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Program Faculty

John Ayala
John AyalaJohn Ayala is a retired FUSD music teacher. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Woodwind Performance from CSU Fresno. He is an active professional player, doing session work, Broadway shows, and symphony work.

John is also active in promoting jazz education through JazzFresno and FMCMEA. He has played with Frank Gambale, Alex Acuna, Mel Torme, Arturo Sandoval and many others.

Eva Scow
Eva ScowEva Scow is a mandolinist and violinist whose musical career began on the piano at age four. Her diverse musical interests have lead to the study of many musical genres from bluegrass to Brazilian. Regarded as a world-class mandolinist, she fuses these divergent styles together as a member of the contemporary jazz quartet “Espacio,” and the funk/jazz project “The Experience,” whose debut EP was released in 2013.

She has performed and/or recorded with David Grisman (on his project entitled ‘Tone Poets’), Mike Marshall, Anthony Wilson (‘Power of Nine’), and Mark Summer (Turtle Island String Quartet). Ms. Scow participated in a workshop in New York City with musicians Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Mike Marshall which culminated in a widely acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall in 2006. Her first album, ‘Sharon by the Sea’, was a collaboration with guitarist Dusty Brough, and was released on the Adventure Music label in 2009. She is equally at home in the classical, folk and jazz idioms.

Tim Shaghoian
Tim Shaghoian is a freelance musician, composer, and educator based in Clovis, CA. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance on the saxophone from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied with Peter Epstein. Tim manages a private teaching studio with over a dozen students and is the piano accompanist for the Kastner Intermediate School choirs.

He is on the board of directors for La Sierra Creative Arts Camp, where he teaches woodwinds and leads master classes and jazz workshops. Tim has performed in award-winning groups featured in Downbeat magazine and has performed at venues and festivals across the west coast, including the Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2016 he was a featured artist at the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival. As a performer and student, Tim has had the pleasure of performing with musicians such as Terry Riley, Gilad Hekselman, Mark Ferber, James Winn, and Peter Epstein.