Ron Slabbinck has been a choral and vocal jazz educator, author, clinician, adjudicator, and guest speaker at camps, workshops, and festivals throughout the United States for over 20 years. Prior to teaching, he could be seen singing and dancing on the stages of cruise ships and theme parks, most notably as a tenor with the acclaimed "Voices of Liberty" at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. With a passion for motivating and inspiring students through the joy of music, his enthusiasm is infectious. Ron received his bachelor's degree in music education from Western Michigan University, and his master's degree in music conducting from California State University, Sacramento. He recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership at St. Mary's College of California, where he received the Dean's Award for Excellence, an award presented to a student whose culminating work reflects academic excellence and is deemed to have potential to advance the profession and/or positively impact the field of educational leadership. His dissertation research focused on finding ways to make music education relevant and meaningful in higher education.
David Blink holds a Master's degree in Music Composition from Central Washington University. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Music with an emphasis in Jazz from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Blink most recently completed a sabbatical in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico where he created a Latin Jazz Big Band at the Conservatorio de las Rosas (oldest conservatory in Latin America), and also taught a course in Jazz Composition-Arranging and was a guest trumpet lecturer. Prior to his sabbatical, he was a full-time tenured faculty member at Yakima Valley Community College where he held the position of Director of Instrumental Music and Jazz Studies for over ten years.
Piano instructor, Chiharu Sai, was selected by Japan’s major newspaper, Mainichi Shimbun, as One of the 100 People in Tokyo to Represent the 21st Century. She performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Japan and the United States. Her performance highlights include solo recitals and orchestral appearances at Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall in NYC as well as Opera City Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Ms. Sai balances her performance schedule with an active involvement in music education and pedagogy. In the past, she has taught classes at Willamette University and Arizona State University, and served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music's summer music programs. Sai holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Her CD of Chopin’s 4 Scherzi and 4 Ballades released on King Records of Japan is available on Amazon.com.
Eric Seiler, joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school, received advanced musical training from the Armed Forces School of Music, and spent the next four years travelling the world with the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, playing clarinet in the concert band and performing on saxophone and voice with both the unit's jazz and show bands. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Seiler began undergraduate studies at CSU, Chico and received his BA with a double major in Clarinet Performance and Music Education. He performed with Chico State's opera, choral and band departments for five years, and spent a semester performing with the school's musical theater program as well. As a college senior, Seiler won the university level Young Artist Competition, earning the honor of soloing on clarinet with the North State Symphony. In addition to his undergraduate work, Seiler completed a master's in Vocal Performance along with the Certificate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. While attending Chico State, Seiler also served in the California Army National Guard where, besides his band duties, he served in the California Army Honor Guard which renders military honors at veterans' funerals. Seiler's duties with the Honor Guard included folding the flag, blowing taps on the bugle, and playing bagpipes.
Seiler has played clarinet as an ensemble member with the North State Symphony, the Reno Pops Orchestra and the Solano Winds of Fairfield, CA. He has soloed on voice for the Solano Choral Society and The Vallejo Messiah production. Notable vocal roles have included Prince Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don José in Carmen, and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music.
Eric Seiler presently teaches band, choir and guitar at Yreka High School.
For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Instruction.
Dr. Zachary Zweigle, Dean of Instruction
Email: Office of Instruction
Phone: (530) 938-5201