A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Oksana Germain

Oksana Germain, age 17, has been studying classical piano for 12 years. Her love of classical music was obvious from a very young age. Eagerly requesting piano lessons at age five, Oksana began learning locally with Mrs. Vera Rathje and Mrs. Yulia Atoyan. At age 13, Oksana was accepted as a student of world-renowned pedagogue and pianist, the late Dr. Vitaly Margulis, professor at UCLA. She continued her piano studies under Professor Margulis' tutelage until his passing in 2011. Since that time, Oksana has been studying with the dedicated and gifted, international pianist, Dr. Sarkis Baltaian of Los Angeles.

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Oksana has garnered awards both here and abroad. Her childhood dream of playing with the San Diego Symphony came true when she was was chosen as one of their 2010 Young Artist "Best & Brightest" Competition winners. As a featured soloist, she performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st movement with the San Diego Symphony at their 100 Year Anniversary Gala in December 2010. Her musical depth at the piano impressed an international audience, where she was awarded a People's Choice Award at world-renowned pianist John Perry's Klaviersommer Piano Festival in Germany in 2011. Among other prizes, Oksana was awarded “Most Promising” in the La Jolla Symphony Young Artist Competition, as well as being awarded the 2nd place prize in the 2012 H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition. Oksana won three 1st place prizes in the San Diego VOCE Chamber Music Competition, as well as 3rd prize in the state division. She was the First Place Gold Medalist in the California International Young Artist Competition MusicFest in 2008 and 2006, and a triple recipient of the San Diego Women's Club Associated Arts Scholarship.

Oksana performed in the La Jolla Music Society's Discovery Series Prelude Concerts at the Neuroscience Institute in 2012, as well as in the San Diego Symphony's Children's Concert Series, “Bravo, Beethoven!” in 2010. In addition, she has also participated and performed in several
masterclasses and piano festivals, such as John Perry's Klaviersommer Piano Festival in Germany, the Colburn Academy Piano Festival in LA, as well as the Vitaly Margulis Masterclass at UCLA. She has also been a regularly featured performer on Music 101 Radio program, broadcast on San Diego's classical radio on station, 104.9 FM.

As a chamber musician, she has enjoyed studying and performing chamber music under Michael and Irina Tseitlin in San Diego, Delores Stevens and Dr. Doug Masek in the Young Musician Foundation Chamber Music series in Los Angeles, as well as Irina Dokshitsky and Jennifer Showalter in the Junior Chamber Music series in Los Angeles. Oksana is currently the rehearsal accompanist for the Pacific Women's Chorus in Solana Beach, as well as the rehearsal pianist for the Tifereth Israeli Community Orchestra, performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2.

Oksana plans to continue her music studies and grow as an artist, with the hopes of glorifying God and sharing her gift of music with others!

~ Solo Performances with Orchestra ~
San Diego Symphony, San Diego, CA 2010
Southern California Youth Orchestra, San Diego, CA 2008

~ Major Solo Performances ~
La Jolla Music Society Prelude Series (Daniil Trifonov Concert), La Jolla, CA 2012
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young Artists Winners Recital, La Jolla, CA 2012
San Diego Symphony Children’s Concert Series: Bravo Beethoven, San Diego, CA 2010
California International Young Artists Competition Winner's Recital, Escondido, CA 2008

~ Radio Performances ~
104.9 FM Music 101 Radio- Regularly Featured Artist, San Diego, CA 2012

~ Chamber Music ~
Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles, CA 2010 - 11
Junior Chamber Music, Los Angeles, CA 2010 - 11
California Institute of Music, San Diego, CA 2003 – 11

~ Chamber Music Coaches ~
Irina Tseitlin, Michael Tseitlin, San Diego, CA 2004 -2011
Delores Stevens, Dr Doug Masek, Irina Dokshitsky, Jennifer Showalter, Los Angeles, CA 2010-2011

~ Other Experience ~
Rehearsal Pianist: Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, San Diego, CA 2013
Rehearsal Accompanist: Pacific Women's Choir, Solana Beach, CA 2013

~ Festivals ~
Klaviersommer – John Perry Piano Festival, Bad Bertrich,Germany 2011
Colburn Academy Piano Festival, Los Angeles, CA 2011
Professor Vitaly Margulis Piano Master Class at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 2009

~ Master Class Performances ~
John Perry - Klaviersommer Piano Festival, Bad Bertrich, Germany 2011
Ory Shihor- Colburn Academy Festival, Los Angeles, CA 2011
John Perry - Spotlight Awards Finalists Masterclass, Los Angeles, CA 2010
Gleb Ivanov, San Diego, CA 2010
Vitaly Margulis – Margulis Masterclass at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 2009

~ Major Teachers ~
Dr. Sarkis Baltaian, Los Angeles, CA 2011 - present
Professor Vitaly Margulis (1929-2011), Los Angeles, CA 2009 – 2011
Yulia Atoyan, San Diego, CA 2003 - 2009
Vera Rathje, San Diego, CA 2001 – 2003


Address: Oksana Germain, 387 Sneath Way, Alpine, CA 91901
Phone: 619-659-9504
Email: oksanagpiano@ gmail.com


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Vukan R. Vuchic

Education
Dipl.-Ing., University of Belgrade, 1960 
M. Eng., University of California/Berkeley, 1965 
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1966
First recipient of the Dr. Friedrich Lehner Medal, Munich, Germany, 1982
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Foreign Member, 1993
Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, Foreign Member, 2005.

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My Brother's Keeper

by Fr. Radovan Bigovic

Rare are the books of Orthodox Christian authors that deal with the subject of politics in a comprehensive way. It is taken for granted that politics has to do with the secularized (legal) protection of human rights (a reproduction of the philosophy of the Enlightenment), within the political system of so-called "representative democracy", which is limited mostly to social utility or to the conventional rules of human relations. Most Christians look at politics and democracy as unrelated with their experience of the Church herself, which abides both in history and in the Kingdom, the eschaton. Today, the commercialization of politics—its submission to the laws of publicity and the brainwashing of the masses—has literally abolished the "representative" parliamentary system. So, why bother with politics when every citizen of so-called developed societies has a direct everyday experience of the rapid decline and alienation of the fundamental aspects of modernity?

In the Orthodox milieu, Christos Yannaras has highlighted the conception of the social and political event that is borne by the Orthodox ecclesiastical tradition, which entails a personalistic (assumes an infinite value of the human person as opposed to Western utilitarian individualism) and relational approach. Fr Radovan Bigovic follows this approach. In this book, the reader will find a faithful engagement with the liturgical and patristic traditions, with contemporary thinkers, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, all in conversation with political science and philosophy. As an excellent Orthodox theologian and a proponent of dialogue, rooted in the catholic (holistic) being of the Orthodox Church and of his Serbian people, Fr Radovan offers a methodology that encompasses the above-mentioned concerns and quests.