Head Marlin Owen of the Biola Conservatory of Music string program, conducts the Biola Symphony Orchestra, the New Music Ensemble and teaches music history. He is a very active performer as a solo cellist, chamber musician, guest conductor and chamber music clinician with performances throughout the U. S., Mexico, Europe, and Taiwan. He studied cello with Robert Jamisen, Peter Farrell, Rafael Druian and Janos Starker, piano with Edward Epple, and guitar with Manuel Lopez Ramos in Mexico City. He conducted the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestras and has an ongoing commitment to train young musicians. An active supporter and performer of 20th C. composers and music of world cultures, he is in great demand as adjudicator for Southern California's major music competitions. Recent musical travels have been to Eastern Europe, Myanmar, Paris, Thailand and Syria.