Director's Welcome Message

Director's Welcome Message

Dear Instrumental Music Conservatory Families, 

Welcome to the information platform for the Instrumental Music Conservatory. This information platform will serve as our main point of communication with both our 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 Program, Strings & Orchestra Program, Pianist Program, and Guitar Program. 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. I'd like to invite you to explore our upcoming performances/events on our calendar to stay up-to-date with the happenings of the Instrumental Music Conservatory.


To the fore, 

Jeffrey E. de Seriere II
Director, Instrumental Music

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

Wind Ensemble & Philharmonic Strings Winter Concert
Date: December 15th, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm


Performing Ensembles: CSArts Wind Ensemble, CSArts Philharmonic

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 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

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

Meet Our Faculty

Kathyrn Eames

Kathyrn Eames


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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Sydney Moss

Sydney Moss


Teaches: Low String Methods & Chamber, Guided Practice/Sectionals

Info coming soon!

Dr. Sakura Tsai

Dr. Sakura Tsai


Teaches: High String Methods & Chamber, Guided Practice/Sectionals

Violinist and educator Dr. Sakura Tsai enjoys a multifaceted career having performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. 

A native of Southern California, Dr. Tsai studied at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she earned degrees (B.M., M.M., and D.M.A.) in Violin Performance. Her mentors and teachers included Midori Goto, Kathleen Winkler, Hagai Shaham and Alice Schoenfeld. Additional fields of study while pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree included Music Theory and Analysis, Violin Pedagogy with Endre Granat, and Kinesiology. 

A dedicated educator, Dr. Tsai is Artist Teacher of Violin at University of Redlands. She is also on faculty at California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley, California State Summer School for the Arts, Junior Chamber Music (Inland Empire), and most recently, Montecito International Music Festival. Dr. Tsai makes frequent appearances as an adjudicator and serves as clinician in schools around Southern California where she mentors aspiring young musicians. In 2018, Dr. Tsai was selected to be the guest conductor of the San Bernardino County High School Honor Orchestra. She coaches instrumentalists in the Walnut Valley Unified School District at both Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools while being actively involved with the Diamond Bar High School Performing Arts Academy Advanced Music Program. In addition, Dr. Tsai has a robust private studio and has previously held faculty positions at Marymount California University and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

As a performer, Dr. Tsai recently became a new member of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing in several regional orchestras, she maintains an active career as a chamber musician winning honors at international competitions such as the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. As violinist with chamber ensembles Definiens, DuselForty58, and the What’s Next? Ensemble, Dr. Tsai has championed works of numerous living composers; she is an avid performer of contemporary music. Extensive collaboration with young composers included residencies and performance projects at institutions such as California State University, Northridge and Long Beach, University of California, Riverside, and the University of Southern California.

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Guang Yang

Guang Yang


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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