Phil O'Connor
InstrumentalArts: Clarinet

Phil O'Connor, has enjoyed a successful career performing in a wide array of musical environments. As a recording musician, his work is heard throughout all forms of major media. He has an extensive and eclectic place among his peers involved in the recorded arts. Phil has performed more than... Continue reading »

Darek Oles
Jazz: Bass

Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz was born on February 20, 1963 in Wroclaw, Poland. At the age of five Darek began his music education at the State Music School in Wroclaw. Piano was his first instrument, but later he played guitar, electric bass and finally at eighteen years old, he switched to... Continue reading »

Jacob Penn
Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design (MTIID)

Jacob Penn is an American electronic musician and creative technologist. Focused on the intersection of art, technology, & engaging experience, his work takes on many forms including electronic music composition, custom A/V software, and interactive art experiences. In addition to... Continue reading »

Michael Pisaro
Composition and Experimental Sound Practices
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Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, and a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. He has composed over 80 works for a great variety of instrumental combinations, including several pieces for variable instrumentation. A particularly large category of... Continue reading »

Kathy Pisaro
Music History and Literature

Dr. Kathryn Pisaro is active as an oboist and a music historian.  A recipient of a B.M. in oboe performance from DePaul University and a performance certificate from California Institute of the Arts, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ray... Continue reading »

Erin Poulin
Budget Analyst/Accounting Specialist
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As the Budget Analyst/Accounting Specialist for The Herb Alpert School of Music and The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, Erin Poulin is responsible for accounting functions and budget control for reporting purposes as they relate to the School of Music and School of Dance accounts... Continue reading »

Houman Pourmehdi
World Music Performance: Persian Music, World Percussion

Houman Pourmehdi is a master percussionist, well known for his diverse abilities as a musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, performing and recording in numerous ensembles and at a variety of venues. He was introduced to Persian music by his father, and received his first Tonbak at the... Continue reading »

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