Fun Workshops and Performance!
Grammy Award Winning Teachers! Teambuilding and Summer Play!
Concerts Every Night!
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Meet & Greet Reception
Student + 1 Adult including in Camp Fee
$45 per extra individual
2019 Yamaha Music School Highlights Concert Performances by Camp Faculty & Student Teams
Grammy Museum Private Backstage Tour
Student Included in Camp Fee
$50 per extra individual
Student + 1 Adult Included in Camp Fee
$45 per extra individual
Check out past performances!
Adrian Galysh is a professional musician, who has been recording, performing, and teaching music for over twenty years. A regular lesson columnist for Guitar World Magazine, author of the book, "Progressive Warmups and Exercises for Guitar", Adrian has been a key developer for lesson curriculums for major music chains and Yamaha's Popular Music Class. Adrian Galysh has 6 solo albums, and has been featured in international publications such as Guitar Player, Guitar World, Acoustic Guitar, Modern drummer, Blues Matters, Fireworks (UK), Todo Guitarra & Bajo (Argentina) and Powerplay (UK) magazines.
John Girvin, Institute Faculty, has been a Music Education Specialist for Yamaha Corporation of America since 1998. As a recording artist, Dr. Girvin released an album in 2012 featuring his performance of classical repertoire on the pipe organ called "Dances and Dialogs". In addition, he has played on soundtracks for industrial videos for AT & T and CBS. Dr. Girvin's most recent commission has been from the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, with his newest compositions being performed at the reopening of the Cathedral Basilica in Paterson , NJ. Dr. Girvin has received degrees from Montclair University, New York University, and University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. Currently, he teaches Middle School Band, Upper School Percussion Ensemble, and leads the MBS Jazz Ensemble at Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey.
Vanja Gjumar Nikolovski graduated with degrees in conducting and composition from the Saints Cyril and Methods University of Skopje Faculty of Music, Macedonia. He specialized in orchestral and symphonic conducting at the Rimski-Korsakov State Conservatory. He earned his Doctorate of Music Arts in 2018. Maestro Nikolovski was the principal conductor of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macedonian Radio Choir, and also conducted in cities around the world. He has won numerous prizes for his compositions including his symphonic composition, "Kartchner Caverns agic." His works have been performed frequently throughout Europe and the United States. Vanja and his family currently live in Arizona where he works as a Yamaha Certified Instructor at East Valley Yamaha Music.
MB Gordy is a Los Angeles based musician and producer. Over the last three decades he has worked in a wide variety of roles as performer, composer, and recording musician. He earned his Master's Degree in Music from California Institute of the Arts with extensive study in ethnic percussion. MB has recorded on hundreds of film and television scores including Agent Carter, Despicable Me, Fantastic Four film series, Frozen, Game of Thrones, Spiderman, Terminator, Transformer, and X Men series. Throughout the years MC has shared his passion for percussion by teaching at the collegiate level and working with the Yamaha Music Education Division as a clinician and consultant for the next generation of music makers.
Most recently, his group, opium Moon, was awarded the Best New Age Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Native of Los Angeles, Laurie Kono Merchant began her music education with the Yamaha Music Education System. There, she studied not only piano performance, but improvisation and composition as well. She is a winner of multiple international competitions, and has given concerts throughout the US and abroad including Japan, Italy, France, Spain, and Russia. From 2004 2017, Laurie was based in New York City and she made her solo piano recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Her students have been accepted to the Juilliard School, manhattan School of Music, and Special Music School at Kauffman Center. Laurie returned to Los Angeles in 2017 and is currently teaching at the Torrance Yamaha Music School. She received her Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Southern California and masters of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Dr. Konstantin Sirounian, Marc SIlverman and Daniel Pollack.
Pianist-composer Jeremy Siskind is "a genuine visionary" (Indianapolis Star) who "seems to defy all boundaries" (JazzInk) with music "rich in texture and nuance" (Downbeat). He was the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition and 2nd place finisher in the Montreux International Jazz Piano Competition. As an educator, Siskind started teaching at the collegiate level at age 19, earning his first tenure-track job at Western Michigan University at age 25. An in-demand clinician, Siskind has written 11 publications with Hal Leonard, including the landmark instructional books Jazz Band Pianist and First Lessons in Paino Improv. He currently teaches at California's Fullerton College, chairs National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy's "Creativity Track" Committee and spreads peace through music in places like Lebanon, Tunisia, and Thailand with the non-profit organization, Jazz Education Abroad.
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