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Tomasz Aleksander

Applied Faculty
Instructor, Piano
tomasz@inhomepianoschool.com
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Biography is forthcoming.

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Renee Calvo

Applied Music Faculty
Voice
sopranorenca@sbcglobal.net
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall, C141B

Renee Calvo, is a vocalist and educator currently living in San Diego, CA. As a vocalist, she has had extensive experience singing in jazz venues, recital halls, U.S. churches and universities, and cathedrals in Europe. She has won many vocal competitions including the San Diego Choral Club, National Association Teachers of Singing San Diego Chapter, H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition, and has also been a San Diego Musical Merit Foundation and Carmel Music Society finalist. Currently, she is singing as a Core Soprano Chorister with the San Diego Opera, performs regularly throughout San Diego and is Director of Music at Reformation Lutheran Church in El Cajon, CA. Renee maintains a private piano and voice studio of children, teens, and adults. She is also serving her 2nd term as President of the San Diego Chapter of the National Association Teachers of Singing is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

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Alyze Dreiling-Hammer

Applied Faculty
Violinist / Violist / Conductor
adreiling@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Violinist, Alyze Dreiling was born in Detroit, Michigan. She began her studies with Mischa Mischakoff .The Detroit Symphony and the Music Study Club of Metropolitan Detroit sponsored her education with Mischakoff. Ms. Dreiling graduated from Indiana University where she studied with Josef Gingold. She has attended Kneisel Hall, Blossom Music Festival and Academy of the West for chamber music and worked with Walter Trampler, Karen Tuttle, Janos Starker and Menahem Pressler.

Ms.Dreiling maintains a private teaching studio and is a member and adjudicator of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and the National Piano Guild.

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Eric Foster

Eric Foster

Adjunct Faculty
Instructor, Guitar
efoster@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Eric Foster, a California native, gave his debut solo recital thirty years ago in La Paz, Bolivia. He has since lived as a teacher, composer and “gigging” musician in both North and South America.  Eric’s childhood experiences include living in Taiwan, Liberia, Brazil, and Bolivia heavily influencing his varied interests in composition and musical performance.

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Scott Gregory

Applied Faculty
Instructor, Voice
operab@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Biography is forthcoming.

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Justin Grinnell

Adjunct Faculty
Director, Jazz Ensemble
justingrinnell@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Justin Grinnell is a versatile acoustic and electric bassist who has been a vital contributor to the San Diego jazz scene for over 10 years. In addition to performing, Justin maintains an active teaching schedule as adjunct faculty at University of San Diego as director of the USD Jazz Ensemble and Grossmont College, as faculty for the Francis Parker-Jazz 88.3-House of Blues Summer Jazz Workshop, and as a private instructor.

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Jeff Kaiser

Jeff Kaiser, PhD

Adjunct Faculty & Concert Manager
Audio Digital Composition
jkaiser@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2828

Office: Camino Hall C141C

Jeff Kaiser is a musician, media technologist and ethnomusicologist. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology (software and hardware interfaces) that he creates. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and other interactive technologies.

Kaiser is the founder and director of the acclaimed pfMENTUM music label. pfMENTUM has released over eighty recordings, focusing on music that falls between-the-cracks of genres. A tireless promoter of creative and experimental music, Kaiser has also been involved as a consultant, administrator and director with festivals, concerts, series, organizations and events.

In addition to his own artistic work as a music technologist, Kaiser is in demand as a consultant for a wide variety of music and visual art practitioners: from experimental musicians to EDM and other popular musics. He regular works with artists in designing audio signal processing strategies, creating interactive video tracking and live video manipulation projects. As a producer and engineer, Kaiser has been involved with the production and release of hundreds of recordings from experimental to popular.

In addition to an Master’s In Conducting and a Bachelor’s in Music Composition, Jeff Kaiser has a Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology and Music Technology) from the University of California San Diego.

He currently teaches Digital Audio Composition, Interactive Digital Music and Art, and Music Fundamentals at the University of San Diego.

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Pamela Martchev

Applied Faculty
Instructor, Flute
pamflute75@gmail.com
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Biography is forthcoming.

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Ramon Negron

Ramon Negron

Applied Faculty
Instructor, Viola
rnp.viola@me.com
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mr. Negron began his musical career at the age of 9 with Guillermo Figueroa Sanabia. After graduating cum laude with his bachelor of music in viola performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Mr. Negron quickly moved into a position as a full-time musician.

Currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music at the University of San Diego , Mr. Negron served as a faculty member at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and the School of Fine Arts in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Former Conductor of the Overture Strings by the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, where he collaborated as a community artist teacher of the Opus Project, inspired by the success of the El Sistema movement in Venezuela.

 

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Serafin Paredes

Adjunct Faculty
Director, Mariachi Ensemble
sparedes@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Biography is forthcoming.

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Edmund Stein

Applied Faculty
Instructor, Violin
ejs619b@yahoo.com
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Biography is forthcoming.

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Stefani Walens

Adjunct Faculty
Vocal Coach, Musical Director - Opera Workshop
sswalens@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Stefani Walens has been active for many years as a collaborative artist and currently accompanies and coaches voice students at USD, serves as Musical Director of the Opera Workshop there, and teaches piano and coaches singers at her home. She has collaborated with vocal and instrumental students and colleagues at USD and UCSD in numerous recital programs, accompanied master classes given by Dawn Upshaw, Paul Sperry, and Jane Manning, and coached, accompanied and performed in numerous operatic productions presented by the Department of Music at UCSD.

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Scott Walton

Adjunct Faculty
Instructor, Jazz History - Intersession
swalton@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Office Hours: Intersession session only

Biography is forthcoming.

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John Wilds

Applied Faculty
Instructor, Trumpet
trombacelt@aol.com
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall

Biography is forthcoming.

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