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.

Barbara "Bea" Anderson, Division AssistantBea Anderson
Fine and Performing Arts Support Coordinator
Bea Anderson has been on the staff since 1986 and coordinated eight of the 14 international jazz festival tours Cuesta has attended. She has been a integral part of the organizational and administration of the famed Vocal Jazz Workshop and the Cuesta College Annual Jazz Ensemble Festival. In 1999, she was awarded the prestigious Service Excellence Award  and in 2006 she was awarded the Outstanding Classified Employee-Of-The-Year award from Cuesta College.

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 education for 24 years. He is Director of Audio Technology and teaches Music Theory and Composition at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA. In 2005 he was given the Cuesta College Outstanding Academic Employee and Teacher of the Year award.

His 20-year career as a festival adjudicator and clinician has included the CMEA, CBDA, SCSBOA organizations and countless jazz festivals throughout the country.

George has been guest composer/conductor for all levels of jazz honor bands and as a composer he has been commissioned to write for many nationally recognized high school and college programs. His compositions and arrangements are published worldwide.

Prior to education, George worked as a musician and composer for live shows and television and has composed for CBS, NBC, HBO, The Tonight Show and Disney. He is an in-demand recording engineer and producer who also performs regularly on trumpet and piano. His latest recording entitled THE REAL DEAL and newly published charts can be found at

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 in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is also a member of the professional vocal jazz ensemble Vocalogy, formed by Phil Mattson in 1998. John directed the California All-State Vocal Jazz Choir in 2006, and in May 2009 John was named Cuesta College’s Teacher of the Year. Under his direction, Cuesta Voce has performed at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the International Association for Jazz Education Convention. The Cuesta Chamber Singers have received 2nd place in both the California International Choral Competition and the Vokal Total Competition in Graz, Austria.John holds a Masters in Conducting degree from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota.

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.

bree valle - Artistic Director of Drama Programbree valle
Artistic Director of Drama Program
bree valle studied at University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, and Lakehead University. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance (Solo Performance, Acting, and Directing) from Arizona State University where she studied directing from five-time Tony nominated Marshall W. Mason. She studied acting with Scott Swan, the founding Artistic Director of Suomac Studios in Vancouver and voice with Richard Armstrong of the Roy Hart Institute in France and David Smuckler at York University.

She was the founding Artistic Director of Oceanquest Studios in Phoenix and the Artistic Director of the Canadian comedy improvisation troupe Who Cares. She is the co-artistic director and co-founder of Blu Canyon Studios. bree valle has acted and directed locally, nationally, and abroad.