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Faculty | Strings

Elizabeth Freeman

  • Associate Professor, Violin and Chamber Music
  • Area Coordinator, Strings
  • Director, Chamber Music

  • Postgraduate Degree in Violin Performance, Guildhall School of Music, London
  • M.M. in Violin Performance, Yale University
  • B.M. in Violin Performance, Indiana University

The Boston Globe has praised Elizabeth Larson’s playing as having “great charm and refinement…and breathtaking virtuosity.” Larson began violin at the age of three, and since first soloing with the Milwaukee Symphony at age seven and the Boston Pops at age 11, she has gone on to perform internationally as a renowned soloist and chamber musician. Her tours have brought her to four continents...

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Marlin Owen

  • Associate Professor, Music History and Cello
  • Area Coordinator, Strings
  • Director, Biola Symphony Orchestra

  • M.A. University of California, San Diego
  • B.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mr. Owen is currently Area Coordinator of the Strings Department and is the private instructor for applied cello lessons. He is also the conductor of the Biola Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches the Music History and Music Culture courses. His dynamic teaching style and eclectic musical career contribute to his students' rich learning experience in class, at lesson, and under his baton. Alumna...

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Mindy Ball

  • Studio Artist, Harp

    Since 1979, Mindy Ball has served as principal harp with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Chorale. She is also principal harp for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Opera Pacific. She was principal harp for Pittsburgh Opera from 2003–2007 under John Mauceri. She performs regularly for major national and international touring ballet companies and has recorded for major motion...

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    David Black

    • Studio Artist, Double Bass

      David Black received his master of arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, and his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Fullerton. His teachers have included Bertram Turetzky, Dennis Trembly, Patrick Neher, and Fred Tinsley. He currently performs with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Opera Pacific in Orange County. He also has performed with the...

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      Jason Bonham

      • Studio Artist, Viola

        Jason Bonham is the Principal Violist with Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has been a performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and guest principal violist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Berkeley Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony. As a...

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        Melody Chang

        • Studio Artist, Violin

        • M.M. Performance (Violin), University of Southern California
        • B.M. Performance (Violin), Cleveland Institute of Music

        A native of Southern California, violinist Melody Chang has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Austria, France, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong, where she was awarded First Prize at the 2013 Third Hong Kong International Violin Competition. She has collaborated with U.K. Band "Bastille," has appeared on the U.S. network TV Show "The Moment", CBS’s show “The Bold...

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        Adam Del Monte

        • Studio Artist, Classical Guitar

          Del Monte has performed Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as with the Pacific Symphony with Maestro Carl St. Claire. Another performance at the Hollywood Bowl included a special collaboration with famed dancer Lola Greco. Additional venues where Del Monte has...

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          Evan Marshall

          • Studio Artist, Mandolin

            Inspired equally by violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz and Country guitarist Chet Atkins, Evan Marshall crafted a signature approach to the mandolin that blends bass lines, chordal accompaniment, rhapsodic runs and tremolo melodies to create an exciting solo mandolin style unsurpassed by his peers. Evan started classical violin studies at age seven, and added the mandolin at the age of 14.


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            Leonora Wagner

            • Adjunct Professor, Music History

            • Ph.D. Musicology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
            • M.A. Music History and Literature, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
            • B.M. Violin Performance, Biola University (La Mirada, CA)
            • B.S. Mathematics, Biola University (La Mirada, CA)

            After earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, summa cum laude, from Biola University (2003), Leonora Wagner continued her studies at the University of Southern California, receiving a Master of Arts in music history and literature (2005) and a doctorate in historical musicology (2012) with a dissertation focusing on the writings and music of...


            Music History I

            Music History II

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