Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Sunny Ahn, Center Director

Sunny, center director of Hope Institute of Music, has performed in Europe, Asia and the USA both as a member of Seoul Philharmonic as a Principal Harpist and soloist. Sunny did her undergraduate work at USC in harp performance. She enjoys working with children and leads young children's recitals and performances at various places in the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Ahn has been a dedicated harp teacher and her young students Harp Ensemble was invited to play at the California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Inauguration in 2007.

     
photo Carri Brown

Carri Brown attended New York University and Brown University with a degree in Drama and International Relations. Carri has always loved working with children. At an early age, she volunteered with children with disabilities. Later, she taught swimming lessons and horse-back riding lessons to young children. She has also been musical through the influence of her family: studying piano, voice and learning the soundtracks to most of the Broadway musicals! Since college, Carri has continued to love her connection with children. Most recently, Carri particpated as a counselor in the city schools of New York helping them to deal with the after-affects of 9/11.

     
photo Marisa Bradfield

Marisa Bradfield began her music education at The Los Angeles Music & Art School in 1987. Since then, she has sung for radio, television, and feature films including The Osbournes, Faster, and Apollo 13. Ms. Bradfield attended Amherst University’s Summer Jazz Program where she studied with jazz greats like Sheila Jordan, and Dr. Billy Taylor. She continued her education at Mt San Antonio College in Walnut, California to study and sing for Mr. Bruce Rogers. Ms. Bradfield toured with the Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble in Concert halls in the United States, Canada, Wales, England, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic. Mt. San Antonio’s vocal jazz group, ”Singcopation,” went on to win the 2001, 2002, 2004, Downbeat Magazine award as the No. 1 college vocal jazz choir in the United States. After attending Mt. Sac, she went on to receive her Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a Choral emphasis from California State University Northridge and received her Master Degree and teaching credential in Music Education from the University of Southern California. Ms. Badfield has had the passion for conducting choral/vocal jazz ensembles of her own and teaching a private voice studio. She is currently a full time faculty member at a private high school in Southern California and has served as the Choral Director at Los Angeles Music and Art School for the last eleven years and Choral Director of the Hope Institute of Music Children’s Choir for six years.

     
photo Laura Parker

Laura is a first year Master's student studying vocal performance at the University of Southern California. She recently received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Boston University (summa cum laude, valedictorian), where she received the Ellalou Dimmock Voice Honors award as well as the Boston University Opera Institute award. Laura has performed in many operas at Boston University, as well as at various summer opera programs. She has also spent summers working with children through educational outreach performance programs and running a vacation Bible school specializing in music and theater.

     
photo Melissa Simpson

Melissa Simpson is a first years Master’s candidate at the University of Southern California in the vocal arts program. She received her Bachelors of Music degree with an emphasis in performance at California State University Long Beach where she received the Howard Still memorial scholarship and the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild scholarship. She was a young artist last spring for Long Beach Opera and this year she is in the Opera Pacific Ensemble of Repertory. She has done many outreach shows and taught vacation bible school as well as counseled children in the YMCA.

     
photo Patrick Anderson

For just a time as this comes an extraordinarily fresh musical talent with a profoundly moving sound and spirit: classical guitarist Patrick Nathanael Anderson. Patrick is an exceptional musician and educator. He has received first prize in national and regional competitions (2003 Mid-America Guitar Chamber Competition; 2002 ASTA, Los Angeles) for solo and ensemble performing. He has toured throughout Mexico, the United Kingdom and the Western United States, most notably, as guest artist at the La Capilla Gotica international guitar festival in Mexico City (2004), the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and a soloist in the first annual Santa Barbara Guitar Festival (2007). He is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Southern California where he has won numerous scholarships and awards for his studies. As an educator, Patrick on the faculty of the Masters College (Valencia, CA) and Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA). He is also trained in the Suzuki method, specializing in the education of young children and maintains a vigorous teaching schedule.

     
photo Jonathan Lusher

Starting at the age of four, Jonathan has been studying music. From Honorable Mention at age 7 in the St. Paul Strings competition-Junior division to First in the Michiana String Teachers Association annual competition, he has been actively performing and playing in ensembles and professional orchestras. He has studied with many internationally known teachers, including Steven Doane (Eastman), Hans Jorgan Jensen (Northwestern), Sir Erling Blondal Bengtsson (University of Michigan), and Yehuda Hanani. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, and a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He has been living in Los Angeles since 2007. He performs on a cello by William Whedbee made in 2002 in Chicago.

     
  Alina Hevia

Alina has recently come to California from her home in Miami, Fl. She has a Bachelor's degree in Music and Arts from Barry University, and has taught music to children for the past eight years. She taught elementary school music in the public system in Florida, and directed youth at a conservatory camp in Maine. She has been teaching Music Together for three years, and recently achieved certification level one. When not making music with kids, Alina has done so onstage from Pennsylvannia to Miami to Seattle. She is delighted to share her love of music with children and people everywhere.

     
  Asmik Gyulderyan

Asmik Gyulderyan studied privately with Mrs. Yudina, who was the follower of the excellent Russian's piano pedagogy method. She received her Artist Diploma from Tchaikovsky Music Academy from Russia and M.A degree from California State University, Northridge. Asmik studied with Dr. Stewart Gordon at University of Southern California and with Dr. Lisa Andrianova who was a student of legendary H. Neuhaus at Moscow Conservatoire. She was a grand prize winner in State Piano Competition in young piano students division.


     
  Janice Foy, Ph.D.