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Musicians as Educators: NEC Alumni Panel Discussion

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
7 p.m.
Center for New Music – Main Hall

55 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Many NEC alumni pursue careers as educators. They pass on their wisdom to the next generation of musicians. They push boundaries of what it means to be a music educator in the 21st century. Some incorporate advancing technology into their pedagogy. Some use music education as a foundation for social change. However our alumni engage with music education, they constantly search for innovation while exploring rich traditions.

During the panel, NEC alumni will discuss their roles in music education and how they work with a changing musical and social landscape.

After the panel, guests will have the chance to network with our alumni in education over hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

Panel featuring:

  • Clint Bajakian, NEC trustee, ’87, guitar performance and music theory – Video game composer and Technology and Applied Composition faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

  • Andrea Landin, Sistema Fellow ’13 Director of School Partnerships with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA; current Graduate Student at Stanford University School of Education: Policy and Organizational Leadership Studies

  • Alyssa Stone ’08 MM, vocal performance - Community Programs and Department Manager at San Francisco Opera

  • Jonathan Vinocour ’03 MM, ’04 GD - Principal Violist of San Francisco Symphony; faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Meet the Panelists

Clint Bajakian ’87


Clint Bajakian  ’87 is a 26-year award winning music composer, producer and educator in the video games industry. Mr. Bajakian received his Double B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance and Music Theory from NEC in 1987, and M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, before going on to serve as Composer and Sound Design Supervisor at LucasArts Entertainment Company. He then founded Bay Area Sound in 2000, his own audio production company. From 2004 - 2013, Mr. Bajakian co-built and led the music production team at Sony PlayStation as Senior Manager of Music, working with leading Hollywood talent and orchestras throughout the world. Currently, Mr. Bajakian operates Clint Bajakian Music as an independent composer and producer of music, and serves as a Trustee at the New England Conservatory of Music, a Director at Marin Shakespeare Company, and as an adjunct professor in the Technology and Applied Composition program at the San Francisco Conservatory. Over the years he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Game Audio Network Guild Lifetime Achievement award, Hollywood Music in Media award for Best Video Game Soundtrack, and Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Best Original Soundtrack. Mr. Bajakian is a frequent lecturer at schools and conferences, and resides in the SF Bay Area with his wife, Deniz Ince, and two children, Lara and Deren.


Andrea Shigeko Landin ’13


Andrea Shigeko Landin, Sistema Fellow ’13 is a musician and educator from Los Angeles, CA. Before moving to the Bay Area, she was the Director of New West Symphony Harmony Project, a youth development program whose mission is to enact social change through music by providing low income youth in Ventura with tuition free, high quality ensemble based music instruction. In 2015 she was granted the City of Ventura Mayor’s Arts Educator Award, as well as recognized by the California Legislature Assembly for her contribution to the empowerment of the Latino community. Andrea has also been one of fifty international musicians selected over a period of 5 years for the Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory. During her fellowship she explored effective music teaching practices and socially oriented curriculum, spending time at programs in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Alaska, and Venezuela. These experiences were added to her prior work in community building in the Guatemalan highlands with non profits Artcorps and Ecologic, where she designed and implemented projects with youth that promoted environmental conservation and the preservation of ancestral practices, using music and art as tools for social change. She holds a B.M. in Cello Performance and a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and will be graduating in June with her MA in Education Policy and Leadership from Stanford. In July 2018 she will assume the position of Director of School Partnerships with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA.


Alyssa Stone  ’08 MM


Alyssa Stone  ’08 MM is the Community Programs and Department Manager with San Francisco Opera, where she began in 2008. Alyssa has worked with Stern Grove Festival as the Education and Outreach Manager; Seattle Opera as Curriculum Specialist and founding Teaching Artist; Seattle Symphony as Curriculum Specialist and Teaching Artist piloting the Link Up Program; Presidio Graduate School as Events and Special Programs Manager; the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco as Executive Producer and Operations Manager; San Francisco Arts Commission as Arts Education Program Assistant; San Francisco Arts Education Project as an Artist in Residence; and other wonderful organizations. Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Music in Voice Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Voice Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Performing since she was 8 years old, Alyssa maintains an active cabaret and theatre career.


Jonathan Vinocour ’03 MM, ’04 GD


Jonathan Vinocour ’03 MM, ’04 GD has been principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony since 2009, and previously served as principal violist of the St. Louis Symphony and guest principal of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. Mr. Vinocour is regularly featured as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and is an active recitalist around the Bay Area. An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Prussia Cove, Aspen, Seattle, and Bridgehampton festivals, among others. He has also been a guest of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Los Angeles Da Camera Society, International Sejong Soloists, and is a founding member and regular performer with ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra). Mr. Vinocour serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, is a frequent mentor at the New World Symphony, and has given master classes nationally and abroad. A native of Rochester, New York, Mr. Vinocour graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in chemistry and was awarded the university’s Sudler Prize in the Arts. He completed his master’s degree in 2003 at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Kim Kashkashian. He plays on a viola made by Lorenzo Storioni in 1784 on loan from the San Francisco Symphony.