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Mark Saya, Ph.D
Interim Chair, Professor

Mark studied composition at Indiana University South Bend with Barton McLean and David Barton, and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Norman Dinerstein, Jonathan Kramer, and Allen Sapp, where he earned his Ph.D in Musical Arts, Composition, and Theory. He has enjoyed a long association with The Percussion Group/Cincinnati, and has composed a variety of percussion and vocal works and several suites for solo piano, have been performed in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, and throughout Europe and the United States. Most recently he has written Unfinished Life, a 29-movement composition for vibraphone.
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Tashi Cardinali Bateman '05
Senior Administrative and Production Coordinator

Tashi is the Senior Administrative Coordinator for LMU Music. She performs a wide variety of administrative and professional duties to support the department chair, faculty, and students, as well as all concerts, recitals, and productions. In addition, she manages the department's recruitment efforts and auditions, and engages with prospective students and their families. She is an alumna of the program and holds a B.A. in Music, with concentrations in Vocal Performance and Music Theory/Composition.


John K. Flaherty, M.A.
Interim Director of Choral Activities

For the past twenty-six years, John has worked as a member of the Campus Ministry Team at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he serves as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry & Director of Liturgy & Music and as Interim Director of Choral Activities for LMU Music. He also teaches in the Center for Religion and Spirituality where he serves as the Founding Director of the Pastoral Liturgy and Pastoral Music Certification Programs.
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Eric Escalante '15
Technical and Events Manager

Eric Escalante is a graduate of LMU, and earned his BA in Music with concentrations in Ethnomusicology and Classical Guitar Performance. Since his time as a student, he has been heavily involved with managing, coordinating, and producing live performances and events within Murphy Recital Hall. He now serves as the Production Manager for both the Music and Dance departments, respectively.


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Hyunju Hwang, DMA
Staff Accompanist – Choirs

Hyunju is an award-winning, classically-trained organist and pianist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including Westminster Abbey, Coventry Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Hyunju was born in Seoul, South Korea, and received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Yonsei University in Seoul, and her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Organ Performance at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.
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Valeria Morgovskaya
Staff Accompanist

For over 30 years, Valeria has been in high demand as accompanist for singers and all orchestral instrumentalists. She has been an official accompanist to festivals and has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Germany, and Japan. In addition to being an accompanist at LMU, Valeria is often engaged in that capacity at UCLA, USC, Cal State Long Beach, Colburn School, Montecito International Music Festival, Academy of the West and Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.