CSUN HONORS STRING QUARTET
DIANE ROSCETTI, DIRECTOR
The CSUN Honors String Quartet gratefully acknowledges generous student scholarships provided by David and Gita Kronen. Additional support is provided by the Music Department Scholarship Fund.
Lina Saleh, Co-1st Violin: A native of Stadthagen, Germany, Lina began learning the violin with Susan S. Starrett (former student of Paul Rolland) at the age of 12. She later pursued her Bachelor’s of Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under Megan Freivogel of the Jupiter Quartet, and was awarded the Pauline V. And Ralph C. Morgan Memorial Music Award for outstanding achievement. During this time, she participated in various orchestras, chamber ensembles, competitions, summer music festivals, and masterclasses, with the opportunity to learn from artists such as Rachel Barton-Pine, Danwen Jiang, Walter Verdehr, Ron-Yan Tang, members of theYing Quartet and Sergiu Schwartz. Lina also has a passion for teaching the violin, having previously held positions at the Illinois String Academy and the Foothills Music Academy. She is now working as a private violin instructor alongside Lauren Deutsch in Woodland Hills. Lina is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing her Master’s of Music in Violin Performance, studying with Lorenz Gamma.
Logan Sacino, Co-1st Violin: A native of Los Angeles, California, Logan grew up around the arts from a young age. He began studying violin in his school music program at the age of 8, where he was encouraged to begin taking lessons under Heather Crawford. Under her direction, he was able to attend Hamilton High School’s Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where he additionally played under Susan Thiroux, Stephen McDonough, and Jim Foschia. During his time here he got the opportunity to play with LA Opera, Fox Studios, fundraisers for various politicians, and at a
variety of other events throughout the Los Angeles area. At 16 he was accepted into the CSUN Youth Orchestra led by Dr. John Roscigno, where he decided that he wanted to continue furthering his studies in music. Since then, he has continued performing and has occasionally played with the American Youth Symphony. This is his second year in the CSUN Honors String Quartet, and he is very excited to have this opportunity to play alongside such great musicians. Logan is currently a third year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Violin Performance, studying with Lorenz Gamma.
Kevin Massin, Viola: A native of Glendale, California. Kevin started learning violin at his local elementary school in fourth grade, following with viola, cello and contrabass not long after. It was not until his high school years where he truly found his passion for music by his music director Mrs. Amy Rangel. He had then picked up trumpet and marched in his school’s band in competition for two years. In 2015 Kevin got his first violin teacher Barbara Don, and then from 2016-2020 studied under Tamsen Beseke, the inventor of the famous shoulder rest, “Acoustifoam” and Elizabeth Hedman from Pasadena City college, on both violin and viola. Since Kevin had the advantage of learning the string family, he used this as his tool to help his local middle school, Roosevelt middle school, under the direction of Ashely Suhr, where he had attended as a youth. He has been participating as their assistant music director and string technician since he graduated high school in 2016. Kevin has also participated in a wide set of orchestras throughout the years such as “Crown City Symphony, West Coast Symphony and Numi Opera and Filipino American Symphony Orchestra” This is Kevin’s second year as a transfer student to CSUN and his second year in the CSUN Honors String Quartet, pursuing his B.M in Violin/Viola Performance, studying with Lorenz Gamma
Alec Glass, ‘Cello: A native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, Alec started playing cello at the age of 9 and continued playing in orchestras through middle school. In 2012, he moved to California and began attending Westlake High School, where he played in several honors orchestras and worked his way up to the principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra in 2015, the same year he graduated. Alec then started at Moorpark College where he first studied privately with Andrew Cook and performed in the Pepperdine Symphony. He later studied cello with Ashley Walters and performed in the Moorpark College Symphony for 3 years. During his time at Moorpark, Alec found interest in teaching privately and at local schools, and now has a private studio of his own and is a cello coach at many schools including alongside his high school orchestra director, Elizabeth Blake. Alec transferred to CSUN in 2019, finding his passion in performing in chamber
ensembles and as principal cellist of the CSUN Symphony under direction of John Roscigno. As part of CSUN’s inaugural Cellobration series in 2020, Alec had the opportunity to play for many renowned visiting cellists including Ben Hong, the Associate Principal Cellist of the LA Philharmonic. Alec is returning to CSUN for his M.M. in cello performance, now a first year graduate student studying with Diane Roscetti.