Jennifer M. Garrett is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Bakersfield College. She conducts the College Choir and Chamber Singers, teaches Music Appreciation, and is the director of the Applied Music Program for over forty instrumental and vocal students. Under her direction the Bakersfield College Chamber Singers represented the College on a performance tour of Rome, Florence, and Venice, Italy in June 2015.
Dr. Garrett is a popular clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor and serves a member of the National Collegiate Choral Association review committee. She has devoted a great deal of time to accompanying for voice and instrumental lessons, recitals, and juries in Washington, Utah, Nebraska, Arizona, and California. For the past 20 years she has dedicated much of her time and energy to church choirs and her private voice and piano studio.
Before coming to Bakersfield College in 2012 Dr. Garrett taught at California State University Bakersfield.
From 2008-2010 she conducted the Arizona State University Women’s Chorus. Under her direction, the choir grew to record numbers and performed with the Phoenix Symphony and Ballet Arizona.
While in Arizona, she also conducted the Arizona Desert Chorale, which performed for local church and community events throughout the Phoenix area.
From 2000-2004, Dr. Garrett taught at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah. When she first arrived at Wasatch the choral program consisted of less than 40 students. After four years the program boasted over 300 students.
Under her direction the choirs received superior ratings at regional and state festivals. During her four years at Wasatch, she was nominated as favorite teacher of the year twice.
Jennifer M. Garrett is a native of Washington state. She has a music education degree from Brigham Young University, a masters in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and a doctorate in choral conducting from Arizona State University.
She currently lives in Bakersfield, California, with her husband and three amazing daughters.
Professor Gerhold has been teaching music theory and ear training at Bakersfield College since 1994 and is the current Performing Arts department chair. His textbook for beginning music theory entitled A Plain English Guide to Music Fundamentals: An Outcome Based Approach
(Kendall Hunt) is now in its second edition. He has been president of many organizations, including the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC), the KCCD Community College Association (CCA), and the Bakersfield College Academic Senate.
Dr. Gerhold has composed orchestral commissions celebrating the centennial of Bakersfield College and the Grand Re-opening of the Simonsen Performing Arts Center (SPArC) in 2015, the centennial of the City of Bakersfield in 1997, the centennial of Orange County, California in 1987, and hopes to compose for his own centennial in 2065. His degrees include a B.Mus. Magna cum laude in piano and MFA in composition from UC Irvine and a DMA in composition from the University of British Columbia.
His BC honors include being named a Levan Faculty Colloquium Presenter (2013 and 2006 with Ron Kean) and a Levan Scholar (2013), the Levinson Faculty Leadership Award (2007), and the Bakersfield College Innovator of the Year (1995).
Tim Heasley is a visual and performing arts educator based in Central California.
He is currently the director of the Bakersfield College Band and Drumline and has held a variety of positions within the Kern High School District.
Tim has spent his recent summers as a sound engineer for the Madison Scouts (2010-2013), the Santa Clara Vanguard (2014), and as the director of the Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps (2014-present). Tim marched baritone with the Sacramento Freelancers from 1992-1994 and with the Crossmen from 1995-1997. His performance career continued as an original cast member of Blast! and Blast II: Mix, performing worldwide from 1999-2006.
Tim earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Art from California State University, Bakersfield in 1997 and holds a California teaching credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. His background in media production and experience in the audio/visual industry has gone hand in hand with his work as a freelance visual designer and music editor.
Robert Martinez has enjoyed musical success as a conductor, composer, musician, performer, and educator.
Among the names of artists that Robert has conducted are flutist James Walker (formerly the principal of the LA Philharmonic), classical saxophonist Harvey Pattel, guitarist and multi-Grammy Award winner Laurindo Almeida, and multi-Grammy Award winner vocalist Alan Paul of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, soprano Miss Anya Matanovic of the Los Angeles Opera Company, Diva Jennifer Jones of the NY Metropolitan Opera Company, and Symphonic Rock Violinist Terry Glenny.
As a graduate of San Diego State University with a Master’s degree in Music Composition (1975), Robert has been a professor of Music at Bakersfield College, California since 1989. And from 1995 to the present the musical director and conductor of the Desert Community Orchestra of Ridgecrest, the founding music director of the Tehachapi Pops Orchestra, and is currently the Music Director and Conductor for violinist/composer Terry Glenny. Robert Martinez has been inducted into the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, for Music Education, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and the Cambridge Who’s Who Education Recognition 2007.
Robert has also received the award for outstanding achievements in performing arts and science by the national organization “Heritage of America”, Educational & Cultural Foundation (for arts and humanities), The Day of The Americas, 2004.
Mr. Martinez also served as the President of the Kern County Music Association in 2004, The Conductor’s Guild, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy Awards), and the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC).
Josh Ottum holds B.A. degrees in Music and Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, an MFA in Integrated Composition Improvisation and Technology from UC Irvine, and a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University.
Dr. Ottum heads up the Commercial Music Program at Bakersfield College, teaching courses in music technology, synthesis, songwriting, and music appreciation. Additionally, his music has been featured on shows such as Mad Men and The Voice and in advertisements for Volvo, Nordstrom and others.
Ottum has made several records as a solo artist and with bands and supported these releases by touring extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Along the way, he has shared stages with M.Ward, Cold War Kids, Stereolab, Joe LaBarbera, and many more.
Find out more at www.joshottum.wordpress.com.
Born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA; she currently teaches voice and sings in the Bakersfield Community while pursuing her own career.
This Fall, Ms. Barton will be performing with Los Angeles's The Industry in the premiere of Hopscotch.
She recently returned from spending the summer in Verona, Italy where she participated in Opera Vivá's scene production of La Traviata where she sang under the direction and coaching of Joyce Fieldsend & William Ferarra.
She was the guest artist with the collaboration of the Penderecki String Quartet and Veronika Krauses in Los Angeles's Vision and Voices.
She also participated in the Oakland Temple Hill Interfaith Production of The Lamb of God as Mary Magdalene.
In the summer of 2013, she attended Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute (BASOTI) in San Francisco. She sang the role of Alice Ford from Falstaff under the direction of Maestro Matthias Kuntzch. She also participated in the Scenes Program where she sang Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) and Mrs. Page (Sir John in Love).
She sang with Opera San Jose in their 2013-2014 ensemble where they performed Falstaff, Madame Butterfly, and Don Giovanni.
She earned her MM with an emphasis in Vocal Arts from University of Southern California in 2013. She received upon graduating the USC Thornton School of Music Opera Award. In May 2013 for USC Graduation Commencement Ceremony, she had the privilege of singing the National Anthem.
In 2013, she also sang the role of Madame Lidoine from Dialogues des carmélites by Frances Poulenc. In 2012 she had the opportunity to sing Jane Wingrave in the West Coast Premiere of Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave under the direction of Ken Cazan and conducted by Brent McMunn. She studied voice under the direction of Elizabeth Hynes, as well as many other wonderful collaborative teachers.
In the winter of 2012, she was a guest artist at Los Angeles Hammer Museum Contemporary Opera Scenes where she collaborated with Conductor Christopher Roundtree and wild Up in The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth by Veronica Krauses. She was a guest artist at the winter gala for The Harlet Hair Salon in Venice Beach, CA.
In the Winter of 2011 Rebekah debuted her vocal career at Idaho Falls Opera Theatre Company in Suor Angelica.
She earned her BMA in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2011. It was during her attendance in Idaho that she first gained her passion and love for opera, performance and teaching and studied voice under the guidance of Kristine Ciesinski. She had many wonderful opportunities to participate in the scenes programs, travel and compete in The Metropolitan Opera Grand Counsel Competitions. Her first full opera role was performed at BYU-Idaho; The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in 2010.
She has participated in other scene programs where she was able to sing partial roles from La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Faust, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and The Crucible.
Kyle Burnham is an active drummer and composer residing in Bakersfield, CA. He holds a MFA degree in jazz studies from UC Irvine and a BA in music composition from CSU Bakersfield.
Kyle has won several awards as a composer and drummer including first prize in the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra's Composer Contest (1997 and 2001), best composer/arranger at the UC Berklee Collegiate Jazz Competition (1997), and best big band drummer at the UC Berklee Collegiate Jazz Competition (1997, 1999, and 2001).
Kyle has had many exciting opportunities to play drums with several successful artists such as: Randy Brecker, Bill Watrous, Bob Mintzer, Conte Candoli, Terrance Blanchard, Dwight Trible, Ernie Watts, Ernie Andrews, Eric Marienthal, Blue Mother Tupelo, Kei Akagi, Darek Oles, Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), Jon Coleman (Trace Adkins), Rebecca St. James, Phil Hummer, and many more....
His outstanding compositions and playing were featured most recently at the 2014 Bakersfield Jazz Festival. He has taught at the University of Tennessee in Nashville and is presently an instructor of the basic elements of music and music appreciation at Bakersfield College and Taft College.
In 1991, James Dethlefson became fascinated with songwriting. Putting down his trombone, he picked up the electric bass. This led to Fuzzhammer, a power trio that left a lasting impression on the Bakersfield scene by opening the pub at Jerry’s Pizza. After Fuzzhammer’s demise, James entered the Music program at CSUB and played double bass for numerous Jazz Jam and Coffee house events.
During his brief study with Double Bassists Tom Peters and Pete Scaffidi, James fell in love with Apple’s Macintosh and the freedom associated with digital music. With this new musical tool, James began work with Brian Sivesind’s theatre troupe Illusions of Grandeur contributing sound designs and setting Shakespeare texts to alternative music.
At the same time, he continued his trio work with musically diverse collaborations such as Outside the Head with Kris Tiner and Kevin Goodwin, Free Jazz Kamikazes with Kris Tiner and Brian Palla and the full realization of Shakespearean rock with Wil featuring Kyle Burnham and Joel Walton.
Continuing the work of Wil while incorporating award winning music and sound design from Roger Mathey’s production of Trainspotting, James formed yet another power trio Jamo with Paul Cartwright and Canaan McDuffie.
Since 2011 James, along with his wife Guinevere have run a performing arts production business dedicated to instructing and mentoring youth in live theatre.
Lately, they have expanded their course offerings to include classes on improv and stop-motion animation.
Currently, he serves as Music Technologist for the CSUB Music Department and adjunct Music Faculty at BC.
Scott Dirkse holds a BA in music from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, an MM in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, and a PhD in Musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Dirkse is recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teachers National Association and was the recipient of the 2013 UCSB Excellence in Teaching Award. His research focuses on the areas of music history pedagogy and piano pedagogy, and he has presented his work at the national conferences of the College Music Society, the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and Teaching Music History Day. He has also published articles in Clavier Companion, American Music Teacher, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy.
Dirkse currently teaches music appreciation and piano at Bakersfield College and is the Associate Director of Instrumental Music at Stockdale High School. His previous teaching positions include Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and University of California, Santa Barbara. He remains active as a scholar, performer, and music educator in the Bakersfield area.
Dr. Ronald Kean, Emeritus Professor of Music at Bakersfield College, recently retired after completing 30 years of teaching in California. His teaching opportunities included choral and world music, which he taught for 26 years in the Kern Community College District.
He was “Innovator of the Year” for instituting the first Multicultural Choral Music Festival in the United States in 1994, was the 2007 California Music Educators Association Multicultural Educator of the Year, and was awarded the Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award by his colleagues in 2013.
Professor Kean conducted the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra plus the combined Bakersfield College Choir and Chamber Singers at the inaugural concert of the Performing Arts Center Outdoor Theater in April, 2015. The Chamber Singers under his direction performed at state, division, and national ACDA conventions.
He is frequently called upon to adjudicate festivals, lecture, and to conduct workshops and honor choirs in the US and abroad.
Recent guest conducting and adjudicating opportunities include choral festivals in Bali, Hawaii, Ireland, USC, Cal Poly State University Pomona, and Santa Rosa Junior College.
Pavane Music Publishers features both the Ron Kean Choral Series and Multicultural Choral Series.
His compositions and arrangements are widely performed throughout the United States and abroad.
Soprano Peggy Sears has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Opera Theater, Arizona Opera Theater, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tulare County Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Bakersfield Musica da Camera, Carmel Bach Festival, Mozart Festival of San Luis Obispo, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Made in Los Angeles Festival, the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
She has been a regional winner of both the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera Auditions and has been active as a recitalist and oratorio performer in California, Arizona, and Hawaii.
Ms. Sears taught on the Voice Faculty at the University of Southern California for ten years.
She taught full-time on the faculty of California State University at Bakersfield for 20 years, where she had a studio of 20 voice students, directed the opera theatre and the jazz choir, taught class voice, diction for singers, Music Appreciation Online, and coached the singers for the musicals.
She retired from full time college work in 2013 and now is adjunct at CSUB and Bakersfield College in studio voice and opera.
Kris Tiner is a California-based trumpet player, composer, and improviser.
His music has been performed on five continents, his 50+ recordings have been enthusiastically reviewed in the international jazz press, and he has performance credits on MTV, NBC, PBS and Comedy Central. Tiner has been recognized with awards from ASCAP, IAJE, the American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, Montalvo Arts Center, and the Kennedy Center.
He is a member of the acclaimed Empty Cage Quartet, and he collaborates with New York guitarist Mike Baggetta in the duo Tin/Bag. Tiner also performs regularly with the Industrial Jazz Group, Chris Schlarb’s Psychic Temple, pianist Cathlene Pineda, the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.
He holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Music from CSU Bakersfield. He has directed the Jazz Program at Bakersfield College since 2004, and serves as the trumpet instructor both at BC and at CSU, Bakersfield.
He has also taught at CalArts, Taft College, and the Academy of Creative Education in Los Angeles.
Tiner is the founder of Epigraph Records, an independent label dedicated to the documentation of new creative music recorded live in Bakersfield.
Kimberly Chin, Professor of Theatre, earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Studies (credential option) at CSU, Fresno. She also attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and earned a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her focus at UNLV was playwriting.
Professor Chin’s thesis play Home Front documented American life during WWII. She was a G.R.E.A.T. Assistantship Grant Award Recipient for Home Front. Her play adaptation of the book Passages: An Anthology of the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience was saluted on the floor of Congress and helped pass a California Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 80 declaring June 13 as Southeast Asian Awareness Day. Passages… toured California, Hawai’i, and various cities in Japan. Professor Chin also acted in Passages… and functioned as an Acting Coach as well. Her play The Limousine Ride won a Fourth Freedom Forum Playwright Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts.
Some of the plays Professor Chin has directed at Bakersfield College include: Latins Anonymous, Bordertown, Topdog/Underdog, The Laramie Project, Execution of Justice, Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, This is How it Goes, Sense & Sensibility, Living Out, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Flea in Her Ear, and Rhinoceros. Plays directed and adapted for BC include: The Conference of The Birds, Trojan Women, and The Birds.
Professor Chin has taught Introduction to Acting, Lab Theatre, Introduction to Theatre History, Elements of Acting, Introduction to Film Studies, and Contemporary Film Studies courses at Bakersfield College for over 16 years.
Throughout that time, she has been the advisor to the highly active BC Theatre Club and a member of Women’s History Month and More (WHAM). Some of the plays she’s directed for WHAM are The Vagina Monologues and Dramatic Reading: Violence in The Lives of Women. Professor Chin is also the advisor to the newly formed Fit Mind Body Club and was recently appointed to the Campus Security Committee. She has also offered workshops in Playwriting, Movement, and Yoga at Bakersfield College.
Professor Chin has had the honor of acting with BC students in several productions, some of which include: He Done Her Wrong: or Wedded But No Wife!, As You Like It, Cloud 9 & Faust (at the Empty Space Theatre), Living Out, the Children’s Theatre Troupe touring production, Henry V, and Macbeth.
Professor Chin is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).
Bob Kempf has been a theatre professor at Bakersfield College since the early 1990s and has been part of BC’s Kern Shakespeare Festival since its inception in 1985. At KSF, he has both directed (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Two Gentleman of Verona, and Twelfth Night) and acted (Dogberry, Friar Lawrence, Fluellen, Petruchio, Sir Toby, Prospero, Bottom, Julius Caesar, and Falstaff). He has also taught theatre courses at CSU Bakersfield, UC Davis, and National University. Bob spent twenty years in Los Angeles, appearing on TV (Seinfeld, ER, Caroline in the City, Two Guys and a Girl and a Pizza Place, among others), film (Nothing to Lose, The Fan, Time Warrior, among others), and in dozens of commercials (American Express, Pizza Hut, Armor All, Mastercard, Sega, Kellogg’s, among others). Bob is also the Artistic Director of The Empty Space, a local community theatre that seeks to bring high quality theatre to Bakersfield and the rest of Kern County. Bob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from CSU Fresno, and his Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Art from UC Davis.
Leslie Aldridge earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting and Directing from Southern Utah University and a Master’s Degree in Costume Design from Utah State University. She also studied with Brigham Young University in London for a semester abroad.
While attending Southern Utah University, Leslie worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival for five years (summer and fall seasons) where she was highly involved in the education department and box office. She portrayed Queen Elizabeth at USF Bard’s Birthday Bash for three consecutive years. Within the campus theatre department, Leslie was involved in numerous shows as an actress, costumer, and makeup designer.
While attending Utah State University, she worked for the Old Lyric Repertory Company as an actress and a costume assistant. She worked in the costume shop on campus nearly everyday for three years. After graduation, Leslie worked as the costume shop manager and designer for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She has been teaching and designing at Bakersfield College since 2015.
Some of Leslie’s favorite acting roles include: Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls, Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, Constance in Madwoman of Challiot, and Rose Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa. Her favorite design roles include costumes for Assassins and Joseph and Technicolor Dreamcoat and makeup for Blithe Spirit.
Education Background: Bachelor’s Degree from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa in Sociology & Theatre. Actor’s Two Month Intensive Certificate from National Theatre Conservatory, Denver, Colorado. Master of Fine Arts Degree from University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
After graduating from UGA I packed up my meager belongings in my car and drove to Los Angeles like so many millions of eager thespians to make it big on the silver screen. After spending 11 years working in LA and finding some modest success in TV, film & commercials, I moved to Bakersfield to start a family. I’m excited to share my passion, knowledge & experience in a wide range of performance mediums (stage, film, TV, commercial, commedia del arte, dance, improv, Shakespeare) with students here at Bakersfield College.
Cody Ganger studied Comparative Literature and Theatre Arts at UC Davis, where she received her B.A. In her time there, she appeared in a number of productions, most notably as Helena in A Midsumer Night's Dream, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Jeannie in HAIR! However, her most formative experience was studying Stanislavski's acting method under guest artist Katya Kamotskaya and playing Nina in a production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Kamotskaya. While at UC Davis, she was also chosen as an ArtsBridge Scholar, which gave her the opportunity to teach Shakespeare and acting to local high school students.
She went on to receive her M.A. in English at CSU Bakersfield, where she focused on Shakespeare and wrote a Master's Thesis on Shakespeare, Trauma Theory, and Performance Studies. As part of her research, she studied at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2015.
In the meantime, she has acted and directed both locally and in the Sacramento area. Some of her favorite roles include Katherine in Henry V, Cecily in the Importance of Being Earnest, Meg in Crimes of the Heart, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Katherine in Taming of the Shrew. Her directing credits include the Tempest, Goethe's Faust, God of Carnage, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Most recently, she has become involved in local youth theatre, directing the Little Mermaid and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Kevin Ganger received his BA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. During his undergraduate career Kevin worked on 40 shows as an actor, director, producer, stage manager, designer, board operator, scenic technician, electrician, fly crew, scenic painter, and house manager.
After graduating he worked at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts as a scenic technician. He also worked as an actor with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and Common House theatre companies.
In the 2010 spring semester Kevin was hired on as the technical director here at Bakersfield College. He helps to facilitate the technical needs of the drama and music departments, as well as other campus events in the performing arts building.
Since moving to Bakersfield he has remained involved locally as an actor, director, and technician, working in such community theaters as The Empty Space, the COLOURS Festival, and the Bakersfield Museum of Art.
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