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Full-time Faculty

Taylor Smith


Part-time Faculty

David Bigham

Jonathon Davis

Amy Hacker

John Harris

Martha Heminger

• Esther Jordan

• O. Keegan

Merryl Nelson

Warren Torns




If you are interested in music, in any way, you will find that the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Department has a lot to offer. The Performing Arts Department offers classes for students with a general interest as well as to those seeking in-depth, individualized study. Cuyamaca College currently offers three AA degrees:

  • AA, Music Industry Studies
  • AA, Music Education
  • AA, Music for Transfer


Cuyamaca College is an All-Steinway School — one of only 160 in the world! The Performing Arts Department is home to seven Steinway pianos, including one 9’ concert grand. The department also houses two recording studios, a 24-seat MIDI/piano lab, four ensemble rehearsal rooms, nine individual practice rooms, and a beautiful 364-seat theatre.


Performance Opportunities

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Rock, Pop, & Soul Ensemble
  • World Music Ensembles


Career Opportunities

  • Professional musician
  • Private music teacher
  • Public/private school music teacher
  • Record producer
  • Composer
  • Concert/artist promoter
  • Recording/audio engineer
  • Music journalist


The Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Department has a wonderful, accomplished, and prestigious faculty. The faculty covers a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. On thing they all have in common, however, is a passion for the art form, and a drive to help others find a similar level of passion in it.


Revised  August 25, 2014
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