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Woodwind Instruments

Our Woodwind staff have extensive performance experiences and/or pedagogy degrees. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals and developing tone, technique and musicality as well as standard repertoire. Improvisation is also taught. We offer performance opportunities in the form of at least 2 recitals per year, and optional participation in jazz ensembles, worship band and other groups.

Our standard instructors use the Suzuki and Rubank method books alongside other curriculum. We accept students from age 7 and up, though exceptions are made on a case by case basis.

Our Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone & Woodwind Instrument Instructors

Lori Richardson (flute, piano)
Lori Richardson (flute, piano) 
Earned a Bachelor of Music degree with and emphasis in Performance from California State University Fresno. Lori also studied with Leone Buyse, Jim Walker, and attended Summer Master Class Seminars with the renowned master flutist and teacher, Frances Blaisdell.  With over 20 years of performing and teaching experience Lori is passionate about passing on her love of music to her students through a nurturing environment that emphasizes tone production, technique building, ear training and artistry/musicianship.  She believes the study of music enhances every aspect of a young persons development, creativity, sense of accomplishment and future success. 

Board Member MTAC, Member National Flute Association 

Tuesday 1:30pm-6:00pm, Wednesday 1:30-6:30, Additional availability upon request

Vanderlei Alves clarinet/saxophone/fluteVanderlei Alves (clarinet, saxophone, flute) 

was appointed Associate Principal Clarinet of the Goiânia Symphony Orchestra in 2015 at the age of 19. Serving the orchestra for 7 years, he played in many countries in Latin America and Europe. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of Goiás Chamber Orchestra, Principal clarinet of the UFG Contemporary Music Ensemble and Principal Clarinet of Goias State Wind Ensemble. Mr. Alves is a founding member of the Goyania Woodwind Quintet which won the BSB Bank chamber music competition. Vanderlei has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic and the Munich Philharmonic. He has performed in Trancoso Music festival where he appeared as a soloist in 2018 and 2019. As an educator Vanderlei was appointed assistant professor at Federal Institute of Arts, Science and Technology of Goiás, where he taught clarinet, saxophone and chamber music. He is the author of the book Performance: Learning an Art" published by Appris publisher in Brazil know for its for research at CAPES/Fulbright.

Thursdays 9a-7p, Fridays 9a-7p, weekends (upon request)

Josh Jerome (saxophone, clarinet, flute
Joshua Jerome (saxophone, clarinet, flute) 
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. . 

Saturday 9am-5pm

Nathaniel Moore (oboe, sax)Nathaniel Moore (Instructor of oboe, sax) 
is a multi-instrumentalist and composer in Southern California. He specializes in playing the oboe, English horn, and saxophones, and is also proficient on the flute and piano. His musical abilities encompass various styles including classical, jazz, and gospel music. Nathaniel's passion for music developed at a young age and has deeply influenced him. Nathaniel completed both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Oboe Performance from Azusa Pacific University (APU) as a student of Dr. Ted Sugata. He also studied composition under the tutelage of Tom Hynes and Dr. Philip Shackleton. Nathaniel has performed with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), which is the largest majority Black orchestra in the nation. He has also played with the Orchestra Collective of Orange County, maintains a private oboe studio, and is a saxophonist in Jimmy McConnell's Super Big Band. In 2024, Nathaniel released his first jazz album, with the patronage of Christ St. John Baptist Church, titled “Gospel Translated to Jazz” and it is available for streaming. Nathaniel is passionate about music pedagogy and will be pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University and will continue to be available online for lessons.

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    • Fall hours Aug 15-Oct 15
      • Mon - Wed 2PM-7PM
        Thu-Fri 2pm - 6pm
        Saturday 10AM - 4:30PM
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