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The Teachers

Greg Takemoto

(saxophone, clarinet, music theory, jazz composition)

  • Chico State University (CSUC) 1997-1999

  • Rhode Island College (RIC) 1999-2001/ 2011-2013

  • BA music Performance – magna cum laude

  • Taught woodwinds for 18 years for the R.I. Philharmonic Music School

  • Ran the Advanced Jazz Combos for the Philharmonic Music School

  • Was the Band Director for Our Lady of Mercy Middle School

  • Has performed music across the North East from1999 - 2018

  • Owns and operates The Redding Music School


Jeff Takemoto

(piano, keyboard)

  • San Francisco Academy of Art University 2003 - 2008

  • BFA computer illustration/animation

  • Playing classical piano repertoire since 1992, taught by Conica Patnaik

  • Composing and Arranging original music since 1995

Jocelyn C. Olson

(voice, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, trumpet, french horn, trombone, music theory)

  • Southern Oregon University - BS Music Instruction - cum laude

  • Southern Oregon University - BS Music Business - cum laude

  • A Lyric Mezzo Soprano, Jocelyn has performed in James and the Giant Peach, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Tales of Hoffmann, and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

  • Has performed in 11 additional musical and opera productions with Shasta College, North Star Opera and Cascade Theater

  • A 7 year Member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

  • Has interned with the Britt Festivals and assisted with the development of Jazz education in the school programs

Virtual Lessons Only

Julian Dürr

(trumpet, french horn, piano, strings, music theory, composition)

  • 16 year-old composer and arranger

  • Professionally trained as a Concert Pianist

  • Member of the CVHS band, Orchestra and Choir

  • Member of the Shasta College Concert Orchestra, Shasta College Symphonic Band and the Shasta College Concert Choir

  • Has passed the 2 year theory exam at Shasta College as a High School student.

  • Attends CVHS and Shasta College

Tyler Mansfield

(guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, music theory)

  •  Studied music theory and jazz performance at Shasta College

  • Studied jazz performance at Chico State University (CSUC)

  • University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

  • BS Chemistry

  • Taught guitar at local retail music store Music Max

  • Locally performs jazz and funk

Jesse Ajamain

(drums, percussion, beginning piano)

  • Jesse has been playing drum set for 23 years

  • AA Music - Pasadena City College - 2011-2014

  • BM Jazz Studies - Cal State University, Northridge - 2014-2016 - magna cum laude

  • Has experience playing in jazz big bands, jazz combos, and pit orchestras in Los Angeles

  • Has played all over the West Coast by 2018

  • 2012 Rose Parade - Pasadena City College Honor Band

  • Has been teaching music since 2010, including music classes for non-English speakers and people with disabilities

Kristine Bover

(jazz and contemporary voice)

  • Florida International University - BM

  • Jazz Performance - Magna Cum Laude

  • Classical training for 4 years, Musical theatre training for 5 years, Jazz Instruction for 6 years, and Contemporary Coaching for 4 years 

  • 5 years of experience with teaching private voice lessons with people of all ages

  • Experience playing with Jazz Big Bands, Jazz Combos, Jazz Vocal Groups (Downbeat award winner) and Contemporary Bands in Miami, Florida 

  • Some of Kristine's performance highlights include South Beach Jazz Festival, WDNA 88.9FM Radio Shows, Miami Beach Jazz Festival, South Dade Cultural Arts Center, and Various Performances with the Miami Jazz Cooperative 

Amy Chalfant

(piano and voice)

  • BA in Music Education, Humboldt State University, 2010

  • Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music, HSU, 2011

  • 9 years experience teaching music in public school grades K-12; general music, orchestra, choir, and advanced music theory.

  • 10 years experience teaching private piano and private voice lessons

  • 15 years experience teaching youth musical theater classes 

  • 15 years experience as a piano accompanist for choirs, community theater auditions, musical theater rehearsals, and various children’s music classes and performances.