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Trevor Bjorklund

Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY; B.M. San Francisco State University

Trevor Bjorklund

A native Marinite, Trevor began his academic career at the College of Marin before traveling the world in search of musical adventures. He studied music composition in Buffalo with David Felder and Jeffrey Stadelman and in Germany with Younghi Pagh-Paan, Frank Cox, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, and Mark Osborn, music theory with Charles Smith, and computer music with Cort Lippe.

In addition to chairing the Music Department and teaching music theory and ear training, Trevor stays active as a composer and performer (trombone and tuba). His music has been performed in Germany, Italy, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, South Korea, and the USA. In addition to teaching at COM, Trevor is the musical director of the Golden Gate Brass Band and plays trombone for the local rock band, Dredgetown.

www.trevorbjorklund.com



Casey Carnahan

Cayce is an active freelance trumpet player and music educator.  He keeps a busy performance schedule and enjoys playing a wide variety of musical styles.  He currently performs with Frobeck (original rock/funk), Juke Joint (Memphis Soul), Miles Ahead (a Miles Davis tribute band), ReBop (straight-ahead jazz), Dredgetown (funk/rock), The Latin Rhythm Boys (salsa), and the Napa Valley Theater Company. Cayce's teaching experience includes 14 years as the Director of Bands for the Mill Valley School District where he conducts the concert bands, jazz band, jazz combo, percussion ensemble, and guitar ensembles.  He has also served as an assistant conductor for the Marin Youth Symphony.  Cayce holds a degree from CSU East Bay.


Tara Flandreau

M.M., B.M., Dominican University of California

Tara Flandreau

Tara Flandreau is a violinist, violist, composer/improviser and conductor. She teaches music theory and composition, ear training, chamber music, and conducts the COM Symphony Orchestra. Tara also teaches violin and chamber music at the Marin Community Music School in San Anselmo. In addition to teaching, Tara performs classical, contemporary, and improvised music in the U.S. and abroad, playing and recording with many varied ensembles, and is a longtime member of the Marin Symphony.

In addition to her many classical and contemporary music performances, Tara has performed and recorded with many great improvisers, including Peter Kowald, Gianni Gebbia, Joelle Leandre, Saadet Turkoz, Marco Eneidi, Glenn Spearman, Eugene Chadbourne, Butch Morris, Jack Wright, Wadada Leo Smith, Daniel Carter, John Schott, Bert Turetzky, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Garth Powell, Douglas Ewart, Oluyeme Thomas, and Phillip Greenlief. Her CDs include recordings with composer Kyle Bruckmann and members of SF Sound, John Schott’s Ensemble Diglossia, two CD’s with the The American Jungle Orchestra, a creative improvising orchestra, with the Daniel Carter Quintet, and with the Paul Rucker Large Ensemble. The Shull/Flandreau/Radding Trio (oboe/viola/bass) CD was released in June 2005 to rave reviews. Tara has also performed in Europe during artistic residencies in France and the Czech Republic.

Tara's recent composition iChAnGE, in honor of the 100th birthday of composer John Cage, was recently performed with the College of Marin Dance Company, choreographed by Deborah Graham.



Jessica Ivry

M.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Skidmore College

Jessica Ivry

Jessica Ivry (cello) is a freelance musician and an instructor of music at the College of Marin.   Jessica plays with original music band, Real Vocal String Quartet and with avant-cabaret composer and singer Amy X Neuburg & the Cello ChiXtet.   Jessica has also performed and toured with the Beth Custer Ensemble, with singer/songwriter Vienna Teng and with Balkan women’s choir, Kitka.  For San Francisco’s A Traveling Jewish Theatre’s  2005 and 2007 seasons, Jessica scored and performed original music for The Bright River, a hip-hop retelling of Dante’s Inferno, and for Arthur Miller’s classic drama, Death of a Salesman.   Jessica recorded on Grammy nominated album, "Blueprint of a Lady" for jazz vocalist, Nneena Freelon.  In summers 2008 and 2009, Jessica performed with The Ark Project, an ensemble of Bay Area and New York Klezmer and Balkan musicians on tour in Poland and in Ukraine.   This project was a feature on “Spark”, KQED public television series about Bay Area artists.   Jessica holds degrees from Skidmore College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 



Boyd Jarrell

M.M., Marshall University

Boyd Jarrell

Boyd Jarrell serves as music director of Marin Oratorio and Director of Choral Activities at the College of Marin. Prior to assuming this post in 2004, he served San Francisco’s magnificent Grace Cathedral as Cantor and Associate Choirmaster for over twenty-five years, where he trained the renowned boychoir. He is familiar to California audiences through his appearances with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, and the Santa Rosa Symphony.

As a baroque specialist, Mr. Jarrell has performed with the American Bach Soloists, the California Bach Society, the Baroque Choral Guild, and the San Francisco Bach Choir. He toured with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Acis and Galitea, and performs frequently with the Magnificat baroque ensemble. He toured and recorded with the acclaimed conductor Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices.

Jarrell has recorded on the Angel/EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Gothic, and Koch International labels. He appeared onstage with the San Francisco Ballet, singing the music of Brahms in the George Balanchine production Liebeslieder Walzer.



Alex Kelly

D.M.A., University of Oregon; M.M., Wichita State University; B.M., Cairn University

Dr. Alex Kelly is a San Francisco based cellist, composer, electronic musician and conductor. He has composed for and performed with major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, new music ensembles, string quartets, cello quartets, big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, hip-hop crews, Klezmer/Balkan bands, theater companies, radio productions, ballet companies, modern dance companies, and circus troupes. He has also composed film scores and video game music. Alex orchestrated a concerto for four soloists for tabla guru Zakir Hussain that was premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2011. Alex is the author of the cello technique book "The Seven Points" which teaches fingerboard mapping techniques. His live-looping solo show has been seen in a variety of venues ranging from Davies Symphony Concert Hall to Yosemite mountaintops. Alex teaches electronic music at the College of Marin.

www.alexkelly.com



Walt Mikolajcik

B.A., Sacramento State College; M.A., California State University Sacramento

Professor Emeritus, taught at Napa College in 1974, started teaching at Solano College in 1975 and retired in June 2010 & still teaches part-time at SCC and the College of Marin.

Born in Vallejo and a Napa High School graduate, Walt has been a California performer, conductor, and educator for over 45 years. He has served as principal trumpet with the Napa Symphony and Vallejo Symphony Orchestras, produced musical theater, directed wind, vocal, brass, steel drum, and jazz ensembles (including winning the 1980 Reno International Jazz Festival) and served as director and performer of the Dixie Jubilee for Marine World.

Outside of conducting, Walt’s teaching interests include music appreciation and fundamentals, jazz history, multicultural music, and improvisation.



Linda Noble Brown

B.M., California State University, Long Beach; M.M., University of Texas at Austin

Linda Noble Brown

Linda Noble Brown, coloratura soprano, has an extensive performing history throughout the continental U.S. and western Europe in opera, musical theatre and oratorio.  Her favorite leading roles include Zerbinetta, Baby Doe, Cunegonde, the Queen of the Night, and Olympia.  Equally adept at musical theatre, she has played leading roles in Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me, Carousel, Oklahoma, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, among others. Orchestral performances include solo appearances in Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Handel's Messiah, J.S. Bach's Cantata #39, Saint Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Exsultate Jubilate, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Fauré’s Requiem.

Originally from Riverside, CA, Ms. Noble Brown has been a vocal instructor at College of Marin since 1997 and as a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she has an extensive private studio.  Additionally, she is musical director for the celebrated Bay Area men's a capella ensemble, Musaic (musaicsf.org). Ms. Noble Brown has studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor William Lewis, San Francisco Opera tenor Ken Remo, and Grammy award winning coloratura soprano Erie Mills. Ms. Noble Brown teaches Voice, Fundamentals, and Ear Training courses.

www.LindaNobleBrown.com



Robert H Schleeter

Berklee College of Music

Bob Schleeter is a veteran of music performance, creation and education, whose teachers have included Hal Crook, Peter Sprague, Chuck Wayne, and John Scofield; clinic work includes study with Mel Martin, Joe Pass, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Bob's creative work includes collaboration with New England actor, director and playwright Ricardo Pitts-Wiley on four original contemporary musicals, including Sara’s Jukebox , called by the Boston Globe “ a hit, tantalizingly diverse, yet widely appealing.” In 2008 he co-produced a collection of recordings from their show The Spirit Warrior's Dream that features rising Los Angeles star Greg Scott, Rozzi Crane (currently touring with Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5),  and nine-time Grammy winner Tony Lindsay.

Schleeter has performed extensively with his own jazz, soul, rock and blues ensembles and has seen short stints with artists such as Shana Morrison, Del Shannon, The Drifters, Clarence Bell (Stevie Wonder alum), and Hal Crook.  In addition to his work at College of Marin, Bob is currently the Music Director at Marin Academy in San Rafael, California, where he has enjoyed some small part in developing a parade of extraordinary young talent since 1990.



Paul Smith

Paul Smith


Cheryl Ziedrich

M.M. Dominican College

Cheryl Ziedrich

Cheryl Ziedrich earned the Master of Music degree in piano performance at Dominican College (now Dominican University of California) under Ted Blair, and studied organ with Sandra Soderlund. At Humboldt State University she graduated summa cum laude as a piano student of Frank Marks. Cheryl frequently serves as a church organist and choir director. Creative projects have included writing music for piano students, composing and arranging choral works, and presenting a lecture demonstration of Jane Austen’s music.



Lauren Poluha

Doctoral Candidate, UCLA; M.A. UCLA; B.M. University of Michigan

Lauren Poluha

Lauren is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on the intersections of music, religion and ethnicity in the Caribbean. A Ph.D. Candidate at UCLA, Lauren is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on Garifuna sacred music and ethnicity, based on 12 months of fieldwork conducted in an indigenous Garifuna village in Belize, Central America. She has presented papers on her research at invited lectures, national and international conferences.

Lauren earned a B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan in 2006, and in 2010, she earned a M.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. First and foremost a classical pianist, she has also studied Javanese gamelan, Ewe drumming and dance, Hindustani tabla, and Garifuna drumming. A native of Minnesota, Lauren currently lives in Oakland.



Martin H. Seggelke

Martin H. Seggelke

Dr. Martin H. Seggelke conducts the College of Marin Symphonic Band. He is also a member of the music faculty at the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University, where he serves as Director of Wind Ensembles, conducting the SFSU Wind Ensemble and Camber Winds, leading the Master of Music program in Wind Conducting, and teaching undergraduate classes in conducting. In addition, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, a professional level wind band, and a member of the conducting faculty at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, and the SUNY Fredonia Summer Music Festival.

Martin Seggelke has taught at the University of Minnesota Morris, the Eastman School of Music, the State University of New York in Fredonia and the University of Bremen, Germany, and has held several professional positions as Music Director and Conductor, including the New Opera Theatre Ensemble (NOTE) Bremen, Germany, and the Symphonic Wind Band Norderstedt. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and graduate degrees from universities in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. His most influential teachers include Mark Scatterday, Donald Hunsberger, Paula Holcomb, Christoph Eschenbach, Frederick Fennell, and Glenn Price. He is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, has presented at national and international conferences, has authored book chapters and articles in various music magazines, and has commissioned and premiered a large number of new works for wind ensemble.



Staff

Joanna Pinckney

Joanna PinckneyJoanna plays both violin and viola and has a B.A. in Music Education from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Currently, Joanna is a member of the Stockton Symphony, and is also their Orchestra Personnel Manager.  In addition, she is Concertmaster and string coach for the College of Marin Symphony Orchestra. Joanna made her conducting debut at the Sydney Opera House in Australia in 1997, where she and the Central Valley Youth Symphony won a gold medal at the International Music Festival.  In June 2000, she conducted the World Premiere of “Tango non Troppo” by composer Mark Fish at Carnegie Hall.  Joanna is a free-lance violinist and violist and has performed with numerous ensembles throughout Northern California.  Additionally, she teaches both violin and viola privately and when not playing music, she can be found running the Performing Arts office at the College of Marin.


Michael Irvine

Michael Irvine has worked as the Laboratory Technician and Music Librarian for the music department since 1988. Picking up guitar in his teens, he earned an AA degree in Music at College of Marin, a BA in Music and a second BA in India Studies at Sonoma State University, and an MA in South Asian Studies at UCB. He studied instrumental and vocal music in the North Indian classical style at the Ali Akbar College of Music for 24 years and performs on sarod. He also sings and performs on guitar professionally and in various College of Marin Music Department ensembles.


Jeffrey Paul

Jeffrey Paul

Jeffrey Paul studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with emphasis on piano performance. Major influences include Adolph Baller, Milton Salkind, Laurette Goldberg, William Corbett-Jones, and Dr. Conway.  Jeff is the staff accompanist at the College of Marin where he frequently performs with faculty and students. He is proud to be a part of the Marin Oratorio, College of Marin Chamber Singers, College Chorus, College of Marin Emeritus Chorus, College of Marin Voice Class, and Singers Marin.  Jeff is the musical director for the First Congregational Church of San Rafael where in addition to his duties as choirmaster and organist, he assists in the presentation of a concert series featuring world-class artists. He has performed abroad in the countries of Scotland, England, and Samoa.  Jeff has been a musical director for Broadway musicals which have been performed at the Julia Morgan Theater, Marin Theater Company, and the Marin Community Playhouse. He also wears another hat as a Broker Associate for Bradley Real Estate in his hometown of Mill Valley.

 


Music Department Web Site
Technical Contact: Joanna Pinckney, Administrative Assistant, 415.485.9460
Content Responsible: Trevor Bjorklund, Chair of Music Department