Chad Bloom, AHS Music Teacher and Performing Arts Department Chair
Chad Bloom has been teaching at Agoura High School since 2004. Prior to this, he was a member of The New York City Teaching Fellows while teaching at P.S.123 in Harlem, New York where he started an elementary school band through VH1’s “Save The Music” program. He graduated from the California State University Northridge Jazz Studies Program, and has a Master of Music Education degree from Lehman College in New York City. Along with being mentored by long-time and now retired AHS Music Director John Mosley, he participated in several Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy Workshops and teacher training sessions through Teacher’s College, Columbia University. During his tenure at AHS, Mr. Bloom has lead the AHS music ensembles at several national competitions ranging from Essentially Ellington to Savannah’s Swing Central, the Big Apple Classic in NYC, and the International Festival of Music in Chicago. Mr. Bloom currently conducts the AHS Mixed Choir, Orchestra II, Wind Ensemble Honors, and the Jazz B and Studio Jazz Ensembles. In 2015, Mr. Bloom was recognized for his distinguished service to Agoura High School by receiving his second “Golden A” award within 3 years, and was named the 2015 “Innovation in Education” recipient by the Steve Allen-Valley Economic Alliance Awards.
Robert Hackett, AHS Music Teacher
Robert Hackett received his B.A. in Music Education and teaching credential from California State University Northridge and has taught music for over 25 years. Prior to joining the AHS faculty, he was the Director of Bands at Moorpark High School for 15 years where the music program tripled in size and his bands consistently received superior ratings. Prior to that, he was Director of Bands at Ventura High School for five years where he was named Creative Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hackett was also named the 2005 Ventura County Director of the Year. He is an active clinician and an adjudicator for SCSBOA events and jazz festivals. As a performer, Mr. Hackett plays with the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, Quintessence Jazz Orchestra, Equinox Tentet, Swing Shift Big Band and the Clyde Reisinger Big Band. He is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Band Directors Association, California Music Educators Association, and California Teachers Association.
Eileen Weiser – Choral groups, Madrigals, Strings Assistant for Orchestra I
Eileen Weiser is a professional singer/pianist who has been performing since the age of twelve. Eileen has been a choral conductor in the Conejo Valley for over 25 years, as well as a solo artist, both vocally and on the piano. She has been the accompanist for Agoura High School for the past 12 years, as well as an assistant director, and has also conducted and played for various churches and temples in the area. She has sung backup on numerous albums, movies, and TV shows, and has worked with The Ray Coniff singers, the “other” Ray Charles singers, Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, and many others. Eileen has also performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Academy Awards Shows, the Ace awards, the People’s Choice Awards, and several other award shows and specials.
Caroline Beal-Vocal Instructional Specialist
Caroline Beal is a vocalist, teacher, and blogger living in Long Beach, CA. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Music Education Summa Cum Laude, she worked as an Associate Choir Director at Blalack Middle School. Her choirs consistently receive Superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest as well as top scores at local festivals. While also focusing on creating a healthy tone and encouraging musicality, she believes her most important job is to “teach important life skills using music as the vehicle”. Currently, Caroline is a vocal coach for Agoura High School’s Choral Program and a Teaching Artist for the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s Educational Outreach Program. Caroline enjoys performing and recording music of different styles, such as choral, classical, pop, Broadway, folk, and A Cappella. Recently, she recorded vocals on the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm”. Caroline also regularly performs with the 2016 International Rising Star Champions “The Ladies Quartet.” Since winning this prestigious title in New Zealand, they frequently sing on concerts around the U.S. and serve as clinicians for various youth A Cappella camps. They are well known for giving energetic and entertaining performances of popular jazz standards and barbershop style songs. Additionally, Caroline Beal writes a blog and manages a facebook group called “Love Your Voice” in which she inspires musicians to take care of themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally as a vocalist.
Dr. Keum Hwa Cha-Strings Instructional Specialist
Dr. Keum Hwa Cha is a violinist, violist and dedicated teacher who has given numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster in the United States and in South Korea. She has performed with maestros David Effron, Robert Shaw and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski; Chee-Yun, the Marcus Roberts Trio, Béla Fleck, Time for Three, the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, the Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and the Seoul Tutti Ensemble. Dr. Cha taught at Idaho State University as an Assistant Professor of Music, and she was an instructor at the Pepperdine University, and the University of Rochester. She has worked closely with public school music directors and youth orchestras and has given frequent master classes to K-12 schools and colleges. Her students have won numerous prizes at a variety of solo competitions and have received music scholarships from Indiana University, Arizona State University, and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Cha’s pre-collegiate students were selected to play with All-State Honor Orchestras in Texas and Idaho. Her recent performing highlights include Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat, and recitals of Music of Germany and Rare and Forgotten Chamber Music. Dr. Cha earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from Eastman School of Music, Artist Certificate from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, and Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory of Music. Dr. Cha currently coaches chamber music at JCM (Junior Chamber Music-Conejo &San Fernando Valley) and teaches violin at California Lutheran University. She is a member of Music Teachers’ Association of California.
Dave Robaire – Jazz Combos
A native of Los Angeles, Dave Robaire has become one of the most in demand young bassists on today’s jazz scene. Robaire’s career began when he first moved to New York City in 2004 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. After five years in New York, Dave moved back to California to attend the masters program at California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduation, Robaire was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA where he studied and performed with such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Billy Childs, and Benny Golson among many others. Dave performs mostly as a sideman or as a co-leader in the collectively formed group Holophonor, while occasionally leading his own group. Over the course of his career, Robaire has worked alongside a diverse collection of artists that includes Wynton Marsalis, Helen Sung, Gilad Hekselman, Greg Osby, Jacky Terrasson, John Ellis, and Dave Liebman. Dave has performed in some of the greatest venues and music festivals throughout the U.S. as well as Japan, Canada, Turkey, Israel, Sweden, and Mexico. Besides keeping very busy as a private bass, theory, and ear training instructor, Dave has been directing the jazz combos at Agoura High School and has worked as a clinician for AHS’s prestigious jazz program since 2009.