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, 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.
Lyn Bertles graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in music composition and violin performance. She received her single subject music teaching credential from CSUN in 2007, and since then has taught for Glendale U.S.D. and for Children’s Music Workshop (CMW). While at CMW, Lyn taught beginning and advanced winds and strings at public and private schools throughout Los Angeles. As a violin/violist, Lyn has performed with the Fresno Symphony, Nimbus Ensemble, St. Cecilia Symphony, Palisades Symphony, and Ladies Choice String Quartet. In studio session work, Lyn received a platinum record for recording on Hilary Duff’s “Metamorphosis”. Through the Wild Honey Foundation, Lyn performs regularly at concerts benefiting Autism Think Tank. Lyn continues to teach private lessons in violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar and trumpet, and is outrageously excited to become part of the Agoura High School Music Program.
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.
Dave Robaire – Jazz Combo
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.
Josh Jones – Percussion Instructor
Josh Jones holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma. He has been a drummer and percussionist for the majority of his life, having performed at venues and events such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the TED Global Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fox News Live, and the Johnny Cash Bike Trail at Folsom Prison. Teaching music has been a large part of Josh’s career for many years. His instructional experience includes both private and group ensemble settings. He is now a Percussion Specialist through the Las Virgenes Unified School District at Agoura High School and Lindero Canyon Middle School.