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Tom Manasian

Instrument(s): Trombone, Baritone Horn
Languages Spoken: English
Rate: $25, 1/2 Hour - $45, Hour
Level: Trombone: Beginners to Intermediate, Baritone: Beginners
Availability: Call


Caster Teoh

Instrument(s): Trumpet
Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Malaysian
Rate: $20, 1/2 Hour - $35, Hour
Level: Beginners to Advanced
Availability: Call

About: Hails from Penang, Malaysia, Caster started playing the violin when he was 6 years old but switched to the trumpet in 1997. Caster was serving as principal trumpet in the Penang Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2002. Since coming to the United States, Caster has appeared in numerous orchestras, including the Orange County Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Corona Symphony, University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and Wind Ensemble, the Thornton Motion Pictures Orchestra, Brentwood Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Oskaloosa Symphony, Ottumwa Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera and also Center for New Music Orchestra. While in college, he was a finalist in the Maia Quartet competition. Caster has been performing with many professional ensembles, including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinf˘nica Brasileira (Brazil), National Orchestra of Malaysia, etc. under numerous conductors, such as Kees Bakel, Kevin Field, Robin Stapleton, Michael Tilson Thomas, Carl Davis, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Kurt Mazur and Roberto Minczuk. During the summers, he has performed in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, Canada, United States, etc. After graduating with high distinction from the University of Iowa and USC Thornton School of Music, Caster was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and was awarded the Pi Kappa Lambda Award in 2009. Beside this, he was also a Fulbright scholarship student at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he completed his Master degree and Doctor of Musical Arts. For the past summers, Caster has been performing in many world-class music festivals, including the International Winter Festival in Brazil and Alba music festival in Italy. Currently, he holds the Adjunct Professor of Brass position at Grace Mission University. Besides playing modern trumpets, Caster also plays the baroque trumpet and performs regularly with the USC Baroque Sinfornia. His primary teachers include Andrew Balio (Baltimore Symphony), Boyde Hood (Los Angeles Philharmonic), David Greenhoe (Quad City Symphony), John Bourque, William Theis, and Adam Gilbert. Aside from being an orchestra player, Caster also serves as Music Director/ Conductor of the Youth Symphony West Orchestra (YSW), where he has been leading the orchestra to perform throughout California.

Sylvia Cueva

Instrument(s): French Horn
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Rate: $25, 1/2 Hour - $45, Hour
Level: Beginners to Advanced

About:A member of the Los Angeles Police Concert Band and the Bellflower Symphony. Bachelors of Art in Music Education from California State University, Los Angeles. 1st/2nd chair for the CSULA Concert Band and Wind Ensemble; 2nd chair for Low Horn for the CSULA Orchestra. Taught horn from September 1997 to June 2010 at the Saturday Conservatory of Music; taught and still teaches private students from 2000 to present.

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Michael Tarin

Instrument(s): French Horn, Mellophone
Languages Spoken: English
Rate: $25, 1/2 Hour - $45, Hour
Level: Beginners to Advanced
Availability: Call

About: student at California State University Los Angeles, Michael Tarin has been studying french horn for 10 years. In that time, he has been a member of the PCC Lancer Marching Band and the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. He is currently a member of the Cal State LA Wind Ensemble. He has performed in several additional ensembles including the Pasadena Youth Musicians Orchestra and several community and church groups. Michael has experience helping students get started learning the basics of french horn, instrument maintenance, and getting them ready for college level playing and beyond.