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A Homecoming Recital Hosted by Fresno City College
Nathan Johnson and Marissa Honda to Perform June 1
Posted Date: 5/20/2013
A Homecoming Recital Hosted by Fresno City College

An Afternoon of Music for Oboe and Trumpet
Saturday, June 1, 2013
2:00 PM
Fresno City College
Old Administration Building Auditorium

Marissa Honda, oboe
Nathan Johnson, trumpet

Fresno City College will host a very special concert, “An Afternoon of Music for Oboe and Trumpet,” on Saturday, June 1, 2013. This concert will feature gifted local musicians Nathan Johnson and Marissa Honda in a heartwarming homecoming performance. The two Clovis West High School alumni are returning to Fresno following their graduation from USC with master’s degrees in music.

The concert will be held in the Old Administration Building Auditorium beginning at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. A reception will follow.

Oboist Honda and trumpeter Johnson will be accompanied by Dr. Alan Rea on piano and will perform a program that includes works by Haydn, Saint-Saens, Tomasi, Copland and Debussy. They will also perform the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Mike Dana, FCC jazz studies director. Honda is the daughter of FCC music instructor Larry Honda.

Nathan Johnson is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of Southern California. He is expected to graduate in May 2013. Equally at home with jazz and classical music styles, he attended and graduated, having received a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York in 2008.

After receiving his degree from Eastman, Nathan moved to Eugene, Oregon to pursue studies from Brian McWhorter. Currently, Nathan studies with Boyde Hood at USC and is a member of the Thornton School of Music Scholarship Brass Quintet. In the Los Angeles area, Nathan has played with such ensembles as the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and the Downey Symphony Orchestra. He also serves every summer as trumpet and brass instructor at La Sierra Creative Arts Camp in Fish Camp, CA.

Nathan began his musical studies at Liberty Elementary School with Jan Goyette. As he pursued music more seriously, he continued his trumpet study with Joe Lenigan and Paul Shaghoian and was encouraged to pursue music by Clovis West High School band director, Meryl Wamhoff.

Marissa Honda is a freelance oboist and music teacher in the Los Angeles area. In April 2012, she premiered Daníel Bjarnason’s The isle is full of noises at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the American Youth Symphony. She performs regularly with the American Youth Symphony as the English Horn chair, as well as with the USC Thornton School of Music Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Marissa has received honors as a soloist, winning the Fresno Musical Club Bell T. Richie Award for Advanced Musicians, the Fresno Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and has been featured on KVPR Young Artists Spotlight. She can periodically be seen as an on screen musician for the FOX TV series GLEE.

A passionate teacher of students of all ages, Marissa teaches recorder to elementary school students as a mentor for the USC Thornton Outreach program, and each summer returns to the Central California area to teach recorder and Orff at KidMunity Music camp. She maintains a studio in the Fresno, CA area during the summer.

Marissa holds a Bachelor’s of Music from USC in Oboe Performance with a minor in communications, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance at USC where she studies with David Weiss. She is expected to graduate in May 2013.

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