The recipients of the Music Partnership Program Fellowship are among the best-trained musicians in the nation and represent each of the three departments within the School of Music. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, each Partnership Instructor possesses exceptional teaching ability, extensive professional experience, and a passion for changing young lives through outreach.

2017–18 Music Partnership Instructors

Victoria Cecilia is a Danish musician currently residing in Los Angeles, where she works as a songwriter and music producer. She has spent the past 15 years touring around the world with her indie rock band. In 2015 she was invited to perform for the royal family of Denmark and later that year she received the award for Outstanding Electronic Music Producer from Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Her music has been used in worldwide ad campaigns by MasterCard and Calvin Klein, TV shows and movies and she has performed at several European and American music festivals. Victoria is currently attending UCLA as an undergraduate student at the Herb Alpert School of Music and teaches piano in her spare time.

Born in Korea, Christina Kim enjoys her life in Los Angeles since arriving over a decade ago. She is an active singer, conductor, educator, and an aspiring musicologist. Christina studied music at the Pasadena City College and is currently a fourth-year music history major at UCLA. While studying at PCC, Christina assisted rehearsals and led sectionals for PCC Chamber Choir. She coordinated Glendale High School’s Summer Music Clinic Program in 2016 and enjoyed mentoring high school students. She served as Chorus Master for a local opera company in 2017. She continues to perform with The Donald Brinegar Singers, Pasadena Symphony and Pops Orchestra, UCLA Early Music Ensemble, and other local choirs. She is a soloist, section leader, and cantor at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale. After completing her undergraduate degree, Christina plans to continue her studies in choral conducting and musicology, at a graduate level.

Natalia Leakos, a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Biology and minoring in Music History. Her interests outside of school include acting, figure skating, swimming, dancing, playing the accordion, and practicing Taekwondo and Jiu-Jitsu. Though she may not have continued on with all of her endeavors, Natalia loves to run and still stays connected to music through playing the violin and the piano. Music is something that has impacted her life significantly, and it is something she is very passionate about. In high school, she had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, and to play in the New York All-State Conference orchestra. Though traveling cross-country to study biology at UCLA has created a science-heavy world for Natalia, she balances out her heavy course load by minoring in Music History, playing in the UCLA Orchestra, and sharing her love for music with others.

Tomàs Peire was born in La Floresta (Barcelona). After obtaining degrees in Piano and History he spent several years performing and teaching piano. He also studied composition at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona) and Sibelius Academy (Helsinki). Later on, with a full scholarship from La Caixa, he moved to New York where he earned a Master’s degree in Composition for Film and Multimedia and the Elmer Bernstein Award at New York University - Steinhardt. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in composition at UCLA. His concert works have been performed in Europe and the US by ensembles like Bcn216, Zagros Ensemble, OC Terrassa48, Uusinta Ensemble, RSO, JACK Quartet or the Banda Municipal de Barcelona. He is also the composer of original scores for the feature films Prism, The Anushree Experiments, and Natalie Net and also documentary soundtracks for The New York Times, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera.

Juan Rivera is currently a first-year Masters student in classical guitar performance at UCLA. Originally from the Monterey Bay area, his musical journey first began in high school as a self-taught electric guitarist, by playing covers in rock bands. After graduating, Juan attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, where he studied classical and jazz guitar. In the fall of 2014, he transferred to UCLA as a music education and guitar performance major studying under Peter Yates. In the 2017-18 academic year, Juan enters his fourth consecutive year of community service as a Music Partnership Instructor. Juan finds his envelopment with the MPP program to be just as fun and rewarding as the first day he started his community service through the program, at the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood. Juan takes great care in providing a quality lesson to each of his students in the hopes of creating long-lasting musical experiences for youth in underrepresented areas of our community.  

Hanna Yocute is currently an undergraduate senior at UCLA studying music performance with an emphasis on classical guitar under Dr. Peter Yates. Hanna’s musical journey began through the study of classical piano at the early age of eight. By her senior year of high school, she had already developed her guitar playing skills and had received several academic and music scholarships (including The Clarence Chaplin Music Scholarship and CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship). She had also won numerous competitions and created and lead an all-girl jazz band. Hanna desires to not only be known for her classical guitar playing but also seeks to fuse different genres with classical guitar technique, such as combining classical guitar with jazz elements and soulful vocals. In addition to her interests in guitar performance, Hanna is also passionate about reaching out to the younger generation. Being currently the only female student in the guitar performance program a UCLA, she understands well her place as a role model for many aspiring girls, who wish to pursue their dreams. Recently, Hanna traveled to Guatemala to teach a masterclass and give a musical presentation to the students of Guatemala’s National Music Conservatory. Hanna is thrilled to join UCLA’s Music Partnership Program. She hopes that through MPP she can continue to inspire and provide joy to young students. 

Past Music Partnership Instructors