Arthur Mautner holds a B.A. degree from UCLA and received his M.A. degree from CSULA. He studied violin privately with the late Frederick Fickas and with John Choppin, formerly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He taught instrumental music for the LA Unified School District for over thirty years. His orchestra at Virgil Junior High School, which consisted of over 100 young musicians during the last twelve years before his retirement, received superior ratings each year during his tenure.
Mr. Mautner served as the conductor of various youth orchestras over a 34 year period of time, including 14 years with the Mermblum Youth Orchestras, first with the Pioneer Orchestra and the last five with the California Junior Symphony. He became the conductor of Youth Symphony West in 1979 for the CSULA Saturday Conservatory of Music, retiring in 1998 although he remains as a Director on the board. The Saturday Conservatory recently enrolled over 500 students into their program. From 1985 to 1992 he was on the staff at the LA County High School for the Arts and taught the String Methods classes at CSULB and CSULA.
Mr. Mautner is also on the Board of the American String Teachers' Assn, LA Chapter, where he serves as the Greater Los Angeles Coordinator of Competitions. Maintaining an active private studio of violins and violas, he is an active member of MTAC and has had 2 Young Artist Guild winners and co-coached the winning VOCE Trio in the Junior and Senior Division Ensembles statewide in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
He has conducted a number of Honor Orchestras in the Southland and has presented string clinics in the area as well as having adjudicated for many public school and organizational festivals. Having over 45 years of experience in summer music camps, he was on staff at Idyllwild School of the Arts for 20 years, the last two serving as Conductor of the Junior High camp. He is the founding Conductor of the Wildwood Music Camp Senior High Orchestra, founded in 1972.