Brenda Eeds, Director
Founder of Pacific School of Music & the Arts in 1990, Ms. Eeds received her BM from Biola University in Piano Performance, followed by graduate work at USC, CSUF, UCI and E-Myth Academy in Piano Performance, Vocal Accompanying & Coaching, Piano Pedagogy, Arts Administration and Business Development.
"It's a pleasure and privilege to work with our students and their families and with talented and dedicated colleagues in the classroom and in the office. We look forward to expanding our programs and position in the arts community."
Elizabeth Mejia, Assistant Director
Ms Elizabeth Mejia was born in El Salvador into a family with musical talent going back several generations. Her education in Business Administration, with emphasis in Pre-Law gave her a vast knowledge and in 1995, she followed an administrative career as Executive Assistant to the Senior Partner of a prestigious law firm in West Los Angeles. Excellent customer service, detail oriented and patient demeanor are just a few of the many positive qualities that describe Ms. Elizabeth. She enjoys attending musical concerts and theater and is looking forward to enriching her family's next generation by teaching her own daughter the beauty of music and arts. We appreciate Ms. Elizabeth for keeping us organized and operating efficiently.
Alla Shklovski, Piano & Theory
Ms. Alla received her Ph.D. in Musicology from St Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. In Kazakhstan, where she was born, Ms Alla taught piano classes and theory courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She designed course materials for theory courses and performed research in oriental music theory while serving as an associate professor at the Conservatoire in Kazakhstan. Ms Alla moved to the US in 1993 and has been on the faculty of Pacific Conservatory since 2001. She is beloved by her students for her delightful personality and superb teaching skills. Ms Alla is an avid skier and enjoys interior design, literature and traveling.
Marko Ngego, Piano
Mr. Marko Njego received his B.A. in Piano Performance from UCLA where he studied under the renowned pianist and professor Vitaly Margulis. During his senior year, Mr. Njego performed in concert with Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Mr. Mark Kashper and UCLA Cello Professor Antonio Lysy. Mr. Njego began his piano studies in Belgrade, Serbia where he attended the University of Belgrade, School of Fine Arts. During this time, Mr. Njego competed and received highest recognition in numerous international piano competitions throughout Europe. He continues to perform as soloist with southland orchestras including Saddleback College Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica di Pietra Ligure and UCLA Symphonic Orchestra. Mr. Marko has been on the faculty of Pacific Conservatory since 2010.
Wendy Sahagen, Art
Ms. Wendy has enjoyed a lifelong passion for all visual and fine arts, including black and white and color photography. She has studied oil painting since the age of 8. Her other studies include life drawing, graphic design and illustration, lettering, animation and screen cartooning, acrylic painting, watercolor, and ceramics. Ms. Wendy has been teaching art in elementary school throughout Orange County and the Long Beach Unified School District since 1998. She has been teaching Discovery Arts camps and KinderARTS at Pacific Conservatory since 2006 and is the designer and creator of the Parisian art in the girl's bathroom at the Costa Mesa campus.
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning."- Plato
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Ray Glider, Drums & Percussion
Playing and performing since the age of 5, Ray has performed with the California State University San Bernardino and San Bernardino Valley College Jazz bands and various cover bands and original projects over the last 35 years. Current projects span jazz standards to mellow acoustic contemporary to driving Classic Rock.
Also active in Music Education, Ray currently coaches the Dwyer Middle School Jazz program in Huntington Beach and has worked with the Surf City Youth Band and the music program at Our Lady of Refuge School in Long Beach teaching snare drum, drum set and hand drumming
Current Performance Projects: TKT: Classic Rock Trio playing throughout Orange County. This group plays full electric shows and unplugged shows. JonYray: Ray plays Latin percussion and drum kit in this mellow Contemporary Rock Duo at Casuals, Restaurants and Wine Bars throughout Orange County. South Coast Jazz Project: Substitute drummer for this collection of Jazzers playing Casuals and Restaurants including McCormick & Schmick's Seafood in Santa Ana and Anaheim. Past projects include live shows at the L.A Convention Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center with the Desperate Dads featuring Phil Bardowell from the Beach Boys and the Surf City All Stars.
Rosa Galvez Sotorrio, Piano, Voice, Chamber Music
Ms Rosa received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the Superior Conservatory of Music, Malaga and her Master's Degree in Music Education at the University of Malaga, Spain. She has extensive chamber music experience playing with trumpet, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and guitar. She also has an extensive background in musical analysis, counterpoint, harmony, occidental music history, accompaniment, contemporary notation and choral singing. Her repertoire and interest spans baroque to contemporary. In addition to her broad-based music education, Ms Rosa also received a second Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Malaga and earned the European ERASMUS Scholarship in Environmental Sciences and studied in Halmstad, Sweden. Ms Rosa moved to the US in 2013 and we welcomed her to Pacific Conservatory in Spring 2013.
Lacey Johnson, Piano, Guitar, Vocals, Composition
Ms Lacey is an accomplished classical pianist, arranger, and songwriter. Lacey graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Music Industry Studies. Lacey is multi-instrumentalist. She specializes in piano, guitar, bass, and vocals. In addition to her experience as a performer, Lacey is also a successful studio musician. She has worked with artists like The Dirty Heads, Micah Brown, Papafish, and several of Orange County’s premiere talent. Lacey has developed herself as a producer and audio engineer working at a local label/recording studio in Costa Mesa. Ms Lacey studied at Pacific Conservatory throughout her childhood and she welcomes the opportunity to mentor the youth of her alma mater: Pacific Conservatory. Ms Lacey has been teaching for Pacific Conservatory since 2009.
Andrea Walker, Art
Ms. Andrea Walker is a true California Native. She followed her creative passion by completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Art at California State University Long Beach. Wanting to share her creative passion with youth, she also completed several courses in education and childhood psychology. She continues to teach art in a classroom setting throughout Orange County and Long Beach. Ms. Andrea can be described as an energetic and entertaining teacher who makes art fun for children of all ages.
She creates an atmosphere that allows you to explore all types of medium with confidence in a friendly fashion. Among Ms. Andrea’s attributes, she has been teaching art to children with special needs. She has been able to utilize her knowledge in psychology and art therapy to encourage a positive outlet of expression. She brought her passion to Pacific Conservatory 3 years ago by teaching for our DiscoveryARTS Camps. We are pleased to welcome Ms Andrea to the faculty of Pacific Conservatory in 2014.
Amanda Vande Woude, Piano & Vocals
Ms. Amanda is a soprano vocalist from Boise, ID with eighteen years experience as a performer and teacher.
Recently, Ms. Amanda completed graduate studies in Vocal Performance at Washington State University where she was awarded the honor of Outstanding Graduate Student by the AFW. Ms. Amanda's performing experience includes leading roles in major operas and musical theater productions. Ms. Amanda works with students of all ages from beginner through advanced levels. Students studying with her can expect to increase their reading and rhythm skills, improve the overall quality of their voice, extend the length of phrases they can sing and expand their vocal range. Ms. Amanda also teaches beginning through intermediate piano. Above all, Ms. Amanda believes that every person has a musical talent within them that simply needs to be unlocked. She will make your musical journey fun and exciting. Ms. Amanda joined Pacific Conservatory faculty in Fall 2014.
Kia Kani, Guitar
Mr Kani studied classical guitar and won several national competitions as a young student. Deciding to dedicate his life professionally to the classical guitar, he immigrated to Spain, a country with rich classical guitar tradition. He studied with Ignacio Rodes, one of the best guitarists in the world at the Oscar Espla Conservatory in Alicante. He completed his Master’s in Interpretation and Research in classical guitar. During these years he worked as a guitar teacher at several music schools, teaching dozens of students of different ages. In fact some of them play at a very high level today. During his stay in Spain, he participated in several courses and master classes by such masters as David Russell, Ricardo Gallen, Jose Miguel Moreno, Fernando Espi. Thanks to these courses he became interested in the world of ancient music and started researching the origins of the guitar: instruments such Vihuela, Renaissance Lute, Baroque Guitar, etc. His research resulted in the publication of 60 articles for an internet website. Mr Kani spends much of his time teaching because it is something he always enjoy doing in addition to recording and preparing annual concerts. Mr Kia Kani joined Pacific Conservatory faculty in 2015.
Kim Le, Piano, Keyboard, Theory, Musical Theater
A multi-award winning pianist, Kim Le has worked as a musician since the age of 16, when she began giving piano lessons and accompanying. She performs throughout the region as a keyboardist, pianist, and percussionist. Ms Kim received her first musical training from her father, composer Le Van Khoa, at the age of four.
Ms Kim is a dedicated artist and musician who is totally committed to her student’s success. Ms Kim came to the Pacific Conservatory in 2003, attracted to its unique curriculum and classroom format.
In 2012, Miss Kim left PC to begin a family. She now returns with two sons in tow, a renewed enthusiasm, and a deeper understanding of children, her favorite people.
Dannie Hofmann, Flute, Saxophone, Flute
German-born, Dannie Hofmann earned his BA in music from Brown University and New England Conservatory. He then joined acoustic jazz band 'From the Other Side' and released a CD of the same name on the Black Saint/Soul Note label out of Italy. Dannie racked up years of live and studio performance, recording many tracks of jazz, blues, R&B, Rock, Rap with various production companies. In 1996 he helped found Zoot, an LA swing band that released a self-titled CD. In 2004 he began touring with the now deceased blues legend Little Milton. 2008 marked the beginning of numerous European tours with the King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke, ending with his passing in 2010. After a few years working with DJ’s in the Stereosystem Collective, Dannie now plays with ArToFjAzZ, a creative music collective founded by drummer Anthony Riedelsheimer. In addition, he is a member of OC ’s own Private Property, a soulful jazz and R&B band, and plays with LA bluesmen Bobby Warren. Throughout the years, Dannie has been teaching flute, saxophone, and clarinet: privately, in small groups and as concert band director. Dannie is an exciting and enthusiastic instructor who brings a wealth of experience as a musician. His passion for music translates into creative instructional strategies. His lessons are sequentially structured for best student comprehension building on prior knowledge to quickly move to the next level of development. Pacific Conservatory welcomed Dannie to its faculty in 2016.
Mr. Joshua Chang, Piano, Guitar, Cello & Electronic Music
Joshua Chang is a multi-talented musician and electronic music composer. He has been playing piano for 20 years, and has participated in festivals and competitions throughout California. Joshua graduated Cum Laude from New York University with Bachelor’s in Music Technology and German. While in New York, Joshua participated in downtown theatre, composing music and overlooking sound design. He also studied for a semester in Berlin; there, he explored the electronic music scene and created music and installation art. He currently performs electronic music under the moniker umecactus.
Joshua is excited to inspire young musicians and create a foundation for further musical exploration. He thinks that if you can play piano, you can quickly pick up any other instrument. Joshua joined the Pacific Conservatory in 2015.
Jake Glennon, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Song Writing & Composition
Mr. Jake is a super-charged, talented musician and instructor with 15 years of experience with piano, violin, guitar, bass and drums. His passion for music started at the young age of 5 when he started taking piano lessons and participated in DiscoveryARTS Camps at Pacific Conservatory.
Mr Jake participated in several bands as lead guitarist and vocalist. His band Aurora landed him a nomination for the OC Music Awards at The Grove of Anaheim in 2011 for Best Youth Artist. He has also performed at House of Blues and the Observatory. Due to his love of singing with his band, he joined the IVC Master Chorale and has also arranged original rock songs in a classical style for the IVC choir to perform.
Mr Jake is continuing his college music degree at IVC with an emphasis on teaching. He takes a personal approach to lessons, getting to know his students’ musical style and prior experience, while sharing his own. One of his many strengths is working with students to improve their vocals while playing an instrument at the same time. Mr. Jake joined the faculty of Pacific Conservatory in 2015.
Nancy Tsai, Piano
Ms. Nancy graduated with a Master Degree in Piano Performance at the age of 21. She began playing piano at the age of 5 under her mother's instruction. She progressed quickly and achieved the teaching level certification at the age of 10 and throughout her childhood won many local and international competitions. Experience playing piano solo, ensembles and bands, and accompanying has shaped Ms. Nancy into being a mature and highly developed pianist. All the dedication in time and effort has encouraged Ms. Nancy to contribute her passion and knowledge of music to the next generation. Ms. Nancy loves interaction with children. She enjoys learning about them while teaching the piano. For 11 years, Ms. Nancy has been helping her students achieve their goals and enjoy the musical journey. We welcomed Ms Nancy to Pacific Conservatory in Fall 2015.