Mariko Abe – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Kyle Baldwin – Saxophone
Jason Bellenkes – Clarinet, Saxophone
Jason Bellenkes is a professional musician, band leader, and music educator in the Bay Area. As a student and university music major, Jason studied saxophone with Dann Zinn, and clarinet with William Wohlmacher at Cal State East Bay. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State East Bay in music performance, and has been teaching full time private lessons since 2003. Jason also teaches small chamber ensembles, workshops, summer camps, and full band ensembles in many locations throughout the bay area. Many of his students have been section leaders in their school bands, and have been award winning soloists at events such as CMEA. They have also participated in groups such as EL Camino Youth Symphony, California Youth Symphony, and San Jose Youth Symphony, as well as various bay area honor bands.
Jason is always willing to accept new students into his studio at all levels, especially beginners. He has a passion for teaching children late elementary through high school. In his class, students will learn about how to create good tone on their instrument, and have solid technique when they play. They will also learn about music theory, and be given full knowledge of scales and chords. Students will study different styles of music from classical to jazz to pop, and discuss music history, listening and appreciation. Most importantly, he strives to achieve the students personal goals, at the same time making the lessons fun and motivating.
Dane Carlson – Oboe
Dane Carlson is a music educator and professional musician, having played the Oboe and English Horn professionally since 1975. Dane has a B.A. from San Jose State University, studying oboe with Lee Lincoln and conducting with Vernon Read and Higo Harada. Dane has performed with a number of local ensembles including the San Jose Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Pacific Philharmonic, California Pops, Opera San Jose, and West Bay Opera. Dane has also appeared and toured locally and abroad as featured soloist with a number of Bay Area ensembles. In addition to performing in symphonic and chamber ensembles, Dane enjoys coaching youth orchestra and chamber music students, and has taught Oboe performance technique and music theory privately for 35 years.
Justine Hamlin – Clarinet
Justine holds a Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelors of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious College-Conservatory of Music. As a teacher, Justine emulates a number of her esteemed instructors including world renowned soloist Richard Stoltzman, brilliant pedagogue Yehuda Gilad and orchestral masters of the San Francisco and Cincinnati Symphonies- Luis Baez and Ixi Chen respectively.
Justine’s teaching philosophy includes a focus on fundamentals of clarinet technique and critical thinking skills to provide students the tools they need for music making. Some of her students play in local youth symphonies, honor bands and adult community bands. Justine is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California.
Michael Hernandez – Saxophone
Learn more about Michael over at his website.
Karen Hoexter – Clarinet
Karen completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at Lawrence University
Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI and her Master of Music in Performance at
the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. She is currently the principal clarinet
with the San Jose Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Edward C. Harris.
She also plays in the Chabot College Wind Ensemble under Tim Harris, and in the
San Francisco Wind Ensemble under Dr. Martin Seggelke. Karen was the principal
clarinet with the Ohlone Wind Orchestra under the late Phil Zahorsky and Tony
Clements from 1995 – 2007.
Karen’s primary interest is in teaching young students. She has been teaching
for more years than she cares to admit! Current and former students are / have
been members of the San Francisco Youth Symphony, El Camino Youth Symphony,
California Youth Symphony, Oakland Youth Symphony, California Philharmonic
Youth Symphony (San Jose), the California All-State Honor Bands, the All-Northern
California Honor Bands , the Alameda and Santa Clara County Honor Bands.
S. J. (John) Huang – Flute
Wentao Jiang – Oboe
Mindy Lee – Flute, Piano
Roshan Sukumar – Bassoon