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Arts, Humanities & World Languages

The Arts, Humanities, and World Languages Department at Norco College is home to the following disciplines:

Art Commercial Music French Humanities Japanese
Music Philosophy Photography Spanish Theater


Faculty

Quinton Bemiller Quinton P. Bemiller, M.F.A. | Department Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Art
(951) 738-7704 | ST 111 | Email | Website

Quinton Bemiller is a lifelong artist, whose paintings have been exhibited nationally at galleries and museums. He is Director of the Norco College Art Gallery and has many years of experience working in professional gallery settings. He began his college teaching career in 2007 and enjoys teaching both Studio Art courses and Art History courses. His areas of expertise are in Painting, Drawing, Design/Color Theory, Modern & Contemporary Art History and Art Theory. Quinton Bemiller earned an M.F.A. at Claremont Graduate University, a B.F.A. at College of Art & Design, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (formerly The Art Institute of Boston) and an A.A. at Pasadena City College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Community College Leadership at California State University, San Bernardino.
Kim Kamerin Kim Kamerin, M.A. | Department Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Music
(951) 738-7703 | THTR 207 | Bio | Email

Professor Kim Kamerin is an award winning educator and twenty-year veteran of the music classroom. His teaching experience ranges from middle school and high school to four-year university, and he has taught with distinction across much of the college music curriculum including Commercial Music. Professor Kamerin is a certified Pro Tools Expert, and is a highly qualified recording engineer. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), and is a voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). A professional musician for nearly thirty years, Professor Kamerin brings a wealth of practical experience and teaching expertise to the classroom.

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aracelli Covarrubias

Araceli Covarrubias, M.A.

Assistant Professor, Spanish
(951) 738-7752 | LIBR 125 | Email

Covarrubias is a Spanish professor.
She earned an associate of art degree from Santa Ana College, a baccalaureate and master’s degree in Spanish from California State University, Long Beach.
Prior to teaching Spanish, Covarrubias taught ESL for Santa Ana College’s non-credit adult program. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Dominique Hitchcock Dominique Hitchcock, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish and French
(951) 372-7066 | LIBR 114D | Bio | Email | Website

Dr. Dominique Hitchcock was born in the south of France and received her education from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, with majors in French Literature and Spanish Linguistics. She earned her doctorate in Spanish Linguistics in 1992. Her research focused on literary translation and Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.

After moving to the US in 1984, she first taught languages in high school and later became an assistant professor of Spanish at CSUSB (1992-1996). She joined RCCD first at Riverside City College (1996) and has been at Norco College since 2005. Languages and linguistics are a life-long passion that she feels privileged to share with her students.

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Brady Kerr

Brady Kerr, A.A.
Instructor, Music Industry Studies
(951) 372-7197 | ATEC 214 | Bio | Email | Website

Brady Kerr is a Music Industry Studies instructor. He has been teaching at Norco College for seven years and working at the college since 1999. He is a Grammy nominated educator, certified Pro Tools Expert, and voting member of the Recording Academy.

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Jose Sentmanat

Jose Sentmanat, M.A., J.D.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
(951) 738-7732 | LIBR 129 | Bio | Email

Upon completion of his military service after graduating high school, José earned his B.A. in philosophy from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, in 1991. He then completed an M.A. degree, also in philosophy, from the University of California at Riverside in 1993. After graduate school, he and his wife moved to Madison, Wisconsin. While his wife completed her law degree, José worked as a union organizer for the Teaching Assistants’ Association, AFT Local 3220, from 1998 to 2001. He also served as an alderperson on the Madison City Council from 1999 to 2001. In the fall of 2001, José enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Law School, graduating with his J.D. in 2004. As a lawyer in Wisconsin he served as an Assistant State Public Defender, after which he worked in local government in Dane County, Wisconsin, from 2007‐2009, where he helped implement much‐needed reforms in the county criminal justice system.

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Walter Stevens

Walter Stevens, M.F.A.
Professor of Theater Arts
(951) 372-7025 | HUM 106B | Bio | Email

Walter “Buck” Stevens is Professor of Theatre Arts at Norco College in California, and has been at the college since 1995.

As Director of the Norco Theatre Conservatory (NTC), based at the college, Stevens created a program with a focus on training and preparing young theatre artists in the practical aspects of mounting fully staged productions, rehearsal and performance, and subsequent success in the industry. Mr. Stevens has directed numerous productions, ranging from Shakespeare to classic Americana and Musical Theatre, and has also lead several Study Abroad programs to Oxford, England, Salamanca, Spain, and Dublin, Ireland.

In addition, he is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Board of Directors for the Dana Point Theatre Company, and has directed and performed in many productions throughout Southern California. A portion of each year Mr. Stevens resides in the city of Bilbao, in the Basque Country of northern Spain, where he enjoys, among other things, research on the topic of Transcultural Performance and Prehistory, and regularly participates in the annual “Festival de Teatro y de las Artes de la Calle.”

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Aaron Eastwood Aaron Eastwood
Associate Faculty, Music Industry Studies
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Aaron Eastwood, a native of Riverside, California, joined the Music Industry Studies department in 2015, where he instructs Norco College students in music technology, digital audio production, MIDI sequencing, synthesis, and the operation of digital audio workstations including Ableton Live and Pro Tools. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Eastwood has done freelance work as an audio editor, sound designer, and composer, specializing in sound and music for video games and electronic media. He also served at Titan Communications, the digital media center at California State University, Fullerton, as General Manager of Titan Radio and as TV and Radio Station Production Coordinator. Mr. Eastwood holds operator-level certification in Pro Tools from Avid. He has studied game audio at Norco College, holds a Bachelor of Music Composition and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, TV and Film from California State University, Fullerton, and currently pursues a Master of Music in Music Technology from the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA.

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Nancy Estes Nancy Bliss Estes
Associate Faculty, Music
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Nancy Bliss Estes has had a varied 35 yr. musical career as a mezzo-soprano and music educator. She has sung major leading operatic and compramaria roles (Dorabella, Suzuki, Hansel, The Old Lady {Babar the Elephant}, the Mother {Amahl and the Night Visitors}, La Ciesca {Gianni Schicci}, Rosette {Manon}) with various Southland companies (Guild Opera of Los Angeles, Five Penny Opera, Lyric Opera of Orange County) and has appeared as a guest artist with the CSU Fullerton Opera Department in the title role of Carmen and as Madame de Croissey in Dialogues of the Carmelites. As a featured mezzo-soprano soloist with the Overture Company, the community outreach ensemble of Orange County’s regional opera company, Opera Pacific, she toured Southern California in opera education programs. In addition, she has been a contracted staff singer with the following symphonic/chamber/opera and professional choruses: Pacific Chorale, William Hall Master Chorale, the John Alexander Singers, Opera Pacific (AGMA chorister), and the Crystal Cathedral Choir.

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Eileen Holt

Eileen Holt
Associate Faculty, Music
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Flutist, Eileen Holt, is an accomplished and versatile performer. Her unique sound and ability to play in many diverse styles and genres have kept her in high demand as soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. Ms. Holt has performed and toured throughout the United States, Europe, Singapore, Japan and China. She has had the privilege of appearing as soloist with the Riverside County Philharmonic several times where she also holds the position of principal flute. Featured solo appearances with the orchestra include performances of Carl Nielsen’s “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra”, Cecil Chaminade’s “Concertino” under the baton of Ransom Wilson and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti numbers #2, #4, and #5 conducted by Tomasz Golka. She has also premiered various works for multiple soloists with orchestra including “Concertante” for wind quintet by Damian Montano in 2012, and “Shinobu vs. Ghost Warrior”, for solo flute and solo piccolo by Christopher Tin in 2014.

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Ben Palispis

Ben Palispis
Associate Faculty, Music
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Ben Palispis is a multi-instrumentalist, who has over a decade of teaching and professional playing experience. As a guitar instructor, Ben covers a wide variety of styles such as Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal and Classical. As a performer, He has shared stages with national and international acts/artists such as Buck Cherry, Saving Abel, Sebastian Bach, Soil, Karnivool, Testament, Frank Gambale, Stanley Clark and Paul Jackson Jr.

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Nancy Pirozzi

Nancy Pirozzi
Associate Faculty, Music
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Nancy Pirozzi studied Piano Performance at UC Irvine under Nina Scolnik, a leading exponent of the Taubman Approach, a groundbreaking analysis of the mostly invisible motions that function underneath a virtuoso technique. A certified Yoga instructor, Nancy uses a holistic approach to teaching, enhancing focus and reducing performance anxiety. Having established a private piano studio in 1984, a long-time member of the Music Teachers Association of California, Nancy served on the board from 1992-2000. Nancy is thrilled to have joined the Associate Faculty at Norco College in the fall of 2012, bringing over 30 years’ experience to the classroom.

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Zarif Shehata

Zarif Shehata
Associate Faculty, Music
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Zarif Shehata holds a Ph.D. in Music 2007, Masters 1999, and Bachelors 1993 from Helwan University. He has taught for more than twenty years in different institutions including “Higher Institute of Musical Arts of Kuwait” (1996 – 2014), “Dasman Model school” (2003 – 2008) taught children with special needs,” Faculty of Music Education” (1994-1995) and Benha University (1993-1994). He has directed and participated in three concerts that were recorded in the local newspapers of Kuwait. He has also published more than four researches in educational music magazines and journals. In addition, Zarif is a member of (MTAC) Music Teacher Association of California as well as a certified music instructor of (ABRSM) Associated Board of Royal School of Music. The various years of studying and practice allows Professor Shehata to bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the classroom.

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Martin Torres

Martin Torres
Associate Faculty, Music
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Martin Torres holds a Bachelor’s Degree in composition and bass performance from Chapman University. He received his mfa degree from the University of California at Irvine where he focused on understanding modern composition and improvisational techniques. He has continued his study of these disciplines with some of the most innovative pioneers within this field, including David Friesen, Kei Akagi and Bertram Turetzky.

In 2006, Martin released his first CD as bandleader creating a record that is the culmination of all the various influences and styles that make up his musical pallet. He wrote all of the compositions on “Poem” and his arranging displays a unique ability to balance several musical concepts within the framework of a single composition.

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Tyler Walton

Tyler Walton
Associate Faculty, Music
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Tyler Walton is a professional drummer and percussionist with many years of experience teaching, performing live, and recording in the studio. Tyler holds Associate of Arts degrees in music from Fullerton College and Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

In 2012, Tyler completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Orchestral Percussion Performance at California State University, Fullerton. Tyler's professional credits in the symphonic genre include performances with the Pacific Chorale’s John Alexander Singers, the Rio Hondo Symphony, the Nouveau Chamber Ballet, the Long Beach Camerata Singers, the Pacific Brass Ensemble, and a tour of Portugal with the CSUF Wind Symphony in 2011.

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Inaki Zubizarreta

Inaki Zubizarreta
Associate Faculty, Music
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Iñaki Zubizarreta is originally from The Basque Country, in Northern Spain. He graduated from the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Bilbao, Spain, as a Music/Piano major and came to the U.S. to continue his education. His experience in community college provided him with the inspiration to further his studies at a more advanced level, and eventually he transferred to U.C. Irvine where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree, with a minor in Spanish Literature, and finally a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance.

Mr. Zubizarreta’s varied experience as a professional musician includes accompaniment for instrumental and vocal performances, as well as dance and musical theater. In addition to his music performance experience on stage, he has also worked behind the scenes and backstage as house manager, stage manager and recording technician.

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Michael Bobo

Michael Bobo
Assistant Professor, Humanities
(951) 738-7733 | PA 107 | Email | Website

Michael Bobo is a Humanities Assistant Professor with twenty years of teaching experience in Humanities, English as a Second Language, and Religious Studies. Upon completing his B.A. from Vanguard University in History and Political Science, he worked four years in a Refugee Settlement as a teacher and humanitarian aid worker for Sudanese living in Uganda. His many international endeavors for educational and public speaking include England, Israel, Malawi, Mexico, Uganda, South Korea and Sudan. He earned an M.A. in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills and is currently pursuing a M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include: History of Ideas, World Religions, Philosophy of Mind, History of Philosophy, Art History, and Historiography. Mr. Bobo travels often with his wife and son. He also loves reading, watching movies, and having philosophical discussions.

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