President & CEO
Leah Z. Rosenthal
Artistic Director LRosenthal@LJMS.org
SummerFest Music Director
Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three after his parents discovered he had perfect pitch, and he made his orchestral debut at age 11. His musical education connects him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: he studied first with Professor Victor Derevianko, who, himself, studied with the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus; and in 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio – a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel – and with Christopher Elton. This summer, Barnatan begins his tenure as La Jolla Music Society’s newest SummerFest Music Director.
Education and Community Programming Manager ABoles@LJMS.org
Programming Manager SCampbell@LJMS.org
Community Music Center Director
Mr. Paredes earned his Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University in Music Education in 1998. After graduating from SDSU, he attended National University, where he earned his Master of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching and his B-CLAD Teaching Credential. Mr. Paredes has been a music educator in the San Diego Unified School District since 1999 when started his teaching career teaching band, orchestra, and guitar at an elementary school. Aside from being an elementary music teacher, he also started teaching string instruments at La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center, where he has been the director for the past eighteen years. Since 2012, Mr. Paredes has been the mariachi director at the University of San Diego. Currently, he is working at developing the music program at Logan Memorial Educational Campus.
Community Music Center Administrative Assistant
Xiomara Pastenes has been a part of the La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center for about six years as an Administrative Assistant. She also teaches the string section of our LJMS Ensemble. She is currently working to finish her degree in Marketing Communications.
Mr. Blocker earned his Bachelor in Music Education from San Diego State University, a Reading and Literacy Credential from the University of California San Diego, a Master’s degree in Best-Practices (Education) and Administrative Services Credential from National University. Mr. Blocker has taught in the San Diego Unified School District for many years teaching band, marching band, orchestra, and percussion ensembles. He is currently teaching in the Chula Vista Elementary School District as a music teacher (grades K-6). Mr. Blocker is a percussionist and has performed in various percussion ensembles. He is new to CMC and excited to work with our students.
Ms. Carrazana is of Cuban origin (musician and performer). She is a teacher and vocalist of Latin musical genres with African influences (Bolero, Chachacha, Salsa, Rumba, Afro, Latin Jazz, and jazz improvisation). As a music professional, she visited Germany, Martinique, Japan, San Martín, Brazil, and Mexico. She teaches courses and musical workshops for vocal improvisation. She is currently studying Music and Acting at Grossmont College San Diego to transfer to the University of San Diego.
Sra. Carrazana es de origen cubano (Música e Intérprete). Es profesora y vocalista de géneros musicales latinos con influencias africanas (Bolero, Chachachá, Salsa, Rumba, Afro, Latin Jazz e improvisación de jazz). Como profesional de la música, visitó Alemania, Martinica, Japón, San Martín, Brasil y México. Imparte cursos y talleres musicales de improvisación vocal. En diciembre de 2014; se mudó a San Diego. Actualmente estudia Música y Actuación en Grossmont College San Diego para transferirse a la Universidad de San Diego.
Armando Solo Hernandez
Armando Solo Hernandez
Self-taught in guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and more since 1963. Mr. Hernandez performed in Germany and Vietnam while in the U.S. Army 1969-1971. He studied music at San Diego State University and graduated with a multicultural-bilingual teaching credential. He completed his Master of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University along with other certificates, including California Community College in Guitar 1 & 2, Music Appreciation, Gifted and Talented Education, Visual and Performing Arts. Lastly, Mr. Hernandez is very proud to state that he is the only CMC instructor that has been an active member since its very beginning. VIVA CMC!
Ms. Maynard has been playing saxophone throughout San Diego and the rest of the world for over 15 years. She is an endorsing artist for Bari Woodwinds and is passionate about helping young people achieve their goals through music. She currently plays and teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, bass, voice, and piano and looks forward to sharing her skills with others.
Eduardo Ruiz has been the brass instructor of La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center since 2015. Born and raised in San Diego, he has worked hard to bring music to San Diego and its surrounding areas for over 10 years and is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education. He plays trumpet and enjoys composing and arranging.
Rebeca Tamez has been working as the violin instructor with the La Jolla Music Society Community Music Center (CMC) since 2016. Ms. Tamez has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music theory from the University of San Diego. She is currently working on her Master of Science in educational counseling. Ms. Tamez enjoys working with and teaching the CMC string students.
Director of Development FGasang@LJMS.org
Development Coordinator LAkiyama@LJMS.org
Special Events Coordinator NSlavik@LJMS.org
Marketing & Ticket Services
Director of Marketing AThurman@LJMS.org
Marketing Coordinator RCohen@LJMS.org
Marketing & Communications Project Manager HWoldseth@LJMS.org
Graphics & Web Designer AFranco@LJMS.org
Ticket Services Manager SBobritchi@LJMS.org
Assistant Ticket Services Manager NPaganucci@LJMS.org
Ticket Services Representative PMayuyu@LJMS.org
Director of Theatre Operations HKling@LJMS.org
Director of Theatre Operations
Hannes Kling’s work in arts management is driven by a sense of wonder, which he hopes to inspire in audiences of all ages. He studied Music and Technology at UCSD, beginning a career in theatre production that spanned from the tiny La Paloma Theatre to being on the inaugural team at Legoland California and overseeing the installation of sets nationally with the award-winning Devlin Design Group. He is thrilled to return to La Jolla Music Society, overseeing operations at The Conrad.
Technical Director VDavis@LJMS.org
Production Manager AViton@LJMS.org
Events Manager ALeCourt@LJMS.org