Christopher Bello


Mr. Bello is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and  has taken post graduate studies in vocal performance at Louisiana State University. Mr. Bello has sung  with opera companies and performed with symphonies in the southeast and  California.  He sings with regional symphonies and has sung the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah as well as singing for numerous churches and organizations in the greater Sacramento and Placer County areas. Christopher teaches voice and tuba
Faculty
Jonathan Coder

Theatre Arts Department Director

has 25 years experience in the public and private sector in every aspect of theatre.  He has served as a Writer, Director, Producer and Actor for over 300 projects based in theatre, commercials, television, print and film.

Written for the Screen: The Crop , Circumstance,   Misfits,  Fraud Feathers and Fairies, 
A Far Better Place,  The Next Day,  HMI,  Ship in a Bottle,   Rainbows.  

Written for Stage: Rotten Ruck in Red Rock, Tales of Gold in Red Rock, Children of the Sun,  Fraud Feathers and Fairies and Pinocchio.

Director-Producer  ~ Among the numerous shows Jonathan has directed are: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Diary of Anne Frank, The Hobbit,  Romeo and Juliet, A  Flea in Her Ear, The Odd Couple, Arsenic and Old Lace, Rebel Without a Cause,  Les Miserables, Catch Me If You Can, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,  The Mikado,  Into the Woods,  Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe,  Peter Pan,  Secret Garden,  Little Princess,  and many more.

Other Interests  
Martial Arts, Archaeology (Discovered the fifth Gompothere in North America, early relative of the Mastodon. Sierra College Science Dept/The University California Berkeley excavated), Space Sciences, Golf,  Literature,  photography, Philoophy and Music. 
Kay Coder

Kay Coder holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Music Education, a California Teaching Credential K-14 and Orff-Schulwerk Certification.  She has  advanced training in choral & vocal techniques. Kay is founder and Director of Music & More Arts Academy and also teaches voice, piano, theatre and the Miniature Musicians Early Childhood music program she originated. She has taught music and directed numerous choral ensembles in public and private schools for over thirty years.  As a member of the Music and More faculty and public school teacher,  she has directed a host of children’s plays and community theater productions. Kay began studying violin at the age of five.  In addition to her musical studies, she was a featured soloist with dance bands, regional symphonies and performed frequently in musical theater and opera productions as well as on television.  She is a member of Who’s Who Worldwide. Kay conducts workshops for public and private schools encouraging teachers to implement integrated arts programs in their curriculum.  
Michelle Coder

Soprano  

Raised in a musical family in Chico, CA, I began studying music seriously and performing in my local church at the age of 5 years old. After graduating from high school, I attended California State University in Chico, CA where I earned a B.A. in Music, majoring in both vocal performance and music education. An active member of the CSUC opera-training program, I had the opportunity to work with guest artists and theater professionals as a performer, assistant director, conductor and costume and set designer. 

During these early years, I was also honored to be the recipient of the Twin Cities Concert Association’s Young Artist Award, the Chico Symphony Prize and other vocal scholarships. This gave me additional opportunities to be featured as a student soloist in numerous oratorios, operas and chamber works with the Chico Symphony Orchestra, CSUC chamber ensembles and regional symphonies.  Vocal studies include work with Gwen Curatillo, Jacqueline Victorino, Joseph Frank and Erie Mills, coaching and diction studies with Marcie Stapp and coaching in Musical Theater style vocal techniques with Amanda Flynn, as well as participation in numerous master classes and workshops. 

In the field of opera, oratorio and chamber  music, I was the featured soprano soloist with numerous regional symphonies and chamber ensembles, performed as a featured soloist with the Harrington String Quartet and performed and recorded with L.A. jazz flutist Steve Fowler. During this time in my career, I was also the winner of the 1993 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Young Artist Award and was a finalist in the 1996 Carmel Young Artist Vocal Competition.

As a concert artist, I primarily performed with classical guitarist Jesse Vernier. The Vernier duo received critical acclaim for our performances of  Mr. Vernier’s arrangements for classical voice and guitar. We were invited to perform in concert and conduct  master classes for music associations, educational institutions, concert series, guitar societies and music festivals. Locally, the duo was featured on the Sierra College, Crocker Art Museum, Old First Church, Twin Cities Concert Association, Chico Guitar Society and Sacramento Guitar Society Concert Series. A retrospective selection of video excerpts highlighting my concert career can be viewed on YouTube.

After deciding to establish a vocal studio in the Auburn area, I co-founder several musical and theatrical groups including the Auburn Light Opera, a women’s theater troupe, the Auburn Children’s Chorus and the award winning show choir, The Swingin’ Sweethearts. I have also produced, directed and designed numerous adult and children’s productions in association with Music & More Arts Academy and received SARTA Elly nominations for Best Director and Best Set Design. To date, I continue to maintain a private vocal studio in Auburn.

Writing and composing are two of my great passions. I published two musical adaptations, Hans Christian Anderson’s Thumbelina, written in collaboration with composer Gerald Rheault, and an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, with additional music by Ramana Ramayanam. We were delighted when A Little Princess won the 2004 Sacramento Area Regional Theater Alliance (SARTA) Elly award for best adapted script. More recently, I wrote and produced an original theatrical adaptation of the novel Chasing Moonshine by Raymond L.F. Johnson with James Van Eaton. New projects are in the works.

As a professor with the Sierra Community College Music Department for the last nine years, I am deeply committed to  helping students and playing an active role in shared governance. I have been honored to participate at Sierra College as a member of two Accreditation Committees, the Sierra College Leadership Institute, the Student Success Committee, and as Project Manager for Arts and Innovation Day and Faculty Lead for TEDx Youth at the NCC campus. I was honored this year to be nominated for 2014 Part Time Faculty Member of The Year. A teacher member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS),

California Music Teachers Association (CMTA) and The National Association for Music Education (MENC), I enjoy offering my services as a vocal  adjudicator. I also holds dual teaching credentials, Level I Orff Schulwerk Certification and a M.S. in Special Education. I am currently pursuing additional degrees in Studio Art and Art and Design to round out my education. My continued post-graduate research focuses on differentiated music and art curriculum development and the positive effects of music on behavior and learning. I will be presenting on these subjects at Sierra College’s Social Justice Week this fall. 

I consider myself a teaching, multimedia artist and I’m very proud of students who have enjoyed success in local music programs and community theater, pursued careers as solo artists and garnered scholarships to continue studies in music and theater at educational institutions such as UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Pepperdine University, San Francisco Conservatory, Emerson College, Oxford School of Drama and New York Academy of Performing Arts. I am also thrilled many of the most talented of these students have also chosen to share their love of the Arts as exceptional music instructors, drama teachers and music therapists.
Olivia Coder

​Olivia Coder started acting in her first musical, Clowns, when she was three years old. Other musicals and plays include: Dragon Tale, Robin Hood, BFG, Pirates of Penzance, The Producers, The Little Princess, Some of her  principle roles include: Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, the witch in Sleeping Beauty and Fontane in Les Miserables.

Olivia not only acts but has done lighting and sound for numerous productions, co-directed, 
directed and stage managed. 

She is co-teaching Little Folks Theater and improvation workshops. 
Chi-Xing Thorp

Piano  

Chi-Xin received her BM degree on piano performance from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, summa sum laude; and her MM degree from the California State University Sacramento, focusing on piano pedagogy.  Chi-Xin is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, MTAC.  Her teachers include Frank Wiens and Rex Cooper at the University of the Pacific and Richard Cionco, Lorna Peters (harpishord) at California State University, Sacramento.  A dedicated piano teacher, Chi-Xin continues to investigate traditional and current piano teaching methods, attending workshops for Taubman’s Approach at the Golandsky Institute, Princeton, New Jersey and Dr. Faina Bryanskays’s Holistic Piano Learning Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts.  One of her students won first prize in the Regional Exchange Club Music Competition 2007.  She has collaborated with singers, instrumentalists and accompanied theater, ballet, eurhythmic performance and church/school choirs.  Chi-Xin believes every child is gifted; and her aim is to open a door for the child to the wonder of music-one of the great satisfactions in life.  She patiently and lovingly guides your child to build confidence, discipline and a natural way of playing that will help the child to enjoy music fully.
Viola, Violin

Holds a B.M. in Viola Performance from the University of South
Florida in Tampa and a M.M. in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, New York City.  Currently, he is principal violist for the Apollo Orchestra and for the Auburn Symphony.  He is a violin and viola instructor with the Bach Foundation and a Violist in the Apollo String Quartet.  He has performed as a soloist with the Light Opera of Manhattan and the American Philharmonic Orchestra of Lincoln Center, New York.  David also served in the Cosmopolitan Orchestra of New York, Chamber Music on Nantucket and at the Aspen Music Festival Repertory and Philharmonia  Orchestras and as a violinist in the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. David is the Conductor of the Auburn Youth Symphony String Ensembles and teaches viola and violin at Music & More Arts Academy.  He is accepting beginning, intermediate and advanced students
David Thorp

Alexandra Roedder

Alexandra Roedder holds degrees in performance and musicology from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Netherlands. She studied cello and baroque cello with Nina Flyer, Irene Sharp, Leighton Fong, Elisabeth Reed, Lucia Swarts, and Antonio Lysy. Her masterclass credits include such dignitaries as Lynn Harrell, Susan Lamb Cook, Rohan de Saram, and Anner Bylsma. While studying baroque cello in the Netherlands, she worked under and alongside the great early musickers of Europe: Barthold Kuijken, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden, Bart van Oort, and the now-rising stars of today's early music world, such as Rebecca Rosen, Claudio Ribiero, and Ines d'Avena-Braga. In the US, Alexandra has performed throughout California with Musica Angelica, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, the Stockton Symphony, InConcert Sierra, and her own La Muse Amusée early music group.

She's played for churches, CDs, film soundtracks, and symphonies. She currently serves as the principal cellist of both the Auburn and Folsom Symphonies. She and her husband run Sierra Nevada Historical Performance, dedicated to bringing the "real old-timey" music of the 17th and 18th centuries back into the spaces it was original written for: small, local venues such as churches, cafes, and homes.

Alexandra's teaching methods combine traditional approaches to building foundational technique with a friendly, student-oriented approach to ensure that lessons never become tedious and the student always progresses. 

If the student wishes, lessons can include a historical or theoretical snippet to enrich musical understanding, and the student is welcome to choose his or her favorite repertoire to work on -- or instead to move steadily through any of the hundreds of method books available from the last three centuries. She has experience with Alexander Technique and musician-related injuries, and can work with students of all ages to manage performance-related pain problems.
Tom Candlish has an expansive, professional background:

Musician:
Conductor, Auburn Winds 
Currently Principal Flute, Winds of Faith Community Wind Ensemble
15 years Principal Flute and soloist, “The Governor’s Own” 59th Army Band
6 years Principal Flute, 561st Air Force Band
15 years Principal Flute, Capitol Christian Center Orchestra “Singing Christmas Tree”
Principal Flute, American Metropole Orchestra
Principal Flute, Sacramento Bach Festival
Principal Flute, Freemont Presbyterian Church Orchestra
Principal Flute, Camellia Chamber Orchestra
Principal Flute, Los-Gatos-Saratoga Symphony
Frequent chamber music performer
Assistant Conductor and Woodwind Section Leader, “The Governor’s Own” 59th Army Band 
Bugler, California State Honor Guard, California National Guard

Teacher
Frequent State and Regional festival adjudicator
School band, orchestra and choir director
 Public and private school music teacher
Many successful students including performers, recording artists and music educators.
2010 “California Retired Teacher of the Year”, California Music Educators Association
Two times Placer County “Teacher Who Makes a Difference”
2007 “Teacher of the Year”, California Music Educators, Northern Section, Region 4
40 year member and leader, California Music Educators Association
Director, Capital Music Academy
Music Consultant, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Publishing
Honor Band conductor and festival judge


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