Dr. Grant Linsell is the Dean of Arts and Cultural Programs at Rio Hondo College in Los Angeles County and is a sought-after conductor, clinician, and clarinetist. He has served as the Director of Instrumental Activities at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR and has held similar appointments at Willamette University in Salem, OR, Minot State University in Minot, ND, and Lansing Eastern High School in Lansing, MI. He works with many ensembles – from middle school to professional – across the United States and Canada. He also researches, writes, and presents internationally on music and music education. His main interests are electroacoustic clarinet composing/performing, the music and life of Igor Stravinsky, curriculum development, and conducting pedagogy, but he also gives informal lectures on the neuroscience of music. A native of Detroit, MI, Dr. Linsell attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. There, he studied clarinet with Deborah Chodacki and Fred Ormand and played in H. Robert Reynolds’ Symphonic Band and the Michigan Marching Band. He holds a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oregon (where he studied with Bob Ponto) and a Doctorate in Wind Ensemble Conducting from Arizona State University (where he studied with Gary W. Hill). At ASU, he was a research fellow at the Intelligent Stage Motion Capture Facility in the Arts, Media, and Engineering Program where he worked on computer-aided conductor motion analysis and on developing a conductor driven and musically responsive computer system – the only such system in the world.
Wendy has worked at Rio Hondo since 1999. She began her career at Rio Hondo as a student worker, and became the Division Secretary for the Arts and Cultural Programs in February of 2016. Wendy loves the arts and is thrilled to get to work in an area surrounded by it. When time and opportunity permit, she can be found moonlighting as a concert photographer or coming up with outlandish Halloween themes for the office. Her work can be found in various bands websites, and in an upcoming movie in 2017, but if you blink you might miss it. She is also working on merchandise featuring her past work.
Abby has worked at Rio Hondo College since the beginning of 2017. She earned her degree in Sociology from Cal State Fullerton with a minor in English. She works behind the scenes on all the logistical needs for each event as it relates to Theatre, Music, Dance and Art as well as the Family and Community events the college offers. She can often be found spending weekends attending community events, art exhibits and live music.
Gabe attended Rio Hondo College in the 1980’s. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Cal State San Bernardino. Gabe has worked at the Mark Taper Forum and La Mirada Theatre Center, as well as many area theaters as a carpenter, properties artisan and technical director. Gabe is also an accomplished actor and an aspiring playwright, loves karaoke, long walks in the moonlight and is fond of German lagers. He has traveled and performed with Rio Hondo theatre students to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to our sister city, Changshu, China.
In addition to serving as Rio Hondo’s Cultural Events Coordinator, Carolyn is an instructor of Art, Art History, and Costume. She holds an MFA from The Claremont Graduate University. As a practitioner of art, she recently completed a two-story mural at Mt. Baldy School inspired by the tile work of the Taj Mahal. As an educator, she has taught a wide variety of students; a range that encompasses public school children, fellow instructors, interested community members, and adults in area colleges. She has taught art history, drawing, color theory, fashion history, and design classes, and has presented lectures both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, at the invitation of the government, she lectured at the Korea Research Institute for the Fashion Industry in South Korea. Carolyn is fascinated by what the arts have in common with her continual exploration resulting in a life of learning. You can find her, most any weekend, at a museum, woodworking, or designing costumes for a local production. In fact, her grown children now know that if a vacation is being planned, they can count on seeing all the cultural highlights that can be managed with her.
Jennifer hails from Pasadena City College and Cal State Northridge, where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts. In addition to her work at Rio, Jennifer has an extensive freelance career as a designer and technician. Highlights include QVC’s Red Carpet (a live, pre-Oscar party), production support for noted Japanese super being Ultraman, as well as work with virtually every non-profit arts group in the greater Los Angeles basin. As that rare area native, she knows the difference between Hollywood and Burbank/Hollywood (but if she told you she’d have to kill you).