TEACHING STAFF

Kate Prestia-Schaub
Woodwind Coach

Kate made her solo piccolo debut with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at age 18.  Additionally, she has been a soloist with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, the Denver Concert Band, and in 2007 with the All Valley Honor Band in Temecula. Kate has been invited to perform at the National Flute Association Convention numerous times, and is honored to have been invited to many other notable flute festivals in the United States.  She has performed solo recitals throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.  

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Thomas Kociela
Brass Coach and Music Director / Conductor of TVYS

Mr. Kociela’s first exposure to a youth orchestra was in the eighth grade when he joined the Livonia Youth Philharmonic (Livonia, MI) at the suggestion of one of his good friends – he has been involved with youth orchestras ever since! In high school, Tom was a member of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra for three years. Following college, he trained and performed for four years with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Over the past seven years, Tom has been a frequent substitute musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Alana Joos
Percussion Coach and Orchestra Manager

Alana Joos is a free-lance percussionist in Southern California and is currently the Principal Percussionist with the Temecula Valley Symphony in Temecula and the Southland Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, CA.  She has also performed professionally with Riverside Lyric Opera, Pacific Lyric Opera, Inland Valley Opera, Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and the La Mirada, Orange County, Rio Hondo, Bellflower, Southland, West Covina, Colton, Westside and Long Beach Symphonies and many other groups, playing symphonic percussion, or drums and percussion for operas and musical theatre.

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Coming Soon!
BIOS & INFORMATION about Elizabeth Monacelli and Gina Wingfield, both coaches for PRELUDE BEGINNING STRINGS.