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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. Her 2010 schedule includes a series of solo recitals with the Golden Valley Music Society, a woodwind quintet project, and several recording projects. She recently premiered “Flash!”at the NFA convention in New York in August. As a soloist, Kate has recently been working with world renowned composers in expanding the piccolo repertoire. In 2001, composition faculty at USC Frederick Lesemann wrote “Slow Music for Piccolo Alone” for Kate. In 2008, Daniel Dorff wrote the ever energetic show piece “Flash!” Also in 2008, James Sharp wrote “Piccolo Sonatina” for Kate. These two new compositions were written and entered in the International Piccolo Symposium’s composition competition. “Flash!” was the winner of this, and is available through Theodore Presser, or Flute World. Currently, Kate is working with Martin Kennedy on a new work for piccolo to be premiered in 2010.In addition to her flourishing solo career, Kate is a member of the Inland Valley Symphony in Southern California. She also performs regularly with several musical theater groups in the Temecula and Murrieta valley, as well as actively playing with collaborative chamber music groups for community development and outreach events sponsored by the Arts Council of Temecula Valley.

Ms. Prestia-Schaub enjoys teaching a studio full of dedicated flute students in her home in Murrieta California. Her students participate in a variety of activities including: the Certificate of Merit program sponsored by the Music Teachers Association of California, Music Teachers National Association Music Study Award program, San Diego Flute Guild festivals and competitions, SCSBOA solo and ensemble festivals, two recitals per year, and she invites students to participate in community service programs for senior citizens in the area. In addition to her studio at home, Kate is invited several times a year to facilitate piccolo and flute master classes at various Universities and Flute Festivals throughout the country.  During the school year, she serves as the “Flute Coach” to Murrieta Valley High School and Shivela Middle School. During the summer months, Kate teaches the “Summer Music in the Valley” program sponsored by the Temecula Valley Arts Council.  Kate is on the adjunct faculty for the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA where she gives master classes and sectionals for their high school flute section. Ms. Prestia-Schaub’s teaching positions have included The Seoul Academy of Music (Van Nuys, CA); The Korean American Academy of Music (La Crescenta, CA); the Old Town Conservatory of Music and the Performing Arts (Pasadena, CA); and the European School of Music, (Torrance, CA).

In addition, Mr. Prestia-Schaub served as the development director for the Old Town Conservatory in Pasadena from 2001 to 2006. There, she wrote grants for community outreach music education programs and scholarships for the Conservatory Youth Orchestra program.  She created, developed and taught the “Adventures in Music” program in participating elementary schools in the Pasadena area.  Currently she is serving on the board of the San Diego Flute Guild, the Music Teachers Associated of California, and the advisory committee for the National Flute Association.

Please contact Kate through her website at http://k8trills.com/


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. In this capacity, Tom gained first hand experience of the practices, standards, collaborative efforts, and indescribable excitement of one of the world’s great orchestras.

Tom spent the past five years as Assistant Director with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. He developed and directed the brass ensemble at the University of Chicago and directed the wind ensemble at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Additionally, Tom taught private lessons and initiated many instrumental music programs at under-served schools. Tom holds a State of California Teaching Credential in music.


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.

Ms. Joos is also an avid promoter of the arts in Southern California. She is serving her 9th term as the President of the Temecula Valley Symphony Board of Directors in Temecula, CA and is also the Orchestra Manager for the Temecula Valley Youth Symphony.  Alana served as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Riverside Lyric Opera, promotes opera arts in the region, and coordinates various orchestras for performances in musical theater productions and area concerts.

Some of her most recent and notable performances include a two month tour of China where she was the Music Director and Drummer for “Caution, Men At Work, TAP.”  The troupe of 4 musicians and 7 tap dancers performed in large theatres in fifteen major cities throughout China.  She has played percussion in concert for celebrities Jackie Evancho, Regis Philbin, Jerry Lewis, Clay Aiken and Don Rickles. She can also be seen on a music video with Marco Antonio Solis, Latin Grammy Award Winner, playing drums on “A Dónde Vamos A Parar?” Other appearances include concerts with Buddy Greco, Donna Theodore, and Jerry VanDyke, among numerous others.

Alana has a B.S. Degree in Music, graduating Cum Laude, from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota and studied for her Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from California State University in Northridge, California.  Alana also served as the Graduate Assistant of Percussion at C.S.U.N and is a past President of the California Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.  She specializes in all orchestral percussion instruments, mallets and drum set.

She played the part of a drummer in the movies “Unfaithfully Yours,” “The Sting II,” “Going Berserk” and had a role as herself in “Nothing So Strange.” She also played percussion on Milton Berle’s production “Magic of the Stars,” for HBO.

In addition to her extensive career as a drummer and percussionist, Alana is a music contractor who books musicians, orchestras and bands for various productions, shows, concerts and events.  She is also an avid music educator who is instrumental in managing educational programs, handles the marketing and the promotion for the Temecula Valley Symphony and Youth Symphony, and actively teaches private music lessons for percussion, drum set, piano and trumpet.

You may contact Alana at 818-231-0931 or via email (click here).