The Santa Monica Music Camp is presented by the Santa Monica Bay Music Foundation and coordinated by the faculty and staff of the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.
Matthew Purpura has been surrounded by music for as long as he can remember; his mother worked as a classical oboist, so he was exposed to music from a young age. His started learning music on the flute, before making the transition to guitar at age twelve. In 2006 Matthew moved to Los Angeles, where he was part of the esteemed Applied Music Program at Santa Monica College. He then attended the USC Thornton School of Music (’11) where he was fortunate enough to study a wide range of musical genres ranging from classical to popular. In his time at USC, Matthew studied under Tim Kobza, Steve Travto, Adam Del Monte, Russ Ferrante, Edwin Livingston, and many other great artists. He is the winner of the 2011 Thornton Outreach Ensemble Competition, and currently spends his time teaching and performing in the Los Angeles area. His other interests include long distance cycling trips, surfing, and Mandarin Chinese
Kim Hain, violinist, began her musical studies at age 5, and continued to study the violin seriously through high school
and college. Her love/fascination for the violin was obvious to all from the very start.
After a first BM and MM degrees in violin performance she received a second MM in chamber music from Kent State,
and then a DMA in violin performance from Florida State. Since then Kim has performed with professional string
quartets, and as of September 2017, Kim also is a dedicated and successful Faculty member at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.