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.
Monica Harle, a graduate of the University of Washington and the Monterey Institute of International Studies is a collaborative pianist and piano instructor. Monica has worked with numerous choral groups, musical theatre, jazz, classical chamber ensembles and played several years at destination luxury resorts in California. Monica has been the Musical Accompanist for the department since 2019.