Music Advisor – Dr Ayke Agus
A violin and piano child prodigy at the age of 7, a well-known concert violinist, pianist and lecturer, known primarily through her long-time collaboration with the Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz. Upon winning several competitions, she performed as soloist on piano, and violin, with the different local symphony orchestras, followed by two full scholarship offers: Juilliard School of Music and the University of Southern California. Her acceptance into the Jascha Heifetz Master Class at the USC began a lasting association with the great violinist up to the very end of his illustrious life. Ayke Agus is also one of the rare classical music performers who has performed as a soloist accompanied by an orchestra as a multi-instrumentalist. For the past 30 years, Ayke has focused on continuing the Heifetz legacy, passing on his musical beliefs, principles, musical ethics, teaching of the Art of Musical Collaboration and teaching of the Art of Writing Musical Transcription. Recently, she completed a documentary film of Jascha Heifetz’s Life: God’s Fiddler. She is also a healing music therapist.
Music Literature/Education Advisor – Dr Matthew Mallen
Matthew Mallen received his B.A. Degree and Teaching Certificate from Central Collage, Pella, Iowa in 1976. His M.A. from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg Kansas, 1977. He attended West Los Angeles Law School and received his Paralegal Trust and Wills Certificate in 1984. He has taught extensively. He student taught in Grinnell High School, Grinnell, Iowa. Freshman Composition at Pittsburgh State University, Liberal High School, Liberal, Missouri, (3 years).Arma High School, Arma, Kansas.(2 years). St. Bernard High School, playa Del Rey, California (28 years). He has taught several courses: Composition,Creative Writing, Theater and Drama, Speech, Greek Mythology and Greek Drama, Short Stories and Poetry, World Literature, Dante, Survey courses in both American Literature, and British Literature, Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Film as Literature, Advanced Placement in both English Language and English Literature. He was the English Department Chairman at St. Bernard High School, Senior Class Moderator, Interact Club Moderator in conjunction with The Westchester Rotary Club. He was awarded the Teacher of the Year in both 1991 and 2008.