At home on stage, the teaching studio, or the conductor’s podium, Janelle Barrera brings a myriad of skills to the Flute. She has been an active private instructor, clinician, and freelance musician for the past 24 years. Originally a native of Gig Harbor, WA, Ms. Barrera began her musical studies in the 6th grade at Goodman Middle School. While attending Gig Harbor High School she participated in many local and statewide solo and ensemble competitions, honor bands, and honor orchestras. Janelle was also a member of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association where she participated in the Flute Collegium and was Principal Flute of the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra and Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to attending the Aspen Music Festival on a two-year full scholarship, Ms. Barrera holds a BM in Flute Performance from California State University, Long Beach and a MM in Flute Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. Janelle has studied Flute with Dr. John Barcellona, Thomas Robertello, Mark Sparks, Sarah Jackson, and Jim Walker.
Janelle has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Taiwan and Mexico. She has been under the baton of conductors Zubin Mehta, Meli Mehta, David Zinman, Michael Stern, Alexander Trager, Sergiu Comissiona, and Maximiano Valdes.
Janelle is the Principal Flute of the Southern California Philharmonic, Southern California Gospel Song Celebration Orchestra, founding member of That 70s Trio and a member of the ALLOY Wind Duo with her husband and saxophonist, James Barrera. Most recently she was awarded a substitute flute position with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Hawaii Symphony in Honolulu.
Janelle serves on the faculty at the Orange County School of the Arts, Northwood High School Band and Orchestra, University High School Band and Orchestra, Los Alamitos Band and Colorguard, Warren High School Band and Colorguard, and Savanna High School Band and Colorguard. She is the current President of the Los Angeles Flute Guild and founder of the Los Angeles Flute Guild's "Flüt Än-säm-bəl" and Southern California Flute Camp.
She has been a guest artist at the Long Beach Flute Institute, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association’s Evergreen Music Festival, San Diego Flute Guild’s Flute Festival and Summer Camp, San Francisco Flute Society’s Flutes by the Sea Master Class, and Snowater Flute Camp in Seattle, WA. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra, Everett Symphony Orchestra, Harbor Winds Ensemble, Bakersfield College Orchestra, and the Southern California Philharmonic.
Janelle is an active member of the National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, and a certified Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit Instructor. She makes her home in Southern California with her husband, son, dog, and three cats. Her mission is to promote music education throughout the community and share her love and passion for the art of flute performance with all ages and abilities.
Southern-California native Juan Gallegos is a familiar and respected name in the freelance community through-out the entire Southland, having performed in the clarinet sections of orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony and New West Symphony, as well as on studio sound stages throughout Los Angeles, performing on several major motion picture and television soundtracks.
With a diverse education, Gallegos earned his Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from California State University, Fullerton while in the studio of Håkan Rosengren. He went on to complete his Master’s degree with Nathan Williams at the University of Texas, Austin, and while at UT, won the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. In 2010, was a featured soloist at the International Clarinet Association Convention, performing the world premiere of Brett Kroening’s Fuego.
Gallegos has earned a reputation as a well-respected conductor and educator, currently serving as The Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and having served as Music Director and Conductor of the Orange County Collegiate Orchestra, Assistant Conductor with the California Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor of the Cal State Fullerton Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds and University Band, and was a conducting fellow with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He went on to earn a second master’s degree in conducting from Cal State Fullerton, studying with Mitchell Fennell.
Gallegos is currently on the faculty at Riverside City College teaching clarinet.
Janelle Barrera, Diamond Flute Choir Director
Kathy Oh received her bachelor's degree in oboe performance at USC and master's from Indiana University. As a teaching assistant to legendary oboist, Marc Lifschey, Kathy received the full scholarship while attending Indiana University. Kathy also received full scholarship studying with Barbara Northcutt and David Weiss at USC.
Upon graduation, Kathy freelanced with many professional orchestras such as San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, California Symphony Orchestra, and Sacramento Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Kathy holds large private studio and freelance around greater Los Angeles area, enjoying diverse opportunities in performing and teaching oboe.
Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Sakura Tsai , Advisory strings coach
Kathy Oh, Woodwind / Wind Coach
Violinist and educator Dr. Sakura Tsai is currently an Artist Teacher of Violin at the University of Redlands. She is also on faculty at California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley, California State Summer School for the Arts, as well as Junior Chamber Music (Inland Empire). Dr. Tsai makes frequent appearances as an adjudicator and serves as a clinician in schools around Southern California where she mentors aspiring young musicians. She coaches instrumentalists in the Walnut Valley Unified School District at both Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools while being actively involved with the Diamond Bar High School Performing Arts Academy Advanced Music Program. Previously, Dr. Tsai held faculty positions at Marymount California University and Idyllwild Arts Academy.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Tsai enjoys a multifaceted career having performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. As a performer, Dr. Tsai is currently a member of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing in several regional orchestras, she maintains an active career as a chamber musician winning honors at international competitions such as the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. As a violinist with chamber ensembles Definiens, DuselForty58, and the What’s Next? Ensemble, Dr. Tsai has championed works of numerous living composers; she is an avid performer of contemporary music. Extensive collaboration with young composers included residencies and performance projects at institutions such as California State University, Northridge and Long Beach, University of California, Riverside, and the University of Southern California. She also collaborated with artists such as Grammy Award-winning entertainer Ian Whitcomb featuring music by Patricio da Silva on a CD entitled Now and Then: Music of the Great Depressions(s) 2010/1929, composers Julia Adolphe, Veronika Krausas, Isaac Schankler, and Jacob ter Veldhuis (“JacobTV”), pianist Vicky Ray, and soprano vocalist Tony Arnold with these ensembles. Other collaborations included the performance of Steven Mackey’s Physical Property with the composer on electric guitar at the University of Southern California and the world-premiere performance (of the version for nine string quartets) of Horatiu Radulescu’s String Quartet No.4, Op.33 with the JACK Quartet at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland.
Dr. Tsai studied at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she earned degrees (B.M., M.M., and D.M.A.) in Violin Performance. Her mentors included Midori Goto, Kathleen Winkler, Hagai Shaham and Alice Schoenfeld. Additional fields of study while pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree included Music Theory and Analysis, Violin Pedagogy with Endre Granat, and Kinesiology.
Christine Song, An enthusiastic educator and performer, is a faculty at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona at current.
Dr. Song focused Historical Performance Practicum and Musicology at Claremont Graduate University with doctorate degree, Violin Performance and Chamber Music at State University of New York, Purchase with master degree, and Violin Performance and Instrumental Conducting at The Boston Conservatory with bachelor degree which she transferred from USC.
Her mentors and teachers included performers; Alice Shoenfeld, Anne Rardin, David Kim, Dorothy Delay, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Laurie Smuckler, Pinchas Zukerman, Rachel Vetter-Huang, and conductors; Kurt Masur, Peter Cokkinias, Seiji Ozawa,Walter Thompson and musicologist; Nancy Van Duesen, Robert Zappulla.
With diverse educator, Dr. Song also teaches at Walnut Valley Unified School District, Ontario-Montclair Unified School District and Montecito Baptist School as an orchestra coach and a string faculty. She has previously held faculty position at California Baptist University, New Jersey City University, Superintendent San Bernardino County School, Apple Hills Center for the Arts, Hot Springs Summer Festival and Blue Lake Fine Arts where she led 3 months of Performance tour with 100 plus numbers of youth orchestra in Western Europe, Mid-West U.S.
As a performer, Dr. Song frequently performs with historical performance group and put a familiar name as a freelancer. She featured on many albums and soundtracks includes G. Mahler Symphony, No.1, No. 2 with Naxos Rec.Inc., J.Haydn Cello Concerto Soundpainting project, TV show (ABC) sound tracks of MacGyver, and Tim Janis New York track, etc. and also appeared on radio broadcasts such as NPR (NY), WBLV (MI), NDR Kultur (German), KGBN (CA), KNPC (CA). Dr. Song previously toured world widely with her chamber group, Amethyst Piano Trio as a part of NY artist management.
Dr. Song was a former board member at Southern California Early Music Society and Walnut Valley Unified School District. She enjoys her family time with a husband and 2 daughters who plays softball at high competitive level. Dr. Song is very excited to have a new season with DYSO as a conductor for Diamond String Orchestra.