Performing Arts Staff
PERFORMING ARTS STAFF
Madeline Mederios, Interim of Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Performing Arts Chair
John Knutson is Director of Choral Studies at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is also a member of the professional vocal jazz ensemble Vocalogy, formed by Phil Mattson in 1998. John directed the California All-State Vocal Jazz Choir in 2006, and in May 2009 John was named Cuesta College’s Teacher of the Year. Under his direction, Cuesta Voce has performed at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the International Association for Jazz Education Convention. The Cuesta Chamber Singers have received 2nd place in both the California International Choral Competition and the Vokal Total Competition in Graz, Austria.John holds a Masters in Conducting degree from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota.
Interim Coordinator of the CPAC
Jennifer Martin joined the Music Faculty at Cuesta College in the summer of 2004 as the conductor of the Cuesta Wind Ensemble. In addition to her conducting duties, she coordinates the department's Applied Music program, and teaches Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, and Music Theory. She served as the Performing Arts Division Chair from 2008-2016, and has served as the Coordinator of the Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC) since 2009. Ms. Martin is also the Conductor of the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra and Central Coast Gilbert & Sullivan. She has guest conducted wind bands and orchestras, and served as clinician and adjudicator in several states.
Previous to her appointment at Cuesta, she was the Music Department Chair at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV, where she was the founding faculty of the Music Department. In 2003, she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the state of Nevada. email@example.com
Fine Arts and Performing Arts Support Coordinator
Nancy Douglas joined our staff in the spring of 2016. A Cal Poly graduate, Nancy has worked for over 20 years in a variety of performing arts capacities including Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble, Board Treasurer for Canzona Women's Ensemble, and Front of House Manager for the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center. Nancy loves helping others and encouraging them to pursue their passions and dreams, particularly those involved in the arts.
Fine Arts and Performing Arts Division Assistant
Magnolia Stork joined our staff in the summer of 2014. A graduate of both Cuesta College and San Francisco State University, with degrees in Art and French, Magnolia comes to us with a strong Arts Administration background having worked at the DeYoung Museum, The Friends of Photography and Ansel Adams Center for Photography, The San Francisco Art Institute, and The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband Greg, two young boys and a menagerie of animals. She is passionate about supporting our programs and students, which culturally enrich the whole community.