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Patrick Aranda

Patrick Aranda

Professor Aranda has been teaching at Chaffey College for 18 years. A professional musician by age 13, he received his B.A in Music from Cal State L.A, and his Masters in Music, Trombone Performance from Cal State Fullerton. As a professional musician on many instruments, including piano, trombone, tuba, cornet, ukulele, (among others) he has performed at Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, and the Queen Mary. He has played with numerous jazz groups, orchestras, and musical theatre shows. As a Music Director, conductor and pianist he has been with The Downey Civic Light Opera, Covina Valley Playhouse, Riverside Civic Light Opera, and other local community theatre productions. While doing his undergraduate work at Cal State LA he received scholarship awards from the National Association of Jazz Educators.
He has taught music at all levels, including directing High School Instrumental Music Programs, High School Choir, and serving as pianist for many years as choral accompanist.

He continues an active performing schedule alongside his work at Chaffey College. His jazz group plays many times a month at various jazz clubs and private events around California and Las Vegas. He has had appearances at many jazz festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Montreaux Jazz Festival, Portland Oregon Jazz Festival, Sacramento West Coast Ragtime Festival, San Diego Jazz Festival, and The Sweet and Hot Labor Day Jazz Festival. He is also a jazz composer and arranger, many of his arrangements having been played by the Chaffey College Jazz Ensemble and other local jazz bands.

Professor Aranda loves teaching at Chaffey College, where besides directing the Community Concert Band and Chaffey College Jazz Ensemble, he teaches courses in Music Theory, Musicianship, Music Appreciation, Applied Music, and Jazz History.

David Rentz

David Rentz
Associate Professor

David Rentz heads the choral and vocal music programs and teaches music theory at Chaffey College. He also taught and conducted choral ensembles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University, and, most recently, Pomona and Scripps Colleges. He is the artistic director of the Orchestra Collective of Orange County, choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside, and co-conductor of C3LA (Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles). He also served as music director of the Orange County Symphony from 2011 to 2016. From 2005 to 2010, he lived in New York City, where he served as choral director at The Brearley School, a K-12 girls preparatory school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and was a principal conductor and co-founder of C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a collectively-run ensemble devoted to performing works written in the last twenty-five years.

Dr. Rentz received his B.Mus. summa cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Mylonas Scholar in the Humanities, earned his M.M at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his M.M.A. and D.M.A. from the Yale University School of Music, where he was director of the University Chapel Choir and a member of the internationally-renowned Yale Schola Cantorum. He has received fellowships and grants from the Yale alumniVentures program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was part of the 2011 Oregon Bach Festival Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting. In 2015, he was named guest professor at Xiamen University (China) and recently served as lead adjudicator in the Lansum International Choir Competition


Andrew Schnurr
Associate Professor

Andrew Schnurr joined Chaffey College in fall 2015 as an Associate Professor of Music and Commercial Music. As a composer, producer, sound designer, and performer, Andrew has extensive professional experience in both commercial and creative music fields with an international portfolio of performances and clients for film, TV, web, and other digital media.

Schnurr's commercial music and sound design clients include Google, Sony Ericsson, Dodge, Yamaha Music Corporation, Wieden + Kennedy, Nike, Hyundai, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Entertainment, Live Earth, and Much Music USA. His concert works have been performed at various international festivals, along with film and sound design work featured in galleries and at festivals in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Columbia, El Salvador, India and the U.S. Projects have included performances at the Ford Amphitheater and Harris Hall with artists from the Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, St. Louis Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

An experienced educator, Andrew has served on faculty at El Camino College teaching Electronic Music and Music Production, at UCLA in the Department of Design Media Arts developing and teaching curriculum in Sound and Sonic-Visual Aesthetics, and in the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA authoring and teaching classes in Electronic Music and Sonic Arts. Schnurr holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Double Bass Performance from the Thornton School of Music at USC, along with Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in composition from UCLA where he was a distinguished doctoral fellow.


Ariel Pisturino

Ariel Pisturino
Adjunct Instructor

Ariel Pisturino has been hailed as "simply exquisite," possessing a "creamy legato" (Fanfare  Magazine), being "gifted with a big but clear voice," and declared "an impressive young talent" (The Los Angeles Times). She holds a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, a Bachelors degree in Music from Northern Arizona University, and is an Opera Works alumna.

She made her professional debut with Long Beach Opera as Nancy T'ang in Adam's Nixon in China. She has also performed roles such as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Micaela in Carmen, Lola in Gallantry, Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge, Susanna in E. Wolf-Ferrari's Il Segreto di Susanna, First Witch in Macbeth, First Handmaiden in Medea, Tamara in The Demon, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Jenny in Three Sisters who are not Sisters, Laurie in Home is a Harbor, Alice in Sunday Excursion, Woman in The Last Silent Voice, Rossina Brandram in Hail, poetry, and covered Miss Jessel in Britten's The Turn of the Screw.

Ms. Pisturino regularly collaborates with composers in the Southern California area. In 2015, she recorded Home is a Harbor, a world premiere opera by Mark Abel and produced with Delos Records released in March 2016. Ms. Pisturino is a featured soloist on the album Terrain of the Heart, singing "5 Rilke Songs" by Mark Abel, produced by Delos Records, available on iTunes and Amazon. She has performed in three world premieres including Home is a Harbor by Mark Abel, The Last Silent Voice by George N. Gianopoulos, and The Master and Margarita by Gamma Skupinsky. She recently performed m The Industry's critically-acclaimed production of HOPSCOTCH, deemed a "mobile opera" by the Los Angeles and New York Times.

Ms. Pisturino is a co-founder of Chamber Opera Players of LA, a chamber opera troupe dedicated to performing rare or unknown works, as well as being a co-founder of unSUNg, a new music summer concert series, in collaboration with Lauri's List.

Upcoming engagements include covering the role of Frasquita at Opera Santa Barbara and singing with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus for their 2017 production of Tosca.

Matthew Lake
Matthew Lake
Adjunct Instructor

Matt Lake is a Los Angeles based guitarist and educator who holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from USC. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor’s Society and the Golden Key International Honor’s Society. Matt is proudly a part of the music faculty at Chaffey College and Glendale Community College. He also keeps a busy roster of private guitar students.

Noteworthy performance experience includes: several U.S. and one European tour. He has performed at such venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Harris Center for the Arts (Folsom), the Bluebird (Denver), and the Fillmore (San Francisco). Matt has shared the bill with a diverse group of artists, from: Iggy Pop, to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, to jazz/blues great, Little Jimmy Scott.

Currently he plays in several groups and leads his own combo. His debut album ‘Midlife Crisis’ is out and available. It features all original compositions and arrangements, highlighting his guitar playing in several styles. It is available via cdbaby, iTunes, and Spotify.

Minji Noh Lee
Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Minji Noh began her piano career at age nine as a soloist with the Baroque Symphony in South Korea and subsequently appeared with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, State Academic Orchestra of Ukraine, Orange County Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, and Bellflower Symphony.  A strong believer in collaboration in music, she is a founding member of Trio Alectrona and Duo Art. Her playing has been broadcasted on South Korea’s KBS, Irvine Public Television, and Wellesley Public Television, and has been heard on radio stations such as KUSC FM 91.5 and GBC 1190 AM of Los Angeles.

An active advocate for music education, Dr. Noh serves on the boards of non-profit organizations such as MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California) and CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers). She is currently the State Chair for MTAC’s Friends of Today’s Music, a program that annually commissions new compositions for pre-college musicians from prominent American composers. At CAPMT, she serves as the State Vice President of Non-Competitive Student Programs overseeing the State’s Piano Auditions, Ensemble Auditions and Student Evaluations.

Dr. Noh received degrees in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory and University of Southern California. She resides in Southern California where she serves as a faculty member at the Chaffey College and the Irvine Valley College. During summers, she teaches at Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival and Casa Romantica Music Academy and Festival. Her principal teachers include Ick-Choo Moon, Haeyoung Moon, Antoinette Perry, Angela Cheng, Patricia Zander, Stephen Drury and Norman Krieger.

Ana Maldonado
Adjunct Instructor

Ana Maria Maldonado received her Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Gabor Rejto. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Texas Tech University. Ana Maria was awarded a J. D Rockefeller Fellowship to promote Western Classical Music in Bangkok, Thailand where she played in the Kennedy String Quartet. The Kennedy String Quartet traveled throughout Asia concertizing under the auspices of the United States Information Service. These concerts included playing in Vietnam, Laos and Nepal. Part of the fellowship included teaching Thai children at the Royal Music Academy in Bangkok and playing with the Pro Musica Orchestra, which was sponsored by the Goethe Institut. After leaving Thailand, she auditioned and won a cello position in the Heidleberg Stadtisches Opera Orchester in Heidelberg, Germany. While in Germany, she taught cello to private students at the Wiesloch Musik Schule. Currently, Ana Maria teaches at Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino, Chaffey College, Cal Baptist University, Riverside Community College and at the Claremont Community School of Music. She also has a private studio. She is principal cellist with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and is also a free-lance musician.

David Rentz

Stephen Rudd
Adjunct Instructor

Professor Rudd earned his Ph.D in Musicology, and his Master of Arts in music from Claremont Graduate University. He earned his Bachelor's degree in music education from Vanguard University and his Associates degree in music from College of the Sequoias.

As a Musicologist, Professor Rudd's area of expertise is in Music Education of Medieval Universities, and its role in the quadrivial art. He is a published author and presenter at local and national conferences. He has published curriculum and materials for the National Association for Music Education. He has also served as an editor of curriculum featured in Vh1's Cable in the Classroom and a National Public Radio broadcast featuring young musicians from throughout the United States.

As a music educator, Professor Rudd is a 33 year veteran of teaching music, having taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. He has served as a music consultant for the Central School District in Rancho Cucamonga, and he is in demand as a guest conductor of honor groups throughout California. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Stanislaus County Youth Symphony.

Prior to teaching for Chaffey College, Professor Rudd was an adjunct professor of music education at Vanguard University. Currently, he teaches Music Appreciation here at Chaffey College. He also teaches courses for the Multiple Intelligence Certificate Program at UC Riverside's Education Extension and instrumental music for the Upland Unified School District.


Al Yankee
Adjunct Instructor

Al Yankee is an accomplished composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, who organized his first rock band, in McMinnville, Oregon at age 14. In his 20s he toured for three years with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, followed by a year traveling with Harry Blackstone's Magic Show. Yankee then spent sixteen years with the US Air Force as a staff composer, First Sergeant, and director of the "Jazz West" big band. Memorable performances from that time include the 50th anniversary of Mt. Rushmore with President George H W Bush, and the state funeral of President Richard M. Nixon. His "Stealth Fanfare" composition garnered the attention of the international press when it was broadcast worldwide on CNN. Since leaving the Air Force, Al's entertainment production company, Legacy Artists, has kept him busy, conducting productions of The Who's Tommy and Man of La Mancha, and working with such diverse acts as Barry Manilow, Ray Charles, Roger Daltrey, Harry Connick, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Peter Cetera, and Bernadette Peters. He was honored with a room being named after him and decorated with his picture and life story at the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville in 2002. In 2007, Al was chosen to write incidental music to accompany "The Beat's Trip" an original play based on the life of Allen Ginsberg, produced by the Yale Cabaret Hollywood. His music has also been commissioned by the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and published by Warner Brothers. He has created several jazz recordings, as well as two albums featuring his original inspirational music. Al holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California at Riverside, and a master's degree in music composition from the University of Redlands, where he worked closely with avant-garde composer Barney Childs. Al is currently a director of the Los Angeles Orchestra Leaders Association, and is a life member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


Chris Hornung
Adjunct Instructor

Chris Hornung began studying double bass at the age of 12.  He is the principal double bass of the Dana Point Symphony and Orchestra Collective of Orange County and has performed with the Lansing, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Battle Creek and West Michigan Symphonies, Opera Tampa, and the California Chamber Orchestra.  He has been featured as a soloist with the Orange County Symphony and is active as a recitalist.

Chris has taught at Dana Hills, Troy, El Toro, San Juan Hills, and Santa Margarita Catholic High Schools, and Sheridan College.  In the summers he is on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan where he teaches double bass and music history in addition to performing as principal double bass of the Festival Orchestra.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and his Master of Music degree from Michigan State University.

D.J. Alverson
Adjunct Instructor


Rev. 10/3/16

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