Faculty


Mary Alonso wearing an embroidered blouse and smiling in front of a window.
Early Childhood Faculty
Mary taught in Downey Unified School District for over 27 years.
Percussion Faculty
Former principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra who has given master classes and clinics worldwide
Horn Faculty
Esteemed Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and faculty for Colburn's Conservatory, Community School, and Music Academy
Ryan Emerson Baird holding a bass and smiling in front of a window.
Double Bass Faculty
Ryan performs as a member of both the Santa Barbara Symphony and Delirium Musicum Chamber Ensemble, where he is also a co-founder.
Margaret Batjer
Violin Faculty, Academy Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Margaret Batjer, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, has served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998. Throughout her successful career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and concertmaster, she has established herself as a versatile and respected artist worldwide.
Nita Baxani
Chair, Early Childhood Music Department
Dr. Nita Baxani offers a broad range of experiences as musician, educator, and researcher and is enthusiastic about advocating for music in community.