Faculty Profiles

Dr. Paul Plew

Chairperson, Department of Music
Professor of Choral Studies
B.S.M., Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania
M.M., Pacific Lutheran University
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Joined TMC 1979

Paul T. Plew, Ed.D., has been the chairperson of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities at The Master's College since 1979. He was educated at Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania; Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; and received his Doctorate in Education with Music specialization from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, co founder and past president of the Santa Clarita Music Educators Association, and past president of the National Association of Church Musicians (formerly Choral Conductors Guild). Dr. Plew has adjudicated for, as well as participated in, numerous choral festivals around the nation. His emphasis in the classroom includes conducting, church music and choral-related classes, and hymnology.

Dr. Plew conducts the Collegiate Singers, a one-hundred-sixty voice campus choir, The Master's Chorale, a sixty-five member choir, and Majesty, a small contemporary directions group. He has led these groups on tours to England, Ireland, Russia, Canada, Italy, Israel, Germany, Spain, and virtually every state in the union. In May of 2003 he conducted The Master's Chorale in a solo concert at Carnegie Hall. In the spring of 2006, Dr. Plew was granted a sabbatical which took him to England and Ireland to study the life and hymnody of Charles Wesley. In 2007 he was invited back to Carnegie Hall to conduct the mass choir in "The Rutter Gloria" and Don McCullough's "Canite Tuba." His choirs have recorded for Word, Fred Bock Music, Lillenas Publishing, Ligoiner Ministries, and Pavanne Publishing companies as well as numerous custom albums for the college. In March, 2008, The Master's Chorale recorded, by request, an album for Ligoiner Ministries. In addition to his ministry at the college, he also serves as Music Pastor at Santa Clarita Baptist Church in Canyon Country, California. Dr. Plew led the faculty of the Music Department in the accreditation process through the National Association of Schools of Music, which was granted in November, 2007.

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Dr. Stephen Opfer

Professor of Instrumental Studies & Music Education
B.M., University of Northern Iowa
M.M., California State University, Fullerton
D.M.A., University of Southern California
Joined TMC 1992

Dr. Opfer is director of instrumental studies and is head of the music education track. His responsibilities include director of the wind ensemble and jazz band, overseeing the music computer lab, coordinating the applied instrumental instructors and chamber ensembles. Dr. Opfer completed his undergraduate degree in music education with an emphasis in trombone performance. He taught bands and orchestras in public and Christian high schools for twenty years during which he received a Masters degree in instrumental conducting. Dr. Opfer served as adjunct music instructor at Biola University while beginning work on a doctorate. While at TMC, he completed his doctorate in music education that includes specific training in conducting, computer technologies, and music history. Dr. Opfer is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, Music Educators National Conference, College Music Society, and the College Band Directors National Association. He serves as guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and trombonist at numerous musical events including national music organizations such as Music in the Parks and Festivals of Music.

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Dr. Kimberlyn Jones

Professor of Vocal Studies & Opera
B.M., Mississippi University for Women
M.M., D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Joined TMC 1986

Dr. Kimberlyn Jones, mezzo-soprano, specialized in opera performance for her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin, with a Master's degree in vocal performance. She serves on the music faculty at The Master's College as Director of Vocal Studies and Opera. Dr. Jones spends the greatest part of her time teaching private voice and directing the opera, for which she has been recognized in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers". She has performed in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, England and Wales, as well as the Southern, Southwestern and Eastern seaboard states and in California. She has more than 25 opera roles to her credit and has also sung many solo recitals and appeared as soloist in numerous chamber music concerts and oratorio performances. A highlight of this activity was serving as alto soloist with The Master's Chorale at Carnegie Hall in 2007. Dr. Jones teaches master classes in voice and adjudicates vocal competitions on the national, regional and local levels. She is a member of both Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary societies. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves on the board of NATSLA. Dr. Jones also holds membership in the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Classical Singers Association of Los Angeles, The Opera Buffs of Los Angeles, The Opera League of Los Angeles, and has been a performing member of the Opera Guild of Southern California. She and her husband, Taylor, who is head of the TMC Science and Math Departments, have two grown children, Marcella and Trevor, and one grandchild. Dr. Jones is a member of Grace Community Church, through which she and her husband have long hosted a Bible study in their home.

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Dr. Carolyn Simons

Professor of Musicology
B.M., M.M., Baylor University
Ph.D., The University of Iowa
Joined TMC 1999

Dr. Simons teaches Music History, Literature, World Music, and conducts the Women's Chamber Choir. After completing her master's degree, Dr. Simons took a 16-year break from academia to raise six children with her husband Jack (Chairperson, Communication Department). She returned to school at The University of Iowa in 1987 to pursue a doctorate in musicology, then spent the school year 1991-92 in Nuremberg, Germany on a Fulbright grant for dissertation studies. From 1992 to 1998 she taught courses at Cedarville College in Music, English composition, German and French, led a missionary team to Germany and started and served as advisor for the German club. Dr. Simons has been on the board of Governors for the American Musical Instrument Society and has been chairman of the archive and nominating committees. She has given numerous papers at their meetings as well as at meetings of the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society and at a special conference celebrating the 300th anniversary of the piano's invention. In August, 2003, she gave a presentation at a joint meeting of the Galpin Society and the American Musical Instrument Society in Edinburgh. She has written entries for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the Garland Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments: Vol. III, The Harpsichord and Clavichord, book reviews for The Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, their newsletter, and several articles for Continuo magazine. Dr. Simons currently writes articles for the music department and served as coordinator for the self-study leading to accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Dr. Ruta Bloomfield

Assistant Professor of Music
B.M., Bowling Green State University
M.M., Northwestern University
D.M.A., Claremont Graduate University
Joined TMC 1989

Dr. Bloomfield is known for her enthusiastic teaching style.  She instructs the four-semester sequence of Music Theory: Aural Skills, all sections of Introduction to Music and Art in various formats (day classes, Degree Completion Program evening classes, and TMC online), and harpsichord lessons.  She created a humanities course called Arts in Culture: Music, Film, and Art for DCP.  Ably filling in where needed, she has also taught teacher education music classes.  An active recitalist, she released a CD called Music from Versailles (available at featuring the four suites for harpsichord by Bernard de Bury, the subject of her doctoral thesis.  The same music has been performed in concert a total of four times, including as guest artist for Point Loma Nazarene University and for the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society.  In 2013 and again in 2014 she presented a paper called “The French Connection:  Influence of François Couperin on Bernard de Bury” at the annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America in Williamsburg, VA and the 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music in Salzburg, Austria respectively.  Her critical edition, Four Suites for Harpsichord by Bernard de Bury, was published by The Edwin Mellen Press in 2014.  After receiving a B.M. in Music History and Literature and Harpsichord Performance at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), she completed a M.M. degree in Musicology and Harpsichord Performance at Northwestern University (Illinois). She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practices at Claremont Graduate University in 2008.  Her goal in performing and teaching is to be a blessing to others with the gifts God has given her by playing skillfully to His glory (Psalm 33:3).  Dr. Bloomfield is active in a local church, with a special interest in global outreach. She is also an avid softball player and hiker.  Visit her website at

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Dr. Kenneth Mays

Adjunct Faculty, Piano
B.M., Fort Wayne Bible College
M.M., Ph.D., Indiana University
Joined TMC 1986

Dr. Ken Mays is the resident Professor of Piano at The Master's College.  He received his MM and Ph.D. from Indiana University.  Dr. Mays has played solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Great Britain for more than 40 years.  He was on the staff of the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College for 19 years before coming to The Master's College in 1986.  He has also presented papers at several American Musicological Society conferences. More locally, Dr. Mays is a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California and the San Fernando chapter of NACM.  He has been an adjudicator for various piano competitions and has been involved in church music ministry for most of his life.  Dr. Mays' latest recording is titled "Reflections & Praise", a series of hymn arrangements for piano.

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Prof. Claire Blackwell

Freshman Music Advisor
Adjunct Faculty, Music & Mathematics
B.A., Concordia College
Joined TMC 1982

Prof. Blackwell has been ringing handbells since 1977 with a special interest in solo ringing. She co-authored a book on solo techniques for handbells and has taught at workshops in national and regional handbell festivals. In the Fall of 1982, Prof. Blackwell came to The Master's College to teach students ringing techniques and specifics for directing handbell choirs. Prof. Blackwell taught mathematics at the junior and senior high school level before coming to The Master's College and enjoys tutoring in mathematics at all levels.

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Prof. Lauren Shackelford

Faculty, Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory
M.M., University of Oklahoma
B.M., Cedarville University
Joined TMC 2007

Prof. Shackelford is an Instructor in Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory at The Master's College. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), she currently maintains a piano studio in Valencia, California and performs as a collaborative pianist in the Santa Clarita Valley. She received her M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and her B.M. with highest honors in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University. She is also the recipient of several awards including the Music Teacher's National Association Star Award, the Gail Boyd deStwolinski Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Dorothy Detrick Kendall Memorial Piano Scholarship, and the Cedarville University Faculty Scholarship Award. Prof. Shackelford is an experienced piano teacher, having taught lessons from beginning through collegiate levels since 2000. Prior to her employment at The Master's College, she was on the faculty of the First Baptist Fine Arts Academy in Norman, Oklahoma and taught piano lessons in both Fairborn, Ohio and Cedarville, Ohio. Prof. Shackelford is a member of the Music Teachers' Association of California, the Music Teacher's National Association, and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

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Adjunct Faculty

Prof. Sarah Wallin Huff

Adjunct Faculty, Composition & Theory
B.A., CalState Polytechnic University; M.M., Claremont Graduate University
Joined TMC 2012

Sarah Wallin Huff has been a performer on the violin, viola, and 6-string electric violin since 1990. She performs with numerous and diverse ensembles and performs as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as participating on electric and acoustic violin and viola on various recording projects.


Sarah’s compositions have been performed throughout the States and abroad, including the Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and at the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium in Devon, England. Her work is featured on Navona Records’ “SOUL OF THE MACHINE,” a full album of her original music that explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity. The recording of her violin trio, “Counterpoint Invariable,” found on this album, appeared on the First Round Ballot for the 2015 Grammys for the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance. In addition to her previous collaborations for film and theater, Sarah composed and recorded a fifty-minute-long album of “Musical Response” works, in collaboration with author Jorge Armenteros for the release of his novel, THE BOOK OF I, in November 2014. Her compositions range from solo works to chamber ensembles, to orchestral concert pieces. Sarah is currently the Professor of Composition/Advanced Theory and conductor of the Chamber Ensemble at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita CA.

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Prof. Kellie Cunningham

Adjunct Faculty, Piano and Piano Pedagogy
B.A., The Master's College
M.M.E., University of Oklahoma
Joined TMC 2007

Prof. Kellie Cunningham is an Instructor of Piano, Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy at The Master's College. She has been teaching private and group piano lessons since 2000 in California and Oklahoma, and currently maintains a private piano studio in Valencia, CA. She received her M.M.E. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and was awarded B.A. degrees in Communication and Music from The Master's College. She has received numerous awards, including the Margorie Martin Caylor Scholarship Award and the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski award for Excellence in Teaching, as well recording as a solo vocalist on a Grammy-Award-winning album. She adjudicates for local music events has presented nationally on incorporating educational philosophy in the piano studio, and is currently serving on the scholarship committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. She is a member of the Music Teacher's National Association, the Music Teachers Association of California, and the California Scholarship Federation.  Kellie is committed to seeing the arts as one way to express the beauty of Jesus Christ in a fallen world.

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Prof. Sarah Dixon

Adjunct Faculty, Voice | PR & Marketing
B.M., The Master's College
M.M., California State University Northridge
Joined TMC 2006

Prof. Sarah Dixon, soprano, is an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at The Master's College.  She teaches Individual Voice Instruction, Class Voice, handles PR and marketing for the department of music and co-founded TMC's annual voice workshop, Songs of Summer.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The Master's College and a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Arts from California State University, Northridge.  Sarah has performed much oratorio and choral repertoire along with opera and musical theater, and has sung in Israel, Spain, Italy, France, Russia and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall.  Her favorite roles have been Marion in The Music Man, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Wendy in Peter Pan and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte.  Sarah also teaches privately and has led various voice workshops as well as been a clinician for the Invitational High School Choral Festival in Santa Clarita, the ACSI Choral Festival and the SCCEA Scholarship Auditions.  She is a member of NATS and NATS-LA.  Sarah currently sings with the Pacific Chorale, the Old Town Carolers and enjoys singing for various studio recordings from time to time.  She and her husband, Matt and son, Isaiah, live in Valencia and are involved with the music ministry at Grace Baptist Church.

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Prof. Tavi Jinariu

Adjunct Faculty, Guitar
B.A.,The Master's College
M.Div., The Master's Seminary
PostBaccalaureate, UCLA
Joined TMC 2010

During the past 10 years, Tavi Jinariu has distinguished himself as one of the preeminent classical guitarists in the Los Angeles area. His artistry is defined by deep emotional expression, focused attention to technical accuracy and details, as well as a certain performance pathos that never fails to captivate audiences.

Tavi hails from the beautiful Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Romania. His musical explorations began at age thirteen when he began a course in basic guitar foundations. At the age of sixteen, Tavi was exposed for the first time to the sound of the classical guitar, after which he fell in love with the lyrical and melancholic sound of the instrument. Within three short years of studying the classical guitar, Tavi drew attention, being invited to tour America in the fall of 1998. During this tour Tavi played some sixty concerts in twenty-seven states. In the fall of 1999 Tavi was awarded a generous scholarship that made it possible for him to receive the personalized instruction of the world's preeminent classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening. During his years in college Tavi began a fruitful collaboration with luthier Thomas Malapanis and has since performed exclusively on Malapanis Guitars. Tavi won 1st prize in The ASTA Classical Guitar Competition for the greater Los Angeles Area (2001 and 2002) and the ASTA Artist Guitar Competition for the State of California (2003). Tavi's guitar performances have taken him to numerous European countries (Romania, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands), to Israel, and through most of the United States. He has been featured as a solo artist with various orchestras (New West Symphony, Calabasas Chamber Orchestra, The Master's College Orchestra) and participated in numerous recording projects and radio appearances.

Currently Tavi teaches guitar at the Master's College in Santa Clarita CA and maintains a busy performance and teaching schedule while pursuing his Ph.D. degree in     Classical Philology. Tavi and his wife Melissa reside in Southern California and enjoy living their busy but exciting lives together. They both share a deep commitment to their faith in Jesus Christ.

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Prof. Tricia Hulet

Adjunct Faculty, Theatre Arts 
Music Events & Facilities Coordinator
M.A., The Master's College 
B.A., The Master's College
Joined TMC 2004

Prof. Tricia Hulet is an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts and Production Techniques at The Master's College. She directs the theatre arts program, produces the Christmas Concert Series and manages all concerts, recitals and events through the Music Department. Tricia is a graduate of The Master's College (MA Biblical Counseling in progress; BA Biblical Counseling/minor in Music), where she studied voice under Dr. Kimberlyn Jones and was extensively involved in musical theatre. She has held leading roles in several major productions including Anne in Anne of Green Gables, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Marry Lennox in the musical version of The Secret Garden. Tricia values the performing arts as a means to reflect our Creator and as a way to serve and impact the kingdom of God. She first began directing theatre in 2004 for a Christian high school. She was then brought on in 2007 to revive TMC Theatre Arts as a part of the Music Department. Tricia has seen TMC Theatre Arts function as a refining tool in many lives - shaping and sharpening hearts to live in light of the Gospel we have been graciously saved by - and used to build another example of biblical community that is a bright light to the watching world. Helping students round out their biblical worldview in the area of performing arts is a joy and blessing. She has also been involved in Santa Clarita community theatre as a performer and also as a member of the Canyon Theatre Guild. Tricia and her husband, Dave, both are blessed to work at The Master's College and be members of Grace Community Church.

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Prof. Michael Ferril

Adjunct Faculty, Violin
California State University Northridge
Joined TMC 2015

Prof. Michael Ferril began violin studies through the Glendale Unified School Strings Program and quickly progressed to private lessons with Purcell Mayor, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in the 1930's and 1940's. Mr. Ferril attended Cal State Northridge under scholarship and faculty, Endre Granat and Robert Lipsett. During the summers of 1977-1981 Mr. Ferril attended The Meadowmount School of Music, Ivan Galamian Director, and studied with Sally Thomas and chamber music with Josef Gingold.

After graduating from The Juilliard School of Music in New York, Mr. Ferril returned to the Los Angeles area and continued recording for various musical artist such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Natalie Cole, Glenn Campbell, Jessica Simpson, The Eagles, The Who, Earth Wind and Fire and Elvis Costello and The Roots. Mr. Ferril has recorded in over 750 motion pictures as well as hundreds of commercials. The composers that Mr. Ferril has worked under include Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, George Delarue, David Newman, Randy Newman, Miklos Rosza and Maurice Jarre just to name a few. Mr. Ferril's professional live performances include The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri's baton, The American Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Harlem Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet and The Civic Light Orchestra at the Los Angeles Music Center.  From 1987-2005 Mr. Ferril regularly recorded at Paramount Studios in the Star Trek television series including The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, also recording for the TV programs Jag and MacGyver.

The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival requested Mr. Ferril's musical expertise every year from 1987-2005. He taught students from numerous states and countries that culminated in individual, group and orchestral performances. Mr. Ferril also performed in the same settings. For over 35 years, Mr. Ferril has maintained a private violin studio. Many young well-known violinists have passed through his studio such as Robert Chen (Chicago Symphony Concertmaster), Sheryl Staples (New York Philharmonic Assistant Concertmaster), Michelle Kim (New York Philharmonic Associate Concertmaster). Leila Josefowicz and Tamaki Kawakubo, the latter winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. Mr. Ferril was honored with service for teaching at CSUN 25 years in May of 2015.  He was born and raised in Southern California, and is married to Marilyn and has 3 children

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Prof. Robert Berg

Adjunct Faculty, Viola
St. Petersburg Conservatory
Joined TMC 2015

Robert Berg began playing the violin at the tender age of 5 and by the young age of 14 had decided to make the viola his life long devotion. He began his high school studies in Leningrad at the renowned Music School of Rimsky Korsakov and continued his studies at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory where he studied under the tutelage of Violist and Professor Juri Kramarov. At the conservatory he became assistant to Professor Kramarov. He graduated in 1983 with a Masters in Music and Viola.

Although he had performed through out his life, immediately after completing his studies he began his professional career by performing with the St. Petersburg Conservatory String Quartet and working with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. After his tenure in St. Petersburg, Robert returned to his native Prague where he worked with the Prague Symphony Orchestra until 1987. After his move to the United States, he was quickly welcomed and became a member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Opera Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera. He has also been an active player and contributor in the recordings for motion pictures, television and popular-recording artists' projects throughout the years. He has a life long understanding and devotion to the viola and has been teaching since his days at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. His viola has been heard throughout the world in operas, chamber music and recorded performances.

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Prof. Janet Crouch Shulman

Adjunct Faculty, Cello
Royal College of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Joined TMC 2009

Janet Crouch Shulman studied cello at the Royal College of Music in London with Anna Shuttleworth and at the Royal Academy of Music with Derek Simpson. Subsequently she took lessons from Ralph Kirshbaum and William Pleeth. Janet has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Glyndebourne Opera, the Britten Sinfonia, the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and the Academy of Ancient Music, under such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christopher Hogwood, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Simon Rattle. She has played solo cello for The Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Kenneth Brannagh's 'Renaissance Theatre Company' and recorded many Television and Film soundtracks in London and Los Angeles, including the BBC and the major Hollywood movie studios (with the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra). She also has a particular interest in chamber music and has worked with many leading groups including the Endymion Ensemble, the Almeida Ensemble and as guest cellist with the Britten Quartet and the New Hollywood String Quartet. Janet was assistant professor of cello at the Royal College of Music, London, from 1987-1999. She has taught privately and at many institutions, including Hindhead School of Music, Youth Music Center (London), Reading Youth Orchestra in the UK, and Malibu String Academy in the USA. In 2009 she was appointed adjunct professor of cello at The Masters College, Santa Clarita. She teaches cello at her home studio in Topanga, and is also a fully qualified and experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique

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Prof. William Powell

Adjunct Faculty, Clarinet
A.D., Juilliard School; M.F.A.,California Institute of the Arts
Joined TMC 2014

William Powell, clarinetist, has performed at major concert venues throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia including Avery Fischer, Merkin and Carnegie Recital Halls; the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the United Nations; the Kennedy Center; at the North American New Music Festival as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic; and at the International Congresses on Women in Music in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Bremen. The recipient of a Senior Research Grant from the Fulbright Commission, he lived for a year in India where he presented concerts of American music, collaborated in cross-cultural performances, and recorded for All India Radio. He has performed with the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras, the contemporary music ensemble SONOR, the Sierra Wind Quintet, the Naumburg Awardwinning Aulos Wind Quintet and, as principal clarinetist, with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Las Vegas Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. Currently, Mr. Powell serves on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts where he performs with the CalArts New Century Players, a faculty ensemble devoted to the performance of contemporary music. He has also taught at the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; California State University, Long Beach; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His major teachers were Stanley Drucker (principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic), Michelle Zukovsky (principal clarinetist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), and Leon Russianoff. He has made recordings for the Cambria, CRI, Electra/Asylum and Nonesuch labels.

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Prof. Jennifer Johnson

Adjunct Faculty, Oboe
B.M., University of Colorado
M.M., University of Southern California
A.D., The Colburn School Conversatory
Joined TMC 2014

Originally from Colorado, oboist Jennifer Johnson currently resides in Los Angeles, California.  She is Second Oboe/English Horn of the Los Angeles Opera, Principal Oboe of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Second Oboe of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and has played with many other orchestras across the state. She has also performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra over a span of seven seasons, acting as Second Oboe for several weeks in 2011.  For a few weeks in 2007-08 she made two subsequent trips to Hong Kong, where she served as Guest Principal Oboe of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In the Fall of 2013 she received the position of Oboe Lecturer Faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is the Oboe Faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since Fall 2014.

Ms. Johnson completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado with Peter Cooper. She then went to Los Angeles to earn a Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California with Dr. Allan Vogel and David Weiss.  Additionally she received an Artist’s Diploma from The Colburn School Conservatory with Dr. Vogel in 2010.

After being awarded the second prize in the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition in 2009, Ms. Johnson was the recipient of the Oboe Fellowship in 2011-12 and the English Horn Fellowship in 2013 while studying with Elaine Douvas, Richard Woodhams, and Pedro Diaz. She has also participated in the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez.

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Prof. Tim Dolinar

Adjunct Faculty, Saxophone
B.M.,Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music
M.M.,California State University, Fresno
Joined TMC 2007

Tim Dolinar is emerging as one of his generations most versatile and sought after saxophonists. Equally capable in both the classical and jazz language, Mr. Dolinar has toured various cities in Germany and Italy as both an ensemble member and featured soloist with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. He was a founding member and performer with various saxophone quartets, including the Northcoast Saxophone Quartet, the Cleveland Saxophone Quartet and the Common Ground Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Dolinar has also performed with numerous orchestras, such as The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, The Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra and The Fresno Philharmonic. His most recent solo performances include a 2008 summer tour in Japan performing the music of John Williams, Phil Woods and others.

In his formal training, Mr. Dolinar earned a B.M. in saxophone performance from the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music and an M.A. in performance from California State University, Fresno. Mr. Dolinar is currently on the faculty at the Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA and is the Instructor of Woodwinds at the Santa Monica Academy of Music and Canyon Charter Elementary School.

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Prof. Maciej Flis

Adjunct Faculty, Bassoon
M.A., California Institute of the Arts
Artist Diploma, USC
M.A., G.K. Bacewicz Academy of Music
Joined TMC 2007

Bassoonist Maciej Flis is an active freelance performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. He plays principal bassoon with many symphony and chamber orchestras, among them Long Beach Opera, Glendale Philharmonic, Bakersfield Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Brentwood Symphony, Ventura County Ballet Company and Angeles Chorale . Since 2005 he has been principal bassoonist of the Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra in New York. As a recording artist, Maciej performs on short films and television. He took part in numerous music festivals in the United States, Mexico and Europe. He is fortunate to have collaborated with some of the world’s famous artists and musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Burt Bacharach, Yundi Li, Kent Nagano, Carl St. Clair, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, John Waltz, Monica Mancini, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Larry Livingston, Monica Mancini and Charles Fox. Several of his performances have been featured on the Los Angeles classical radio stations, K-Mozart and KUSC. Maciej was featured soloist with the CalArts Orchestra and the Orange County Symphony in the "Five Sacred Trees" Concerto for Bassoon by John Williams.

Maciej is also collaborating with many chamber groups such as Jacaranda, New Century Players and the Symbiosis Ensemble. He is the bassoonist of the Midnight Winds, Los Angeles based ensemble with captivating presence and musical imagination. Young Artists International selected Midnight to appear in recitals throughout Southern California in 2008. That year also marked the ensemble’s first international tour during which they presented concerts and workshops throughout Poland, where Maciej was born. They have been featured guest artists at the Schneider Concerts Series in New York, the South Bay Chamber Music Society, the Paderewski Festival, CalArts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Sundays Live, LA City College, an educational outreach residency through Orchestras of Pasadena, and quintet-in-residence for Chamber Music Sedona, Arizona. In 2010, the ensemble recorded and premiered a new commission by Emmy award-winning composer Steve Cohn. The Midnight Winds maintain a strong relationship with the Polish Music Center where they frequently collaborate with international artists and composers. Recently the Midnight Winds made a recording for a retrospective of David Rosenboom’s works released on New World Records in 2012.

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Prof. Nathan Campbell

Adjunct Faculty, French Horn
B.M., Wichita State University
Joined TMC 2007

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Wichita State University, Nathan Campbell moved to southern California in 1981.  While freelancing, he completed his master's degree at USC, where he studied with Vincent DeRosa.

Nathan has performed and recorded with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera and San Diego Symphony.  In addition to having performed with numerous local orchestras, he has been in the orchestra for many musical theatre productions in Los Angeles, including Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, The Producers and Wicked.  He can be heard on various recordings, including Southwest Chamber Music's Grammy Award winning recording, "Carlos Chavez - Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 2", and with artists Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi, Cold Play, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Muse and Daft Punk.  Film credits include Hancock, Horton Hears a Who, Get Smart, Pirates of the Carribean I, Spiderwick Chronicles, Alice in Wonderland, Spiderman 2 and X - Men:  The Last Stand.  Nathan has performed for television on many occasions, including the 2008 Academy Awards show.

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Prof. Loren Marsteller

Adjunct Faculty, Trombone
M.M., Catholic University of America
Joined TMC 2010

Loren Marsteller, M.M., was formerly Principal Trombone with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Alberta, Canada, and a Euphonium soloist with "The President's Own" United States Marine Corps Band, in Washington, D.C. Currently he is Principal Trombone with the California Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orquesta de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico, solo Euphonium with the Long Beach Municipal Band, first Euphonium in the Tubadours and solo Baritone with the Americus Brass Band.

Mr. Marsteller is highly esteemed by his professional colleagues for his warm, singing tone, sparkling technique, and superb musical artistry. He holds a master's degree in trombone performance and counts as his teachers his father, Robert Marsteller and Keith Brown. He has played principal trombone for the American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and every regional orchestra in Southern California.

In addition, he is greatly in demand as an orchestral specialist on euphonium, bass trumpet and tenor horn and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Marsteller has recorded on A&M, Avant, Capitol, Columbia, Crystal, Golden Crest, Summit and Virgin labels and has a reputation for finding and playing unusual brass-wind instruments such as Alphorns and Tibetan temple-horns (heard as the Vulcan horn call in Star Trek III), alto trombone, bass-flügelhorn, ophicleide, and sackbuts.

Acclaimed as a soloist and clinician for both the International Trombone Association (1987) and T.U.B.A. (Tubist's Universal Brotherhood Association, 1978), and renowned as a performer and teacher throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Mr. Marsteller has been called a "phenomenal talent" by the late American composer Paul Creston and a "virtuoso" by the Los Angeles Times' music critic Daniel Cariaga. A recent review in the Los Angeles Times cited his "plangent" performance on Amazing Grace. The late Alec Wilder once wrote, "He is, without question, a superb musician, sensitive, intense, mature, intuitive, highly intelligent. His personality and quiet intellect lead me to believe that he is as splendid a teacher as he is a performer."

He has soloed on euphonium and trombone with the U.S.M.C. band, "The President's Own," in Washington, D.C., the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Long Beach Municipal Band and the California Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the New Sousa Band, the California Gold Rush Band and the Americus Brass Band. .

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Prof. Beth Mitchell

Adjunct Faculty, Tuba
B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music
B.M., John Hopkins University
Joined TMC 2012

Before settling in Los Angeles, Beth Chouinard-Mitchell was principal tubist with the Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra in San Francisco. She has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Orchesta Sinfonica de Monterrey, Germany’s Eurobrass, and has toured frequently throughout the United States and Europe.

Beth studied tuba at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore with David Fedderly, and The University of Southern California in Los Angeles with Jim Self and Tommy Johnson. Mrs. Mitchell enjoys an active freelance career in Los Angeles and is on the brass faculties of Masters College, Pasadena City College, Los Angeles Valley College, Cypress College, at Biola University and JFK High School. Beth Mitchell is a Kanstul Performing Artist

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Prof. Mark Converse

Adjunct Faculty, Percussion
B.A., California State University, Northridge
Joined TMC 1998

Prof. Converse graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in percussion performance. Since graduating, Prof. Converse has performed and recorded with a diverse collection of artists including Paul Anka, Peggy Lee, Lucy Arnaz, Dudley Moore and many others. As a free-lance drummer and percussionist, he works often in the Los Angeles theatres, does television, film and record work and appeared in a concert series with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prof. Converse has been privileged to study with a number of L.A.'s finest percussionists and brings a unique blend of training and practical experience to his teaching at The Master's College.

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Prof. Ben Mason

Adjunct Faculty, Organ
B.M., M.M., Johns Hopkins University
M.M., University of Georgia
Joined TMC 2014

Ben Mason is an active pianist, organist, arranger, and composer in Los Angeles. He composes music for church settings, television, and film. In addition to teaching at the Master’s College, Ben also teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. He accompanies the Towne Singers in Pasadena and performs at various gigs around Los Angeles.

Ben studied piano, organ, and violin, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, a master’s in conducting from the University of Georgia, and a graduate certificate in scoring for motion pictures and television from the University of Southern California.

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Prof. Scott Weber

Adjunct Faculty, Audio Technology
Joined TMC 2011

Scott Weber, a veteran in the field of sound editorial, ADR, Foley mixing and re-recording, discovered his true passion for sound as a child when he took guitar and vocal lessons. He was part of a musical group in high school and, when they recorded an album in a studio, he knew that sound production was going to be his life.

After studying recording engineering at the Dick Grove School of Music, he labored diligently at various sound recording companies pursuing his goal. He eventually landed at Disney, where he worked for 20 years, winning an Emmy Award for his work on Lost, for which he also picked up four Emmy nominations and three CAS nominations. Most recently, he received an Emmy Award nomination for Person of Interest.

Scott has a rare combination of technical creativity that allows him to deliver an efficient and auditory pleasing product to the client. His trained ear and passion for sound, along with with his outstanding technical abilities, set him apart. Outside of work, Scott enjoys volunteering his time as an AYSO soccer referee and sound technician at his church. He also enjoys golfing, basketball, skiing and boating.

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Prof. Keith Rogers

Adjunct Faculty, Audio Technology
Joined TMC 2011

Keith Rogers has been a Re-Recording mixer for 20 years. His career began in 1993 at EFX, where he learned the business and developed his skills in digital audio. Keith quickly moved into a mixing position in 1995, and eventually a 13-year staff mixing position at Walt Disney Studios. Keith has spent the last several years as an independent mixer, currently working for Todd A/O Soundelux.

Keith has mixed over 130 movies for TV, mini-series and features films. Keith’s episodic credits include the hit FOX show Bones, TNT’s Perception, and CBS’s Person of Interest which received an Emmy Award nomination in 2012 for Outstanding Sound Mixing. Overall Keith has four Emmy nominations and nine CAS nominations, including one CAS win. He enjoys the creative process of mixing and the interaction with the filmmakers and clients, and being able to help create a great soundtrack.

Keith has been married for 18 years and has two children and is a member and a deacon at Grace Community church where he serves in the Children's Ministry

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Prof. Sam Rotman

Guest Faculty, Piano
B.M., M.M., Juilliard School
Joined TMC 2001

When Sam Rotman made his debut at the age of 16 with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 6,000 people, the Baldwin Keynote Magazine wrote, "Sam Rotman is a pianist with abundant potential."

Prof. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City. While a student, he was the recipient of nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships, and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. The most prestigious award was that of Laureate Winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria. Prof. Rotman participated in the 6th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. He has given over 1800 performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Africa, South Africa, Europe and Asia, totaling 57 countries.

Prof. Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven. Beginning with a series of all Beethoven concerts in 1970 (the Beethoven bi-centennial), he was presented on Public Broadcast System in a special Beethoven concert. Prof. Rotman continues to perform the works of Beethoven in recital and with orchestra.

Prof. Rotman has released four recordings. Portrait of a Piano includes the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, Impressions: Piano Portraits of Claude Debussy, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Rachmaninoff Piano Works, and his most recent recording is The Piano Music of Beethoven, including the Moonlight and Pathetique Sonatas. A video entitled Sam Rotman, Concert Pianist: The Music and Testimony of a Jew for Jesus has also been produced. Sales of Prof. Rotman's recordings and videos have exceeded 50,000. These recordings and the video are displayed on Prof. Rotman's PRODUCTS webpage, complete with ordering and pricing information.

Prof. Rotman has performed in over 50 countries including South Africa, Austria, Israel, China, and Australia.

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Dr. Dan Forrest

Guest Faculty, Composition
M.M., D.M.A., University of Kansas
Joined TMC 2012

Dan Forrest has been described as “a composer of substance” (Columbus Dispatch), with  “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Born in 1978, Dan is a pianist-turned-composer whose choral music has already established a lasting presence in the US and abroad.

Dan’s choral works (with nearly a million in print) have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, a Meet The Composer grant, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and many others. His “A Basque Lullaby” for wind band was included in Volume 8 of the well-known Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series. His music has been performed in leading venues across the country and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Dan has a choral series in his name with Hinshaw Music and serves as associate editor at Beckenhorst Press. He has served as an adjudicator for numerous composition contests (including the John Ness Beck Foundation and the Southern Division MTNA), has been recognized in Who’s Who In America multiple times, and currently serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal The Artistic Theologian. Dan keeps a full schedule of commissions, workshops, and residencies with churches, universities, and community choirs, and remains active as a collaborative pianist and recording producer.

Recent and upcoming performances of Dan’s music include a commission for the ACDA National Honor’s Children’s Choir (Psalm 8), a commission for premiere at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina (Entreat Me Not To Leave You), a commission for a choral festival honoring John F. Kennedy at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), a piece commissioned by the Tenjo Hanabi choir (Osaka, Japan) in memorial of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, a forthcoming 30-minute commissioned work for chorus and orchestra, and a 40-minute concert segment of his music for chorus and orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center. In summer 2013, Dan will be the composer-in-residence for the World Choral Fest in Dublin, Ireland.

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Prof. Phil Webb

Guest Faculty, Voice
Joined TMC 2007

International Opera tenor, Philip Webb, grew up in Liberty, Missouri, the son of a Baptist Minister. It was during his teenage years that Philip began to develop his voice and sing in his father’s church. In 1988 he recorded his second gospel CD, “He Is King” and was heard in churches all over the United States and Canada.

In 1993, after nearly twelve years as a church music minister, Webb was the Grand Prize winner of the Bel Canto Vocal Competition in Chicago, Illinois. First prize was a summer session of intensive opera studies and Webb was encouraged by the renowned bass, Giorgio Tozzi, to pursue a career in opera. He immediately began an intensive program of studies and training. with one of the most renown vocal teachers of her day, Margaret Harshaw, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera and the Indiana School of Music. Since that beginning program into opera, he has continued to study professionally and in 2001 he began a series of studies with the Internationally acclaimed "Verdian" tenor, Carlo Bergonzi in Busetto, Italy. Philip has been heard all across the world and has appeared on the stages of operas theaters such as The Metropolitan Opera of New York, The Vienna State Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona and the San Francisco Opera House. His career as a Lyric Spinto tenor has primarily encompassed the operas of Verdi and Puccini, but he continues to develop his voice and his operatic repertoire. In the next few years audiences will hear him begin to add more German roles to his stage repertoire, beginning with Erik at the Metropolitan Opera and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China.

Philip's short career has encompassed a wide spectrum of roles and their interpretations, however, he is equally at home singing gospel music as that is where he first began singing. He is very active in the music at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. He and his wife Barbara have three children, who have grown up traveling and hearing beautiful music.

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Other Adjunct Faculty:

Gary Woodward | Flute
David Johns | Trumpet
John Hester | Double Bass
Ryan Foglesong | Electric Bass 
Jane Grothe-Ferruzzo | Harp
John Martin | Audio Technology Coordinator
Jana Gruss | Music Education