Master Guitarist Manuel López Ramos of Mexico City.
Read has taught guitar at the University of Redlands, La Sierra College, Riverside Community College, and the University of California, Riverside, where he has taught for over twenty years. He also taught at G.I.T. in Hollywood in the 1970’s. Besides extensive performance presentations, he has written for Guitar Player Magazine, published articles with Manuel López Ramos, and is in the process of translating López Ramos’ autobiography that is due to be published in the coming year.
His students have become recording artists and his student, Tom Sheeley, was first prize winner of the Manuel M. Ponce International Competition in Mexico City. Sheeley was also a Guest Artist at the Paris Competition in France.
Manon Robertshaw, M.M., Cello
Michael Sawzin, M.M., Saxophone
Robert L. Scarano, B.A., Jazz Guitar
Leslie Schroerlucke, M.M., Clarinet
Leslie Schroerlucke has enjoyed a successful career both as a clarinetist and educator. As a student of the late Stanly Hasty, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Clarinet and the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music. She has studied with many prominent clarinetists including, Mitchell Lurie at USC, Canadian clarinetist James Campbell, Frank Kowalsky at Florida State, and the late Peter Hadcock of the Boston Symphony. Leslie received a Master’s in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University. She served as Clarinetist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida under the direction of English conductor James Judd, performed with the Miami Opera, was the Principal Clarinet of the Symphonia of the Americas and premiered several works at Miami's New Music Festival. Leslie served on the faculty of Florida International University, Broward Community College and the New World School of the Arts.
Leslie has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Redlands and Long Beach Symphonies, the Spoleto Opera Festival and as a soloist, clinician, and chamber musician throughout Europe and in Brazil. She performed with the Orange County Clarinet Choir in Assisi Italy in 2013. She is currently the clarinet instructor at UC Riverside and Principal Clarinet with the Orange County Wind Symphony. Schroerlucke received a Master’s in Music Education from Boston University in 2010 and has served as the Director of Bands at Chaparral Middle School in the Walnut Valley Unified School District since 2004. Leslie has brought Chaparral’s band program to national recognition with performances at the Kennedy Center at the John Philip Sousa Festival in 2015 and at the Percy Grainger Festival at Chicago Symphony Hall in 2011. As Chair of the Fine Arts Department, she was instrumental in receiving the 2015 NAMM SupportMusic Merit Award for Chaparral’s music programs and recent recognition by the state of California as an exemplary arts program.
Rick Shaw, Double Bass (classical and jazz)
Scott Sutherland, M.M., Tuba
A native of Los Angeles, Scott Sutherland is the tubist, pianist and primary music arranger for the Presidio Brass. He is also a member of the Redlands Symphony, the Riverside County Philharmonic and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the New West, Long Beach and San Diego Symphonies. From 2005-2007, he was principal tuba of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. As a soloist, he has been featured with the San Diego Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, Burbank Philharmonic and the Idyllwild Arts Symphony Orchestra. Scott has played on motion picture and video game soundtracks, including the movie Pearl Harbor and has appeared with such artists as John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Jerry Goldsmith. Scott is also active as a composer and arranger, with performances by the Pacific Symphony, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, USC Elf Jazz Ensemble and San Diego Winds.
As an educator, Scott is on faculty at the University of Redlands and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. He was a brass pedagogy teaching assistant while attending UCLA and spent a year as a certificated school band/orchestra director for the Pasadena Unified School District. Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree from USC, a Master of Music degree from UCLA and has studied with Tommy Johnson, Jim Self, Norm Pearson and Doug Tornquist.
Lisa Gerring-Tomoff, Oboe
Celia Chan Valerio, M.M., Harp
Celia Chan Valerio has been teaching the harp and playing the harp professionally for 20 years. During this time, she has received many awards and prizes in various competitions including the Anne Adams Awards, American String Teachers Association--State and National Competition, American Harp Society Competition, Redlands Bowl Competition, and Music Teachers Association Competition and a semi-finalist in the USA International Harp Competition. She has performed as a soloist for the American Harp Society National Conference, World Harp Congress Convention, Indianapolis Arts Council, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Brandstater Gallery Concert Series. She is the former principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Florida and has performed extensively around the United States as well as Australia, Canada, France, and Mexico.
Celia holds a Bachelor of Music from La Sierra University and a Master and Doctor of Music in harp performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington where she completed her studies under the direction of Susann McDonald.
Camelia Voin, D.M.A., Voice
Camelia Voin is a lyric coloratura soprano that has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad as a recital soloist, in operatic and oratorio presentations as well as in orchestral concerts. Voin completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at Claremont Graduate University. Her doctoral dissertation, “ A Guide to Understanding and Performing Romanian Vocal music,” is a comprehensive performance practice and ethnomusicological study of Romanian music. As soloist with the Pablo Sarasate Orchestra at the Teatro Gayarre in Pamplona, Spain, Voin has been described by the National Diary of Madrid as possessing a “beautiful timbre, superb melodic line, and extraordinary musical expression.” In her Carnegie Hall solo debut, Barry Alexander pronounced her interpretation as reflecting “depth, musicality, and technical expertise, needed to distinguish one's self in the world of professional performance.” Her active performance career continues in cities and stages across the world, including Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy, West Palm Beach Opera, Florida, Bucharest Philharmonic, Kammerochester Promusica Darmstadt, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, Academia di Romania, Rome, Redlands Bowl Summer Festival with the San Bernardino Symphony, Nevada Opera, Las Vegas among many others.
Camelia Voin is a laureate of many national and international vocal competitions, among them are: Metropolitan Opera Competition, West Palm Beach International Opera Competition, Concurso Internacional de Canto Julián Gayarre (President of the Jury José Carreras) in Pamplona, Spain, Der Internationale Koloraturgesang-Wettbewerb in Stuttgart, Singer of the Year 1996 at NATS Artist Audition, , Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, and others. Dr. Voin is currently on the voice faculties of the University of California, Riverside, Claremont Graduate University and California Baptist University. She has been teaching master classes in Italy for the Academia Filarmonica in Padova, and at The Barry Alexander Festival of Music in Abano. Voin is the Vice President of the Lyric Symphony Orchestra of the Inland Empire with which she performers annually in concerts. Dr. Voin is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, and Music Teachers' Association of California.
Joshua Welchez, Trumpet
Ian Whitelaw, Bagpipe
Scott Whitfiel, Trombone
Matthew Wyckoff, Electric Bass Guitar