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Ashwin Batish is a composer, sitar and tabla player, teacher of music, and a recording artist.
Conductor Nathaniel Berman maintains a diverse range of activities as a performer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. A faculty member at UC Santa Cruz since 2007, he is conductor of the UCSC Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble, and has appeared as guest conductor of UCSC Orchestra.
Oboist and composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s work extends from a classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock.
Concurrent affiliations: California State University, Monterey Bay; saxophone clinician, Monterey Jazz Festival Education Program; director, Monterey County High School Honor Band; co-director, California High School All-Star Band; Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp, Ray Brown’s Great Big Band, D
Interests: Classical guitar repertoire, especially guitar ensemble and guitar with other instruments; traditional folk music and songs from the British Isles, especially from Ireland; the music of Turloch O’Carolan.
Maria Ezerova received her master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the Moscow Conservatory (Russia) where her teachers were famous Russian pianists Stanislav Neuhaus, Lev Vlasenko, and Michail Pletnev.
Italian-born guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore has premiered more than two dozen new works for justly-tuned, electric, and classical guitars, and released eight recordings for Cold Blue, Pinna, Spectropol, Paper Garden Records, and his own label.
Roman Fukshansky serves as principal clarinet with the Berkeley Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley, and as acting principal clarinet with the Modesto Symphony.
Described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” Chilean-born flutist, TEDxSpeaker, Viviana Guzmán (http://www.Viviana.org) has been featured on programs for CNN, PBS, NPR and NBC, seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, and in COSMOPOLITAN en E
Charles Hamilton is best known nationally and internationally for leading the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble for 28 years, after teaching ten years at the elementary and middle school level.
Faith Lanam is a musicologist, performer, pedagogue, and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on the music and women of the Colegio de San Miguel de Belem, Mexico’s first female music conservatory.
Christopher Mallett has performed and taught throughout North America and Asia. He has been featured as a soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony and the Hamden Symphony Orchestra. Christopher has done extensive outreach work with his guitar duo, Duo Noire.
Concurrent affiliation: Sonoma State University. Performances: with Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Mose Allison, David Grisman, Joe Henderson, Roscoe Mitchell, John Abercrombie, and others; solos with San Francisco Taiko Dojo.
Studies at Norwegian State Academy of Music and privately with Stephen Tromontozzi, Mel Graves, and Bob Manning. Concurrent affiliations: Santa Cruz New Music Works, Mendocino Music Festival, Monterey Symphony, California Parallele Ensemble, Monterey Jazz Festival.
Chris Pratorius Gómez is a composer and music educator based in Santa Cruz, California.
Dr. Richard Roper, trumpet, performs with many Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, Monterey Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Mendocino Festival Orchestra, and more.
Soprano Emily Sinclair, DMA, joined the faculty at UCSC in 2014. She teaches individual voice lessons and vocal repertoire. Emily is an active performer and pedagogue in the Bay Area. Her voice has been hailed as “sweet and strong” and “alluring” by the New York Times.
Composition, Jewish music, computer and electronic music, Middle Eastern music, theory, algorithmic music and generative musical syntax, orchestration, ethnomusicology.
Susan Vollmer is principal horn of the Santa Cruz County Symphony and a member in the Napa Valley Symphony and the Sacramento Philharmonic.
Soprano Sheila Willey performs extensively in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area in styles ranging from chamber music and oratorio to musical theater.
Concurrent affiliations: principal percussionist, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; artist-in-residence, Mills College (Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio), John Zorn Chamber Ensemble, Mr.