Composer/ Conductor/ Educator/ Lyricist/Performer/ Film & Video Composer
MFA: California Institute of the Arts 2005-2008
BA: University Of California, Los Angeles 2001-2005
2001-2004: Studied Trombone performance at UCLA with Bill Booth
2001-2005: Studied music composition and at UCLA with Dr. Paul Chihara and Dr. Ian Krouse.
2001-2008: Studied music composition and music business privately with internationally known Composer Alex Shapiro.
2001-Cont: Studied Bulgarian vocal and instrumental Composition and Conducting with Tzvetanka Varimezov.
2003-2004: Studied Brass performance as part of the UCLA Brass Choir - Jens Lindemann, Director.
2003-2005: Studied Orchestration at UCLA with Dr. Paul Chihara and Dr. David Lefkowitz.
2005-2008: Studied music composition with David Rosenboom and Lucky Mosko. Multi-focus composition and conducting at CalArts with Lucky Mosko, Randy Gloss, Kobla Ladzekpo and Swapan Chaudhuri.
2005-Cont: Studied music and dance of the Ewe People of Ghana with Andrew Grueschow, Kobla Ladzekpo, Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Beatrice Lawluvi.
2006-2008: Studied Composition and Orchestration Techniques at CalArts with David Rosenboom, Dean of the CalArts Music Department.
2009–Cont: Studied Persian music theory and composition with Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayah Pourafar
1996-2006: Composed orchestrated and conducted music for PBS-TV series Through Our Eyes.
2001-Cont: Organized and conducted numerous ensembles of multicultural instrumentation for concerts and recordings at the UCLA Music Department and California Institute of the Arts.
2002-2004: Assisted composer Alex Shapiro in music editing and organization of sound recordings.
2002-2009: Composed and conducted scores for many choreographers throughout Southern California including pieces by Cynthia Lee, Rebecca Milkman, Kingsley Irons, Susan Adele Havens and the Marshall Dance Company.
2005-2008: Served as conductor of multiple ensembles at the Community Arts Partnership Summer Arts Program in Los Angeles. These ensembles were comprised of winds, brass, strings, multi-ethnic percussion, and electronic instruments. Visiting representatives of the Herb Albert Foundation commended my work.
2007-Cont: Composed and conducted scores for several short films, from live action to animation.
2009-Cont: Work with Zadonu Dance Company, performing and conducting workshops in West African drumming and dancing throughout Southern California.
-High proficiency using Logic Pro, Finale Notation Software and Pro Tools
-Teach music theory and composition for the Community Arts Partnership Program.
-Teach West African drumming and dancing rooted in Ghana.
David Rosenboom (Dean of the CalArts Herb Albert School of Music) 661.253.7817 email@example.com
Alex Shapiro (Composer) 270-916-0093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Krouse (UCLA Composition Faculty) 310-825-1280 email@example.com
Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole (Zadonu West African Dance Company Leader) 818-694-1127 Twrlds1luv@aol.com
Glenna Avila (Director of CAP Community Arts Partnership) 661-222-2709 firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Gloss (CalArts World Music Instructor) 818.429.3472 email@example.com
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