Stephanie Kime Popa
Violin and Viola
Stephanie Kime Popa’s musical career began at age 4, when she sang the “Queen of the Night” aria from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute in her living room. Unfortunately, Mrs. Popa never pursued voice lessons and started studying the violin instead, at age 8. Her first teacher was Mrs. Marjorie Martin in Oakwood, Ohio, and later studied with Magdalena Albu, Eleanor Bennett, Karen Young, and Xiao-Guang Zhu in the Dayton, Ohio area. In high school she studied with Cincinnati Symphony violinist Stacey Wooley. After a short detour to Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mrs. Popa received bachelors and masters degrees from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where here primary teachers were Piotr Milewski and Won-Bin Yim. She has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival, Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy), and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
As a private violin instructor with the Loma Linda Academy String Program, Mrs. Popa has spent the last 15 years teaching little musicians to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and has enjoyed every minute of it. As a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, her students have consistently received honors recognition for the Certificate of Merit program. Mrs. Popa also enjoys orchestral playing, and has played with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, and Redlands Symphony. She loves sharing her talents in local and national ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including programming musical activities for evangelistic series and benefit concerts for international missions and local outreach. Her other hobbies include photography, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Eduard Popa, and their large cat, Nudge.
Mrs. Popa’s studio blog can be found here.
Bassist Spencer Baldwin holds a Bachelor’s in Music from the University of Redlands and a Master’s in Music from Azusa Pacific University. He did additional undergraduate work at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam under the tutelage of Peter Stotijn. Mr. Baldwin is currently the Principal bassist with the American Youth Symphony and a section member with the Redlands Symphony. In 2017, he was named Program Director for MUSICA!, an El Sistema based string program located in San Jacinto, CA. Spencer’s principal teachers have included Tim Emmons, Tim Eckert, Nico Abondolo, David Murray, and Dr. Matt Hare.
Sarah V. Dudas
Violin and Viola
An enthusiastic, passionate, and dedicated teacher with over 15 years of experience, Sarah Dudas maintains a private violin studio out of her home in Loma Linda, California. Previously she maintained her own private studio in Baltimore, MD while also teaching part time at Peabody Preparatory (Baltimore, MD) and The Academy of Fine Arts (Gaithersburg, MD). Dr. Dudas’s students regularly participated in the ASTACAP (American String Teacher Certificate of Acheivement Program) and received placements in area youth orchestras such as MCYO (Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras) and PVYO (Potomac Valley Youth Orchestras.)
In addition to teaching, Dr. Dudas regularly performed around the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, substituting with ensembles as the Annapolis Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She spent three years as a section violinist at the Oregon Bach Festival under the baton of Helmuth Rilling and is a former member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Her former teachers include Jan Sloman (Dallas, TX), James Buswell (Boston, MA), Hagai Shaham (Tel Aviv, Israel), and Kathleen Winkler (Houston, TX). She received her Suzuki Pedagogy training under the tutelage of Nancy Lokken (Minneapolis, MN) and Charles Krigbaum (Dallas, TX).
Originally from from Texas, Sarah has had opportunities to live and work in a variety of US cities and musical contexts, including Dallas, Boston, Chattanooga, and Los Angeles. In addition to spending time with her new daughter, Sylvia, she enjoys all things food: restauranting, cooking and reading about cooking.
Mrs. Dudas’ personal website can be found here.
Jim Lee has taught at the Loma Linda Academy, Pasadena Conservatory, and Pioneer School of Music for over 15 years. Due to his extensive Suzuki training, he is often invited to teach at workshops including the National Cello Institute at the Pomona College, and the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute. He is also regularly asked to adjudicate for the ASTA competition and Rotary competitions. Currently, he performs with his group Quatracelli, which have been invited to perform all over California including the annual Los Angeles Violoncello Society. Jim has had the privilege to study with world renowned professors from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois.