Jason Lee (guitar)
Jason Lee (Geunsu Lee) Born in Seoul, South Korea, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Master’s Degree in Studio/Jazz studies at the University of Southern California. With over ten years of teaching experience, Jason Lee is now thrilled to teach guitar and ukulele at the Neighborhood Music School. He previously earned a Bachelor’s degree from Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He has performed with the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, directed by Bob Mintzer and Tuesday Night Combo, directed by Vince Mendoza. He performed with both of these ensembles at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2017.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30-8:30pm
Joshua Jerome (saxophone, clarinet)
Is featured as the lead tenor saxophonist in the LA Swing Barons as well as member of the classical saxophone quartet Ex Sono. Josh has received numerous awards as a soloist and section player in multiple genres including Outstanding Musicianship awards from the Riverside Jazz Festival and the Fullerton College Jazz Festival as well as winning the state MTNA chamber music competition in California. As a student at California State University Fullerton, Josh played principal saxophone for Symphonic Winds and First Tenor for the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra while studying with Damon Zick and Jeff Ellwood. Josh has performed with artists such as Bob Mintzer, Joe LaBarbera, Francisco Torres, and Scott Robinson. .
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 1:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm
Dr. Caster J. Teoh (trumpet, brass)
Hails from Penang, Malaysia, Caster started playing the violin when he was 6 years old but switched to the trumpet in 1997. Caster was serving as principal trumpet in the Penang Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2002. In 2015, he was appointed Principal Trumpet with Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles and has been performing with this wonderful ensemble since then. Since coming to the United States, Caster has appeared in numerous orchestras, including the American Youth Symphony, Orange County Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera, West Coast Chamber Orchestra etc. While in college, he was one of the finalists in the Maia Quartet competition and was awarded outstanding Pi Kappa Lambda award in 2007. Caster has been performing with many professional ensembles, including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Malaysia, Kumamoto International Orchestra, etc. under numerous conductors and artists, such as Kees Bakel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Mazur, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, and many more. During the summers, he has performed in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, Japan, Korea, Belgium, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, Canada, etc. A doctorate graduate from the USC Thornton School of Music, Caster was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 2007 and 2013. While at school, he was also a Fulbright scholarship student and has been awarded 2013 outstanding Brass Chamber Music award. For the past summers, Caster has been performing in many world-class music festivals, including the International Winter Music Festival in Brazil, Alba music festival in Italy, etc. In 2014, he was invited to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with West Coast Chamber Orchestra. His primary teachers include Andrew Balio, Boyde Hood, David Greenhoe, John Bourque and William Theis. Aside from being an orchestra musician, Caster has also served as Music Director/ Conductor of the Youth Symphony West Orchestra, Brass Coach at California Summer School for the Arts and Adjunct Professor of Brass at Grace Mission University. Caster is a much sought after teacher of trumpet. His students have won numerous music awards, admitted to credited universities, such as Michigan University, Eastman School of Music, University of California, Los Angeles, Cal state University at Northridge, etc. At the same time, Caster’s students also performed in music festivals, orchestras and competitions throughout the country, including the International Trumpet Guild competition, Colburn Youth Symphony and Jazz Orchestra, Pacific Youth Symphony, Idyllwild Music Academy, Colorado Youth Jazz Ensemble, etc.
Wednesday 3pm-6pm, Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm-3:30pm
Joan Quinto (percussion, drumset)
Is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She also performed with Gwen Stefani on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show. Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. Some of the teachers she studied with are Lynn Vartan, Michael Packer, Brad Dutz, Ricky Lawson, and Mike Shapiro.
Monday 4:00pm-8:30pm, Wednesday 4:00pm-8:30pm
Kenny Elliott (percussion, drumset)
Kenny’s career as a professional drummer began at age 12 when he performed under the direction of the Red Saunders Orchestra at the Regal Theater. He was the staff drummer for Brunswick Records while teaching at the American Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles. Kenny toured with such greats as Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole and performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Lucy Arnez, Diahann Caroll, Carol Channing, Ray Charles, Al Green, Eddie Harris, Al Jarreau, Chaka Kahn, Cheryl Lynn, Billy Preston, Helen Reddy, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder among others. He enjoys teaching and working with people.
Monday 1:30pm-5:30pm, Wednesday 1:30pm-5:30pm, Saturday 11:30am-3:30pm, Additional availability upon request
Jonathan Lacayo (voice, piano, children)
Jonathan, a lyric tenor and San Diego native, studied vocal performance (B.A.) under Dr. John Craig Johnson and vocal coach Ines Irawati at Point Loma Nazarene University. Before finishing his studies, Jonathan had become an accomplished teacher. At the age 18 he began directing his church choir and by the following year had become the Director of Worship Ministries (Centro Cristiano La Palabra.) In the middle of his junior year of college he had been offered a teaching position at the Recreational Music Center in San Diego. There he created a Vocal Arts Summer program and helped create school curriculums through their school site programs, establishing a vocal curriculum at the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Academy. Furthermore, Jonathan has sung with Diego Opera’s university partnership program Opera Exposed! and outreach program Opera on Track under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Reveles.
Jonathan has had the privilege of being invited to sing throughout the United States and internationally in Mexico. He made his U.S. Debut with Long Beach Opera, March 2016, in the role of “Wissam” in of Heather Raffo & Tobin Stokes’ Fallujah, an opera inspired by the story of U.S. Marine Christian Ellis in the Iraq War. He reprised the role in his debut with New York City Opera November 2016. Jonathan made his international debut with Opera de Tijuana in the role of “Joe” in Gershwin’s Blue Monday October 2015. Other roles include Long Beach Opera as “Man 1” in Robert Xavier’s west coast premier of Frida (2017); Opera Theatre of the Rockies: “Radames” in Verdi’s Aida (2017/scene), “Goro” in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2017/scene), “Pylade” in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (2017/scene); Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2015/Act 1), Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen (2015/scene); San Diego Opera’s Opera on Track as “Don Ramiro” in Rossini’s Cenerentola 2016/Act 1); Point Loma Opera Theatre: “Parpignol” in Puccini’s La Boheme (2015), “Prince Charment” in Massenet’s Cendrillon (2014), “Beppe” in Donizetti’s Rita (2014), “Giuseppe” in Loesser’s Most Happy Fella (2013), “Aeneas” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2012) understudy for “Camile” in Lehar’s Die Lustige Witwe (2012) and “Don Anchise” in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera (2011).
Fluent in Spanish.
Jensi Sweatt (voice)
Jensi Sweatt has been studying voice since the age of 14. She began her training under the direction of Laurie Johnson and had the benefit of studying under many great instructors over the years, most recently and notably with Pamela Hicks and Bob Rose. She received her BA in Music with a focus in Vocal Performance from CSU Hayward in 2005. In addition to vocal training and experience, Jensi also has an instrumental music performance background, having played trombone and electric bass for several years. She has also taught at private schools with From the Heart Music, and has toured internationally with both choir and jazz bands. Jensi has experience with a wide range of genres and styles including classical, opera, rock, alternative/punk, gospel, country, and pop.
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Tany Ling (Soprano)
Is a dedicated singer of contemporary and experimental music, performing repertoire ranging from rock to opera, from the traditional to the avant-garde. She has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden, and has performed on stages across North America and Europe, premiering roles in numerous chamber works and operas, including the new operas "22: Taker of the Total Chance" for Long Beach Opera; "HELL" by Michael Webster and punk poet Eileen Myles in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tijuana's CECUT; "What To Wear?" by Richard Foreman and Michael Gordon at REDCAT in Los Angeles; and "Tragedy On the Sea Nymph" at Machine Project. In 2004-2006, she toured nationwide with the multi-platinum winning rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra, singing a rock version of the "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. She currently is a member of the Industrial Jazz Group singing avant-garde big band party music. Past groups include Ensemble Green, Arcanum, Aulos Saxophone Quartet, CalArts New Century Players and the Robin Cox Ensemble, groups dedicated to modern works, and Eighteen Squared, an ensemble specializing in the minimalist music of Steve Reich. She has been featured in numerous productions with Long Beach Opera as well as the Mircofest microtonal music concert series.
Recordings include the latest Trans-Siberian Orchestra release "Nightcastle" (Atlantic Records); "LEEF" for the Industrial Jazz Group (Evander); song cycle "Black Sky Hates the Moon" by New York composer Max Gitek Duykers; and Arcanum's "Seven Songs of Sorrow" (Black Phone Records) by Alan Lechusza. Film and video include "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) by James Cameron with music by James Horner; "Velvet and Ratskins," a short film by experimental animator Evan James; and a prized non-singing role in a music video for The Mae-Shi.
Tany earned a Bachelor of Music in classical vocal performance from the University of California in Irvine and a M.F.A. in classical vocal performance from California Institute of the Arts. She has previously been on staff with Piedmont Children’s Choirs Summer Camp and Yamaha Music as a voice and music theory teacher and with Power Chord Academy and DayJams as a voice teacher and rock band facilitator.
Margaret Li (piano)
Completed her undergraduate studies with highest honors at the University of Illinois at Campaign Urbana, and obtained her Masters in Music degree from Chinese University of Hong Kong where she minored in musicology. She is a skilled classical and church pianist with over twenty years of musical study and over 12 years teaching experience, ranging from early childhood classes, to university musicology lectures. She brings this versatility into her private and group lessons. Her students thoroughly enjoy music through experiencing her enthusiasm and passion for high standards and enjoyable education. Fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Member ABRSM, MTAC
Monday 12:00pm-3:30pm, Wednesdays 12pm-3:30pm
Dr. I-Ting Huang (violin, viola, piano)
A passionate musician, the top winner of all instrumental concerto competition at the Taipei National University of the Arts and awarded second and first prize in National Viola and Chamber Competitions in Taiwan. I-Ting started the piano at age 3, the violin at age 9, the Er Hu (the Chinese two string instrument) at age 13, and majored at the piano performance until she switched to viola performance for her bachelors degree. As a full scholarship recipient, she earned her masters degree and professional studies diploma at Mannes College of Music and The New School University, New York. She is currently working on her doctorate in music from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her students have been selected to Hunter College-High School orchestra in New York. She has a long list of performances to her credit including being selected by the Chamber Music Society at the Lincoln Center, the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival touring concerts in Europe, and the Prague Spring opening concert in Smetana Hall. Fluent in Mandarin.