Alan Waddington has worked in many varied settings in the music industry. Not only has he engaged in performances of many styles of music, he has also lead groups, coordinated events and performances, produced, created and conceptualized many of the diverse areas of entertainment.
Alan has performed with Gwen Stefani, “A Chorus Line 20th Anniversary World Tour” Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh and Vince Neal. Featured artist and member of “The Seoul Pops Orchestra” in South Korea and continues to work with Korean pop stars.
Television performance credits include The Grammies, The David Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, The Ellen Show and Good Morning America.
On film in “Renaissance Man“ and “Cherry 2000”.
In charge of the live drumline performances for “Hollaback Girl” and “Wind it Up” for Gwen Stefani (groups performed for major television shows in the US and Europe as well as stadium and other concert venues).
Helped develop the award winning Citrus College jazz and pop music program.
Bill Hoene is the Director of Instrumental Music at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He assignment includes directing The Sierra Wind Symphony of Citrus College, and instructing various courses of study including Studio Laboratory Band, Jazz Combos, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory and Musicianship. Mr. Hoehne is an accomplished musician with 37 years experience as a professional woodwinds performer and 33 years as a music educator at the secondary and college levels.
He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and continued doctoral study at the University of Southern California. He has performed extensively as a saxophone and woodwind specialist in numerous recording studios in the Miami and Southern California areas, and is often a featured soloist. Mr. Hoehne is honored to be continuously called upon to work as an adjudicator, arranger/composer, guest conductor, and clinician for distinguished school wind band programs, associations and honor groups in the Western United States. Bill Hoehne resides in Long Beach California with his wife Dr. Kelly Hoehne.
Mr. Hoehne was certified as a Master Adjudicator for concert festival, street, and field events of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, served on the SCSBOA Board as Vice-President of Field Adjudication, served on field and street Head Judge committees, and was the conductor of the 1995 and 2003 SCSBOA All-Southern Middle School Honor Bands. In 2010 he was the recipient of the SCSBOA Gold Award of Recognition. In 1996, 1998, and 2000, he toured Europe as a featured soloist and member of the instruction/conducting staff with the Southern California Ambassadors of Music. In 2002, 2003, and 2004 he toured Japan and Hawaii as a featured soloist with various Citrus College ensembles. With his "Sea Chanteys for Symphonic Band" Bill Hoehne was a finalist in the 2nd Frank Ticheli International Band Composition Contest (2009). "Sea Chanteys" was published by C. Alan Publications in 2011.
Pianist Carlos Gardels has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall, The Alion Baltic Festival of Estonia, and the Willshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. He has received awards from the Young Musician's Foundation and the National Society of Arts and Letters
After completing early training in Los Angeles, Mr. Gardels was awarded scholarships to the Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees, respectively.
An esteemed and versatile teacher, Mr. Gardels was a visiting faculty member at the FaceArt School of Music in Shangahi, China, in 2014, and, in addition to being professor of piano at Citrus College, runs a private studio in Los Angeles. He is also a contributing editor to the arts/culture portion of the Huffington Post.
DOUGLAS AUSTIN, director of the internationally acclaimed Citrus College Singers has devoted over twenty-five years to the students in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Citrus College. After receiving his degree in Music from California State University, Los Angeles, Mr. Austin embarked upon a professional career as a composer, conductor, stage and musical director, arranger, vocalist and performer. He teaches classes in vocal and choral techniques, musical theatre and performance skills and private voice. In demand as a choral clinician and adjudicator, professor Austin often leads vocal workshops and has appeared as a guest speaker at music festivals.
Born and raised near Heidelberg, Germany, Gunnar Eisel has been active in the music community since the late 1960's. He has developed classical guitar programs at California State University, Los Angeles, Whittier College, Fullerton College, and the Los Angeles High School of the Arts. As chairman of the Classical Guitar Program at Cal State University, Los Angeles for 27 years, Eisel guided many undergraduate and graduate guitar majors to successful careers.
A well-respected teacher and coach, Mr. Eisel's students include Rusty Anderson (lead guitarist for Paul McCartney), Mike Simpson (producer, Beastie Boys, Beck, et al) Nuevo flamenco guitarist Anthony Arizaga, and many of Southern California's finest guitar educators.
Mr. Eisel is a full-time faculty member at Citrus College where he has taught electronic music, guitar, music history, and music theory. Eisel founded several of the major components of the music department at Citrus including the guitar program, the electronic music program, and the applied music program. He was instrumental in the development and building the Citrus Recording Arts Center, a multi-million dollar audio and video recording complex in the greater Los Angeles area. The facility, the largest of its kind in the United States, opened its doors in 1998. Professor Eisel has taught Music Appreciation in Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Mr. Eisel has been active in the Guitar Foundation of America since 1974. He served as GFA Executive Director from 1986 to 2002. Mr. Eisel served as National guitar chairman of American String Teachers' Association. 1987-1989. He also served as the Guitar Chairman of the Greater Los Angeles Area ASTA Chapter for 8 years.
For many years Eisel has been an avid collector of rare succulent plants and he currently serves as General Manager of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, and as President of the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society.
Cutting-edge voice teacher, Ingrid Praniuk, is passionate about teaching voice. Her skill and ability to teach both voice and musical instruments have led her to the forefront of her profession and to work with many professional musicians and Hollywood A-list actors to help them learn and perfect their playing and singing.
Her integrity and respect to protect famous clients’ identities and for their privacy concerns have landed her many coveted jobs and special assignments in both the film/TV and music industries. Behind the silver screen, Ingrid Praniuk trains top Hollywood film and TV actors in voice, piano, music theory, and vocal health. She can also be found backstage in music venues, teaching voice and using vocal stress relieving techniques with professional rock star singers. Her areas of expertise include improving the singing voice and preserving vocal health without changing the singer’s signature sound.
Ingrid Praniuk's wealth of music training, experience and research includes work with professors of vocal medicine, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, speech pathologists, ear /nose/throat specialists, Hollywood film and music directors and certified practitioners of holistic methods and stress relieving techniques including the Alexander Technique, Bodywork: acupressure, holistic methods, and therapeutic massage for singers and instrumentalists. Her work with Hollywood film and music directors and record companies makes her especially suited to meet the needs of the industry professional.
In addition to national certification in Holistic Wellness, Ingrid Praniuk has completed the Hans von Leden, MD Symposium on Voice Care Program, administered by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is a member of The Voice Foundation, a prestigious medical research foundation. Her vocal medical research gained the attention of the British Voice Association, which invited her to conduct a workshop at the British Voice Association 2010 conference in London, Great Britain.
Ingrid teaches music students at Citrus Community College and in the California public schools. Her music journalism, photography, and monthly vocal advice column were featured in ANGST magazine from 2005- 2010.
As a performance artist, Ingrid Praniuk sings and plays across the full music spectrum, from classical to rock to electronica. She has performed in several local rock and electronica bands as lead singer, songwriter, background vocalist, and/or keyboardist and has been featured in classical and musical theater showcases. Ingrid is currently lead singer and synth player for her electronica band and performs regularly in Los Angeles and New York City.
John Steinmetz composes music for classical ensembles; his compositions have been released on CDs from several different labels. He teaches bassoon, chamber music, and a graduate seminar at UCLA, and teaches music appreciation at Citrus College.
He played bassoon for orchestras, operas, ballets, TV soundtracks, and movies, and toured with the Bill Douglas Trio, one of those bassoon-oriented rock-jazz-Renaissance-Afro-Irish ensembles. His pamphlet "How to Enjoy a Live Concert" is published by Naxos Records, and his article "Resuscitating Art Music" has been widely reprinted.
Marko DeSantis is a music professional best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of modern rock n roll band Sugarcult, with whom he has toured worldwide and sold over a million records since launching out of Santa Barbara, CA in 2001.
Sugarcult released three studio records which spawned hit singles such as; "Bouncing Off the Walls", "Pretty Girl (The Way)", “Do It Alone” and "Memory". They’ve also released a documentary DVD, a live album, a “best of”/concert-DVD.
Sugarcult has headlined their own national and international tours; performed on the main stages of festivals around the world (Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Summersonic, Warped Tour, Soundwaves, etc); were the main support act on Green Day’s “American Idiot” USA/Japan tours, and Blink 182’s farewell European tour and countless other tours.
Prior to Sugarcult, Marko played in punk/indie bands such as The Ataris, Swingin Utters and Nerf Herder. He is also a founding member of experimental/indie side-project Bad Astronaut.
Marko also writes songs, composes music for film and television, and does artist development coaching for other artists.
As an educator, Marko is currently an adjunct professor at several top music colleges, where he lectures on music business, artist development, songwriting and careers in the new music industry. He has been an invited guest speaker & panelist at SXSW, New Noise Fest, Taxi Road Rally, Kenshu Japan, UCLA, Camp Jam/Power Chord Academy, etc.
Martin Green won First Place in the Eisteddfod International Piano Competition in Wales at the age of sixteen. He studied piano and voice at the University of Southern California, then continued to earn his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University adding studies in organ and composition. While there, he performed roles in operatic productions and toured Europe with the A Capella Singers.
He lived in France and Switzerland for two years and while there, performed with the male quartet Voices of Brotherhood. He completed his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University at Fullerton under the tutelage of Howard Swan.
He has won numerous contests for his sacred choral and vocal compositions. He is currently director of the Citrus Vocal Ensemble and the Concert Choir and has taught a variety of choral, opera, and vocal music classes, as well as private voice lessons for over twenty years at Citrus College in Glendora, California. Mr. Green has sung with the Pacific Chorale and Opera Pacific and has recorded a solo CD entitled Classical Piano.
Ryan Maloney holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar performance from the University of Southern California. Before attending USC, Ryan was an active member of the music program at Citrus College, performing with the acclaimed Blue Note Swing Orchestra and Night Shift ensembles.
In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Maloney was the guitarist for the young piano prodigy, Ethan Bortnick, on his first national tour. Ryan has also performed with singer, Candace Devine, headlining shows at venues throughout Los Angeles. When not playing the role of “side man” in various bands, Mr. Maloney has enjoyed writing original music with fellow Citrus College faculty member Renee Liskey. Ryan has also worked on several musicals throughout Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.
Over the past ten years, he has been the guitarist for shows including: Rent, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Dream Girls, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Mr. Maloney is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in guitar performance at Azusa Pacific University, where he was awarded a teaching assistantship. He has been adjunct faculty at Citrus College since 2013.
Mr. Sam Wei-Chih Sun is a pianist, an accompanist, and a music educator. He grew up in a Christian household where his interest in music was encouraged by his mother at the age of six when he started playing the piano. He attended the Taipei Municipal Teachers College and majored in piano performance and minored in cello and vocal performance. After graduation, Mr. Sun became an elementary school music teacher in Taipei and held many musical activities to inspire students’ interests in music. In 2005 Mr. Sun received a Master’s in Conducting from Azusa Pacific University.
In year 2006, he received the Chinese Overseas Outstanding Youth Award. In 2013, he received The Excellent Educator Award by The Taiwanese Teachers College Association.
Mr. Sun is an Adjunct Professor of Piano at Azusa Pacific University, Citrus Community College, and Calvin Chao Theological Seminary. He is the music director at Good Shepherd Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Monterey Park. He also conducts the Southern California Taiwanese Hakka Chorus, the Arcadia Chinese Chorus, and the Irvine Chinese Chorus. Throughout the year, Mr. Sun conducts professional concerts and collaborates with professional soloists.
A freelance bassist, composer, orchestrator and a former student of Citrus College, Sean completed the Audio Recording Technology program and played with both Night Shift and the Blue Note Swing Orchestra. He later transferred to Azusa Pacific University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music and a Masters in Music in Composition. Sean is currently an adjunct professor at both Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College teaching Intro to Music Technology and directing pop/rock ensembles.
Sean has recorded on numerous studio albums, and has performed and toured with various musical artists all across the states as well as overseas in Kosovo, Guam, St. Croix, Antigua, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan. As a composer and orchestrator, Sean has had the opportunity to work on TV shows including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Outlander and American Dad, feature films including 10 Cloverfield Lane and Captain America: Civil War. He has composed music for various films, commercials and video games, as well as concert music. His commissioned jazz ensemble works have been performed at a number of jazz festivals including the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and many of his works have been recorded live in the studio.
Steve Cotter is a guitar and music instructor at Citrus College since 1996. He is an active guitarist, jazz performer and educator based in Los Angeles. He received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music/Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Cotter excelled at the esteemed college playing in the school"s most prestigious jazz ensemble The One O'clock Lab Band and earning a graduate teaching fellowship graduate teaching fellowship.
In 1997 he settled in Los Angeles. He has recorded and toured internationally with Steve Tyrell, Bobby Caldwell, and Joey Defrancesco. Most recently Cotter recorded the album "One For Rudy" at Rudy Van Gelder"s studio as part of the Joey Defrancesco Trio and performed at Buckinghan Palace with Steve Tyrell for Prince Charles and his Prince of Wales Foundation. Other artists he has performed and recorded with include Jimmy Smith, Bette Midler, Lyman Medeiros, Lew Soloff, Lou Marini, Bennie Maupin, Roy McCurdy, Dave Pike, John Pisano, Bill Perkins, Dale Fielder, Jane Getz, Bob Maize, Ernie Watts, and Ramon Banda.
Soul-singing, Mezzo-Soprano, Vonetta Mixson is an outstanding interpreter of an ever expanding repertoire, recognized for her versatility and range of accomplishments as an entertainer and educator. “Mixson knocks the ball clear out of the park” (Los Angeles Times). Her performances reveal her to be a singer with an unusually versatile voice, ranging from rich operatic tones to foot stompin’ Gospel, with excellent dramatic skills and the ability to draw you into her inspired characterizations through song. Her performances have taken her around the world, most recently to South Africa (2010), for the Ishlombe Festival, marking the third continent in which she has shared her melodious gift.
To date her regional appearances include more than fifty musical theatre productions. The winner of numerous ITL awards, she finds it difficult to name one particular role as her “favorite”, however she received rave reviews for her portrayal of Effie White (Dreamgirls). Critics praised her as “one big-voiced diva you have to see” (MidValley News). “Mixson is terrific and delivers heart” (The Citizen), and she “brought a kaleidoscope of personality and flair to the audience (News Mirror). Another audience favorite is her depiction of the role made famous by the late Nell Carter in the Broadway review Ain’t Misbehavin. “Vonetta never fails to dazzle the audience” (Herald News). She has reprised the role 7 times on stages in California, Arizona (Zoni Best Actress award winner) & New York (SALT, best actress nominee). Additionally, she has performed as a background artist for some of the world’s most beloved entertainers such as Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Stephanie Mills, and Jon Secada.
Vonetta is privileged to collaborate with composers whose musical lives are still works in progress. She is a featured vocalist on several musical works including: Paradise Lost, The Last Princess and remains passionate about projects that push the envelope both personally and professionally. She can also be heard as the voice on the title track “Good Night to Party” on Nickelodeon’s cartoon series Madagascar.
As an educator “Ms. V” sets high standards that challenge students to strive for excellence. She is an alumnus of Citrus College and the acclaimed Citrus Singers, under the mentorship of Ben D. Bollinger, where she was taught the value of discipline, team work, reputation and relationships. Vonetta continues to teach these characteristics as a foundation for any career & uses music as the vehicle. Mrs. Mixson has been instrumental in shaping some of the best voices in our vocal ensembles including Citrus Singers, Night Shift and the Songwriters showcase. In the Spring of 2011 she was met with the challenge to continue her success by her mentor and the founder of the Citrus College Women’s Ensemble, Douglas Austin. She began building a relationship with the ladies of Rhapsody in Rhythm and is now embarking on a wonderful journey as their Director.
“I cannot adequately put into words how it feels to wake up and do what you love. I only know that I thank God daily for the incredible blessing and pray for the ability to entertain and educate for a lifetime.” –Ms. V
Jennifer Dawson Allgaier attended UC Irvine and earned two Bachelor’s degrees, one in dance and one in French literature. At UC Irvine, she participated in numerous faculty dance concerts and worked with such choreographers as David Allan, Donald McKayle, Alonso King, Nancy Lee Ruyter, James Penrod, and El Gabriel.
In 1998, Dr. Allgaier completed a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in dance, also at UC Irvine, and began working on a Ph.D. in dance history and theory at UC Riverside. She completed this latter degree in January of 2006. Dr. Allgaier’s research examines the organization of ballet at the Paris Opéra during the middle decades of the nineteenth century. It foregrounds the conditions in which female dancers worked, all the while keeping the labor trends and ideologies of ballet and the French social order at play. Dr. Allgaier was awarded a Humanities Research Grant as well as a Dissertation Research Grant, both from the Graduate Division of UC Riverside, to fund the archival research necessary to this project.
Dr. Allgaier has worked as a dance educator, both in private studios and higher education, for the past twenty years. She has taught various levels of ballet, jazz, modern dance, composition, and dance history at UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Scripps, Mt. San Antonio College, Santa Ana College, Norco College, and Riverside Ballet Arts. She joined the dance faculty at Citrus College in the spring of 2003.
John Vaughan is a busy director/choreographer with over 400 productions to his credit. His award-winning theatre productions have been featured throughout the Southern California area. His theme park shows have toured the United States and Canada; his special events have premiered in Japan and Argentina. His theatrical education began at Northwestern University, continued at Denison University and was completed at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where he received a BFA in Acting/Directing. He also holds an MA-Humanities from CSU-DH.
Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1985, he has worked constantly first as an actor, then a director, choreographer, producer and theatre educator. His many projects include the acclaimed West Coast Premiere of the John Caird/Stephen Schwartz musical Children of Eden for Performance Riverside. His long association with Performance Riverside, the Moonlight Amphitheatre, Musical Theatre West and other professional Southern California theatres includes hit productions of Big River, Cabaret, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Curtains, The Will Rogers Follies, Evita, Footloose, Anything Goes, Singin’ in the Rain, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods, Aida, Ragtime, The Music Man, And the World Goes Round, among many others. Philanthropically, he has raised (net) over eight million dollars for Children Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) since 1997 as the director of their acclaimed volunteer based fund raiser- the “CHOC Follies”.
John is accomplished in the world of commercial entertainment as well. His theme park shows have been seen from Knott’s Berry Farm to Seaworld Texas. He has provided opening entertainment for The Beach Boys, Randy Travis and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. He has produced and directed many large corporate shows including events for Wonderware Software, The Broadway Department Stores, Mattel Corporation, Dick Clark Productions and Ogden Entertainment. International projects include the Pre-Olympic Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the premiere of Steppin’ Out for the Comedie Teatro in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
John’s work has received numerous awards from Backstage West, the Inland Empire Theatre League, San Diego Playbill and many others. He has been the co-choreographer for the acclaimed Citrus Singers for the past 26 years.
Renee has been a dance educator and performer in the Southern California area for the last 18 years. A alumni of Citrus College, graduating with an Associates degree in vocal performance, Renee also holds a Bachelors degree in Dance from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters degree in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Renee currently teaches all levels of jazz, hip hop, and modern dance, directs two full scale dance concerts per year for the college, and is an adjunct professor in the Humanities department.
Renee choreographs the nationally acclaimed Citrus College Singers, and has worked closely with Citrus' pop/rock ensemble Night Shift; two programs that she was involved with as a student while at Citrus College. When she is not enjoying her career as a dance educator at Citrus, you can find Renee singing at the Quiet Woman in Corona Del Mar, California, where she has maintained a vocal residency for the past four years.
CHERIE BROWN (Citrus College Theatre Department Program Director; Acting & Directing) received her Bachelor of Arts from Cal State Fullerton and Master of Fine Arts in Acting from UC Irvine. Cherie has taught theatre arts at Cal State Fullerton, Pasadena City College, and Chapman University.
Her directing experience includes QUILTERS, LADYHOUSE BLUES, and AH! WILDERNESS for Chapman University, CALIFORNIA SUITE for the Grove Theatre Company, THE MADNESS OF ESME AND CHAZ for Singular Productions, GRACELAND and PATIO for the Contemporary Repertory Co. and AS YOU LIKE IT for Dallas/ Ft. Worth's Shakespeare in the Park.
She also co-founded and was co-Artistic Director of the L.A. Troupe, Theatre-In-Education and toured the classics to schools along the California coast.
Acting credits include performances at The Globe Theatre, The Grove Shakespeare Company, The Gem Theatre, various theatres in Los Angeles and in L.A.'s longest-running hit show, TAMARA.
Since joining Citrus College, she has directed BOOK OF DAYS, LYSISTRATA, TWELVE ANGRY JURORS, WHEN YOU COMIN’ BACK, RED RYDER?, DARK OF THE MOON, LOOSE ENDS, THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH, TARTUFFE, THE CURIOUS SAVAGE, HOT L BALTIMORE, MRS. CALIFORNIA and MAIDS OF HONOR, to name a few.
Many have been recognized for performance excellence through the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. As a producer, three productions – LA LISTA NEGRA, DOG SEES GOD and THE BRONZE STAR were invited to perform at the Kennedy Center’s Regional festival with THE BRONZE STAR receiving a national award. In Fall ’15, her production of THE EPIPHANY received international recognition with the possibility of it being restaged in Norway in the Fall ‘16.
For Citrus Theatre Company, she has directed THE MOUSETRAP and THE RAINMAKER and has performed in THE LION IN WINTER, THE HEIRESS, PICNIC, THE LITTLE FOXES, THE MATCHMAKER, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF and NARCISSE. In Summer ’16, she will be performing in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL. Recently, Cherie was featured in the independent film, LEAH, through Eleven/Eleven Productions.
Craig Tyrl received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He earned a master’s degree in theology from Villanova University soon after. It was not until his thirties that he discovered the world of theatre arts.
By his forties, Mr. Tyrl began a professional acting, directing, and teaching career with the completion of his MFA in acting at California State University Fullerton where he currently teaches in conjunction with a position at Citrus College in Glendora.
As an actor, his most memorable role was as Even in Theresa Rebeck’s adaptation of A Dollhouse for which he was nominated for KCACTF regional festival. His love of Shakespeare includes performance as Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Orsino in Twefth Night, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night.
As a director, his favorite shows are Godspell, for which he received The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s national award for outstanding direction of a musical, The Merry Widow, Ruthless, The Threepenny Opera, and his personal adaption of Twelfth Night into the Star Wars universe. As the freshman acting teacher at CSUF, Mr. Tyrl thrives with beginning actors. He also teaches Improvisation and Shakespeare for the actor, script analysis, theatre appreciation, and theatre history.
Jeremy Lewis is a professional director whose credits include works at The Eugene O'Neil National Playwrights Conference, The Kennedy Center Playwrights Conference, and Ford’s Theatre. Local collegiate directing credits include works at Citrus College, Concordia University, and California State University, Fullerton.
Jeremy is a two-time recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival SDC directing fellowship, a two-time recipient of the Edwin Duerr Scholarship for Excellence in Directing, and a former Freedman Scholar.
He recently assistant directed the World Premiere Frank Wildhorn musical, Freedom’s Song, at Ford's Theater aside Jeff Calhoun (director of Newsies on Broadway). Jeremy is an alum of Citrus College and received his MFA in directing from California State University, Fullerton.
A Theatre Practitioner and College Professor, Kevin serves as part time faculty at such schools as Chapman University, Cypress College, Concordia University, California State University, Fullerton, Cerritos College, Citrus College, and Vanguard University.
A national winner in Theatre Direction from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Kevin works as a freelance director throughout the Southern California area. Recent directorial credits include Always a Bridesmaid, Bye Bye Birdie, Ah, Wilderness, Waiting for Lefty, Macbeth, All My Sons, Rebel Without A Cause, The Children’s Hour, Gift of the Magi, The Goat, The Underpants, Born Yesterday, Little Women, To Kill A Mockingbird, Rabbit Hole, The Taming of the Shrew, Tartuffe, The Fantasticks, A Christmas Carol, New York, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Crowd You’re In With, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Trojan Women, The Crucible, Peter Pan, Man Of LaMancha, Rumors, Oliver Twist, Some Girls, As You Like It, The Night of the Iguana, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Kevin holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Direction from California State University, Fullerton.
aAn award winning Writer and Director in film, TV and theater, earned his MFA in Directing at UCLA’s School of Film & Television. Neil currently works freelance producing and writing on, among other things, the crime series True Nightmares for Investigation Discovery – ID (a Discovery Channel network). Along with producing and directing the super-natural feature, The Hanged Man, he served as an Associate Producer on the Emmy Nominated Documentary A Small Act, which premiered at Sundance and broadcast on HBO July 2010. His work as a Screenwriter includes the sci-fi thriller, Necropolis Peak, the coming-of-age, feature Boundary Waters, and the teen thriller, The Quarry. He recently wrote a screenplay for Academy Award winning actress, Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Exorcist, and Requiem for a Dream).
His theater directorial successes include The Epiphany, The Bronze Star (winning an ACTF award from the Kennedy Center), the Los Angeles premiere of Ashlin Halfknight’s Diving Normal, starring Carly Pope and Philipp Karner, as well as Erik Patterson’s award winning, critically acclaimed He Asked for It starring Andrew Keegan and Joe Egender. Among favorite plays he’s directed are Household Effects, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and the world premiere of Narcisse, a romantic comedy he wrote & directed.
In addition to his feature writing and directing credits, Neil also develops series ideas for Reality and Scripted TV, as well as teaches Stage & Screenwriting, and Acting for the Camera at Citrus College.
His production company, Eleven Eleven Productions, Inc., is based in Los Angeles and is dedicated to fostering and producing unique visions for film, television and theatrical production. The company creates and produces a wide range of narrative and reality based programming (Screenplays, TV Series, Web-series, and Theatrical Events) which articulate distinctive voices making up the diverse American Landscape. Eleven Eleven Productions takes screenplay submissions and often collaborates with other independent Producers and Production Companies.
Southern California native Amanda Keller Konya received an MFA in photography from Otis College of Art and Design, a BFA in photography from California Institute of the Arts and an MA in art education from California State University, Northridge. Keller Konya’s photographic practice is multifaceted.
Her clients have included: CBS, Clear Channel, the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, Google’s Intersection, and Herrera MediaWorks.
Keller Konya’s personal work is mindful of the continuing state of flux in photographic media and addresses sociopolitical issues including: toxicity, school closures, foodstuff, land use and public/private space.
Keller Konya’s work has been exhibited at a variety of cultural institutions including: The University of Texas Centennial Museum, The Annenberg Space for Photography, the Studio for Southern California History and the Angkor Photography Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Her images have been included in publications such as: Orion Magazine, Ornamental Others, and The Story of O exhibition catalogue. In addition to her Los Angeles based studio practice, Keller Konya has taught at California State University Northridge, Cerritos College, El Camino College, Long Beach City College, The Los Angeles Center of Photography, Loyola Marymount University and UCLA Extensions.
As a photographic educator, her major goal is to provide students a positive and safe environment in which they can learn to use technological tools as a means of communication. She is motivated to encourage students to engage in the analysis and production of images through personal projects and portfolio development for the students’ desired industry workplace.
Dr. Cathrine ‘Catie’ Besancon, a southern California native, did her undergraduate studies at UCLA and her graduate work in Art History at USC. Professor Catie, as most of her students call her, has taught extensively at a variety of different schools (universities, liberal arts and community colleges), preparing her to help students successfully make the transition from a community college to four-year schools and to prepare students for the job market.
With vast training in Art History, she teaches a variety of classes at Citrus College, including the introductory surveys 100A and B as well as more specialized classes. A dedicated professor, she received a teaching award at USC and has consistently received wonderful student evaluations. In all of her classes, she makes an effort to expose students to a range of different approaches to art history—covering topics including culture, gender, politics, race and religion—and challenges students to actively engage with the materials under study.
This interdisciplinary approach to art history is evident in her research, as her dissertation and current article projects explore the intersection between monumental public art, religion, gender and society. She is always excited to meet with students and can usually be found in her office, VA 126, so feel free to stop by with any questions.
Studied photography at Citrus College and Pasadena City College before transferring to Art Center College of Design. With over 15 years of professional photographic experience, my work includes commercial, editorial, event, portrait, and wedding photography. A background in fine art has shaped my photographic style and approach
Dyane Duffy holds an MFA in Painting from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Art from Chico State University. Duffy also studied for one year at the Accademia de Bella Arti in Florence, Italy. Duffy was inspired to teach by her Beginning Drawing instructor while attending community college at the College of Marin, near her home town of Mill Valley, CA. Teaching for the wide variety of students that come to the community college is something that Duffy loves. She inspires conceptual thought in students’ artwork while teaching both new and traditional techniques in drawing and painting.
Duffy spent over ten years giving public lectures and demonstrations on acrylic paint as an Educational Advisor with Liquitex for the Southern California area. She has spent time traveling to London, New York and Washington DC where she toured museum conservation laboratories and received further training with acrylic and oil paint. Duffy teaches Painting and Beginning Drawing at Citrus College.
Joe Hardesty received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Following his graduate studies, he spent a year abroad as a Gellman Travel Fellow, living and working in Berlin Germany.
Along with teaching at a number of different colleges in Southern California, Hardesty remains a dedicated artist in the studio. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Hardesty teaches Beginning Drawing and 2D design.
John Henry is a graduate from Art Center College of Design with a master's in Film and a minor in photography. During his education at Art Center, John Henry was involved in many extracurricular activities including, various clubs, high school mentoring, a mentor for incoming film students and serving as student body president for two terms.
John Henry was also nominated for the student leadership award for the spring 2009 graduating class.
Post Art Center, John Henry worked as a music video director, photographer for various model agencies in southern california, photographer for print publications, photography for the University of Budapest, and has shown his photography work in Southern California galleries.
Currently he is a director for Clement & Co, the in house photographer for Artist & Fleas and an adjunct professor at Citrus College.
Lori Fuller Rusch has over a decade of experience teaching art history online and face-to-face in both the university and community college environment.
Her research focus is on the impact of 20th century Mexican artists on the creation of public art in Los Angeles. Lori has been part of the University of La Verne/Citrus College technology grant and she enjoys participating in the Citrus Early College Program.
She has written a successful grant awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of WPA art in her community. She is frequently called on by her institutions, and the greater on line education community, to teach the teachers strategies for increasing student engagement in both distance education and the traditional classroom.
Matt Jackson started at Citrus College in 2001 and has worked to develop a Digital Media program that continues to expand. He earned his MFA and MA from CSU Fullerton, a BA from CSU Dominguez Hills and an AA from El Camino College.
Matt owned Medusa Graphics and is an award winning packaging designer. His students have won 14 “Best of Show” awards in the California State Beer Label Competition. Matt has been Art Director for Gasoline, Styed To Be Wild, House of Pain Ink and The Dented Can.
In 2003 Matt was the Director of the Digital group in “Envisioning the Future” where he worked with Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman to co-ordinate a multiple gallery exhibition.
Matt is Adobe accredited and trained.
Dr. Maryann has an AA degree in Art, a BA in Studio Art (painting & printmaking emphasis), a MA in Design (graphic design & film art direction emphasis), a teaching credential in art, and an EdD in art education. In her “illustrious past” she has worked on, and in, feature films and commercials, been art and creative director for retail chains and advertising agencies, and established her own graphic design firm. In addition to this her work is exhibited in galleries, and has received awards in numerous art shows and competitions. She has been listed in Who’s Who, California Art Review, and American Artist. Maryann also has work in the permanent art collection of the AFL CIO.
In addition to teaching computer graphics, typography, beginning drawing, introduction to the visual arts, and on-line art history at Citrus CC, she teaches introduction to art at Azusa Pacific U. She has also taught at Woodbury U, Long Beach CC, UCLA, Biola U, and American College for Applied Design. Lastly, on a more personal note, she enjoys painting, illustrating, ceramics, and stained glass. She is an animal rights activist, boxing aficionado and auto racing fanatic.
Michael Hillman is a professor of Art at Citrus College. He holds a Masters Degree in Art, and two Bachelors of Art in Ceramics and Art Education. Professor Hillman has been an educator and a practicing studio artist for the past 31 years, recently earning a commission to design the Glendora Gold Line Metro Station. Professor Hillman has received the Citrus College Distinguished Faculty Award and most recently the Shining Star award for Vision.
His professional career experiences include working for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty, & with the City of Glendora. Professor Hillman started the Empty Bowl Project at Citrus College and for this was awarded the city of Glendora’s Humanitarian Award.
Travel has been integral to his learning and teaching. Each semester he orchestrates several field trips for students to galleries, museums, and art events to bring an added level of excitement to their curriculum. He previously has led groups of students in Italy and taught study abroad students in Florence in summers of 2010, 2012 & 2013. Professor Hillman is looking forward to sharing his Italy experiences with students enrolled in the Winter 2017 Florence program.
Rochelle Botello is a Los Angeles based visual artist working across mixed media collage, sculpture and site-specific installations. Her work has been exhibited in both the United States and internationally, extending Berlin and South Korea.
She has exhibited with Holter Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Jaus, Coagula Curatorial and Summer Camp Project Projects, to name a few, and her work resides in many private collections from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and San Francisco to New York. Her exhibitions have also been reviewed in the LA Times, The Huffington Post, Artillery Magazine and Coagula Art Journal.
Botello holds a MFA from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently an instructor at Citrus College, Art Center, Ryman Arts and Workshop Coordinator at ArtworxLA.
Stephanie Meredith was born and raised in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. In 2006 she graduated from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico with a BA in Art and Psychology and in 2013 she received her Master of Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University.
She was the recipient of the American Association of University Women Career Award and her work has been published in the New American Paintings MFA Annual.
Since graduating she has work at Citrus, Mt. San Antonio and Santa Ana colleges teaching drawing, painting and 2D design. Meredith has also participated in multiple solo and group show in the Southern California area including her recent show here at Citrus college. She lives and works in Fullerton, CA.
Darian is an independent mix and mastering engineer and co-owner of The Den Recorders, a recording studio and post-production facility located in Pasadena, California. Along with fellow Citrus College graduate and Multi-Emmy Award nominated Video Editor, Josh Young, they also jointly operate Atrium Music, a music licensing and publishing firm, that focuses on licensing their growing family of composers' and artists’ music for placement on television, film and other broadcast opportunities.
Darian initially started his musical journey with the Pasadena Boys choir, followed by involvement with theater performance groups and performing with various bands. He also has extensive experience running live sound and in 1998 began an internship with Warped Tour creator, Kevin Lyman.
Darian is a 1999 graduate of the Citrus Recording Arts 2 year program where he subsequently earned his AS and AA degrees in Recording Engineering. With his experience, he has produced over 200 artist to date including Oedipus, Middle Class Rut, Beware of Darkness, Flagship, Zen Robbi, Katastro, The Graves, Kevin Sandbloom, Jonny Santos, Rafael Moreira, When in Rome, Jimmy Gnecco and Sleeping Giant.
In the years following, Darian began his extensive work in national and international terrestrial radio while working at Pyramid Radio as a Content Producer and Production Director under former radio legend and then CBS president, Steve Rivers, and former owner of Boston's Kiss 108, Richie Balsbaugh. Darian was Steve Rivers’ last Production Director before his passing.
Darian has also worked as a mix engineer for Los Angeles based radio syndication company, Radio Express, where he mixed and produced weekly International Top 20 Countdown and other mix format shows including The World Chart Show with Lara Scott, The World Chart Show with PJ Butta and Airtel, Coca Cola, and Sprite sponsored syndicated English and French shows.
Despite his numerous years of involvement in radio, Darian has always enjoyed mixing music and was the Grand Prize winner of Dave Pensado’s Indaba Music sponsored mix competition for “Pensado's Place” for his mix of the track "Muffaletta" on Billy Martin's Heels Over Head album. Subsequently, Darian was interviewed by Dave Pensado on his weekly show, "Pensado's Place”.
In addition to mixing and producing artists’ music, radio shows and various tv, film and commercial projects, he also has experience in voice over-acting for clients who include Sony, TJMaxx, Homegoods, Staples, BJ’s, MTV, Telemundo, Disney, Roland/Boss, Longs Drugs, Marshalls, Estee Lauder, Rocket 21, Advance Auto Parts, The Boston Globe, Unilever, CBS, and NBC. He’s also lent his voice as a co-host of Dash Radio’s, “The Show With No Name” and is the current voice of Dashradio.com’s Los Anarchy Radio.
He is a continued AVID Pro Tools 10, 11 and 12 Certified instructor, who enjoys sharing his audio knowledge, as a professor of Digital Audio Technology with the Citrus College Recording Arts program and also as a guest speaker at West Coast Songwriters Conferences at music production, mixing and mastering seminars. He has also served on their Board of Directors.
Mr. McMillan started working in the audio industry in 1985 as a live sound engineer in the UK. He worked on many productions and in 1987 after moving to Toulouse, France, he worked for two production companies whilst touring with many top-flight artists, including Simple Minds, David Lee Roth, Metallica, Anthrax, Pantera, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, David Bowie, Don Henley, John Mellencamp and George Michael.
After returning to the UK, he gained an assistant engineer’s position at Joe’s Garage recording studios in South West London, which in the 90’s played host to Boy George, Ian Dury, Bob Geldof, Stereo MCs, Right Said Fred, The Orb and David Byrne to name but a few.
Then in 1992 he was asked to head up a new recording school (SAE Institute) in Glasgow, Scotland, during his time there, he worked with many electronic dance artists and DJ’s. Then In 2002 he moved to SAE-Miami to be their director of education, where he helped to establish a very successful school. During his time in Miami he worked on a few Grammy nominated recordings. In 2008 he relocated to SAE-Los Angeles and then in 2010, he started working for the Los Angeles Recording/Film School. Then in 2015 he joined Citrus College as a full-time Recording Arts faculty member.
During his teaching career Mr. McMillan has continued to work professionally on many projects with many artists from Jazz to EDM, whilst also continuing his own personal education, from a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Music Production, to a Masters Degree (M.Sc.) in Instructional Design.
Mr. McMillan enjoys recording many genres of music, whilst also scoring music and working on post-production projects. He is married to his “Californian Girl” Jennifer and together they enjoy attending concerts, theatre productions, hiking with their dog Boomer and enjoying life in beautiful southern California.
“My teaching philosophy is quite simply to get the information across in an effective manner that works well for all students. I have designed many audio curriculums over the years and I am able to see students that struggle with technical aspects, and I am able to step in and address those issues at an early point. In my graduate program, I learnt new and exciting ways for curriculum development and implementation in both on-ground classes and on-line classes that will provide students with a solid instructional foundation.
In my ongoing research into education methodologies, I have been able to develop new and exciting strategies for learner engagement, by exploring cognitive, learning, and motivation theories as a first step toward understanding how to create an engaging curriculum for a variety of learning styles and settings, including the use of media, games, interactive technologies, and collaboration for students. I have learned how to present and deliver educational content through a variety of content delivery methodologies. I also have examined the tools that enable synchronous and asynchronous learning, and explore which curriculum is best suited for each delivery method.” - Gordon McMillan-
Currently celebrating over forty years in the music industry, John Boylan is one of the most successful record producers in contemporary music. He has produced over fifty albums which have sold more than forty million records, garnering a Grammy and three nominations. His work crosses all boun¬daries of music, from rock to country and from children's music to film soundtracks
John started in the music business while still a theatre arts student at Bard College in New York's Hudson Valley. A short time later, one of John's songs caught the ear of Rick Nelson and he was asked to produce the rock star's next album in Los Angeles. This lead to a long and fruitful collabora¬tion during which John put together the original Stone Canyon Band and produced Rick's top 40 comeback single, "She Belongs To Me".
In 1969, John moved to Los Angeles, where he was hired to produce the soundtrack for the hit film, "Goodbye Colum¬bus," with the Association. Later that year, a chance meeting with Linda Ronstadt at West Hollywood's famous Troubadour club gave John an opportunity to explore some of his musical fusion ideas. Impressed with his work putting together Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, Linda asked John to help her form a new backup group for her next solo tour. He quickly turned to the extended family of struggling musicians playing in various bands at the Troubadour's Monday night "open mike" concerts. First to be hired was Detroit transplant Glenn Frey, followed quickly by Texan Don Henley, who had been pitching his songs to John, hoping to get Linda to record them. Rounding out the group were ex-Stone Canyon Band member Randy Meisner and ex-Flying Burrito Brother Bernie Leadon. With a solid line-up behind her, Linda began her breakthrough to stardom. John produced Linda's next album, her first gold record containing the hit singles, "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" and "Love Has No Pride". In addition, he began a two-year stint managing her career, during which he negotiated her release from Capitol Records and landed her a long-term contract with Elektra.
After several successful tours during 1971, John helped Linda Ronstadt refine her sound into what would be one of the corner¬stones of the California country-rock movement. However, everyone involved began to realize that her backup group had a special chemistry all their own. John recalls: "They were four great singers and they were writing some incredible songs. It seemed natural for them to try for a record deal." Signed to Asylum Records by founder David Geffen, the group became the Eagles, one of the most successful rock bands in American history.
In 1973, John left the management business to concentrate on production. He formed a publishing company, Great Eastern Music, to administer his own material and to represent other singer-songwriters in a more personal way.
Successful projects for Brewer and Shipley, Pure Prairie League, and Commander Cody over the next two years led to his largest-selling project ever. When ex-Atlantic Records promo man Paul Ahern played him a demo tape by an unsigned and previously passed-over Massachusetts group, John heard something exciting - a vibrant combination of melodic music and heavy metal. He quick¬ly signed on as co-producer, and the package was given a long-term contract with Epic Records. The group's first album, "Bos¬ton," became the best-selling debut album in the history of the music industry—17 million and still counting!
Just before the album's release in August of 1976, John accepted an offer to join the A&R department of Epic Records in Los An¬geles, where he quickly rose to the position of Vice-President, West Coast. His unusual contract with the label allowed him to produce one outside project every year.
Throughout his ten year career with Epic John was also responsi¬ble for producing some of that label's biggest hits. In the late 1970s, he began working with top Southern rock artist, Charlie Daniels. Their first effort, "Million Mile Reflections," sold over three million copies and featured the number one Gold sin¬gle, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," a Grammy winner and the CMA single of the year. John and Charlie went on to form a long-term partnership, recording eight successful albums together.
In the eighties, John worked with REO Speedwagon, Carly Simon, and Canadian superstar Dan Hill, as well as country legends Michael Martin Murphey and Mickey Gilley.
In 2002, Linda Ronstadt called and asked John to assume production chores for her long-awaited Christmas album, and for an album of jazz standards for Verve Records. He then took the reins for all of Linda’s career, recording and touring, both with her regular band and with the celebrated Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, performing her iconic Canciones de mi Padre until she retired in 2010.
Stephen is a Pacific Northwest native, schooled in music, film and design at the University of Washington in Seattle and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In over two decades as an educator, Stephen has instructed in Recording Engineering, Record Production, Critical Listening and Music Business at The College for Recording Arts in San Francisco, and has guest lectured in songwriting and recording technology at San Francisco State University, Mission College, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Diablo Valley College.
At Citrus, Stephen is full-time faculty in the Recording Technology program. He has served as secretary to the Citrus Faculty Association, and as a member of the Faculty contract negotiations team. He is the Faculty Advisor to the Citrus Audio Engineering Society chapter.
As a songwriter, composer and arranger, he has created music for recording artists and the broadcast advertising industry. He counts a grand prize award at the Tokyo International Song Festival, Best in the West Awards for advertising music and jingles and six Grammy nominations for music and spoken word projects among his composing, engineering and producing laurels.
As a performer on stage and in films and commercials, you have probably heard Stephen’s voice in numerous TV and radio spots for the likes of Dolly Madison, the California Milk Advisory Board, Bank of America and the NBC television network. He performs regularly in productions at the Glendale Center Theatre.
Stephen is a voting member of the Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences), where he served as a governor of the San Francisco chapter. He maintains memberships in the Audio Engineering Society, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA (American Federation of Radio and Television Artists) and is a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians. He is a ProTools certified audio engineer.
A Lighting designer, Scenic designer and Art Director by trade; he has designed over 750 theatre, television and concert productions. As Vice President of design at Gothic Moon Productions he oversaw the design of scenic elements for Tiger Jam for the Tiger Woods foundation, art direction for various Body by Jake infomercials, art direction for various crossbow infomercials, scenic elements for the Walt Disney Corporation, scenic elements for the Queen Mary, scenic design for the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, various holiday décor packages for a number of southern California malls and a variety of scenic elements for the Kodak Theatre. As a technician for the entertainment industry, he has work with Patrick Stewart (Star Trek Next Generation), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek Next Generation), Brent Spiner (Star Trek Next Generation), Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Vincent Price, Tim Burton, James Cameron, U2, Cold Play, No Doubt, INXS, KISS, Aerosmith and a number of others. Currently he is the head of tech and design for the Emerging Theatre Technologies program at Citrus College in Glendora California.