Faculty & Staff

Jacob Vogel

Jacob Vogel

Coordinator

Teaches: Brass-Sax-Percussion Literature, Chamber Music, Music Theory

jacob.vogel@ocsarts.net

Jacob Vogel earned his master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, studying music education with Dr. Sheila Woodward and Dr. Susan Helfter. While there, Mr. Vogel studied marching band arranging under the tutelage of Tony Fox and wrote numerous halftime shows for the Trojan Marching Band. Mr. Vogel was the recipient of the Music Education Award upon his graduation from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Vogel holds dual bachelor degrees in music education and french horn performance from Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation, Mr. Vogel received the Conservatory of Music Award. Mr. Vogel has studied conducting with Daniel Alfred Wachs, Joe Modica, and Larry Livingston.

Mr. Vogel serves as adjunct faculty at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, teaching undergraduate courses in ear training. He is also the director and arranger for the Pride of Chapman Pep-Band. In addition to his position at Chapman, Mr. Vogel is an assistant director and arranger for the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band. As a freelance music educator, Mr. Vogel has taught and acted as a clinician with the Colburn School’s Summer Horn Camp, Affinity Group tours, and teaches general music at Pacific Lutheran High School in Gardena.

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Amy Bowers

Amy Bowers

Instructor

Teaches: Low Brass Masterclass

amy.bowers@ocsarts.net

Amy Bowers attended the University of Southern California for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, studying with Terry Cravens.

While in school, she won many awards, including the Pasadena Solo Competition, University of Southern California Concerto Competition, Pasadena Young Artist Concerto Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Solo Competition, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition, and the University of Southern California Robert Marsteller Award. She is a highly sought after trombonist and teacher in California. She freelances in many orchestras including the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, among many others. Miss Bowers teaches trombone and chamber music at the University of Southern California and has a large private studio of her own. 

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Jeffrey de Seriere

Jeffrey de Seriere

Instructor

Teaches: Guided Practice, Symphonic Band, Woodwind Orchestral Literature

jeffrey.deseriere@ocsarts.net

Jeffrey de Seriere earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Mr. de Seriere is a candidate for a master’s degree in instrumental conducting at the Cole Conservatory, where he is a student of John Carnahan.

Mr. de Seriere holds active memberships in the California Band Directors Association, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, and the North American Saxophone Alliance.
 
As a conductor, Mr. de Seriere has studied privately with Dr. David Betancourt and Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro. He also participated in conducting workshops with Dr. Frank Battisti and Dr. Mallory Thompson. Since 2006, Mr. de Seriere has been the guest conductor for many ensembles, including the Cerritos College Symphonic Winds, Fullerton College Community Band, California State University, Long Beach Collegium Musicum, Orange County Youth Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific, the California State University, Long Beach Concert Band, the California State University, Long Beach Symphonic Band, and the California State University, Long Beach Wind Symphony. In 2014, he was named one of seven finalists in the National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project and made his international conducting debut with the California State University, Long Beach Wind Symphony in Seoul, South Korea. In the summer of 2015, Mr. de Seriere was chosen as one of six young conductors to conduct The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Mr. de Seriere is currently the Symphonic Band Director at the Orange County School of the Arts and the Assistant Band Director at Mayfair High School. Since 2013, Mr. de Seriere has also been the Music Director of True Brass Choir, a professional brass ensemble in the Long Beach area.

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Victoria Hiromi Doo Lee

Victoria Hiromi Doo Lee

Instructor

victoria.lee@ocsarts.net

Victoria Hiromi Doo Lee (’07) holds a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she also earned her master’s degree in the orchestral performance, under the tutelage of Liang Wang. Ms. Lee currently holds the principal chair of the Santa Monica Symphony. She is a versatile musician, whose wide range of repertoire has led to numerous performances in all types of venues. In the summer of 2012, she performed with the New York Philharmonic's Philharmonic at the Park Avenue Armory in their innovative Philharmonic 360 production, featuring Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen. In the 2010 season, she performed with the New York Youth Symphony as principal oboe and teaching artist. In the same year, she appeared with the TACTUS Ensemble in Elliott Carter’s song cycle A Mirror on Which to Dwell and premiered Mohammed Fairouz’s opera Sumeida’s Song

Mathieu Girardet

Mathieu Girardet

Instructor

mathieu.girardet@ocsarts.net

Born in Southern France, Mathieu Girardet is a clarinetist, composer/arranger, and educator now based in Southern California. His musical career has taken him to New York, South Korea, and various European countries, where he has performed on many of the world’s greatest stages. Mr. Girardet holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan. As a graduate fellow at Michigan, he performed in the university’s top band and orchestra, also taking second prize at the school’s annual chamber music competition with his clarinet quintet. Having recently returned to the west coast, Mr. Girardet is looking forward to working with young musicians, as he hopes to soon lead a music program of his own. He is in his first year at OCSA, where he leads large ensemble woodwind sectionals, directed practice, and music theory courses.

Teren Shaffer

Teren Shaffer

Dean of Arts Conservatories

Teaches: Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble

teren.shaffer@ocsarts.net

Mr. Shaffer joined the Orange County School of the Arts community as the conductor of the Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble. With instant success, Mr. Shaffer became an integral part of both the Instrumental Music Conservatory and the OCSA community as a whole. He served as the Director of the former Classical Instrumental Music Conservatory, before being named the first Dean of the Arts Conservatories at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

In addition to his responsibilities for OCSA, Mr. Shaffer serves as the associate conductor and general manager of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO), cover conductor for Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Florida, and is the co-founder and director of artistic management for First & Grand Entertainment, LLC. A sought after adjudicator and clinician throughout Southern California, Mr. Shaffer has served on the Spotlight Awards selection panel at The Music Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Shaffer also serves on the national board of directors for the Arts Schools Network.

In addition to completing a master of music degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Mr. Shaffer holds bachelor of music degrees in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance, and music education from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. 

At Chapman, he developed a keen interest in conducting and pursued his studies with Daniel Alfred Wachs. Mr. Shaffer was the first prize winner of the 2014 American Prize in Conducting and has been praised as an “Outstanding Arts Educator” by the Orange County Department of Education.

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Tim Hall

Tim Hall

Instructor

Teaches: High Brass Masterclass

tim.hall@ocsarts.net

Tim Hall began playing the trumpet at age nine and has played almost every day since. His principal teacher was Uan Rasey. Mr. Hall is a freelance musician in the Southern California area and has performed in a variety of ensembles, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, California Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Municipal Band, Disneyland Band, and the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters Orchestra. He toured the United States, Europe, and Asia with various groups. Mr. Hall lived in Japan for five years, while performing at the Huis Ten Bosh resort. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Hall and his brother own a teaching studio in Laguna Niguel, called The Music Stand.

Anthony Maiello

Anthony Maiello

Professor

George Mason University School of Music

Anthony J. Maiello, artistic director and conductor of the American Festival Pops Orchestra in  Washington, D.C., makes professional appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles, and presenting clinics, lectures, and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Europe.

Presently a professor of music with George Mason University (GMU) School of Music, Professor Maiello teaches graduate and undergraduate Conducting, all levels of Aural Skills, and Jazz Theory & Arranging.  He founded and conducted the GMU Wind Ensemble, as well as the GMU Chamber Orchestra. He also served as associate director of the School of Music, conductor of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and director of the GMU Jazz Ensemble.

Throughout his career, Professor Maiello has published musical compositions for string orchestra and is the author of Conducting Nuances (GIA Publications, Inc.), Conducting: A Hands-On-Approach (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications), and co-author of The 21st Century Band Method (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications). In 2012, he was presented with the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia “Signature Award” for promoting music in America, and in 2013 was nominated for a GRAMMY Music Educator Award, a category created by the Recording Academy in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation in recognition of music educators. This year, Professor Maiello will receive the Bandmaster of the Year Award from Phi Beta Mu, the International Band Fraternity, at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL.

“It has been a delightful pleasure and honor to be associated with Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble and Wind Studies program at the Orange County School of the Arts under the direction of Mr. Teren Shaffer. This world-class organization has performed at numerous national venues, including the International Midwest Band and Orchestral Clinic in Chicago.  It sets the standard for high school wind band programs throughout the United States of America.  In my opinion it is absolutely FIRST-CLASS!”

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Jeff Cogan

Jeff Cogan

Director of Guitar Studies and Music Technology

Jeff Cogan is an associate professor of music in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, where he has taught classical guitar since 1982.  After finishing his studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he performed for the great Spanish Maestro of the guitar Andres Segovia in an exclusive master class, he built a career performing and teaching the guitar at CSUN and at Chapman University.

His performances have taken him all over the country and Europe, and his students are winners of national competitions. In 2012, he performed as soloist with the La Mirada Symphony in Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo. Mr. Cogan directed the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA)’s International Concert Artist Competition from 1987 until 2008, and he continues to serve on the executive committee of the GFA.  In June, 2016, he will serve as a judge for the JoAnn Falletta Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, New York. His documentary film, Daniel Friederich - Luthier d’Art, began as a sabbatical project in 2013.  It received more than $5,000 in Chapman University grants and support from the chancellor, Daniele Struppa.  In 2015, it won an Award of Merit from the Accolade Global Film Competition. The film is now distributed by Dark Hollow Films, an educational documentary film distributor.

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Thomas Hynes

Thomas Hynes

Commercial Music and Jazz Education

Azusa Pacific University

Bob Mintzer

Bob Mintzer

Chair, Jazz Studies Department

USC Thornton School of Music

Bob Mintzer is a triple threat musician who has been active in the jazz community for many years, recording and playing alongside many greats, including Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones with the Mel Lewis Big Band, James Taylor, the New York Philharmonic, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Queen, the National Symphony, American Saxophone Quartet, Art Blakey, Donald Fagan, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling, Jaco Pastorius, Mike Manieri, and Randy Brecker.

He is currently on the faculty of USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he teaches, directs the Thornton Jazz Orchestra, and conducts a jazz workshop for incoming freshman and sophomore students. Mr. Mintzer also plays with the Yellowjackets, one of the premier jazz groups playing today, which has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards. He maintains a busy touring schedule, playing with the Yellowjackets, his quartet, big band, and as a guest conductor and soloist alongside college and professional bands.

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Frank Potenza

Frank Potenza

Chair, Department of Studio/Jazz Guitar

USC Thornton School of Music

Capri Records Ltd. recording artist Frank Potenza is a protégé of the legendary jazz guitarist Joe Pass. He is an active educator, composer, arranger, and performer with nine solo albums to his credit. He has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Brother Jack McDuff, George Van Eps, Mundell Lowe, Joe Sample, Ronnie Laws, Joe Diorio, John Clayton, Jimmy Smith, Benny Green, Buddy Collette, Andy Simpkins, Ernie Andrews, Eddie Harris, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many other jazz luminaries.

From 1996 to 1999, he toured as a member of the Gene Harris Quartet. He is a featured soloist on Alley Cats, which was Harris’ final recording for Concord Records. Mr. Potenza has performed locally at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Frank Potenza currently tours in support of his latest Capri Records Ltd. recording For Joe, a tribute to Joe Pass. Frank is a full professor and chair of the guitar program at the USC Thornton School of Music and the author of several texts for the USC Thornton Guitar Instructional Series, published by Mel Bay Publications, the world’s largest publisher of guitar materials.

“I’m delighted to serve on the OCSA Conservatory Program advisory board. It’s a joy to see each new generation of college students in their formative years and a labor of love to work with them. It assures me that the music is in good hands and that it will thrive for a long time to come. My interactions with the students have been nothing short of fantastic. In performance with them, I’ve found their playing to be at an incredibly high level, and their interaction at clinics and master classes is enthusiastic and stimulating. I attribute all of that to the high level of instruction that they receive daily, and to the inspiration that they derive from the thoughtful mentoring of the OCSA faculty. I’ve known some of them for many years, and I’m familiar with their ongoing careers and accomplishments. I feel fortunate to be involved in such a vital and forward-looking music program.”

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Christopher Sampson

Christopher Sampson

Vice Dean of Division of Popular Music

USC Thornton School of Music

Jeff Hellmer

Jeff Hellmer

University Distinguished Teaching Professor

University of Texas at Austin