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STAFF

Nicolina Logan

Executive Director / Co-artistic Director / Clarinet

Nicolina Logan is a Los Angeles based clarinetist. Active as a chamber musician, soloist, freelancer, and teacher, she enjoys collaborating with composers and other artists on various projects musical and otherwise, exploring partnerships with theater, media, literary, and visual arts. Nicolina received her Master of Music Degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Jeff Anderle and was a recipient of the President's Award in Achievement and Leadership. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree from UCLA as a student of Gary Gray, regularly participating as a Gluck Music Outreach Fellow in interactive chamber music performances throughout the greater Los Angeles Area. As a chamber and orchestral musician she has performed with Pacific Serenades, the LACMA Sundays Live! Series, the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Holophonor, and Varetski Pass at venues such as the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Blue Whale, American Conservatory Theater, and the SF Center for New Music, among others.

Renee Henn
Co-artistic Director / Flute

Renee Henn is a professional flutist and flute teacher in the Los Angeles area. Renee was born and raised in Malibu, CA, in a very musical family. She began playing the flute at the age of 7, taking lessons from her mother, a notable session player in Los Angeles. From grades 6-12, she was a member of the Malibu High School orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz band, while also performing in musicals such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, Crazy for You, and Sweeney Todd. During this time she began playing the piccolo, alto and bass flute.

Renee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance from UCLA, where 
she studied under Sheridon Stokes. She played principal flute in the UCLA Philharmonia, Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and in multiple chamber ensembles. She also performed and participated in the Beverly Hills International Music Festival in 2013. She currently performs with the Conejo Valley Flute Society, Duo Pacifica, the Song of Angels Flute Orchestra, and the Palisades Symphony. She is actively involved in music education, and has taught flute to students of all ages. 

Rajasri Mallikarjuna

Secretary / Composition

Rajasri Mallikarjuna is a composer of orchestral and chamber music, most recently writing a ballet score Draupadi and contributing pieces to Burbank Chamber Music Society. Originally from the east coast, Raj moved to Los Angeles in 2011 after receiving degrees from Boston University and Berklee College of Music.
She has been a production editor for Alfred Music, an educational music publisher, since 2013. A 2019 Arts

for LA Activate Fellow, Raj is also deeply involved with arts advocacy in Los Angeles, serving as Board Secretary of Musicians at Play Foundation and a

member of the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission.

Dante Luna

Treasurer / Marketing / Composition / Percussion

Dante Luna is a composer-performer of instrumental and electronic music for the concert hall, public spaces, and the screen. With a background in Western Classical Music, Jazz, North Indian & West African Drumming, and Dance, Dante’s music is often driven by rhythm and infected with harmony. He studied at the EAMA-Nadia Boulanger Institute, Interlochen, Colburn School, and LACHSA before graduating with a BA in Music: Composition & Percussion Performance from UCLA in 2018. 

Oliver Chan
Program Coordinator / Piano

Under the tutelage of the internationally acclaimed pianist, Prof. Walter Ponce, Oliver Chan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2013 at UCLA and completed his Master of Music Degree at the same institute in 2015. Chan also studied with Yamaha Artist, Inna Falliks, June Choi O at the Preparatory Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Cheng Ning in Hong Kong. While at UCLA, Chan became an active collaborative pianist with singers, and has worked with vocal coaches including Judith Hansen, William Vendice and also Rakafet Hak. In 2010, Chan had the privilege to participate in a masterclass with Jascha Heifetz’s last personal accompanist, Ayke Agus. Soon after finishing his graduate studies in 2015, Chan became one of the staff accompanists at UCLA where he worked with many instrumentalists, and talented singers who study under the Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Vladimir Chernov. Chan also joined Santa Monica College as a staff accompanist in January 2019.

Chan is also an aspiring conductor and is currently studying conducting regularly with Maestro Frank Fetta, conductor and music director of Culver City Symphony Orchestra and Marina Del Rey Symphony Orchestra. Chan has also studied conducting with Donald Neuen.

Brandon Encinas
Development / Violin & Viola

 

Brandon is a professional violinist and violist in the Los Angeles area. A native of Visalia, California, Brandon Encinas began his studies on violin and viola at the age of ten. In 2010, he attended the University of Redlands, studying violin with Pavel Farkas and viola with Kira Blumberg.  In 2012, Brandon moved to the greater Los Angeles area in order to attend California State University, Northridge, studying violin with Michael Ferril and viola with Robert Berg. As a graduate student, Brandon studied viola with
Dr. Lorenz Gamma.  Since then he has achieved placement on the Dean’s list for two consecutive years.  He has been awarded the Myron Sandler Ovation award as well as the Dr. Robert W. Wienpahl and Manuel Compinsky scholarships. He has also been a TELACU Education Foundation Scholar from 2011-2015.

Brandon held the position of associate concertmaster for the University of Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and in recent years has performed with groups such as the Tulare County Symphony, Fresno Grand Opera, and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra.  He’s also been able to play under several professional conductors and composers such as Dr. Bruce Kiesling, Roger Kalia, Inon Zur, Gary Schymann, Chris Lennertz, Austin Wintory, Bruce Broughton, Russell Brower, John Debney, and Jack Wall. When not performing regionally, Brandon spends his free time as a traveling musician.  Since 2010, he has spent over 12 months on the road, performing in over 30 U.S. states

and in the countries of Haiti, Colombia, Portugal and France, as a violinist and music director with the Celebrant Singers.  Brandon is also a member of the award-winning chamber ensemble The Whyman Project.  In May of 2014, The Whyman Project was selected as one of the winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Music in the Mansion Auditions.  Shortly after, the group recorded their first album, Whymanesque.  Brandon has performed with the Whyman project all over Los Angeles, including in venues such as the MKM Cultural Arts Center, Greystone Mansion, and the Valley Performing Arts Center. Brandon currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and a Master of

Music degree in viola performance.