Music (323) 343-4060

William Wells Belan
Professor of Music; Director of Choral Studies; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma
Contact: (323) 343-4067

Dr. Belan is an expert in choral music. He is a founding member of the Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies and has been instrumental in building the center at Cal State L.A. Dr. Belan serves as director of the “Three Summer Masters” program in choral conducting as CSULA. He is an authority on the choral music of Latin America.

David Connors
Professor of Music; D.M.E., University of Cincinnati
Contact: (323) 343-4060


Dr. Connors is author of a national K-8 basal music textbook series: Making Music 2002, Making Music 2005, and Making Music with Movement and Dance. He is also a clinician for music education conferences at the national, state, and local levels. He has worked for the California Commission on Teacher Education, as an author for the Multiple-Subject Elementary Subject Matter Standards, a reviewer for ESM programs, and as an author of the Single-Subject-Music Subject Matter Standards.

Paul De Castro
Associate Professor of Music; B.A., M.A., Cal State L.A.; D.M.A., University of Texas, Austin
Contact: (323) 343-4079


Paul De Castro currently directs the Afro-Latin Music M.M. program. His areas of expertise are Afro-Latin music (salsa, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban music), music of Latin America, and piano and suona performance. Currently, he performs with the Latin Jazz group, Rhubumba, and with the Cuarteto Experimental Afro-Latino.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Lu Elrod
Emerita Professor of Music; Ed.D., University of Georgia
Contact: (323) 343-4087


Dr. Elrod has performed with several symphony orchestras, and is a critically-acclaimed opera singer and expert in music education. She is a versatile actress, having acted in 16 movies over the past three decades, including Primary Colors and Wag the Dog, and on TV series such as Hill Street Blues. She has written a number of professional articles and videotape programs for instructional television on music education and on building a positive self-concept through music. Dr. Elrod has been a Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions finalist and guest soloist in many concerts and recitals.

Deborah Holland
Associate Professor of Music; B.A., Rutgers University; M.M., Cal State L.A.
Contact: (323) 343-5446


Deborah Holland’s fields of interest include songs of the 1930s, business music, songwriting, film scoring and history of popular music. Holland has two critically-acclaimed recordings with Animal Logic, a group she has founded with ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland and bassist Stanley Clarke. She has two solo albums, The Panic is On: Songs from the Great Depression and Freudian Slip. She also produced, written and performed on more than dozen albums by other artists and has performed in literally hundreds of venues throughout Europe and North/South America. She has scored eight motion pictures and written, produced or performed original songs in more than two dozen films and television shows. She has performed live on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, and on Late Night with David Letterman. Her song, Spy in the House of Love, won the Best of Philadelphia Music Award (Best Pop Rock Single, 1990).

John M. Kennedy
Professor of Music; Director, Pacific Contemporary Music Center; A.Mus.D., Music Composition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Contact: (323) 343-4084


John Kennedy’s expertise is in music composition, 20th century music history/criticism, and interactic computer music performance. He has been called upon to conduct new works including pieces by Leslie Bassett, Henry Brant, William Kraft, and Chinary Ung. His compositions have been performed at major new music festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe and Korea. His work has been recognized by ASCAP since 1991. He is a recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. His work can be heard on Vienna Modern Masters (VMM 3032) and is available from ILC Publishing, Los Angeles.