THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Sharon Chung - Sharon is the parent representative who participates in and is highly involved with the SCM program. She helps voice the opinions and promote the interests of the Conservatory's students, as her children are currently attending SCM. She is a teacher who believes in enhancing music in talented young children and providing them the opportunity to discover the love of music within their hearts.
Gary Gee - Gary earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and Doctor of Dental Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis. A 1970 graduate of Alhambra High School, Gary served as assistant concertmaster of the school's award-winning orchestra. Having served for 17 years as the Violin Department Quality Assurance Manager at Johnny Thompson Music, he is currently Store Manager of Arcadia Music, in association with Zheng Wang's music school. As a dedicated community advocate, he helped to restore the orchestra program in the Alhambra Unified School District in 1990. Gary has extensive experience in matching talented students with qualified instructors and appropriate performing organizations, having served as Director of Recruitment for the California Youth Theater Symphony Orchestra at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. His activities as a passionate community liaison for Arcadia Music enable him to build enduring relationships with enlightened community leaders supportive of the arts. Gary has been privileged to serve on the Saturday Conservatory of Music Board for more than 23 years.
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 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 Associate 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. 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.
Andrea Whitney - Andrea is from Cleveland, Ohio where her roots as a musician began at the young age of 3, studying at Oberlin Conservatory, with most notable teacher, Sinchi Suzuki. Touring at age 8 with the Singing Angels prepared her for a career on the stage. With a BFA in theater, music, and business she had a career performing on stage, in film, and playing with orchestras as a violinist across the U.S. Working with youth, she has stage directed, musical directed, conducted youth orchestras and choirs, and taught music and theater for over 8 years. She has also spent 4+ years administrating/managing music education organizations. With two teaching credentials and a Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Mrs. Whitney currently teaches drama and music at Bell High School.
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