If you are interested in joining our faculty, please send inquiries to info@cymg.org. *

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Lacey Ammar
Strings for Kids

Lacey began her violin studies at the age of four. Lacey entered the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music on scholarship in 2005. There she studied with Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and world-renowned soloist and teacher, Hagai Shaham. Lacey received her Bachelors in Music in violin performance from USC in May of 2009. Lacey was a substitute member of the Utah Symphony during her summers home from college. Lacey has enjoyed teaching the violin to children since the age of 15. Her students acquire excellent form and a high level of playing. Lacey started teaching for CYMG in 2012.

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Pin ChenPin Chen
Music Director, Chamber Groups

Pin Chen began studying the violin with her father at age six and earned her Bachelor of   Music in music education with Department Honors from Northwestern University.  She earned her Master of Music degree in Music/Music Education with a Conducting Specialization from Colorado State University, Fort Collins with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She has been teaching music in public schools since 2003 and is currently Orchestra Director of the nearly 300 string students at Arcadia High School. Chen has been teaching private violin and viola lessons since she was 14 years old and is the String Orchestra Conductor for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Chen is a two-time recipient of the National School Orchestra Association Award as well as the Harry and Clarice Fine Arts Memorial and Margaret Morris Henderson Scholarships. She is a member of the Conductors Guild, Music Teachers Association of California, and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. When she is not teaching, she enjoys performing the occasional gig and helping CYMG grow and evolve.

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Sean Lyons
Chamber Groups

As a violist, Sean has enjoyed a varied career as a performer and a session musician. Sean began playing the viola at the age of 8. Sean has since performed and recorded with many world-class musicians including Bobby McFerrin, Kimbra, Taylor Graves, Van Dyke Parks, Tyler the Creator on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Erin Willett from The Voice, Joshua Roman, Time for Three, Gerard Schwarz, Michael Stern, as well as Joseph Alessi and Glenn Dicterow of the New York Philharmonic among others. Sean has also performed in many of the country’s top halls including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and Mixon Hall.

As a session musician Sean has recorded a variety of styles of music. He has recorded in prestigious recording studios and halls such as  Capitol Records, East West Studios, John The Williams Scoring Stage and The Bridge in Los Angeles. Sean earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied viola with Stanley Konopka, Assistant Principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra. 

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Danielle Stein
Voice

Danielle Stein, soprano, is a distinguished operatic and oratorio artist. As an operatic performer, Ms. Stein has toured professionally throughout Italy as the 1st Annina in La Traviata, has appeared with the San Diego Opera in Turandot, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, and Wozzeck, and with the San Diego Lyric Opera in HMS Pinafore. Recent concert solos include Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate at the Music on the Point 25th concert series, Fauré’s Requiem, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Saint John Passion and Saint Matthew Passion, and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. Ms. Stein holds a Master of Music degree in voice performance with distinction from California State University Northridge and a Bachelor of Music degree from San Diego State University with continued postgraduate training at the International Lyric Academy of Rome and Viterbo, The Abingdon School for Solo Singers, Saltnote Stageworks Young Artists Program, Opera Academy of California, and SingerSupport with Barbara Bonney. Also a musicologist, Ms. Stein is the recent recipient of the Ingolf Dahl Memorial award in musicology for her paper “The Office of Strategic Services Musac Project: ‘Lili Marleen,’ Marlene Dietrich, and the Propaganda Music of WWII.”

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Isaiah Gage
Chamber Groups

Isaiah Rowland Gage is a Cellist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Composer and Songwriter from New York City. At an early age Gage was exposed to many genres of music, as his parents operated a String Instrument repair shop and small Jazz, Improv and Experimental Music club in the front of their loft. Gage grew up stumbling around fragile acoustic instruments, playing children’s games on the floor as musicians warmed up and tested their hardware after repairs. His father, David, was at one point a gigging Bass Player and thus specialized primarily in Double Basses, so naturally one would expect Isaiah to pick up the Bass. However after hearing his cousin play the Cello, Gage was mesmerized. He couldn’t get over the human-like qualities of the instrument’s voice and the range in which the instrument could deliver pitch – he simply had to play the cello. Isaiah earned his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Boston University. www.isaiahgage.com

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*Crescendo Young Musicians Guild is an Equal-Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.