Woodwind Instructors


Catherine Del RussoCatherine Del Russo received her Bachelor of Music Degree and Performance Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Robert Sprenkle. She also received her Masters of Music Degree from Ohio University where she studied with John Mack in Cleveland. Since then, Ms. Del Russo has performed around the world, beginning with the Eastman Wind Ensemble to the Far East as Principal Oboe. After that, she performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Filharmonic de Caracas and Orquesta Municipal in Caracas, Venezuela. Ms. Del Russo has played with many orchestras since moving to Los Angeles, for example, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony. Currently, she is Principal Oboe of Orchestra Santa Monica, Downey Symphony, Symphony in the Glen, Solo English horn of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Asia America Symphony. Catherine has enjoyed playing on many films, commercials and television shows. She has been a promoter of chamber music and new music in Los Angeles. Her oboe, viola and piano trio won the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenter’s. Catherine is Professor of Oboe at Pepperdine University and Occidental College.


AndreaAndrea Di Maggio has been praised for her “stellar playing and social grace” by the Santa Barbara Independent and is in demand as both a teacher and performer in the Santa Barbara area. Andrea graduated from San Jose State University in 2001, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance where she studied with Paris Conservatory French flutist, Isabelle Chapuis. Andrea was granted a teaching position at Arizona State University during 2001-2002, and while completing her first year of graduate school, she taught private lessons to the undergraduate flute majors, implemented and taught a flute course to music education students, and performed in faculty recitals. Andrea transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara in Fall 2002 to study with Jill Felber on a full scholarship. She graduated with honors with a Masters Degree in Flute Performance in 2004. While a graduate student at UCSB, she was the recipient of performance awards from the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Santa Barbara Music Club, and the Leni Fe Bland Foundation.

Andrea has performed in masterclasses with Robert Stallman, Tadeo Coehlo, Marianne Gedigian, Michel Debost, and Jill Felber. Performing regularly in solo and chamber music recitals, she is a founding member of Sonos Montecito, the Woodwind Quintet-in-residence at Westmont College, where she is the Flute Instructor. Andrea also maintains a small and competitive private flute studio, with students winning awards from the Santa Barbara Music Club, The Music Teachers Association of California, and the National Flute Association. Andrea performs on a silver Miyazawa Boston Classic flute with gold and platinum headjoint.


treyTrey Farrell, oboist, received his BA Degree from Pennsylvania State University and his MM Degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Currently Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Westmont College, he is an active freelance musician performing throughout Southern California. In addition, Trey teaches instrumental music at Roosevelt Elementary School and maintains a private oboe studio in Santa Barbara.

 

 

 

 


Joanne KimClarinetist, Joanne Kim, has concertized as solo performer and chamber and orchestral musician in many parts of North America and Asia. Her performing career began in her late teens with the honorable Stamas Scholarship Fund from the New York Philharmonic offering her a new clarinet for her studies and concerts.

She has performed with New York Soloist Ensemble, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, OSH Opera Orchestra, YN Philharmonic, Astoria Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, and Chelsea Symphony.

Concerts have led her to renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Massey Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Roy Thompson Hall, and Merkin Hall. She has also performed at colleges, conservatories and festivals including Royal Conservatory of Music, Mannes College, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Queens College, Hunter College, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Western Ontario, Ball State University, New School University, Long Island University, Late Romantics Festival, Waterloo Windfest, and Centre d'arts Orford.

Ms. Kim has earned her Bachelor of Music at Mannes College, and Master of Music degree with merit scholarship in clarinet performance and the prestigious Orchestral Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music, and is a candidate of Doctor of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music with a fellowship under the tutelage of Professor Mark Nuccio.

As a passionate educator, Ms. Kim travels to give lectures and classes while maintaining an active performance schedule. Ms. Kim performs with her husband, Han Soo Kim, a violinist, and will be recording under Promessa Records. Ms. Kim is on the faculty at Westmont College, Westmont Academy for Young Artists, and InterHarmony International Music Festival.


Paul MoriPaul Mori '77 first gained his reputation as a conductor with the Bach Ensemble of Baltimore in the 1990s. That chamber orchestra performed a wide-ranging repertoire, from Bach to Bartok, and was featured numerous times on the public radio station WBJC's prestigious "Music in Maryland" series. Dr. Mori went to Baltimore to study at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, earning a master's degree in bassoon performance with Phillip Kolker and later completing a doctorate in orchestral conducting, stuyding with the legendary Frederik Prausnitz. He has served as musical director of the Rainier Symphony (1996-2001) and as the music director of the Bainbridge Orchestra and the Rainier Youth Symphony. He has also appeared as guest conductor for various orchestras, including the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra and the Huntington Chamber Orchestra (a professional orchestra in West Virginia). Dr. Mori returned to Baltimore, the place of his musical roots, in December 2005 when he conducted a concert with the world-renown violinist Hilary Hahn and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. At Westmont he teaches bassoon, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and coaches chamber ensembles.


Andy RadfordAndy Radford, is the Principal Bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the California Philharmonic. Active in the recording industry, Radford has played in over 300 soundtracks including the recent films: Up!, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Forrest Gump. He has performed and recorded with artists such as; Neil Diamond, The Three Tenors, Dixie Chicks, Joshua Redmond, Pat Benatar, Chris Botti, The Who, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Josh Groban, Michael Crawford and Faith Hill.

A free-lancer for many years in the Los Angeles area, Andy now lives in Ojai and splits his working hours between bassoon performance and music education. Radford is the Education Coordinator for the Ojai Music Festival and is an Artist-in Residence for the Festival’s BRAVO! Program. Along with his wife, violinist Amy Hagen, Radford co-founded the Ojai Youth Symphony in 2001. Andy became Music Director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in 2004 and serves on the faculty of UCSB and Westmont Colleges.


Adelle RodkeyAdelle Rodkey earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Carl Sonik. She has received awards from the Music Teachers National Association and the Pillsbury Foundation. A member of the California Music Teacher Association, Adelle maintains a private studio of piano and oboe students in the Santa Barbara area and performs frequently in orchestras and chamber ensembles.


Photo of Craig ThomasCraig Thomas Saxophone instructor Craig Thomas is a long time performer and educator whose work spans his years as a studio musician and sideman with artists like Al Jarreau, Les MCann, the Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Tom Jones, Freda Payne, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Toni Tennille and many others. With a background in classical as well as jazz, he still performs on clarinet with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, as well as on saxophone with the critically acclaimed jump blues group the R&B Bombers. He also has his own jazz trio with the long time studio and Tonight Show guitarist Mitch Holder and bassist Domenic Genova.

Mr. Thomas has been teaching privately for over twenty years and maintains a busy schedule of teaching and performing.


Laura WalterFlutist Laura Walter has performed widely across the United States, and is an active adjudicator at prestigious competitions. Her students have gone on to successful careers as musicians, doctors, scientists and major symphony conductors. After studying flute, piano, and jazz extensively in the Midwest, she played with the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), Dayton Philharmonic (OH), Springfield Symphony (OH) and Richmond Symphony (IN). She then furthered her studies with Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony, and Kyril Magg of the Cincinnati Symphony. Her M.M was earned at the University of Kentucky, and she now performs with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, and other chamber groups in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles area. Alry Publications has published several of her pieces for flute choir, and an etude book written to highlight difficult orchestral flute passages. She has taught at Wright State University, Miami Valley Music Academy, and been a featured guest lecturer at the Dayton Philharmonic.

Ms. Walter has been on the faculty of Westmont College for over 20 years. She has recorded over a dozen CD’s with various artists, performed on the Today Show, and for Oprah, as well as with Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Yanni, Steve Allen and others. Her solo album “The Nature of Nurture” has won critical acclaim. Recently she was featured on a recording of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, and locally premiered “Cut Pieces” with Ursula Gallenkamp, performance artist. As a piccoloist in John Luther Adams’ ground breaking “Inuksuit” for 48 percussionists and 3 piccolos, she performed at the Ojai Music Festival, in a tree.

Formerly the Executive Director of The Richards Institute of Education and Research, a non‐profit group, she continues working with teachers and children, especially at‐risk youth, using the experience of interactive play to develop motivation, intelligence, literacy, emotional stability and beauty. She is the regional coordinator of Education Through Music (ETM) and leads workshops for teachers to incorporate the arts into the current STEAM philosophy, integrating song, movement and play into daily activities for a more effective classroom. Traveling extensively in the summers, she continues working with young musicians across the US and Japan, at Fine Arts camps and workshops. A special interest in trauma has led her to the exploration of the uses of music and art in healing, creating empathy, and hope.


Lawrence YoungLaurence Young, clarinetist and musicologist, teaches clarinet and occasional academic music classes at Westmont College. A Baltimore native and graduate of The Peabody Conservatory, his previous teachers include Fred Jacobowitz, Marcia Diehl, and Edward Palanker of the Baltimore Symphony. In 2012 he earned his Master of Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara; studying with Paul Bambach of the Columbus Symphony. At UCSB he has participated in masterclasses with Matthias Schorn of the Vienna Philharmonic and Fred Ormand from the University of Michigan. In addition to performing solo and chamber repertoire, Laurence has been featured in performances of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte and Copland’s The Tender Land as well as Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with the University Symphony. His research interests include opera and musical nationalism in the nineteenth-­‐century Czech lands.