Erin Young is a classical guitarist based in Los Angeles. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she studied with Scott Tennant, Brian Head, and Jason Yoshida. Erin has a passion for playing early plucked instruments and has performed with the early music ensemble, Ciaramella, and plays frequently with the Los Angeles based Delirium Musicum ensemble.
Erin is dedicated to her work as an educator. She worked in online music education as Head of Guitar at tonebase.co for over two years where she gained experience in production and curricular design, and has spearheaded the development of curriculum for the international guitar education nonprofit Kithara Project where she currently works as Operations and Program Director. In addition to teaching Suzuki Guitar, she serves as Co-Director of Elemental Guitar for nonprofit Elemental Music, as a Teaching Artist for Lead Guitar within the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as a Counselor for the annual Guitar Foundation of America Teen Academy The Bridge.
The Community School is excited to announce the return of choral ensembles this fall! Students ages 5-18 can develop their musicianship, vocal technique, and ensemble skills in one of our three choirs directed by our new Director of Choral Programs, Adrian Dunn.
Adrian Dunn is an accomplished singer, composer and conductor. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Voice from The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University with additional musical studies in opera at The Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland.
Mr. Dunn is a MacArthur grant recipient for this original work, Hopera: A Hip Hop Opera. He has opened for international Hip Hop Recording Artist, The Roots, at Indiana University, and he served as principle vocal coach for Kanye West’s artist development program, Donda’s House. He was a featured artist and vocal coach for the live DVD recording of the Higher Ground Gospel Choir in Helsinki, Finland. He has toured throughout the United States, South Africa, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia.
There is still time to audition for the 2022-23 academic year! For audition dates and times, please contact the Ensemble Coordinator, Tam Trutwin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an inquiry below.
*We encourage students to audition even if they do not have a song prepared.
Adrian Dunn is an accomplished singer, composer, and conductor. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Voice from The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University with additional musical studies in opera at The Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland.
In 2021 Mr. Dunn won The American Prize in Composition for Requiem from The Mass for the Unarmed Child and was named in the Top 10 Classical music & Jazz performances of 2021 by Chicago Tribune. He made his conducting debut with The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2021. His interview on his original composition The Black Messiah was published in the Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. He and The Adrian Dunn Singers performed the film score for the 2022 Sundance film, Honk for Jesus starring Sterling K. Brown (from the NBC show This Is Us) and Regina Hall.
Mr. Dunn is writing his first full length opera: The 42 Project on the life of Black Major League Baseball star Jackie Robinson. Mr. Dunn’s trilogy cycle second installment Emancipation will get its world premiere at the Harris Theater in April featuring The Adrian Dunn Singers and Rize Orchestra. His composition Requiem was most recently performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Morehouse Glee Club in March 2022. He was also the chorus conductor for the Mozart Requiem with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and was a guest artist in residence at California State University Fullerton.
Mr. Dunn is a MacArthur grant recipient for his original work Hopera: A Hip Hop Opera. He has opened for international Hip Hop Recording Artist The Roots at Indiana University. He served as principle vocal coach for Kanye West’s artist development program Donda’s House. He was a featured artist and vocal coach for the live DVD recording of the Higher Ground Gospel Choir in Helsinki, Finland. He has toured throughout the US, South Africa, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Scandinavia.
Mr. Dunn has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and Blossom Festival Chorus. He was the chorus conductor for the Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson with The Adrian Dunn Singers at Chicago’s Symphony Center and Wentz Hall in 2019. He was the chorus master for Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Freedom Ride in 2019 and sang in the 2018 production of Moby Dick with COT. He was tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah at Rockefeller Chapel in 2018 and was the tenor soloist for Pucinni’s Messa de Gloria with the Northwestern University Orchestra. He was the Tenor soloist of A Child of our Time with the University of Chicago Orchestra in 2019 and was guest artist in residence with the University of Chicago Chorus. In 2019 he was the composer for the Lyric Unlimited Opera education program at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sung the lead role in the 2017 Chicago premiere of the Paul Laurence Dunbar opera The Poet and in 2016 served as the opera chorus master for the Midwest premiere of the opera Harriet Tubman – When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago.
As an active professional singer, producer, and songwriter, Mr. Dunn has had the privilege of working with gospel greats such as Tremaine Hawkins, Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright, Lamar Campbell, Damien Sneed, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Smokie Norful, Jonathan Nelson, and many more. He was awarded Album Producer of the Year for AME Live featuring the AME International Mass Choir from the Rhythm of Gospel Awards. He is a voice faculty member in the Theater Conservatory at Roosevelt University and is the Advisor for Racial Equity and Minority Student Success. Mr. Dunn’s private voice students can be seen in Broadway National tours of Lion King, Ghost, the Color Purple, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Rent, BET’s show Sunday Best, Drury Lane Theater, The Paramount Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, and as background vocalists for major record label artists on tour throughout the US and abroad.
Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Her distinctive style is
shaped by her expressive playing and her thorough and intensive musical studies. Her
charisma and natural stage presence are captivating. Alongside the great viola concertos by
Walton, Bartók and Hindemith, Tatjana’s wide-ranging concert repertoire also includes
modern classical works such as Schnittke, Gubaidulina and Kancheli and the rarely performed
viola concertos by Hartmann and Bartel.
Tatjana Masurenko has made solo appearances with orchestras including the
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the NDR
Radiophilharmonie and other leading orchestras in Europe and Asia. She has been a welcome
guest at major international festivals as both soloist and chamber musician for many years.
She grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. Her musical path began in
St Petersburg where she was able to benefit from the traditional St Petersburg school with
the best teachers of her time. She continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim
Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new
techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures
including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert
For some years now, Tatjana Masurenko’s major objective in her musical career has been the
further development of the viola as a solo instrument which also explains her commitment to
contemporary music. She has given numerous first performances of new compositions, many
of which are dedicated to her and originated on her initiative. She has worked with
composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis,
Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. Tatjana
Masurenko’s discography reflects the musician’s high artistic standards. Right from the start,
she compiles the programmes of her CDs meticulously and with great deliberation.
Tatjana Masurenko plays the music of Ernst Krenek with enthusiasm, supports the Ernst
Krenek Institute in Krems, Austria, and has recorded all his works for solo viola. Several of her
CD recordings (for example the concerto by K. A. Hartmann and British Viola Concertos
featuring concertos by Walton, Beamish und Britten) received awards including the Preis der
deutschen Schallplattenkritik and international accolades such as the Supersonic Award
(Luxemburg) and the Diapason découverte (France). Her 3-CD box set “White Nights – Music
from St. Petersburg”, which she recorded with pianist Roglit Ishay, is one of the most
important recordings of this repertoire.
At present, Tatjana Masurenko is intensively dedicated to historical performance practice
and especially to 19th century playing and the romantic repertoire. For several years she has
been engaged in playing the viola d’amore: thus, she interprets baroque and classical
repertoire with passion, but at the same time she develops modern music on this baroque
instrument with much interest in an experimental and innovative way with new sound ideas.
She plays a viola d’amore by Charles Jacquot, Paris 1849.
Tatjana Masurenko is dedicated to promoting young musicians. Since 2002 she has been
professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”
Leipzig with an international reputation and since 2019 in the same position at the Haute
Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland. She gives master classes in Europe and
America and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey) as well as of a
master class in Leipzig.
Many of her students have built successful careers and travel the world as soloists,
professors, principal violists in major orchestras and as chamber musicians.
Her teaching style is built on the St. Petersburg tradition of the 19th/early 20th century and
merges with the new ideas and sensibilities of the 20th/21st century, especially in the
interpretation of Baroque and Classical music.
Tatjana Masurenko plays a viola by P. Testore, Milan 1756 and a specially built instrument by
Jürgen Manthey, Leipzig 2017, who has developed new acoustic and tonal construction
methods that clearly distinguish his instruments from others. She changes the bows to match
Violinist Dr. Dimitry Olevsky holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from UC Santa Barbara under the tutelage of the renowned violinist Yuval Yaron. The Master of Music degree was awarded from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York under the guidance of professor Grigory Kalinovsky. It was during his studies at MSM that Dimitry pursued his interests in the field of Sport Psychology, which became the subject of his Doctoral thesis. By incorporating his researched principles in lessons, Dimitry’s methods successfully help develop and increase control of muscular and mental functions, accuracy, precision, discipline, mental awareness and overall coordination in violin performance. As feedback to his approach, students win title positions in prestigious music festivals, schools and orchestras, win honors awards in the Certificate of Merit program, and have performed at renowned concert halls in the USA, Prague, Vienna and Italy.
In addition to solo and chamber recitals, Dimitry performs with symphonic and operatic orchestras in Los Angeles,has performed under the baton of premier conductors and has performed extensively in Russia, Egypt, Arab Emirates, Jordan, Amman, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Italy, England, Wales, Scotland, Austria, Czech Republic and France.
Currently, Dimitry maintains a private studio, a faculty position with the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, Interharmony International Festival, Windward, and Colburn School. Working with students is an opportunity to share knowledge and experience while incorporating principles of the continuously developing science of Sports Psychology into improving as violinists, with further emphasis on social, mental, artistic performance, as well as on general psychological benefits and human enrichment.
Dr. Olevsky plays on an 1889 Riccardo Antoniazzi violin.
Croatian pianist Ivana Grubelic Malo received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the Music Academy in Zagreb, where she studied with Sretna Mestrovic and graduated with top honors. She continued her studies at the London College of Music, where she completed a Master’s degree in Piano Performance studying with Raphael Terroni. While living in London she also had the opportunity to study with Philip Mead, Martino Tirimo and to assist Carola Grindea (founder of EPTA and ISSTIP) in the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance. Ms. Malo has pursued doctoral work in Piano Performance at the USC Thornton School of Music studying piano with Antoinette Perry. During her studies, Ms. Malo had the privilege to learn from many prominent pianists including Malcolm Binns, Peter Feuchtwanger, Marina Horak, Tatiana Orloff-Tschekovsky, Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Alberto Portugheis and Penelope Roskell.
Ms. Malo has performed in England, Austria, Portugal, Croatia and the United States. She has been featured as a soloist on film soundtrack recordings with The Budapest Symphony, The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, The Budapest Strings and The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, released on Varese Sarabande Records, MovieScore Media and Quartet Records.
Ms. Malo is the Vice-President of the American Liszt Society SoCal Chapter, the President of the CAPMT San Fernando Valley Chapter, and CAPMT Contemporary Competition State Chair. She was the MTNA Senior Performance Coordinator for two years and was the Chair of the CAPMT Romantic/Impressionistic Competition for seven years.
Ms. Malo has developed a strong private piano studio and her students won many prizes at competitions (CAPMT Honors Competitions, Contemporary Competition, Romantic/Impressionistic Competition, Sonata/Sonatina Competition, Scholarship Competition, Glendale Piano Competition, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, the Southern California Junior Bach Festival). She is dedicated to inspiring her students with a lifelong love of music and also a solid foundation to develop healthy technique and musicality. Ms. Malo serves as adjudicator for various events and competitions, and she teaches on the faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts.
Dominic Cheli’s playing has been described as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” (Symphony Magazine). His rapidly advancing career included his Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut with legendary conductor Valery Gergiev where Dominic was described as “mesmerizing, (he) transfixed the audience…his fingers were one with each key.” (LA Times). He gave his Carnegie Hall Recital Debut in 2019 and has had a busy performing and recording career ever since. He recently recorded his 2nd CD on the Naxos label of the music of Liszt/Schubert, and a 3rd CD of the music of Erwin Schulhoff on the Delos Label featuring his collaboration on Piano Concerto no.2 with Maestro James Conlon. He also recently completed work as a composer, audio editor and performer on the documentary Defying Gravity (2021).
A native of St. Louis, Dominic has performed with orchestras all across the country and abroad including the San Diego Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Adrian Symphony, and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany). He has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, James Conlon, Kesho Watanabe, Gerard Schwarz, Yaniv Dinur, Markus Huber, Rossen Milanov, Arthur Fagen, Bruce Kiesling, Matthew Aucoin, and many others. Dominic recently debuted at several major festivals across the United States including the Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Virginia Arts Festival. Upcoming engagements include appearances with the Seattle Symphony, a re-invitation to the Ravinia Festival, his debut at Alice Tully Hall, and recitals in Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and New York City.
In July 2017, Cheli’s 1st album, featuring the music of Muzio Clementi and released by Naxos, was hailed as “definitive performances, that match splendid playing with an appreciation of Clementi’s diverse, classically based style.” Also in 2017, Dominic was named 1st prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.
With a fascination and appreciation for the benefits of technology especially in our new virtual age, Dominic was appointed LIVE Director of Tonebase Piano in 2021. As a result, he is the host and presenter of numerous virtual lectures, performances and workshops each month to the 4,000+ subscribers on the platform. His mission is to share personal knowledge and invite guests to democratize high-level music education, allowing everyone to learn from and be inspired by the best!
Committed to engaging with his surrounding community, Dominic regularly perform at high schools, retirement homes, and gives both masterclasses and lectures for his younger audiences. Upon invitation, he has performed with Paul Coletti at ViolaFest in Los Angeles for younger students, and “Baby Got Bach” with Pianist Orli Shaham at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Dominic has performed as an artist for Project: Music Heals Us,a non-profit organization that presents interactive classical music performances to diverse audiences in order to provide encouragement, education, and healing with a focus on elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations.
In his spare time, Dominic enjoys cooking and training for Ironman triathlons.
Korean-American, Los Angeles native Sofia Kim enjoys a varied and diverse performing career. She has concertized in esteemed venues like Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kammermusiksaal at Beethovenhaus, Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hilbert Circle Theater, and the Hollywood Bowl, among others. As a chamber musician, she founded the Monroe String Quartet, which formerly held the Kuttner residency at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her quartet was invited to Bonn, Germany for a residency at the Beethovenhaus where they curated a recital program, working closely with Beethoven scholars. After the Bonn residency, her quartet recorded several unpublished Beethoven fragments for NAXOS’s 250th Beethoven commemoration set. As a soloist, Sofia was the concerto competition winner at Indiana University and has also been a top prize winner for the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition and the Los Angeles Rotary Competition. She is a former Dorothy Delay Starling fellow, a long-time recipient of the Maestro Foundation instrument loan program, and the recipient of scholarships from the Harmony Project Foundation and the Leni Fe Blande Foundation. As a freelance musician, Sofia has performed with orchestras such as the Indianapolis Symphony, collaborated with artists in various non-classical genres, and records regularly for video games, television, and film.
She has previously attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, Encore School for Strings, the Banff Centre, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. Sofia holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University and prior to her studies at IU, she graduated with high honors from Northwestern University where she studied with Almita Vamos. Other former teachers include Simin Ganatra and Henry Gronnier.
Sofia is also an avid educator and has worked closely with Mimi Zweig and Stacia Spencer, teaching at Northwestern University’s String Academy and Indiana University’s String Academy. Alongside her Colburn position, she also teaches for the non-profit Caesura Program which provides a positive and enriching community through free, high-quality music education for low-income, urban youth.
A native of Bulgaria, Moni Simeonov began playing the violin at age 5, and ten years later, came to the United States on a full scholarship to the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Opera, Ensemble San Francisco, and until recently, was the Concertmaster for the Sacramento Philharmonic. He has also served as a guest concertmaster with Reno Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony. His doctoral studies included minor fields in Viola Performance, Schenkerian Analysis, Japanese Language, as well as an emphasis on the interpretation of the Balkan folk music.
On tour and in Los Angeles, Mr. Simeonov dedicates considerable time and energy to community engagement work and to musical activities and presentations for young people. Moni has performed and coached alongside Midori for her Orchestra Residencies Program American and International tours. Until 2014, he served as a director for the program. Outreach activities have taken him to places as diverse as homeless shelters in Peru and at-risk centers in Tennessee, to Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, and hospitals for the terminally ill in Sri Lanka.
Moni’s summer teaching includes engagements with the Interlochen Summer Festival, the Singapore Violin Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival. Moni is also the founder of Bulgaria’s first chamber music academy – “Quartet Intensive” in Sofia.
Moni has concertized and taught around the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His recordings have been archived by PBS, NPR, KUSC, Bulgarian National Radio and TV, as well as Japanese Broadcasting Company – NHK.
Moni received his BM and PC from the Eastman School of Music under Zvi Zeitlin, his MM and AD from Yale University with Ani Kavafian, and his GC and DMA from USC’s Thornton School of Music where he studied with Midori.
Moni served as Adjunct Instructor at USC’s Thornton School of Music until 2014. That year, he was appointed Director of String Studies and Violin Professor with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Moni is also the creator of zenviolin.com.
Hailed as a charismatic and outstanding conductor, Elizabeth Stoyanovich was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times as “… extremely impressive…clean, emotional and translucent in performance [she] conducted an overplayed war-horse as a newly-played symphony full of vibrancy and originality…” during a Pacific Symphony Orchestra subscription concert in front of a 8,000 member audience at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Southern California. The Orange County Register noted, “Stoyanovich showed that she is a splendid talent, musical and with rock-solid technique…[she] made the New World Symphony sound new again…her musical passion [is] unfailingly strong.”
Stoyanovich served for 12 seasons as Music/Artistic Director of the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia and has held many significant posts as a Music Director, Associate, Assistant, and Professor in the US. In fall of 2007, she had her English premiere guest conducting at the University of London, Kingston College Orchestra. In spring 2009 she premiered “Seven Last Words” by Patrick Stoyanovich at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
With many years of teaching in the public schools, colleges and arts magnet schools, Ms. Stoyanovich serves as Music Department Chair at Palisades Charter High School teaching symphony orchestra, concert orchestra, jazz band, AP Music Theory and Business of Music. In the summer of 2019, she was hired as an adjunct faculty at Santa Monica College directing the symphony orchestra.
She completed successful tenures as Assistant Conductor of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Spokane Symphony, Education Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic and Music Director of the Champlain Valley Symphony Orchestra and Bremerton Symphony Association. In addition, she served as Music Director of a number of outstanding ensembles for youths including the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Institute Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra.
Guest conducting appearances include: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Philharmonic, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Chicago Civic Orchestra, L’Orchestra des Junes du Quebec, Paris Conservatory Orchestra, Newport Symphony Orchestra, Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, the Tulare County Symphony and a variety of events for young musicians. Elizabeth is also known for her appealing dialogue from stage “…Stoyanovich presented a splendid introduction to the complications of this work [Brahms Symphony #3] in her pre-concert talk-few people are better at this than she.” She was honored to present the pre-concert lecture in Orange County for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In addition, she served as Music Director of a number of outstanding ensembles for youths including the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Institute Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. Her teaching career has covered over 20 years working with the very young to seniors. She had a number of teaching posts including those with public schools in California (Saddleback Unified School District, Capistrano School District), Vermont, Connecticut and Michigan. She also has taught at the college level at California State University: Fullerton, State University of New York: Plattsburgh and as a guest at University of California: Los Angeles and University of California: Irvine.
Stoyanovich’s musical appeal makes strong impact on audiences of all ages, especially noted are her education concerts for their creative and dynamic approach. The PSO garnered special recognition from the American Symphony Orchestra League as one of three top education programs in this country along with the Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic. She served as a board member of the American Symphony Orchestra League and in 1991 was chosen as the only woman from the U.S. to compete in the Min-On International Conducting Competition in Vienna, Austria. In 2006 she recognized as a significant emerging Music Director in the United States by being nominated for the ASOL Helen M. Thompson Award exhibiting excellence and dedication through exceptional musical leadership and commitment to organizational vitality.
Ms. Stoyanovich’s formal education was at The University of Michigan with further studies at Academie des Americaines de Musique in Fontainbleau, France under Leonard Bernstein and as an Augustus-Thorndike Fellow at The Tanglewood Music Center. She was born in Wisconsin has a home on Bainbridge Island, WA with her husband, Patrick, though she works in Pacific Palisades. Their two daughters artists: Antonia Stoyanovich is a visual artist and Sophia Stoyanovich is a violinist. Ms. Stoyanovich is also the CEO of Metrocitymusic.