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Classical Chops

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ClassicalChops.org is an interactive web site for people which encourages their participation in the world of classical music.

We invite visitors to learn about currrent classical music trends, music composition, orchestration, famous musician's history and advice, and communicate about what is happening in their own musical communities through blogging and video.

Gabriel Kahane
Christophe Beck
Gustavo Dudamel
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Jama Laurent

Jama Laurent, Ph.D., is the President of the Creative Kids Education Foundation, a private operating Foundation in Los Angeles with a mission dedicated to classical music education. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California School of Music, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Jama has shaped the mission and focus of the Foundation as well as developed, written and produced all the Foundation’s internet projects

Matthew Janszen

Named as one of the top young film composers in the nation by Turner Classic Movies, and awarded by ASCAP, BMI, the Henry Mancini Institute, and the Prague Quadrennial, Matthew Janszen's music continues to be heard in concert halls, theatre productions, film and television.

Matthew has has scored television commercials for companies such as US Bank and Sunny D.  He has recently finished a score for the feature film "Finding Mr. Wright" and the TV pilot presentation "Callbacks." In 2011 he was accepted into the ASCAP Film and TV Scoring Workshop and awarded the Harold Arlen Film and TV Award from the ASCAP Foundation.

Matthew received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University in acoustical engineering and his master's degree in sound design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Matthew studied composition at the Henry Mancini Institute with world-renowned film and jazz composers.  He resides in Los Angeles.

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The Classical Chops Team

Brenda Barnes, Pres. KUSC Radio
Ruth Eliel, Exec. Director Colburn Foundation
Rachel Nardo, DMA
Denise Luria, PHD
Brett Banducci
Jama Laurent, Ph.D.
Matthew Janszen
Jeffrey Parola
Heather Welborn
Erin Thompson-Janszen

[header photo: Brett Banducci]