INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DIRECTORS
Meet the directors of the Instrumental Music department. Scroll down for details.
The department directors bring unique skills and training to their individual strands of instruction, creating a learning environment which promotes long term development and a commitment to excellence. Though distinctly separate areas of study, these directors encourage collaborations between students in all four strands and often with the other arts disciplines at Asawa SOTA as well.
The principal responsibilities of the directors are to design and implement curriculum and to oversee the many guests and Artists-in-Residence; working professionals who contribute their expertise and their experiences in the music world beyond the campus. These Artists-in-Residence coach students in each instrument, teach rotating electives and scheduled workshops, and are involved with student performances in and around the Bay Area.
Henry Hung is a Grammy award winning multiinstrumentalist, arranger, and composer who has toured internationally and throughout the US, performing music that spans a spectrum of styles, including jazz with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Stanley Clarke, and Jimmy Cobb, to pop music with David Byrne, Thao Nguyen, and TV on the Radio, to hip hop with Deltron 3030 and Souls of Mischief, to world music with Quijerema, Kotoja, and the GRAMMY award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Locally he can be found performing with many creative Bay Area groups, most notably his own group the Klaxon Mutant Allstars.
Henry has composed and arranged music for the documentary Lids and the short films Look Both Ways, Seduction, and Pick Me Up, and has premiered new work with Hope Mohr Dance at ODC.
An adjunct professor at San Francisco State. he also currently teaches at Stanford Jazz Workshop, Piedmont School District, Waldorf and Lick-Wilmerding in San Francisco, Head Royce in Oakland, and at Berkeley City College. henryhungmusic.com
Scott Cmiel is Chair of the guitar and musicianship departments at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and an instructor in the Nueva School Menuhin Program founded by Yehudi Menuhin. His students have won many local, regional and national awards and have been featured on local and national radio and television. His teaching has been praised by some of the guitar world’s most outstanding artists. To read more about his relationships and experiences with some of the greatest guitar educators and performers working and teaching today, go to www.scottcmiel.com
Tristan Arnold is Director of Orchestras at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Preparatory Orchestra.
He began his musical studies on violin at the age of six in Corte Madera, later adding trombone, tuba and double bass to his arsenal at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, performing with the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band in addition to the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.
After graduating from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education in 2006, Arnold returned to the Bay Area to teach orchestra and chorus at James B. Davidson Middle School in San Rafael. Arnold left his position at Davidson to pursue a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting with Cyrus Ginwala at San Francisco State University, serving as interim director of the Wind Ensemble and Assistant Conductor of the Orchestra.
In addition to teaching, Tristan enjoys playing bass in a variety of styles, from bluegrass to rock to classical to jazz. His writing has been published in Music Educators Journal and Strings Magazine.
Monina Sen Cervone is a gifted educator and musician and the founder of the Asawa SOTA World Music department. She began playing music at age four, learning classical piano. After working as a consultant in the technology industry for five years, Monina had an epiphany: she needed to help kids through music, and not sit behind a desk. She went on to study music in Japan, India, and Bali; Japanese taiko drumming as a member of San Francisco Taiko Dojo’s performing ensemble led by Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka; and was a member of Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s jegog ensemble.
Subsequently, she received her Masters in Music at SF State and earned her teaching credential. The subject of her thesis: how Taiko drumming effects the self esteem of adolescent girls. Monina began working at SOTA as an assistant to the Vocal department, and from there went on to pursue her interest in teaching World Music. In 2008, the program was piloted as an elective to students of the Instrumental Music Department, and in 2012 became its own department within IM– the only hands-on World Music offering in the American public school system.