This fall, the music department at CSUN welcomes three new faculty members who have strong ties to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This continues a tradition of some of the most prominent musicians from Los Angeles joining our music program to share their outstanding musicianship and teaching skills with the students here at CSUN.
Jory Herman is the new professor of bass at CSUN. Jory begins his third season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this year after spending a number of years with the San Diego Symphony. He has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. He receives his degrees from Rice University. Jory’s debut solo album of Bach’s cello suites on bass were reviewed by Strad Magazine as, “proof that bassists can be just as nimble and expressive as cellists”. Jory takes over for Oscar Meza who was a valued member of the CSUN family for many years.
L.A. Philharmonic second trombone, Paul Radke, joins our brass faculty this fall. Paul holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Rice University. Prior to his appointment with the L.A. Philharmonic, he had a one year appointment with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. During that time, he also performed with the San Francisco Symphony and the Houston Symphony. In 2016, Paul won both the Frank Smith Solo Competition and the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize at the International Trombone Festival held in New York City.
Flutist Larry Kaplan lives in Altadena, CA and is very active in the Southern California music scene. He played piccolo for 5 seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has played Principal Flute with many local orchestras including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Pacific Symphony and American Ballet Theater. In addition, Larry is a member of 2-time Grammy Award winning Southwest Chamber Music and he has held faculty positions at Chapman University and at University of California, Irvine. Early in his career he played saxophone in several local rock and jazz groups and he is a past recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award at the Chaffee Jazz Festival. Larry has also played on numerous motion picture and television soundtracks.