Julie Jung, Adjunct Professor of Music, String Techniques. Private Music Instructor. M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. (Artist in Residence)

Cellist Julie Jung has performed throughout the world, both as a soloist and as a member of the award-winning Jung Trio with her two sisters Jennie and Ellen.  A prizewinner in the 2000 Eckhardt-Gramattee Competition, she has been presented in recitals by the Debut-Young Concert Artist Series in Montreal and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC Radio) across Canada and has also performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Chamber Academy, State Symphony of Tatarstan, Korean Philharmonic, Taejon Philharmonic, University of Toronto Symphony, Korean-Canadian Symphony and East York Symphony Orchestras.  She has participated in festivals including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Norfolk and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals, the Manchester Cello Festival, New York String Seminar and the Verbier Academy in Switzerland.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Jung has collaborated in performance with many artists, including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, James Dunham, Edgar Meyer, Shauna Rolston, Bernadene Blaha, and James Somerville. As a member of the NEC Honors String Quartet, she was awarded the Silver Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2000 and toured Germany with the NEC Chamber Orchestra. Ms.Jung has performed with iPalpiti in the International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles since 2007 and appeared with the ensemble in Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and the Kimmel Center.  With the Jung Trio, she most recently performed in Russia, Los Angeles, Toronto, New York City, Seoul, and toured Kenya and Mauritius. The trio completed studies in the Artist Diploma program at Yale and also attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music where they collaborated with violist Jesse Levine and studied with artists such as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Tokyo String Quartet, John O’Conor and Syoko Aki.  They recently recorded their first album on the Groovenote Label that will be released in July 2009 and are currently Trio-in-Residence at Vanguard University.

Ms. Jung received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto where she studied with Shauna Rolston.  She received her Master of Music degree with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with Laurence Lesser and most recently completed studies at the Yale School of Music with Aldo Parisot in the Artist Diploma Program.


Tanya Karyagina, Adjunct Professor of Piano and Accompanying, D.M.A. University of Southern California.

Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tanya Karyagina made her concerto début at the age of nine with the Kazakh Chamber Orchestra and has also appeared with Kazakh National Symphony, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, TCU Symphony, USC Symphony, North East Symphony, and Nova Amadeus Chamber Orchestra working with such distinguished conductors as Leon Fleisher, Sergiu Comissiona, and Nicola Samale, to name a few. Having won prizes in over twenty International Piano Competitions, she has performed extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Russia, Canada, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado, Bass Performance Hall in Texas, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, Central Concert Hall, National Philharmonic Hall and National Opera Theater in Kazakhstan and many others. She has appeared on CBS 11, world satellite TV, Radio Vaticana and Kazakh National TV and radio stations performing, giving interviews and acting.

Tanya started taking piano lessons at the age of five and holds a Red Diploma from the Special Music College for Gifted Children in Kazakhstan, a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Performer’s Certificate from Texas Christian University and a Master of Music Degree, an Artist Diploma and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from University of Southern California, where she studied with the renowned professor John Perry.

In 2010 Tanya joined the Music Faculty at the Vanguard University of Southern California. Formerly, she was a part of the Music Faculty at the University of Southern California working as an Assistant Lecturer of Piano and also taught at the Preparatory Music Division at Texas Christian University. Apart from her teaching and piano performance career Tanya plays harpsichord professionally. She is also an aspiring violinist. She likes being outdoors, swimming, reading, cooking, travelling and experiencing new cultures.


Dr. Jung-A Lee, Adjunct Professor of Music, Organ and Accompanying. D.M.A., Boston University.

Dr. Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist, and conductor. She currently works as an organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, an adjunct professor at Vanguard University, and an accompanist for the Men in Blaque Choir at University of California, Irvine. In April, 2009 she founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music. She is the chairman of the non-profit organization with twelve board members.

Dr. Lee completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from Boston University. In Boston she served as an organ scholar of The Memorial Church, Harvard University from 2001 to 2003 whose services were broadcast on the radio. She also worked as a collaborative pianist at Boston University. She earned her Master of Music degree in organ performance from Yale University with a full scholarship and worked as a collaborative pianist for the Opera School at Yale. While studying there she received many prizes including the Charles Ives Prize which is given to a gifted performer. From 1996 to 1997 she studied at Humboldt University and Kirchenmusikschule in Berlin, Germany as an exchange student. Lee finished her Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Toronto. While studying in Toronto, she served as an organist at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church whose services were broadcast on the radio. In addition, she also holds a London Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in piano performance.

Lee can be heard as organist on Rorem: Works for Choir and Organ/Harvard University Choir CD on Black Box label (catalog number 1102) and on the Men in Blaque’s recordings of UCI. Her first DVD of Music Mission International, “Beauty in the Wind,” will be released soon. http://www.musicmissioninternational.org


Rich Messenger, Adjunct Professor of Music, Secondary Vocal Methods. Graduate Studies, University of Iowa.


Michael Nigro, Adjunct Professor of Music, Guitar Studies. M.M. Guitar Performance. California State University, Fullerton.

Michael Anthony Nigro has been drawn to the sounds of the guitar since the age of 12. After several years of lessons with local teachers and self-study, he attended the prestigious Indiana University School of Music where he graduated with his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2000 under the direction of Ernesto Bitetti. After moving back to his native Southern California, he attended California State University, Fullerton and earned a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of David Grimes.

His debut recording, “Homage to Piazzolla,” (Music & Arts CD1149) has received critical acclaim from the American Record Guide and Classical Guitar Magazine.

“It’s a pleasant collection of spiky Argentine rhythms interspersed with soulful milongas. Nigro has a big sound, a smooth tone, and sure-footed interpretive instincts. The production is clean and the sound clear…The notes include brief biographies of the composers, many of whom will be unfamiliar to most listeners. Nigro is to be commended for recording their music.”
American Record Guide

Nigro’s second recording titled, “Guitar Sudamericana,” (Balcon Records 62607) features compositions by Jose Luis Merlin, Jorge Morel, Eduardo Falu, Villa-Lobos, and many others.

He has performed in 29 states, giving concerts and master classes at many esteemed universities, guitar societies, libraries, museums, and community concerts. Some of the colleges he has performed and given master classes at are; Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Amarillo Community College, TX, Glendale Community College, AZ, Marylhurst College in Portland, OR, and William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. Michael is an active member of the guitar community; he is co-founder of the Long Beach Classical Guitar Society, independent reviewer of new music publications for the GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) periodical, Soundboard Magazine, and sought after teacher and performer.

Michael has been on the faculty of Vanguard University of Southern California since January 2006 where he teaches class guitar, is co-director of the guitar ensemble, and hosts a studio of about 15 students. www.nigroclassicalguitar.com


Robert Reno, Adjunct Professor of Music & Composition. D.M., University of Indiana, Bloomington.

Dr. Robert Reno is a composer, arranger, pianist and teacher. He has a Doctor of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied composition with John Eaton, Donald Erb, Don Freund, and Fred Fox. He has been teaching music theory and composition, along with several other music courses since 1983, and has authored the text Materials of Music, a two-year music theory text for colleges and universities.

Dr. Reno is an active composer, having written music for orchestra, chorus, various chamber ensembles, and electronic media. His music has been performed and recorded by several ensembles throughout the United States, such as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra and IU New Music Ensemble.


Bill Schlitt, Adjunct Professor of Music, Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Techniques. Private Music Instructor, Percussion Studies. B.A., Cal Poly, Pomona.

Bill has performed 27 years as a freelance percussionist in various ensembles and orchestras throughout Southern California. He has served as principal percussionist with Music Theater of Southern California for 10 years. He is currently the timpanist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and performs as an extra percussionist with Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is an accomplished percussion educator, clinician, and author of the drum set method book Rock Connection.


Sarah Scott, sscott@vanguard.edu. Adjunct Professor of Music, Intro to Fine Arts, Music and Worship. M.A.C.L., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena.

Sarah Scott teaches courses in worship, spiritual formation, and music and art history at Vanguard University. She began teaching at VU in 2005, while assisting in the authorship of the new major – Music and Worship Arts – a degree program for musicians that focuses as much on theology and pastoral formation as it does music, with a smattering of A/V, film, design, and theatrical production to prepare for the reality of worship positions within the contemporary church.

Sarah brings a love and passion for music and art to the classroom, and desires to bring theologically-grounded worship leaders to our churches. Prior to coming to Vanguard, Sarah was on pastoral staff at churches for ten years, and was an integral part of a handful of church plants, including Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa and The Next Level Church in Denver, Colorado, where she developed a passion to bring our many generations together in corporate worship, focusing more on God than on style.

Sarah is a member of the Worship Mentor Network, a part of Worship Foundations, International, which has connected her with some of the most established worship leaders in the nation. Even so, her greatest joy is mentoring others, walking life with those heading out to lead worship in our churches for the first time. She lives in Southern California with her very patient husband and energetic 3-year-old, with a new arrival coming in March.