Coordinator's Welcome Message

Coordinator's Welcome Message

Welcome! The Guitar Program augments the training of students in 7th through 12th grades and prepares students for performing careers and further academic study. In addition to the instrumental music core and elective curriculum, the Guitar Program offers classes in solo performance training, skills and style topics, score and sight-reading, and guitar ensemble. 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.

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

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

Instrumental Music Calendar

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Meet Our Faculty

Daniel Anaya

Daniel Anaya

Instructor

Teaches: Guided Practice/Sectionals

Danny Anaya is a Los Angeles based guitarist whose style combines Jazz, Rock, and Hip-Hop with a deep appreciation for sophisticated harmonies and classical musicianship. Danny’s musical adventure began in elementary school where he experimented with many band instruments, but his vision and goal became focused when he first picked up a guitar at the age of thirteen. From the urban scene to crowded concert halls, Danny experienced a diversity of performance opportunities and environments throughout his teenage years.

He went on to win the Louis Armstrong Award at his high school and subsequently entered and graduated from the Cal State Fullerton School of Music. Currently, Danny is a scholarship-award recipient at Azusa Pacific University's School of Music, where he is working on a Master's of Music degree. He has studied under renowned pianist J. Michael O’Neal, Grammy award winner Bill Cunliffe, and legendary guitarists TK Gardner and Ron Escheté. Today, Danny is a regular performer at many venues throughout Southern California, as well as a private instructor for students of all ages and skill level.

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Jonathan Berry

Jonathan Berry

Instructor

Teaches: Guitar Styles

Jonathan Martin Berry is a musician based in Pasadena CA. Having studied guitar performance at The University of Southern California, he has gone on to a successful career as a studio musician, producer, songwriter/composer and instructor. 

As a studio musician, he has worked with such artists as The Weeknd, Michael W. Smith, Justin Bieber, Rascal Flatts, Selina Gomez, James Blunt, Avril Lavigne, “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, “American Idol” winners Kris Allen and Adam Lambert among many others. He has contributed to the scores for projects such as Mandela (A Long Walk To Freedom), Queen of Katwe, Roots (2016), J.J. Abrahams’ 11/23/64 and Earth: One Amazing Day. His compositions have been featured in national advertising spots for Esurance (Superbowl 2015), Best Buy, Microsoft, Samsung, Kate Spade, Kohls as well as the The History Channel’s “Top Gear” and the ESPN network. 

Jonathan maintains an active teaching schedule at his studio in the heart of Pasadena where he has been developing musicians of all ages for 20 years.

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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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Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez

Instructor

Teaches: Guitar Methods, Guitar Ensemble

Jose Hernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Musicology from the University of Salamanca, Spain, a Graduate Degree in Classical Guitar from the Conservatorio Profesional de Salamanca, Spain, and a Professional DIT Certificate from Musicians Institute of Hollywood, California, where he graduated with honors. 

Before arriving at CSArts SGV, Mr. Hernandez has been developing pedagogy and software for various musical education sites and apps, including Rock Prodigy, Music Prodigy, The Dave Mustaine app, The Offspring app, and the Grateful Dead app. 

Additionally, Mr. Hernandez has two years working at Orange County School of the Arts and more than twenty years of private guitar instruction experience. 

As a performer, Mr. Hernandez has twenty years of experience performing and touring in all manner of musical styles, including pop, rock, country, world music, and metal. Among his artistic highlights is performing with the iconic Spanish rock band Mana at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as well as touring with grammy nominated Sofia Reyes. 

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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.