Angelica Cortez looking into the camera and smiling.

Angelica Cortez

September 28, 2023

Angelica Cortez (she/her) is a Los Angeles-born arts administrator and educator. She is the executive director of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, where she supports an international community of teachers, artists and leaders who believe in the transformative power of music. She has served as interim president and CEO of El Sistema USA, and… Continue reading Angelica Cortez

Composer and instructor Steve Rothstein smiling and wearing a dark suit.

Steve Rothstein

September 7, 2023

Steve Rothstein is active as a composer, music instructor and lecturer in the Los Angeles area. He received his doctoral degree in Music Composition from the University of California, Los Angeles (2006) where he also completed his master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Rothstein has written numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, wind ensemble, choral groups and… Continue reading Steve Rothstein

Luciana Souza wearing a white shirt looking into the camera in front of a white background.

Luciana Souza

August 23, 2023

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Luciana Souza grew up in a family of bossa nova innovators—her father, a singer and songwriter, her mother, a poet and lyricist. Souza’s work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, a sophisticated lineage in world music and an enlightened approach to new… Continue reading Luciana Souza

Pianist Mikhail Korzhev wearing a dark suit and smiling into the camera.

Mikhail Korzhev

August 23, 2023

Mikhail Korzhev, a pianist who “projects strength, atmosphere and the ability to tangle even the knottiest passages” (International Record Review) is equally active as a solo recitalist, a performer with various chamber groups, a soloist with orchestras and a recording artist. Among his CD recordings is the Complete Piano Concertos of Ernst Krenek in collaboration with English… Continue reading Mikhail Korzhev

Tara Aesquivel smiles on the beach in the sunlight.

Tara Aesquivel

August 4, 2023

The arts have shaped Tara Aesquivel’s life and, through her work, she hopes to share the power of the arts with others. Tara is a classically-trained musician and earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Convinced that she could have a broader impact offstage, Tara earned a Master’s degree in Arts… Continue reading Tara Aesquivel

Conductor Jacob Sustaita smiling wearing a black shirt.

Jacob Sustaita

August 2, 2023

Jacob Sustaita serves as the assistant conductor for Pacific Symphony, a position he has held since the fall of 2020. Sustaita also serves as music director and conductor for Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO), the premier training orchestra of Orange County, recognized as one of the most outstanding youth orchestras in the country. Sustaita is… Continue reading Jacob Sustaita

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Tom Hall

August 2, 2023

Tom Hall is a Tasmanian and Australian electronic audio-visual artist who now calls Lake Arrowhead, CA his home. With a two-decade career in the music industry across multiple continents, Hall’s journey has been expansive. His educational background includes graduating from the Australian National University, majoring in Media Arts and pursuing further studies in sound at… Continue reading Tom Hall

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Sara Ballance

July 12, 2023

Sara Ballance is an educator and musicologist whose work explores contemporary and historical issues of musical listening. After initially focusing on aural skills education and music cognition, earning degrees in Pedagogy of Music Theory and Brain & Cognitive Sciences, and working as a research assistant in the Eastman Music Cognition Lab, her main interest has… Continue reading Sara Ballance

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Jane Davidson 

July 12, 2023

Jane Davidson is an attorney who focuses her practice on Entertainment Law and Litigation at Munck Wilson Mandala.  After graduating from USC Thornton’s Music Industry program, Davidson worked full-time in the music industry while pursuing her law degree from Loyola Law School’s evening program.   As a litigator, her primary focus area is intellectual property in entertainment… Continue reading Jane Davidson 

Music executive Joe Poindexter smiling and wearing a yellow turtleneck.

Joe Poindexter

July 5, 2023

Joe Poindexter is a recognized music industry executive responsible for all-things digital at PULSE Music Group, an independent music publisher, record label and music services company based in Los Angeles. The company’s roster of talented artists, producers and songwriters includes Brent Faiyaz, Turnstile, Kehlani, James Blake, Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, Tyler Johnson, El-P, Freddie Gibbs,… Continue reading Joe Poindexter