Director of Piano Chamber Music
Orchestra Asstistant & Chamber Group Coach
Pianist Robert Cassidy has received critical acclaim for his performances and recordings of both solo piano repertoire and chamber music. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Constance Keene, and Marc Silverman. Subsequent studies followed with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. Dr. Cassidy holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying/ Piano Performance from Ball State University, where he studied with Robert Palmer.
Dr. Cassidy often appears as a soloist and chamber musician. He has also been presented on radio stations WFMT in Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Series), WRUW, WCLV and WCPN in Cleveland, WKSU in Kent, Ohio, and WNYC in New York (Around New York). Dr. Cassidy has premiered solo piano works by the American composers David Noon and Keith Fitch. He is the pianist in the Cleveland-based, Almeda Trio (www.almedatrio.com) and regularly performs chamber music with members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
A extremely active and highly sought-after teacher and chamber music coach, Dr. Cassidy is in demand for master classes, workshops and lectures, private teaching, and adjudication. He maintains a private studio at The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
Angela Ezeonyeka is a multi-faceted musician currently residing in Port Hueneme, CA. Her formal education began with a Bachelors of Music from Brigham Young University, emphasizing in Viola Performance. In 2010, she relocated to UCSB to study viola with Helen Callus in her graduate studies which she completed in 2016. While in her graduate studies, she performed for famous artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble as a member of the Young Artists String Quartet in Residence.
Angela’s freelance work includes teaching and coaching for Santa Barbara Strings and Santa Barbara Symphony youth education programs, private studio instruction for piano, violin, viola, and beginning cello, studio recording, orchestra gigs with numerous orchestras along the coast, and performing for weddings and special events with the Santa Barbara String Quartet. Angela has performed on a few television programs like The Amazing Race Season 28 Finale Episode with the String Quartet.
From a young age, Angela has been interested in many different genres and styles of music. This interest makes her adaptable and desirable for recording artists in the studio. She has recorded on albums in folk, singer-songwriter, reggae, Irish, and Bluegrass.
Cellist Chenoa Orme-Stone is an active performer and music educator currently residing in Santa Barbara, California. Chenoa completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Fall of 2020. She holds a Master of Music from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her teachers included Morten Zeuthen, Emilio Colón, Marc Coppey, and Jennifer Kloetzel, as well as members of the Pacifica Quartet, Danish String Quartet, and Calder Quartet. She has been invited to perform in masterclasses for such distinguished cellists as Yo-Yo Ma, Astrid Schween, Martin Menking, David Geber, Eric Kim, Anthony Elliot, and Chu Yi-Bing.
An avid chamber musician, Chenoa previously performed with the Diamond Ensemble and was a member of the Young Artists String Quartet at the University of California Santa Barbara. While studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, she regularly performed with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra. She currently performs with various orchestras throughout southern California.
In addition to performing, Chenoa has extensive teaching experience and maintains a full studio of private cello students. She has also taught at schools and music education programs such as University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center, Santa Barbara Strings, Lotus Chamber Music Festival, Westmont Academy for Young Artists, Copenhagen International School, and Seattle Music Partners.
TBD - OTHER BIOs
Alita Rhodes, cellist, strings teacher, retired from Santa Barbara Symphony
Nicole McKenzie, violinist, strings teacher, professional musician
Miller Wrenn, double bass, professional musician, bass teacher
Sara Basemore, violinist, soloist and chamber musician, professional musician
Margaret Langley, violinist, soloist and chamber musician, professional musician
Kristi Holstein, violinist, violist, strings teacher, professional musician
Moon Man Whitehead, violist, Westmont Music student
Gerrie Fausett, cellist, public school administrator/ consultant