FACULTY for 2018
Distinguished Senior Faculty:
Igor Resnianski is a prizewinner of many piano competitions including the First Prize of the New Orleans Piano Competition, 1996, the Bronze Medal of the International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati in 1996, and the Second Prize of the All Russian Piano Competition Sodrujestvo in 1991. While in Russia, he appeared in the famed halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the historic Glinka Phiharmonic Hall. After coming to the United States, he received his Artist Diploma at TCU while studying with Tamas Ungar, and recieved a full scholarship to study at the Van Cliburn Interntional Piano Institute with such notable pianists as Paul Badura-Skoda, John Lill, Fanny Waterman, and Gyorgy Sebok. Mr. Resnianski holds a Doctoral degree from Temple University where he studied with Harvy Wedeen. Currently living in Philadelphia, Dr, Resnianski teaches at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford. Since 2006, he has been on the faculty of Piano Texas in Fort Worth. Mr. Resnianski is a Steinway Artist.
Distinguished Guest Faculty:
American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Nakamatsu's extensive recital tours throughout the U.S. and Europe have featured appearances in New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan. He has worked with various chamber ensembles - among them the Brentano, Tokyo, Kuss, Jupiter, Cypress, Prazak and Ying String Quartets - and has toured repeatedly with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Together with clarinetist Jon Manasse, Mr. Nakamatsu tours continually as a member of the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. The Duo also serves as Artistic Directors of the esteemed Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts. Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa, which has released thirteen CDs to date. His all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F rose to number three on Billboard's classical music charts, earning extraordinary critical praise. Of his most recent release on the label, a 2014 solo disc of the piano works of Robert Schumann, BBC Music Magazine states that "Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann's mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, reveling in its fantastic imaginings with rapier-like precision and effortless command." Since 1997, Mr. Nakamatsu has served on multiple international piano competition juries and has also been invited as a guest speaker at numerous institutions including the Van Cliburn Foundation, Stanford University and the Juilliard School. Mr. Nakamatsu studied privately with Marina Derryberry and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel.
Joseph Ordaz (Artistic Director and Conductor) received his Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University and Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed as piano soloist with the Ft. Worth Chamber Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra, SJSU Symphony, South Valley Symphony, New England Symphonic Ensemble and as a member of the Monterey Symphony. He has also performed at the University of Maryland International Piano Festival and TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute. As a conductor, he has studied with such notable conductors as John Farrer, Jorma Panula, Diane Wittry, Gustav Meier, Adrian Gnam, Marin Alsop, Jorge Mester, Joanne Falleta, Harold Farbermann and Mitchel Sardou Klein. Recently, he has conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, Winchester Orchestra, Ohlone Symphony, Mercer Symphony and San Francisco State University Orchestra in performance. Currently, he is the Music Director and Conductor of the Mission College Symphony. Mr. Ordaz has taught at Gavilan and Foothill Colleges and has been on the music faculty at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA since 1997.
Michael Giel (Assistant Conductor) received his Bachelor of Music Performance in Viola and Bachelor of Music Education from Valdosta State University where he was a student of Karin Addis and Matson Topper. In 2008 he completed a Masters of Music Education from the University of Georgia. For the past seven years, Michael has served as the Orchestra Director for the Georgia Governors Honors Program at Valdosta State University. He is also the conductor for the Capitol City Opera Company based in Atlanta, GA, directing productions including "Il trittico," "Cosi fan tutte," "La boheme," and "Sweeney Todd." As a violist and violinist, Michael has performed with several orchestras in Georgia and Florida including the Gwinnett Philharmonic, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Ocmulgee Symphony, Gainesville (GA) Symphony, Albany (GA) Symphony, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Rome (GA) Symphony, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, Da Salo Solisti Chamber Orchestra, LaGrange Symphony, and the Central Florida Symphony.
Gala Yaroshevsky (Program Director) Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Gala is the product of classical Soviet training and education. She began playing at the young age of nine, and by thirteen was accepted into a famous Uspensky music school for gifted children. At the age of sixteen, she joined her first philharmonic orchestra and at seventeen, became a member of the prestigious orchestra of the countries national opera. During her tenure at the Tashkent State Conservatory, she won a number of regional and national flute competitions and participated in both local and European performances, while earning her degree in Performing Arts. Soon after graduating, Gala began her journey to the United States. Upon her arrival in 1997, Gala commenced her teaching career. Gala is a member of Music Teacher Association of California (MTAC) and National Flute Association (NFA). Besides teaching and managing her rapidly growing music studio, Gala also conducts the San Jose Youth Symphony Flute Choirs and performs with local orchestras and ensembles.
Dr. Joan Karr (CCW Co-Founder ) - received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.d. degrees in Education from The University of Michigan. She has taught ESL, served as Director of Continuing and Cooperative Education at Mercy College of Detroit; created events for the NFLAlumni and directed sports promotions for the Grand Prix of Miami; and was coordinator of the Palm Beach Piano Competition. She also was chairman of Special Events Committee of WXEL, South Florida's Public Broadcasting Station and chairman of the Arts Council of Northwood University, Florida. Joan is an amateur pianist and student of Igor Resnianski who guided her to performing as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony. She was a contributor to the University of Michigan School of Music graduation address titled "What music has meant in my life". She lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with her husband Ernie.
- Sr. Admin Assistant, Mission College Community Education
All artists, guests, events and schedule times subject to change.
All artists, guests, events and schedule times subject to change.