Performing & Visual Arts Department Personnel
Dr. Rachel Julian, Chair
MS Class Piano
MS Beginning / Intermediate Percussion
HS Percussion Ensemble / Drumline
CSN Jumpstart Concurrent Credit Program - Music
Dr. Rachel Julian began performing music at the age of five when she inherited her grandmother's Hammond organ. At age eleven, she chose to play percussion in her junior high school band, and she never looked back! She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005. She also holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
A freelance percussionist in Las Vegas, Rachel’s performance credits include the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Pops, Vegas! The Show, Celtic Woman, Lion King – Las Vegas, Hairspray, Nevada Ballet Theater, Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theatre, Hugh Jackman, Luciano Pavarotti, Killian’s Angels, Steel R & R Steel Drum Duo, the Tommy Rocker Band, and other freelance opportunities. Rachel appears on the DVD, Andrea Bocelli – Amore Under the Desert Sky, and has performed in Mexico, Canada, England, China, Austria, Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
In addition to teaching at Agassi Prep, Dr. Julian serves as Percussion Specialist for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras and the Clark County School District. She instructs camps, gives clinics, and maintains a private studio. She never tires of seeing young people find their passion! Rachel is currently Secretary of the Nevada Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians as well as the Vic Firth and Remo Education Teams. She endorses SABIAN Cymbals and Majestic / Mapex Percussion.
Mr. Andy Emerson
MS / HS Band
MS / HS Orchestra
Ms. Elena Kapustina
Ms. Elena Kapustina graduated from Belarus State Conservatory - Russia in 1989 with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy. She is a former member of the Opera-Philharmonic Society Orchestra of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and has toured Europe, Asia and the United States with the Plovdiv National Opera Theater for 13 years. Elena is a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a very active performer of chamber music with many different groups including her "Eclectic" trio. In addition to teaching at Agassi Prep, she is a para-professional with the Clark County School District, a teacher at Nevada School of the Arts, and she maintains her own private teaching studio.