South Bay Music Symposium 2018
Monday - Friday, July 9-20
Concert on the 21st at 7 PM
El Segundo High School Performing Arts Center

The Symposium is now in it's 12th year!! 
During the Symposium students will have concentrated instruction on many aspects of music including training by music industry performers and professionals.  We hope that the serious student will develop a love for music that they can incorporate into their career, hobbies, entertainment and education.

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You may park next to the music building in the parking lot at 103 E. Mariposa in El Segundo.

  • Please bring your instrument and if you have a favorite piece of music, we will be asking you to play a few things so we can place you in the correct classes for your level of playing.
  • We do have a few breaks during the afternoon and you may bring snacks.
  • We do spend some time outside (usually in the shade) but sunscreen is a good idea.

If you have questions, 
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The Amazing Suite of
Symposium Instructors


The newest directions in 21st Century trumpet performance are being explored and defined by Courtney Jones, an award-winning Yamaha performing and recording artist who has also emerged as a leading figure in contemporary performance and pedagogy. 
    An artist who transcends stylistic boundaries, Courtney has performed with classical ensembles and orchestras throughout the United States and internationally. Jones has shared the stage with famous artists or groups such as Kenny Burrell, B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rihanna, Boy George and The Culture Club, and Stevie Wonder. 
    In addition to his solo performance career, Courtney has performed classical music with the Golden States Pop Orchestra, Southeast Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Macao Orchestra (China), the Pasadena Orchestra, Debut Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, Inspiravi Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Opera, Chamber Singers of Iowa City, and the Los Angeles Trombone Collective. 
    His feature film and television credits include “Glee," “Notes from Dad," “Cougar Town," and “Criminal Minds” among other productions listed under the MEDIA tab of this website.
    Between teaching and freelance performing, Courtney has promoted music education and instrumental performance in inner-city schools through the Music Outreach Program at UCLA, The Harmony Project of Los Angeles, and Trumpets 4 Kids in Dallas, Texas. 
    Jones is currently lecturing at Columbus State University while recording his Solo CD project, "Between 2 Worlds," and will begin his new appointment as the Professor of Trumpet & Artistic Director of Jazz Ensemble at Florida Atlantic University in the Fall of 2017.


    Originally from New York Heather moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2013. She graduated cum laude with degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from Manhattanville College in 2011, where she received the Elliot Magaziner and the Michael L. Falacaro Performance Awards.     Additionally, she was accepted into Manhattanville's first annual Students of Great Achievement program where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Kolkata, India as a part of their community service exchange program. 
    Upon graduation, Heather was accepted into a New York University graduate program in conjunction with the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary, where she studied music pedagogy and ethnomusicology. Currently, Heather resides and teaches in Los Angeles County, teaching at YOLA @ HOLA as one of their woodwind specialists.


    Dr. Figueiredo 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.



    Dr. Rachel Hockenberry enjoys a busy career throughout greater Los Angeles as a horn performer and music educator. A Virginia native, Rachel received her bachelors degree in horn performance from James Madison University. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in horn performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she also completed cognate studies in arts administration.     As her doctoral project, she completed a manual for introduction and instruction of beginning horn players in El Sistema inspired programs. Rachel is a graduate of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory of Music, and has completed residencies    with El Sistema programs in Venezuela and across the United States.
    Rachel currently teaches for Los Angeles’ premiere El Sistema inspired program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). She is also the horn coach at Notre Dame High School and Earnest Lawrence Middle School, is on horn faculty at Harmony Rising: A Music School Online, and keeps a private studio of young hornists throughout Los Angeles County.



    Kevin Sticht recently graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance. He spent his time there studying with Todd Miller and has worked with renowned conductors such as Dr. Mitchell Fennell and Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro.     Kevin has had an extensive marching career starting in junior high school and totaling to 20 seasons. After he graduated high school, he spent 3 summers with Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps (2011-2013) and the next 2 summers with 2 summers with Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2014-2015), making finals both years. Kevin has also marched in the WGI circuit for the past 5 years.
    His first year with POW Percussion in 2012 when they were bumped from Open to World Class and the next four years with Pulse Percussion. During this time, he won 2 World Champion titles and was section leader for the cymbal line in 2015 and 2016.


    Born and raised in Germany, Juliane moved to The Netherlands to receive her degrees at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and eventually made her way to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012.

    There she can be found on trombones (bass, tenor and contrabass) and tuba, playing concerts on open air stages and in tucked away places... jazz clubs, theatres, beautiful halls, live music establishments and exclusive studios are her home. 

    Juliane got to play with artists like the Dutch Metropole Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Sammy Nestico, Johnny Mandel, Kurt Elling, Vince Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Andrea Bocelli, the LA Philharmonic, Diana Krall, Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra and many others, as well as performing on the Voice 2016, with Lady Gaga and Nile Rogers at the Grammys 2016 and working in some of the famous LA studios with many of their infamous players...

     Juliane is fortunate, though – with a thorough education and Master of Music Degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, music lessons for as long as she can remember, strong values from her upbringing, a thick skin yet an open as well as quick mind and now a work environment that is nothing short of ever inspiring... she feels she is in the right place.


Flutist Rachel Mellis enjoys a multifaceted career as an orchestral, chamber, solo, and 
recording artist. She performs regularly throughout the U.S., and has toured internationally in Europe and Asia.
    An active recording artist, Rachel can be heard on many award-winning soundtracks and albums. She has recorded as a soloist alongside the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Chinese National Symphony.
    She can also be heard in ads for New Balance Shoes and Sprinkles Cupcakes.
    Her commercial collaborators have included Dubstep artist 12th Planet and Nickelodeon star, Drake Bell. She has appeared on FOX 11’s Glee, USA’s The Moment, Chinese national TV, and on the educational TV show, Brainstorm.



June Satton, originally from Chicago Illinois, is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Trombone Performance. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree, she held two consecutive orchestra contract positions, one with the Shreveport Symphony and the other with the Fresno Philharmonic. June does extensive free lance work & contracting throughout Southern California, including orchestras, shows, & small group entertainment. She travels and performs with the Satin Brass Quartet/ Quintet. June was the first female in the 1996 &’97 Cable Ace Awards Orchestra, contracted & performed in the 2006 reunion concert of J. C. Superstar and performed in the 2010 Academy Awards Governor’s Ball Orchestra. June is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and does sideling, including the 2013 United Airlines Commercial for the Superbowl.