​​ James Bergman

James Bergman

Music History, Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, Beginning Strings

James Bergman is a double bassist who is active in classical and contemporary music in Southern California performing regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and the Santa Barbara Symphony. He has performed at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco. the Kitchen’s Gruppen Festival and the Bang on a Can Festival in New York, and with the Composers Ensemble at Princeton. Recordings in a variety of genres are on DreamWorks, Rough Trade, Sire, Cuneiform, Crammed/Made to Measure, Les Disques Du Crepuscule, and IRS labels. Recent releases include Christopher Roberts’ Trios for Deep Voices (Cold Blue Music), John Corigliano’s opera Ghosts of Versailles with the Los Angeles Opera (Pentatone), and Josh Groban’s Stages Live (Reprise). A graduate of the Juilliard School, Professor Bergman began teaching at Santa Monica College in 2005, joining the faculty full time in 2017.


Jimmy Cheesman

James Cheesman

Guitar, Applied Guitar, History of Rock, Music Fundamentals

James Cheesman, Southern Californian native, is a musician/educator specializing in seven-string guitar. James has a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music from California State University of Long Beach. He began at Santa Monica College in 2007 and became fulltime faculty in the fall of 2017. Prior to his fulltime appointment to SMC, James taught at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, and Hope International University.

Some of the diverse artist James has studied/performed with include Ron Eschete, Frank Potenza, Joe Diorio, Jody Fisher, John Prince, Kevin Tulius (LA Jazz Quartet), Paul Kreibich (Ray Charles), and Richard Carpenter, to name a few. Known for his diversity and ability to simultaneously play bass and guitar parts, James maintains an active performing calendar.


Janelle DeStefano

Dr. Janelle DeStefano

Voice Class, Applied Voice

Janelle DeStefano, mezzo-soprano, has a Doctorate of Musical Arts (Pi Kappa Lambda, Honors) from the University of Southern California (USC), a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College in Voice Pedagogy and Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa, College Honors) from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has taught at USC, UC Santa Cruz, the University of San Diego and Grossmont College. Praised for her “rich seamless voice” and “passionate delivery,” she has sung with San Diego Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Virginia and Opera Festival of New Jersey. Recent roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Romeo in Romeo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Dr. DeStefano has rendered dramatic performances of works such as the Bach B-minor Mass, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Mahler's Fourth Symphony. She recently appeared as the alto soloist for Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew with the La Jolla Symphony and can be heard as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale this December in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Dr. DeStefano's Website


Brian Driscoll

Dr. Brian S. Driscoll

Music Theory, Musicianship, Composition, Music Appreciation, Applied Music Program Coordinator

Brian Driscoll, born and raised in Ohio, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music composition from California Institute of the Arts, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from UCLA. Dr. Driscoll began at Santa Monica College in 2008 and then joined the faculty fulltime in Fall 2014. In addition to teaching, he enjoys an eclectic musical life as pianist, organist, choral conductor, accompanist, concert series presenter, arranger, and composer. Prior to his full-time appointment at SMC, he was the director of music at an Episcopal church where he led five choirs and managed a popular concert series. Dr. Driscoll serves as the Vice President of the board of directors of Elemental Music, on the advisory board for Red Door Vinyard (for which he was a founder), and formerly on the board of the Association of Anglican Musicians.


Keith Fiddmont

Keith Fiddmont

Jazz Studies, Jazz in American Culture, Jazz Ensemble

Educator/woodwind specialist Frederick (Keith) Fiddmont moved to Los Angeles in 1991 after leaving the legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton to begin a two year stint with singer Rickie Lee Jones. He has recorded or performed live with such legends as Stevie Wonder, Luis Miguel, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, James Brown, The Temptations, Jennifer Holliday, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, and B.B. King (Grammy award winning One Kind Favor), as well as gifted artists like Wayne Brady, Billy Childs, Queen Latifah, Michael Buble, and John Pizzarelli. As a freelancer, he has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Ed Neumeister Big Band, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, and the Southeast Orchestra. He is currently featured on Phil Ranelin’s Tribe Renaissance Live!

Keith has been a member of the award winning Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for the past twelve years. The group’s recent credits include “The Big Band Bash” with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, and the Benny Golson 80th Birthday Celebration at the Kennedy Center. Keith joined the music faculty of Santa Monica College as an adjunct in 1996 and became a full-time faculty member in the Fall of 2010. In addition to SMC, Keith has worked as the Jazz and Commercial Music Coordinator for the Orange County High School of the Arts since 2008.


David Goodman

Dr. David Goodman

Music Theory, Composition, Music Technology, Online Music Appreciation

In his years as a full-time faculty member of the Music Department, David Goodman has earned a reputation as one of SMC's outstanding classroom teachers and has mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to pursue successful careers in music. An accomplished composer and pianist who is conversant in a multitude of musical styles and genres, he has written works for orchestra, chorus, solo voice, jazz ensemble, brass choir, electronic media, theater and film and has received awards from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the National Orchestral Association, and Who's Who in America.

In 1975 he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College where he studied composition and piano and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied composition and conducting. He has taught in the music departments at UC Berkeley, Pomona College, and UCLA, and in 1997 was appointed to the faculty of Santa Monica College as a Professor of Theory, Composition and Music Technology. In addition to his career as a teacher he has worked in the music and film industry as a composer, conductor, session player, orchestrator, arranger, and vocal coach. In 2001 he was awarded the first SMC Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence and from 2002 to 2006 was the Music Composition Panelist and chamber music coach for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (now called NewArts).

His Canto de esperanza has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America and is included on GMCLA's Diversity CD. His scores for the PBS documentaries Reina de la selva and Darkness Into Light have been broadcast nationally and in Europe and received awards at the Houston International Film Festival. Among his other notable compositions are his Piano Quartet, commissioned by Pacific Serenades and Corsair Overture for Orchestra and Chorus, composed in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Santa Monica College.

As a pianist he has been Musical Director for The Fantasticks, The Seven Deadly Sins, Side By Side By Sondheim, Oswego (in collaboration with Man of La Mancha lyricist Joe Darian) and others. In the arena of contemprary music he has performed the demanding piano parts in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Donald Martino's Notturno, George Antheil's Ballet Méchanique, and Roger Sesssions' Concertino among numerous other contemporary works. He continues to funnel his creative energies into both composing and playing a wide range of piano repertoire from classical to jazz.

In August of 2007 he was awarded his second Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence from the Santa Monica College Foundation to compose a work for chorus and orchestra that has as its central theme the issue of global and human responsibility. The culmination of this project, Prayers for the Planet, received its world premiere in June of 2011 by the SMC Concert Chorale and Los Angeles Concert Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Smith. In 2016 Dr. Goodman received his second commission from Pacific Serenades for which he compose a five-movement work for flute and string quartet titled "Walking Music". It was premiered in June of that year by professional musicans from the Pacific Serenades Consortium at UCLA and in a private performance in Pacific Palisades.

To listen to some of David Goodman's music please click on the links below.

Dolphin Dance for Orchestra​Corsair Overture for Orchestra and ChorusRiver's Edge (20th Century Fox Orchestra/David Goodman, Conductor)Ceremonial Music for Brass (David Goodman, Conductor)Canto de esperanza (Pomona College Glee Club/David Goodman, Piano)Prelude (from Darkness Into Light) The Atotonilco Procession.mp3 (from Darkness Into Light) • Mestizo Waltz.mp3 (from Darkness Into Light) • Friar Juan.mp3 (from Darkness Into Light) • The Transformation (from Darkness Into Light)The Franciscan Message (from Darkness Into LightConcerto Grosso (from Darkness Into Light)The Atotonilco Sanctuary (from Darkness Into Light)La Pinaconteca (from Darkness Into Light)March to Calvary (from Darkness Into Light)Pésame (from Darkness Into Light) Postlude (from Darkness Into Light)Piano Quartet-PreludePiano Quartet-IntermezzoPiano Quartet-AdagiettoPiano Quartet-EpilogueMaya Angelou Songs (Calvin Remsberg, Baritone/David Goodman, Piano)Voices In The Void (text by Michael Altman)Caged Bird for Jazz SextetThe Tides of Lemuria, A Symphonic Poem for OrchestraPrayers for the Planet (audio only) • Prayers for the Planet (Movie of the premiere by the SMC Concert Chorale and Concert Orchestra)Walking Music (with scrolling music)


Jeremiah Selvey

Dr. Jeremiah Selvey

Director of Choral Activities, Voice Class, Applied Voice, Music Fundamentals

Dr. Jeremiah Selvey conducts the SMC Concert Chorale and the SMC Chamber Choir. He also co-directs and sings professionally with Chorosynthesis Singers, a 12-voice, professional, project-based chamber ensemble in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Selvey has performed throughout North America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe in world class venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, Symphony Hall in Chicago, The Vatican, Benaroya Hall and McCaw Hall in Seattle, and Peachtree United Methodist in Atlanta. Additionally, Dr. Selvey regularly guest conducts and teaches voice master classes and choir clinics at all levels. He was recently interviewed for feature articles in both The Choral Journal and The Voice for his entrepreneurship in and vision for professional choral music. He has also published in The Choral Scholar and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Dr. Selvey was nationally recognized for his conducting and named The Winner of The American Prize in Conducting 2017, Professional Choir Division. He conducts music from all musical periods and specializes in modern choral music, especially championing the music of established and emerging living composers. Dr. Selvey is active in curating and performing music that is socially conscious with content that is relevant to today’s environment and socio-cultural climate. Since January of 2016, he has performed at least 16 choral premieres, some of which will be released in the double-CD Empowering Silenced Voices. Dr. Selvey is a co-artistic director, baritone, and post-production producer on this 2-CD album, which is scheduled for release in Spring 2018.

Dr. Selvey has performed solo oratorio and opera roles as baritone and countertenor, as well as a professional singer in choirs, including Chorosynthesis Singers. Roles have included solos from several Renaissance masses, Bach cantatas and motets, Bach’s Magnificat (both bass and alto solos), Handel’s Messiah (both bass and alto solos), several Schubert masses, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants. He premiered one of the primary roles in Timothy Brady’s Edalat Square in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as James Blachly’s We Have Not Long to Love in Seattle, Washington. In 2007, he performed in England with the Tallis Scholars. Dr. Selvey is a beloved vocal coach and private instructor for more than 15 years, including voice positions at Blackburn College, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Thames Valley Music School, and Santa Monica College.

Dr. Selvey’s music education research includes the bimodal perception of seeing and hearing in musical performances, particularly as seen in choral performance. This research has been presented in Thailand, Greece, Spain, and throughout North America, including at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Selvey also researches how movement contributes to the visual aspect of performance in conducting, which he has presented at the National Association for Music Education national conference in Nashville, Tennessee and at the International Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016 in Denver, Colorado. In addition, he finds himself experimenting through his work with Chorosynthesis, a national nonprofit arts organization he co-founded, with how to make choral music more relevant to everyone without limiting the breadth and depth of the art of choral composition itself. Finally, Dr. Selvey recently presented a paper at The Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society Conference in Plattsburgh, New York, on entrepreneurship in the profession of singing and how \the changing industry might indicate a need for reform in college vocal curricula.

Dr. Selvey enjoys hiking and going to the beach nearly every week, and he travels as much as he can afford.

Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, Voice, 2001
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Master of Music in Choral Conducting, 2008
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting (Music Education Cognate), 2014
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington


Yulia Kozlova

Dr. Yulia Kozlova

Department Chair

Class Piano, Applied Piano, Music Fundamentals

Yulia Kozlova is an active solo and collaborative recitalist. She has concertized in Russia, the United States and Europe. Yulia has given lecture-recitals for the College Music Society on national and regional levels. She is very active as an adjudicator and consultant to area music teachers. Yulia Kozlova received her undergraduate degree from Novgorod State College of Music, Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University. Yulia has taught in the music departments at California State University, Bakersfield, Marshall University and the Ohio State University. In August of 2011 Dr. Kozlova was awarded the Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence in Music by the Santa Monica College Foundation to pursue her interest in the relationship between music and visual art. In the spring of 2017 Dr. Kozlova spent a one-semester sabbatical in Prague where she researched piano compositions by composers who were incarcerated in the Terezín Prison outside of Prague. She then gave a lecture/recital at the SMC Performing Arts Campus featuring some of the extraordinary piano music by composers who were refugees at the Terezín Prison.