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Stephen Prutsman

Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor, Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages.

Louise Costigan-Kerns

Louise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist, and conductor. Her concerts have been reviewed as “inspiring and technically amazing performances”. After earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, Pi Kappa Lambda, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she was a member of the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School.

Amy Belles

Amy Belles has worked on both the UC Berkeley Music Department staff and the CSU East Bay Music Department staff (under Buddy James). Her choral accompanying includes work with Cantare Con Vivo, Cantabile Youth Singers, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Voci women's ensemble, and the Mt. Eden and Monte Vista High School choirs. A lover of musical theater, she has also worked as vocal director for Woodminster Amphitheater. Favorite performances include Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, harpsichord in Handel's Messiah, alto in Brahms' German Requiem and accompanying in Davies Symphony Hall.

Benjamin Liupaogo

Pacific Islander Samoan San Francisco Bay Area native tenor is a well-versed classical musician. Benjamin has performed throughout a variety of professional companies and organizations in opera, musical theatre, concerts, recitals, chamber ensembles, and choral ensembles. Along with singing, Benjamin is a collaborative pianist, voice teacher, piano teacher, repetiteur, vocal coach and music director/conductor for musical theatre, opera, and choral ensembles.

Munir Gur

Munir’s main academic interest lies in the examination of sonic representations revolving around ideological symbolisms. His current research investigates the jazz scene in Turkey as a microcosm in which he observes the interplay of music and ideology, contesting positionalities in various nationalism(s) and cosmopolitanism(s), class conflict and differing forms of conservatism.

Russ Gavin

Dr. Russell Gavin is the Dr. Arthur P. Barnes Director of Bands at Stanford University. Gavin holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University. His public school teaching experiences include Director of Bands/Fine Arts Chair at Eufaula High School (Eufaula, AL) and Director of Bands at South Girard Middle School (Phenix City, AL).

Rodrigo F. Cádiz

Rodrigo F. Cádiz (1972) is a composer, researcher and engineer. He studied composition and electrical engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and he obtained his Ph.D. in Music Technology from Northwestern University. His compositions, consisting of approximately 40 works, have been presented at several venues and festivals in Latin America, North America and Europe.

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