Network 9 Music, Art, and Design

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:00 am - 7:00 am
Colt Hall Forum

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Colt Hall Forum

5:00 p.m. Check-In and Pre-Networking

5:30 p.m. Panel Presentation

6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Network with professionals from the following companies:


Adjunct Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University

Manager of Public Programs at The San Diego Museum of Art

Alexander Jarman

Alexander Jarman is an artist and arts professional living in San Diego; the opportunity to make art is just as important to him as the responsibility to serve the art community well.  Mr. Jarman is currently an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and the Manager of Public Programs at The San Diego Museum of Art.  Through his work at the Museum he is able to provide opportunities to innovative, emerging artists as well as bring established, important minds to the region.  Mr. Jarman also leads the Museum’s public art program, Open Spaces, which places decision-making processes about community art in the hands of local residents. 

Additionally, Mr. Jarman has also worked as a curator outside the Museum, most recently at the Southwestern College Art Gallery.  Since 2011, Mr. Jarman has proudly served as Board Member at SDSpace4Art in the East Village neighborhood of San Diego.  He has exhibited as an artist at many local galleries, including Helmuth Projects, Canvas Gallery, Bread and Salt, and Mesa College Art Gallery. 

Bauman Photographers

Bronson Pate, Master Photographer

A couple years before graduating Point Loma in 2005 with his B.A., Bronson Pate teamed up with his best friend Jared (founder of Bauman Photographers) and immediately began developing a signature dramatic style. His studio art degree certainly helped. Initially started with a focus on wedding photography (with 84 weddings in 2007 alone) the studio has grown to accommodate many other types of photography needs including headshots, corporate events, editorial and commercial work. Mr. Pate is married to fellow alum Megan (Powell '05) and loves skiing, grilling, his Toyota Tacoma, and his two gorgeous daughters, Audrey and Juliette.

A risk-taker with an eye for the unexpected, Mr. Pate thrives on stretching the limits of his art and pushing his work to the next level. He bears a striking resemblance to Napolean Dynamite and was labeled the “Fit Freak” when he gave a powerful and hilarious performance on ABC’s Wipeout – one that earned him a primetime feature on the show. He brings the same energy to every job he works on and has helped bring the company to its thriving place in San Diego’s market. 

Ranch & Coast Magazine

Chloe Pedersen, Associate Art Director/Designer

Chloe Pedersen is currently the Associate Art Director/Designer of Ranch & Coast Magazine and has been a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) since 2011. A graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Art and Design.

This past October, Ms. Pedersen was the recipient of Top 3 Best Feature Layout Design at the San Diego Press Club’s 40th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, and was awarded Top 3 Designer of 2012 by her fellow classmates at PLNU. While at Point Loma Nazarene University, she was both Secretary and Vice President of AIGA PLNU from 2011-2012. When Ms. Pedersen isn’t designing, she enjoys digital photography, dancing ballet, jazz, and lyrical, rock-climbing, and taking in the outdoors.

Juli Reitler, Private Voice, Piano, and Guitar Tutor, Singer, and Voice Over Artist

Juli Reitler graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in music education.  Having had many powerfully encouraging mentors throughout her youth, she knew that she wanted to be able to invest in the lives of children around her, and she eventually decided that teaching music provided a unique opportunity to do just that.  Ms. Reitler gets to share her passion for music weekly, teaching private voice, piano and guitar lessons out of her home in Orange County. 

Ms. Reitler has a particular affection for musical theatre, and greatly enjoys her position as music director for a local middle school's theatre program.  Her love for musical theatre is eclipsed only by her love of the jazz standards of the 30's and 40's and singing with two different period inspired ensembles is one of her greatest pleasures.  She also relishes her time spent in recording studios, both as a singer and a voice over artist.

Film Industry

Larry Rench, Orchestrator, Conductor, and Proofreader of Music

As an orchestrator, conductor, and proofreader of music for the film industry, Larry Rench has worked on more than 700 movies, television shows and recordings since 1988.  Composers for whom he has orchestrated include:  Shirley Walker (Final Destination 1-3), Hans Zimmer (Backdraft), Michael Kamen (X-Men), John Williams (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Christopher Lennertz (Alvin & the Chipmunks, Hop), and Harry Gregson-Williams (Prince Caspian).

Recent films include: Big Miracle (Cliff Eidelman), The Raven (Lucas Vidal), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Atli Orvarsson) and the upcoming Need for Speed (Nathan Furst).  He is currently orchestrating on the TV shows Revenge and Perception.  In addition to films and television, his orchestrations have been heard on numerous video games, live shows (Cheap Trick) as well as the Academy Awards. 

Mr. Rench grew up in Taiwan as a Nazarene missionary kid and came to Point Loma in the Fall of 1973, graduating as a music major in 1978.  He has been married to his sweetheart Nancy for 37 years and they make their home in Pasadena.  Mr. Rench is on the Board of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene and most Sundays can be found playing the cello in the church orchestra.

Vantage Point Design

Michelle Shoemaker, Freelance Graphic Designer

Michelle Shoemaker graduated from PLNU as a Graphic Communications major in 1988, she then attended Art Center in Pasadena. After school she worked in various ad agencies in Orange County and San Diego, and then started a freelance design and marketing business called Vantage Point Design in 1991. Her clients have ranged from corporate and legal clients to large non-profit ministries and organizations to  a lot of local churches. Over the years Ms. Shoemaker has designed and produced countless large direct-mail marketing campaigns -- raising money and awareness for things like feeding programs for children in Latin America to current hot topics and political issues in the Christian world. She has also been an adjunct Graphic Design instructor here at PLNU on and off since the 90's. Her strength is in typography and layout.

Recently Ms. Shoemaker has taken on a position at PLNU in the Center for Justice and Reconciliation, working with Dr. Jamie Gates as a Program Director for Anti-Human Trafficking efforts amongst local and national congregations. This change of career choice comes after years of being behind the computer raising thousands of dollars "for" ministries, while all the while nurturing a strong desire to be "in" ministry. While design and art will always be at the center of her skill set, the pull to raise awareness and help rescue young american girls out of slavery, has called her out from behind the computer for now.

San Diego County Office of Education

Russ Sperling, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator

Russ Sperling is the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education. He provides consultations and services to the 42 school districts in San Diego County on all facets of arts education, K-12.  He is the leader of Arts Empower San Diego, San Diego County’s new strategic arts education initiative.

Mr. Sperling currently serves as President of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA). He is the founding and current President of the San Diego Winds, a professional wind ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Music Project (CMP).  He is also Director of the Grossmont College Concert Band.

Mr. Sperling recently served as Director of Visual and Performing Arts for the Sweetwater Union High School District. He was responsible for visual art, dance, theatre and music for that 43,000-student district.

Mr. Sperling began his career as the Instrumental Music Director at Helix Charter High School. During his fourteen-year tenure at Helix, the band and orchestra tripled in size, won numerous awards and performed in Europe on three tours. For three years, Mr. Sperling served as the Program Manager for K-12 Music for the San Diego Unified School District and while under his leadership, instrumental music enrollment in the district increased by 28%.  

Mr. Sperling holds a B.A. in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University and a second Masters in Music Performance with an emphasis in Conducting from San Diego State University.

Mr. Sperling was recently honored as a distinguished alumni by the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University. He has received the “Prize Principal Award” from KYXY FM and Point Loma Nazarene University. He has twice been awarded Band Director of the Year the CMEA Southern Border Section and also their District Administrator of the Year award. He has received the Golden Apple Award from Helix Charter High School for excellence in teaching. 

Mr. Sperling is a Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) Festival, Field and Parade Adjudicator.

Wagner's School of Music

Larry Wagner, Owner and Operator

Larry Wagner received a B.A. in Music at San Diego State University.  He began teaching during college at the Yamaha Music School in San Diego, where he helped pilot their Education Program.  He and his wife bought a Yamaha School Franchise in 1976 with 75 students.  In 1983, Mr. Wagner branched out from Yamaha and started Wagner’s World of Music, now known as Wagner’s School of Music.  The school currently averages 350 students between the ages of zero to adult.  Students under the age of 6 are involved in a program called Kindermusik.

Many of Mr. Wagner’s students stay throughout their childhood and through high school along with a group of peers who all share in their musical progress.  Ensemble, ear-training, music theory, note reading, composition, singing, and many other elements of musicianship are explored and developed in a positive, family-oriented and fun environment.