CHS Music Staff & Coaches
The CHS Music Program would not be the same without the incredibly devoted staff who give so much of their time, not only in classes but through numerous after school, extra-curricular activities. We have been so fortunate to have these exceptional men and women working with our students.
Joshua Barroll - Choir, Wind Ensemble, A Cappella
Joshua Barroll is a product of the Las Virgenes schools having attended Yerba Buena Elementary, Lindero Canyon Middle School, and Agoura High School, graduating in 1993. He then continued his education at Boston University where he graduated with a dual degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance. In the fall of 1997, he began his tenure as the Music Director at Calabasas High School. The program has grown from less than 100 students to well over 300. Mr. Barroll received his Master's in Music Education Degree from Northwestern University with an emphasis on choral studies in 2007. Mr. Barroll teaches Wind Ensemble and all of the choral classes and a cappella ensembles.
Aaron Kohen - Jazz Band, Guitar, Orchestra, Marching Band
Aaron Kohen graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Geography and pursued his Masters of Music Education at the University of Southern California. He has taught music at the elementary, middle and high school levels in LAUSD and LVUSD since 2000. Mr. Kohen studied violin, trumpet and finally bass in his youth, leading to a love of instrumental music. He has performed and recorded as a bassist with jazz groups, orchestras and rock bands, composed music for concerts, films and commercials, and taught bass privately for 15 years. Mr. Kohen teaches all levels of jazz at CHS and is the co-director of the Music Program.
Michael Dabach – Marching Band, Guitar
Michael Dabach was born and raised locally and is an alumni of Las Virgenes schools having attended Bay Laurel Elementary, A.E.Wright Middle School, and Calabasas High School, graduating in 2007. Mr. Dabach continued his studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earning a Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance and a Masters in the Art of Teaching Music in 2012. Mr. Dabach taught music for two years at both Chaparral and Sumac elementary schools, then worked as the Music Director at Sinaloa Middle School in Simi Valley, California for two years prior to coming back to Las Virgenes.
Tod Cooper - Jazz Band, Piano, Theory
Tod Cooper - After a long & diverse career in music, Tod considers his work on films such as The Lion King & Toy Story as his most important experiences, as they were great preparation for the cast of animated characters that parade through the CHS Jazz Program each year. Other credits include Music Production Supervisor for Nightmare Before Christmas, Pocahontas, Hunchback, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, The Producers. Broadway Pianist for Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, Marilyn. International Dubbing Producer for Dreamgirls, American Gangster, Children of Men, Mission: Impossible 3, Munich, War of the Worlds, School of Rock, E.T. 20th Anniversary Edition, Spirit, Shrek, El Dorado. Music Director for Phyllis Hyman, Cab Calloway, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sarah Dash, Jane Olivor, Leslie Gore. Opening act tours with Herbie Hancock, Chic. Composer/Arranger for Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, Fame, Fortune & Romance. Berklee College of Music graduate, 1978.
Robbie Gilman - Piano Accompanist, Choirs
Robbie Gilman is the choir accompanist at CHS and frequently performs as the pianist for the school musicals. Robbie currently works as a musician, songwriter, arranger, musical director, and educator, and as an executive producer of film. Robbie has worked as a musician with such recording artists as Juice Newton, Nell Carter, 5th Dimension. He plays for various singers in town and has had songs recorded by Juice Newton, Jennifer Warnes, and Liza Minelli. He also co-wrote the music to TV's game show On The Cover and currently writes for Hilltop Records. Robbie has been the musical director for original stage productions of Dorian, and Lizard, where he won the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Musical Director, Educator. After studying at Grove School of Music, Robbie taught there for 12 years.
Alana Loewe Weiss - A Cappella
Alana Loewe Weiss is a sought after private singing teacher in the West Valley. She has been teaching voice since 2004 and is the owner of Alana Voice Studio. An alumni of Calabasas High School, Alana received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she majored in Dramatic Art with an emphasis in Directing. She was a founding member of UCSB's premiere pop/rock a cappella group, Naked Voices and, in 2001, Alana helped Joshua Barroll create Unstrumental and, later, Bare Rhythm. She has been coaching the award winning a cappella groups ever since. Alana is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is certified as a nationally recognized enrichment teacher by the National Enrichment Teachers Association (NETA).
Alex Sill – Jazz Assistant, Combo Director
Alex Sill received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2015 in the Jazz Program at California Institute of the Arts (Minor in Music Theory). Alex brings a wealth of experience as he works with the CHS Jazz Combos, as he has performed and/or studied with some of the world's top musicians including Steve Vai, Larry Koonse, Lyle Mays, Lee Ritenour, Charlie Haden, Sonny Emory, Melvin Lee Davis, Joe Labarbera, Darek Oles, and Vardan Ovsepian. Alex's band is one of the leading young jazz groups in Los Angeles, and Alex has written music for a variety of different contexts including film/trailer music, jazz groups, rock bands, orchestra and a guitar trio. For more info about Alex, click HERE.
Audrey Solomon - Strings Coach, Orchestra
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Keith Cotrell - Guitar Assistant
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