Kari H. Heilman
Director of Marketing & Development
Orchestra Operations Manager
Executive and Marketing Assistant
Marketing & Sales
Gabriel was born and raised in Bakersfield. He attended Stockdale High school, Bakersfield College and is attending Cal State Bakersfield pursing a Business Administration Degree, concentrating in marketing. Gabriel has seven years of experience in customer service, sales and face-to-face marketing. Now that employed at the BSO, he oversees the BSO’s social media accounts, handles all ticket sales and seat placement and any other task that the Executive and Marketing director deem necessary.
Scott Dirkse received his PhD in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.M. in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. in piano performance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Scott is recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teachers National Association and is a recipient of the UCSB Excellence in Teaching Award. He has presented at the national conferences for the College Music Society, the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and Teaching Music History Conferences, and he has had his work published in Clavier Companion, American Music Teacher, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. Scott currently teaches music at Bakersfield College and Stockdale High School (along with a few piano lessons on the side).