Music Academy Faculty Bios

Adriana Triggs, a native of Southern California, holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and Music Education from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music.

Mrs. Triggs is a member of the Mozart Classical Orchestra, and has played for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Choir, Musishare Chamber Players, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Sinfonia at the Aspen Music Festival, Blackbird Music Project, and others.

Mrs. Triggs is a teacher associate at Musishare Inc. She teaches chamber music and the violin master class at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana. She is the string coach at Aliso Niguel High School, Don Juan Avila Middle School, Santa Margarita Catholic High School, and is a guest artist faculty member at the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as a chamber music coach for the Orange County branch of Junior Chamber Players. She has adjudicated auditions for Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Unified School District Honor Orchestras, and All-Southern California Honor Orchestras. She has also served on the string faculty of Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival. She maintains a studio in Mission Viejo, CA where she teaches students of all ages and levels from Capistrano, Saddleback, and Irvine Unified School Districts.

Professional viola musician and educator Phillip Triggs began his musical career in the public school music programs of Orange County, California. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Chapman University and his Master’s degree in Music at Northwestern University. Currently, he is Assistant Principal Viola of Santa Barbara Symphony, Acting Principal of New West Symphony, and performs frequently as a guest with Pacific Symphony. He has served as Guest Associate Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Guest Principal Viola with the Long Beach Opera, Riverside County Philharmonic, and Golden State Pops Orchestra. In the past he was a member of Opera Pacific Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was a frequent performer for visiting ballet companies at the LA Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Segerstrom Hall. Mr Triggs is also active as a freelance recording artist in the studios of LA.

A passionate educator, Mr. Triggs is an instructor at the Orange County School of the Arts, and is also an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University Irvine and Santa Ana College. He also maintains a private studio at his home in Mission Viejo, where he lives with his wife, Adriana, and two children, Tommy and Lucy.

Launa Kressin is a violinist who plays with the South Coast Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, she teaches and mentors for Pacific Symphony’s Santa Ana Strings Program as well as for college students through a program at Chapman University. She has been playing the violin for 21 years and the viola for nine years.

Ms. Kressin graduated from Chapman University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Leadership Studies, and Communications. In addition to her home orchestra, she is a guest violinist with other orchestras nationwide. Most recently, she performed with an orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Praised as a “superb pianist” by the Boston Globe, Dr. Minji Noh is active as a soloist and a chamber musician. She has performed with the State Academic Orchestra of Ukraine, Orange County Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, and Bellflower Symphony. Her playing has been broadcast on South Korea’s KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), Irvine Public Television, and Wellesley Public Television, and has been heard on radio stations KUSC FM 91.5 and GBC 1190 AM of Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Noh has won numerous awards in piano performance including top awards at the Long Beach Mozart Festival, the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, the CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers) Bartok Festival Statewide, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and the MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California) Concerto Competition. She graduated from both the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.) and the New England Conservatory (M.M. & G.D.) as a scholarship student.

Dr. Noh is an advocate for music education who serves on the boards of non-profit organizations such as MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California) and CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers). She is currently the State Chair for MTAC’s Friends of Today’s Music, a program that annually commissions new compositions for pre-college musicians from prominent American composers. At CAPMT, she serves as the State Vice President of Auditions and Evaluations. Dr. Noh resides in Orange where she manages a private studio and coaches for Junior Chamber Music.

Christopher McCarthy is an Assistant Principal Cellist at the Dana Point Symphony and has performed with the Montage Civic Orchestra, Orange Coast College Orchestra, Irvine Valley College Orchestra, and the Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Orchestra. He plays cello for the Bartolotti String Quartet and co-founded a cello quartet, Love4Cello. Mr. McCarthy has also recorded on soundtracks for numerous student films, most notably as solo cellist for Mitsuyo Miyazaki’s Tsuyako.

As an educator, Mr. McCarthy maintains a busy private studio with students throughout Orange County. He is a bass coach for Fountain Valley High School’s string orchestra, and a cello coach for Oak Middle School’s string orchestra and the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra in Mission Viejo, which has toured under his direction in Spain (2009) and the United Kingdom (2011).

Mr. McCarthy graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach with his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music.

Brenda Vincent is a professional violinist and instructor who attended The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California (1965) and John Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music. Ms. Vincent’s career began as a classical violinist in symphonic, opera, and ballet orchestras as well as chamber music and new music ensembles. Since 1979, Ms. Vincent has resided in New York City where she has expanded her musical interests to include jazz, blues, and Latin American music.

Highlights include the North Carolina and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, Goldovsky and Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestras, Joffrey Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem Orchestras, the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra, Manhattan New Music Ensemble, the Max Roach Double Quartet, World Saxophone Quartet with Strings, and Charansalsa Latin Ensemble. Currently, Ms. Vincent is a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and performs chamber music with the NOMA (North Manhattan) Clarinet Quintet. Ms. Vincent won two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to transcribe the recorded works of American jazz violinist Stuff Smith (“Jazz Special Projects” 1985 and “Jazz Fellowship” 1988) and won “Honorable Mention” from American Music Initiative.

Ms. Vincent teaches privately in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is establishing a beginning violin methodology that integrates the classical violin tradition with blues, jazz, and Latin American music.

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