Malcolm JonesVocal / Music Fundamental / Ensemble Instructor
Malcolm Jones, baritone, is a Virginia native and is currently attending his second semester at San Jose State University to get his Master’s in choral conducting and vocal performance. He is a recent graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Music with a concentration in vocal performance. During his entire VCU undergrad career, Malcolm dedicated a large portion of his time to VCU’s Commonwealth Singers and playing various roles for VCU Opera. His participation in these groups granted him various opportunities to travel, observe, and perform with many professionals such as Richmond’s Symphony Chorus and Ensemble Appassionata, in Montreal, Canada. After graduating from VCU, Malcolm joined Richmond’s Symphony Chorus made up of only 150 voice. He also worked with New Kent High School’s theatre department on their international production of Les Misérables as a vocal director. While working with simultaneously with several age groups, Malcolm was also selected to travel to Dover, England to act as the active vocal director on call. This position exposed him to work with not only students of different age groups, but also different nationalities (American, British, and Russian). It was then he had the honor of make his conducting debut for in front of the Dover Federation of the Arts, French Ambassadors from the French Embassy through our France, and Russian Ambassadors from the Russian Embassy throughout Russia. Upon returning to the Sates, Malcolm decided to start taking the next step towards his education and work on achieving his Masters in Music, where he turned towards San Jose State University. Malcolm is currently studying under Dr. Jeffrey Benson and Prof. Joseph Frank. Since attending San Jose State, Malcolm has had the pleasure of working alongside the professional opera company, Opera San Jose, as a chorus member and covering various roles. Malcolm’s philosophy is that music exists in all of us and loves to watch the progress grow within those who seek to hone their skills.
Sabrina Shuang HouActing Instructor
An award winning singer and Kunqu Opera performer, the fourth generation in an internationally noted Kunqu performing family. Graduated from Beijing Conservatory of Traditional Opera in 1988, Hou held the seat of lead actress in Beijing Northern Kunqu Opera Theater 1988–1996. In 1989, Ms. Hou won an award in Beijing Young Traditional Opera Performer Competition, and in 1994, an Excellent Performance Award in China First Kunqu Competition. She also performed leading roles in films, TV dramas, and hosted TV programs at CCTV and Beijing Television. After moving to the U.S. in 1997, Hou advanced her studies at the University of San Francisco, performed for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and gave lecture-demonstrations on Kunqu Opera at Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Pacific Lutheran University, Evergreen State College, and UC Berkeley. She performed as a Chinese folk singer in a musical tribute, a fusion opera, and participated in the 2004 Paris Jazz Festival. As the founder, artistic director, and teacher of Peony Performing Arts (PPA), she taught the students from age 3 to 70. With her students, PPA performed her dance-theatre work Chinese Dynasties at the Asian Art Museum, ODC Theater in SF, and Finn Center in Mountain View. in 2007, Ms. Hou was awarded as a Master Artist in the Alliance of California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.