Westmont Academy for Young Artists


AndreaAndrea Di Maggio, flutist, has been praised for her “stellar playing and social grace” by the Santa Barbara Independent and is in demand as both a teacher and an performer in the Santa Barbara area. Andrea graduated from San Jose State University in 2001, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance where she studied with Paris Conservatory, French flutist, Isabelle Chapuis-Starr. While attending San Jose State University, she won many Bay Area instrumental performance competitions. Andrea was granted a teaching position at Arizona State University during 2001-2002, and while completing her first year of graduate school, she taught private lessons to the undergraduate flute majors, implemented and taught a flute course to music education students, and performed in faculty recitals. Andrea transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara in Fall 2002 to study with Jill Felber on a full scholarship. She graduated with honors with a Masters Degree in Instrumental Performance in 2004. Andrea has performed in masterclasses with Robert Stallman, Tadeo Coehlo, Michel Debost, and Jill Felber. Andrea regularly performs in solo and chamber music recitals and is a founding member of Sonos Montecito, the Woodwind Quintet-in-residence at Westmont College. Andrea maintains a small and competitive private flute studio, with students winning awards from the Santa Barbara Music Club and The Music Teachers Association of California. Andrea performs on a silver Miyazawa Boston Classic flute with gold and platinum headjoint. For more information please visit www.dimaggiomusic.com.

Neil Di MaggioNeil Di Maggio is in demand as both a soloist and collaborative pianist in the music community of Santa Barbara and has been praised by the Santa Barbara Independent for his "brilliant display" in a 2004 performance of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Neil graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University in 1999 with a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance, under the direction of Dr. Alfred Kanwischer. He completed his Master's Degree in Piano Performance in 2001 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied piano with Mack McCray and harpsichord with Laurette Goldberg.

Following graduation he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked as a freelance accompanist, partnering with Mesa and Scottsdale Community Colleges' music programs, with music students from Arizona State University, and with community theaters. Neil entered the collaborative piano

program at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002 where he studied with Anne Epperson and Yael Weiss; he also studied solo piano with Paul Berkowitz. He earned his second Masters Degree in Collaborative Piano in 2005.

Neil is currently Assistant Director of Research and Prospect Management in the Office of College Advancement at Westmont College. Additionally he works in Westmont's music department as accompanist for the College Choir and occasionally for students and faculty. Neil teaches piano privately and serves as a guest musician in church worship services. His accompanying projects within the Santa Barbara community have included Opera Santa Barbara, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Childrens Chorus, Westmont College, as well as private instrumental studios.

Hailey KimDr. Hailey Kim, cellist, received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University where she was a recipient of Music Dean’s Award for six years, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University where she received the Roman and Melanie Totenberg Scholarship and Dorothy MacDonald Scholarship. Dr. Kim has performed in various prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, and she was invited to serve as a judge in New York International Music Competition (2010 and 2014) and the USA International Music Competition (2010). Dr. Kim instructed string programs in the public and private schools of Massachusetts and New York.

Han Soo KimViolinist, Han Soo Kim is an award-winning and internationally accomplished artist who has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen countries on four continents. He has been praised by many audiences around the world for his passion, sensitivity and charisma. His knowledge and versatility allow him to perform a diverse mix of musical styles ranging from the standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire.

Dr. Kim has concertized extensively as a solo performer, duo-recitalist and chamber musician. In the United States, he has performed in some of the nation’s most prominent venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Cutler Majestic Theater, Jordan Hall, Kaufmann Concert Hall, and The Kennedy Center. Performances have also led him to world renowned conservatories, music schools and festivals including Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Boston Conservatory, Columbia University, Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, The Juilliard School, Longy School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Meadowmount School of Music, Morningside Music Bridge, Musicorda, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the US and abroad performing standard concertos to contemporary world premieres.

Dr. Kim has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance under a fellowship grant. His B.M. and M.M. violin performance degrees are from the prestigious The Juilliard School where he was a merit scholarship recipient studying under the tutelage of the venerable pedagogue, Professor Sally Thomas. Other influential teachers and mentors include Roman Totenberg and Pamela Frank. He has extensively worked with distinguished chamber music artists including Emerson, Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets. He has held scholastic positions including Artistic Director and Director of Strings, and has also been invited to adjudicate numerous competitions. His passion for sharing musical knowledge and experience to young musicians has taken him to many different parts of the world. As an avid educator, he has been invited to give lectures, workshops and master classes on technique, innovative practice methods and performance. In New York, he has taught classes at Meadowmount School of Music, Stony Brook University and Pre-Colleges of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

Dr. Kim maintains a close musical relationship with his sister Dr. Hailey Kim, a cellist and pedagogue, and his colleague and concert pianist, Mr. Jie Roger Luo, who he has been collaborating with for over a decade. Dr. Kim is a Promessa Records Artist with the recent release of Encore Favori, a solo CD featuring a dozen encores and virtuosic showpieces. He will be releasing more albums with Promessa Records in the near future including the complete Brahms Sonatas. Dr. Kim devotes a considerable amount of time to teaching, traveling for lectures and masterclasses, as well as maintaining an internationally active recording and performance schedule.

On his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing tennis. At Westmont College, Dr. Kim teaches alongside his wife, Joanne Kim, a clarinetist. Dr. Kim performs on a Carlo Antonio Testore of 1721. His CDs can be purchased at the Westmont College bookstore.

Joanne KimClarinetist, Joanne Kim, has concertized as a solo performer and chamber and orchestral musician in many parts of North America and Asia. Her performing career began in her late teens with the honorable Stamas Scholarship Fund from the New York Philharmonic offering her a new clarinet for her studies and concerts.
She has performed with New York Soloist Ensemble, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, OSH Opera Orchestra, YN Philharmonic, Astoria Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, and Chelsea Symphony.
Concerts have led her to renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Massey Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Roy Thompson Hall, and Merkin Hall. She has also performed at colleges, conservatories and festivals including Royal Conservatory of Music, Mannes College, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Queens College, Hunter College, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Western Ontario, Ball State University, New School University, Long Island University, Late Romantics Festival, Waterloo Windfest, and Centre d’arts Orford.
Ms. Kim has earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with merit scholarship in clarinet performance including the prestigious Orchestral Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music with a fellowship under the tutelage of Professor Mark Nuccio.
As a passionate educator, Ms. Kim travels to give lectures and classes while maintaining an active performance schedule.
Ms. Kim performs with her husband, Han Soo Kim, a violinist, and is delighted to be a faculty at Westmont College.

RyuIn demand for her exceptional talents in both performance and instruction, pianist Dr. Jeong-ah Ryu has been recognized as a vital soloist, chamber musician, and teaching professional. She has won numerous prizes in Korea, France, the United Kingdom and the United States: first prize at Trianon Music Group Competition, Bromsgrove Young International Competition, British Contemporary Piano Competition, Beethoven Competition, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Korean Symphony Competition, and the Concours National de Piano Lagny-sur-Marne in Paris. She has been awarded the Frederick Jackson Award, Liversidge Award, Musicians Benevolent Fund Scholarship, and Hattori Foundation Scholarship among others.

Dr. Ryu has given recitals in the United Kingdom at various venues. Her performances were shown at the Snape Malting Concert Hall, St. Albans Theatre, St. Andrew’s Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, and St. James Church in Piccadilly. Highlights of her performances include concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, and especially, her Grieg Concerto with Trianon Symphony Orchestra in the Norwich festival in London, acknowledged by the East Anglia Music Magazine, UK. Not limited to within the UK, she performed in other European and Asian countries where her performances were broadcast on national radio.

Dr. Ryu has worked with acclaimed international artists such as Alexander Satz, Sergei Babayan, Marta Gulyas, Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Mannheim Pressler, Byron Janis, Emanuel Ax and Murray Perahia. As a committed chamber musician, she has performed as a pianist of the Charis Trio, which won First Prize at the Coleman Competition. She has also successfully performed at The Purcell Room, Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall, and St. John’s Smith Square where she performed in the presence of the Prince of Wales. She attended the Biennial International Symposium and Festival in Cambridge, Masterworks Festival, Pianofest in Hamptons, and Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander where she worked with such remarkable musicians as Gary Hoffman, Silvia Marcovici, Abene Quartet, and the composer John Corigliano.

A native Korean, Dr. Ryu received an acceptance and embarked on her studies at the Purcell School and Junior Royal Academy of Music as a recipient of the U.K.’s Music and Dance Scheme scholarship at the age of 14. She went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Music in London with a Bachelor of Music degree. As Dr. Ryu expanded her academic path to the United States, she completed her Master of Music program at Yale University and obtained an Artist Diploma degree at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. In 2015, she successfully completed her Doctor of Musical Arts program at Northwestern University. Dr. Ryu has the distinction of enrolling in each graduate school and program on a full scholarship. Her professors and mentors include James Giles, Ory Shihor, Claude Frank, Pascal Nemirovski, and Christopher Elton.

While pursuing her academic courses, she served as a part-time instructor, as well as a teaching assistant at Northwestern University. She played similar roles at Yale School of Music and the Colburn School of Performing Arts before attending Northwestern University. She was actively involved with the Music in School Initiative program in New Haven, CT and Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, CA. She continues her passion to impart the richness of music through active performing and private instructions as a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Pleasant Valley-Ventura County Branch.


Emily Sommermann (violin)

Laura Walter Flutist Laura Walter has performed widely across the United States, and is an active adjudicator at prestigious competitions. Her students have gone on to successful careers as musicians, doctors, scientists and major symphony conductors. After studying flute, piano, and jazz extensively in the Midwest, she played with the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), Dayton Philharmonic (OH), Springfield Symphony (OH) and Richmond Symphony (IN). She then furthered her studies with Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony, and Kyril Magg of the Cincinnati Symphony. Her M.M was earned at the University of Kentucky, and she now performs with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, and other chamber groups in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles area. Alry Publications has published several of her pieces for flute choir, and an etude book written to highlight difficult orchestral flute passages. She has taught at Wright State University, Miami Valley Music Academy, and been a featured guest lecturer at the Dayton Philharmonic.

Ms. Walter has been on the faculty of Westmont College for over 20 years. She has recorded over a dozen CD’s with various artists, performed on the Today Show, and for Oprah, as well as with Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Yanni, Steve Allen and others. Her solo album “The Nature of Nurture” has won critical acclaim. Recently she was featured on a recording of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, and locally premiered “Cut Pieces” with Ursula Gallenkamp, performance artist. As a piccoloist in John Luther Adams’ ground breaking “Inuksuit” for 48 percussionists and 3 piccolos, she performed at the Ojai Music Festival, in a tree.

Formerly the Executive Director of The Richards Institute of Education and Research, a non‐profit group, she continues working with teachers and children, especially at‐risk youth, using the experience of interactive play to develop motivation, intelligence, literacy, emotional stability and beauty. She is the regional coordinator of Education Through Music (ETM) and leads workshops for teachers to incorporate the arts into the current STEAM philosophy, integrating song, movement and play into daily activities for a more effective classroom. Traveling extensively in the summers, she continues working with young musicians across the US and Japan, at Fine Arts camps and workshops. A special interest in trauma has led her to the exploration of the uses of music and art in healing, creating empathy, and hope.

Mary Beth WoodruffMary Beth Woodruff grew up in Southern California and began studying the violin at the age of 7. At the age of 15, she left California to attend high school at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. While there, she served as co-concertmaster of the IAA Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Honors Quartet with whom she was a prize winner in both the Downbeat Magazine Chamber Music Competition and the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Following graduation, she went on to the New England Conservatory of music and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she majored in both chemistry and music and was awarded an Advanced Music Performance Scholarship. She was also a made member of the Burchard Scholars in the Arts at MIT and received the Margaret and Agnar Von Ness Scholarship for Best Performer in the Arts. While in Boston, she was a member of the Boston Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, the MIT Chamber Music Society, and the New England Chamber Orchestra.

She attended Carnegie Mellon University for graduate school with a full scholarship to study with Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. During this time period, she participated in the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival in Israel and was co-concertmaster of the orchestra. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance, she spent the summer on faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In the fall of that year, she began teaching at Biola University Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she taught violin, viola, music history, strings literature/repertoire, strings pedagogy, and was head of chamber music studies. During her 7 years at Biola she led a group of students on a chamber music concert tour of mainland China, and soloed with the Biola Symphony Orchestra on a concert tour of Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

In 2005, upon the birth of her first son, Ms. Woodruff left Biola and focused on both performing and teaching privately in the Santa Barbara community. She has played with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and served as assistant concertmaster of Santa Barbara Opera Orchestra. In 2008, she founded Santa Barbara Strings, a multi-tiered string orchestra program for young musicians from age 4-18 serving children from 26 different schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. They expanded to now include 11 string trios, quartets, and piano trios. As a violinist, she has also played in and/or served on the faculty at the following summer festivals: Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Songfest International, and the Zell a.d. Pram Summer Chamber Music Program in Austria. Her principal teachers have included Ronald Copes, James Buswell, Andres Cardenes, and John Harbison (chamber music and composition). Currently, she is Conductor and Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Strings, serves on the MIT Educational Council, is the Santa Barbara Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program and has a violin/viola studio of 30 students. She is in demand as both as a chamber music coach, adjudicator, and masterclass clinician. She is an avid chamber musician and considers herself very fortunate to have shaped and coached many chamber ensembles of all ages. She lives in Solvang with her husband, Matthew, and their three young children Aidan, Henry, and Claire.


TreyTrey Farrell, oboist, received his BA Degree from Pennsylvania State University and his MM Degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Currently Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Westmont College, he is an active freelance musician performing throughout Southern California. In addition, Trey teaches instrumental music at Roosevelt Elementary School and maintains a private oboe studio in Santa Barbara.






GeeDaniel Gee received his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California where he studied with Morten Lauridsen, Sean Friar, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Nick Strimple. As a graduate student Gee conducted the USC University Chorus and was accepted into the USC Thornton Mentorship program to work with Grant Gershon, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Gee completed his undergraduate work at Westmont College, majoring in both Music Composition and Philosophy, where he was graduated summa cum laude as First Senior of his class. Gee is currently adjunct instructor in theory and composition at Westmont College. He also maintains his post as choir director at Evergreen Baptist Church SGV, as well as a private studio of cello students in the Los Angeles Area. As a composer, Gee has fulfilled several commissions including from the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation for the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Westmont Orchestra, as well as for the Temple City High School Festival Orchestra. His The Ploughman, for SATB chorus and piano, is soon to be published by Colla Voce Music on the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series. For more information, please visit www.danielgee.co.

RadfordAndy Radford, is the Principal Bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the California Philharmonic. Active in the recording industry, Radford has played in over 300 soundtracks including the recent films: Up!, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Forrest Gump. He has performed and recorded with artists such as; Neil Diamond, The Three Tenors, Dixie Chicks, Joshua Redmond, Pat Benatar, Chris Botti, The Who, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Josh Groban, Michael Crawford and Faith Hill.

A free-lancer for many years in the Los Angeles area, Andy now lives in Ojai and splits his working hours between bassoon performance and music education. Radford is the Education Coordinator for the Ojai Music Festival and is an Artist-in Residence for the Festival’s BRAVO! Program. Along with his wife, violinist Amy Hagen, Radford co-founded the Ojai Youth Symphony in 2001. Andy became Music Director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in 2004 and serves on the faculty of UCSB and Westmont Colleges.

ShasbergerDr. Michael Shasberger's endeavors include conducting the Westmont College Choir and Orchestra, private voice instruction, working with the office of the campus pastor, and developing artistic collaborations with the Santa Barbara arts community. He is also the conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Singers, guest conductor for the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Director Emeritus of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver and sings with the Santa Barbara based Vocal Scholars vocal ensemble.
He is active as a conductor, educator, composer and singer. Dr. Shasberger has considerable experience as a performer in professional opera, oratorio and musical theater. He has been a resident artist with the Indianapolis and Arkansas opera Companies, and has performed professionally with several vocal chamber ensembles, including the Denver based vocal chamber ensemble “AVE” in appearances on concert series throughout the western United States and in England. Dr. Shasberger has been a guest conductor with the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic among others, as well as preparing choirs for performance with the Indianapolis and Arkansas Symphony orchestras.
He has presented papers at state, regional and national conferences of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association. Choirs under his direction, including those from Augustana Lutheran Church, Butler University, Colorado Christian University and Hendrix College, have appeared at many state, regional and national conventions of organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as on tour in Europe, Latin American, and the United States. Dr. Shasberger has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder, directing the University Choir and University Chamber Singers, as well as holding the position of resident scholar on the CU faculty serving as the director of the Musica international choral music database project at the University.
He has also served as a member of the national committee on technologies for the American Choral Directors Association, and board member for the international choral music internet resource site ChoralNet. He earned his bachelors degree in music from St. Olaf College, his masters degree from Redlands University, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.