Who We Are
Musical Miracles is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated sharing the gifts of music, art and dance to underserved youth and supporting them in their dreams to succeed.
Jane Lee, Founder & CEO
Jane Lee is the founder and CEO of Hills Academy, Palos Verdes Children’s Choir, and Musical Miracles. She started Hills Academy in 2010 and has grown the academy to more than 500 students. The PVCC and Musical Miracles were birthed with the passion of giving the arts to students who would never get the chance. She acts as the Executive Director but also continues to teach many of the programs on a day to day basis. Jane Lee continues to contribute to the community through workshops, classes, and performances.
310.784.0100 • JaneLee@MusicalMiracles.org
Chinyarai Hamilton, Board of Directors
Chinyarai Hamilton has always had a passion for visual and performing arts. As a child, she enjoyed taking classes in art, photography, dance, various musical instruments, and choir. She is very excited to join Musical Miracles and to help create those wonderful experiences for others.
Junah Kim, Board of Directors
Junah Kim cherishes the positive influence of the arts throughout her childhood and is now excited to share them with as many children as possible. Whether it is singing, dancing, an instrument, or the visual arts, she believes exploring the creative side of the mind is integral to developing a happy, healthy child.
323.807.2232 • JunahKim@MusicalMiracles.org
Mary Chung, Board of Directors
Mary (Miree) Chung was born in Korea and is lives in Manhattan Beach, CA, where she still feels like a tourist at the beach. She studied Journalism at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and obtained an MBA from GSB, University of Chicago. Although her professional background is in accounting and corporate finance, she has a love of music and strongly believes in its intrinsic power. She feels honored and excited to be a part of Musical Miracles, by which she is inspired by compassionate and the sharing of love through music and the arts. “I look forward to working together with (the) people of MM to bring and witness amazing musical miracles among us.”
630.456.8899 • MireeChung@musicalmiracles.org
Kara Lanham Jassy, Board of Directors
Kara Lanham Jassy has been practicing law for 20 years; she is a shareholder at the law firm Littler Mendelson, PC. She comes to Musical Miracles as she simultaneously discovers the magic of the arts, music and singing for herself and her two daughters. “Everyone should have a piece of this pie!”
Dario Griffin, Teacher
Dario is a Musician/Photographer, and general connoisseur of sorts who hails from Los Angeles. He is versed in various types of music, but specializes in finger style guitar. He’s studied at the Thornton School of Music with Jim Smith, Pepe Romero, and the LAGQ. He enjoys working on various projects from folk to various Brazilian styles. When not performing or teaching you can find Dario photographing around the city, running Black Market Supper Club, or playing hockey.
323.541.3450 • JDarioGri30@gmail.com
James Yoshizawa, Teacher
James Yoshizawa is a versatile drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles, CA with a BM in Percussion Performance from California State University, Long Beach. While a student, he received the PAS Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, the Fine Arts Affiliates Scholarship, and the Komaroff Scholarship. Since graduating, he has been an active performer and educator in Los Angeles and around the country. Some recent, noteworthy engagements include a 3-month run as the percussionist and bodhran soloist in the touring production of the Broadway musical, “Come From Away,” a guest performance with the band NYCO accompanied by the Alabama Symphony in Birmingham, AL, and the recording of all the percussion tracks for an upcoming show at Tokyo Disney. He has also been a guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival since 2013. As an educator, he maintains a private lesson studio and has taught at many nationally acclaimed high school percussion programs around Southern California.
626.375.4151 • JYoshizawa@Yahoo.com
Christina Wilson, Teacher
Christina is a Los Angeles based vocalist, composer, and arranger. As a performer, she can be heard with Folk/Americana group Honey Whiskey Trio and a cappella quintet HIVE. She is a former member of the choral ensemble Vox Femina Los Angeles. Additionally, she is part of the Vocal Faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and teaches voice, beginning piano, and choir classes a Hills Academy of Music, Art & Dance.
424.327.2663 • ChristinaWilson86@gmail.com