Faculty & Staff

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

Coordinator

Teaches: Piano Ensemble, Piano Master Classes

sarkis.baltaian@ocsarts.net

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian studied under renowned pedagogue and concert artist John Perry at the University of Southern California. He has gained an international reputation as a concert pianist, chamber musician, recording artist, and pedagogue in his own right.

He is also a professor of Piano Literature at the Colburn Conservatory. Dr. Baltaian has also held teaching positions at the Pan Pacific Festival in Australia, University of Alabama - Huntsville, and California State University, Los Angeles.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Baltaian’s students have won various national and international competitions and have been accepted at prestigious schools, such as the Eastman School, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Barbara, Pomona College, and University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Doris Chiang

Doris Chiang

Instructor

doris.chiang@ocsarts.net

Dr. Doris Chiang received her doctorate of musical arts from the University of Southern California (USC). After finishing her double major bachelor’s degrees in business and music at California State University, Fullerton, she pursued piano performance at USC, where she graduated with high academic honor. Her past teachers include Dr. Mary Mark Zeyen, and Dr. Stewart Gordon.

Dr. Chiang serves frequently as an adjudicator for Certificate of Merit program and Southwestern Youth Music Festival, as well as other piano festivals in southern California. From 2004 – 2007, she organized the monthly master class for local piano teachers in north Orange County. Besides her solo appearances in southern California, she was the pianist for Bachiana Piano Ensemble from 2004 -2008 and Hillsboro Trio, founded in 2009. The ensemble performs throughout the southern California. She is also actively involved with Music Teacher Association of California. Her role includes Certificate of Merit Chair (2004 - 2005) and President (2010 - 2012).

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Chiang’s students are the prizewinners of local festivals and MTAC events. She maintains an active studio in north Orange county areas.

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Dr. Judy Huang

Dr. Judy Huang

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, Piano Seminar 7/8, Piano Sight- Reading 7/8, Piano Master Classes 9-12

judy.huang@ocsarts.net

Judy Huang made her professional debut at age eleven with the Fine Arts Orchestra in Taiwan. She was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2004 Carmel Music Society.

She has given concerts in Taiwan and in the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Poland. Sharing her passion of chamber music, Dr. Huang is dedicated to community outreach programs and has collaborated with members of Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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Shannon Kauble

Shannon Kauble

Instructor

shannon.kauble@ocsarts.net

Shannon Kauble holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from California State University, Fullerton, as well as bachelor’s degrees in piano and vocal performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Since 1999, she has taught piano and voice privately, and she was also a church choir director from 1999-2006. Additionally, she is the president of the Lakewood-Cerritos branch of MTAC, and regularly serves as a piano and voice evaluator for CM evaluations and other local festivals.

As a freelance vocalist and accompanist, she performs for a variety of functions and in many locations mostly around the country and occasionally abroad. She also frequently appears as a singer and pianist with the chamber ensemble, Musica Anima. Furthermore, she has performed as a soprano soloist with the Pacific Symphony and has sung operatic roles with Opera of the Foothills, Antelope Valley Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, California State University Fullerton’s Opera Theater, International Lyric Academy of Rome, and Blue Danube Musikimpresario of Bulgaria. Other ensemble appearances have been with Long Beach Opera, Euterpe Opera Theater, Opera of the Foothills, and Lyric Opera of Los Angeles.

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Pepron Pilibossian

Pepron Pilibossian

Instructor

pepron.pilibossianocsarts.net

Pepron Pilibossian has established herself as recitalist and chamber musician in high demand. A winner of numerous National and International competitions, she has performed in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, and Bulgaria. Recent appearances include Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Hall, Zipper Hall, as well as performances at the Varna Summer, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, The Kapelle Trio and Round Top International Music Festivals. Ms. Pilibossian keeps an active performing and teaching schedule. Currently, she fulfills her passion for mentoring young musicians at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, the Orange County School of the Arts, and Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.

Advisory Board

Nina Scolnik

Nina Scolnik

Associate Chair for Performance

Senior Lecturer in Piano

University of California, Irvine
Dr. Derek Kealii Polischuk

Dr. Derek Kealii Polischuk

Director of Piano Pedagogy

Associate Professor of Piano

Michigan State University
Joel Kabakov

Joel Kabakov

PhD Distinguished Composer and Educator