Welcome to Cazadero summer 2010! The staff and I cannot wait until you arrive for your session so we can do what we do best ? make music in this wonderful place that has been an inspiration for so many staff and students over generations. This summer we have a truly awesome group of conductors who are looking forward to coming to Caz to work with our remarkable music students. Some of these conductors are new to Cazadero, some are familiar faces, and some are returning after an absence but have been able to work Cazadero back into their schedule, and for that we are grateful.
Karen Wells, Director of Instrumental Music at Berkeley High School will conduct our Orchestra during Middle School Session A. This will be Karen?s second summer at Caz, but she has been to Cazadero several times for our Jumpstart in Music Program working with our younger campers from the Berkeley Unified School District.
Working with our Orchestra during Middle School Session B is Mike Stone, Music Supervisor for the Bakersfield City School District. Mike is a wonderful educator and conductor, having conducted honor bands and orchestras all over California, and this spring conducting honor groups in Colorado.
Cheryl Yee- Glass will be directing our Orchestra during the Junior High Session. Cheryl is the Music Director for San Ramon Valley High School as well as the Music Director for the Diablo Light Opera Company. A gifted educator, Cheryl is very excited about working with our campers again this summer.
Mike Boitz, Director of Instrumental Music at Saratoga High School, will also be conducting orchestra during our Junior High Session. This will be Mike?s third guest conductor appearance, and we look forward to having him with us. Mike is from Minnesota, and marvels at the size of our Redwood trees!
Dr. John Roscigno, Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at California State University, Northridge will work with our High School Session Orchestra. His versatility as a musician has allowed him opportunities to conduct and perform throughout the world (including Caz!). In addition to his conducting duties he continues an active career as a classical pianist, orchestral percussionist and composer.
Anthony Parnther serves as the Conductor of the Orange County Symphony and the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Appalachian Brass Orchestra and will be working with our High School musicians. This is Anthony?s first visit to Cazadero and we are grateful he was able to work Cazadero into his busy schedule. Anthony is an active composer and arranger, having enjoyed recent premiers at international conferences in Washington D.C, Philadelphia, and Bangkok. Anthony studied bassoon with Robert Barris at Northwestern University and with Keith McClelland and Tristan Willems at ETSU. He has also studied with Judith LeClair of the NY Philharmonic and William Winstead of the Cincinnati Symphony. Anthony has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and is an active clinician on all woodwind instruments.
Our Jazz Band Directors are all active in the jazz world and feel Cazadero is a great environment for students to work on this aspect of their performing. They welcome all who wish to explore the improvisational side of their playing.
Dr. Jon Brummel, a well-known jazz artist in the Bay Area will be working with our Middle School A Jazz Band students. Jon is a former staff member at Cazadero and has been a frequent conductor at Caz over the years.
Joe Mazzaferro is co-founder of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, and is on the faculty of the Jazz Studies departments at CSU Sacramento, University of Pacific and Delta College. He will be working with our Middle School Session B students. ?Do You Want to Go to Chandlers?? was a big hit with our students last summer and they wait with anticipation to see what Joe will compose for them this summer.
Bob Athayde, Director of Music at Stanley Intermediate School in Lafayette, returns to work with our Junior High Session students. Athayde has garnered a number of awards including the Gil Freitas Outstanding Music Educator Award,? the Diablo Symphony Association's Distinguished Music Educator Award, Charles Schwab's Teach Each Distinguished Teacher Award, the Prudential Realty Outstanding Teacher Award, and the KDFC Outstanding Music Educator Award. Bob was recently awarded the Don Schmeer Outstanding Band Teacher of California Award by the California Music Educator's Association.
John Burn is the Director of Music at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. John has been recognized as one of the country?s leading music educators, receiving the prestigious Bandworld Legion of Honor Award for musical excellence. The Bandworld Legion of Honor was established in 1989 to honor eight of the finest Band Directors in our business. Recipients have taught for at least fifteen years, have maintained a very high quality concert band program, and have contributed significantly to the profession through dedication to bands and band music, and are honored at the annual Sousa Foundation awards ceremony during the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Patrick Langham, from the University of the Pacific will be directing our Jazz Band during the High School Session this summer. As a saxophonist and director Patrick has performed with distinguished jazz artists and on numerous jazz festivals throughout the United States. Patrick?s newest release ?Grown Up Listening?, on Roll Call Records, has received critical acclaim for Patrick?s playing, in which a recent critic described Langham as an artist ?adept at playing blues, waltz, funk and fast paced bop with equal facility?.
Mike Galisatus, Director of Instrumental Music at College of San Mateo, will also be directing the High School Session Jazz Band. A trumpeter, Mike has been the recipient of various teaching honors including the Peninsula Arts Council Arts Educator of the Year for 2007, the Otter Distributors 2004 Jazz Educator Award for the State of California, and the Gil Freitas Memorial Award for Music Education.? He is in demand as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout California, and currently holds the office of President of the Bay Section of the California Association for Music Education.
Working with our All Camp Choir in our Young Musician?s Session is Courtney Jensen. New to Cazadero, Courtney is currently a student in the Theater and Media Arts Department at BYU, and is a member of Noteworthy, a female a cappella ensemble. In 2007, Noteworthy won first place at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Noteworthy was only the second all-female group to ever win the competition. Courtney and Noteworthy were also featured on the recent NBC series ?The Sing Off?.
Liz Berkley will direct the Middle School Choirs this summer. Liz directed the Young Musicians All Camp Choir last year, and is happy to be coming back this summer. Liz teaches elementary and middle school students in schools in Sacramento and Vacaville, and is a member of the Sacramento Opera Company.
Cazadero alumnus, Troy Davis returns to conduct the Middle School Session A Concert Band. Troy currently teaches at Aragon High School in San Mateo, and freelances as an Oboist in many different orchestras in the Bay area.
Gerald Willis currently conducts orchestras and ensembles at the Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno High School and Sage Ridge Independent School and will conduct our Middle School Session B Concert Band. Gerald has composed several works for Cazadero, the latest being a fanfare for the dedication of the Lutt Family Amphitheater last summer.
Danna Mitchell returns to Cazadero after a long absence. Danna is the Music Director at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, and since her arrival in 2003, the music program at Saint Francis has grown to over 100 students in the Marching Band. Danna directs the jazz band, concert band, symphonic band, marching band and three steel drum bands!
Like the Swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, Norm Dea, Director of Music at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, returns to direct the Junior High Concert Band. Norm always brings unique and varied music selections for the students to perform, and our staff looks forward to having Norm in camp! Norm is the current President of the California Music Educator's Association.
Dr. Ed Harris is back to work with our High School musicians this summer. Dr. Harris is currently the Department Chair and Director of Bands at San Jose State University. Ed loves coming to Caz and is excited about getting to make music with campers and staff this summer.
Dr. Tony Mazzaferro works with our Concert Band during the High School Session and has been associated with Caz for 39 years, attending Cazadero as a camper, staff member, and Assistant Camp Director in the 1990?s. Tony directs and clinics bands all over the world, having recently conducted groups in Singapore and Canada. Tony is currently the Director of Bands at Fullerton College in Southern California.
There you have it, an outstanding line up of Conductors and Educators who value you, value music, and value Cazadero. We are counting down the days until we all get together at camp this summer! We look forward to seeing you all at Caz!