WHO ARE WE?

It all started as a small group of friends coming together and seeking support among fellow music students. We know how challenging it is to succeed in today’s world as a marimba player, and we want to help.

We are musicians, students, teachers, and white-collar workers. We don’t just play the marimba; in fact, some of us don’t even play music right now. Each staff member is different in many ways, but we are all the same when it comes to our mission: to inspire, grow, and support the marimba community.

WHAT DO WE DO?

At Southern California Marimba, we want to become the leading platform for marimba professional development and support in Southern California. We regularly provide educational programs for students, performing opportunities for artists, and a welcoming community for anyone who enjoys the marimba.

WHY DO WE DO THIS?

We love the marimba and believe the instrument deserves more recognition among the general public. We also recognize that marimba students and aspiring artists only have limited access to resources.

Since many local schools started offering percussion programs, there has been a surge in percussionists and marimba specialists. Most aspiring marimba players, however, do not have the opportunity to grow professionally per the lack of development programs and opportunities to connect with other marimba artists.

Our team seeks to fill in those needs by providing professional support to students and artists through our International Artist Competition, educational programs, and concerts. By inspiring and supporting marimba artists, we hope to share the beautiful sound of the marimba to more and more people.

MEET THE TEAM

CHRISTINA CHEON
Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director

UYEN YU
Chief Operating Officer & Marketing Director

LANA LUI
Director of Education & Operations Manager

JOSEPH YU
Director of Accounting

ERIC WHITMER
Development Coordinator

WANT TO GIVE US A HAND?

Every little bit goes a long way. As a nonprofit that relies entirely on voluntary efforts, we need your help to continue helping marimba students and young artists grow professionally. Find out the many ways that you can help us with below.

MANY THANKS TO

OUR PAST STAFF MEMBERS

Aaron Grisez, Logistics Manager (2014-2016) • Kelly Shin, Productions Director (2014-2019) • Rudi Massman, Operations Manager (2014-2017) • Tyler Tsunekawa, Artist Relations Manager (2016-2017)

OUR VOLUNTEERS
Aaron Grisez • Alissa Teachout • Colin Horrocks • Craig Shields • David Cho • Elijah Jeong • Irwin Tsu • Jacky Nozuka • Jeremy Parr • Jinsuk Chun • Joanna Chen • Jonathan Perez • Justin Kwak • Katie Eikam • Katrina Shore • Lauren Kim • Mark Haygood • Michelle Hamano • Myungsun Kang • Paul Park • Pedro Rios • Rudi Massman • Sandra Yue • Sang Hoon Park • Sarah Lui • Shawn Park • Tim Curle • William Chinn