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Honors Festival

January 6-8, 2023

The Bob Cole Honors Festival provides a unique opportunity for High School students from grades 10-12 to interact and collaborate with guest solo artists, composers, and conductors. Festival participants will receive section coaching and masterclasses from the invited artists and other festival faculty.

**Application Deadline is December 10.** Register now!

Honors Festival string participants will not only perform as a large ensemble but will also perform as string quartets making the festival truly a unique experience for these students. High School music teachers will have an opportunity for Masterclass workshops about rehearsal and conducting techniques. Truly the Bob Cole Festival offers something unique and enriching for everyone who participates.

Cost and Registration

Festival participation fee is $30.00. We also have a limited number of need-based scholarships for those wishing to attend but are not able to afford the $30.00 participation rate.

Wind Symphony

Wind Symphony in concert.

The Bob Cole Honors Wind Symphony is an ensemble made of the most talented wind musicians in Southern California. The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Jermie Arnold, will host a guest artist who will not only solo with the ensemble but will also give a Masterclass to Honors Festival students. Ensemble members will receive section coaching from our festival faculty and present a celebration concert for family and friends at the conclusion of the festival.


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Concert Choir

The Bob Cole Chamber Singers.

The Bob Cole Honors Concert Choir is an ensemble made of the most talented vocal musicians in Southern California. Ensemble members will receive section coaching from our festival faculty and present a celebration concert for family and friends at the conclusion of the festival.


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String Chamber

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Chamber Orchestra.

The Bob Cole Honors String Chamber is an ensemble made of the most talented string musicians in Southern California. Ensemble members will receive section coaching from our festival faculty and guest artists, and present a celebration concert for family and friends at the conclusion of the festival.


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Maps & Location

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About our Guest Artists

Ryan Darke

Trumpeter Ryan Darke enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. He is currently in his 7th season as Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra led by conductor James Conlon and as Lecturer of Trumpet at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University of Long Beach.

Guest artist Ryan Darke, trumpet.
Guest artist Ryan Darke, trumpet.

As an educator, his energy and commitment to his students is a tremendous priority and truly a passion of his. In addition to his position at CSULB, Ryan is also a Lecturer of Pedagogy (Graduate Level) at The Colburn Conservatory of Music. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arizona (2015-2017), a guest lecturer at The Juilliard School, Tianjin, a studio teacher at the Orange County High School of the Performing Arts, Program Director of Brass & Trumpet at the Montecito Music Festival, a Graduate Assistant Teacher while a masters student at Rice University, and the Brass Head at his alma mater Cerritos High School.

Throughout Ryan’s orchestral career he has played full seasons with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (2nd trumpet), San Diego Symphony (principal trumpet), and a year of fellowship at New World Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition, he has played short-term contracts with Auckland Philharmonia, The Malaysia Philharmonic, and the Stavanger Philharmonic.

In addition, he has played with orchestras across the United States including San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, and the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra in San Diego. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ryan has appeared as guest principal trumpet, played in the LA Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and joined two international tours (Venezuela and Scotland).

He has enjoyed positions at summer festivals including three seasons as associate principal at the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz. He has also played at Britt Festival Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, two summers at the National Orchestra Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Bar Harbor Brass Institute, and seminars at Domaine Forget.

In addition, Ryan enjoys recording work in Los Angeles, and frequently performs at Warner Brothers, Sony, Capital Records, and Fox Studios. He can be heard on many motion pictures and television shows including The Greatest Showman, Turning Red, The Mandalorian, Mulan, The Suicide Squad, The Simpsons, Star Trek: Picard, and more.

While in Los Angeles, Ryan enjoys performing contemporary music with the modern music collective wildUp, of which he is a founding member and has appeared on several Grammy nominated recordings. He also has performed in salsa bands and a fantastic world music/Brazilian band named Badaue!

Throughout his career, Ryan has worked with many of the world’s great conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Marin Alsop, Louis Langree, and Esa Pekka Salonen. He also has enjoyed working closely with Christoph Eschenbach, while serving two years as principal trumpet at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. While residing in Germany he was featured playing Mahler 5, among other large works during several international tours.

Ryan received his Professional Studies Certificate at The Colburn School (2013), master’s in Music Performance from Rice University (2010), and his bachelor’s degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach (2008). His most influential instructors have been James Wilt, Tony Prisk, Rob Frear, Richard Giangiulio, Joan LaRue, and Michael Sachs.

In addition to performing, Ryan is an active teacher and mentor of young musicians. He is highly involved with the Jumpstart program at The Colburn School, where he mentors the conservatory students while they are honing their teaching skills. He has volunteered for OrchKids through the Baltimore Symphony, Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA) through the LA Philharmonic, and while touring with the LA Philharmonic taught a master class in Venezuela’s "El Sistema." Ryan was asked to speak at a lecture series for Bard College Conservatory of Music students via the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

VJ Rosales

Guest artist VJ Rosales, voice.
Guest artist VJ Rosales, voice.

VJ Rosales is a singer/songwriter from the greater Los Angeles area. Graduating with a degree in Choral Vocal Education and Jazz Studies Performance from CSU Long Beach, VJ works as a professional singer, songwriter/arranger, and educator in the music world.

VJ Rosales sings as part of a 5-member, all-Filipino-American group called The Filharmonic. Formed together to compete on the hit television a cappella show, NBC’s The Sing Off in 2013, they continue to have many great opportunities in the world of a cappella.

Together they have starred in Pitch Perfect 2 and are currently the in-house a cappella group for The Late Late Show with James Corden. As music director of the group, VJ has arranged and directed 8 Late Late Show riff offs—some of which include Anna Kendrick, Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, John Legend and more!

As the world of a cappella evolves, VJ continues to write/arrange, teach, and create music globally.

Teng Li

Teng Li is a diverse and dynamic performer internationally. Recently, she was appointed Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic after more than a decade as Principal with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Guest artist Teng Li, viola.
Guest artist Teng Li, viola.

Teng Li is also an active recitalist and chamber musician participating in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Rome, Moritzburg (Germany), and the Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor. She has performed with the Guarneri Quartet in New York, at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), and with the 92nd Street “Y” Chamber Music Society. Teng was featured with the Guarneri Quartet in their last season (2009) and was also a member of the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two program. She is a member of the Rosamunde Quartet (led by Noah Bendix-Balgley, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) and the Toronto-based Arkel Trio.

Teng Li has been featured as soloist with the National Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Haddonfield Symphony, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, and Esprit Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio, WQXR (New York), WHYY (Pennsylvania), WFMT (Chicago), and Bavarian Radio (Munich).

Yue Qian

Chinese violinist Yue Qian enjoys music-making, strives to express through the violin, and believes that music truly brings people together. As a member of the Beijing Contemporary Soloists, a recent CD Jade was released under NAXOS China featuring music by prominent contemporary Chinese composers.

Guest artist Yue Qian, violin.
Guest artist Yue Qian, violin.

Qian has performed worldwide with appearances at Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Ferme de Villefavard in France, Music@Menlo, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Beijing Modern Festival.

Qian is also keen on community engagements and teaching. Together with Midori Goto, She has interacted with communities in the Los Angeles Area, Mexico, Japan, and Sri Lanka. A former chamber music faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-college division, she is currently a chamber music coach at the Colburn Community School, and an instructor of the music program at USC Thornton of School of Music.

Qian’s early music education begins with Hui Zhu, Shanghai Conservatory Middle School with Binyou Zhou, and Interlochen Arts Academy with Yuri Namkung. Later her mentors included Midori Goto at USC Thornton of School of Music, Ronald Copes and Sylvia Rosenberg at the Juilliard School, and she is currently pursuing her DMA degree at USC with Bing Wang.

Joon Sung Jun

Joon Sung Jun is an internationally acclaimed cellist, widely known for his musical integrity and world class artistry, who has given hundreds of concerts, with solo appearances in concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch, Boccherini, Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Goltermann, Haydn, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, and Tchaikovsky. He has performed with various orchestras, including the Kazakhstan National Philharmonic, Uol San Symphony, Ma San Symphony, Pusan Symphony, Korean Philharmonic, InCheon Philharmonic, Catholic Boys Town, Symphonieta, and the Korean American Symphony, where he made his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in 2007, and where he also performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Henry Gronnier and Norman Krieger in July 2012.

Guest artist Joon Sung Jun, cello.
Guest artist Joon Sung Jun, cello.

He has collaborated in concertos, chamber music and orchestral symphonies with Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, and under the baton of luminaries Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Simon Rattle, Nan Sae Gum, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has given recitals and performed in chamber concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia; including collaborating with institutes like the Paris Conservatory, the Kazakhstan National Music Conservatory as well as many others. He started his international competition winning career in 1996, with acclaimed performances at the Dong A International Competition, and the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, which brought immediate invitations to prestigious performing art centers along with recital and concerto concert tours. His live concerts have been broadcasted on television and radio stations, such as PBS, KCET, KBS, MBC, 91.5 FM KUSC, and his recordings have included collaborations with Korean singer Eun Mi Lee, as well as being featured in South Korean movies and television drama series.

As a professor, he has given master classes in the United States, Europe and Asia and has taught and lectured in chamber music ensemble and literature at such institutes like California State University of Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, Pusan University, Dong-I University, Kyung Sung University, and the Kazakhstan National Music Conservatory.

Jun’s cello students have won first prize in competitions such as, Edith Knox Young Artists’ Showcase competition, Marina Del Rey-Westchester Symphony Young Artist Competition, Brentwood Westwood Symphony Young Artist Competition, Torrance Symphony Concerto Competition, PSYO Concerto Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Solo Competition, American String Teachers Association Solo Competition, Los Angeles Violoncello Society Competition, Kollaboration Classical Competition, South Coast Symphony Concerto Competitions, as well as numerous orchestra auditions. His students have been accepted to prestigious colleges as schcalarship and full scholarship award recipients, such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, UCLA, USC, Yale University, and more.

In his homeland of South Korea, Jun has a contract to be a soloist and give master classes with the Prestige Youth Orchestras as their principal professor throughout the country, each year. He also teaches and performs in major festivals in Italy, France, Kazakhstan, New York, Beverly Hills, and Montecito where Jun was on the faculty with Ivry Gitlis, Aaron Rosen, Ida Haendel and Janos Starker. He is also a member of trio FUGU, which has received an invitation for a residency at the Vietnam National Music Conservatory to participate in the "Chamber Music Side by Side" project set for the spring of 2013.

Jun has completed all of his studies and received his degrees at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Eleonore Schoenfeld, and has continued studying with Gerhard Mantel, Ronald Leonard, David Soyer, Lynn Harrell, as well as many other distinguished musicians.

Jun is the founder of Amici Concert Artists: a non-profit music organization, a board member of Peninsula Symphony, records movie sound tracks for Warner Brothers Motion Pictures, 20 Century Fox, Disney, Sony Pictures, and is also the Artistic Director of Junior Chamber Music, which concert toured Salzburg and Mozarteum in 2012. He has been a cello professor and chairperson for instrument at Shepherd University since 2002, and has been a faculty member of California State University of Long Beach since 2007.

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