Gabrielle Newman is an alumnus of the School of Music at California State University Fullerton, where she studied Voice and Music Education. While attending, she performed with the Women’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Istad, and in Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Christopher Peterson. Currently, she performs with the Orange County Women’s Chorus under the direction of Eliza Rubenstein. Music has always been an integral part of Gabrielle’s life, and she wishes to become a Cantor to continue educating and leading through music.

Michael Rothbart is very excited to be a part of the TBT community! He is a recent graduate from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, where he majored in Choral Music Education, with studies in piano. During his time there he sang in multiple choirs, and was an in-demand pianist for the choral department, as well as for the Theater Department. He is currently continuing his studies at CSULB in the teacher credential program, sings with the Long Beach Camerata Singers, and is the Assistant Choir Director at Oxford Academy in Cypress.

Michael is no stranger when it comes to Jewish music. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael grew up at Leo Baeck Temple, where he assisted in song leading for the religious school, played piano and guitar for Shabbat services, and sang in the “Pro Choir” for their High Holy Day services. His involvement and love of Judaism is heavily driven from his legacy, as he is a grandson of LBT’s founding rabbi, Leonard Beerman z”l. When not at TBT, Michael works as a freelance pianist, tenor, and musical director. He looks forward to further growing his knowledge of Jewish music and liturgy, and working with Rabbi Nico to create beautiful music.

Elvin Schlanger is in his third year at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, studying Flute Performance with Dr. John Barcellona. He is the current principal flute of the Bob Cole Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and a member of the University Wind Quintet. He enjoys sharing his passion for music with others and is grateful for the opportunity to perform for the TBT community.

Crystaline Tran is a native of Southern California and began playing the violin at the age of 9. She graduated from Laguna Hills High School in 2012 and continued her studies at Irvine Valley College, where she was a recipient of the Ikemi-Murakami Instrumental Music Scholarship. Crystaline recently earned her B.M. in String Performance as a Bob Cole Scholar at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (BCCM) at California State University, Long Beach.

She has toured and performed in concerts across the globe including cities in Spain, England, Ireland, and Wales. She has most recently performed on stages in Germany and Prague with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Orchestra. Crystaline has also appeared in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Henry and Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.

At the BCCM, Crystaline studied with Andrea Byers and studied chamber music with Joon Sung Joon and Henry Gronnier. She also studied with Iman Khosrowpour at Irvine Valley College and has studied privately with Rocky Lee. She has also played in masterclasses for esteemed musicians and pedagogues including Stephen Miahky, Guillaume Sutre, Emmanuel Borok, the Argus Quartet, and Michael Heald. Crystaline has played with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra and has served as concertmaster for the Irvine Valley College Symphony Orchestra and South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra. Crystaline has also performed with ensembles including the Sera Symphony, Concordia University Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, Temple Beth Tikvah.

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