Faculty & Staff

Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell

Coordinator

Teaches: Symphony Orchestra conductor

christopher.russell@ocsarts.net

Christopher Russell received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Indiana University and his bachelor’s degree in composition from California State University, Fullerton. He is also an associate professor and heads the orchestral program at Azusa Pacific University.

As a conductor of contemporary music, Mr. Russell has conducted many world, national, and local premieres. Recent guest conducting engagements include the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana in 2013 and 2014 and the International Orchestra Festival in Zhengzhou, China in 2015. His recording of previously-unknown music by 19th century composer Leopold Damrosch was released internationally by London based company Toccata Classics. Mr. Russell is also a frequent pre-concert lecturer for both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. For the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has hosted post-concert discussions with conductors and guests, including Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Emanuel Ax, and Dawn Upshaw.

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Kaffee Mimun

Kaffee Mimun

Instructor

kaffee.mimun@ocsarts.net

Kaffee Mimun received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Oklahoma City University, as well as both a master’s degree and doctorate of musical arts in harp performance from the University of Southern California.

She is an active musician performing, teaching, writing, and arranging music in Orange County, California. She has performed with various orchestras and chamber groups and released the CD Contemporary Music for Two Harps in 2006.

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Arie Moriguchi

Arie Moriguchi

Instructor

Teaches: Music Appreciation, Theory

arie.moriguchi@ocsarts.net

Arie Moriguchi earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and music education form Azusa Pacific University. Before college, she studied for seven years in Osaka, Japan.

Ms. Moriguchi is a Kodaly-trained music teacher and private vocal instructor. Aside from her work with the Instrumental Music Conservatory, Ms. Moriguchi is also an instructor in the Classical Voice Conservatory, a Kodaly instructor for National Children’s Choir, Assistant Director for California Children’s Choir, and continues to run a private voice studio. In the summer, she serves as a section leader for Idyllwild Choir Festival and continues to learn at the Kodaly Association of Southern California Certification Program.

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Sorah Myung

Sorah Myung

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, Violin Sectional

sorah.myung@ocsarts.net

Sorah Myung received her bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and master’s degree from Yale University School of Music. She is also teaching at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and conducting at Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC).

She has a busy musical career as a freelancer, chamber musician, and an orchestra player in Southern California. She was appointed as a concertmaster at La Mirada Symphony Orchestra in 2014. As a both violinist and a violist, she holds an assistant principal viola position at Mozart Classical Orchestra in Irvine, as well as a summer residency at American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria. She was formerly a member of Santa Monica Symphony, Concertante di Chicago, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and Akron Symphony Orchestra.

As a dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Myung is in great demand as a teacher, coach, and lecturer. She has been invited to teach in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival, and Irvine Music Festival in recent years. She has also judged many competitions, including American String Teachers Association Orange County solo competition and Musical Arts Competition in Orange County, Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Irvine Branch Junior Ensemble Music Festival, Newport Mesa Solo and Chamber Ensemble Festival, Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival, and the New Mexico Fine Arts Festival.

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Barry Silverman

Barry Silverman

Instructor

Teaches: Concert Orchestra, OCSA String Quartet

barry.silverman@ocsarts.net

Barry Silverman received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California School of Music. He has performed professionally throughout Southern California and at the movie studios in Hollywood.

 His credits cover chamber music, opera, ballet, jazz, pop, and a large number of orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic, where he spent four years in Tel-Aviv. Since the 1970s, Mr. Silverman has taught virtually every level of music education, covering a wide-variety of music disciplines in both public and private schools, as well as a large number of universities. Mr. Silverman is the founder and music director of the South Coast Symphony, which was founded in 1996.

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Candice Tardif

Candice Tardif

Instructor

Teaches: String Literature & History

candice.tardif@ocsarts.net

Candice Tardif (’10) is an alumna of the Instrumental Music Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts. During the academic day, she is a full-time teacher of Literature and Composition.

Miss Tardif received her bachelor’s degrees in both English and History from University of Southern California, where she earned high honors for her thesis on First World War literature. She holds a teaching credential and master’s degree in teaching from the University of California, Irvine.

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Adriana Triggs

Adriana Triggs

Instructor

Teaches: Violin Masterclass

adriana.triggs@ocsarts.net

Adriana Triggs holds a master’s degree in violin performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Chapman University Conservatory of Music.

She studied under Mark Lakirovich and William Fitzpatrick. In January 2016, she joined the first violin section of the Mozart Classical Orchestra. Recently, Mrs. Triggs was featured as a soloist for the motion picture, A Date With Miss Fortune. She also maintains a violin studio at home in Mission Viejo.

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Phillip Triggs

Phillip Triggs

Instructor

Teaches: Chamber Music, String Orchestra, Viola Masterclass

phillip.triggs@ocsarts.net

Phillip Triggs earned his master’s degree in music from Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree in music from Chapman University. He also studied during the summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

His teachers have included Roland Vamos, Jeffrey Irvine, James Dunham, Robert Becker, and William Fitzpatrick. He is currently assistant principal viola of Santa Barbara Symphony, a section member of New West Symphony, and frequently performs with Pacific Symphony. In addition to teaching at the Orange County School of the Arts, Mr. Triggs is an adjunct professor of music at Concordia University and Santa Ana College. He served as a coach for Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, and Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival.

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