The goal for the Vandoren Regional Artist program is to enhance the quality of the music experience through education and the assistance of Vandoren. These highly trained professional educators and performers will engage your students through educational and fun sessions. The clinics they conduct cover a broad spectrum of topics and, based on your input, can be customized to fit the needs of your students. Contact us today to arrange your free Vandoren clinic.
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Amanda Walker is a clarinet concert artist, studio recording musician, and teacher. A native of Great Britain, she graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Music in London with honors, and was an exchange student at UCLA where she earned the Master of Fine Arts with the acclaimed clarinetist, Gary Gray. She pursued additional studies at USC with Yehuda Gilad, Michele Zukovsky, Mitchell Lurie, and David Howard. Ms. Walker is in high demand as a studio recording artist, and can be heard on the soundtracks of numerous films, including The American President and Cast Away. She has also performed with the Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Long Beach Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. In addition to her annual coaching sessions at the Idyllwild School of the Arts Summer Program for the junior high school, high school, and college divisions, Ms. Walker is currently on the faculty of the UC Irvine Department of Music where she teaches clarinet. A strong advocate for music education, she currently has 40 students in her private clarinet studio, many of whom have been selected to participate in the California All-State Honor Bands and Honor Orchestras, the All-Southern California Honor Band and Honor Orchestra, and the Southern California Society of Bands and Orchestras.
Location:Santa Monica, CA
Concert saxophonist, Chika Inoue has been praised for her "beautiful tone, acute sensitivity and virtuosic technique." She has received numerous performance awards in competitions, lavishing praise as a soloist and chamber musician. Chika has performed internationally at major venues, appearing as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Germany, Italy, China, and Japan with lavishing admiration. She has been a featured performing artist in international festivals such as The Faenza International Saxophone Festival in Italy, and The Yamaha Saxophone Festival in Japan. Additionally, she was recitalist and master class teacher at The International China Clarinet, and Saxophone Music Festival in Taiyuan, China and University of Arts, Berlin (UdK). She is on-call saxophonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Chika actively looks beyond the standard saxophone repertoire for works that allow the saxophone to shine, continuously transcribing and performing works of violin, clarinet, oboe, flute, voice and piano, expanding the limits of the saxophone technique and artistry. Although her concentration has primarily been on classical music, her phenomenal musicianship is embraced by jazz, film, ethnic folk, rock and electronic musical genres in her concerts.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Chika spent most of her youth in Frankfurt, Germany and San Diego, California. She has won first prize laureate at the Japan International League of Artists Music Competition, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young Artists Competition, Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition, Fresno Musical Club Bell T. Richie Award, and the Beverly Hills National Auditions. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music (D.M.A.), California State University, Fresno (M.A.), and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (B.A.), Chika is dedicated to sharing her knowledge with students. She is currently on faculty at Los Angeles City College as well as the California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Location:Los Angeles, CA