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About the CdMHS Music Staff

Andrew Ball - Choral Director

Headshot'14.jpgAndrew holds a BA in music and a Teaching Credential from the University of California, Irvine, and is working to obtain a Masters of Performance in Choral Conducting from the California State University at Fullerton, where he is in his second year. During his education, Andrew has had the privilege to study with notable conductors such as Professor Joseph Huszti, Dr. Stephen Tucker at UCI, Professor Christopher Gravis, Dr. Robert Istad and Dr. Chris Peterson. Andrew Ball is currently based at Corona del Mar High School, where he is the Director of Vocal Music and conductor of the Corona del Mar Madrigal Singers. He has also been assisting with the direction of choirs at the University of California Irvine since 2008, where is currently a conductor of the University BATS Chorus, and functions as the Choir Director at Harbor Christian Church, where he has conducted since 2009.

In addition to his time teaching, Andrew performed with the UCI Men in Blaque from 2010 through the summer of 2014, with whom he participated in many festivals and competitions in multiple countries such as China, South Korea, Mexico, and Slovakia. He made his international debut as a conductor at the Bratislava Youth Festival in the summer of 2014, where he conducted the UCI University Choir, and received a Golden Band and Winner of the Musica Sacra a cappella Category. Andrew is currently singing with the CSUF University Singers under the baton of Professor Christopher Gravis and Dr. Robert Istad, with whom he will be traveling to Paris in Summer of 2015.

When not singing or conducting, Andrew enjoys geocaching, ultimate frisbee, and super hero movies. He fancies himself a bit of an eccentric, and Maurice, his puppet, agrees.


Val Jamora - Instrumental Director

vj1.jpgVal Jamora is a well established music educator in Southern California, having taught high school and middle school music since the mid 1990s.  He received a dual bachelors degree in psychology and music education from CSU San Bernardino in 1994, and a masters degree in instrumental conducting from CSU Los Angeles in 2002.  He studied conducting with Dr. Thomas Verrier, Allan McMurray and Dr. Luis Gonzales. He also received training in saxophone performance with Jack Fuesler, Charles Richard and Dr. Jeff Benedict.

Prior to working at Corona del Mar, Mr. Jamora was the director of bands at Bloomington High School and Ruth O Harris Middle School in Bloomington CA.  He is also a long time staff member and conductor at Arrowbear Music Camp, and is currently one of the primary conductors with the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra.  His honors and distinctions include the PTA Honorary Service Award, The Bill Boyer Excellence in Teaching Award and was recognized as the High School Teacher of the Year for Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  Mr. Jamora has performed in locations all over the world, including venues in Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Venice, Rome, as well as the Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

In his spare time, Mr. Jamora is an enthusiast for digital photography, comics books and movies.  He lives in Foothill Ranch with his wife Trudey and son, Connor.


Niko Jasniewicz - Drum Line Instructor

niko.JPGNiko Jasniewicz is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2007-present). He also teaches percussion courses and clinics throughout Southern California and is currently writing, teaching and designing for the following schools: Huntington Beach High School, South High School (Torrance, CA), Western High School (Anaheim, CA), and Corona Del Mar High School. Niko has also worked with Pulse Percussion in 2008, Tom and Catherine Float at Fountain Valley High School from 2003-2006, and taught percussion at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, CA from 2003-2007.

Niko received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities/Music from the University of
Southern California and studied music performance as well as recording arts and music technology. He has performed in the following ensembles: Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (Charter Member 1999-2001), RCC Percussion Ensemble (2002-2004), Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2004), Blue Devils Entertainment (2004-2006), and the USC Concert Orchestra (2005-2007). He is also an active performer and arranger for
Aerial Experience Productions, a professional performance group that highlights various types of artistry such as aerial acrobatics, and rudimental percussion. Niko has studied with Tom Float, Catherine Float, Scott Johnson, Sean Vega, Pete Sapadin, Morton Lauridsen, Neal Desby, Roy McCurdy, and Sinclair Lott.

Niko is a proud endorser of Promark sticks, and Sabian cymbals.