Instructors – Woodwind

Jason Bellenkes – Clarinet, Saxophone

Jason (C&L)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.

Chelsea Chambers – Clarinet

Chelsea's PhotoChelsea is a native of the Bay Area, having grown up in Gilroy, CA, and currently residing in the East Bay.  Her formal musical training took her to Los Angeles, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  There, she studied with Hollywood musician and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra clarinetist Gary Gray.  At UCLA, Chelsea was an active solo, orchestral, and chamber musician as well as a private teacher.  Along with four others in her woodwind ensemble, the Westholme Quintet, she was the recipient of the Gluck Foundation Fellowship from 2005-2007, which allowed for outreach and performance opportunities working with youth in the surrounding Los Angeles areas.  It was with this group that Chelsea was announced as a finalist in the 2006 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena.

She continued her education abroad at the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied clarinet with Tim Lines, Janet Hilton, Richard Hosford, and bass clarinet with Paul Richards.  She received her Master of Music degree in advanced clarinet performance from the RCM in 2008.

While in London, Chelsea had the privilege to participate in concerts with renowned conductors Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as in a masterclass with Max Martin, principle clarinetist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  Her greatest joy was playing with her clarinet, piano, and cello ensemble, the Stadler Trio, with whom she won the 2008 RCM Chamber Ensembles Competition.

Past outside activities include the 2004 Idyllwild Arts Summer Music Camp (with a culminating performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall), the 2005 CSU Summer Arts Chamber Music Festival (CSU Fresno), a teaching position at the 2005 and 2006 UCLA Music Academy, and as a teaching assistant to Amanda Walker in the clarinet portion of the LA Philharmonic’s outreach program “Get Your Chops Back!”

Chelsea enjoys sharing her love of music with her students and the community as both a teacher and performer, and has been teaching privately now for over five years.

Greg Chambers – Clarinet, Saxophone

Greg ChambersB.A. and M.M. in Music Performance (Saxophone), UCLA

Greg is a freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area and taught music at Hogan High School in Vallejo, CA from 2009-2011.  Prior to taking a full-time teaching position, Greg was finishing a Master of Music Degree and simultaneously served as an on-call saxophonist for the New World Symphony (in Miami, FL), was a member of the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, and was the Saxophone Fellowship student for the 2007 and 2008 Aspen Music Festival.

As a classical saxophone student, Greg studied with Doug Masek, Bil Jackson, John Harle, and William Trimble, and had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Greg Banaszak and Gary Keller.  Greg has shared the stage with such renowned performers/conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Robertson, Kathleen Battle, David Zinman and Michael Stern.

As a jazz/pop saxophonist, Greg has worked with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, has entertained at corporate events for Specialized Bicycles and The March of Dimes, and studied with Eric Marienthal.  Greg’s self-titled album was released September 30, 2011 and strives to feature an “innovative blend of acoustic and electronic music… which crosses multiple musical boundaries and balances catchy and creative”.

Dane Carlson – Oboe

DaneDane 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.

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.


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.

S. J. (John) Huang – Flute

Ashley Ertz – Oboe

Mriko Abe – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet