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Student Recital Series: Kyle Bague, viola





Join us for a wonderful afternoon recital given by Performer’s Certificate Student Kyle Bague. Kyle will be performing the following works:

  • Cello Suites #2 | J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) | Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
  • C-minor Concerto | Henri Casadesus (1879 – 1947) *dedicated to J.C. Bach (1735 – 1782)
  • Romanian Folk Dances | Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)


Kyle Bague (25) has been playing viola for 15 years. He has been involved with the La Performer’s Certificate Program as a stepping stone to his musical career as a symphony musician.

His start on viola began in the 4th-grade music program at Glenknoll Elementary School, where music was more chore than a hobby. As he continued playing in orchestras/symphonies throughout grade school, his love for music playing truly flourished till rehearsals were a regular pastime. It would be his years at Esperanza High School (2007 – 11) that his skills in viola would be tested and refined. Under the direction of orchestra director Kay Crask and the private instruction of Ed Persi, he was not only able to participate in all three symphonies from the start of high school but was able to have his first experience in chamber music, coached by violinist Danielle Belen. Even with this much involvement in symphonies, chamber groups, and lessons, a career in music was certainly not on the top of his list.

As he began his college studies at Fullerton community college, music was still considered a hobby as he sought out a career in computer science. During this time, he would feed his musical interests by participating in Fullerton College’s symphony, conducted by Dean Anderson. By the end of 2015, Kyle would eventually turn his hobby into a profession when his major changed from computer science to music performance in viola. One of the big influences in this change of major was his participation in the fantastic musical production “Ragtime” at Fullerton college; his first look at being a pit musician for a musical. From 2016 to 2018, concerts and rehearsals were almost a daily occurrence as he joined several symphonies outside of school, such as Irvine Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, (FASO) Filipino American Symphonic Orchestra, and Corona Symphony. In this time, he would also have the pleasure of playing in many gigs, musicals at FJC, and viola masterclasses to further progress his skills as a violist. With the help of Mira Khomik and Zun Hin Woo (conductor of FJC symphony), Kyle undertook lessons where he would hone back on perfecting the basics.

Towards the end of 2017, Kyle would follow Dean Anderson’s advice in participating in La Sierra University’s Performance Certificate Program where he would get his skills in viola to a more professional level with the helpful guidance of today’s most musical and versatile violinist/violist, Ken Also; all preparation for the universities and the many other symphonies he plans on auditioning for. To add to his belt of musical experience, he has performed with La Sierra University symphony, chamber groups, and even held the position of Symphony Manager/Librarian.

With this performance being his first solo recital, Kyle hopes to use this opportunity to not only show his friends & family a performance of his that wasn’t masked by a wall of sound from the symphony but to also showcase his fast progression to becoming a professional violist.

Kimo Smith, organist and collaborative pianist, began music studies in his home state of Hawaii at age four.  Following his graduation from Hawaiian Mission Academy, he attended the University of Hawaii, La Sierra University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles. A student of Ladd Thomas at USC, he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees, magna cum laude, in organ performance. He was selected to receive the Organ Department Outstanding Achievement Award on both occasions. He completed his doctoral studies at UCLA in organ performance as a student of Thomas Harmon.

Dr. Smith is a past winner of several competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers National Association.  Dr. Smith is currently Associate Professor of Music at La Sierra University and past chair of the Department of Music. He is an active recitalist, performing locally, nationally, and abroad.

As an organist, he has appeared as a guest artist with several Southern California orchestras and choral ensembles, including the Glendale Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, William Hall Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, Angeles Chorale, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is featured organist on a 2010 recording of the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing the choral works of emerging young composer, Nico Muhly.  This was the first recording of the LAMC in Walt Disney Concert Hall and their first for the world-renowned Decca label. He was invited to perform two of Muhly’s compositions with the LAMC at the opening concert of their 2012-2013 season.