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Board of Directors

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Patricia Graham
President | Executive Director

Patricia Graham has been an active professional musician in Southern California for 25 years. She has conducted West Coast Classical formerly known as Palmdale Symphonic Orchestras for 17 years. She studied violin performance with Robert Lipsett at age 14 and continued with him at CSUN. She has a studio of 71 private students. Patricia has played with Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra. She has played in pit orchestras for over 20 shows, also has her own quartet that plays for private venues. She has been music director for over 50 musical stage productions since 2001. She has worked for Desert Opera Theater, Palmdale Repertory Theater, Cedar Street Theater and Santa Clarita Regional Theater Company.

Jeff Kaser
Vice President | Co-Director

Jeff Kaser is the director of the West Coast Classical Wind Ensemble, Beginning Band and West Coast Classical Flute Choir. He coaches the woodwinds and brass for the West Coast Classical Concert and Symphonic orchestras. Jeff teaches music theory and jazz improvisation through West Coast Classical.  He serves as an Adjunct professor of music at Antelope Valley College. Jeff also gives private music instruction for all levels and ages.

Aside from teaching, Jeff is an active musician in the Los Angeles area and specializes in saxophones, flutes, clarinets and oboe performing in studio sessions, clubs,

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theater orchestras, symphony orchestras, private events, and concert venues. He has over 100 musicals to his credit and has performed and recorded with such artists as Bob Newhart, Tom Scott, Tom Wopat, Fee Waybill, Jello Biafra, Stephen Lynch, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Lawrence Welk Orchestra, and the Robert Ward Blues Band. Jeff also has performed in such places as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Disneyland, Jamaica, Fiji Islands, New Zealand and Australia. Jeff received his Master of Music from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University.

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Sarah Bunch
Secretary

Sarah Bunch is a professional freelance violinist in Los Angeles County. She grew up in the Antelope Valley studying under Patricia Graham and has been an active member of West Coast Classical for 10 years. She is currently Concert Master of West Coast Classical’s Symphonic Orchestra and serves as West Coast Classical Board Secretary. Along with her duties at West Coast Classical, Sarah performs regularly with the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. 

Amy Fischer

Treasurer

Amelia (Amy) Fischer, West Coast Classical Board Treasurer, is a professional violinist in the Southern California area. She has been a regular symphonic player in many Los Angeles-based orchestras for over 35 years, as well as in pit orchestras, movie and recording studios. She was raised in Antelope Valley and is semi-retired from her private teaching studio. It is with great joy that she is joined with West Coast Classical and with her friend and colleague, Patricia Graham, as well as the other Board members. It’s been a pleasure to watch West Coast Classical and it’s musicians grow and share their passion for music.

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Sarah has also performed with Debut Chamber Orchestra, toured with Hollywood Concert Orchestra, and played pit for several regional and community theater productions including Santa Clarita Regional Theater Company and Cedar Street Theater. 

Debbie Barrientes

Debbie Barrientes was House Operations Coordinator at the Palmdale Playhouse for over 25 years and in 1996 took part in a new program, Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras, now West Coast Classical. She scheduled rehearsal and concert space, managed membership registration, assisted with marketing, advertising, and member auditions. She also designed program membership flyers, concert flyers, and concert programs

Debbie retired in 2022 and was honored with an invitation to the WCC Board of Directors. She collaborates with the directors on marketing, registration, fundraising, concert flyers and programs. Being a part of this musical platform and watching it grow and flourish in the Antelope Valley brings immense joy she holds close in her heart.

Annie Pagliaro

Annie Pagliaro worked 21 years as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Palmdale, overseeing the Palmdale Amphitheater, the Palmdale Playhouse and the Chimbole Cultural Center.  Show and event production allowed for Annie to showcase her creative skills while organizing and mentoring hundreds of young people under her direction.  Her work was rewarding and allowed for her to collaborate with many community organizations and the residents.  

 

Growing up in the Antelope Valley Annie was exposed to athletics, music and dance.  Some of her favorite memories are playing the clarinet and baritone sax.  She believes that the visual and performing arts are an important part of any thriving community and that music can impact others like nothing else can!

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Kira Sopp

Kira Sopp has been part of West Coast Classical for 12 years. She has been a member of wind ensemble, concert orchestra, symphonic orchestra, and jazz ensemble. She enjoys being a part of the West Coast Classical board and loves working alongside the directors for upcoming and current seasons. Kira has recently just graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's in Cyber and Data Security Technology. She is passionate about being part of this wonderful community and is excited for what’s to come! 

Josiah Macy

Josiah Macy has been a member of the West Coast Classical orchestra since 2013. During that time he has performed trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo and both the Concert and Symphonic orchestra. He has been a member of the West Coast Classical board since 2017. His favorite memories of the organization revolve around the orchestra's trip to New York, Europe and Disney Concert Hall.

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Starletta Darbeau

Starletta Darbeau is ecstatic and humbled to be on the board of this fantastic organization. In 2001, she enrolled her older daughter into the beginning strings orchestra.  Later on, her younger daughter joined that class as well. Both girls studied, performed, grew, and matured into not only talented musicians, but also thoughtful and well rounded people. 

Starletta feels West Coast Classical is more than a musical organization. She believes WCC teaches students to be resilient, tenacious, diligent, patient, and respectful individuals. As a retired educator, she delights in seeing young people shine and discover their talents and abilities as they pursue their dreams.

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