Dr. Janelle DeStefano
(Voice Class and Applied Voice)
Janelle DeStefano, mezzo-soprano, has a Doctorate of Musical Arts (Pi Kappa Lambda, Honors) from the University of Southern California (USC), a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College in Voice Pedagogy and Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa, College Honors) from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has taught at USC, UC Santa Cruz, the University of San Diego and Grossmont College. Praised for her “rich seamless voice” and “passionate delivery,” she has sung with San Diego Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Virginia and Opera Festival of New Jersey. Recent roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Romeo in Romeo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Ms. DeStefano has rendered dramatic performances of works such as the Bach B-minor Mass, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Mahler's Fourth Symphony. She recently appeared as the alto soloist for Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew with the La Jolla Symphony and can be heard as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale this December in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Dr. DeStefano's Website
Dr. Brian Driscoll
(Music Theory, Musicianship, Piano, Composition, and Music Appreciation)
Brian S. Driscoll,
born and raised in Ohio, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music
composition from California Institute of the Arts, and Master of Music and
Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from UCLA. Dr. Driscoll
began at Santa Monica College in 2008 and then joined the faculty fulltime in
Fall 2014. In addition to teaching, he enjoys an eclectic musical life as
pianist, organist, choral conductor, accompanist, concert series presenter,
arranger, and composer. Dr. Driscoll serves on the boards of directors of the
Association of Anglican Musicians and Red Door Vineyard.
(Jazz Studies, Jazz in American Culture, and Jazz Ensemble)
Educator/woodwind specialist Frederick (Keith) Fiddmont moved to Los Angeles in 1991 after leaving the legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton to begin a two year stint with singer Rickie Lee Jones. He has recorded or performed live with such legends as Stevie Wonder, Luis Miguel, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, James Brown, The Temptations, Jennifer Holliday, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, and B.B. King (Grammy award winning One Kind Favor), as well as gifted artists like Wayne Brady, Billy Childs, Queen Latifah, Michael Buble, and John Pizzarelli. As a freelancer, he has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Ed Neumeister Big Band, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, and the Southeast Orchestra. He is currently featured on Phil Ranelin’s Tribe Renaissance Live!
Keith has been a member of the award winning Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for the past twelve years. The group’s recent credits include “The Big Band Bash” with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, and the Benny Golson 80th Birthday Celebration at the Kennedy Center. Keith joined the music faculty of Santa Monica College as an adjunct in 1996 and became a full-time faculty member in the Fall of 2010. In addition to SMC, Keith has worked as the Jazz and Commercial Music Coordinator for the Orange County High School of the Arts since 2008.
Dr. David Goodman
(Music Theory, Composition, Music Technology, Online Music Appreciation)
his seventeen years as a full-time faculty member of the Music Department,
David Goodman has earned a reputation as one of SMC's outstanding
classroom teachers and has mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to
pursue successful careers in music. An accomplished composer and pianist
who is conversant in a multitude of musical styles and genres,
he has written works for orchestra, chorus, solo voice, jazz ensemble,
brass choir, electronic media, theater and film and has received awards from
The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the National
Orchestral Association, and Who's Who in America.
1975 he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College where he
studied composition and piano and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D.
degrees at the University of California, Berkeley where he studied composition
and conducting. He has taught in the music departments at UC Berkeley, Pomona
College, and UCLA, and in 1997 was appointed to the faculty of Santa Monica
College as a Professor of Theory, Composition and Music Technology. In addition
to his career as a teacher he has worked in the music and film industry as a
composer, conductor, session player, orchestrator, arranger, and vocal coach.
In 2001 he was awarded the first SMC Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence and from
2002 to 2006 was the Music Composition Panelist and chamber music coach for the National Foundation
for Advancement in the Arts (now called NewArts).
His Canto de
esperanza has received critical acclaim throughout the United States,
Europe and Latin America and is included on GMCLA's Diversity CD. His scores for the PBS documentaries Reina de la selva and Darkness Into Light have been broadcast
nationally and in Europe and received awards at the Houston International Film
Festival. Among his other notable compositions are his Piano Quartet, commissioned by Pacific Serenades and Corsair Overture for Orchestra and Chorus, composed
in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Santa Monica College.
As a pianist he has been Musical Director for The Fantasticks, The Seven Deadly Sins, Side By Side By Sondheim, Oswego (in collaboration with Man of La Mancha lyricist Joe Darian) and others. In the arena of contemprary music he has performed the demanding piano parts in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Donald Martino's Notturno, George Antheil's Ballet Méchanique, and Roger Sesssions' Concertino among numerous other contemporary works. He continues to funnel his creative energies into both composing and playing a wide range of piano repertoire from classical to jazz.
In August of 2007 he was awarded his
second Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence from the Santa Monica College Foundation
to compose a work for chorus and orchestra that has as its central
theme the issue of global and human responsibility. The culmination
of this project, Prayers
for the Planet, received its world premiere in June
of 2011 by the SMC Concert Chorale and Los Angeles Concert
Orchestra under the Direction of Dr. James Smith.
To listen to some of David Goodman's music please click on the links below:
Dolphin Dance for Orchestra