Past Artistic Staff
Angelo Moreno - Director, Advanced Orchestra PDF Print E-mail

Angelo Moreno is a graduate of UC Davis where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Orchestral Conducting under the direction of Dr. D. Kern Holoman in the Fall of 2002. He also received his Teaching Credential in Music Education from Sacramento State University. During his time at UC Davis, Mr. Moreno served as Principal Second Violin and was a loyal orchestra member for six years. He also participated for six years as Concert Master and soloist of the UCD Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Phebe Craig and Michael Sand. Mr. Moreno is a former member of the Napa Valley Philharmonic in which he served as Concert Master and soloist.

Mr. Moreno has been directing the DJUSD Secondary Orchestras since 2000. He was Orchestra Director at Emerson Junior High and is currently the director of the Davis Senior High and Holmes Junior High School Orchestra Programs. In addition to his work in the public schools, Mr. Moreno is the Director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Academic Symphony Orchestra, which he began conducting in the Fall of 2002. In 2005, Mr. Moreno was awarded the “Teacher of the Year Award” presented by the CSUS College of Education in recognition of outstanding service to public education. In 2006, he was honored by State Assemblywoman Lois Wolk and given a resolution from the California Legislature recognizing his work in music education.

In 2009, The Sacramento News & Review honored Mr. Moreno at the “Jammies” Concert with the “Sacramento Music Educators Outstanding Achievement Award”. In addition to conducting, Mr. Moreno is a professional violinist with an active private teaching studio in Woodland, CA. To contrast his classical endeavors, Mr. Moreno enjoys improvisation on the electric violin. When not musically preoccupied, Mr. Moreno values spending free time with his wife Scherezada and two daughters Giavanna and Dchenin.

Janet Matranga - Director, Junior Girls Choir PDF Print E-mail
Janet has a Bachelor of Music Voice Performance from University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; California teaching credential CSUS. Janet has sung with the Cincinnati Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Company, San Jose Civic Light Opera, Pacific Lyric Theater (San Diego); oratorio, concert and recital performances, Sacramento Best of Broadway school ; She has taught private studio voice lessons, as well as and has been choral director for Rocklin High School and currently directs the choir at Ponderosa High School (5 choirs) and teaches musical theater... And much more.
George Dozet - Director, Junior Boys Choir PDF Print E-mail

Mr. Dozet received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, and Masters of Administration from National University.  He is presently a music specialist in the San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael, CA, teaching at two different elementary schools.  He teaches his students using the well-respected program ETM (Education Through Music).  He presently directs the highly entertaining Deterding Elementary School Choir which boasts over 90 members.  (The choir was recently judged "Superior" at the Golden Empire Music Festival.)  With elementary choir experience spanning some 20 years, his philosophy with the choirs involves lots of thinking, learning, enjoyment, entertainment, and quality.  He has taught high school band and choir, private voice and piano, sung in Europe with the California Choir Company, and is active in his local church as the Worship Leader and pianist.  Mr. Dozet lives in Citrus Heights with his wife and three children.

Ronit Rieser - Director, Beginning Strings PDF Print E-mail

In my experience, I have not seen a student who has not experienced tremendous growth, both personal and musical, as a result of camp. Every student that I have sent to camp could not wait to return. They bring up camp frequently during their lessons. One student started asking me "How much longer until camp?" beginning in September! Having the goal of doing better the next year in the camp orchestra has motivated my students to focus on musical goals and to work toward them. I have also noticed a big leap in maturity in the kids who attended camp. They are more self motivated, confident, and musically aware than before they attended. I love being at camp to watch how much fun the kids have making new friends, having new adventures, and learning new skills. Diamond Arrow is also a great facility from which to experience the lower Sierras. There are marvellous views of the Sierra peaks from camp, tall pines and blue skies. We have even spotted occasional deer and other wildlife. Ronit Rieser - March 2008

Ronit Rieser has been a part of Sierra Mountain Music Camp since 1999 in many capacities. Originally, she and her husband were part of our Arts & Crafts & Activities staff while their children attended camp. The Rieser family has a wide and talented past in the education, camp & recreation arenas. Mrs. Rieser has since then helped us to establish our original strings program under Leo Gravin's direction in 2000, and later with Angelo Moreno, Greg Brucker, Stephanie Hawks, Steve Millington, & Sarah Choi as an assistant and a coach. As part of our Arts & Craft staff she has faithfully sewn together the annual camp memory quilt for our campers since 2000.

A valued member of the SMMC staff, Mrs. Rieser's expertise was yet again called upon when we established our Beginning Strings Program in 2007-2008. In addition to being part of our camp, Mrs. Rieser has been a long time member of the Camellia Symphony, a music teacher in the Sacramento City Schools and a private strings teacher.

Steve Millington - Director, Intermediate Orchestra PDF Print E-mail
Mr. Millington received his Master's in Cello Performance at CSUS in 1997, studying with Andrew Luchansky.  Playing credits include principal cello of Solano Community Symphony from 1988 to 1999, and principal cello of Sacramento's Camellia Symphony from 2000 to 2002.  He currently plays principal cello with the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra, section cello for the Chico North Bay Symphony, and teaches public school string music in Vacaville.  His private endeavors include Millington Strings, a chamber group that has performed together for fifteen years.  He has arranged and composed a large repertoire of quartet music for the group.

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