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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.

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown, Ph.D. is an artist, scholar, and entrepreneur. Brown earned a doctorate in Music from New York University with a concentration in ethnomusicology and specialization in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. She is the Founder and CEO of My People Tell Stories, LLC, a company she started based on the premise that people of color in particular, and marginalized people in general, need to tell and interpret their own stories.

Tamami Honma

Tamami Honma consistently receives acclaim as a performer and recording artist. A student of Byron Janis, who in turn was one of a handful of students of Vladimir Horowitz, Ms. Honma is firmly rooted in the great Romantic tradition.

Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics (jazz, classical, rock, soul, Indian, Indonesian, Middle-Eastern, African) and instruments (recorder, piano, guitar, gatham, gamelan), and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later.

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).

Julie Zhu

Julie Zhu is a composer and carillonneur. She employs a variety of media, from mural painting and sculpture to performance and video, and collaborates with artists from different fields to create experimental chamber experiences. She has activated living rooms, concert halls, art galleries, bell towers, caves, copses, and once made a tiny house for just one harpsichordist’s body and the keyboard. Her scores range from hair cast in clear resin to temporary tattoos to traditional orchestration. Zhu’s music has been performed by Marco Fusi, Longleash, PROMPTUS, TAK ensemble, among others.


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