Play A Part


Play A Part

Play A Part 2019


Dear Friend of the California Jazz Conservatory,

You may have heard that the California Jazz Conservatory suffered a devastating flood at our 2087 Addison campus in mid October. We are working very hard to get our facility up and running again, and to replace valuable equipment that was lost as a result.

In spite of this setback, our commitment to our mission to nurture and perpetuate the jazz art form remains unscathed. The California Jazz Conservatory has built a reputation, through its various education programs and the work of its exemplary teaching staff, leading to our vision: In a Musician, Out an Artist!

Since 2012, the Conservatory degree program has graduated seven classes of students who exemplify this vision. This year, for our Play A Part campaign, we are focusing on the accomplishments of some of our graduates, including:

  • Pianist Ruthie Dineen ’12 — Deputy Director of East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and member of “Negative Press Project,” a band comprising CJC alumni, whose recording Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds was chosen as one of Downbeat’s top-rated recordings in 2018;
  • Saxophonist Christopher Sullivan ’14 — Earned an M.M. at William Paterson University and a D.M.A. at USC; currently a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory;
  • Guitarist Ian Faquini ‘15 — Records and tours internationally with pianist Brad Mehldau, vocalist Fleurine, and trombonist Natalie Cressman among others;
  • Bassist Seth Honig ‘15 — Currently a graduate student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Manchester, England;
  • Bassist Scott Thompson ‘16 — Tours internationally with world-renowned Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro, among other artists of note;
  • Drummer Zachary Mondlick ’16 — Currently Director of Recruitment at the California Jazz Conservatory;
  • Vocalist Susana Pineda ’17 — Currently a graduate student in Music at CalArts;
  • Vocalist Hannah Levy ’19 — A member of Kitka, the celebrated American women’s vocal arts ensemble.

These graduates’ notable accomplishments demonstrate the far-reaching effects of our institution’s postsecondary programs. The Conservatory has proudly played an integral part in all of our graduates’ artistic achievements, as have you!

Your ongoing support will help us recover from unfortunate losses incurred from the recent flood and enable us to continue to realize our vision to admit the musician and graduate the artist.

I hope you will play your part now in supporting the important work of all of our education programs by making a tax-deductible contribution, qualifying the California Jazz Conservatory to operate alongside the most reputable jazz programs in the country.

Yours in jazz,

Susan Muscarella





For more information contact Mary D’Orazi, Philanthropy Associate: (510) 845-5373 ext. 19 or make a secure online donation by clicking the “Donate Now” button at the top of the page.