Jason Aiello is in his 15th year as an Orchestra Director at Samohi.
Jason Aiello began teaching orchestra at Santa Monica High School in 2006, after graduating with honors from UCLA as the recipient of the Joyce Fahlman Fellowship. While at UCLA, he studied music education with Dr. Frank Heuser and cello with Antonio Lysy.
In addition to his work at Santa Monica High School, Mr. Aiello teaches cello sectionals and conducts the Sinfonia Orchestra for Elemental Strings, a youth orchestra program for elementary school students in Santa Monica. In past summers, Mr. Aiello has served as the Senior Camp Orchestra Director at the La Honda Music Camp in Northern California. As a guest conductor, he has worked with honor orchestras sponsored by CMEA (California Association for Music Education) and SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association).
Mr. Aiello is a Past President of the California Orchestra Directors Association and serves on its board.
Jim Wang joins Samohi Orchestras as a Director.
Prior to Samohi, Mr. Wang was the orchestra director at Lincoln Middle School since 2011. He also taught all levels of strings in Rowland Unified School District before joining SMMUSD. Currently he sits on the board of SCSBOA as VP of Orchestra Education.
During Mr. Wang's tenure, Lincoln’s Chamber Ensemble was invited to perform at ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival in 2015 and 2020. Outside of SMMUSD, Mr. Wang can be found coaching various chamber groups, conducting the SOL-LA Ensemble and the Pacific Blue Music Camp.
Mr. Wang earned his Master’s in Music Education at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Biola University. He is currently working on his Doctorate at USC Thornton School of Music in Music Teaching and Learning.
In his spare time Mr. Wang enjoys the culinary arts, making the best cup of coffee, visiting unique restaurants/eateries in the Greater Los Angeles area*, traveling the world with Mrs. Wang* and spending quality time with his son Olivander and pups Pookie and Holly. Mr. Wang is also an avid Instagram-er. Follow him @maestro_wang. (*pre-COVID)