Director's Welcome Message

Director's Welcome Message

Welcome to the Instrumental Music Conservatory! This information platform will serve as our main point of communication with both current and prospective students and families! The Instrumental Music Conservatory is a college/conservatory preparatory program for wind, percussion, string, piano, and guitar students. The conservatory is divided into four separate programs: Winds & Jazz, Strings & Orchestra, Pianist, and Guitar. Each program provides a customized curriculum that is specific to the instruments in each program. Students in each program will have access to large ensembles, chamber music, master/methods courses, music theory courses, and music history courses.

Throughout the year, students will participate in a number of performances and festivals, as well as master classes with guest artists and conductors. Soon, we will have a calendar with upcoming performances/for you to stay up-to-date with the happenings of the Instrumental Music Conservatory.

To the fore, 

Jeffrey E. de Seriere II

Director, Instrumental Music Conservatory 

Program Mission Statement

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

Jazz Winter Concert 
Date: December 8th, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm 

Location: South Pasadena Music Center

Performing Ensembles: Jazz Combos and CSArts Jazz Ensemble

 

IM WINTER CONCERT 
DATE: DECEMBER 15TH, 2018

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD 400 W. DUARTE ROAD, ARCADIA

PERFORMING ENSEMBLES: CSARTS WIND ENSEMBLE, CSARTS PHILHARMONIC

Instrumental Music Calendar

To see all upcoming events for the Wind & Jazz Studies Program and the rest of the Instrumental Music Conservatory, click the button below.

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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Axel Clarke

Axel Clarke

Instructor

Teaches: Percussion Methods & Chamber

Axel Clarke has been active as a performer and instructor in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Percussion Performance from Cal State Long Beach. As a teacher, he has been a member of the Studio Faculty at Long Beach State for 10 years and also directs the percussion program at the prestigious Orange County High School of the Arts. He is also one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed IronWorks Percussion Duo. He currently tours internationally with the Beatle Tribute Abbey Road performing up to 150 shows per year in theatres and PACs.

Axel’s performance and recording credits include work with Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Ballet, Stephen Hartke, the Ojai Festival, Sara Haze, Chelsa Lena, Skanic, Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra, The Robin Cox Ensemble, DMP, Next Exit, Mehdi, and several Steel drum ensembles. He can also be heard in numerous multi-media exhibits in museums across the country and in documentaries for Animal Planet and Discovery. As a composer he is published by Bachovich Music Publications and his works have been performed throughout North America, Asia and Europe. He is endorsed by Yamaha Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Innovative Sticks and Mallets, and SKB Cases.

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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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Tyler McGeough

Tyler McGeough

Jazz Ensemble, Director

Teaches: Jazz Combos, Jazz Improv

Tyler McGeough is a freelance musician and educator based out of Long Beach, California. Known for his capacity as a stylistically diverse trombonist, he is equally comfortable playing jazz, classical and popular music styles.  With his broad skillset, he is highly sought after as both a performer and an educator in the southern California area. Tyler can be heard on many studio recordings, as well as performing live with a variety of groups in the southland. He also possesses a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. 

Patrick Olmos

Patrick Olmos

Instructor

Teaches: Woodwind Methods

Patrick Olmos is a Southern California-based saxophonist and music educator. He holds degrees from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach (Saxophone Performance) and University of Missouri, Kansas City (MM, AC Saxophone Performance). He enjoys performing as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Mr. Olmos made his concerto debut in 2014 with the Bob Cole Conservatory Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the UMKC Wind Symphony and has performed in solo and chamber recitals and concerts throughout the United States.

Mr. Olmos has received awards in many of the nation’s top chamber and solo competitions. Most recently placing first at the state and regional 2018 MTNA Young Artist’s Competition and winning Third Prize at the national level. As a member of the Southpaw Saxophone Quartet, Mr. Olmos won Second Prize at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and Prize in 2018. He has also been a National Finalist in the 2013 and 2016 MTNA Chamber music competition and a Semi Finalist in the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Mr. Olmos is also a founding member of Syrinx Quintet, a Southern California-based reed quintet (Victoria Lee, Micah Wright, Jeffrey Wasik, and Mathieu Girardet). As an advocate for new music, he has commissioned and collaborated on numerous new works for saxophone.

An active music educator, Mr. Almos is a Teaching Artist with the Harmony Project where he teaches beginning band to elementary school students. In addition to teaching with Harmony Project, he maintains a private studio and works as a clinician with several area middle schools and high schools, as well as universities throughout the country.

Mr. Olmos is a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance. His primary teachers are Yi Chen, James Barrera, and Zach Shemon.

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Harry Ostrander

Harry Ostrander

Instructor

Teaches: Jazz Combos

Bio coming soon!

Burke Shouse

Burke Shouse

Instructor

Teaches: Brass Methods

Bio coming soon! 

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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