Saturday Conservatory of Music
a project of Community Partners



With their complementary backgrounds in music education, business, and community service, the members of the Board support the efforts of the faculty and ensure that the program achieves its mission to provide affordable music instruction to children in the greater Los Angeles area.

Art Mautner, President - Mr. Mautner holds a B.A. degree from UCLA and received his M.A. degree from CSULA.
He taught instrumental music for the L.A. Unified School District for over thirty years. His orchestra at Virgil Junior High School, which consisted of over 100 young musicians during the last twelve years before his retirement, received Superior ratings each year during his tenure.
Mr. Mautner served as the conductor of various Youth Orchestras over a 34 year period of time, including 14 years with the Meremblum Youth Orchestras, first with the Pioneer Orchestra, and the last five with the California Junior Symphony. He became the Conductor of Youth Symphony West in 1979, retiring in 1998 from that position, yet remains active with the Saturday Conservatory of Music.
From 1985 to 1992 he was on the staff at the L.A. County High School for the Arts, and taught the String Methods classes at CSULB and CSULA.
Mr. Mautner is on the Board of the American String Teachers' Association, L.A. Chapter, where he served as the Greater Los Angeles Coordinator of Competitions for 5 years. Maintaining an active private studio of violins and violas, he is an active member of MTAC and has had 2 Young Artist Guild winners, and co-coached the winning VOCE Trio in the Junior and Senior Division Ensembles, which is a statewide competition.
He had conducted a number of Honor Orchestras in the southland, and has presented string clinics in the area, as well as having adjudicated for many public school and organizational festivals. Having over 45 years experience in summer music camps, he was on staff at Idyllwild School of the Arts for twenty years, the last two serving as Conductor of the Junior High Camp. He was the founding Conductor of the Wildwood Music Camp Senior High Orchestra, retiring in 2006.

Lorinda Zamora - Lorinda is the parent representative, voicing opinions and interests of the Conservatory's current students. She and her husband Dave have been bringing their children to SCM for seven years and their two sons are students at the Orange County High School of the Arts.

Sharon Chung - Sharon is the parent representative who participates and involves in the SCM program. She helps voicing opinions and interests for the conservatory's students. Her children are currently attending SCM. She is a teacher who believes in enhancing music in talented young children and give them the opportunity to find the love of music in their hearts.

Gary Gee - Gary has served on the Board for over 20 years. He is the Violin Department Quality Assurance Manager at Johnny Thompson Music. He is a community activist who helped to restore the orchestra program in the Alhambra Unified School District and his activities as a community liaison for Johnny Thompson Music put him in regular contact with community leaders who are supportive of the arts.

Louis Figueroa - Louis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Cal State L.A. and he works for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On Saturdays, he manages the Conservatory's bookstore and in 2005, he joined the Board.

Pearly Mautner - Pearly, earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal State L.A. and Master in Social Work from Cal State Long Beach. She received a Certificate in Music from Glendale Community College, with emphasis in vocal music. She has participated in vocal technique classes and has performed in the choirs at Glendale College, Orange Coast College, and Cypress College.

Liza Asner - Liza, earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Northeastern University and Master of Science in Education from Capella University. She was an active member of the Crossroads School Choir, booked weekly entertainment for Portland Saturday Market and provided talent for radio spots, was Administrator for the Transformational Voice Training Institute, a client of Vox USA, production assistant for Quince Productions, and has been the part-time office manager for the Saturday Conservatory of Music for the past two years.

Sue Raymond - Sue earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Occidental College and currently is a local real estate agent. She grew up in a household that cherished classical music, and music has continued to be a central part of her life. One of her children studied at Saturday Conservatory of Music for several years, and now teaches there. Sue is assisting with SCM's community outreach effort, and believes that music benefits all children.

Claudio D. Alcantar - Claudio is an active freelance musician and educator in Southern California. He is the a Director of Orchestras at the Saturday Conservatory of Music, and serves as a clinician, private instructor and mentor to several young musicians in the greater Los Angeles area. His classical experience includes guest performances with the the San Fernando Valley Symphony, the Glendale Symphony, the California State University, Northridge Symphony, and the Metropolitan Master Chorale. He is a current member of the David Ricard Big Band, the Pico Rivera Big Band, The Montebello Esquires and you can find him rocking out on stage with LA's hottest ska band "La Resistencia".
Mr. Alcantar received his Associates in Arts degree from Pasadena City College where he studied classical sax with Larry Hughes and jazz improvisation with David Sills. In 2007 he received the Dean's Special Recognition Award, Paul H. Kilian Scholarship Award, Lancer Band Directors' Award, Outstanding Woodwind Performer Award, First place winner for the Jazz Scholarship Competition, and 1st Place winner for the Classical Scholarship Competition for Winds and Percussion and In 2008, he was the winner of the Concerto Competition. Mr. Alcantar moved on to study saxophone performance with Geoff Nudell at California State University, Northridge where he was the recipient of the Ted Gould Memorial Scholarship, the Arts Council Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance Cum Laude.

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