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Julie Metz
Program Coordinator and Instructor

Julie has worked with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific, Santa Fe Opera, North Carolina Opera, Long Beach Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Lake Charles, Louisiana Symphony, Laredo, Texas Symphony, Huntsville Symphony and The Fresno Philharmonic. Julie was invited in 2012 to play for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. She has toured the world extensively with Yanni and his Orchestra, performing in over 200 concerts and three videos. As a free-lance musician, Julie has accompanied such popular performers as: Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Neil Sedaka, Bernadette Peters, The Temptations, Andy Williams, Regis Philbin, The 5th Dimension, Art Garfunkel, Il Divo and Paul Anka. Julie continues to perform as a recitalist and lecturer as well as provide music for the latest Broadway shows.

A graduate of the Mannes College of Music (B.M.) and the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), Julie's teachers have included Glenn Dicterow (Concertmaster, New York Philharmonic), Sally Thomas, Irving Geller (Associate Concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Retired) and Joyce Robbins (Metropolitan Opera, Retired). Her conducting teacher was Don Ray, Music Supervisor for the CBS Television Studios.




Greg Adamson
Instructor

Cellist Greg Adamson has taught in Fullerton's All the Arts for All the Kids program for ten years. In 2008, he was the only music teacher in Orange County to receive the "Honor an Educator" award from the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Adamson is also on the faculty at the St. Paul Academy of the Arts, and sits on the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation's Board of Directors. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Concordia University and Azusa Pacific University. He is a certified Orff-Schulwerk educator through Chapman University. In great demand as a performing cellist, Mr. Adamson was awarded the Principal Cello position in the Mozart Classical Orchestra in 2008. He is also the Associate Principal Cellist of the San Bernardino Symphony. He has performed with the Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Ballet, Redlands Symphony, Redlands Bowl Summer Festival (Assistant Principle Cello), Burbank Chamber Orchestra, Hutchins Consort, Riverside Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Ballet, Pasadena Pops. He has toured and recorded internationally with such luminaries as James Galway, James Taylor, Elton John, The Who, Rod Stewart, Guns 'n Roses, Burt Bacherach, Michael Crawford, Shirley Bassey, John Williams, Roger Williams, Yo Yo Ma.




Darlene Alfuso
Instructor

Darlene Alfuso has been a leader in music education in Orange County, CA since 1992. She received her BA in Violin Performance from Cal State University, Fullerton. She has held the position of violin coach in the Tustin Unified School District since 1999, emphasizing violin style and technique. Darlene has worked with string orchestras at Columbus Tustin Middle School, Tustin High School, Beckman High School and Orange Lutheran High School, helping to prepare five school orchestras for their performances at Carnegie Hall, all receiving Superior ratings. She teaches private violin lessons in her home studio in Tustin, CA, presenting annual solo and ensemble recitals with her students. Darlene is currently on staff with the music department at Beckman High School, Orange Lutheran High School and teaches beginning violin classes for the after-school GATE program in the Anaheim School District. In addition to her outstanding record as a music educator,

Darlene has been a professional violinist for the past 35 years, performing with local symphony and chamber orchestras, ballet and theatrical productions and with a variety of name artists at venues throughout Southern California. Her philosophy of teaching is based on encouraging her student's individuality and instilling self-motivation to learn and to excel in what they love to do. Darlene lives in Tustin, CA with her husband Joe.




Robyn Brittain
Piano Instructor

Robyn grew up in a music-loving family. Her father was a vocal professor, and her mother played piano and sang in their home. Robyn began her own music journey with her first piano lesson at the age of six, and she continued lessons well into college, adding flute and organ lessons along the way. She sang and played in several choirs and bands, and she accompanied many soloists and choirs throughout jr. high, high school and college.

Robyn received her BA in Elementary Education with a minor in music from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, where she began her career as a classroom teacher. Since moving to California, she has taught in the Savanna School District. For more than 25 years, she has taught at all grade levels K-5. During this time, she also studied to receive her MA degree in Education from Biola University.

Robyn has taught private piano and directed children's choirs. She wrote a children's musical "Shooze" for her students and integrates music throughout the curriculum she teaches to the children in her classrooms. She also plays piano and keyboards regularly at her church. Robyn and her husband live in Anaheim and enjoy watching their seven children become young adults.




Kihae Kim
Instructor

Kihae Kim began her musical education at the age of four. She became the youngest soloist ever to perform with the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her departure for the United States she was awarded Korea's highest prize for musical performance, the coveted Nan-Pa Award. Since Ms. Kim's arrival in the United States at age 16, she studied with some of the world's best known cellists, such as Janos Starker, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Gabor Rejto.

Ms. Kim has more than 30 years of teaching experience, has served as a jury member for a variety of competitions and auditions, is a coach for a variety of orchestras, and is currently a member of the Musical Arts Club, the MTAC, the Los Angeles Violoncello Society. She teaches cello privately as well as at the North Orange County Community College District by Cypress College and Fullerton College, Oxford Academy, and New California Conservatory. She also appears frequently as a soloist and chamber musician and is a member of various orchestra. She was previously serving as a Panel String Chair for the Music Teachers Association of California.




Marsha Sakovich
Piano Instructor

I was born and raised in Southern California. I started piano lessons at a very young age and fell in love with music. I accompanied my school choirs both in junior high and high school. I received my Bachelors in Music Education at Cal state Fullerton and my Masters at Azusa Pacific University.

I have taught music in the Savannah and Orange Unified School Districts, and I am currently teaching in the Anaheim Elementary School District, Tk - 4th grade.

Music is a passion of mine. When I am not teaching music, I love to travel, shop, go to the theater and be with my family.




Miguel Hinojosa
Assistant

Miguel Hinojosa is currently studying Biology at California State University, Long Beach. His first encounter with music was through the Music Masters program in 2006. A year later, he joined the GATE Orchestra, where he continued playing violin until he graduated from Cypress High School in 2015. In addition, he has been playing the clarinet and bass clarinet since 2010. He enjoys spending time with his family, creating and editing videos, and giving back to the GATE Orchestra program.







Norman Soto
Assistant

Norman Soto entered the GATE orchestra in 2006 where he was first introduced to the viola. He continued music all the way through high school where he also was a part of the band. Norman is currently studying Biochemistry at Cypress College and hopes to transfer, next year, to the University of California, Irvine. This is his second year with the GATE orchestra and looks forward to another great year.







Wellington Soto
Assistant

Wellington Soto has started in A.U.H.S.D gate program in 2005 and continued until he graduated in 2014 playing the violin. When he entered junior high school his love of music had grown and to satisfy his need for music learned to play the clarinet; he played clarinet for his first year in high school and at the request of the musical band director switched instruments to play baritone in Cypress High School Imperial Brigade. Music has shaped the way he sees education and found it to be a very satisfying experience. In High School, Wellington joined the Jazz Band and learned to play the contrabass. He has also received the honor and privilege of preforming in 2015 Rose parade as part of the Cypress High School Imperial Brigade. Wellington is currently attending Cypress College and is going to transfer to California Sate University of Long Beach where he is pursuing a degree in Analytic and Rhetorical Analysis of Literature.