2017 Summer Festival Faculty

Larry Livingston | Music Director

Mr. Larry Livingston is a distinguished conductor, educator, and administrator, and a highly respected motivational speaker. He has been the Conductor of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts since 1989. Dean of the USC Flora L. Thornton School of Music from 1986 until 2002, Mr. Livingston now Chairs the Orchestral Conducting Department. He is a recipient of the Life in the Arts Award from Idyllwild Arts. Since 2007, Mr. Livingston has held the position, Director of Educational Initiatives for the Guitar Center, Inc.

Sey Ahn | Assistant Conductor/ Enrollment Liaison

Conductor of the Kentucky All-State Orchestra 2015 and the Colorado All-State Orchestra 2014. Assistant conductor of the Music for All National Honor Orchestra since 2011, assistant conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Festival Orchestra. Guest conductor of Diamond Bar High School. Performance degrees from Northwestern University (B.M. Piano) and University of Southern California (M.M in Piano and Orchestral Conducting). 2011-2012, music director and administrator of the USC Concert Orchestra. 

Joshua Roach | Symphony Orchestra Instructor/Chamber Orch Wind Coach

BM in Trumpet, Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, USC; MM in Instrumental Conducting from USC. Active as a conductor, performer, music educator, administrator and composer in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Music Director for the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, Interim Director of Bands at California Lutheran University, and has served as assistant/cover conductor for the Pacific Symphony, Downey Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, and the USC Thornton Symphony and Concert Orchestra.

Christoph Wyneken |  Violin/ String Coordinator

Music studies in Berlin, Detmold and Austin, Texas. His performing career includes recordings, solo concerts and chamber ensemble  tours. The artistic director of the State Youth Orchestra of Baden-Württemberg, Landesjugendorchester Bad.-Württ. His work with the Landesjugendorchester was honored with the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Cross of Service), the European Music Award and the STAMITZ medal. 1991-2007 he was a faculty member at the conservatory in Freiburg. Guest professor at the TOHO Orchestra Academy and the Musachino Conservatory in Tokyo, Japan. 

Sam Fischer | Violin

Graduated from USC and the Juilliard School. Concertmaster of the Riverside County Philharmonic and performs regularly with the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Recent solo performances include the LA Doctors Symphony, the Golden State Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, and the Caltech-Occidental Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded extensively for motion picture soundtracks, record albums, and video game soundtracks. He is faculty member of the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

Cindy Moussas | Violin

BM, Juilliard. Member of the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Long Beach Symphony. Active in the recording studios and as a private teacher in Southern California. She has been a coach with the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years.

Stirling Trent | Violin

Concertmaster for the Garland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra since 2004. He regularly appears as soloist with regional orchestras, active in chamber music and has won numerous awards. Concert appearances include Live from Lincoln Center with Itzhak Perlman. He was concertmaster for the Moritzburg Festival Academy Orchestra in Dresden, Germany. Bachelor’s degree from Juilliard, where he was a student of Itzhak Perlman, and earned an Artist Certificate from Southern Methodist University.

Pasha Tseitlin | Violin

As a classical concert performer, Pasha is distinguished by his virtuosity, intensity, and heartfelt sensitivity. Pasha has performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Ryazan Philharmonic, Szymanowski Concerto with the USC Symphony, Prokofiev No. 1 and Berg Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony and Paganini’s Perpetuo Mobile with the San Diego Symphony.

Roger Wilkie | Violin

Concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony. He has appeared as soloist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and the LA Chamber Orchestra. He has given numerous solo recitals for the San Luis Obisbo Mozart Festival, LA County Museum of Art/KUSC-FM broadcasts, Swiss National Radio, and National Public Radio’s Performance Today. His chamber performances include the Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Mainly Mozart Music Festivals, and the Camerata Pacifica.

Gina Coletti | Viola

Masters degree, Juilliard School; BA, Stanford. She has performed in China, Japan, Israel, Europe, and North America. She has performed with the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, LA Master Choral and served as principal of the Mozart Chamber Orchestra. She has served on the faculties of UNLV, Ameropa International Music Festival in Prague and the Adriatic Chamber Festival in Italy. She is founder and director of ViolaFest Los Angeles. Ms. Coletti has also been the director of Junior Chamber Music Los Angeles.

Jason Bonham | Viola

Jason Bonham is the Principal Violist with Las Vegas Philharmonic and Viola Faculty member at UNLV and California State University, Long Beach. He has been a performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and guest principal violist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Berkeley Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony. As a chamber musician he is a founding member of Virtuosi West and has performed with members of the Emerson Quartet, Boston Chamber Society, Chicago Pro Musica, The New Russian Trio, The Beethoven Quartet, Cavatina Trio and Fry Street Quartet.

Marek Szpakiewicz | Cello

DMA and MM from USC Thornton School of Music, Graduate Certificate from Peabody Conservatory. Marek is on the faculty of Azusa Pacific University, where he serves as Director of Chamber Music. His performances have drawn praise from critics in Europe, U.S. and Japan, and he earned permanent residency from the U.S. government as an “Extraordinary Ability Artist. He has also contributed to film orchestration as a collaborator with Polish film composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, and among the scores he worked on, the music for the critically acclaimed movie “Finding Neverland” received the 77th Academy Award for Best Original Score. For more information: http://www.szpakiewicz.com.

John Walz | Cello

A celebrated soloist and chamber music artis, he has appeared as soloist with more than150 symphony orchestras on four continents. His performances of twenty-five different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities. In 1979, he, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe.He is currently the principal cellist with the LA Opera. 

David Young | Bass

BM, Eastman School of Music; MM, DMA, University of Southern California. Studies with Oscar Zimmerman, Peter Mercurio, and Dennis Trembly. Principal Double Bass, Los Angeles Opera and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; many other performing involvements. Faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and the Leader of the String Family Players string quintet with decades of experience producing and narrating children’s concerts. Other summer teachingincludes the Golden Gate Bass Camp.

Noah Reitman | Bass

Noah Reitman, Double Bass: Assistant Principal Bass of the Vancouver Symphony. Noah was previously a member of the New World Symphony and has played with the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, and Nashville. He holds a BM from the University of Michigan and an MM from Indiana University.

 Peter Middleton | Flute

Professor of flute; Northern Illinois University. He has performed at National Flute Association conventions and has published articles on flute and piccolo recordings, a co-author and consultant for a book on electronic music published by Macmillan, served as an editorial advisor for the Flutist Quarterly, and a founding member of the Pacific Woodwind Quintet. As a performer and producer he has made recordings for the Sony, CBS, Centaur, CRI, Focus, Crystal and Orion labels.

Elena Yarritu | Flute

Elena Yarritu enjoys an active career as soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher.  She has earned a MM degree from Yale University School of Music, a DMA from Stony Brook University in New York. She performs principal flute in the La Jolla Symphony and records on the MSR Classics Label. She has 25 years experience in mentoring young talent and maintains an award winning flute studio in San Diego.

Aki Nishiguchi | Oboe

Aki Nishiguchi specializes in oboe and historical wind instruments and is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. She received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in oboe performance from USC. Beyond her interest in standard solo and orchestra repertoire, she has devoted much of her career performing New Music and Early Music and has performed with What’s Next? Ensemble, Ciaramella, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, California Bach Society and Harmonia Baroque. 

Ted Sugata | Oboe

MM, Cleveland Institute; BM, Manhattan School. Major teachers include John Mack and Joseph Robinson. He is an active freelance musician having performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Los Angeles Opera. He has participated in summer festivals, including fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West. Mr. Sugata is currently completing a DMA degree in oboe performance from USC under Joel Timm.

Yehuda Gilad | Clarinet

Educated in Israel and at the University of Southern California School of Music. Associate Professor of Music, USC, and Master Teacher, R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts. Recipient of many awards including the Israel-America Cultural Foundation Scholarship and the Robert Simon Award in Music. Conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony, 1982–88. As a clarinetist, he has performed with the Marlboro Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the San Francisco Chamber Music Festival and the Israel Philharmonic. 

Amanda Walker | Clarinet Coach

MFA, UCLA; Principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and has performed with the LA Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, the Royal and Swedish Ballets, the LA Music Center Opera Orchestra, and the LA Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in the Bach Camerata of Santa Barbara, the Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music series and the Summer Music series at the Getty. She has recorded for film, freelances and also teaches.

Amy Gillick | Bassoon

BM, CSU Long Beach; Master’s and Doctorate degrees, UCLA. Amy teaches at the Orange County High School of the Arts and at Concordia University, Irvine.Principal bassoonist in the Bakersfield Symphony and member of the Santa Monica Symphony, she has also performed with the Pasadena Symphony, and Long Beach Opera. She performs with the Santa Monica Symphony Wind Quintet. She has performed with many artists, including Laurendo Almeida, Christopher Parkening, Edo DeWaart, Joseph Silverstein, Edgar Meyer, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter.

Rebecca Rivera | Bassoon

DMA in bassoon performance, USC. Rivera has recorded for film and music projects and performed with many ensembles throughout Southern California including Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Southeast Symphony, Torrance Symphony, Westchester Symphony, Peninsula Symphony and the Pasadena Symphony and Pops Orchestras. Rivera won the Southeast Symphony concerto competition in 2001. Rivera is a lecturer at USC and teaches reed-making workshops throughout the year.

Wolfgang Wipfler | Horn

At twenty he became principal horn with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and then appointed principal horn in the Stuttgart State Orchestra in 1988. In 2004, he was appointed principal horn for the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has taught for the Stuttgart Academy of Music and the Würzburg Academy of Music. Concert tours include Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Since 2010 he has been a solo horn member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. 

Jason Bergman | Trumpet

Trumpet professor at the University of North Texas. He served previously on the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as associate principal trumpet with the Santiago Philharmonic in Chile. He is currently principal trumpet with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Dallas Symphony, Dallas Winds, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. He has performed recitals and master classes at more than 30 institutions worldwide. His solo album, On The Horizon, has received rave reviews. Jason Bergman is a performing artist for Bach Trumpets.

Darren Mulder | Trumpet

BM in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach; MM, University of Southern California. He is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach and Santa Monica Symphonies. He is the former Principal Trumpet of the National Orchestra of Mexico (UNAM) as well as the Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy.

Amy Bowers | Trombone

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from USC where she currently teaches. She is a freelance musician and performs with many orchestras, including Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra. She has won many competitions including the Pasadena Solo Competition, USC Concerto Competition, YMF Debut Orchestra Concerto Competition, Pasadena Young Artist Solo Competition, and was the recipient of the Robert Marsteller Outstanding Brass Player Award from the Thornton School of Music. 

David Jackson | Trombone/ Brass chamber music coordinator

Professor of Trombone, University of Michigan, He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto, Italy Festival Orchestra. His chamber music experience includes performances with the Canadian Brass, the American Brass Quintet, Nexus Percussion Ensemble and the Galliard Brass Ensemble. He also teaches at the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Interlochen Arts Camp All-State Division.

Sean Reusch | Trombone/Low Brass Coach

Sean Reusch is a member of the Presidio Brass. He has a Psychology degree from Penn State University and a Performance degree from Manhattan School of Music. Sean has performed with the San Diego Symphony and Opera, Los Angeles Opera and numerous orchestras in southern California.  He is currently on faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University, UCSD, and Palomar College.

Scott Sutherland | Tuba

He is a founding member of the Presidio Brass, an internationally touring brass quintet based in San Diego. As a soloist, Scott has been featured with the San Diego Symphony, Riverside and Burbank Philharmonic Orchestras and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic among many other orchestras in Southern California. He attended USC and UCLA and is currently on faculty at the University of Redlands. 

Robin Sharp | Percussion

BM, CSU Northridge; MM, USC; A freelance musician and composer, he is currently on faculty at Pasadena City College. Guest soloist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra and has worked with conductors Esa Pekka Solemen, Michael Tilson Thomas, George Mester and has played in the Juilliard Orchestra, New York Youth, American Youth Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Riverside Philharmonic. In 1998 he won the California State University Northridge Concerto Competition.

Derek Tywoniuk | Percussion

Derek Tywoniuk is a percussionist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a percussionist, he has appeared with Wild Up, The Upside, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Ojai Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the Lucerne Festival Academy, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Smoke and Mirrors Ensemble, the last of which recorded two albums on the Yarlung Records label. As a composer, his works have been performed internationally, recorded on the Bridge and Yarlung record labels, and published by Edition Peters. Derek is an alumni of the Colburn Conservatory (AD, MM) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM). He is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at UCLA. For more information, visit www.derektywoniukmusic.com

Edie Orloff | Piano

Acclaimed performances throughout the U.S. and Europe as recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra. Idyllwild Arts faculty member since 1976. Founding member of Pacific Trio, resident ensemble at Idyllwild Arts. Appearances with Houston Symphony Chamber Players, Ensemble Con Brio of Germany, Czech String Trio of Prague. Has launched several series devoted to contemporary music. Recordings on Marsyas, Brio, Carlton, and Yarlung labels. Master’s Degree, CalArts. Private teaching and master classes for over thirty years.


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