Rich Candelaria, Trumpet
Rich is a native of Los Angeles, California where he began his musical career at the age of eight. He attended CSU Long Beach, Azusa Pacific University and Boston University where he studied with The Atlantic Brass Quintet, The Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble and Mr. Roger Voison. Rich has participated in the brass chamber symposiums of the Summit Brass, Tanglewood, and the Atlantic Brass Seminar where he was an instructor for 2 years. His work bringing chamber music to rural parts of the country while working for the National Endowment of the Arts and Chamber Music America keeps him busy as a sought after clinician in Southern California.
He holds awards from many prestigious music competitions such as the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, winner of The National Brass Quintet Competition and was a finalist in The International Brass Quintet Competition in Narbonne France, where he represented the United States. Rich has studied with Tim Morrison, Charlie Davis, Jeff Luke, Chris Still and is a current student with Mr. David Washburn.
Hannah Dyslin, Flute
Hannah Dyslin, 22, has been studying the flute for fourteen years, earning her Bachelor of Music in Performance from Azusa Pacific University in 2016. She is currently studying with Gary Woodward in the Artist Certificate program at APU. Hannah discovered her passion for performing and teaching at Northern California Flute Camp where she attended as a young student and now works as the head counselor. This has given her the opportunity to learn from renowned performers, including Keith Underwood, Amy Porter, and Paula Robison. She most recently had the opportunity to perform in both solo and excerpt masterclasses with Bonita Boyd. Hannah continues to perform as principal flute and piccolo with the APU School of Music ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, and Symphony Orchestra while she pursues teaching and performing throughout southern California.
Amy Gollins, Oboe
Amy Gollins is a freelance oboist and teacher in the Los Angeles area. She is nearing the completion of her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Marion Kuszyk of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Dr. Joel Timm. Amy recently performed as 2nd oboe with the American Youth Symphony from 2013 to 2016. Ms. Gollins previously studied at The Boston Conservatory where she received her Masters in Music Performance and Graduate Performance Degrees while studying with Robert Sheena and Laura Ahlbeck.
Victoria Lee, Oboe
Oboist Victoria Hiromi Doo Lee is a musician based in Orange County whose versatility has led to numerous performances in all types of venues, from appearing with chamber groups at aquariums and art museums in California to touring as a soloist in four European countries. She has performed in such unusual projects as the New York Philharmonic’s innovative “Philharmonic 360” program at the Park Avenue Armory, which featured Karlheinz Stockhausen’s surround-sound masterpiece Gruppen.
Victoria began her studies with Lisa Patanella, Dr. Jonathan Davis, and Ariana Ghez at the Orange County School of the Arts. After moving to New York for college, her career escalated quickly as both a classical and contemporary musician. A typical season would include early Renaissance double reed band music with the New York Kammermusiker, performing with the New York Youth Symphony as principal oboe, and premiering works such as Mohammed Fairouz’s opera “Sumeida’s Song.”
Victoria is a member of the resident wind quintet with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, located in Branson, MO, whose mission is to re-popularize classical music by performing in unexpected but surprising locales. In addition to regular performances, the members of the Taneycomo Winds share a common passion for both collaboration and education, and often contribute to multi-media projects with the White River Artists Alliance or present programs for children at the local high school.
Victoria holds a BM in Classical Oboe and MM in Orchestral Oboe Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Liang Wang. Victoria currently serves as the principal chair of the Santa Monica Symphony and is on the faculty of the Orange County School of the Arts as part of the prestigious Frederick Fennell Wind Studies program. She resides in Huntington Beach, maintaining her career as an in-demand performer, clinician, and private teacher.
Noriko Yamaga, Violin
The violinist, Noriko Yamaga, began to study the violin at age of three. She has studied with Patinka Kopec, Julia Bushkova, David Updegraff, Elizabeth Baker, and Lyndon Taylor, at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of the music, California Institute of the Arts, and USC where Noriko was selected for a scholarship recipient. During her study, she won many different competitions, and prizes such include Pasadena Fine Arts club competition, Banff chamber music program competition which she was invited to be a resident chamber music performer.
Since 1999, she is actively performing as a concert soloist, orchestra member, and ensemble player in the genre of classical, pop, and rock music throughout the nation wide such places include Japan, Disney concert hall in Los Angeles, Severance hall in Cleveland Ohio, Iowa, and Sienna Italy.
Noriko is now the violin faculty of the Opus 119 school of music.
Jefferson Martins Xavier, Cello
Jefferson began his studies in the Sao Paulo Municipal Music School under the guidance of world-recognized cellist, such as Raiff Dantas, Kirill Bogatyrev, Fabio Presgrave and Joel de Souza.
In 2004 he joined the Sao Paulo Youth Orchestra and the Sao Paulo University Chamber Orchestra in 2008, where he had the opportunity to play with respected musicians and conductors like Aylton Escobar, Kirk Trevor, Leo Brouwer, duo Assad, Tim Fain, Toninho Ferragutti, Hamilton de Holanda and Diego Schissi.
Jefferson was also principal cellist at the Guarulhos Youth Orchestra from 2011 to 2013.
He was the winner of the Youth Soloist Competition in 2013. In 2011 he won the revelation award prize awarded by the Ariana String Quartet.
As an educator, Jefferson was the cello instructor of the PRIMA project, founded by Alex Klein, principal oboe of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Jefferson currently is the principal cello of the Orange County Symphony Orchestra and pursues his Artist Certificate in the studio of Dr. Marek Szpakiewicz at Azusa Pacific University.
Jully Yamamoto, Viola
Jully was born in São Paulo, Brazil. At the age of eighteen she began her viola studies under the guidance of Renato Bandel, Tânia Campos and Marcelo Jaffe.
From 2007 to 2012 Jully was principal viola of the Guarulhos Youth Orchestra.
In 2011 Jully was appointed viola of the Oliver Toni String Quartet and with this group received the revelation award prize awarded by the Ariana String Quartet, and was invited to be the resident quartet at the PRIMA project, founded and directed by Alex Klein, principal Oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jully currently is the principal viola of the Orange County Symphony Orchestra and is a student of Mr. Jonathan Moerschel at Azusa Pacific University.