Staff

Meet our talented staff members!

Jing Yang
Violin and Viola
MMA in Violin Performance, Yale University School of Music, New Haven CT
BA in Violin Performance, Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music
2012, Golden Award at the Atlanta Music Competition and the first place winner at Concerto Competitions.
First place winner at the Stars of Tomorrow China National Competition in Young Artist Category, 2005

Laura Chavez
Flute, Piano, and Piccolo
Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance, California State University, Northridge
Performed for FCLO, Downey Civic Light Opera, Musical Theater West
Over 27 years of experience in music education.

Nick Godoy
Guitar and Ukulele

Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Loyola Marymount University
Masters Degree in Guitar Performance, California State University, Fullerton
Nick Godoy has studied under teachers such as Grammy Award-winning artist Andrew York, Winner of 2000 Guitar Foundation of America’s Guitar Competition and current president of GFA Martha Masters, and Winner of 2011 GFA Guitar Competition Vladimir Gorbach.

Nick currently performs in a flute and guitar duet, and is a member of the Orange County Guitar Orchestra.

Nick teaches a variety of styles from beginner, rock, contemporary, and classical. He emphasizes music fundamentals such as reading and rhythm to strengthen his student’s musical goals.

Vivian Wang
Violin and Viola

Vivian Wang, a native of Hunan, China, began playing the violin at the age of six, competed as a soloist across China, and played first chair in the Beijing University Symphony Orchestra. After completing her education, she continued to perform in Beijing as a soloist and chamber musician until 2007, when she came to the United States under the auspices of the China Future Leadership Project (CFL). Settling in Southern California, Vivian studied violin with Arthur Mautner, then Alex Russell at Azusa Pacific University, where she earned a Master’s of Music in Violin Performance.

Vivian has been teaching violin and viola since 2001. For nearly 10 years she has been teaching across the San Gabriel Valley, both in her own private studio and as a Music Specialist for the San Gabriel and Garvey School Districts. Her students serve and have served as concert masters and section leaders in local area middle schools and high schools, and many among them have auditioned into youth symphony orchestras, including PYMO (Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra), OYO (Olympia Youth Orchestra), and CYSO (Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra).

Vivian is certified by the Exam Board of the Royal Schools of Music to prepare students for the ABRSM examinations. As such, she is able to instruct students in the ABRSM curriculum, which includes violin, musicianship, and music theory; she also has experience tutoring the similar AP Music Theory curriculum.

Yolanda Klappert
Piano
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance – University of Southern California, Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performances – Yale University, Master of Music in Piano Performance – Yale University, Diploma in Piano Performance – Fontainebleau Ecole des Beaux Arts, Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance – University of Cincinnati
Winner of McElroy Scholarship Piano Competition, University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. 1st Place Winner National Chopin Competition, Buffalo, NY. Awarded the Winchell Scholarship and Sprague Award, Yale University.
Appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Philharmonia, Yale Philharmonia and Concerto Avenna Warsaw
25 years of experience as a concert pianist.

Daniel Jun
Drums
Graduated with BA in Music Industries, Cal Poly Pomona.
Member of Audio Engineering Society, and ASCAP.
Percussion/drum set teacher for 6 years
Drummer in rock band, Terra Alta
15 years playing experience.

Jess Navarette
Guitar
Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Commercial Music Performance, Cal Poly Pomona
Has taught music enrichment with the Pomona Unified School District since 2012
10 years of experience in Musical Instruction

Jermaine Li
Violin
Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, Central Conservatory of Music
Master of Music in Instrument Peformance, California State University, Fullerton
Music Performance Certificate in Music Performance, La Sierra University 12 years experience as an Orchestra player, 7 years experience as Concertmaster of School Orchestra, more than 5 years experience as a member of Professional Orchestra

Elizabeth Chan
Piano and Vocal
Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Music, La Sierra University
Performed in professional venues such as Disney Concert Hall, The Box, and the Fox Performing Arts Center in choral and solo settings
Over 7 years of experience in Musical Instruction

Shirley Slater
Piano and Vocal
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition, Massey University
Performed at the Yamaha School of Music and was selected for “Intensive Up-Grading Seminar” in Singapore led by Yamaha Music Foundation
Over 20 years of experience in teaching groups and private lessons, including those at a major international music school.

Ella Raskin
Advanced Piano
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree, Ukraine