Idona Cabrinha earned her B.A., from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; M.M., (Piano Performance and Pedagogy), Northwestern University; additional studies: Westminister Choir Conservatory of Music, Vallejo Conservatory of Music: Student of Sylvia Wang, William Spiller; masterclasses with David Buechner, Peter Takacs; pedagogy studies with Francis Larimer; Suzuki pedagogy studies, early childhood educator; extensive experience as pianist and accompanist in West Coast and Chicago areas; former adjudicator in Chicago area; awards and honors: Dorothy L. Pound Award, Northwestern University School of Music Grant, First Place Winner Allied Arts Competition; former Performance Syllabus Chair North Shore Music Teacher's Association; former faculty member: Northwestern University Academy; former lecturer, Class Piano, DePaul University School of Music.
Cuesta Master Chorale Director
Dr. Davies has conducted the Cuesta Master Chorale for more than 20 years. In addition to being a part-time instructor at Cuesta College, he is also the Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies at Cal Poly State University, Choral Conductor for the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and Associate Director of the Oregon Bach Festival Conducting Masterclass. He serves as the California representative to the National Collegiate Choral Association.
India D'Avignon has a B.M. in Music Education from Wittenberg University and an M.M. in
Piano Pedagogy/Choral Conducting from Ohio State University. She is also and Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she teaches class piano and general studies in Music. She is on the boards of the Music Teachers National Association and the Padereweski Festival. She has performed throughout the United States and abroad accompanying on the piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, and harp.
Marcy Irving comes to the Central Coast from Reno, Nevada, where she directed the College Singers and taught Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music and Private Voice at Truckee Meadows Community College. Marcy has an M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a B.M. in vocal performance from California State University, Northridge. She spent many years singing professionally in the L.A. area including seven seasons with the Gilbert and Sullivan Company, Opera a la Carte. Marcy is a member of the Cuesta Master Chorale, and has also sung with the Pacific Repertory Opera. She is thrilled to be teaching Music Appreciation for Cuesta College at both the San Luis and North County Campuses.
Music Appreciation, Guitar
Bassist Dylan Johnson holds a master’s degree from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and completed his undergraduate work at Berklee College of Music. He performs regularly with Inga Swearingen, Charlie Shoemake, and often accompanies touring jazz artists. He returned to the Central Coast of California after spending years in NYC, playing with jazz luminaries John Abercrombie, Adam Nussbaum, Shunzo Ono, Ray Vega, and others.
Dr. Jumi Kim teaches at Cuesta College as a voice instructor. She received her doctoral degree from Ball State University, master’s degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Kim has taught voice for several years at both Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion and IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). She was named New Artist of the Year by Cho-Sun Newspaper in Korea and is a past winner of the Graduate Concerto Competition at Ball State. She placed 2nd at the 2009 Regional NATS Competition and was selected for the Intermezzo Opera Young Artist’s Program in 2007.
David Rackley received his bachelor of music and master of arts degrees in theory and composition from San Francisco State University, where he studied conducting with Lazlo Varga and composition with Luigi Zaninelli, Roger Nixon, Peter Sacco, Carl Sitton, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wayne Peterson.David entered the United States Air Force Bands and Music Program where he was appointed commander and conductor of Air Force Bands.
A published composer, Rackley has scored video and film productions for the Jones
Entertainment Group, Library of Congress, UCLA, Allan Hancock College, Cal Poly State
University, and the Department of Defense. He has composed production music for CNN,
NBC, CBS, ABC, The Learning Channel, A&E, and the Discovery Channel.
Music Appreciation, Musicianship
Inga Swearingen received her bachelor of music degree from California State Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and her masgters in choral conducting from Florida State University. Ms. Swearingen has performed over a dozen times on Garrison Keillor's renowned radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion", won first place and audience award at the Montreux Jazz Festival Shure Vocal Competition, and has been a featured soloist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She also teaches voice and improvisation privately.
North County Choir Director
Cassandra Tarantino has her Bachelor's degrees in Church Music emphasizing Choral Conducting and Performance Flute, and English Literature. Ms. Tarantino has participated in prestigious music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire, the Aberystwyth Music Festival in Wales, and the Morges Chamber Music Festival in Switzerland. She also took a six-month sabbatical in Northern Ireland to study music and the Irish-Celtic language.
Cassandra received her Master's of Music Degree in Flute Performance from California State University, Northridge. Shortly after moving to San Luis Obispo in 2003, Ms. Tarantino formed an Early Music ensemble with Guitarist James Edwards called the Lark Consort, which focuses primarily on Renaissance and Baroque music for lute, Period Guitars, recorder, transverse flute and continuo. She has also co-founded a new chamber music series in San Luis Obispo called Second Sundays at St. Stephens. Folk music and dance are a passion for Ms. Tarantino, and she can be found playing and dancing traditional Irish, English Country and Contra Dance music.
Music Theory, Class Piano
Michael Walker is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Cuesta College. A former Cuesta College student, he received his B.A. in Piano Performance at Humboldt State University and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of Oregon. His compositions include several works for solo piano, including 15 Two-Part Inventions and various orchestral and chamber works.