DR. KEVIN GARNICA is a pianist, composer, and an active musician in the Los Angeles area. He received his Bachelor’s in piano performance and Master’s in music composition from California State university, Fullerton, where he studied with Eduardo Delgado and the late Dr. Lloyd Rogers, respectively. As an undergraduate, he was awarded top prize in his class, and his chamber cantata based on the story of Joan of Arc, Jehanne the Maiden, was awarded Outstanding Graduate Composition. In 1995, Garnica became one of the youngest winners of the ASCAP Composition Competition when his piano piece, Sonata for Scriabin, was chosen from over five-hundred entries. He was also awarded the John Williams Grant for composition. And his song, “O Magnet-South”, was a finalist in the NATS Art Song Composition Competition.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in Central and South America, Europe, and throughout the US. Garnica received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas, Austin, with a full assistantship, under the tutelage of Anne Epperson, specializing in Collaborative Piano. He has performed with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including Concertmaster Martin Chalifour, the Pacific Symphony, Austin Symphony, and Irvine Symphony. Garnica has worked and taught throughout Southern California, including Pasadena City College, Cal State, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Biola University, Chapman University, and the American Musical Dramatic Academy. Currently, he is the staff pianist, vocal coach, and music librarian at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.
ELLIE IKEDA’s love for teaching music developed shortly after beginning college, where she was able to mentor and tutor fellow students throughout her entire experience. From there, Ms. Ikeda began also teaching young children and adults, forming a love for music education for all ages. In addition to piano, she enjoys hiking, exploring new places to eat, and being a mother of two lovely cats. Her future aspirations include becoming a board-certified music therapist to work specifically with children with special needs, and further developing new teaching methods and techniques that accommodate all learning levels and ages.
Teaching Experience & Education
Teaching piano, music theory, and composition.–2013 to present
BA Commercial Music (Composition and Arranging), California State University, Los Angeles–Graduated 2015
MA Music Therapy, Saint Mary of the Woods College–currently in progress
PAUL BLACKWELL is an active performer, collaborator, educator, and composer. Originally from San Diego, he focused on composition and eventually transitioned the focus of his studies to piano performance. During his studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, he participated in a wide range of performances and received numerous awards for both his performances and academic endeavors. He has worked with many other musicians and ensembles, and was the winner of the 2015-2016 BCCM Concerto Competition. Paul obtained his Master of Music degree (M.M.) from California State University, Long Beach since 2017. He actively accompanies ballet classes at CSULB, OCSA, and other studios; and teaches piano in the Southern California region. He has studied under Craig Richey, Dr. Shun-Lin Chou, Dr. Diane Snodgrass, and Mary Barranger.
TIFFANY POON is a Bay Area native who studied at Manhattan School of Music, completing her MM in
Instrumental Accompanying with Heasook Rhee and BM in Piano Performance with Nina Svetlanova.
During her studies, her piano trio was selected to perform the New York premiere of a commissioned
work in Carnegie Hall. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed in other distinguished venues such
as Symphony Space and the National Arts Club in New York City, and is a prizewinner in the U.S. Open
Music Competition. She has attended festivals such as Rebecca Penney’s Piano Festival and Montecito
International Music Festival and has taken master classes for solo and chamber music with Enrico Elisi
and Gilbert Kalish, respectively.
Aside from music, Tiffany loves drawing, drinking boba, and telling bad jokes. One of her favorite jokes is
“What is Beethoven’s favorite fruit?” (talk to her and find out!)
TAYLOR BREDBERG started piano at the age of seven and arguably started composing before this age. Seeing an eager curiosity for music and the piano, he was enrolled at the Colburn School of Performing Arts where he studied with Carmina Glickglick and Jeff Lavner from the age of seven through high school. During this time, he was mostly self taught in composition, receiving guidance from his piano teachers. He then spent two years at Santa Monica College studying piano and composition. He spent a year at the USC Thornton school of music where he studied composition with Andrew Norman and piano with Dr. Christine Kim. He currently is finishing his Bachelors degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach.
ANDREA CHOI, adjunct faculty member at Regina’s Music Studio, aims to teach and perform music with vitality. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, she studied Piano Performance at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with Dr. Stewart Gordon. Additionally, she has had the pleasure of studying with other famous pianists and instructors such as Myong-Joo Lee, Jura Margulis, John Perry, Tamás Vásáry, Paul Schenly, Wonmi Kim, and Nelita True.
Andrea Choi is a recipient of numerous awards for her piano performances. Her recent musical accomplishments include 1st Prize and Most Promising Musician Award in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Young Artist Awards Competition, 1st Prize in the CAPMT Honors Auditions, and semi-finalist for the USASU Schimmel International Piano Competition and Cooper International Piano Competition. A number of the awards led to performances in venues such as the Walt Disney Hall, the LACMA Museum, the Broad Stage, and the Skirball Center, among other venues across the country.
Also active as a choral conductor, Andrea Choi has been trained by professors in the USC Choral Music Department such as Jo-Michael Scheibe, Cristian Grases, Tram Sparks, and Nick Strimple. She has received accolades in many of her choral conducting performances at USC.