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Music Faculty

Multidimensional conductor, trumpeter and educator, Julie Desbordes leads ensembles in the Americas, Asia (recently including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba), and her native France. Previously based in NYC, she led two diverse, groundbreaking orchestras: the Queer Urban Orchestra and the Turtle Bay Youth Orchestra.

As Music Director of the Philharmonia at ASU, where she also teaches conducting, she often collaborates with the Dance, Composition, and Theatre departments, and presents music by diverse composers, delivering performances that excite seasoned and new audiences alike. As a leader in the El Sistema movement, she was a featured cast member in Jamie Bernstein’s Netflix documentary, Crescendo! The Power of Music. She teaches for Carnegie Hall’s Music Educators Workshop, and recently was Assistant Conductor for the National Youth Orchestras of the US (NYO and NYO2).

Courses Taught: Trumpet private instruction
Degrees: BM, Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal; MM, Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal; DMA, Peabody Institute

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mike Dominguez has taught mariachi music at the elementary, middle, and high school level in the valley since 2003. He began his career with Cartwright Elementary School District Mariachi Serenata, which was comprised of students from Justine Spitalny and Starlight Park Elementary. In 2008, he started Mariachi Las Pumas at Raul H. Castro Middle School in the Cartwright Elementary School District. Mr. Dominguez has been the Director of Bands, Orchestra, and Mariachi at Maryvale High School in the Phoenix Union High School District since 2015. In 2016, Mr. Dominguez, with the help of his students, created Phoenix Union’s only select mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Panteras de Oro. Mr. Dominguez’s students have performed for the Arizona School Board and Arizona Latino School Board Associations, the Arizona State Senate, American Blood Association, Luke Air Force Base, Heard Museum, Phoenix Cinco de Mayo Celebration, many community events including weddings, and twice as an honor group performance at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference. 

Courses Taught: Mariachi Ensemble
Degrees: BME, New Mexico State University; MEL, Northern Arizona University. 

Patrick Driscoll is a Front of House engineer, recording engineer, musician, and educator with over 20 years of experience working in the music industry.  He has toured and produced live events across the United States, as well as internationally with artists such as Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, NOFX, Xzibit, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Johnny Depp, Gin Blossoms, Blue Oyster Cult, and KISS. A professor of Live Sound and Stage Technology for five years, Patrick is active in the industry working on local and regional concert productions. As an advocate for collaboration, positivity, and teamwork, he values inclusivity and diversity as a major part of his production teams. 

Courses Taught: Live Sound Reinforcement I-III
 

Wes Hawkins is a percussionist and music educator in the Phoenix area with a diverse array of experiences. Wes is the Regional Director for UpBeat Percussion, a hand drumming and rhythmic literacy program for Title I schools in Phoenix. He is the owner of the Rhythm Is Life Percussion Studio, and maintains an active roster of private students, many of whom have gone on to receive regional, state, and national accolades, or have gone on to earn graduate degrees, teach percussion at the college level, or become professional performers. Wes also leads the Rhythm Is Life Steel Band, and is in demand as a drummer/percussionist for several musical organizations in the Phoenix area.

Courses Taught: Jazz History, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble, Percussion private instruction
Degrees: BM, University of Arizona; MM, Arizona State University

Dr. Sabrina Hu enjoys a versatile career as a performer, educator, and director. She has performed in many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Concert Hall in Ireland, and recitals throughout major halls in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Sabrina’s performances have been broadcast live on BBC, RTE and RTHK television and radio. Previous teaching positions have included Rhodes College in Memphis TN, Lycoming College in PA, and the National University of Ireland. Sabrina has performed in several orchestras, including the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Wexford Opera Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony. As an avid chamber musician, Sabrina is a member of  Trio Festivale and a Woodwind Quintet, the Mill Avenue Chamber Players in Phoenix, AZ. Sabrina is also founding Co-Artistic Director of the innovative chamber music festival in Europe, The Walled City Music Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Courses Taught: Flute Choir, Flute private instruction
Degrees: BM, Mannes College of Music; MM, Royal Northern College of Music; DMA, Michigan State University
 

Matt Kirkpatrick was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He has been in the Marketing and Promotions Department of the Radio Industry for over 20 years, starting at Q106, Channel 93.3, and Magic 92.5. Kirkpatrick moved to Phoenix in November of 2000 to work at KKFR/Power 92.3 where he spent seven years as a Promotions Coordinator and later Promotions Director, also hosting an underground hip hop show called “Friday Night Flavas.” In 2007, Kirkpatrick left Power 98.3 to work at KZON/101.5 Jamz as the Marketing and Promotions Director for two years and started another underground hip hop show called “Rhyme and Reason.” He also worked as the Promotions Director for KAJM/Mega 104.3 and KNRJ/101.1 The Beat as well as in Artist Management and DJ’ing all over the Valley.

Courses Taught: Music Business, Music Industry Entrepreneurship, Self Promotion for Music
 

Pedro Pérez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began studying the guitar with Emilio Cruz and later continued with Jacques Landry and Michael Curtis at Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico. In July of 1998, he was awarded the Pro-Arte scholarship from Asociación Pro Orquesta Sinfónica (APOS), to attend the National Guitar Workshop where he studied with Julian Gray, Michael Cedric Smith, and Richard Provost. He has performed in master classes of Nicholas Goluses, Juan Mercadal, Leonardo Egúrbida, Eladio Sharon, and William Kanengiser. In 1999, he was invited to perform an opening recital for the renowned popular music guitarist, José Feliciano, at the Marriott Hotel in El Paso, Texas.

Courses Taught: Guitar private instruction
Degrees: BA, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico; MM, Arizona State University

Saxophonist Mary Petrich enjoys a vibrant career as performer and teacher. Her deep love for creativity and improvisation has led her to explore traditional and non-traditional approaches which have developed into a very personalized style of playing and teaching music. Her education focus includes improvisation for all players and saxophone study in both jazz and classical repertoire. She is co-founder/leader of Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising, a project in collaboration with The Nash, that supports youth jazz education for girls. As a performer, Mary has been pursuing her own vision in large and small group settings, with a special love for intimate collaboration of small group settings. She performs locally with The Phoenix Symphony, and has performed at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and the MIM with Patty Peterson and the Jazz-Women All Stars. Additionally, she has worked with The Temptations, The AZ Music Festival Orchestra, Phoenix Chorale, and Charles Lewis, among others.

Courses Taught: Jazz Combos, Jazz Improvisation, Saxophone private instruction
Degrees: BM, Indiana University; MM, Arizona State University

Sean Schafianski is an award-winning video game music producer, arranger, and classically trained saxophonist based in Phoenix, Arizona. He produces arrangement albums which have garnered praise and recognition within the video game community. Sean has been working professionally in a freelance capacity for over a decade, performing on many commercial albums. As a session musician, Sean has worked with several notable composers and arrangers, providing high quality instrumental recordings. Sean has released numerous albums of remastered and remixed video game music, covering an array of various titles and genres. These albums have received accolades and nominations for awards as part of the Game Audio Network Guild and Video Game Music Online. Equally active as an audio engineer, Sean mixes and masters his own works, and his skills have been featured on a myriad of diverse albums from various labels.

Courses Taught: Electronic Music I-III, Sound Design
Degrees: AA, Grand Rapids Community College; BA, Grand Valley State University; MM, Berklee College of Music
 

Sarah Schreffler has an extensive background as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. She is a founding member of the Burn City String Quartet and its sibling ensemble, the violin duo Broke Fiddles. With BCSQ and Broke Fiddles, Dr. Schreffler enjoys the depth of string chamber music repertoire paired with a special focus on the music of Arizona. As a member of BCSQ, she performs as a collaborative artist and soloist with the Cactus Chamber Musicians, who serve the Phoenix area with multifaceted, imaginative programs. She has collaborated on currently available and forthcoming orchestral and chamber music recordings, available on the Con Brio and Summit labels, and is a frequent collaborator in sessions with a variety of recording artists. She holds performance degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music and Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing certification to teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Dalcroze School of the Rockies.

Courses Taught: Community Orchestra, Intro to Music Theory, Violin private instruction
Degrees: BM, The Cleveland Institute of Music; MM, The Cleveland Institute of Music; DMA, Arizona State University