Janice Ying

Dr. Janice Ying is a board certified orthopedic physical therapist and the founder of Opus Physical Therapy and Performance based in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to her career in physical therapy, she received her degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Violin Performance. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and has been practicing for over a decade. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of Performing Arts Medicine, particularly with developing injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies for instrumental musicians. Dr. Ying has recently been awarded the 2021 Emerging Leader Award by the American Physical Therapy Association for her contributions towards advancing the field of Performing Arts Medicine in Physical Therapy. She currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the US and abroad.

Mina Yang, PhD

A pianist (MM, New England Conservatory) and musicologist (Ph.D., Yale), Mina Yang has written two books – Planet Beethoven: Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium (Wesleyan University Press, 2014) and California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2007) – and numerous essays situating music within larger sociopolitical trends. Yang has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of California, San Diego, University of Southern California, and other institutions in California, and is currently a professor of arts and humanities at Minerva University, where she also serves as the lead of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Michael Patzia, PhD

Michael Patzia received his PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and has been teaching in the field for over 20 years at schools in Nashville, Nicaragua, Iowa, and presently in Southern California at Loyola Marymount University. His main areas of study and research have been in Ancient Philosophy and Ethics as well as Asian Philosophy, particularly Confucianism and Taoism. His main publications have been in the area of Pre-Socratic philosophy and when he is not teaching or philosophizing, you can find him spending time with his son, playing golf, or playing his upright bass in a jazz trio or an Americana band.

Geraldine Walther

Former violist of the Takács String Quartet and former Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony, previously served as assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony. During her tenure with the San Francisco Symphony she was soloist with the orchestra 47 times and gave the US premiers of several important works. She has appeared in many chamber music festivals including: Aspen, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Music @Menlo, Telluride, Seattle, Cape Cod, Music Academy of the West, Ravinia and the Green Music Festival.

In 1995 Ms. Walther was selected by Sir Georg Solti as a member of his Musicians of the World, an orchestra composed of leading musicians from around the globe, for concerts in Geneva to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. She has also served as principal violist with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and has performed as soloist with other orchestras.

As a member of the Takács Quartet she traveled the world as a performer and served an Artist in Residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Geraldine Walther’s recordings include, eighteen Hyperion recordings as a member of the Takacs Quartet, Hindemith’s Trauermusik and Der Schwanendreher with the San Francisco Symphony (both on London/Decca), Paul Chihara’s Golden Slumbers with the San Francisco Chamber Singers (Albany), and Lou Harrison’s Threnody (New Albion), Delectable Pieces with the Volkert Trio (Con Brio) and numerous recordings available from Music@Menlo LIVE. With collaborator, pianist, David Korevaar she had recorded two albums of viola sonatas, one featuring Brahms and the other, works of Hindemith on the MSR label.

Geraldine is a founding artist of the Ruby Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Chamber Music Sundaes series in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole is First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Cole joined the LA Phil in 2011 and has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of ten while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he earned his bachelor of music degree in 2000. In addition to his studies with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival enriched his love of chamber music.

While in Chicago, Nathan taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on faculty at Azusa Pacific University and teaches classes at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He is also an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks. His articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony, and Chamber Music magazines.

Tiffany Kuo, PhD

A liberal arts-educated musicologist and a conservatory trained pianist, Dr. Tiffany Kuo is Professor of Music at Mount San Antonio College. Dr. Kuo’s current research brings to light the pioneering of performing arts patronage in higher education as instigated by philanthropic foundations in mid-twentieth century America. She has received research grants from the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Paul Sacher Stiftung Scholarship, and Mt. SAC’s professional development. Dr. Kuo is a graduate of Stanford University (BA in music, and BS in biological sciences), The Juilliard School (MM in piano performance) and New York University (PhD in musicology). Dr. Kuo was the chair of the music department at Mount San Antonio College from 2014–2018, and she is the faculty data coach coordinator for Mt. SAC Title V Grant “Creating and Equity-Minded Campus Culture to Improve Student Outcomes.”

David Rejano Cantero

David Rejano is the Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he began in 2016. Before that, he served as Principal Trombone with the Münchner Philharmoniker from 2010 to 2016, Principal Trombone with the Barcelona Opera House from 2007 to 2010, and Principal Trombone with Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra from 2002 to 2007.

He has also performed as a guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, Seoul Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks or the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris. He collaborates regularly with Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev. David Rejano appears frequently as a soloist at international festivals and gives master classes all over the world, including the Guildhall School of London (England), the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China), New England Conservatory (USA), and the Paris Conservatoire (France).

Mr. Rejano was born in Badajoz (Spain) and initially studied music at the Conservatory in Madrid. He then moved to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he graduated with the Special Prize of the Jury. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (with Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez).

Ryan Darke

Trumpeter Ryan Darke enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. Mr. Darke is principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; prior to joining the Los Angeles Opera, he played second trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony and principal trumpet with the San Diego Symphony. He also spent one year at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.

Mr. Darke has also enjoyed teaching the OrchKids program with the Baltimore Symphony, Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA) through the LA Philharmonic, and while touring with the LA Philharmonic taught a master class for Venezuela’s “El Sistema.” Mr. Darke has also played in concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysia Philharmonic, Stavanger Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and with the new music ensemble wildUp. While residing in Germany Mr. Darke played with the Schleswig Holstein Orchestra and was featured as principal on Mahler Symphony No. 5.

Mr. Darke received his Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn School, his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Rice University, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory at the California State University, Long Beach. His most influential instructors have been James Wilt, Rob Frear, Rick Giangiulio, Tony Prisk, Michael Sachs, and Joan LaRue.

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s restless innovation drives him constantly to reposition classical music in the 21st century. He is known as both a composer and conductor and is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He is the Music Director Designate of the San Francisco Symphony; the 2020–21 season will be his first as Music Director. He is Artist in Association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. He recently joined the faculty of LA’s Colburn School, where he developed, leads, and directs the pre-professional Negaunee Conducting Program. He is the Conductor Laureate for both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. Salonen co-founded—and from 2003 until 2018 served as the Artistic Director for—the annual Baltic Sea Festival, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Jeffrey Parola, DMA

Jeffrey Parola is a composer whose works have been commissioned and performed throughout the US, by ensembles such as Indiana University’s NOTUS, Oklahoma State University Singers, Thalea String Quartet, Lyris String Quartet, Pacific Serenades, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Choral Chameleon, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and the Ateneo Chamber Singers.

Notable honors include the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hoefer Prize, the Peter David Faith Endowed Memorial Award, the Rappaport Prize, the European American Musical Alliance Prize, and the Jim Highsmith Orchestral Composition Prize.

Jeffrey is also an organist, conductor, and vocalist. He recently made his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in the world premiere performance of David Lang’s sleeper’s prayer. He has also sung professionally with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Schola Cantorum San Francisco, and most recently with The Benedict 16, Tonality, the Golden Bridge, the Choir of St. James, and LASchola.