MEET THE DIRECTORS

Meet the Dolores Huerta Vocal Music Team

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CASEY SOLOW

Director of Choral Music

A California native, Casey Solow has been performing and teaching across the globe for over fifteen years. She holds bachelor's degrees in both classical vocal performance and music education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, where she studied under conductor Jonathan Talberg and esteemed soprano Elisabeth Pehlivanian. 

Ms. Solow's love of performing has taken her around the world, taking the stage at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Ford Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Disney Concert Hall, as well as venues in Austria, England,  Germany, Italy, and Israel.  

Ms. Solow uses her passion for music education to help students discover their own, unique musical identity. After completing her music education teaching credential in 2018, Ms. Solow went on to conduct with the South Bay Children's Choir and founded the choral music department at Cadence Park K8 School in Irvine, California. After moving to Los Angeles in 2020, Ms. Solow had the great pleasure of taking over the incredible choral music program here at Jordan Middle School. 

     

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DOMINIC MATAS

Choreographer/Dance Instructor

Dominic Matas is a dancer, singer, and choreographer based out of North Hollywood, CA. Dominic has been seen as a singer/dancer on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing With the Stars, and America's Got Talent. Dominic has trained at Millennium Dance Complex in Studio City, learning from some of the biggest choreographers in the Dance and Music Industry, and has trained and performed with the world-renowned dance team Academy of Villains. 
A graduate of Jordan Middle School (Class of ’07), and a former Clef Hanger himself, Dominic has been working with the Jordan Choirs since 2011, after graduating from JBHS that same year. Over the years, Dominic has watched countless young performers find their passion for singing and dancing in the same places that he did, and those moments are what keep him always excited to give back to the program that gave him so much. Every Tuesday and Friday, you can catch Dominic having a great time with Madrigals and Clef Hangers as they prepare for their upcoming shows and competitions. Don’t be alarmed when you hear a booming “At Ease, Gentlemen!” followed a bunch of boys falling in line without blinking an eye!
Dominic has an immense passion for teaching dance, as well as the discipline it takes to be a successful performer. Dominic believes the skills gained through learning dance can be applied to everyday life: Respect, Punctuality, Graciousness, and Humility, to name a few. "Practice to Win, Perform to Inspire.”

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AMANDA RICHARDSON

Choreographer/Dance Instructor

Amanda Green Richardson has been dancing for 23 years, choreographing for 17 years, and teaching professionally for 14 years. Amanda prides herself on being a well-rounded dancer and teacher. She has performed for the BET awards, Dancing with the Stars, Google commercials, Good Day LA, assisted on So You Think You Can Dance, and trained with companies like Academy of Villains. Her true passion is teaching and creating, especially in the show choir circuit. She is the artistic director for the award-winning Hart Show Choir program, as well as show choreographer and designer for Diamond Bar HS and David Starr Jordan MS. She also guest choreographs for multiple schools like Mt Eden HS, John Burroughs HS, Granada Hills Charter HS, and Horizon HS in Arizona.  She is the co-owner and creator of the dance/art studio Generation DCD in Burbank. As alumni of one of the nation’s biggest show choir programs, Amanda has found how important it is for youths to have a creative yet constructive outlet in their daily lives. Show Choir truly changed her life, and she is so appreciative to give back to the art form that brought her so much happiness.