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INCEPTION MENTORS

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A headshot of  mentor George Abud. Click to link to bio.

GEORGE ABUD
Oud
May 15, 2021

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ADRIENNE ALBERT
Composer

March 12, 2022
April 2, 2022

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JONATHAN ALLENTOFF
Composer
Inception Director
Master Teacher
September 24, 2022
October 8, 2022

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AUSTIN ALI
Vice President/
Composer-In-Residence

Sep 2022-Present

 

A headshot of mentor Kevork Andonian at the piano. Click to link to bio.

KEVORK ANDONIAN
Piano/Composer
August 17, 2019
March 21, 2020
November 7th Event

October 22, 2022

A headshot of Inception Vice President Jack Aron. Click to link to bio.

JACK ARON
Vice President
Trumpet/Composer
Aug 2020-Aug 2021

A headshot of Kate Bacich.

KATE BACICH
Past Vice President
Music Education
College Prep
Composer
Aug-Nov 2020

A headshot of low brass mentor Ric Becker playing his trombone. Click to link to bio.

RIC BECKER
Brass
Nov 7th Event
Nov 14, 2020
January 30, 2021
June 4, 2022

A headshot of vocal mentor Aeralie Brighton. Click to link to bio.

AERALIE BRIGHTON
Vocals
Master Teacher
October 10, 2020
November 6, 2021
April 30, 2022

A headshot of Lucas Brooker.

LUCAS BROOKER
Vice President
Jazz Studies &
Student Engagement
Guitar/Composer
Feb-Aug 2021

A headshot of mentor Ross deRoche with his tuba. Click to link to bio.

ROSS DEROCHE
Music Prep &
Post Production
June 12, 2021
April 9, 2022
June 11, 2022

A headshot of mentor Joel Douek. Click to link to bio.

JOEL DOUEK
IMAX Composer
June 1, 2019

A headshot of percussion mentor Brad Dutz. Click to link to bio.
A headshot of Inception Executive Vice President Karen Elaine. Click to link to bio.
A headshot of mentor Tommy Faragher. Click to link to bio.

BRAD DUTZ
Percussion/Composer
December 12, 2020
February 6, 2020

KAREN ELAINE
Executive Vice President
Master Teacher
Viola
Aug 2020-Aug 2022


 

TOMMY FARAGHER
Piano/Composer
Producer
December 1, 2018
2019 Concert

 

A headshot of mentor Charles Fernandez. Click to link to bio.

CHARLES FERNANDEZ
Composer
ASMAC
Inception Director
November 14, 2020
February 20, 2021
June 19, 2021
December 4, 2021
December 11, 2021
April 30, 2022

A headshot of M.B. Gordy. Click to link to bio.

M.B. GORDY
Percussion
Master Teacher
February 20, 2021
April 17, 2021
July 2022
November 12, 2022

 

A headshot of film scoring mentor Tom Hiel. Click to link to bio.

TOM HIEL
Piano/Composer
Film Scoring
May 18, 2019
June 20, 2020
November 7th Event

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LUCAS FEHRING
Engineer
Inception Director
July 2021

November 13, 2021
December 2021
April 30, 2022
Summer 2022

November 19, 2022


 

A headshot of storytelling mentor D.W. Jacobs. Click to link to bio.

D.W. JACOBS
Theatre Producer
May 1, 2021

A headshot of woodwind mentor Ashley Jarmack. Click to link to bio.
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A headshot of mentor Clinton Johnson. Click to link to bio.

ASHLEY JARMACK
Flute/Oboe
August 29, 2020
September 26, 2020
June 5, 2021

July 2, 2021
January 22, 2022
February 12, 2022
April 30, 2022
January 14, 2023

 

EIKO JIN
Composer-In-Residence
June 2022-Present

CLINTON JOHNSON
Piano/Composer
November 17, 2018
April 6, 2019

A headshot of mentor Jeness Johnson. Click to link to bio.

JENESS JOHNSON
Cello/Composer
May 4, 2019
2019 Concert

A headshot of violin mentor Emer Kinsella. Click to link to bio.
A headshot of George Ko at the piano.

EMER KINSELLA
Violin/Composer
July 20, 2019
2019 Concert
July 11, 2020
November 19, 2022

GEORGE KO
Piano/Composer
December 19, 2020

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IGOR KOGAN
Jazz Bass
January 8, 2022

A headshot of June Kuramoto wih her koto.

JUNE KURAMOTO
Koto/Composer
November 18, 2018
August 3, 2019
July 31, 2021

A headshot of vocal mentor Lettrice Lawrence.

LETTRICE LAWRENCE
Vocals
March 6, 2021

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A headshot of Amy Aizhou Liu with her guitar.
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GAYLE LEVANT
ASMAC
November 14, 2020
November 16, 2020
March 12, 2022
March 19, 2022
April 30, 2022

AMY (AIZHOU) LIU
Mentor
Leadership Team
Singer/Composer
Jul 2020-Feb 2021

KRISTINE LLANDERAL
Clarinet
April 2022
October 29, 2022
January 28, 2023

 

Mentor Dana Lyn at the piano.
A headshot of bass mentor Ethan Moffitt.
Flamenco guitar mentor Molina with a guitar.
Engineering mentor Claire Morison at a mixing board.

DANA LYN
Violin/Piano/Composer
September 7, 2019
January 23, 2021
May 22, 2021

ETHAN MOFFITT
Double Bass/Composer
August 15, 2020

December 11, 2021

MOLINA
Flamenco Guitar
November 17, 2018
December 1, 2018
March 16, 2019
2019 Concert

CLAIRE MORISON
Co-Artistic Director
Producer/Engineer
2018-2019
May 16, 2020
November 7th Event

A photo of Akira Nakano at the piano.

AKIRA NAKANO
Piano/Composer
President &
Artistic Director

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MARIA NEWMAN
Composer
April 23, 2022

A headshot of mash-up mentor Van-Anh Nguyen.

VAN-ANH NGUYEN
Piano/Composer
November 7, 2020

A headshot of mentor Rebecca Olason with her French horn.

REBECCA OLASON
French Horn
October 24, 2020
January 21, 2023

Board chair Javier Oviedo with a saxophone.
Percussion Ben Phelps playing the marimba.
A headshot of Alexandra Rhodes of Rhodes Educational Consulting.

JAVIER OVIEDO
Classical Sax Project
Inception Board Chair
June 6, 2020
November 7th Event
January 29, 2022
April 30, 2022

BEN PHELPS

Percussion/Composer

June 30, 2019

2019 Concert

ALEXANDRA RHODES
Rhodes EducationalConsultingMarch 27, 2021

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SAMARA RICE
Piano, Composer
Past Vice President
Contemporary Classical
& Youth Development
May 2021-June 2022

A headshot of mentor Kim Richmond with his saxophone.
A headshot of mentor Jonathan Sacadalan with his clarinet.
A headshot of vocal mentor Preston Scales.
A headshot of Inception Director Jean-Pierre Schmitt.

KIM RICHMOND
Composer
ASMAC
January 16, 2021
February 26, 2022

JONATHAN SACDALAN
Clarinet
August 17, 2019
2019 Concert
September 19, 2020
July 2021
February 5, 2022


 

PRESTON SCALES
Songwriter/Producer
April 18, 2020
November 7th Event
May 1, 2021
August 7th, 2021 Event

JEAN-PIERRE SCHMITT
Classical Sax Project
Past Inception Director
2020-Sep 2021

A headshot of Blythe Schulte.

BLYTHE SCHULTE
Mentor
Leadership Team
Strategic Innovation
Jul 2020-Nov 2020

A headshot of mentor Jonathan Stehney with his bassoon.

JONATHAN STEHNEY
Bassoon/Composer
October 3, 2020
February 26, 2022
April 30, 2022

A headshot of mentor Raymond Torres-Santos at the piano.

RAYMOND
TORRES-SANTOS
Composer/Producer
ASMAC
April 24, 2021

A headshot of mentor Maksim Velichkin playing the cello.

MAKSIM VELICHKIN
Cello/Piano/Composer
August 1, 2020
November 7th Event
July 2021
October 30, 2021
December 2021

November 19, 2022

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A headshot of mentor Genevieve Vincent.

CARL VERHEYEN
Guitar
August 6, 2022
December 3, 2022

GENEVIEVE VINCENT
Vocalist/Composer
March 21, 2020
May 2, 2020

A headshot of mentor Joseph Vranas a conductor's baton.

JOSEPH VRANAS
Trumpet/Composer
Oct 17, 2020

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ALAN WANG
Double Bass
November 2021

A headshot of mentor Nathan Wang.

NATHAN WANG
Composer
ASMAC
January 9, 2021

A headshot of mentor Mark Watters.

MARK WATTERS
Composer
May 8, 2021
ASMAC

A headshot of mentor John Wineglass.

JOHN WINEGLASS
Viola/Composer
October 16, 2021

A headshot of baritone sax mentor Courtney Wright.

COURTNEY WRIGHT
Baritone Sax/Composer
April 10, 2021

A headshot of Hee Jin Yoon with her harp.

HEE JIN YOON
Harp
Master Teacher
June 15, 2019
2019 Concert
December 5, 2020
February 4, 2023

A headshot of mentor Terence Young playing the electric cello,.

TERENCE YOUNG

Electric Cello

May 18, 2019

2019 Concert

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS, MENTORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

Francisco Castillo
Alex Floyd, Young Choreographers Project
Gigi Johnson, Maremel Institute
Milton Nelson, ASMAC

Kathleen Robertson
Karenza Peacock
Irene Watson, Young Choreographers Project

 

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