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.
S. J. (John) Huang – Flute
Mindy Lee – Flute, Piano
Karen Yu – Flute
Karen Yu is a flute instructor and performer in the Bay Area. She graduated from Chapman University with a Music Education degree. She was born in a musical family and accepted a wide spectrum of music education from her early age. She started her teaching practice as a teaching assistant for her father at a very young age. Since then, she has been motivated to become the best flute teacher.
While Karen was pursuing her degree at Chapman University, she continued to teach and accumulate teaching experience. Karen also held primary music teacher positions in several music schools in southern California. She is also proficient in both English and Mandarin.
In the summer of 2018, Karen relocated to the Bay Area in California. At same time, Karen joined C&L Music where she continues her endeavor to be an inspiring teacher. She is also happy to share her experiences and knowledge to all students at all levels. Learning music helps not only to pursue one’s happiness and joy but also to obtain a skill to last.
Joy Zhu – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Bachelor of Arts in Clarinet Performance ( CUS-East Bay)
Master of Arts in Music Performance (UC -Berkeley)
Talented Musician with expertise in Clarinet and 13 years of experience. Able to
choose music, coordinate practices and maintain equipment in good working
order. Superb memorization and improvisational skills. Professional Musician
with extensive performance experience and deep understanding of music theory,
notation and history. Self-motivated with dedication and proven ability to work
independently and collaboratively. Thrive in fast-paced, deadline-driven
environments. Business-minded and personable in consistently maintaining
excellent communication and building productive relationships with diverse
professionals. 5 years of experience working with Symphony, Orchestra and
Chamber music Band.
Rafael Maldonado- Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance at San Jose State University. In concurrence with my degree, he was hired as a Teaching Associate, where he teach Woodwind Methods, Clarinet Technique, and direct the Clarinet Ensemble. He has performed with many local orchestras and wind bands, and also have experience with opera, musical theater, and chamber music. He is involved with Chamber Music Silicon Valley’s Woodwind Quintet. He is also the principal clarinetist in the San Jose State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. He has strong background in building technique in order to implement good habits and reduce risk of physical injuries that can come up later on, such as tendinitis. He has also a singer, meaning that he believes in having good air support, which includes understanding where we breathe and why, vowel shapes, and confidence. His philosophy is that if a student understands, then they are able to do. His goal is to not only make them confident in their abilities, but to encourage them to become problem solvers. He also largely believe in making beautiful sounds and learning to communicate through the clarinet.
Mariko Abe – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Jack Sun- Clarinet, Guitar, Computer Music Composition
Wentao Jiang – Oboe
Sandra Moore – Oboe
Roshan Sukumar – Bassoon