Director of Piano Chamber Music
Director of Toccata Orchestra
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.
Chenoa Orme-Stone has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral member in concert venues across the United States and Europe. She attended the Seattle Conservatory of Music pre-college program and earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Emilio Colón. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she studied with Morten Zeuthen. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California Santa Barbara under the tutelage of Jennifer Kloetzel.
Chenoa has performed with renowned chamber ensembles, such as the Diamond Ensemble, and been featured in numerous chamber music festivals including PULSAR Festival of Contemporary Music and Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival. She has been coached by members of the Pacifica Quartet, the Danish String Quartet, and the Calder Quartet. While studying in Copenhagen, Chenoa 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 has taught at schools and music education programs such as the University of California Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center, the Copenhagen International School, and Seattle Music Partners. In 2015, she published a grade system for learning cello, and was invited to give a public lesson in a teaching masterclass with Dr. Géza Szilvay, the creator of the internationally renowned Colourstrings method. Chenoa maintains a full studio of private cello students in Santa Barbara, CA.
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