David Joyce is a singer/keyboard player/songwriter who has worked with the likes of Chris Isaak, Burt Bacharach, U2, Neil Young, Oasis, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Dionne Warwick, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles, Babyface, Michael Jackson, David Byrne, Richard Marx, Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, Frank Sinatra, Vince Gill, and Barry Manilow. He has played and sung on many television shows, including Family Guy, American Dreams, Passions, Carmen San Diego, Saved by the Bell, Days of Our Lives, and The Tonight Show. Some of the films he has sung on have included The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Watchmen, Wanted, Horton Hears a Who, I Am Legend, Spiderman 3, The Simpsons Movie, World Trade Center, Superman Returns, King Kong, Matrix 2 & 3, There's Something About Mary, Sixth Sense, Snow Falling on Cedars, Big, Face Off, and Contact. David has written songs for and produced a number of young artists in the Los Angeles area and has scored several PBS documentaries and a number of AFI films. David received his Masters in Jazz (voice) from USC and his B.M. in Composition from CSU Northridge. He has been leading vocal/arranging seminars in Italy every summer since 2005 and has taught at both USC and Pasadena City College. In 1986, David was a Grammy Award winner in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Group with Clare Fischer's 2 + 2 Plus.
Timothy Howard is Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, music theory and music technology, among other course offerings. He has performed as a recitalist and collaborative artist in locales across the country and internationally, served as director of the CSUN Wind Symphony, and he is founding Artistic Director of Opus Performing Arts, a professional arts group. He recently completed 13 years as Associate Organist-Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Pasadena, and he was for four years Artistic Director of the 65-voice Foothill Master Chorale. He has held a number of elected positions in the American Guild of Organists, including Far West Regional Councillor and local chapter Dean.
Timothy Howard holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Southern California; other degrees are from Westminster Choir College and Biola University. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music academic honor society. For some fifteen years, Dr. Howard was Chorusmaster for the Los Angeles Music Theatre Company, preparing vocal ensembles for that company’s semi-annual opera productions; in 1998 he made his operatic conducting debut, leading singers and orchestra in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne and The Impresario. As musical advisor for the world premiere of The Presentment, a play by D. Paul Thomas at the Pasadena Playhouse, he recorded a CD of organ works by J.S. Bach. The three silent films for which Dr. Howard has conceived and recorded organ scores, Nosferatu, From the Manger to the Cross, and The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ, are widely available.
Dr. Howard’s work as composer, arranger, and collaborative performer can be heard on Christopher Parkening’s Simple Gifts (Angel Records), and his string and wind arrangements accompany pop/rock singer Brian Reeves on Never Looking Back (Briro Records). He also has several published compositions and arrangements to his credit, and for two and a half years he was a regular contributor to California Magazine on the subject of classical music.
In the non-musical world, Dr. Howard has been a faculty member of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, as well as a consultant at USC’s Integrated Media Systems Center. For more than four years he co-wrote a daily column for the Los Angeles Times World Wide Web site, and he is the author of award-winning computer hardware and software manuals.
For thirty years, David Hoover has been an active performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and writer on music. He has appeared in the U.S., Europe, and Australia as a performer and conductor with numerous orchestras and ensembles, as a recitalist, and on recordings, film soundtracks, and radio broadcasts.
Dr. Hoover regularly performs his own compositions at home and abroad, and he has written a modern horn method. His articles on the horn and other musical topics have appeared in the Instrumentalist magazine and other periodicals, and he has authored various publications such as Building a Better Horn Section, a booklet for public school music teachers. As a specialist in early horn performance, he has written A Modern Horn Player's Introduction to the Natural Horn, as well as his own compositions for the ancient instrument.
His students are regular winners of prestigious competitions, and their names appear on the rosters of major orchestras around the world. He is an active adjudicator and clinician, and he is regularly invited to speak at state music teacher conventions across the country on the topic of developing young horn players.
Dr. Hoover has served on the faculty of CSUN since 1988 and has also served on the faculties of Glendale Community College, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival, the Los Angeles City Schools, Los Angeles Pierce College, Moorpark College, and the University of Southern California, having also earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at USC.
Dr. Richard Hofmann is Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches applied trumpet as well as courses in pedagogy.
Dr. Hofmann’s career as a Los Angeles freelance musician features over 25 years of professional experience in jazz, commercial, and classical music. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, South Coast Symphony (featured soloist), and has toured throughout Europe and Asia. As a soloist he gave the West Coast premier of Alfred Reed’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Winds,” and enjoys performing frequent recitals. His work for the recording industry includes the Fox animated series “The Family Guy,” featured trumpet solos for the NBC television show “Mad About You,” and many radio jingles and television commercials. Dr. Hofmann has recorded and performed with a wide variety of jazz and commercial artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Guns N’ Roses, Kevin Eubanks, Lionel Hampton, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Clarke Terry, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Mark Isham, Lee Konitz, Arturo Sandoval, the Temptations, the Drifters, Deniece Williams and Billy Sheehan. Recent releases include bluesman Roy Gaines’s “Tuxedo Blues,” recorded in 2009 at Capital Records, and “Dialmentia,” with the Tim Davies Big Band.
As a longtime student of Claude Gordon and William Vacchiano, Dr. Hofmann teaches time-honored techniques of brass playing in the tradition of Herbert L. Clarke. He has also studied with Boyde Hood, Don Green, Bill Bing, Bobby Shew, and Charlie Shoemake. He is a sought-after lecturer, holding master classes throughout the United States as well as Spain, Japan, and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining the faculty at California State University, Northridge in 2006, Dr. Hofmann taught for 15 years at La Sierra University. His students have performed worldwide, and also teach at the primary, secondary and university level.
Dr. Hofmann holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, Master of Music from California State University, Northridge (graduating with distinction), and Bachelor of Arts from Duke University (Magna Cum Laude). His ongoing scholarly interests are focused upon analytic explorations of contemporary works for trumpet, including an in-depth exploration of Dana Wilson’ s Masks for trumpet and piano and an interpretive analysis of the improvised solos of jazz trumpet great Woody Shaw. He is a member of the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda (music honor society).
“Julia Heinen is a sensation,”
“Plays with intensity, conviction and impressive virtuosity.”
As a soloist, Julia Heinen has performed hundreds of recitals throughout the United States and had the distinct pleasure of premiering several works written specifically for her. In February of 2003, she performed a recital including several new works at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall culminating in a compact disc recording including several of these pieces released in the Fall of 2007 by Centaur Records. A recording of new chamber works for the Tapestry Ensemble: a quartet of oboe, clarinet, cello and piano released in October 2011 by PARMA. A new recording “Latin Romance” featuring works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Eychenne and Guastavino for clarinet and piano with Dmitry Rachmanov was released in June 2013.
In addition to Dr. Heinen’s solo performances she is often heard as a chamber musician performing most notably with the Tapestry Ensemble, a quartet of oboe, clarinet, cello and piano and the TEMPO New Music Ensemble. She is also an accomplished ensemble player having served as principal clarinetist with the American Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble which tours the United States and Europe. As an orchestral player, she has served as principal clarinetist with the Augusta, Dubuque, Greenville, LaCrosse, Rochester and Valdosta Symphony Orchestras and was featured several times as a concerto soloist with those ensembles. In addition, her orchestral performances also include several concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra.
As an artist and clinician for the Buffet and Rico Corporations, Dr. Heinen does frequent clinics and masterclasses in many universities and colleges throughout the United States. Originally from Minnesota, she currently lives in Los Angeles, where she serves as professor of music at California State University, Northridge, teaching clarinet and coaching chamber music. She served as the artistic director of ClarinetFest® 2011 and continues her work with this organization as the state of California Chair of the International Clarinet Association. She holds a masters degree from the University of Michigan, an artist diploma from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers have included Herbert Blayman, Robert Marcellus and J. Cloyde Williams.
Julia Heinen is a Buffet Group USA and D'Addario Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Tosca clarinets and Reserve Classic reeds.
Kimaree Gilad, oboist, featured soloist, recording artist, festival artist and recitalist, is Oboe Faculty at CSU Northridge. Her orchestral performing career includes being a member and featured soloist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 1983-2013, as well as a featured soloist with various ensembles on both coasts. She has performed with renowned orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra (Baroque oboe), Musica Angelica (Los Angeles); the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra; the Bellas Artes Orchestra of Mexico City, and the Deutsche Opera of Berlin. Premiere performances of new music include John Biggs’ Oboe Concerto and Micah Levy’s new work for English Horn and Chorus.
Ms. Gilad’s recordings span orchestral, chamber music, film, and contemporary music. Her orchestral and chamber music recordings include Yarlung records with Neville Marriner, RCA Victor records with Brian Asawa, and additional recordings under the Nonesuch, Hanssler, Dorian, and Centaur labels. Under the direction of Helmut Rilling in the Oregon Bach Festival, Ms. Gilad was part of the Grammy Award-winning recording of Penderecki’s Credo. Her television and motion picture recordings include the Matrix movies and films scores by Don Davis. Contemporary music recordings can be found on the Arcobaleno label.
As a festival artist and recitalist, Ms. Gilad was a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra for 15 years; toured with the Gachinger Kantori of Stuttgart, Germany; Instrumental Program Director of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (2005-2010); and West Coast Coordinator of Chamber Music for “Music for All Seasons”. In the Festpel in Piteo, Sweden, she was hailed as “the highlight of the program”. She continues to receive soloist and masterclass invitations from the People’s Republic of China, where she plans to return in 2015.
In addition to her professional performances, Ms. Gilad is also Music Specialist for the Conejo Valley Unified School District and maintains a large private studio.
Glen Garrett has been an active participant in the Los Angeles studio and recording scene since the mid 1970's. He is a former member of the Les Brown Orchestra, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, the Buddy Rich Band and Ed Shaunghnessy’s big band. He has performed locally with many of L.A.’s best ensembles, including Bill Holman, Louis Bellson, Oscar Castro-Neves, Buddy Childers and Bruce Lofgren, just to name a few. He is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Jazz Studies department and has a Masters degree in woodwind performance from California State University, Northridge. He has recorded on soundtracks for well over 100 major motion pictures and television dramas and has worked for some of L.A.’s best composers and conductors, including Johnny Mandel, Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, David Newman, Danny Elfman, Lionel Newman, Mike Post, Miles Goodman and many more. He has also worked on records and CD's for Neil Diamond, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Toni Tenielle, Kenny Rankin, Michael Feinstein, Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Bolton and a host of others. His saxophone playing was featured on the NBC news theme for several years and his saxophone played the theme music to many television series such as The White Shadow and Hooperman. His saxophone solos can be heard prominently in the motion pictures He Said, She Said, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Top Pee Wee, Flubber, and Boys on the Side, among others.
Glen Garrett is proficient on all of the saxophones, flutes and clarinets and is equally comfortable in the jazz, pop, or classical idioms. He is also a professor at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches the History of Jazz and the History of Rock.
Edward Francis leads a versatile career in music as a pianist, educator, administrator, and arts advocate. He holds Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in piano performance from California State University, Northridge, and also attended the Aspen Music School & Festival. He has performed solo recitals and has been a featured guest artist with many symphony orchestras. In addition to his solo work he has performed extensively with two established chamber groups: the Westlake Chamber Ensemble, and the DeCesare/Francis Piano Duo. Performances of both groups have been broadcast on radio and television. A live CD of one duo concert has been released on CD. He currently holds faculty positions at CSUN, Pepperdine University, and Moorpark College. Previously teaching experience included a variety of lecture classes and conducting at Oxnard and Ventura Colleges.
He is the current President of the Music Teachers’ Assn. of California-Conejo Valley Branch, and has served multiple terms in this capacity. He has also held nearly every other board position during his membership. He was the state vice president of the California Assn. of Professional Music Teachers, the state affiliate to the Music Teachers National Assn. For four years, he scheduled and supervised the annual state conference, enhancing the meeting with international artists and partnerships with the Italian and Spanish Institutes of Culture. For many years he supervised the monthly Concerts in the Library series for the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.
He served on the Education Committee for the Ventura Symphony Orchestra, and then for the New West Symphony. Currently, he serves on the Artistic Committee for the Ventura Music Festival.
A busy clinician and master class teacher, he frequently lectures on a variety of pedagogical subjects, has written and presented several monographs at various conferences, and has had articles published in the professional journal, “The California Music Teacher.” He was named a “Featured Artist-Educator” by the editors of the Piano Education Page, and his work was featured in a major article by the online journal Piano Forte News. He is in high demand as an adjudicator, and has served as such in countless competitions.
He has developed and maintains an award-winning private piano studio in Thousand Oaks. His students have performed and won honors in many local, state, national and international competitions. They have earned under-graduate and graduate degrees from the most prestigious music schools throughout the world, and now many former students are music professors at various universities around the country.
The Thousand Oaks Arts Commission presented him with its “Encore Award for Excellence in the Arts,” given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the cultural community of the city. He was presented the 2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Teacher Recognition Award by then Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC. He founded and remains chairman of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a non-profit educational organization, which produces concerts featuring the professional orchestra with exceptional young artists as soloists. Under the auspices of the TO Phil, he started HAMMERED! The High School Honors Piano Performance Seminar, inviting pre-college students to participate in a monthly series of lectures and master classes.