Cerritos College Music Department faculty members Dr. Theresa Dimond and Dr. SungAe Lee both have upcoming opportunities to give performances on a national stage. Dimond, a distinguished percussionist who has served on the Cerritos College music faculty for the past 25 years, will travel to New York October 25-30 to perform at the Lincoln Center. Lee, who teaches piano, was selected as a finalist at the 11th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference to perform in the solo and concerto competition held in Atlanta, Georgia October 25-28.
Dr. Christine Lopez, chair of the Cerritos College Music Department will also be attending the conference and will accompany Lee during the piano concerto she will be performing as part of the competition.
“It’s a credit to our program that Cerritos College faculty members are invited to showcase their talents and expertise,” said Lopez.
“Our students benefit tremendously from the experiences that our faculty gain through these performance opportunities, while Cerritos College is provided with even further exposure.”
As one of six percussionists, Dimond will join the full chorus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and four pianists at the Lincoln Center to give a performance celebrating the work of contemporary composer Steve Reich.
Dimond studied at the University of Southern California and completed her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in percussion. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra since its first season, principal timpanist for the Pasadena Pops and California Philharmonic, and as a freelance musician has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her recording credits include "Edward Scissorhands," "Far From Heaven," "Rocky V," "The Simpsons," "Pocahontas," "The 38th Annual Grammy Awards" and recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to teaching at Cerritos College, Dimond is also currently on the faculties of Pomona College, University of California, Irvine and Whittier College.
Lee’s performance in Atlanta will include Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto Number One in D-Flat Major” with Lopez playing a second piano as the orchestral reduction of the piece. She also plans to perform Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude” and Liszt’s ‘Spanish Rhapsody.”
Lee received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her study with Ann Perry at UCLA, she was a top prizewinner of both the Neil and Jane Hanson Scholarship and the Benno Rubihyi Piano Competition. In May of 2004, she received a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California, where she studied under the renowned pianist, Daniel Pollack. Lee joined the faculty at Cerritos College in January 2005 and has also served on the faculty at Shepherd University and Bethesda University.
The Campus Connection Online, October 16, 2006