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Trevor Bjorklund, Music Department Chair

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.  He studied music theory with Charles Smith and computer music with Cort Lippe.

While chairing the Music Department, Trevor teaches Music Theory, Ear Training, Music in Society, and conducts the College of Marin Symphonic Band. Trevor stays active as a composer and performer (trombone and tuba). His music has been performed all over Europe, in South Korea, and in the USA.

Trevor is the musical director of the Golden Gate Brass Band and plays trombone for the local rock band, Dredgetown.

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.

Anne Lerner-Wright

Anne Lerner-Wright

Anne Lerner-Wright has been performing as a cellist in the Bay Area since 1989, when she moved from her native Chicago to study with Irene Sharp as a Masters student in cello performance at the San Francisco Conservatory. After three years as a Spanish literature major at Bryn Mawr College and in Madrid, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Northwestern University. Anne has performed with many Bay Area orchestras and is a founding member of the Tamalpais String Quartet. An equally important part of Anne’s musical life is music education. She is the conductor of the Crescendo Orchestra and Overture String Ensemble, the training orchestras for the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previous posts include teaching music for eleven years at San Rafael High School, conducting and coaching chamber music with Enriching Lives Through Music, an El Sistema-inspired program that serves San Rafael’s Canal community and with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. Anne also has had a thriving private cello studio for 25 years, having had the pleasure of working with students aged 3-80 years old. Besides performing as a cellist and conductor, Anne has a passion for singing and participated in the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute where she performed the role of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Linda Noble Brown

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

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 ( 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.

Lauren Poluha

Ph.D., 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.

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

M.M. Dominican College; B.M. Royal College of Music

Paul Smith

Paul Smith received his undergraduate education at the Royal College of Musis in London, studied piano with John Lill and Bernard Roberts, and spent an additional year at the Vienna Academy. He graduated with a master's degree from Dominican College, studying piano with Julian White. Paul is the artistic director of Contemporary Opera Marin, which specializes in the production, performance, and commissioning of contemporary operas. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Music From Marin summer festival.

Jim Stopher

DMA, Peabody Conservatory; M.M., University of Arizona; B.A., Harvard University

Jim StopherJim Stopher is a conductor, pianist, composer, and educator. He performs regularly as a solo and collaborative pianist, and has composed works for piano, chamber ensemble, and full orchestra and recently completed four seasons conducting the Joliet Symphony Orchestra. Jim served on the faculty of the University of St. Francis from 2011 to 2015, and begins his appointment at the College of Marin in the fall of 2015. Born in Louisville, KY, Stopher holds degrees from Harvard University (BA), the University of Arizona (MM), and the Peabody Conservatory (DMA).

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.


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.

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