Coordinator's Welcome Message

Coordinator's Welcome Message

The Pianist Program augments the musical training of students in 7th through 12th grades and prepares them for performing careers and further academic study.  In addition to the instrumental music core and elective curriculum, the Pianist Program offers classes in solo performance training, piano skills and style topics, score and sight-reading, piano ensemble, and chamber music. The program’s state of the art digital pianos and concert instruments enable students to create music at the highest level. Students receive ample performance experience on and off campus, both solo and collaborative. Additionally, students work with an inspiring caliber of guest artists, university faculty and industry leaders regularly in the Piano Masterclass.

Program Mission Statement

The Pianist Program within the Instrumental Music Conservatory strives to create an environment that allows our students to develop their “whole musician”. Technique and musicianship are taught throughout all genres of music, while simultaneously establishing the groundwork for continued study.

Upcoming Events

Piano & Guitar Recital

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Church of the Good Shepherd 400 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia

Piano & Guitar Recital

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Church of the Good Shepherd 400 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia

Meet Our Faculty

Duane Broberg

Duane Broberg

Instructor

Teaches: Music Theory II

Duane Broberg holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Florida International University. As a performing artist, Mr. Broberg has performed across the United States in several venues, clubs, concert halls, and festivals. Although he is primarily a jazz artist, Mr. Broberg is also comfortable playing various other styles of music such as rock, pop, blues, experimental, singer/ songwriter, etc. He has performed in jazz clubs in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and many other cities, as well as festivals along the East Coast. He has performed with many notable musicians such as: Ira Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Kevin Mahogany, Eddie Daniels, Kei Akagi, Joe Bagg, and many others. He is currently a working musician in the southern California area.

As a recording artist, performing as Duane Allen, he has an extensive discography of recordings, both as a leader and a sideman. Many of his jazz recordings are for the Tritone label, and include recent recordings such as: Trio Eclectic, In Transit, and Yin Yang. He has also recorded with the Dave Goldberg/Duane Allen Quartet, titles such as: When Time Approaches and Surreality. Mr. Broberg has been teaching guitar and general music for over 20 years in various music studios, conservatories, and schools. He is currently teaching at the California School of the Arts in Duarte, CA, Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA., and Cypress College in Cypress, CA. Mr. Broberg has taught guitar both privately, and in the classroom setting. He has taught many different kinds of guitar pedagogy, including: beginning guitar, guitar ensemble, jazz guitar, jazz improvisation, jazz guitar arranging, and master classes. He enjoys bringing his experience from many years of playing, recording and teaching into the classroom to try to help his students achieve their own musical goals.

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Kathryn Eames

Kathryn Eames

Instructor

Teaches: Music Theory I

Pianist Kathryn Eames completed her Doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, where she studied with Professor Bernadene Blaha. She also completed minors in Harpsichord performance with Dr. Lucinda Carver, as well as music theory, and music technology. Dr. Eames earned her masters degree at USC, and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the masters program at Thornton upon her completion. In her undergraduate degree, she also earned a minor in Linguistics and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. During her graduate studies at the Thornton School, Kathryn served as an assistant lecturer, teaching group and applied piano to both music majors and beginners.

Kathryn is an active orchestral pianist, having performed with the American Youth Symphony, the YMF Debut Orchestra, the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, and the Downey Symphony. She has performed under the baton of such notable conductors as John Williams, James Conlon, David Newman, Gerard Schwarz, and Carl St. Clair.

Kathryn is a member of the chamber group Helix Collective, a Los-Angeles based ensemble specializing in multi-media collaborative performance and recording. The group often commissions and premieres works by local composers and every year is the resident ensemble for the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Eames is the graduate of many local programs, competing successfully in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and the Southern California Junior Bach Festival for many years. She was a frequent participant in the MTAC State Convention, and was chosen to be a member of the Young Artist Guild in 2006.

Kathryn has participated and performed in music festivals both in the United States and internationally, including the Prague International Piano Masterclass, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, the Seattle Piano Institute, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians, and the Academie de Fourviere in Lyon. She has performed in masterclass with artists such as Ian Hobson, Jean-Philippe Collard, and Christopher O’Riley. Her recordings have been featured on KUSC 91.5’s Thornton Center Stage.

Dr. Eames has been on the faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2014, where she teaches piano and music theory.

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Christine Kim

Christine Kim

Teaches: Guided Practice/Sectionals, Music Theory I

Dr. Christine Hye-Su Kim has performed in Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall and Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. She performed solo and chamber music in Kurhaus Triberg, Germany and Église Saint-Bruno-les-Chartreux, Lyon France as a La Gesse Fellow. She recorded Chopin Prelude op. 28 no. 15 "Raindrops" for George Romero's film "Diary of the Dead" in Technicolor-Toronto. Dr. Kim performed with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the George Weston Recital Hall in Toronto Center for the Arts. She gave performances at the Benedict Music Tent and Harris Hall in the Aspen Music Festival. 

She launched the Glenn Gould School Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto and appeared in "Person to Person" on Canadian national TV (TVO). She has given radio and magazine interviews for NPR and MUSO. She was a scholarship student at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, USC, Aspen Music Festival, and The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Dr. Kim has studied with John Perry, Vitaly Margulis, Ann Schein, Antoinette Perry, Dr. Ick-Choo and Hye-Young Moon, Joseph Kalichstein,  Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, and Dr. Stewart Gordon. She received her B.M., M.M., D.M.A with Distinction from USC, Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  She taught piano for many years at The USC Thornton School of Music as a Keyboard Studies Faculty.  She is currently a conservatory teacher at the California School of the Arts --San Gabriel Valley. 

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Hyoung Wuk Kim

Hyoung Wuk Kim

Instructor

Teaches: Piano Styles

Hyoung Wuk Kim, a native of South Korea, began playing the piano at the age of six. In his childhood, Hyoung had a wide interest in various musical instruments, such as the saxophone, trombone, and the classical guitar. Upon graduating from high school, he performed as an electric guitarist in a heavy metal band and also as a trumpeter in the South Korean military band. It was at the age of 22 that he made the challenging decision to play the piano professionally.

Pianist Hyoung Wuk Kim enjoys a versatile performing career as recitalist and a chamber musician. His performances have garnered national acclaim and he has been recognized for his “remarkable interpretation”. He won prizes in several competitions and played in many recitals throughout the United States including Texas, Tennessee, California, Missouri, New York and Virginia. As a soloist, Dr. Kim appeared with several orchestras, such as Greece Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Sinfonietta. He especially has been invited to give solo concerts by many educational institutions such as University of Syracuse, University of Central Missouri, East Tennessee State University, Nazareth University, among others. Recently, he had a concert tour in European counties including Austria, Germany, Budapest, and Croatia.

 

As a pianist who made the decision to pursue a professional career after his military service, Hyoung brings a unique perspective and approach into his teaching. His experience as a trumpeter in the military band added to his musicianship and ambition, leading him to return fully to his piano training. He also developed a deep understanding and knowledge of the technical mechanism of one’s body in playing the piano and how to help young musicians interpret music. Over 10 years of teaching experience at Eastman School of Music, The Lighthouse Music School, and Suzuki Academy, many of his students have represented their developing musicianship and successes by winning competitions and performing with the orchestra.

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Instructor

Teaches: Composition

Paul Smith graduated in 2019 from California State University, Long Beach with two Bachelor of Music degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Composition. In his time there, he received a merit scholarship from the composition department. He has been a freelance guitarist for three years in the Long Beach and Los Angeles area, performing in venues such as The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, The Wray Theatre, The Daniel Recital Hall, The Federal, and more.

Mr. Smith’s music reaches beyond the Los Angeles area—in 2017, his arrangement of 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman was premiered by Malburn High School’s orchestra in Darjeeling, India. In 2019 he co-founded and wrote for a jazz combo called The New Gnus. The same year they toured California and were featured artists in the 2019 San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival. He also partnered with WorldPride NYC to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by helping compose for QUILT, A Musical Celebration.

He is excited to share in the musical learning experience of the students at CSArts-SGV by sharing his knowledge from the field and cultivating an environment of creativity and curiosity.

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Dr. Ruby Wang

Dr. Ruby Wang

Instructor

Teaches: Piano Four Hands, Guided Practice/Sectionals, Chamber Music, Music Theory II

Praised for the passion and authority she commands with her playing, award-winning pianist Ruby Wang made her solo debut at the age of eight in Mississauga, Canada. From there, she continued to earn top prizes and accolades competing and performing across the province of Ontario and abroad. Currently active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist, lecturer, teacher, and adjudicator, Dr. Wang has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Spain, and Italy.

Beginning her studies at the age of four, Ms. Wang received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with a music theory minor from the University of South Carolina. Ruby also holds musical degrees from Brigham Young University (Master of Music) and the University of Utah (Bachelor of Music). Additional studies include graduate certificates of piano and theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada, as well as a baccalaureate degree in public relations.

An avid teacher, Dr. Wang’s students have garnered prizes from local, state, and national festivals and competitions. Dedicated to the music community and outreach programs, she presently resides in Southern California where she is frequently recognized and sought after as a performer, teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. Dr. Wang is an active member of Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF). Since 2017, she has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Southern Festival for CAPMT, the California affiliate of MTNA. She is also Concert Series Event Coordinator for CAPMT’s Young Professional Leadership Network initiative.

Dr. Wang currently serves on the faculty at Pasadena Conservatory of Music and has served on the School of Music faculty at California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley since its inaugural year of 2017.

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Fundraising Donations

Fundraising are VERY IMPORTANT, and are a big part of why we are able to provide performance opportunities.
Please note that these donations are not part of the Parent Funding Agreement (PFA).

If you should have any questions regarding these donations, feel free to contact Jeffrey de Seriere, Director of Instrumental Music at jeffrey.deSeriere@sgv.csarts.net or at 657-321-400, ext. 60032.

CSArts-SGV is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3).
Our Tax ID is 81-3919990. All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

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