White Oak Music & Arts is proud to offer high quality music, dance and acting lessons through our experienced and enthusiastic instructors. With our teachers, students can learn to sing, dance, act and play instruments such as guitar (in virtually any style), bass (electric and stand-up), drums, piano, saxophone and violin.
Carlos Costa is the owner of White Oak Music & Arts and has been a musician since the age of 7, when he first discovered his love of music through the accordion. Carlos has extensive teaching experience, and now teaches guitar, bass, drums, and piano to students at WOMA. He has been playing in bands for over 30 years and has performed in hundreds of venues all over the Western United States and Canada, and was even onstage at Carnegie Hall while part of the California Youth Symphony. Carlos is an alumnus of the world-renowned California Institute of the Arts where he earned a B.F.A. in Music Composition and Theory. He also has experience teaching music to special-needs children, and is fluent in Spanish, as well as English.
Emiko has been a musician and performer her entire life. Starting as a concert pianist, she spent her childhood years immersed in Classical and Baroque music and studied at the prestigious Levine School of Music in Washington DC as well as attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she studied piano and vocal performance. Emiko's private students have gone on to win numerous competition awards as well as talent competitions. As a career recording artist and award winning songwriter, Emiko has released works that have been signed to SONY/ATV, Universal Music Group, and Extreme Music Group. Presently, Emiko is a roster artist for the legendary Hammond Organ, as well as being the host of their HTV channel. She serves as White Oak Music and Arts' Director of Program Development and Marketing as well as teaching piano, voice, songwriting, music theory, music history, and production.
Evan "Evangelos" Lindley has been playing guitar since he was ten years old, and has been trained to play multiple instruments and sing. He has been a performing member of orchestras, big bands, jazz combos, and the backing band for a jazz choir, traveling the state of California to compete in festivals. Evangelos is studied advanced music theory and harmony. He has worked with White Oak Music and Arts programs since its inception, playing guitar and bass, along with backup vocals for program performances. He has written and recorded his own original music. He can often be found in the sound booth running the technical side for many of WOMA's local and touring bands. He has a rich taste in music ranging across all styles, and is open to hearing new music and ideas. Evan has a solid understanding of music. He loves sharing his insight with others, and looks forward to doing so at White Oak Music & Arts.
Nandi "Abyss" Cepeda-Broadous is an actress, choreographer, writer, musician born and raised in New York City. Nandi has studied her crafts with a wide range of professional artists including Mickey Davidson, Louis Johnson, Maria Mitchell, Harriet Brown, Linda Miller, Joel Stein, David Pleasant, and Victor Vargas. Nandi attended the Professional Performing Arts School, Henry Street Settlement Arts for Living Center, Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Ballet Hispanico, The Bloomingdale House of Music, and Third Street Music School. Nandi has been instructing children of all ages, adults, and seniors for over 20 years.
Annabelle is a singer/songwriter who plays mandolin, violin and the occasional loop station. She has been a certified Zuzuki violin instructor and has experience with young children as well as adult students.
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Drums, Percussion, Bass
César A. Mateus Ph.D. has been teaching, and performing, recording, and composing for over 25 years. He has been teaching in the Los Angeles Community College District since Fall 2000. He has been on the faculties of Ventura College, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, and visiting professor at Cal State University, Los Angeles. César's teaching specialties are Rock, Blues, Classical, Flamenco, and Jazz guitar, and composition and theory. He has recently performed on the "Smallville" and "Charlie's Angels" television series, and also performs in France and Montréal, Québec. César composes orchestral music, Jazz, and has recently released a Latin Jazz CD "Of Red and White" with Brent Fischer, Frank Petrilli, Robert Fernandez and an all star line-up of renown musicians. He holds a B.M from CSU Northridge (cum laude), an M.F.A. from Cal Arts, and a Ph.D. from the University of California. He also currently holds a weekly residence at Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake California where he leads the César Mateus Latin Jazz Group! César is also fluent in four different languages, and is comfortable teaching students in Spanish, French, and Italian.
Julia Pierce is a professional singer, multiinstrumentalist and songwriter with over 10 years of experience as a performer and recording artist. In 2008 she founded and fronted the all-female rock group, Cherri Bomb, signed to Hollywood Records. The groups single, Shake the Ground, was featured in The Avengers motion picture soundtrack. Julia has toured the United States opening for bands including: Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters and Bush. She has toured the world performing at festivals such as: Reading/Leads (UK), Soundwave (AUS), and The Van's Warped Tour (US). She is currently working on her solo album release.
Rhianna Wicken has been involved and performing in musical theatre for the past 15 years, and has been involved in show choirs for 8 years. She has been a part of multiple award winning show choirs, and has won an individual award for show choir choreography. She has a wide background in vocal music and dance, and a passion for performing.
Loretta Zarlenga holds an A.A. degree from Los Angeles Mission College, and an A.B. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ms. Zarlenga’s technical approach includes repertoire, chamber music techniques, correct hand and bow position, note reading, rhythm comprehension, pitch recognition, and important practice skills. She has taught at Los Angeles Mission and Los Angeles Pierce Colleges, and also teaches privately in the San Fernando Valley. In her teenage years, Ms. Zarlenga was the concertmistress for both her high school and middle school orchestras, and played in the Cal Arts Youth Symphony under the direction of the renowned cellist and classical music instructor Cesare Pascarella. Mr. Pascarella also selected Ms. Zarlenga as a member of an elite string quartet coached by him, which earned a spot at the National Coleman Competition. In recent years Ms. Zarlenga has played for television and film dates for notable celebrities such as Bette Midler, John Rubinstein, and Dan Aykroyd, and has also toured with the well-known variety singer, Vicki Carr. She has performed on “Beaches”, “Dragnet ’87”, “Crazy Like a Fox”, “How I Got Into College”, and “Swimsuit”. She is presently a member of the Grace Community Church Orchestra where she performs with guitarist Christopher Parkening.
Voice, Dance, Piano
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Guitar, Piano, Music Theory
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