Teachers

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.” – Plato

Alla Shklovski, Piano & Theory

Ms. Alla received her Ph.D. in Musicology from St Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.  In Kazakhstan, where she was born, Ms Alla taught piano classes and theory courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She designed course materials for theory courses and performed research in oriental music theory while serving as an associate professor at the Conservatoire in Kazakhstan. Ms. Alla moved to the US in 1993 and has been on the faculty of Pacific Conservatory since 2001. She is beloved by her students for her delightful personality and superb teaching skills. Ms Alla is an avid skier and enjoys interior design, literature and traveling.

Carlos Ordiano Piano, Latin Jazz & Jazz

Carlos Ordiano was born in Orange, California and began playing piano at eight years old. Carlos works as a freelance musician in the Southern California area and loves to share music with people of all ages. Santa Ana College helped him develop musical skills, and it was there that he became proficient at sight-reading and improvising in different genres. Carlos has worked at Orange County School for the Arts accompanying, directing and arranging music for small to large jazz ensembles and orchestras. In his years at California State University Long Beach, Carlos earned the Bob Cole Jazz Scholarship and studied with Cecilia Coleman, a New York-based jazz pianist. He has also been fortunate enough to study classical piano with Allison Edwards. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Jazz Piano from Cal State Long Beach and a Liberal Arts Associate of the Arts (A.A.) from Santa Ana College. Carlos tours nationally and internationally, with a variety of artists in contrasting musical genres. We welcomed Mr. Carlos Ordiano to Pacific Conservatory in Winter of 2016.

Crystal Clulee, Voice & Piano

Crystal Clulee is… a powerful, charismatic singer with an impressive range and compelling stage presence. A life-long musician, Crystal has studied piano, violin, cello and alto saxophone as well as voice. Crystal’s history includes a scholarship to the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston where she majored in music business and vocal performance, followed by private study with renowned vocal coach, Mark Baxter. Crystal is warm and engaging, a consummate professional and a highly entertaining front-person. Her performance highlights include singing lead and background vocals for the legendary Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone, fronting various sought-after cover bands from Boston to Los Angeles, and session recordings for independent contractors including commercials, karaoke tracks, and a children’s book/cd series. Pacific Conservatory welcomes Ms. Crystal in the Fall 2016.

Eric Salinas, Guitar, Accordion, Ukulele, Piano, Italian and Spanish

Mr. Eric is a high-energy teacher with in-depth knowledge of music theory and the Alexander Method. He has attended master classes and workshops for composition led by Lloyd Rodgers and Ken Walisky.
A skilled guitarist and instructor, he provides students with practical tips and techniques to accelerate music reading and comprehension. He earned an AA in Music from Santa Ana College with an emphasis in Classical Guitar and Theory. He continued his studies at California State University Fullerton, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance. He brings Pacific Conservatory over 10 years of teaching experience and a lifetime of performance credibility. Mr. Eric also has a passion for culture, languages and travel. He has an unmatched skillset and can teach the youngest of all learners to adults. Pacific Conservatory welcomed Mr. Eric Salinas in the Fall of 2016.

Kia Kani, Guitar, French and Farsi

Mr Kia studied classical guitar and won several national competitions as a young student. Deciding to dedicate his life professionally to the classical guitar, he immigrated to Spain, a country with a rich classical guitar tradition. He studied with Ignacio Rodes, at the Oscar Espla Conservatory in Alicante. He completed his Master’s in Interpretation and Research in classical guitar. During these years he worked as a guitar teacher at several music schools, teaching dozens of students of different ages. During his stay in Spain, he participated in several courses and master classes by such masters as David Russell, Ricardo Gallen, Jose Miguel Moreno and Fernando Espi. Through these courses he became interested in ancient music and started researching the origins of the guitar: instruments such Vihuela, Renaissance Lute, Baroque Guitar. His research resulted in the publication of 60 articles for an internet website. Mr Kani spends much of his time teaching because it is something he always enjoyed. Mr Kia joined Pacific Conservatory faculty in 2015.

 

Jake Tulley, Voice and Piano

Mr. Jake is a classical singer who performs pop, jazz, classical and musical theatre. Originally from Mansfield, Texas, he moved to California to pursue a Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of California, Irvine. This is where he gained proficiency in music theory, musicianship, vocal technique, and knowledge of music history. Throughout his four years at UCI, Mr. Jake was active in the opera program, the choir program, and the a Capella community. During composer, Morten Lauridsen’s residency with the UCI Chamber Singers, he was selected to sing three solo songs in Lauridsen’s concert and received private training with the world-renowned composer. Mr. Jake has also held various leadership positions throughout his college career. During his senior year, he was a Music Director for UCI’s pop a Capella group, Vermillion Vocalists, where he led them through an award-winning season, complete with record-breaking productivity. Although he originally started his music career as a singer songwriter playing various places such as, The House of Blues, Dallas, The Prophet Bar, and Boardners, he fell in love with the classical style and has only looked back for fun. Jakes most recent performance was with the UCI opera program where he played George in Ned Rorem’s, Our Town . Mr. Jake is extremely excited for this opportunity with the Pacific Conservatory and is hopeful for the years to come. We welcomed Mr. Jake to Pacific Conservatory in the Fall 2017.

 

Rosa Galvez Sotorrio, Piano, Voice, Chamber Music

Ms. Rosa received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the Superior Conservatory of Music, Malaga and her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Malaga, Spain. She has extensive chamber music experience playing with trumpet, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and guitar players. She also has wide breadth of knowledge in musical analysis, counterpoint, harmony, occidental music history, accompaniment, contemporary notation and choir. Her repertoire and interest spans from baroque to contemporary. In addition to her music education, Ms Rosa received a second Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Malaga, earned the European ERASMUS Scholarship in Environmental Sciences and studied in Halmstad, Sweden. Ms Rosa moved to the US in 2013 and we welcomed her to Pacific Conservatory in the Spring semester of 2013.

 

Ovidiu Marinca, Piano, Music Theory, Violin, Cello

Mr. Ovidiu Marinca began his musical studies at the age of 5, in his native Romania where he was born.  In 1980 he moved to the United States, where he continued his studies, receiving his Master of Music degree from CSU Los Angeles. Mr. Ovidiu taught music at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, California for 18 years.  The courses he taught at Fairmont were AP Music Theory, Class Piano, Orchestra and Beginning Strings. He has also served as a church pianist for many years, accompanying weekly choir performances as well as various other singers and instrumentalists. Ovidiu has been on the faculty of Pacific Conservatory since October 2017. He has a friendly personality and enjoys spending time with his wife and his two kids.

 

Administration Staff

Kim Le, Director,
Piano, Percussion, Art, Vocals, Musical Theater & Accompanist

Kim Le is an award-winning pianist who has worked as a musician since the age of 16, when she began giving neighborhood piano lessons and accompanying at her high school and local colleges. She performs throughout Orange County as a keyboardist, pianist, and percussionist. Kim received her first musical training from her father, composer Le Van Khoa, at the age of four and has become a dedicated artist who is totally committed to her students’ success. She studied Piano Performance with Allison Edwards at Santa Ana College, and this path eventually led her to Pacific Conservatory in 2002, where she was attracted to its unique curriculum and classroom format. After 15 years of service to Pacific Conservatory, Kim Le became its Director, allowing founder Brenda Eeds to retire. In addition to her musical pursuits, Kim enjoys painting, writing limericks, calligraphy and model trains. She is a lifetime learner and takes clinics and Master Classes in her field whenever possible. Kim also studies with business and marketing guru Craig Duswalt; former manager of Guns n’ Roses and Air Supply.

Elizabeth Mejia, Assistant Director & Etiquette Advocate

Ms Elizabeth Mejia was born in El Salvador into a family with musical talent going back several generations. Her education in Business Administration, with emphasis in Pre-Law gave her a vast knowledge and in 1995, she followed an administrative career as Executive Assistant to the Senior Partner of a prestigious law firm in West Los Angeles. Miss Elizabeth gives our parents and students excellence in customer service. She is detail-oriented, patient and knowledgeable about all aspects of Pacific Conservatory. She enjoys attending musical concerts and theater and is looking forward to enriching her family’s next generation by teaching her own daughter the beauty of music and arts. We appreciate Ms. Elizabeth for keeping us organized and operating efficiently. She is also our Etiquette advocate, teaching classes for children ages five to teens. She joined Pacific Conservatory’s staff in the Fall of 2008.