VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS INSTRUCTORS

MUSIC INSTRUCTORS

  • Alan Waddington

    Alan Waddington

    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 Hoehne

    Bill Hoehne

    Bill Hoehne 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.

  • Carlos Gardels

    Carlos Gardels

    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.

  • Doug Austin

    Doug Austin

    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.

  • Gino Munoz

    Gino Munoz

    Gino has been a professional musician for over a two decades, performing with such greats as Michael Bublé and Gwen Stefani, he brings his passion for great live music as the driving force behind the Instrumental Music program at Citrus College.

  • Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards (trumpet/flugelhorn) currently teaches at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. Before relocating to the Los Angeles area, Ken was an active freelance musician and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and taught for eleven years at The University of Texas at Arlington. Ken was a featured soloist while on tour with the legendary jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, and played on Ferguson's final studio album, The One and Only (MF Music). He was also a member and featured soloist in the world-renown One O'clock Lab band at The University of North Texas and served as Teaching Fellow/Assistant while earning his M.M. in Jazz Performance.

    Ken's first solo recording titled Lost In This Place (Armored Records) was released in 2007 and introduced seven original compositions, which also featured Stockton Helbing and Brian Mulholland. Ken has shared the stage with many well-known artists, such as Don Henley and the Eagles, Curtis Fuller, Bobby Shew, Eddie Gomez, Frank Greene, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Lew Soloff, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and recorded alongside Wayne Bergeron, Dennis DiBlasio, Clay Jenkins, David Braid, Chip McNeill and Steve Wiest. Ken has also recorded as a sideman with Stockton Helbing, Brian Mulholland, the UNT One O'clock Lab Band, Dan Bruce, Kris Berg, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra and Mark Tonelli, to name a few.

  • Sean Fitzpatrick

    Sean Fitzpatrick

    Sean Fitzpatrick is a freelance studio singer (SAG-AFTRA), drummer, vocal percussionist, sound engineer, and educator in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach, and a master's degree in jazz studies from California Institute of the Arts.

    Sean has over 11 years of professional vocal and instrumental ensemble experience including Pacific Chorale, Clarion Singers, and various contemporary a cappella ensembles. He is also the Director of Concert Production and lead sound engineer at the Academy of Creative Education at Oakwood School, Hollywood, CA.

    At CSU Long Beach, Sean was the director of vocal jazz ensembles II and III (Jazz & Tonic, Corner Pocket), and he taught theory, musicianship, and piano classes. He also taught at Fullerton College, Long Beach City College, Musician's Institute, and Orange County School of the Arts.

    In addition to his teaching positions, he is an in-demand guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician. Beginning this Fall, he will be starting his new full-time teaching position at Citrus College, working with jazz, commercial music, and choral ensembles. Sean is grateful to have studied and performed with Joe La Barbera, Christine Guter, Aaron Serfaty, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, David Roitstein, Dr. Katharine Rundus, Marvellee Cariaga, Dr. Jonathan Talberg, and John Byun.

DANCE INSTRUCTORS

  • Jennifer Dawson Allgaier, Ph.D.

    Jennifer Dawson Allgaier, Ph.D.

    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.

  • Renee Liskey

    Renee Liskey

    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.

THEATRE INSTRUCTORS

  • Cherie Brown

    Cherie Brown

    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.

VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTORS

  • Amanda Keller Konya

    Amanda Keller Konya

    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.

  • Cathrine Besancon

    Cathrine Besancon

    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.

  • Dyane Duffy

    Dyane Duffy

    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.

  • Maryann Rachford

    Maryann Rachford

    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.

  • Mike Hillman

    Mike Hillman

    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.

RECORDING ARTS INSTRUCTORS

  • Gordon McMillan

    Gordon McMillan

    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-

TECHNICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTORS

  • Dan Volonte

    Dan Volonte

    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.

  • Joe Holbrook

    Joe Holbrook

    Joe Holbrook is a Set Designer and Technical Director based in Southern California. As a design consultant, he has served as an Art Director, Draftsman, and Associate Designer for several organizations including Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks Live Entertainment, and The LA Philharmonic. Some of his most memorable projects with Disney include the Disneyland Frightfully Fun Parade, the Star Wars, Disneyland, and Tinkerbell Half Marathons, Hong Kong Disneyland’s "Nightmare Experiment", and Tokyo Disneyland’s "Dreaming Up" Parade.

    A Kennedy Center National Award Winner in Set Design, Joe continues to design scenery and projections for several theatre companies and schools throughout the Orange County and LA areas where he has received multiple awards and nominations. He received his Master in Fine Arts in Theatrical Design & Production from Cal State Fullerton, where he also served on the production staff for over 200 productions.

    As a Technical Director and Technical Manager, he has worked domestically as well as on multiple productions abroad, including Director, Ong Keng Sen’s production of “National Broadway Company” at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore celebrating the 10th anniversary of Singapore’s National Theatre.

    Joe has been teaching design and production courses at a number of colleges and universities in Southern California since 2010 and also teaches technical theater workshops at Disneyland as part of the Disney Performing Arts program. Joe is currently a full-time faculty member in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Citrus College in Glendora, CA where he works with the Emerging Theatre Technologies program.

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