Jill Anderson, Applied Voice instructorJill Anderson
Jill Anderson holds a B.A. degree in Music/Voice from Pomona College, an M. M. degree in Opera from the University of Southern California, and a D.M.A. degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Most recently, Dr. Anderson has been a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Canzona Women’s Ensemble, a 22-voice choral group.

David Becker, Applied Woodwins Instructor

David Becker
Applied Woodwinds Instructor
David Becker has been the saxophone instructor at Cuesta College since 2001. He received his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Florida in 1988. David spent several years performing around the world as band leader and sideman for many luxury cruise lines in addition to performing in many ensembles at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. He has performed with The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Smokey Robinson, Sam Rivers, and Marvin Hamlisch among others. His students have successfully transferred to Eastman School of Music, Cal State Northridge, University of Oregon, and University of Nevada-Reno.

Idona Cabrinha, Piano instructorIdona Cabrinha
Class Piano
Idona Cabrinha has a B.A., 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.

Ken Hustad, Cello and Bass InstuctorKen Hustad
Cello and Bass
Bassist/cellist Ken Hustad of Morro Bay is a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and Mozart Festival Orchestra in addition to playing with the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Symphonies, the Cuesta Master Chorale, Pacific Repertory Opera, the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Cal Poly Baroque Orchestra, and in the Tolosa Strings quintet. He is a string coach for the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony and bass and cello instructor at Cuesta College and Cal Poly. An active jazz musician, Ken plays with the Royal Garden Swing Orchestra, Cuesta’s Monday Night Big Band, San Luis Jazz Band and the Central Coast Jazz Quartet as well as the Cuesta Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

Jumi Kim, Cuesta College voice instructorJumi Kim
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. 

John Knutson - Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Vocal Technique, Jazz Vocal ImprovisationJohn Knutson
Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Vocal Technique, Jazz Vocal Improvisation
John Knutson is Director of Choral Studies at Cuesta College, and interim director of vocal jazz at Cal Poly. He is also a member of the professional vocal jazz ensemble Vocalogy, formed by Phil Mattson in 1998. Before moving to California, John taught at Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon, and at Southwestern Community College in Iowa. While at Southwestern, he performed all over the US and Europe with the award-winning vocal jazz group VoicesIowa. 

Jennifer Martin, Performing Arts Division Chair, Interim Coordinator of the CPACJennifer Martin
Performing Arts Division Chair, Interim Coordinator of the CPAC
Jennifer Martin joined the Music Faculty at Cuesta College in the summer of 2004 as the conductor of the Cuesta Wind Ensemble. In addition to her conducting duties, she coordinates the department's Applied Music program, and teaches Class Guitar. In 2008, she was selected to be the Performing Arts Division Chair, and was appointed to the post of Interim Coordinator of Cuesta’s new Cultural and Performing Arts Center in 2009. She became a staff conductor for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra in 2010.

Previous to her appointment at Cuesta, she was the Music Department Chair and conductor of the Reno Winds and the Truckee Meadows Community Orchestra at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV, where she was the founding faculty of the Music Department.

Ron McCarley - Cuesta Jazz Ensemble, Evening Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Jazz Improvisation, Music TheoryRon McCarley
Cuesta Jazz Ensemble, Evening Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory
Ron McCarley, Director of Jazz Studies is a graduate of CalArts and Westmont College. Before teaching at Cuesta, Ron was directing professional and collegiate big bands and small groups in the Santa Barbara area. He has had many students go on to successful music careers and many years of experience in jazz performance and education. As a performer, he doubles on all saxophones, flute and other woodwinds and plays a wide variety of music locally and throughout Southern California. When he is not playing music or teaching, he spends his time with his wife, Laura, and their two children.

Jeff Miley, Applied Guitar InstructorJeff Miley
Applied Guitar Instructor
Jeff Miley received his B.M. in classical guitar performance from California State University Northridge in 1988. While immersed in his music studies there, he became a member of the Sun Guitar Quartet, whose hours of dedication to their craft culminated in their being named winners of the Andres Segovia Performance Award. They also traveled to Japan to perform at the Tokyo International Chamber Music Festival in 1989. They were the first guitar ensemble ever to have been invited to this prestigious festival. In addition to his classical studies, Jeff studied jazz arranging and jazz improvisation with Ladd McIntosh, and performed in the jazz ensembles under the direction of Gary Pratt and Ladd McIntosh. Since graduating, Jeff has spent his time working on his original music projects, and working as a sideman on numerous recording sessions, concerts, and club dates. Back in 1995, right as his first album was being released, he became the recipient of the Spotlight Award from Guitar Player Magazine. Since that time, Jeff has been intimately involved in the release of four original albums, with more on the way. His guitar playing continues to take him across the U.S. and to Europe to perform.

George Stone - Recording Arts, Music Theory, Jazz Arranging and Composition, Jazz Piano, Jazz TrumpetGeorge Stone
Recording Arts, Music Theory, Jazz Arranging and Composition, Jazz Piano, Jazz Trumpet
George Stone has enjoyed a rewarding career in music performance, composition and music education for over 25 years. He currently directs the popular Audio Technology Program and teaches Music Theory and Composition at Cuesta College.

Darrell Voss, Applies Percussion InstructorDarrell Voss
Applied Percussion Instructor
Educator/Performer Darrell Voss has taught applied percussion for Cuesta College since 2000. Practically a San Luis Obispo native, Darrell was raised in a musical family and has played drums since the age of 3. After graduating from San Luis Obispo High School in 1983, he pursued a career as a drummer and percussion instructor. Cuesta College was an important training ground for his music studies; he obtained an AA degree in 1989. As a member of the Charter Class of Music graduates in 1994, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Aaron Wolf
Saxophonist Aaron Wolf teaches Jazz History and Applied Music at Cuesta College, and led the Cuesta Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos during Ron McCarley’s sabbatical in Fall ‘11.  Aaron holds degrees in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music (B.M ), and the University of Nevada, Reno (M.M), in which time he studied and performed with such renowned artists as Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Bill Pierce, George Garzone, Joanne Brackeen, Tiger Okoshi, Dave Samuels, David Ake, James Winn, and Peter Epstein.  These extraordinary mentors contributed to Aaron’s unique artistic and pedagogical approaches.  In addition to performances with the esteemed Cuesta Jazz Faculty, Aaron has also worked with such notable jazz-artists as Darek Oles, Jason Harnell, Ryan McGillicuddy, and Matt Slocum, and he has performed and recorded with pop artists such as David Berkeley, Common Rotation, and Jason Crosby.  His co-led quartet, The Jimdangles, features original and collaborative compositions with fellow saxophonist Paul Roth, bassist Sam Minaie, and drummer Caleb Dolister - the group has received praise from audiences and critics alike for their original and dynamic style.