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Sara Andon
Flutist Sara Andon is an international soloist and recording artist known for her ravishing tone and deeply engaging musical interpretations. A versatile performer in many music genres including solo, chamber, symphonic, opera, ballet, new music, jazz and Broadway, she has performed all over the world in major concert venues, TV and radio broadcasts, as well as on many motion picture soundtracks.

Ms. Andon has per formed with several American orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Tulsa Opera, New West Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, California Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops, New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, San Francisco Western Opera Theater, Miami City Ballet Touring Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has worked with such world-renowned conductors as Kurt Masure, David Zinman, John Mauceri, Jorge Mester, Jeffrey Kahane and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Ms. Andon has performed with the orchestras for many Broadway musicals including Les Misérables, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast and the critically acclaimed hit Broadway show Wicked (L.A. Company).

Her countless film score recordings include Marco Beltrami’s Wolverine, Die Hard 5: A Good Day To Die Hard, Trouble With The Curve, The Thing; Rolfe Kent’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Lalo Schifrin’s Rush Hour 3, James Newton Howard’s The Bourne Legacy, Aaron Zigman’s Sex In The City II, Daft Punk’s Tron and the acclaimed documentary No Place On Earth. Her recent recording work for videogames includes the Grammy-nominated blockbuster game Journey, along with World Of Warcraft, Star Craft II, WildStar, BioShock-Infinite and League of Legends. She also records for many Disney projects including the new show Mickey’s Musical Map opening at Disneyland on May 25, 2013.
Andon also took part in composer Christopher Lennertz fund-raising recording and concert Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Andon has performed throughout the United States, Italy, France, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and China including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall (NYC), St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, CBS Sunday Morning, Universal Amphitheater, Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Hall in L.A.

On February 23, 2013 Ms. Andon performed four pieces with the Macau Orchestra for the concert Hollywood Love Stories — Great Romantic Film Music at the Venetian Macau Resort and also joined Varèse Sarabande’s series of concerts celebrating the label’s 35th anniversary including May 11, 2013 with the Golden State Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles performing a selection of film music classics written or arranged for solo flute, including Alex North’s Spartacus Love Theme, arranged just for her by Lee Holdridge. This Golden State Pops Orchestra will be followed by a trip to Tenerife in July for performances with both the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and also the Big Band de Canarias (for a tribute to composer Elmer Bernstein), as part of the Fimucité festival.

Ms. Andon is the solo flutist with the string chamber ensemble Da Capo Players based in Orange County as well as Mirror Visions, a vocal chamber ensemble based in New York and Paris specializing in newly commissioned works as well as traditional repertoire

She has been a featured soloist at numerous music festivals including the Ojai Music Festival (CA), Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (CT), Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), Music at Penn’s Woods (PA), Sunriver Music Festival (OR), the London Baroque Music Festival & the Los Angeles Bach Festival. Other solo performances include “Sundays Live at Six” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, most
recently with Sarah Jackson, flutist and piccoloist with the L.A. Philharmonic and Barry Gold, cellist with the L.A. Philharmonic, on an all-Haydn program, and on the “Jacaranda — Music At The Edge Series” in Santa Monica. Ms. Andon was invited to perform the Double Flute Concerto by Steven Stucky (Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and New Music Consultant-L.A. Philharmonic) with world-renowned flutist Ransom Wilson at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

She has also performed with Jeanne Baxtresser, (former principal flutist with the NY Philharmonic) and Walfried Kujala, (former piccoloist with the Chicago Symphony), and Paul Edmund-Davies, (former principal flute of the London Symphony and currently principal flute of the English National Opera and many motion picture film score sound tracks). Sara Andon has made many other solo appearances performing various concerti by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Griffes, Arnold w/ several Southland orchestras & chamber ensembles including the Redlands Symphony & Mozart Classical Orchestra of Orange County performing the Mozart Concerto in ‘D’ Major, K. 314 w/ her own original cadenzas.

Ms. Andon received her post-graduate Artist Diploma from Yale University studying with Ransom Wilson and her Masters of Music in Flute Performance at USC studying with Janet Ferguson, former principal flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Master Classes: Jim Walker, Jeff Khaner, William Bennett, Mindy Kaufman, Paula Robison, Marina Piccinini, Julius Baker She is Principal/Solo Flute of the Redlands Symphony and is the Artist Teacher of Flute at the University of Redlands School of Music and Idyllwild Arts Academy as well as the Woodwind Coordinator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Composers Fellowship Program, Mentors: Steven Stucky, John Adams, James Matheson and A.J. McCaffrey.Maestro 

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Kelly School School of Traditional Irish Dance
The Kelly School was founded by Joan Kelly over 35 years ago. Mrs. Kelly has taught Irish dance not only to her daughters, but to over a thousand children in the South Bay. The school today is made up of over one hundred students, of which some are children of Mrs. Kelly’s earliest students. The Kelly school has a family atmosphere and encourages friendship, as well as competition. Students who retire from the Kelly School possess confidence, stage presence and good sportsmanship as well as a knowledge of an ancient Celtic tradition.

Irish dance did not always flourish in Southern California. The Kelly school was one of only five
schools in the all of Southern California. Feisianna (Irish dance competition) was also scarce; dancers would have to travel to San Francisco to compete. Mr. & Mrs. Kelly were part of an organization that held one of only two competitions in Southern California.

In the early years of the Kelly school, Mrs. Kelly taught dancing at Holy Trinity, St. Margaret Mary’s, St. Marks, American Martyrs, St. John Fisher, St. Lawrence, & St. Anthony’s. Mrs. Kelly was awarded Irish woman of the year in 1990 for her tremendous ability to educate Irish culture in America. The Kelly school has danced at thousands of functions and have been instrumental in the flourishing interest of Irish dance in Southern California. The Kelly School has performed with, the Chieftains, Natalie McMaster, 1984 Olympic Games, and the Catholic Conference, just to name a few.

The school is currently under the direction of Claire Maxwell, Joan Kelly and Carol Pirsztuk. They teach students ranging in ages from four to young adults. The girls and boys compete throughout the United States and do numerous shows and community events year round.

Instructors:

Claire Kelly Maxwell, T.C.R.G.* Claire received her T.C.R.G. in 1987 just after completing her bachelor degree at Loyola Marymount University. After working within the Oil and Gas industry for over 15 years, Claire retired from the industry to become a full time Irish dance teacher and a stay at home mom. Claire officially became the head director of the Kelly School in 2003 after her Mom, Joan Kelly, semi-retired. Claire has been Irish dancing since the age of four and competed throughout her life until going off to college. Claire has competed throughout the United States and the Worlds in Ireland as well as dancing at more performances than one can remember.

Joan Kelly, T.C.R.G. Joan was born in Dublin Ireland in the late 20’s. In the early 50’s Joan and her family immigrated to the United States searching for a better way of life. Joan’s family has been immersed within Irish dance since the 19th century. Joan’s aunt Kitty Murtha was the director of a well established school in Dublin Ireland until immigrating to the United States. Joan continued her family tradition and made sure her children were educated in Irish dance at a very young age. Joan’s two daughters Claire and Carol are currently T.C.R.G.’s within the Kelly School. Joan has taught Irish dance to over a thousand children in the South Bay and was named Irish woman of the year in 1990 for her tremendous ability to educate Irish culture in America.

Carol Kelly Pirsztuk, T.C.R.G. Carol also received her T.C.R.G. in 1987 just after completing her bachelor degree at Loyola Marymount University (twin thing). After working for many years in retail buying Carol made the transition to the Entertainment industry and is currently the Vice President of Sales Planning, Communications, Merchandising and New Business development at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE). Carol competed for many years at the National and World level and currently focuses her teaching time on advance levels.

* Note: TCRG is an acronym for the Irish Gaelic words "Teasgicoir Choimisiuin Le Rinci Gaelacha". The English translation is “Gaelic Commission Dancing Teacher”. Those who pass the Gaelic Commission Dancing Teacher examination receive the TCRG (Teasgicoir Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha) certification and can work as certified Irish dance instructors

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Steven Allen Fox
Steven Allen Fox is an innovative composer, conductor and concert creator who has a passion for dramatic music; particularly film, television, video game, Broadway and Romantic era works. This passion has led him to the podium and the sketch pad where he composes music for films and the concert stage. Recently Steven was privileged to be the Principal Conductor for the Varese Sarabande 35th Anniversary Concert Gala International Kickoff in Los Angeles, CA. Special guests included Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Debney, Michael Giacchino, Sara Andon, Diego Navarro and Robert Townson. He was also invited to be a Guest Conductor for the film music festival “Fimucite” in Tenerife, Spain and the Principal Conductor for the Varese Sarabande 35th Anniversary Halloween and Holiday Galas, where he conducted the World Premieres of Christopher Young’s “Ghost Rider Suite” and Bernard Herrmann’s 1954 television broadcast, “A Christmas Carol.”

A piano and trombone student from an early age, Steven found inspiration to go into the music business at the age of 13 while watching Steven Spielberg's “Hook;” he would forevermore hold John William's brilliant score to this film responsible for drawing him into a career in music. Steven brought this newfound passion to his first composition, “Vertigo” for solo piano, as well as every performing ensemble he joined, including the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Music Theory and Composition from Illinois State University (ISU) and a Graduate Certificate in Film and Television Scoring from the University of Southern California (USC).

In 1999 Steven and his wife Leslie moved to Los Angeles where he keeps a busy schedule conducting, composing music, educating and helping raise three daughters. As a composer, Steven has created scores to corporate videos for PIMCO and Jet Litho Printing, multiple feature length films, including his most recent score to Knightvision Entertainment’s horror film “The Sickle,” and multiple film shorts, including the award winning animated short “The Artist.” In addition to many concert works for orchestra, band and chamber ensembles, Steven arranged the song “Ease the Moment” for alternative rock band Dishwalla and arranged 25 songs for the holiday CD, “50 Most Loved Christmas Carols.”

Steven founded the Golden State Pops Orchestra (GSPO) in 2002 to be a year round pops orchestra that brings the dramatic music he loves to the concert stage; since then, the GSPO has gained international acclaim, drawing fans to L.A. from across the country and world. GSPO has given Steven the opportunity to work with some of the most influential composers, artists and production companies in the industry and to conduct on such world-renowned stages as Nokia Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Auditorio de Tenerife, San Diego Civic Theatre, Paramount Studios and Skywalker Sound. Notable professionals Steven has worked with include composers Alan Silvestri, Bear McCreary, Christopher Lennertz, Christopher Tin, Christopher Young, John Ottman, Richard Sherman, Russell Brower, Sam Spence, Stu Phillips, Tommy Tallarico and performers Barbara Morrison, Tina Guo, the rock band Dishwalla and Dave Lombardo from the rock band Slayer.

Via the Golden State Pops, Steven has gained a reputation as a “premiere” conductor, having produced over 100 world or North American concert premieres, and himself conducting premiere performances of a suite from “Avatar,” “Battle of the Heroes” from “Star Wars: Episode III,” a suite from “Lost,” “Disney in Concert: Tale As Old As Time,” “Variations for Piano and Orchestra” by Stu Phillips and a suite from “Captain Abu Raed” by Austin Wintory. Other ensembles that Steven has had the privilege to lead include the orchestra for Video Games Live, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Brass, the City of Prague Philharmonic, Inland Valley Symphony, the Coachella Valley Symphony, Lake Havesu Orchestra, the El Segundo Concert Band, Vintage Brass Band and Sharp Sounds Big Band. He has also conducted recording sessions for the video game “Dungeon Siege III”, the film “To Save a Life,” television production “Tokyo Control,” a promo for the television show “Alias,” and the EMI CD release, “50 Most Loved Christmas Carols.”

Steven continues to compose for films and to create stage works that bring together different art forms in a collaborative format. Currently he is revisiting the sci-fi superhero project “BattleWorlds” with George Edwards while planning future seasons for the Golden State Pops Orchestra and El Segundo Concert Band.

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Edie Rice
Edie Rice, Education Director, Symposium director, and associate conductor, earned her master's degree in conducting from Southern Oregon University. Mrs. Rice has devoted her musical career to helping young musicians from age eight through high school develop a passion for music. 

Through her many years of daily classroom experience, Mrs. Rice has developed an outstanding capability to help students master performance skills and has earned a strong reputation throughout the community as extremely gifted in working with children.  This led to the filming of her elementary band prior to the Billboard Music Awards for vignettes that were broadcast throughout the national prime-time television show.  She was named the 2012 El Segundo Citizen of the Year.