Music Teachers

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Leora O’Carroll

Founder/Director

Leora O’Carroll earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Anthropology from Oberlin College and Conservatory where she was awarded a viola scholarship.  She comes from a musical family where both her parents were professional cellists and music was always played in the home. She attended the NSW Conservatorium of Music High School in Sydney, Australia and prior to college, she played viola with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sinfonia.  Ms. O’Carroll has performed extensively playing in various orchestras and chamber ensembles at venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Town Hall, the LA Ford Amphitheatre. the Pacific Design Center  and the Beacon Theatre in NY.   She has performed on-camera for the Harrison Ford movie Hollywood Homicide and in the music video for the movie Daredevil.  Ms. O’Carroll is on the Advisory Board of the California Dance Institute, a non-profit arts education program.  She loves teaching and inspiring kids through music.

 

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Karen Benjamin

Karen Benjamin, who hails from Los Angeles, has over twenty five years of professional performing experience in musical theatre, opera, and cabaret. Karen was an original cast member of the Los Angeles production of Phantom of the Opera starring Michael Crawford.  She created the role of Rocket J. Squirrel in LA Opera’s production of Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. With her husband, popular classical radio host, Alan Chapman, they are award winning cabaret artists having performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, Los Angeles Music Center, and many other venues across the United States. Ms. Benjamin received a master’s degree in vocal performance from the USC Thornton School of Music. She is currently on the music faculty at Pasadena City College and Santa Monica College teaching Musical Theatre Workshop and directing the school musicals. Her recent production of In the Heights at PCC got a rave review in Broadway World.

 

Jeremy AshbourneJeremy Ashbourne

Born into a musical family, Jeremy has been involved with music from a very young age. He is a multi-instrumentalist who works actively as a performing musician and as a composer,  sound engineer, and  producer of music. He composes and produces commercial music for radio and TV; is the assistant musical director of a  reality TV show (Rising Stars) and musical director of a cabaret show conveying the history of Jamaican music in Trelawny (Drumpan). He is currently working on the music and sound design for a video game (Amirelia) and has just finished scoring a sports documentary (Jus Run), which is to premier at the Jamaica Film Festival 2015. He also recently scored a short film (Trapped in the Mirror), that won a viewers choice award and the UWICFP award at GATFFEST 2015.   He is presently the music technology lecturer at the Edna Manley College, teaches drumming at the Jamaica Theological Seminary, and does private guitar, piano and drum lessons. www.soundcloud.com/jamrockjingles