Official Music Therapy Club of California State University Northridge

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MTAN Officers: Fall 2019- Spring 2020

PRESIDENT: Brianna Hobrock

Brianna Hobrock was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is currently in her final year of the Music Therapy Certificate Program.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music at UC Berkeley in 2014 as a voice major, with an emphasis in Jazz.  After school, she began working as a voice teacher and in film production while looking for other ways she could apply her music skills in her community.  Looking for ways to be more of service to others, she began looking into nursing programs when she started finding articles about music therapy.  Research about the field showed her an opportunity to apply her love of music to the needs of others and she proceeded to apply at Cal State Northridge to study.  She has worked with clients with developmental disabilities, Adults and elderly in long term hospital care, and geriatric facilities for elderly clients with dementia.  Brianna's professional goals are to participate in research and development of technology in music therapy practice.

VICE PRESIDENT: Marie Halipn

Marie Clare Halpin, native to Southern California, is a graduate from AMDA (American Musical
and Dramatic Academy) as well as solo singer-songwriter with one self-produced album
“Synchronicities.” Fiddler and singer in The New Historians bluegrass band, Marie also plays
the guitar and piano. Marie takes joy in the simpler things in life, like a Dodgers baseball game,
or hiking, gardening, and yoga. She hopes to one day open a music therapy private practice of
her own.

SECRETARY: Crystal Kanemar

Crystal Rose Kamenar is a senior at CSUN studying for her BA in music therapy. Growing up, she would pass the time by doing very tedious tasks such as organizing beads by color, shape and size. Her first job was organizing a life-long penny collection by years. Needless to say, the tedious tasks of secretary work is right up her alley. Before attending CSUN she received an AA at MiraCosta college where she studied, traveled, and won awards for vocal jazz. During her studies there, she sang with artists ranging from those who were in the Count Basie band, the New York Voices, and other vocal jazz students from all over the world. In her final semester at MiraCosta she was the student festival producer of the 12th Annual Oceanside Jazz Festival that hosted 40 jazz choirs from all over the country.

While Crystal has a major passion for singing, she also equally enjoys listening to and learning about music from the wide variety of this world's cultures and hopes to use world music in her future practice. Crystal's professional goals are to pilot a music therapy hospital program and become a professor.

TREASURER: Mollie McLean

Mollie McLean, and is a second-year music therapy student and treasurer of MTAN. Her primary instrument is classical guitar, although she is well-versed in piano and have been singing in musical theatre productions since the age of five. She has worked with clients with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism, mental illness, addiction, and the elderly. Mollie has loved every population  she has worked with and hopes to pursue a music therapy career focusing on mental health and addiction. She would also like to be able to work with clients in creating and performing music theatre productions because she strongly believe that musical theatre is another way to help people connect with each other and release tension.

COMMUNICATIONS: Sarah Nolan

Sarah Nolan was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business at Azusa Pacific University. During her time there, she participated in various music ensembles and studio work while also serving at her church as a Music Coordinator/Worship Leader. Sarah grew up in a musical family and has always had the desire to combine her passion for music and people. After graduating in 2014, Sarah began working in the contract furniture industry while still trying to pursue other music-related opportunities. A few years later, Sarah had a conversation with a few friends regarding her desire to switch careers and recalled that she had looked into Music Therapy back in her college days. She then applied for the Music Therapy Certificate Program at CSUN and is now entering her final year in the program. She hopes to work in the hospital setting or with people with developmental disabilities after receiving her certification. When she is not in school, Sarah is teaching music lessons at Encore Music and Performing Arts, leading worship at her church, or singing at restaurants and events around Los Angeles.

COMMUNICATIONS: Reon Kamimura

Reon Kamimura was born and raised in Kagoshima, Japan. She is a senior international student at CSUN Music Therapy Program. She moved to the United States in 2015 to study English and music. Before CSUN, she attended Citrus College and El Camino College, where she learned classical voice. As she learned music and researched professionals related to music, she found music therapy and decided to pursue it. Although she loves all populations, she has been interested in especially music therapy in NICU and maternity ward since her mother is a midwife. Reon’s goal is to bring what she learned back to Japan and contribute to the spread of music therapy there. 

HISTORIAN: Suha Park

Suha Park was born in South Korea. She moved to the United States when she was 17 years old and attained her first transfer degree from College of the Desert as a music major. Her main instrument is voice, but she also plays guitar and piano. As she continued her studies at Cal State University of Northridge, she developed a passion for helping children. For this reason, she strives to learn more in order to help meet their needs by continuing her studies and volunteering at children’s hospital. 

PARLIAMENTARIAN:  Zachary Sipos

Zachary Sipos was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. He is currently a senior at CSUN for Music Therapy. He started playing guitar at the age of 7. He musical influences stem from Jazz, Blues, and Rock. Zachary took a hiatus from his musical studies to serve in the United States Navy for 4 Years as a Military Policeman. It was there that he realized his passion to help people in need. He returned to school to chase his dream, to bring music therapy to veterans who suffer from trauma and PTSD.