Idona Cabrinha, Cuesta College Piano instructorIdona Cabrinha

Class Piano 

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. Idona_Cabrinha@cuesta.edu

Tom Davies, Cuesta Master Chorale DirectorTom Davies

San Luis Obispo Master Chorale Director

Dr. Davies has conducted the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale (formerly known as 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. Thomas_Davies@cuesta.edu

Image of India D'AvignonIndia D'Avignon
Class Piano

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. India_D'Avignon@cuesta.edu

Marcy Irving, Music AppreciationMarcy Irving
Music Appreciation

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. mirving@cuesta.edu

Dylan Johnson ImageDylan Johnson
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. Dylan_Johnson@cuesta.edu

Inga SwearingenInga Swearingen
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. Inga_Swearingen@cuesta.edu


Cassandra Tarantino, North County Choir DirectorCassandra Tarantino
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. Ctaranti@cuesta.edu

Michael WalkerMichael Walker
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. Michael_Walker@cuesta.edu