President's Honor Recital

Winners of the School of Music auditions will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the prestigious President's Honor Recital at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel. There is no charge and the public is invited.

Since 1983, the President’s Honor Recital has provided a public showcase for outstanding performers in the University's School of Music. About 50 undergraduate and graduate students performed in a preliminary round of auditions in December. Of those, 14 advanced to the finals round which took place on Jan. 18. All University students taking lessons on an instrument or voice with a School of Music faculty member are eligible to enter the annual competition.

Following the recital on March 11, members of the audience will have a chance to greet the young artists at a reception to be held in the Chapel foyer.

For more information, please contact the School of Music at 909-748-8700.


Flutist VICTORIA JONES is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a double major in both Music Performance and Music Education. Before coming to the University of Redlands, Victoria was an active performer in both her high school music program and in her community, holding the piccolo position in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2006-2008 and piccolo/second flute in the Saddleback Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2008. In the summer of 2007, Victoria received a scholarship to attend the Music For All Summer Symposium in Illinois, where she was principal flute. Throughout her four years at the University, Victoria has played both principal flute and piccolo with the University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She has also been a member of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2009. In January of 2010, Victoria was invited to perform the Vivaldi “Goldfinch” Concerto and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Irvine Young Junior Artists. Victoria has also previously performed on the President’s Honor Recital in the spring of 2010. She will be a featured performer in the Redlands Chamber Music Series on March 18, 2012. Before beginning her study with Sara Andon, artist professor of flute, Victoria had the privilege of studying under Florence Estrin and Mary Bestgen. Throughout her studies, she has also participated in master classes with Jim Walker, Walfrid Kujala, Tracy Harris, Thomas Robertello, and Paul Edmund-Davies. In addition to being an active performer, Victoria has been an assistant Elementary music teacher for the Redlands School District since 2010, as well as maintaining a private flute studio.

Pianist MICHAEL MALAKOUTI is a junior in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Redlands studying Piano Performance with Professor Louanne Long. Michael took an interest in piano at a young age, however it was not until he enrolled at Riverside Community College that he began a more serious approach to the instrument. Michael has had the opportunity to participate in master classes with many great artists, including Eduardo Delgado, Krystian Tkaczewski, and Daniel Pollack. In the summer of 2009 he had the opportunity to study at the Dartington International Summer School with renowned pianist John Lill.

With a strong sense of community, Michael helped start an after-school music program at Mount Vernon Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA which offers free lessons to disadvantaged children. In 2008, he was recognized as the Student of Distinction in Piano at R.C.C., has been the three-time recipient of the Carroll L. and Rose T. Quin Piano Scholarship, and was a performer in R.C.C.’s President’s Honor Recital on two occasions. Michael performs with the University of Redlands Wind Ensemble.

Bassoon player KEVIN R. EBERLE is originally from Bloomington, CA, and has been an active freelance musician in the Inland Empire since 2004. After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, Kevin served as a public school music teacher from 2007-2011 in both California (2007-2008) and Arizona (2008-2011). As a teacher, Kevin had the unique opportunity to teach all grade levels and all idioms of music. Before moving to Arizona in 2008, Kevin served as the Principal Bassoon of the Inland Valley Symphony (2006-2008) and as the Principal Bassoon of the Inland Valley Opera Orchestra (2007-2008). In 2009, Kevin won the Principal position with a new orchestra in the Phoenix Metro area, the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra. Kevin remained principal with the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra until 2011, when he moved back to California to pursue a Master’s degree in Bassoon Performance studying with Artist Professor Dr. Carolyn Beck.

During his stay in Arizona, Kevin quickly became in demand as a soloist and collaborator. Frequently appearing with the wind quintet Siroccan Winds, Kevin performed for audiences at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Tempe Museum of History, and several intimate house recitals. Kevin has also given chamber music recitals at Arizona State University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Mesa Community College. It was also during his time in Arizona that Kevin commissioned the work "Four Atmospheres of Edgar Alan Poe" by English composer Jonathan Ellson.

As a Master’s candidate, Kevin serves as the principal bassoonist in the University Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble, as well as contrabassoonist for the Wind Ensemble. Kevin also serves on the faculty of the Community School of Music and the Arts (CSMA). In addition to these responsibilities, Kevin is part of a team that is planning the 2013 International Double Reed Conference to be held on the campus of the University of Redlands. Outside of the School of Music, Kevin is the Social Media Coordinator for the Redlands Symphony and is also a substitute musician with the Symphony.

Kevin has participated in master classes with Brian DeBoer, Dave Muller and Brian Petkovich. Prior to returning to Redlands, Kevin served on the faculty of the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop (Humboldt State University), as an artist-registrant at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), and as a participant in the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Festival.

Soprano DANIELLA MARTINEZ is originally from Corona, CA, and is currently a senior attending the University of Redlands where she is working on obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in music, as well as a teaching credential. Performing from a very young age, Daniella became heavily involved in the arts during her High School years where she participated not only in her schools advanced ensemble, Madrigals, but also her town’s local theatre group, Christian Arts and Theatre (C.A.T). Some of her favorite roles she has played include Laurie Cummings in "Oklahoma!," Hope Harcourt in "Anything Goes," and Miss Dorothy in "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Throughout her college years, Daniella has been given the opportunity to participate as a section leader and featured soloist in Redlands First Methodist Church, and Redlands First Presbyterian Church. Under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Tosh, Daniella finishes her final semester singing in a variety of campus gatherings and events.

Hornist LUKE HILLAND is in the third year of his performance degree at the University of Redlands and has been playing the horn since his junior year in high school. Born in Pasadena, Luke began his musical endeavors in the third grade when he was given a violin. This did not last long, however, when he was presented the opportunity to play trumpet. Luke did not take formal lessons until he arrived at La Salle High School (located in Pasadena) and began to study the horn in his third year. He grew tremendously as a musician his last two years of high school, playing in the school concert band as principal horn. While at La Salle, Luke was the recipient of the Joseph Antonisamy Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Music. At Festival, Luke was awarded the Chicago Windy City Classic Outstanding Band Soloist Award in 2008, the Maestro Award for the 2009 Anaheim Heritage Festival, as well as multiple Superior ratings for solos played in the SCSBOA Solo/Ensemble Festivals.

Luke arrived at the University of Redlands in 2009 and began music studies on the Horn with Artist Professor Laura Brenes. Past instructors include Annie Bosler of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and Brian Drake of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. At Redlands, Luke plays Principal Horn in the University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Eddie Smith and the University Orchestra under Co Nguyen. He also sings with the Chapel Singers, one of the student chamber choirs under Dr. Nicholle Andrews. Luke was a finalist for this year's School of Music Concerto Competition and serves as a substitute performer for the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, performing regularly with the Symphony since spring of 2011. Luke is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, a national fraternity of men who promote the advancement of music in America through service and volunteer work. Luke is currently the president of the Delta Pi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha at the University of Redlands.

Clarinetist CANDICE BROERSMA is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and has studied the clarinet privately for four years. For the first two she was under the tutelage of Redlands alumni and music educator Melanie Morley and is currently studying with Artist Professor Dr. Kathryn Nevin. Hailing from Yucaipa, CA, Candice participated in the local county, all-southern, and state high school honor groups. She is currently performing in the Wind Ensemble and various chamber ensembles. In addition, she competed in the University of Redlands Concerto competition her freshman year and was a finalist her sophomore year. Candice has performed throughout the 2011-2012 season with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.

Complementing her musical endeavors is an equal footing in the visual arts. Candice has wielded the pencil long before the clarinet and studied privately under artist Sharon Rachel for 7 years prior to her collegiate studies. Currently, Candice’s second major is studio art with an emphasis in painting. She works with a variety of mediums aside from paint—digital mediums, dry mediums, and sculptural mediums—and aspires to make a living as an illustrator and conceptual artist. Candice’s dual background has served to enrich her understanding of both the clarinet and visual mediums, which continues to create a cross-pollination of ideas and methods.

Saxophonist KELSEY BROERSMA is a Junior Saxophone Performance major who began her music career on the alto saxophone in the 5th grade. This decision led to her participation in middle school band and then high school where she held leadership positions in concert band and extra-curricular ensembles including marching band, jazz band, and saxophone quartet. In 2009 Kelsey was accepted into the All State Honor band, where she was performed in one of three different ensembles composed of high school students from California. She was introduced to the University of Redlands at an early age through the San Bernardino County Honor Band, where she was given the opportunity to perform on four occasions in the Memorial Chapel during her middle school and high school years. Currently, Kelsey is involved in the University of Redlands Wind Ensemble, Studio Big Band, Jazz combo, and saxophone quartet. For the past two years, Kelsey has performed in the School of Music Concerto competition and has progressed forward on both occasions to the finalist round.

In addition to the world of performance, Kelsey is interested in the world of the visual arts. Her experience as an artist runs as deep as her musical roots, beginning with her interest in drawing at a young age. When Kelsey was six years old, she started taking lessons from a local Yucaipa artist, Sharon Rachel. She continued taking art lessons for seven years and afterwards enrolled in the AP art program at her high school. Kelsey is active as an artist, frequently showing her work in the RAA gallery as a member of the Redlands Art Association. As part of her undergraduate studies she is working towards earning a double degree: a B.M in Saxophone Performance and B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis on painting. Academics have remained important to Kelsey throughout her education. Every semester she has been awarded Music and Art scholarships, along with the Presidential scholarship for her academic standing. She is a student of Dr. Eddie Smith.

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