SBMA and Moorpark College Launch 
Workshop for All State Honor Band and Choir Auditions 

To prepare students to audition for the All State Honor Band and Choir auditions, SBMA is partnering with Moorpark College to conduct a special workshop.  The experience includes master classes on each student's instrument, a performance psychology class, and a mock audition.  The master classes are taught by music professionals with extensive performance backgrounds and hold degrees/certifications on their instruments and areas of expertise.

The Workshop will be held on Sunday, November 5 at Moorpark College's music building from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enrollment is $50 per student (includes lunch).  

 Time    Event
 10:00 AM Master Classes
 12:15 PM Lunch
 1:00 PM Performance and Audition Psychology
 2:00 PM Mock Auditions 
 3:30 PM Wrap up and Feedback

To sign up, click here.

Continue reading to see the biographies of our Master Class instructors.

Virginia Figueiredo
Dr. Virginia Figueired
o received her Bachelor of Arts from the Lisbon Superior School of Music, her Master of Music from CSU, Fullerton, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from UCLA. She studied under Gary Gray, Håkan Rosengren, Nuno Silva, Carlos Alves, and many others. Dr. Figueiredo is adjunct faculty at the Cypress College, California, and a clarinet freelancer throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

Phillip Pacier
Phillip Pacier
is regionally recognized for his diverse skills as a performing musician and music educator. 
He is currently the principal trumpet of the La Mirada Symphony, Orange County Wind Symphony, and the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific. Phillip has also appeared with the Orange County Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, and the Bear Valley Music Festival. He also spent five years as the lead trumpet for La Sonora del Caribe, a regionally recognized Latin dance band, and has been featured on several recordings both in the classical and popular genres.

Phillip began playing trumpet at age twelve, and quickly learned that it was his first love. He has studied with renowned artists and teachers including David Washburn (L.A. Chamber Orchestra), Boyde Hood (L.A. Philharmonic, retired), and Malcolm McNab (L.A. studio musician). Phillip holds Bachelor of Music degrees in trumpet performance and music education from Chapman University, and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Southern California.

Phillip is also very active as a music educator, and is currently on faculty at Santiago Canyon College, Cerritos College, Moorpark College, and College of the Desert, where he teaches courses including Brass Pedagogy, Music Appreciation, World Music, and Brass Ensemble. Phillip is also noted for his skills in conducting and arranging music, and has previously been the assistant conductor of the Southern California Youth Philharmonic. It is also not unusual to see Phillip around town playing electric bass, though nothing can equal his love for the trumpet and the music created for it.

Jennifer Bliman
has played in numerous orchestras and bands all over Southern California. She is currently the principal horn player for the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, as well as horn player in numerous orchestras and bands throughout the Los Angeles area. Having been the principal horn player for the Moorpark Symphony for the past 5 years, Jennifer has also been a featured soloist on several of their concerts.  Outside of California, Jennifer is a substitute on horn for the South Dakota Symphony and Phoenix Symphony. 

Jennifer is most known for her whimsical one-woman horn act as she got her start by performing in the Royal Room Lounge at the Canoga Bowl...and later on America’s Got Talent. Jennifer has performed at Disneyland as a musician and gymnast and has recorded for major television networks, films, documentaries, and is on-call with Cirque du Soleil on horn. Jennifer has an extensive amount of private horn students and is the applied horn teacher at Moorpark College.

In addition to playing the horn, Jennifer is also an actress having acted in numerous stage productions as well as national commercials, TV, and film.  

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and a Master of Music degree from USC. 

You can check out Jennifer's website at

Brendan McMullin
stays busy working as a composer, trombonist, vocalist, conductor, and professor in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas. He has shared the stage and recorded with such artists as Duffy Jackson, Barry Manilow, Eric Whitacre, Barbara Streisand, and Clyde Reasinger, and has performed on stage at the Academy Awards. His compositions have been performed by numerous high school and college jazz bands, wind ensembles, and chamber ensembles. Recently his composition Why You Gotta Be Like That (Jazz Overture for Full Orchestra) was recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic and is featured on the album “Masterworks of the New Era (Vol. 12)” which received a JPF Award nomination under the category “Best Classical Album.” In 2014 his jazz big band composition Sal y Pimienta was awarded first prize for the National Band Association’s Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest and was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. by the Airmen of Note. He also arranged the music and performed on the critically acclaimed latin jazz album “Hector Contreras & His Latin Jazz Ensemble.” 

Brendan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and California Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge, and his Master's Degree in Music Composition from University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently on faculty at Moorpark College where he runs the Jazz Program, directs the Wind Ensemble, and teaches low brass. He also teaches online Music Appreciation and Audio Engineering classes at California Virtual Academies.

Bassoonist Maciej Flis is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area, teaching as Adjunct Professor at the Masters University. During the past years Maciej played bassoon as co-principal with the American Youth Symphony where he served five seasons. Since then, Maciej has appeared with numerous groups such as, Los Angeles Symphony, Long Beach Opera, San Diego Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Glendale Philharmonic, Brentwood Symphony, California Philharmonic Orchestra, Ventura Ballet Company, Antelope Valley Orchestra, LA Korean Philharmonic and also performed with the Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland. Since 2005 he has been principal bassoonist of the Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra in New York. Maciej also performed with many chamber groups such as Jacaranda, New Century Players, wildUP and Symbiosis Ensemble. 

As a recording artist, Maciej performs on films and television. He took part in numerous music festivals in the United States, Mexico and Europe.  Maciej is fortunate to have collaborated with some of the world’s famous artists and musicians, including as Yo-Yo Ma, Burt Bacharach, John Waltz, Yefim Bronfman, Monica Mancini, Kent Nagano, Carl St. Clair, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Larry Livingston, Monica Mancini, Yundi Li, Charles Fox and  Il Volo.  Many of his performances have been featured on the Los Angeles classical radio stations, K-Mozart and KUSC.  In 2011 Maciej was featured soloist with the Orange County Symphony in the "Five Sacred Trees", Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by John Williams.

Maciej is also the bassoonist of the Midnight Winds, Los Angeles based ensemble with captivating presence and musical imagination.  Young Artists International selected Midnight to appear in recitals throughout Southern California in 2008. That year also marked the ensemble’s first international tour during which they presented concerts and workshops throughout Poland ad Germany. They have been featured guest artists at the Schneider Concerts Series in New York, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Paderewski Festival, California Institute of the Arts, LACMA’s Sundays Live, Los Angeles City College, an educational outreach residency through Orchestras of Pasadena, and quintet-in-residence for Chamber Music Sedona, Arizona. In 2010, the ensemble recorded and premiered a new commission by Emmy award-winning composer Steve Cohn, a work written for the ensemble. Today, the Midnight Winds maintain a strong relationship with the Polish Music Center where they frequently collaborate with international artists and composers. The Midnight Winds was back in the studio to record for a retrospective of David Rosenboom’s works, released on New World Records in 2012. 

Maciej Flis holds a Masters Degree from the California Institute of the Arts, where he was a recipient of Lovelace Music Scholarship, an Artist Diploma from the University of Southern California, as a recipient of Flossie Meline Oliver Pieper Music Scholarship, and a Masters Degree from the G.K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland. He has studied with many wonderful teachers such as Stephen Maxym, Judith Farmer, Julie Feves and Krzysztof Kaminski. Maciej’s non musical passions include photography, aviation, and Travel. For more information you can visit Maciej website at

Oboist Michael Bernard’s undergraduate studies began at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Stephen Adelstein and Roger McDonald. He left NCSA as a college junior to begin his professional music career as Oboe and English Horn soloist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he continued his oboe studies with Don Hefner and completed both bachelor and master’s degrees in performance at the Catholic University of America. He was a founding member of the United States Army Field Band Chamber Series and also performed regularly with his own chamber music group—The Bernard Baroque. After 6 years with the United States Army Field Band, he left military service to pursue a second master’s degree in music history at Yale University, where he continued his oboe studies with the famed Ronald Roseman. 

Mr. Bernard arrived in the Los Angeles area in 1985 and served as Principal Oboist in the Torrance Symphony for 2 seasons. In 1987, he began a 13-year tenure as Principal Oboist for the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra in Palos Verdes, California. He currently serves as Principal Oboist with the Moorpark Symphony, The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Southland Symphony. He also is on the faculty of Moorpark College as the oboe instructor. In 2009 he traveled to Vienna, Austria to serve as principal oboist with the International Haydn Festival Orchestra. Other music credits include performances with the Hour of Power (Crystal Cathedral) Orchestra, the Burbank Philharmonic, Marina Del
Rey/Westchester Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet orchestra, the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra. CD credits include “Awake Inside a Dream” (Angels of Venice) and “The Cat and the Broom” (13 Nights of Halloween, In a World), and Angels & Shepherds (Terry Minogue).

California Bay-Area native Russell Veirs has appeared as a guest artist, clinician, and chamber musician throughout California. He has had the privilege of premiering numerous solo and chamber works, including recent premiers of Optimist Quintet by Bevan Manson and Reminiscence by Glenn Llorente. Veirs was selected as a winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Audition, leading to solo engagements in Southern California. A winner of UCLA's "All-Star Concerto Competition", he appeared as a soloist with the UCLA Philharmonia in 2012. He recently performed as a concerto soloist with the Dana Point Symphony, and as a soloist on the Sundays Live! radio broadcast from LACMA’s Bing Theater. He has assisted in teaching the woodwind methods course for music education majors at UCLA, and has assisted in coaching the UCLA woodwind chamber ensembles. 

Veirs earned his B.A. at the University of California, Davis and his M.M. from California State University, Sacramento, studying with Dr. Keith Bohm. He completed his D.M.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles, studying with Dr. Douglas Masek. Dr. Veirs is currently active as a chamber musician and soloist in Southern California, and offers private instruction in the Los Angeles area. 

Matt Ballard
is a Los Angeles based educator and professional woodwind artist.
He is currently in his tenth year as the Band Director at Sierra Vista Junior High School
in Santa Clarita, CA where he teaches the Advanced Band, Beginning Band, Jazz
Ensemble, Percussion Class and Exploratory Music classes.

Prior to his appointment at Sierra Vista, Mr. Ballard performed and toured with
groups like the Disney All-American College Band, the Cal State University All-State
Jazz Ensemble and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition to teaching at Sierra Vista he
is an active freelance musician and regularly performs and records with bands such as
The Urban Renewal Project and the Elliot Deutsch Big Band as well as various other
professional bands throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. He has performed with
notable musicians such as Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Sal Lozano, Wayne Newton
and Barbara Morrison as well as groups like The Temptations and The Four Tops. Mr.
Ballard holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education from Cal
State Fullerton.

Mr. Ballard has also served as a clinician and section coach for various middle
and high schools throughout Southern California as well as organizations like the USC
Trojan Marching Band and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra

Steven Allen Fox
, is music director for the El Segundo Concert Band and the artistic director and conductor of the Golden State Pops Orchestra.   Steven earned an Advance Studies Certificate in Film and Television Scoring from USC in 2000 and graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Music Composition and Theory.

Steven has composed, conducted and/or supervised the scores and recordings to the feature length films Damnation of Souls, Children of the Road, Urban Nightmare and Wally Sitch Jr., Private Dick, the award winning short The Artist, a television promo for the television show Alias, and many other film shorts.