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

Vincent Camuglia

Vincent Camuglia

Instructor

Teaches: Woodwind Methods & Chamber, Guided Practice/Sectionals, Music Theory II

Vincent Camuglia holds a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Yehuda Gilad and David Howard. Before moving to Los Angeles he attended Northwestern University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Clarinet Performance while studying with Steven Cohen and J. Lawrie Bloom.

He has performed with many ensembles, including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet Theater, Opera Las Vegas, Debut Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, the Brendan Eder Ensemble, and the Castleton Opera Orchestra. Currently he is teaching the Winds Guided Practice/Sectionals course and the Woodwinds Methods courses at the California School of the Arts, as well as teachinhg privately in South Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area. Alongside teaching, Vincent is an active member in the freelance music scene in Los Angeles.

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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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Thomas Idzinski

Thomas Idzinski

Instructor

Teaches: Brass Methods & Chamber

Thomas Idzinski is a Freelance Tubist, Contractor and Educator. Thomas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with a focus on tuba performance, and will be auditioning for his Master’s Degree in the fall of 2018. Since 2015, he has held the Principle Tuba position in the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra performing alongside musicians in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2016, he won the principal tuba position of The Debut Symphony Orchestra.  Thomas has had the privilege to perform alongside many great musicians such as Tom Hooten and Arturo Sandovald. In master class settings, Thomas has been selected to perform for the Boston Brass and Dallas brass. With the help of The House of Blues, Thomas started the wind band program for charter school Samueli Academy.

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. 

Harry Ostrander

Harry Ostrander

Instructor

Teaches: Jazz Combos

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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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