Nic Zoe

22 Mar 19
Zoe Portway

As an employee, you pay Income Tax and National Insurance on your wages through the PAYE system. It’s important to check you have the right tax code and are paying the right amount. If you are self-employed this becomes your own responsibility. You can earn a certain amount of income each year, called your Personal Allowance, […]

21 Mar 19
Horseracing Wrongs

Lasix, as I’ve said, is a divisive issue, and the recent announcement – which, I remind, is but a diversion – that Santa Anita will be phasing-out the drug has brought that issue back under the spotlight. Throwing its considerable weight on the side of Lasix as a therapeutic medication that helps control pulmonary bleeding […]

18 Mar 19

RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FASHION CRAWLSATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 1:00-4:00PM Fashion is always in bloom. For the first time ever we are bringing back our Fashion Crawl for a new season, this time highlighting the best of SPRING fashion and mixology in Rittenhouse. Numerous Rittenhouse Row retailers will host simultaneous in store parties with cocktails and special […]

14 Mar 19
Dressed for My Day

Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day! We’re still “chillin’” here in southern Arizona today. Hurry up, Spring! But I guess one of the benefits of a chillier than normal spring (well it’s not even spring yet, technically) is that the cool temps make layering even more necessary and fun. So today I thought […]

12 Mar 19

Before, we get too far into 2019 (because HELLER it’s passing crazy quickly) I had the urge to share with y’all my favorite books I read from last year’s book binge. First let me start off by saying if there is a newly-released book that everyone is raving about, this girl has either read it […]

09 Mar 19
SCNG
The following students have been named as nominees for the 2019 Artist of the Year in instrumental music. We received 69 nominations from teachers and private instructors at Orange County high schools and arts organizations. This discipline has been divided into five specialties: commercial music, jazz, piano and stings, winds and percussion, and world/cultural music. The semi-finalists in each specialty will be chosen by a panel of instrumental music teachers. #gallery-1670729-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1670729-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1670729-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1670729-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Daryuish Khashayar of Anaheim, a senior at Orange Lutheran High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Cole Quizon) William Gerber of Irvine, a senior at Woodbridge High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Angela Gerber) Pearleen Wang of Ladera Ranch, a senior at Tesoro High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Pearleen Wang) Dean Huisken of Irvine, a senior at Woodbridge High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Cherryl Selby) Anna Kim of Irvine, a senior at Woodbridge High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Anna Kim) Allison To of Yorba Linda, a senior at Pacific Academy, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Hanwen Xie) Stacy Chang of Foothill Ranch, a senior at Orange County School of the Arts, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Mingchi Chang) Caleb Tischbern of Riverside, a senior at Orange County School of the Arts, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of commercial music. (Photo courtesy of Samuel Victoria) Jocelyn Chen of Irvine, a senior at Northwood High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Pasadena Conservatory of Music) Johnathan Stetson of Orange, a junior at Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of David Stetson) Sophia Jin of Irvine, a senior at Irvine High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Sophia Jin) Heejun Park of Irvine, a senior at Orange County School of the Arts, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Bizphotographer) Grant Wilson of Silverado, a junior at Trabuco Hills High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Berkiel Molinard) Lia Mimun of Yorba Linda, a junior at El Dorado High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Esther Leem) Ryan S Dong of Irvine, a senior at Northwood High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Dong) Carlos Banuelos of Anaheim, a senior at Katella High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Groh Creations) Nicholas Mao of Irvine, a senior at Irvine High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of commercial music. (Photo courtesy of Nicholas Mao) Isabelle Risser of Garden Grove, a senior at Huntington Beach APA, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Risser) Caleb Lawrence Dehn of Orange, a junior at Private Instruction, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Apple Photography) Maxximus Gomes of Yorba linda, a junior at El Dorado High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Dina Gomes) Inbae Chun of Irvine, a junior at Crean Lutheran High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Inbae Chun) Eunhea Grace Choi of Lake Forest, a junior at Crean Lutheran High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Eunhea Grace Choi) An Hoang of Garden Grove, a junior at Bolsa Grande High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of William Hess) Justin Lee of Irvine, a senior at Northwood High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Justin Lee) Megan Martono of Laguna Niguel, a junior at Aliso Niguel High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Cooper Robie) Andrew Caballero of Yorba Linda, a senior at Yorba Linda High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Life Touch) The nominees are listed with an endorsement from their nominating teacher, the primary instrument(s) they play and video of the student’s work, where available. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More Artist of the Year nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Vocal music nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Theater nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Dance nominees [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] COMMERCIAL MUSIC Matthew Almaraz, guitar “From the moment he first auditioned for me, his ability to adapt to correction and other musicians has been a hallmark of his playing and shines particularly in our jazz combo. He is not overbearing and accompanies his fellow musicians with care. As a musician of the current times, he never stops expanding his library of licks and continues to challenge himself with great music.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Nicholas Mao, piano and marimba “Nic is truly an amazing artist and human. He is one of the kindest and caring students that I have had the pleasure of working with in the past 33 years. Nic has a passion for not just music, but the creation of it and the art that it is.” — Robert Avzaradel, Irvine High School Caleb Tischbern, drum set “Over the course of the past few years, I’ve watched Caleb’s passion for music grow exponentially. Caleb has not only continued to create a solid foundation and mastery on his primary instrument, but has shown a lot of creativity and success as a young arranger, songwriter, and background vocalist.” — Rachel Kramer, Orange County School of the Arts JAZZ Andrew Caballero, trumpet “His ability to improvise is above average and his leadership skills are phenomenal! Not only has Andrew been an amazing performer for our school and district, he has been involved in the scouts leading him to earn the honor of Eagle Scout.” – Bincins Garcia, Yorba Linda High School Ryan S Dong, jazz drumset and percussion “He gets that as the drummer for a big band, he’s in charge and he takes his role VERY seriously.  He gets that you should LOVE what you do.  He gets that artistically, you change and grow and challenge yourself every single day.” — Whitney Tavlarides, Northwood High School Jordan C Feng, alto saxophone “He is very well rounded stylistically, and is involved with pop music and strives to ‘communicate’ through music to a broad spectrum of listeners. He composes music and produces electronic music that is quite creative and nothing like his jazz personality. Each instrument that he plays has a distinct musical stamp that is drastically different from his other musical identities.” — Doug Meeuwsen, Mission Viejo High School Maxximus Gomes, guitar “Outside of school, Max leads his own rock band called The Intros and performs original music and covers at local music venues. Regardless of the genre, Max has his own unique approach to music while maintaining the integrity of standard music expectations within our program. His vibe is welcoming and he truly embodies what it means to be a musician.” — Eric Samson, El Dorado High School Maximilian Guardi, guitar “Max is among the finest guitar students I’ve encountered and has already developed an individual musical voice that draws from his breadth of experience. He is well liked by staff and fellow students and brings his best to each situation.” — Dan St. Marseille, Orange County School of the Arts Eric Kim, string bass “He is a reliable member of our jazz combo and is capable of soloing as well as sitting in the pocket. As a percussionist, I regularly play along side of him and I always enjoy how easy it is to fit into a groove together.” – Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Benjamin Lopez, string bass “Ben is an intuitive musician who has inspired many of his colleagues and younger students. He’s the heartbeat of our jazz program and a great bass section leader in our orchestra. He has a great attitude, always helpful, polite, and positive.” — Andrew Julian, Trabuco Hills High School Adrian Manuel, drum set, percussion “Adrian is a very natural musician and approaches the drum set with a creative palete of sounds/colors. He is comfortable playing various styles of music and has an insatiable drive to learn. He first came to the band program as an alto sax player, but once he was given an opportunity to sit in on drum set with the freshman band, it was clear where his greater talent lay.” — Dr. Joshua Parsons, John F. Kennedy High School Lia Mimun, alto saxophone “She has been a featured soloist with our jazz band and has been recognized at local jazz festivals for her outstanding musicianship. Lia’s professional approach to being an instrumentalist has elevated her playing to a mature level, both technically and musically.” — Eric Samson, El Dorado High School Fernando Penaloza, saxophone “Kenny is always helping those around him, as well as taking care of his own continued growth as a musician.  He is always prepared, goes the extra mile, and is eager to learn.  He expresses very creatively through the variety of instruments that he plays, and has recently begun to explore arranging and composing.” — Fernando Penaloza[cq comment=” same as the student?”], Savanna High School Isabelle Risser, saxophone “Her positive attitude and enthusiastic participation has made her one of the most valuable members of ensembles.  She is a solid leader of one of our largest sections, a great player on both tenor and baritone sax, and very adapting to situations that arise and call for creative solutions.” — Gregg Gilboe, Huntington Beach APA Henry Elliott Ross, acoustic and electric bass “Henry is a versatile musician that is equally comfortable in both large and small ensembles in a variety of musical settings. He has an inquisitive mind and is quick to implement new concepts.” – Dan St. Marseille, Orange County School of the Arts Nathan R Ruiz, trombone “Nathan is unique in that his soul is from the swing era.  He embodies the joy, creativity, and enthusiasm that swing music brought to those times.  He even listens to swing era music on his record player – yes, on 78 and 33 1/3 rpm LP’s!” — Gregg Gilboe, Huntington Beach APA Grant Wilson, saxophone https://vimeo.com/314927332/2e27703c68 “When Grant has his instrument out, he is always striving to sound great, play great music, and communicate through his instrument. Not surprisingly students around enjoy playing with him and working to get better as well.” — Andrew Julian, Trabuco Hills High School Stephanie Windsor, guitar “I love to see Stephanie’s confidence grow through her music, especially when she is improvising.  She has a way of using her musical voice on the guitar to convey joy, confidence and spirit.” — Sandy Gilboe, Costa Mesa High School Kyle Dennis Wade Zagala, drum set “Kyle is a musician extremely dedicated to his craft. He has studied with some of the best studio players in the area. In addition to his gift as a musician he is also someone who is willing and eager to take a classmate under his wing and teach them some of what he knows. He has played with all of our performing ensembles on campus and is now occasionally gigging with pros as well.” — Andrew Magana, Tesoro High School [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More Artist of the Year nominees Artist of the Year 2019: 2-D visual arts nominees Artist of the Year 2019: 3-D visual arts nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Film and animation nominees [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] PIANO AND STRINGS Daniel Cadena, violin “I have witnessed a gifted and determined young man show a remarkable amount of growth and development on his violin, piano and overall musical skills. This development not only came in the area of his musical and technical ability, but in his academics and overcoming language barriers as his English continues to develop.” — Joseph Kaye, Santa Ana High School Kaeshav Chandrasekar, violin “Whenever students come to me to ask me for a letter of recommendation, I write the words or qualities that first come to mind when I think of that student. For Kaeshav they are as follows: leader, poise under pressure, personable, competitive, confident, and involved.” — Jim Kollias, Arnold O. Beckman High School   Stacy Chang, piano “Stacy often exhibited excellent leadership in my class, volunteering to lead groups and then organizing (the) group’s projects quickly and efficiently. Stacy is creative and thinks outside of box. She is not afraid to take risks and constantly challenges herself in different art forms and always strives to be best as possible.” — Judy Huang, Orange County School of the Arts Jocelyn Chen, piano “In all my experiences with her, she would never be satisfied with simply knowing the material. Instead, she would ask deep and insightful questions, finding application and transference to her performance and other aspects of her life, all while helping those around her understand the material better. She applies this same passion, drive and determination to both personally grow and to help others, inside and outside of music.” — Ben Case, Northwood High School Eunhea Grace Choi, violin “Grace has a beautiful sound and has been selected for multiple All-State ensembles and other honors. She seeks out opportunities to play small ensemble music and to create additional opportunities for music making. Her leadership has encouraged younger players to take their playing seriously and work hard toward mastery.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Inbae Chun, cello “He is a skilled performer, leader, and all-around student. He is our cello section leader and leads his section in a way that commands respect and musicianship. His outside work on concertos and small ensemble music is in-depth and his ability to adapt to various size ensembles is impressive.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Andrew Cunningham, violin “He works tirelessly to prepare his music and his instrument to lead the highly successful FVHS music program.  He balances all of his school responsibilities and leads his peers by example.  He helps students to see how fun and hard work can be balanced.” — Al Nelson, Fountain Valley High School Caleb Lawrence Dehn, piano and cello “Caleb is a student that a teacher wishes encompassed their entire studio. His inquisitive nature has led this young man through many different paths of music. From playing the piano, to handbells, cello, singing in choirs, composing and arranging, he has firmly proved himself to be a remarkable musician.” — Kevin Phan, private instruction Vanesa Farooq, cello “Vanesa is one of those rare students that comes along in a person’s career. In my 32 years of teaching, I had not previously had the pleasure to work with a student that exudes the level of musicality that we hear when Vanesa plays. Without question, I know Vanesa is certain to be a life-long performer!” — Hope Harrison, Rosary Academy Bernadette Hattouni, piano “Bernadette is a unique and wonderful person. Here at Rosary Academy she daily shows by example how to be a positive leader, hard worker and is kind and gracious in all her interactions with Rosary students, staff and faculty.” — Hope Harrison, Rosary Academy Tayler Hinrichsen, violin “A member of a self-formed string quartet, Tayler and friends have been performing as a small ensemble for several years and have done several music gigs to support and raise money for our program through performance in the community.  A leader our top ensemble, Tayler contributes not only to her own musicianship, but that of others and demonstrates leadership qualities that far surpass those of many other musicians in my program.” — James Caestecker, Dana Hills High School An Hoang, piano “An wants to continue music into college and beyond. Music is a huge part of her life. She loves performing Liszt and Rachmaninoff  but thoroughly enjoys accompanying as well. She has tons of spunk and energy that encourages people around her.” – Kristen McCullough, Bolsa Grande High School Sophia Jin, violin “Artist, determined, kind, and focused are a few words that come to mind when I think of the concertmaster of our top orchestra (of three) at Irvine High School, Sophia Jin. Yes, she has won numerous awards as a solo violinist and been a member of many prestigious honor groups but what she brings to the program is a unique experience she has had over the years with archery” — Robert Avzaradel, Irvine High School Daryuish Khashayar, violin “He is a gifted musician easily performing at the topmost level of my group while still taking the time to help his section understand more difficult passages. Daryuish participates in many outside honors ensembles receiving excellent marks in each ensemble.” — Aaron Zeilinger, Orange Lutheran High School   Anna Kim, violin “Anna displays wonderful leadership qualities and some of her responsibilities include running sectionals, marking bowings, setting style, pitch and musicality, all the while motivating students to improve upon their musical talent. She is very respected by her peers for her musicality, dedication, attention to detail and leadership skills.” – Joslynne Blasdel, Woodbridge High School Aimee Liang, cello “Her accomplishments  on cello and piano, at school and away from school have been equally impressive. She has already performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of our orchestra and as a winner of an international competition.” — Jim Kollias, Arnold O. Beckman High School Haley Luong, violin “She balances all of her school responsibilities and leads her peers by example. She helps students to see how fun and hard work can be balanced. The job of music director is an overwhelming one. Haley is a student who understands how to share responsibilities and work in leadership as a team.” — Al Nelson, Fountain Valley High School Megan Martono, violin “In my 29 years of teaching high school orchestra, I can confidently say she is among the top three students of my career in both musical ability and leadership. When she plays in the orchestra, everyone feeds off of her energy and enthusiasm; she definitely makes all those around her better musicians and people.” — Albert Jeung, Aliso Niguel High School Allison To, piano “Allison To is one of the most refined and artistic players for her age and perhaps any age. She has worked steadily and diligently on her craft and as a senior this year, we are seeing her in full bloom.” — Laura Nguyen-Brown, Pacific Academy Jessica Ulloa, double bass “Jessica has shown a strong interest and determination in mastering essential skills needed in performing her bass. As in most cases, she may have struggled with the intricacies and challenge of learning advanced repertoire. But through her perseverance and strong will, Jessica has proven that she has the capability, determination and stamina of learning and mastering music at a highly developed level.” — Joseph Kaye, Santa Ana High School Lea Mateos Velasco, viola “Lea has a quiet demeanor and a musically sensitive nature. She is very intuitive and yet works tenaciously to improve on her instrument. All her hard work has paid off, as a senior she occupies the position of principal violist in our orchestra.” — Andrew Julian, Trabuco Hills High School Kairey Wang, classical guitar “A guitar virtuoso. She is an absolutely AMAZING musician. Kairey is one of the most talented students I have had the pleasure of teaching.  She is the rare student that has SO much natural talent AND the drive and motivation to actually succeed!” — Whitney Tavlarides, Northwood High School Pearleen Wang, piano “Pearleen Wang is a tremendously gifted musician, soloist and ensemble performer. Her advanced technical skills are perfectly paired with her empathy, artistry and ability to express her emotions on both piano and violin, in every genre. She always conducts herself with humility, respect, integrity and unselfishness.” — Andrew Magana, Tesoro High School Shannon Zhuang, violin “Shannon is a warm-hearted and giving young woman. She seems to have the natural ability to express deep meaning and emotion in her playing as she achieves at a level of technical excellence. She continues to work hard to improve and always enjoys making music in any setting.” — Andrew Magana, Tesoro High School WINDS AND PERCUSSION Sebastian Armad, clarinet “Sebastian is a great student performer and leader within our instrumental music program. He is one of those students who will be giving back to the music education profession and training many student musicians for future generations.” — Troy Trimble, Fullerton Union High School Carlos Banuelos, marching snare “Carlos is strong in all areas of percussion, and more importantly is a strong student/person. Carlos has spent time composing music for snare drum as well where has created some exciting new music. His abilities to compose show his ability to create in addition to his abilities to perform.” — Dylan Harlan, Katella High School David Blazer, saxophone “David is the definition of leading by example. His great personality and character have driven him to become an incredible musician. David’s technique, tone, and musicality are all at a superior level.” — Dylan Harlan, Katella High School Terrance Cowley, trombone, tuba, baritone/euphonium “Terry is a serious musician who has a passion for his art.  He is an excellent trombone player who plays classical equally as well as jazz.  He embraces the technical musical challenges of the classical world and the improvisation musical challenges of the jazz world with equal passion and success.” — Sandy Gilboe, Costa Mesa High School Devin Foy, trumpet “He plays with confidence and is able to solo with little preparation. He is a reliable participant in our pep band and has continued to systematically strengthen his sight-reading abilities.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Ethan Gay, euphonium “If I could sum up Ethan Gay in one word, it would be ‘driven.’  Ethan does not shy away from a challenge, he takes it head on.  This seems to be his approach to music, school, and life.” — Sandy Gilboe, Costa Mesa High School William Gerber, tenor trombone “He possesses a natural talent for music and is also academically accomplished.  In the past, I have had students who either excel at improvisation or who take a more methodical approach to musical performance.  William is rare in that he possesses both abilities.  He intuitively loves music, yes, but he also has an insatiable curiosity about the “why” and “how” behind it.” — Bradford Harris, Woodbridge High School Sam Ghahremani, B-flat clarinet “As an artist, Sam is a rare combination of innate talent and hard work. I have rarely seen a high school student so dedicated to his craft as a musician and an artist.” — Nicole Kroesen, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Zoe Giblin, bassoon “Zoe has led by example, often by being one the most prepared, and working in conjunction with the other musicians in setting artistic goals for the ensemble for each concert. The 21st century demands young people to be well-rounded, and well-read. Ms. Giblin has subscribed to that ethos. As an artist-musician, the critical thinking, and development of what author Daniel Pink calls, ‘A Whole New Mind’ has been something Ms. Giblin has undertaken as a musician both in high school and beyond.” — Gregory Whitmore, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Dean Huisken, percussion (tenor drums and jazz drum set) “Dean is one of those rare students that not only is a talented musician (percussionist) and an accomplished Vocalist but also just an amazingly kind hearted, gracious and positive person.  Dean has devoted many hours to the instrumental music department but the same energy and dedication to the vocal music department.” – Bradford Harris, Woodbridge High School Hridhay Karthikeyan, percussion “This student has gone above and beyond the call of duty in regards to music and high school life in general. He wrote a four movement work that is going to be debuted during our winter drum line season. He had an idea and he chased it to fruition.” — Matt Bausman, Arnold O. Beckman High School Renny Kim, alto saxophone “Renny is an extremely talented alto saxophone player who has performed with our orchestra, concert band, and jazz band. His technical expertise is extremely high and his ability to transpose and adapt to difficult music situations is extremely helpful.” – Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Justin Jonghyun Lee, clarinet “From the moment I met Justin, I knew there was something very special about him.  He is the kind of student that not only strives for his own improvement, but inspires others around him to strive to improve.  He is always looking to better his understanding of his craft, both technically and contextually speaking, in order to make a deeper connection with his art.” — Ben Case, Northwood High School Gabriel Fernando Lopez Rojas, clarinet “He has a positive attitude always, is a welcoming member of our music ‘family,’ and contributes every way he can.  I’m not sure of his future plans, but I’m confident he will be looking for new opportunities to expand his musical repertoire, as music is a large part of who Gabriel has grown to be.” — Gregg Gilboe, Huntington Beach APA Jeremy Mojado, bass trombone “Jeremy is driven and self motivated. He has achieved almost all of his goals without my help or me pushing him to do so. He is the bass trombonist in the the all-Southern California AND all-state orchestras, a remarkable achievement for someone who has not taken consistent private lessons. He plans on playing professionally and he has the drive and talent and intellect to do it.” — Scott Domingues, Loara High School Andrew Vu Nguyen, soprano clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, marching snare “Andrew is always seeking new and more demanding platforms to perform and always brings his knowledge and experience back to Bolsa Grande to improve his program here.  Andrew’s future goals are set on becoming a professional musician in a symphony orchestra.  To boot, Andrew is a positive presence in everything that he does.” — John Miller, Bolsa Grande High School Joseph Nguyen, piano, marimba “As an artist, he is always challenging himself to continue improving and finding new ways to develop his skills. Though a bit shy and quiet, he is always surrounded by friends and ready to share and create music.” — Fernando Martinez, Mater Dei High School Heejun Park, clarinet “Many players of his caliber tend to be arrogant, or simply uninterested in bringing along other musicians. Heejun, on the contrary, has the respect of his peers because of his humility and willingness to help his fellow clarinetists through his helpful comments. In a school filled with many of the most talented local students, Heejun manages to stand out as one of the best of the best.” — Mathieu Girardet, Orange County School of the Arts Cole Quizon, alto saxophone “Cole has a wonderful sense of humor that when coupled with his talent form stronger ensembles because of his participation. Cole is one of a few students in my career that has dedicated all of his time to becoming the best he can in every subject he is a part of.” — Aaron Zeilinger, Orange Lutheran High School Nathaniel I Romero, tuba “He has a natural charisma that makes his peers want to follow him and want to succeed. The fact that he is one of the most talented musicians I have ever had the pleasure of working with does not hurt his case either. Whatever instrument he has in front of him, you know that he has a mastery of it.” — Matt Bausman, Arnold O. Beckman High School Dianne Seo, flute “Dianne is the greatest student flute player I have ever come across. Since the day I first heard her play as a sophomore, it was obvious she was already well on her way to pursuing a career as a flutist. … She is incredibly talented, and has the work ethic and personality to back it up.” — Mathieu Girardet, Orange County School of the Arts Jae Kyung Shin, clarinet “Jae Kyung Shin is a fantastic student, dedicated to his studies, intellectually curious, and a service to his community. He is dedicated to the development of his artistic skill set, spending countless hours in the practice room and in rehearsal, and in this capacity, has gone above and beyond what could be considered a ‘normal’ school music education.” — Nicole Kroesen, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Johnathan Stetson, tuba/euphonium and bass trombone “Johnathan Stetson exemplifies all of the attributes sought after by those in higher education, and those whose organizations look to support students like him as he successfully ascends towards his academic and life goals.” — Gregory Whitmore, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Trish Tran, flute “She helps students to see how fun and hard work can be balanced. The job of band director is an overwhelming one. Trish is a student who understands how to share responsibilities and work in leadership as a team. Trish volunteers countless hours to lead her peers as band president.  She works tirelessly to prepare her music and her instrument to lead the highly successful FVHS music program.” — Al Nelson, Fountain Valley High School Andy Zheyuan, alto saxophone and soprano saxophone “A very respectful student and always knows his part before coming into class.  Without a doubt, a class act.  Andy also has proven to his fellow students for his caring attitude and devotion to our program.” — David Weinberg, Aliso Niguel High School WORLD/CULTURAL MUSIC Jennifer Silva Perez, tuba/sousaphone “Jenny is a fantastic student academically and that transfers over to her studies in music as well. Her musical skills have allowed Jenny to participate in the top ensembles at Katella High School as well as some outstanding mariachi groups off campus.” — Dylan Harlan, Katella High School [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
09 Mar 19
Orange County Register
The following students have been named as nominees for the 2019 Artist of the Year in instrumental music. We received 69 nominations from teachers and private instructors at Orange County high schools and arts organizations. This discipline has been divided into five specialties: commercial music, jazz, piano and stings, winds and percussion, and world/cultural music. The semi-finalists in each specialty will be chosen by a panel of instrumental music teachers. #gallery-6717385-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6717385-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-6717385-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-6717385-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Daryuish Khashayar of Anaheim, a senior at Orange Lutheran High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Cole Quizon) William Gerber of Irvine, a senior at Woodbridge High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Angela Gerber) Pearleen Wang of Ladera Ranch, a senior at Tesoro High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Pearleen Wang) Dean Huisken of Irvine, a senior at Woodbridge High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Cherryl Selby) Anna Kim of Irvine, a senior at Woodbridge High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Anna Kim) Allison To of Yorba Linda, a senior at Pacific Academy, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Hanwen Xie) The following students have been named as nominees for the 2019 Artist of the Year in instrumental music. We received 69 nominations from teachers and private instructors at Orange County high schools and arts organizations. This discipline has been divided into five specialties: commercial music, jazz, piano and stings, winds and percussion, and world/cultural music. […] Stacy Chang of Foothill Ranch, a senior at Orange County School of the Arts, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Mingchi Chang) Caleb Tischbern of Riverside, a senior at Orange County School of the Arts, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of commercial music. (Photo courtesy of Samuel Victoria) Jocelyn Chen of Irvine, a senior at Northwood High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Pasadena Conservatory of Music) Johnathan Stetson of Orange, a junior at Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of David Stetson) Sophia Jin of Irvine, a senior at Irvine High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Sophia Jin) Heejun Park of Irvine, a senior at Orange County School of the Arts, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Bizphotographer) Grant Wilson of Silverado, a junior at Trabuco Hills High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Berkiel Molinard) Lia Mimun of Yorba Linda, a junior at El Dorado High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Esther Leem) Ryan S Dong of Irvine, a senior at Northwood High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Dong) Carlos Banuelos of Anaheim, a senior at Katella High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Groh Creations) Nicholas Mao of Irvine, a senior at Irvine High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of commercial music. (Photo courtesy of Nicholas Mao) Isabelle Risser of Garden Grove, a senior at Huntington Beach APA, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Risser) Caleb Lawrence Dehn of Orange, a junior at Private Instruction, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Apple Photography) Maxximus Gomes of Yorba linda, a junior at El Dorado High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Dina Gomes) Inbae Chun of Irvine, a junior at Crean Lutheran High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Inbae Chun) Eunhea Grace Choi of Lake Forest, a junior at Crean Lutheran High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Eunhea Grace Choi) The following students have been named as nominees for the 2019 Artist of the Year in instrumental music. We received 69 nominations from teachers and private instructors at Orange County high schools and arts organizations. This discipline has been divided into five specialties: commercial music, jazz, piano and stings, winds and percussion, and world/cultural music. […] An Hoang of Garden Grove, a junior at Bolsa Grande High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of William Hess) Justin Lee of Irvine, a senior at Northwood High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo courtesy of Justin Lee) Megan Martono of Laguna Niguel, a junior at Aliso Niguel High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of piano and strings. (Photo courtesy of Cooper Robie) Andrew Caballero of Yorba Linda, a senior at Yorba Linda High School, is an instrumental music nominee in the specialty of jazz. (Photo courtesy of Life Touch) The nominees are listed with an endorsement from their nominating teacher, the primary instrument(s) they play and video of the student’s work, where available. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More Artist of the Year nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Vocal music nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Theater nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Dance nominees [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] COMMERCIAL MUSIC Matthew Almaraz, guitar “From the moment he first auditioned for me, his ability to adapt to correction and other musicians has been a hallmark of his playing and shines particularly in our jazz combo. He is not overbearing and accompanies his fellow musicians with care. As a musician of the current times, he never stops expanding his library of licks and continues to challenge himself with great music.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Nicholas Mao, piano and marimba “Nic is truly an amazing artist and human. He is one of the kindest and caring students that I have had the pleasure of working with in the past 33 years. Nic has a passion for not just music, but the creation of it and the art that it is.” — Robert Avzaradel, Irvine High School Caleb Tischbern, drum set “Over the course of the past few years, I’ve watched Caleb’s passion for music grow exponentially. Caleb has not only continued to create a solid foundation and mastery on his primary instrument, but has shown a lot of creativity and success as a young arranger, songwriter, and background vocalist.” — Rachel Kramer, Orange County School of the Arts JAZZ Andrew Caballero, trumpet “His ability to improvise is above average and his leadership skills are phenomenal! Not only has Andrew been an amazing performer for our school and district, he has been involved in the scouts leading him to earn the honor of Eagle Scout.” – Bincins Garcia, Yorba Linda High School Ryan S Dong, jazz drumset and percussion “He gets that as the drummer for a big band, he’s in charge and he takes his role VERY seriously.  He gets that you should LOVE what you do.  He gets that artistically, you change and grow and challenge yourself every single day.” — Whitney Tavlarides, Northwood High School Jordan C Feng, alto saxophone “He is very well rounded stylistically, and is involved with pop music and strives to ‘communicate’ through music to a broad spectrum of listeners. He composes music and produces electronic music that is quite creative and nothing like his jazz personality. Each instrument that he plays has a distinct musical stamp that is drastically different from his other musical identities.” — Doug Meeuwsen, Mission Viejo High School Maxximus Gomes, guitar “Outside of school, Max leads his own rock band called The Intros and performs original music and covers at local music venues. Regardless of the genre, Max has his own unique approach to music while maintaining the integrity of standard music expectations within our program. His vibe is welcoming and he truly embodies what it means to be a musician.” — Eric Samson, El Dorado High School Maximilian Guardi, guitar “Max is among the finest guitar students I’ve encountered and has already developed an individual musical voice that draws from his breadth of experience. He is well liked by staff and fellow students and brings his best to each situation.” — Dan St. Marseille, Orange County School of the Arts Eric Kim, string bass “He is a reliable member of our jazz combo and is capable of soloing as well as sitting in the pocket. As a percussionist, I regularly play along side of him and I always enjoy how easy it is to fit into a groove together.” – Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Benjamin Lopez, string bass “Ben is an intuitive musician who has inspired many of his colleagues and younger students. He’s the heartbeat of our jazz program and a great bass section leader in our orchestra. He has a great attitude, always helpful, polite, and positive.” — Andrew Julian, Trabuco Hills High School Adrian Manuel, drum set, percussion “Adrian is a very natural musician and approaches the drum set with a creative palete of sounds/colors. He is comfortable playing various styles of music and has an insatiable drive to learn. He first came to the band program as an alto sax player, but once he was given an opportunity to sit in on drum set with the freshman band, it was clear where his greater talent lay.” — Dr. Joshua Parsons, John F. Kennedy High School Lia Mimun, alto saxophone “She has been a featured soloist with our jazz band and has been recognized at local jazz festivals for her outstanding musicianship. Lia’s professional approach to being an instrumentalist has elevated her playing to a mature level, both technically and musically.” — Eric Samson, El Dorado High School Fernando Penaloza, saxophone “Kenny is always helping those around him, as well as taking care of his own continued growth as a musician.  He is always prepared, goes the extra mile, and is eager to learn.  He expresses very creatively through the variety of instruments that he plays, and has recently begun to explore arranging and composing.” — Fernando Penaloza[cq comment=” same as the student?”], Savanna High School Isabelle Risser, saxophone “Her positive attitude and enthusiastic participation has made her one of the most valuable members of ensembles.  She is a solid leader of one of our largest sections, a great player on both tenor and baritone sax, and very adapting to situations that arise and call for creative solutions.” — Gregg Gilboe, Huntington Beach APA Henry Elliott Ross, acoustic and electric bass “Henry is a versatile musician that is equally comfortable in both large and small ensembles in a variety of musical settings. He has an inquisitive mind and is quick to implement new concepts.” – Dan St. Marseille, Orange County School of the Arts Nathan R Ruiz, trombone “Nathan is unique in that his soul is from the swing era.  He embodies the joy, creativity, and enthusiasm that swing music brought to those times.  He even listens to swing era music on his record player – yes, on 78 and 33 1/3 rpm LP’s!” — Gregg Gilboe, Huntington Beach APA Grant Wilson, saxophone https://vimeo.com/314927332/2e27703c68 “When Grant has his instrument out, he is always striving to sound great, play great music, and communicate through his instrument. Not surprisingly students around enjoy playing with him and working to get better as well.” — Andrew Julian, Trabuco Hills High School Stephanie Windsor, guitar “I love to see Stephanie’s confidence grow through her music, especially when she is improvising.  She has a way of using her musical voice on the guitar to convey joy, confidence and spirit.” — Sandy Gilboe, Costa Mesa High School Kyle Dennis Wade Zagala, drum set “Kyle is a musician extremely dedicated to his craft. He has studied with some of the best studio players in the area. In addition to his gift as a musician he is also someone who is willing and eager to take a classmate under his wing and teach them some of what he knows. He has played with all of our performing ensembles on campus and is now occasionally gigging with pros as well.” — Andrew Magana, Tesoro High School [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More Artist of the Year nominees Artist of the Year 2019: 2-D visual arts nominees Artist of the Year 2019: 3-D visual arts nominees Artist of the Year 2019: Film and animation nominees [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] PIANO AND STRINGS Daniel Cadena, violin “I have witnessed a gifted and determined young man show a remarkable amount of growth and development on his violin, piano and overall musical skills. This development not only came in the area of his musical and technical ability, but in his academics and overcoming language barriers as his English continues to develop.” — Joseph Kaye, Santa Ana High School Kaeshav Chandrasekar, violin “Whenever students come to me to ask me for a letter of recommendation, I write the words or qualities that first come to mind when I think of that student. For Kaeshav they are as follows: leader, poise under pressure, personable, competitive, confident, and involved.” — Jim Kollias, Arnold O. Beckman High School   Stacy Chang, piano “Stacy often exhibited excellent leadership in my class, volunteering to lead groups and then organizing (the) group’s projects quickly and efficiently. Stacy is creative and thinks outside of box. She is not afraid to take risks and constantly challenges herself in different art forms and always strives to be best as possible.” — Judy Huang, Orange County School of the Arts Jocelyn Chen, piano “In all my experiences with her, she would never be satisfied with simply knowing the material. Instead, she would ask deep and insightful questions, finding application and transference to her performance and other aspects of her life, all while helping those around her understand the material better. She applies this same passion, drive and determination to both personally grow and to help others, inside and outside of music.” — Ben Case, Northwood High School Eunhea Grace Choi, violin “Grace has a beautiful sound and has been selected for multiple All-State ensembles and other honors. She seeks out opportunities to play small ensemble music and to create additional opportunities for music making. Her leadership has encouraged younger players to take their playing seriously and work hard toward mastery.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Inbae Chun, cello “He is a skilled performer, leader, and all-around student. He is our cello section leader and leads his section in a way that commands respect and musicianship. His outside work on concertos and small ensemble music is in-depth and his ability to adapt to various size ensembles is impressive.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Andrew Cunningham, violin “He works tirelessly to prepare his music and his instrument to lead the highly successful FVHS music program.  He balances all of his school responsibilities and leads his peers by example.  He helps students to see how fun and hard work can be balanced.” — Al Nelson, Fountain Valley High School Caleb Lawrence Dehn, piano and cello “Caleb is a student that a teacher wishes encompassed their entire studio. His inquisitive nature has led this young man through many different paths of music. From playing the piano, to handbells, cello, singing in choirs, composing and arranging, he has firmly proved himself to be a remarkable musician.” — Kevin Phan, private instruction Vanesa Farooq, cello “Vanesa is one of those rare students that comes along in a person’s career. In my 32 years of teaching, I had not previously had the pleasure to work with a student that exudes the level of musicality that we hear when Vanesa plays. Without question, I know Vanesa is certain to be a life-long performer!” — Hope Harrison, Rosary Academy Bernadette Hattouni, piano “Bernadette is a unique and wonderful person. Here at Rosary Academy she daily shows by example how to be a positive leader, hard worker and is kind and gracious in all her interactions with Rosary students, staff and faculty.” — Hope Harrison, Rosary Academy Tayler Hinrichsen, violin “A member of a self-formed string quartet, Tayler and friends have been performing as a small ensemble for several years and have done several music gigs to support and raise money for our program through performance in the community.  A leader our top ensemble, Tayler contributes not only to her own musicianship, but that of others and demonstrates leadership qualities that far surpass those of many other musicians in my program.” — James Caestecker, Dana Hills High School An Hoang, piano “An wants to continue music into college and beyond. Music is a huge part of her life. She loves performing Liszt and Rachmaninoff  but thoroughly enjoys accompanying as well. She has tons of spunk and energy that encourages people around her.” – Kristen McCullough, Bolsa Grande High School Sophia Jin, violin “Artist, determined, kind, and focused are a few words that come to mind when I think of the concertmaster of our top orchestra (of three) at Irvine High School, Sophia Jin. Yes, she has won numerous awards as a solo violinist and been a member of many prestigious honor groups but what she brings to the program is a unique experience she has had over the years with archery” — Robert Avzaradel, Irvine High School Daryuish Khashayar, violin “He is a gifted musician easily performing at the topmost level of my group while still taking the time to help his section understand more difficult passages. Daryuish participates in many outside honors ensembles receiving excellent marks in each ensemble.” — Aaron Zeilinger, Orange Lutheran High School   Anna Kim, violin “Anna displays wonderful leadership qualities and some of her responsibilities include running sectionals, marking bowings, setting style, pitch and musicality, all the while motivating students to improve upon their musical talent. She is very respected by her peers for her musicality, dedication, attention to detail and leadership skills.” – Joslynne Blasdel, Woodbridge High School Aimee Liang, cello “Her accomplishments  on cello and piano, at school and away from school have been equally impressive. She has already performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of our orchestra and as a winner of an international competition.” — Jim Kollias, Arnold O. Beckman High School Haley Luong, violin “She balances all of her school responsibilities and leads her peers by example. She helps students to see how fun and hard work can be balanced. The job of music director is an overwhelming one. Haley is a student who understands how to share responsibilities and work in leadership as a team.” — Al Nelson, Fountain Valley High School Megan Martono, violin “In my 29 years of teaching high school orchestra, I can confidently say she is among the top three students of my career in both musical ability and leadership. When she plays in the orchestra, everyone feeds off of her energy and enthusiasm; she definitely makes all those around her better musicians and people.” — Albert Jeung, Aliso Niguel High School Allison To, piano “Allison To is one of the most refined and artistic players for her age and perhaps any age. She has worked steadily and diligently on her craft and as a senior this year, we are seeing her in full bloom.” — Laura Nguyen-Brown, Pacific Academy Jessica Ulloa, double bass “Jessica has shown a strong interest and determination in mastering essential skills needed in performing her bass. As in most cases, she may have struggled with the intricacies and challenge of learning advanced repertoire. But through her perseverance and strong will, Jessica has proven that she has the capability, determination and stamina of learning and mastering music at a highly developed level.” — Joseph Kaye, Santa Ana High School Lea Mateos Velasco, viola “Lea has a quiet demeanor and a musically sensitive nature. She is very intuitive and yet works tenaciously to improve on her instrument. All her hard work has paid off, as a senior she occupies the position of principal violist in our orchestra.” — Andrew Julian, Trabuco Hills High School Kairey Wang, classical guitar “A guitar virtuoso. She is an absolutely AMAZING musician. Kairey is one of the most talented students I have had the pleasure of teaching.  She is the rare student that has SO much natural talent AND the drive and motivation to actually succeed!” — Whitney Tavlarides, Northwood High School Pearleen Wang, piano “Pearleen Wang is a tremendously gifted musician, soloist and ensemble performer. Her advanced technical skills are perfectly paired with her empathy, artistry and ability to express her emotions on both piano and violin, in every genre. She always conducts herself with humility, respect, integrity and unselfishness.” — Andrew Magana, Tesoro High School Shannon Zhuang, violin “Shannon is a warm-hearted and giving young woman. She seems to have the natural ability to express deep meaning and emotion in her playing as she achieves at a level of technical excellence. She continues to work hard to improve and always enjoys making music in any setting.” — Andrew Magana, Tesoro High School WINDS AND PERCUSSION Sebastian Armad, clarinet “Sebastian is a great student performer and leader within our instrumental music program. He is one of those students who will be giving back to the music education profession and training many student musicians for future generations.” — Troy Trimble, Fullerton Union High School Carlos Banuelos, marching snare “Carlos is strong in all areas of percussion, and more importantly is a strong student/person. Carlos has spent time composing music for snare drum as well where has created some exciting new music. His abilities to compose show his ability to create in addition to his abilities to perform.” — Dylan Harlan, Katella High School David Blazer, saxophone “David is the definition of leading by example. His great personality and character have driven him to become an incredible musician. David’s technique, tone, and musicality are all at a superior level.” — Dylan Harlan, Katella High School Terrance Cowley, trombone, tuba, baritone/euphonium “Terry is a serious musician who has a passion for his art.  He is an excellent trombone player who plays classical equally as well as jazz.  He embraces the technical musical challenges of the classical world and the improvisation musical challenges of the jazz world with equal passion and success.” — Sandy Gilboe, Costa Mesa High School Devin Foy, trumpet “He plays with confidence and is able to solo with little preparation. He is a reliable participant in our pep band and has continued to systematically strengthen his sight-reading abilities.” — Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Ethan Gay, euphonium “If I could sum up Ethan Gay in one word, it would be ‘driven.’  Ethan does not shy away from a challenge, he takes it head on.  This seems to be his approach to music, school, and life.” — Sandy Gilboe, Costa Mesa High School William Gerber, tenor trombone “He possesses a natural talent for music and is also academically accomplished.  In the past, I have had students who either excel at improvisation or who take a more methodical approach to musical performance.  William is rare in that he possesses both abilities.  He intuitively loves music, yes, but he also has an insatiable curiosity about the “why” and “how” behind it.” — Bradford Harris, Woodbridge High School Sam Ghahremani, B-flat clarinet “As an artist, Sam is a rare combination of innate talent and hard work. I have rarely seen a high school student so dedicated to his craft as a musician and an artist.” — Nicole Kroesen, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Zoe Giblin, bassoon “Zoe has led by example, often by being one the most prepared, and working in conjunction with the other musicians in setting artistic goals for the ensemble for each concert. The 21st century demands young people to be well-rounded, and well-read. Ms. Giblin has subscribed to that ethos. As an artist-musician, the critical thinking, and development of what author Daniel Pink calls, ‘A Whole New Mind’ has been something Ms. Giblin has undertaken as a musician both in high school and beyond.” — Gregory Whitmore, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Dean Huisken, percussion (tenor drums and jazz drum set) “Dean is one of those rare students that not only is a talented musician (percussionist) and an accomplished Vocalist but also just an amazingly kind hearted, gracious and positive person.  Dean has devoted many hours to the instrumental music department but the same energy and dedication to the vocal music department.” – Bradford Harris, Woodbridge High School Hridhay Karthikeyan, percussion “This student has gone above and beyond the call of duty in regards to music and high school life in general. He wrote a four movement work that is going to be debuted during our winter drum line season. He had an idea and he chased it to fruition.” — Matt Bausman, Arnold O. Beckman High School Renny Kim, alto saxophone “Renny is an extremely talented alto saxophone player who has performed with our orchestra, concert band, and jazz band. His technical expertise is extremely high and his ability to transpose and adapt to difficult music situations is extremely helpful.” – Jonathan Pratt, Crean Lutheran High School Justin Jonghyun Lee, clarinet “From the moment I met Justin, I knew there was something very special about him.  He is the kind of student that not only strives for his own improvement, but inspires others around him to strive to improve.  He is always looking to better his understanding of his craft, both technically and contextually speaking, in order to make a deeper connection with his art.” — Ben Case, Northwood High School Gabriel Fernando Lopez Rojas, clarinet “He has a positive attitude always, is a welcoming member of our music ‘family,’ and contributes every way he can.  I’m not sure of his future plans, but I’m confident he will be looking for new opportunities to expand his musical repertoire, as music is a large part of who Gabriel has grown to be.” — Gregg Gilboe, Huntington Beach APA Jeremy Mojado, bass trombone “Jeremy is driven and self motivated. He has achieved almost all of his goals without my help or me pushing him to do so. He is the bass trombonist in the the all-Southern California AND all-state orchestras, a remarkable achievement for someone who has not taken consistent private lessons. He plans on playing professionally and he has the drive and talent and intellect to do it.” — Scott Domingues, Loara High School Andrew Vu Nguyen, soprano clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, marching snare “Andrew is always seeking new and more demanding platforms to perform and always brings his knowledge and experience back to Bolsa Grande to improve his program here.  Andrew’s future goals are set on becoming a professional musician in a symphony orchestra.  To boot, Andrew is a positive presence in everything that he does.” — John Miller, Bolsa Grande High School Joseph Nguyen, piano, marimba “As an artist, he is always challenging himself to continue improving and finding new ways to develop his skills. Though a bit shy and quiet, he is always surrounded by friends and ready to share and create music.” — Fernando Martinez, Mater Dei High School Heejun Park, clarinet “Many players of his caliber tend to be arrogant, or simply uninterested in bringing along other musicians. Heejun, on the contrary, has the respect of his peers because of his humility and willingness to help his fellow clarinetists through his helpful comments. In a school filled with many of the most talented local students, Heejun manages to stand out as one of the best of the best.” — Mathieu Girardet, Orange County School of the Arts Cole Quizon, alto saxophone “Cole has a wonderful sense of humor that when coupled with his talent form stronger ensembles because of his participation. Cole is one of a few students in my career that has dedicated all of his time to becoming the best he can in every subject he is a part of.” — Aaron Zeilinger, Orange Lutheran High School Nathaniel I Romero, tuba “He has a natural charisma that makes his peers want to follow him and want to succeed. The fact that he is one of the most talented musicians I have ever had the pleasure of working with does not hurt his case either. Whatever instrument he has in front of him, you know that he has a mastery of it.” — Matt Bausman, Arnold O. Beckman High School Dianne Seo, flute “Dianne is the greatest student flute player I have ever come across. Since the day I first heard her play as a sophomore, it was obvious she was already well on her way to pursuing a career as a flutist. … She is incredibly talented, and has the work ethic and personality to back it up.” — Mathieu Girardet, Orange County School of the Arts Jae Kyung Shin, clarinet “Jae Kyung Shin is a fantastic student, dedicated to his studies, intellectually curious, and a service to his community. He is dedicated to the development of his artistic skill set, spending countless hours in the practice room and in rehearsal, and in this capacity, has gone above and beyond what could be considered a ‘normal’ school music education.” — Nicole Kroesen, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Johnathan Stetson, tuba/euphonium and bass trombone “Johnathan Stetson exemplifies all of the attributes sought after by those in higher education, and those whose organizations look to support students like him as he successfully ascends towards his academic and life goals.” — Gregory Whitmore, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Trish Tran, flute “She helps students to see how fun and hard work can be balanced. The job of band director is an overwhelming one. Trish is a student who understands how to share responsibilities and work in leadership as a team. Trish volunteers countless hours to lead her peers as band president.  She works tirelessly to prepare her music and her instrument to lead the highly successful FVHS music program.” — Al Nelson, Fountain Valley High School Andy Zheyuan, alto saxophone and soprano saxophone “A very respectful student and always knows his part before coming into class.  Without a doubt, a class act.  Andy also has proven to his fellow students for his caring attitude and devotion to our program.” — David Weinberg, Aliso Niguel High School WORLD/CULTURAL MUSIC Jennifer Silva Perez, tuba/sousaphone “Jenny is a fantastic student academically and that transfers over to her studies in music as well. Her musical skills have allowed Jenny to participate in the top ensembles at Katella High School as well as some outstanding mariachi groups off campus.” — Dylan Harlan, Katella High School [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
08 Mar 19
The Fashion Research

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05 Mar 19
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Dressed for My Day

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Pearls and Pantsuits

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