Lina Doo has appeared in several productions onstage as an actor and has music directed over 60 musical productions at Army Community Theatre (ACT), Manoa Valley Theatre (MVT), HTY (Honolulu Theatre For Youth), Hawaii Pacific University, and Windward Theatre Guild. Her most recent projects have been music directing ThreePenny Opera (ACT) and Honky Tonk Angels (MVT); and appearing onstage in Titanic (Diamond Head Theatre) and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (HPU). Ms. Doo has been the recipient of 3 Po’okela Awards for Excellence in Music Direction (Big River, Evita, and A Little Night Music). From all these collective experiences, Lina proposed and implemented a 2-semester course module in Musical Theatre (Song and Dance, and Production). The most recent productions have been Children of Eden, Evita, Songs From A New World, and Once On This Island. Lina received her MM in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated with a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and also has a BA in Biological Sciences from San Jose State University. In the summer of 2007, Ms. Doo was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Argentina and Uruguay. She teaches a variety of classes at KCC from the academia (Intro to Music Literature, Music in World Cultures) to performance classes in voice and College Chorus. Lina has proposed and implemented several courses including the musical theatre module and Music As Therapy. She is an active member of ACDA (American Choral Directors of America) and NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).
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Rucci has taught extensively in the University system from being the head of the music program at Maui Community College to providing instruction at Leeward Community College and Windward Community College as well at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa. She has been a lecturer at Kapi’olani Community College since 2002 teaching Class Piano, Basic Experiences in Music for Elementary Education Majors, and Intro to Music Literature. In 2006, Rucci was nominated for Excellence in Teaching at KCC. In addition, Rucci is heavily involved with the Hawaii Opera Youth Chorus as an accompanist. Rucci Aamodt began her piano studies at the age of 5. She performed with the Honolulu Symphony as a Youth Talent Pool Competition winner and was also a winner in the Morning Music Club Competition. Rucci earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
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Lyuba McSwain is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and served as a Honolulu Piano Teachers Association President in 2008-2009. She has established herself as an experienced and knowledgeable classical piano soloist, chamber musician, choir director and piano instructor. Presently she runs a piano studio in Aiea and is a piano instructor at the Kapiolani Community College. She teaches Piano 1 (MUS 121) and Piano 2 (MUS 122) classes. Lyuba McSwain, a native of Ukraine, received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performace from Chernovtsy State Music College, Ukraine, under the tutelage of Bella Volkova. While at Chernovtsy State Music College, Ms. McSwain taught piano and was appointed faculty accompanist. After her move to Honolulu in 1999, she earned her Masters in Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Hawaii studying with Dr. Thomas Yee and Dr. Ron Morgan.
Stuart Nago graduated from Boston University with a Masters of Music degree in Music Education and received his Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Mr. Nago has been teaching in the community for 30 years with students ranging from the age of 2 years old to 80 years plus. He is a music lecturer at Kapi’olani Community College teaching three levels of Class Guitar, and a Beginning Ukulele class. Mr. Nago has received two consecutive nominations for Excellence in Teaching at KCC. Mr. Nago began his studies with Grammy awarding-winning guitarist Charles Michael Brotman, and ukulele virtuoso, Professor Byron Yasui. He has studied and performed on the guitar, ukulele, piano, voice and several Renaissance instruments including the laud and lute. Stuart performs with the University of Hawaii Rondalla, an ensemble specializing in Filipino guitars. In January 2010, they gave a performance at Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Studio in a program called "Aloha Shorts."