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

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 Preldue 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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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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Guang Yang

Guang Yang

Instructor

Teaches: Composition

A recent finalist of Pittsburgh Opera Festival International Competition, a Chinese-born female composer, Yang Guang’s compositions have been performed in China, Korea, Germany, France, and United States. Guang also has accepted by music summer festivals around the world such as Music Composition Class at Fubis University Berlin (2012, 2013) with award-winning composer Samuel Adler, Etchings Festival - VCCA-France (2013) with Beat Furrer, Atlantic Music Festival, Maine U.S. (2013) with Ken Ueno, David Ludwig, The Walden School summer Retreat with Yale faculty Martin Bresnick (2015), and Shanghai Contemporary Music Week with Julliard faculty John Corigliano (2011).

Guang started to compose at age of 10. By age of 16, she becomes the first composer, in school history, who holds an hour-long of original compositions concert at Shanghai Conservatory of Music High School, which attracts more than 200 audiences to attend. Her recent project includes an 85-minutes contemporary music theatre with her librettist Prof. Paula Cizmar at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, a performance with yMusic ensemble and four dancers from USC Kaufman Dance School, and a commission by the third horn player in Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, which was premiered in 2017-South Bay Horn Day. She is also fascinated by traditional Chinese instrument, and recently, she is commissioned to write an 90-minute long interdisciplinary concert to be perform in Shanghai. She has won national competitions such as “Minyin’’ National Composition competition and B.Tiao Young Composer Competition. Recently, she was selected as one of the three finalists of Society of Composers/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers National Commission Contest from a historic record of applications pool. Guang is also a recipient of the highly competitive academic award includes New England Conservatory of Music Beneficent scholarship 2016 spring and “The Outstanding Composer” from Shanghai Education Association (2010). In addition, she likes to express music in a broader way to the society. Her friends and she organized a charity concert for 2008 Sichuan Earthquake and raised RMB 5,400 of donation to the Red Cross to help people in the site of the disaster.

Guang Yang was born in Tianjin, China. She graduated with Master Degree in one of the top music school in west coast - University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles with Donald Crockett and Frank Ticheli, with full scholarship and stipend as a teaching assistant for two years. With academic honor and two times Dean’s lists awards, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and Music-in-Education concentration at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, with Stratis Minakakis and John Mallia, and with additional instruction with Lyle Davidson.

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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.

Instrumental Music Calendar

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