Stephanie Kime Popa

Violin and Viola


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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. 

Spencer Baldwin

Double Bass

IMG_1972.JPG   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.

Celia Chan-Valerio


Celia Chan Valerio is the Adjunct Professor of Harp for La Sierra University and Cal Baptist University, Harp Instructor, University of California Riverside and former principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Florida.  She teaches privately and perfor5007051795_3d52c3575c_o.jpgms as a solo harpist in Southern California.
Celia has been playing the harp professionally for 20 years.  During this time, she received many awards and top prizes in various competitions including the Anne Adams Awards, American String Teachers Association–State and National Competition, American Harp Society Competition, Redlands Bowl Competition, and Music Teachers Association Competition and a semi-finalist in the USA International Harp Competition.  She has performed as a soloist for the American Harp Society National Conference, World Harp Congress Convention, Indianapolis Arts Council, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Brandstater Gallery Concert Series.  She has worked extensively in the recording studios and live performances and has traveled around the United States as well as Australia, Canada, France, and Mexico.
Celia holds a Bachelor of Music from La Sierra University and a Master and Doctor of Music in harp performance from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington where she completed her studies under the direction of Susann McDonald. Celia is a native of Loma Linda where she resides with her husband and daughter.

Sarah V. Dudas

Violin and Viola

Dudas headshot    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



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.

Samuel Young


dsc02749Sammy Young grew up in Loma Linda and at the age of eleven, was accepted into Loma Linda Academy Consort under the direction of Karen Hoatson. For the next six years, Consort toured England, Iceland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and all over the United States. His teachers include Ardyce Koobs, April Losey, Jennifer Penner, Jeff Hwang, and Philip Tyler. In 2015, Sammy received his Bachelor’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University where he had the opportunity to teach private lessons and group classes. He has done Suzuki Teacher Training with Ed Kreitman and Ed Sprunger.

Emerald Waworoendeng-Leung



Emerald Waworoendeng-Leung began her musical journey at the age of 6 taking piano lessons from her mother, then formal training under Marjorie Ziprick of Loma Linda and violin lessons from Karen Hoatson. It wasn’t till Emerald turned 11 years of age that she began studying Harp with Dominique Piana, professor of harp at the University of Redlands. Emerald quickly progressed and began winning the Valerie Finzi Awards from the Los Angeles Chapter of American Harp Society for four consecutive years. She later became a recipient of the National American Harp Society’s Mildred Bien Johnson Award and the Leni Fe’bland Award from the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. Entering college at La Sierra University, Emerald studied under Dr. Celia Chan-Valerio and in her freshman year won the Annual Concerto Competition, winning her performance solo of “Handel’s Concerto in B flat major” Emerald has performed with surrounding ensembles such as the Southern Young Artists Symphony, Temecula Valley Orchestra and master chorale and the Coachella Valley Symphony. Emerald currently teaches private and group lessons in the Loma Linda and Redlands areas. In her spare time, she enjoys food blogging and updating her new collaborative project with her sister Alva Waworoendeng,  called “Print and Play” a website providing digital music readily available for download.
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