Instructors

Alana Miles, Co-Owner and Clarinet and Piano Instructor

Alana Miles has played in venues such as Disney Hall with her woodwind quintet, the Sound of Five, and in orchestras as far away as Graz, Austria. Her wide-ranging repertoire consists of classical, contemporary, and pop music. 

Alana began piano lessons at the age of six after her grandmother noticed her natural affinity with a toy keyboard. She grew up attending live concerts with her father, listening to classical music records in the living room, and has fond memories of watching the Nutcracker ballet every Christmas. She knew from a young age that she wanted to make music her life.

Ms. Miles is an advocate of music education and outreach. She currently serves as the Clarinet Masterclass Instructor and Chamber Music Coach at the Orange County School of the Arts. In 2012, she and other members of the Sound of Five were winners of the Thornton School of Music’s Outreach Competition and recipients of the Gluck Fellowship. As a result, they performed in numerous venues around Los Angeles, reaching hundreds of people with engaging programs. 

In 2013, Alana performed with the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra in Austria, and in 2012 was awarded a full-scholarship to participate in the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She has also been a part of the Crusell Masterclass in Finland and the Round Top International Festival in Texas. In 2011, Ms. Miles traveled through regions of Norway performing with the Norges Forsvarets Musikkorps Vestlandet, and has been a finalist in the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Ms. Miles is also the clarinet instructor at the Los Angeles Full Gospel Church, has taught with the Young Musicians Foundations and YOLA at LACHSA. As a supporter of new music, she has commissioned works from composers in an effort to expand the clarinet repertoire, and played bass clarinet with USC Thornton’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and with the Colburn Contemporary Players.

Alana’s degrees are from the University of Southern California, California State University – Fullerton, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Michele Zukovsky, David Howard, and Hakan Rosengren.

Brendan White, Piano Instructor

 

Originally from Tennessee, Brendan White enjoys the diverse life of a pianist in Los Angeles, where he combines his love of the traditional classical piano repertoire with an avid interest in genre-bending modern and experimental music. White studied with Alice Jackson in Tennessee before attending the Eastman School of Music to study with Thomas Schumacher and then University of Southern California with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he was awarded Outstanding Master’s Graduate of the Thornton School of Music. He has performed as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Eastman's Musica Nova, and the Delta Symphony Orchestra. As a devoted performer of new music, he has worked with notable composers and conductors including Thomas Adès, Donald Crockett, Alan Pierson, Steven Stucky and Jeffrey Milarsky. White is a member of the Mühlfeld Clarinet Trio, winners of the Beverly Hills Auditions, which performs traditional chamber music alongside brand new works for clarinet, cello and piano. He collaborates regularly with the immersive theater group the Speakeasy Society, whose shows often feature largely improvised music that evolves with the narrative. In addition to playing piano, White can occasionally be spotted as a secret organist, percussionist, or tenor.

Matthew Miles, Co-owner and Voice Instructor

Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Matthew Miles moved to Los Angeles to attend USC for a MM in Vocal Arts. He has sung 25 opera roles, but feels more at home in the choral scene. As a member of the LA Master Chorale, he has sung under numerous conductors, including Grant Gershon, Essa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Lionel Bringer, Nicholas McGegan, Morten Lauridsen, and Eric Whitacre.

 
Miles is the Tenor Soloist / Bell Choir Director at Westwood United Methodist Church, a Senior Major Gifts Officer at Classical KUSC, and co-founded the Los Angeles School of Music with his wife, Alana. Together they have an almost 3-year-old, Michael, and a 10-month old, Olivia.

 

Jennifer Weiss, Voice and Piano Instructor

Praised for her “silvery voice” and “expressive and contemplative” musicality, soprano Jennifer Weiss recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York.  Jennifer’s work spans new music, opera, choral works, musical theater, and singing for television and film. Most recently, Jennifer performed in the experimental work Nimbus with the LA Philharmonic, in the new opera Hopscotch with The Industry, and in the west coast premiere of The Christians at the Mark Taper Forum (L.A. Music Center). Traditional opera roles include Olympia (Tales of Hoffman), Sophie (Werther), Blondchen (Abduction from the Seraglio), and Casilda (Gondoliers). Musical theater credits include K.C. Downing (My Favorite Year) and Hodel/Chava (Fiddler on the Roof).  Choral work includes performances under conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Jennifer currently has a role in the musical web series Insult to Injury.

Jennifer completed a B.A. in Theatre and Linguistics, with a minor in Music Composition and Theory, at the University of Pennsylvania.  She holds a dual Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Voice Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.

In addition to performing, Jennifer has a passion for teaching.  In Los Angeles, she maintains a private voice and piano studio for young people and adults, and also teaches with music nonprofit organizations that serve low-income students.  www. jenniferweissmusic.com

Robin Brient, Flute and Piano Instructor

Robin began playing the flute at age 11 and grew up in a musical family. She remembers tinkering on her piano even as a toddler and loved singing and improvising on her flute at family gatherings. These experiences propelled Robin’s passion for music that she can’t help sharing with those around her. She has 11 years teaching experience in everything from private flute and piano instruction to preschool music classes. She is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area and loves to creatively educate students of all ages as she helps them integrate music into their lives. Robin loves building off of her individual students’ interests different genres/styles of music and their unique learning abilities to design lessons that are attainable, interesting, and fun for each person.

Robin received her bachelor of music from The University of Texas at Austin studying flute with Professor Marianne Gedigian and her master of music degree from California State University, Long Beach under the tutelage of Dr. John Barcellona. She has also performed in masterclasses for Amy Porter, Jill Felber, Jim Walker, Brad Garner, and Jeffery Zook. Robin was an alternate in the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Masterclass Competition and she has been a finalist at the Kentucky Flute Society Competition as well as the Marrowstone Music Festival
Concerto Competition.

Soyeon An, Piano Instructor

Soyeon, from South Korea, started playing the piano when she was 7. She graduated from Sunwha Arts High School and Seoul National University in Korea, studying with Yongsil Kim, Heeguin Kim and Hyungbae Kim. Her Master of Music degree was earned at Eastman School of Music studying with Enrico Elisi.

 She won several competitions in Korea including Seoul Music Competition, Korea Mozart Orchestra Competition, The New Arts Competition, and the Bucheon Scholarship Competition. At the age of 17, she got award from superintendent and mayor of Seoul. She also became a winner with special prize at Korea Duo Piano Competition in 2012. She received the Faculty Merit Award at 17th Chautauqua Piano Competition in New York, USA in 2012.

She performed at Yamaha Hall, Youngsan Art Hall in Korea and New York, Rochester in New York, San Antonio in Texas, Gainesville in Florida and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania in the United States for solo recitals. She also played with Round Rock Symphony in Texas in 2015.  

She took part in many different music festivals including Pianofest in Hamptons, New York (2015), Texas International Piano Festival in Texas (2015), San Juan International Piano Festival in Puerto Rico (2015), Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida (2014), Atlantic Music Festival in Maine (2013), Chautauqua Music Festival in New York (2012) and Buam Society Piano Summer Festival in Korea (2011).

As an instructor, she worked at a music school in Seoul, Korea for 3 years, and had a private studio from 2010 to 2015 until she moved to United States. In Rochester, New York, she taught for 2 years during her Master’s degree. She is currently building up her own studio in Los Angeles.

She is currently pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Southern California with Stewart Gordon.

Matt Orenstein, Bass and Guitar Instructor

A native of the Twin Cities, Matt Orenstein has been playing bass since he was twelve. He got his start in the relentlessly experimental Minneapolis music scene as an adolescent in the early 2000's, the spirit of which he carried with him to Oberlin, OH. While at Oberlin Conservatory, he studied bass with Peter Dominguez (and Eddie Gomez during Dominguez's sabbatical). After leaving Oberlin, Matt spent a few years in Chicago, where he worked as a teacher, composer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Matt loves playing whatever music is in front of him; he has played in orchestras, jazz bands, experimental groups, rock bands, and many other kinds of ensembles. He brings that enthusiasm and acumen to his private lessons in Ohio, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and he hopes to share it with you!