Santa Barbara City College

Music Faculty


Nathan teaches voice and conducts the three SBCC choirs, including the celebrated Quire of Voyces. He holds a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from UCI. He is a professional vocalist who has performed widely in this country. In addition to his work as a teacher, Professor Kreitzer is the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church.

John Clark, the music department Chairman, teaches Theory and Musicianship, Songwriting, and several music literature classes including Jazz History, History of Rock and Roll, and Music Appreciation. Dr. Clark earned his Ph.D. in Music History from UCSB. An active composer, he has had several pieces performed by the SBCC Symphony Orchestra, most recently, “Dark Journey.” He composed music for the Pulitzer Prize winning play, “The Kentucky Cycle.” Dr. Clark is also an accomplished jazz painist who regularly performs with local ensembles.

Eric is an instructor in Jazz Studies, Theory, and History. He is the director of the SBCC Concert Band and “Good Times” Jazz Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in Trombone Performance and an M.A. in Musicology, both from UCSB. Mr. Heidner is the former Driector of Bands at Santa Barbara High School. He has worked with Doc Serverinsen and has played for Dizzy Gillespie and former president Ronald Reagan.

James Mooy is an Assistant Professor who teaches Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Music Appreciation. He is the conductor of the SBCC Symphony Orchestra and the Lunch Break Jazz Ensemble. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music and education from UCLA. Mr. Mooy is a Music Academy of the West alumnus, who has toured the U.S. and Japan as a professional trumpet player.

A former U.S. Marine and SBCC student, James spent several years in the San Francisco bay area learning, working, and performing. He holds a B.A. in Electronic Music from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. James plays trumpet, trombone, and guitar in various groups around town. Currently, he enjoys teaching music theory, history of rock, and playing in musicals and jazz bands, as well as geeking out on computers and recording technology.


John Enrico Douglas has been on staff at SBCC as vocal techniques and choir accompanist since 2008, and has been teaching Beginning Piano classes since January, 2020. He is a pianist, composer, arranger and music director specializing in jazz, Latin American, Broadway and most genres of popular music. John arranged and orchestrated the music for vocal soloists, choir, orchestra and band for the 2012 grand opening celebration of the renovated SBCC music and theatre departments and the Garvin Theater. The SBCC Concert Choir has performed several of John’s arrangements. He works in the Santa Barbara area in venues ranging from neighborhood bars to five-star hotels. John has an extensive history of songwriting and musical composition for the stage, and his discography can be seen at

Ralph Lowi teaches History and Appreciation of Rock and Popular Music, World Music, Songwriting, and lessons on double bass for students in the applied music program. He recieved his Bacherlor of Music in jazz performance from California State University, Northridge, his Master of Arts in ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Barbara and is currently working on a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. His dissertation focuses on experimental “noise” music practices. Ralph is an active musician in the Santa Barbara area participating in a variety of music styles including classical, jazz, experimental, and country.

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David Malvinni is an Adjunct Professor who teaches Music History and Appreciation and History of Rock. He holds a B.A. from Rice University, an M.M. from UMass Amherst, and a Ph.D. from UCSB. His book, “The Gypsy Caravan: From Real Roma to Imaginary Gypsies in Western Music and Film,” was published in 2004. He has published articles on a variety of topics from rock to Rachmaninov. Malvinni is also the Driector of Music Education for CAMA, and he teaches and perfoms on classical guitar and violin.

Valerie Malvinni is adjunct professor of Strings and Chamber Music at SBCC. Formerly, Valerie taught at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff and at Westmont College. She was a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and SB Symphony and performed for years as a substitute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, throughout the East coast and with members of the NY Philharmonic and LA Philharmonic.

A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s from University of California Santa Barbara, Valerie Malvinni is Director of the Santa Barbara Suzuki Violin School and Summer Institute.

Valerie is in high demand as a teacher and has had many of her students win competitions and scholarships to conservatories and music schools. She has adjudicated for ASTA and Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation.

William Redman is an Adjunct Instructor who teaches guitar and jazz studies. A former student of Ron Purcell at SCU Northridge, he has a Master’s degree for San Jose State University, where he studied classical guitar with Jose Rey de la Torre and composition with Higo Harada. He performs regularly throughout California and is a member of the Monday Madness Jazz Ensemble at SBCC.

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