Daniel Wood, chair
Christie Peery Skousen
Doris Fukawa, chair
Aenea Mizushima Keyes
Daniel Wood, chair
June Choi Oh
Christie Peery Skousen
Kineko Barbini, violin
William Barbini, violin
Pat Burnham, violin
Doris Fukawa, violin
Monika Gruber, violin
Wei He, violin
Aenea Mizushima Keyes, violin
Davis Law, violin
Li Lin, violin
Joseph Maile, violin
Bettina Mussumeli, violin
Alisa Rose, violin
Ian Swensen, violin
Zhao Wei, violin
Susan Bates, viola
Jodi Levitz, viola
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Yun-Jie Liu, viola
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, violoncello
Randall Fromme, violoncello
Jonathan Koh, violoncello
Sieun Lin, violoncello
Carol Rice, violoncello
Monica Scott, violoncello
Eric Sung, violoncello
Barbara Wirth, violoncello
Amos Yang, violoncello
Shinji Eshima, bass Winds and Brass
Esther Landau, flute
Yaada Weber, flute
Laura Reynolds, oboe
Roman Fukshansky, clarinet
Timothy Price, saxophone
Yueh Chou, bassoon
Gary Jagard, horn
Daniel Wood, horn
Scott Macomber, trumpet
Kevin McLaughlin, trumpet
Richard Roper, trumpet
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Christine Abraham, voice
M.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.A., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Patricia McCaffrey, Cynthia Hoffmann, Lucille Evans, Herman LeRoux; principal roles/soloist with Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Spoleto Festival USA, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Boston Baroque, Music of the Baroque; recorded on Signum Classics, Naxos American Classics, Arabesque Recordings, BBC Music.
Pamela Alexander, voice
"As a teacher, I want to teach my voice students to sing with a solid technique that frees the voice to express and interpret music with beauty and simplicity and to perform with confidence in the most natural way possible." Pamela Alexander, acclaimed lyric soprano, voice teacher and choral director, received her M.M. from New England Conservatory, then later studied music on a fellowship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She was a reginal winner in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and was in the Merola Program with San Francisco Opera. her international career as a professional singer and voice teacher spans decades; a recitalist, soloist at music festivals and with various organizations such as the Joffrey Ballet, SF Baroque Choral Guild, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble in Davies Hall and many opera roles. More recently, she plays the celtic harp and sings the ancient songs of Ireland (in Gaelic) and early French and Spanish repertoire. She has a voice studio in the East Bay and has been a successful voice teacher at SFCM for 14 years, helping prep students to enter major music schools and universities as well as teaching many adult students on the verge of entering a singing career, or just to realize their dream to sing well.
Kineko Barbini, violin
Diploma, The Juilliard School; studied with Granco Gulli and Oscar Shumsky; member of Monterey Symphony and Sacramento Symphony; third prize winner in Paganini International Competition.
William Barbini, violin
Diploma, The Juilliard School; studied with Ivan Galamian and Paul Makanowitsky; concertmaster, Monterey Symphony; music director, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento; former member, New York Philharmonic; performs with San Francisco Contemporary Players and Music Now; performed at Festival San Miguel Allende in Mexico, Pacific Music Festival and Other Minds Festival; faculty, California State University at Sacramento.
Susan Bates, viola, ensembles
"The focus of my pre-college viola instruction begins with achieving instrumental comfort, technical security and excellent sound quality. I offer an understanding of the important role the viola plays within the string family to develop musically mature players who perform confidently as both soloists and as ensemble musicians." M.A., B.A., California State University at San Jose; founding member, New Age Quartet; studied with Albert Gillis, Rafael Druian and Paganini Quartet; member, San Jose String Quartet; cofounder California Summer Music; director, Lake Tahoe Music Festival Academy; education director, Menuhin Seminar; president, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music; member, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; faculty, Midwest Young Artists, recipient, 1992 Gruber Award from Chamber Music America for excellence in chamber music teaching.
Paul Binkley, guitar, ensembles
M.M., San Francisco State University; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and the Berkeley Symphony; recordings with the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the San Francisco Symphony; performances with ACT; faculty, Holy Names University and Mills College in Oakland.
June Bonacich, musicianship, composition
Has had pieces performed by the Community Women's Orchestra, The East Bay Youth Orchestra and other local ensembles. M.A., Sonoma State University; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Elinor Armer; former faculty for San Francisco Boy's Chorus; winner, Kris Getz Composition Award in 1997 and 1998.
Pat Burnham, violin
B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Isadore Tinkleman and Jenny Rudin; participated in pedagogy workshops by Dorothy DeLay and Mimi Zweig; member, San Jose Chamber Orchestra; performs with Opera San Jose; former department head, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University; former faculty, Delay School and Nueva School.
Katherine Buss, piano
Enjoys teaching all ages and levels. Specialties: strong foundation, beautiful tone, musical understanding. M.M., New England Conservatory of Music; B.A., University of California at Berkeley; studied with Mortimer Markoff, Alexander Libermann, Irwin Freundlich, Russell Sherman and Nathan Schwartz; former faculty, New England Conservatory of Music Extension Division and University of the Pacific.
Theresa Calpotura, ensembles, guitar .
Emphasizes strong technique and musicianship through a unique method that combines elements froma number of pedagogical sources for the guitar. M.M. Yale University; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; studies with Scott Cmiel, Stephen Aron and Benjamin Verdery; performed in numerous venues throughout the United States and the Philippines.
Jacqueline Chew, piano
Teaching includes "practice strategies" from recent studies with Burton Kaplan of Manhattan School of Music. M.M., SUNY-Binghamton and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; private studies with Leonard Shure in Boston; recorded Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus and Sweet Irrational Worship: The Niles-Merton Songs; has performed and recorded with the Women's Philharmonic; solo performances in North and South America and Europe; teaches at UC-Berkeley, SF Community Music Center.
Amy Chiu, piano
I take great pleasure in inspiring students of all ages to enhance their technique and to explore their musical expressions. M.A., piano performance, Manhattan School of Music; M.M., piano accompanying, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Fu-Jen University; studied with Zenon Fishbein, Timothy Bach and Anne Epperson. Professional accompanist to Conservatory students and Music Academy of the West.
Yueh Chou, bassoon
"My teaching emphasis is on sound production with good musicianship and on developing disciplinary routine and high level of focus while playing." D.M.A. and M.M., University of Southern California; B.M., The Juilliard School; Certificate Diploma from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands; performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center;faculty, Chabot College in Hayward, San Jose State University.
Scott Cmiel, guitar
Scott Cmiel is widely known as one of the most effective and inspirational guitar instructorsin the United States. His students have won many prestigious awards and been featured on national radio and television. His teaching has been praised by some of the guitar world's most distinguished artists including Sergio Assad, Manuel Barrueco, the Beijing Duo, Antigoni Goni, Peter and Zoltan Katona, Martha Masters, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, Benjamin Verdery, and Andrew York. For more information visit www.scottcmiel.com
David Conte, composition
D.M.A., Cornell University; commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton, Oakland and Stockton Symphonies, the American Guild of Organists, Sonoma City Opera, and the Gerbode Foundation; Fulbright Scholar in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, a Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellow, and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow; B.M. Bowling Green University with Wallace DePue and Ruth Inglefield; M.F.A. and D.M.A. Cornell University; collaborated on film score for Ballets Russes, Sundance Film Festival in 2005; faculty, collegiate division San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Lauren Cony, piano
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Skidmore College; studied piano with Sharon Mann, Paul Hersh and Pola Baytelman, harpsichord with Laurette Goldberg; attended Banff and Bowdoin Chamber Music festivals; accompanist and participant at Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Italy; has collaborated with Richard Stolzman; faculty, San Francisco Community Music Center.
Helen Dilworth, voice
Ed.D., University of Southern California; A.M., Stanford University; M.A., San Francisco State University; certificate in Voice Restoration, McClosky Institute; studied with James Schwabacher, Dietrich Erbelding, Peter Gregg, Marcie Stapp, Monroe Kanouse, Lucille Evans, Donald Stenberg, Lenoir Hosack, Dewey Camp, Earl Jones, Sylvia Olden Lee, Martial Singher and Dr. William Warfield; soloist with San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Indianapolis and Oakland Symphonies, Pocket Opera and Columbia Artists; recording for Cambria label; faculty, City College of San Francisco; former faculty, San Francisco State University.
Jacqueline Divenyi, piano
Diploma, Geneva Conservatory of Music; Concert Diploma, Vienna Academy of Music; studied with Bruno Seidlhofer and Stefan Askenase; former faculty member, Geneva Conservatory of Music and Webster University in St. Louis.
Mikako Endo, Dalcroze-Eurhythmics
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.A., Tokyo Gakugei University; B.A., Tokyo Gakugei University; studied with Choji Kaneta, Hiroshi Hara, Elinor Armer, Conlad Susa, Dan Becker; piano study with Haseko Miyawaki, University of Shizuoka, Japan.
Shinji Eshima, bass
"Inspiration creates the desire to practice and perform."M.M. The Juilliard School; B.A. Stanford University; Associate Principal Bass, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; member, San Francisco Opera Orchestra; faculty, San Francisco State University; former faculty, Stanford University, University of California at Santa Cruz, San Francisco School of the Arts and The Crowden School.
Lawrence Ferrara, guitar
M.M., B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; performed as soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble; prize winner, Carmel Classic Guitar Competition; served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts; author and performer of The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar Vol. 1 and 2; solo CD of American Guitar Works on the VGo label; faculty, collegiate division SFCM, City College.
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Founding member, Ravel String Quartet, winner of two prizes in the Evian String Quartet Competition in 1989; founding member, Le Nouveau Trio du Val-de-Marne; performances with Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre Français, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; former assistant professor, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon.
Randolph Fromme, ensembles
"Using standard repertoire, etudes and technical studies, I focus on practice methods and strategies in order to help the student reach musical and technical independence." Artist Certificate, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.A., University of Minnesota; B.A., University of Wisconsin; studied with Mark Sokol and Clive Greensmith; collaborative performances with Frederica von Stade, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein; member, Fromme Duo with pianist Shu Li; former member, Oberon and Del Sol quartets; performances in Other Minds and Sandpoint Festivals; former faculty, UC - Santa Cruz, Nueva School. Developer - "Cello Playing" - Pedagogy Channel on Youtube.
Doris Fukawa, violin, chair of ensembles
M.Ed., Columbia University Teachers College; B.M., Manhattan School of Music. Teachers include Raphael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, Anne Crowden, Colin Hampton and Lillian Fuchs. Performances with San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Midsummer Mozart, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Skywalker Symphony; guest conductor, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp; faculty, California Chamber Music Institute, Crowden Center for Music in the Community; Executive Director, Crowden Music Center.
Roman Fukshansky, clarinet
"Each student possesses some uniquely special abilities. As a teacher I try to identify those qualities and build a growth structure that is rooted in the the strengths that the stduent already commands, thus, enabling them to learn and progress with confidence. Figuring out this highly individualized puzzle within each student is perhaps my favorite aspect of teaching." M.M., University of Southern California; Professional Studies Diploma, Manhattan School of Music; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; festivals include Attergau (Salzburg Festival), Sarasota, AIMS in Graz, Idyllwild; principal clarinet, Berkeley Symphony; acting principal clarinet, Modesto Symphony; performances with San Francisco Symphony, California Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Moscow State Radio Orchestra, Charleston Symphony; former principal clarinet, Winston-Salem Symphony; former faculty, Augusta State University.
Rodney Gerhke, organ
M.A., musicology, University of California at Berkeley; studied with Hugo Gehrke, David Dahl, Lawrence Moe and Harald Vogel; director of Music and Liturgy at St. Mark's Lutheran Church; organist and choir director at Temple Emanu-El; organ instructor, University of California at Berkeley; adjunct lecturer in church music and liturgy at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; performed and recorded with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; recorded and toured with Chanticleer; appears on CD collection Historical Organs of San Francisco.
Alla Gladysheva, piano
"Works best with intermediate level students, who have encountered physical problems in their technique." M.A., Leningrad State Conservatory; pianist with the San Francisco Ballet School; member of performing groups Lark, Tango #9 and Adama; collegiate faculty, muscianship, keyboard skills, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Monika Gruber, violin
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; student with Ian Swensen, Hochschule fuer Musik ‘Franz Liszt' Weimar, Germany (Degrees in Violin Performance and Violin Pedagogy), and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, France; member of ‘The Eusebius Duo'; appearances at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Festival del Sole, Napa. 1st Prize Winner Intl. Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, Boston; Master classes with Norbert Brainin, Menahem Pressler, Martha Katz.
Erna Gulabyan, piano
"I feel very strongly that you can't have artistic freedom if you don't have technical freedom." Graduate of Moscow Conservatory and Central Musical High School for Specially Gifted Children in Erevan, Armenia; former faculty, Erevan Conservatory and Central Musical High School.
Tomoko Hagiwara, piano
"I love inspiring students of all ages and levels to develop not only their technique, but to expand their awareness of the beauty and empowering gifts of musical expression." B.A. and graduate studies, University of Tokyo; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Adolph Baller, Max Egger and Lilli Kraus; first prize, San Francisco Symphony Competition; performed with San Francisco Symphony as soloist under Josef Krips; competed internationally at Long-Thibaud, Paris and Queen Elizabeth Competitions, Brussels; numerous performances and recordings as soloist and chamber musician.
Heidi Hau, piano
B.A., Stanford Universty; M.A., Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland; studied with Erna Gulabyan and John O'Conor; Fulbright Scholar 1999-2002; prize winner in Naumburg International Piano Competition, AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, China International Piano Competition; performed in the Concertgebouw, the Wiener Saal, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Forbidden City Concert Hall; Artistic Director of the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition.
Wei He, violin
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; Artist Certificate in Chamber Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Camilla Wicks and Mark Sokol; founding member, New China Trio, top prize winner of Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and Carmel Chamber Music Competition; former member, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; former artistic director, Crowden School in Berkeley; artist faculty, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Dorian Ho, piano
Ph.D., New York University; M.M., The Juilliard School; diploma, Vienna Academy of Music; studied with Beatrice Beauregard, Eugene List and Martin Canin; winner, Young Artist International Audition; New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall; soloist, Franz Liszt, Kazakstan State, and Moscow Chamber Orchestras and Slovic Sinfonietta.
Gary Jagard, horn
B.A., San Francisco State University; studies with Earl Saxton and Herman Dorman; performances with the San Francisco Symphony; former faculty, West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Corey Jamason, harpsichord
Ph. D., Indiana University; M.M. Yale University; B.M. SUNY College at Purchase; studied with Richard Rephann; performances with NPR's "Performance Today", American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Northwest, among others; appearances at Berkeley Early Music, Bloomington Early Music, Bach Aria and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals; current member Duo Affetti; recordings with Oxygenius and Gilles Apap; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Michael Kaulkin, composition and musicianship
Michael Kaulkin is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music having previously studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. He is active in the San Francisco Bay Area as a teacer and as a compser of works for chorus, orchestra, film and the musical stage. His music has been described as "exceptionally beautiful on many counts." M.M., San Francisco Conservatory; B.M. University of the Arts; studied at Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary; studied with Joseph Castaldo, Janos Vajda, Istvan Parkai, Conrad Susa; music performed by Oakland East Bay Symphony, Mission Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Music Group of Philadelphia; incidental music for Ark Theatre, Los Angeles; original musical for San Jose Children's Musical Theater as well as other musical theater projects.
Tommy Kesecker, percussion
B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Barry Jekowski, Rick Kvistad and Johnny Rae; faculty member, Jazz School in Berkeley; performances with Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience; performances and recordings with Larry Vuckovich; performances with Michael Feinstein at Davies Symphony Hall.
Aenea Mizushima Keyes, violin, ensembles
"My teaching method combines my extensive training with my international performance experience. ENSEMBLES: Inspiring students to learn advanced rehearsal techniques, create unified ensemble interpretations, and present artistic chamber music performances. VIOLIN: Through studying technical pieces and performance works, students learn to practice efficiently, perform confidently, and understand the interconnection between musical expression and technical mastery." M.M., National Academy of Music, Bulgaria; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, UK; violin: Dorothy DeLay, Guinka Guichkova and Daniel Phillips; composition/improvisation: Meyer Kupferman. Toured Russia, Japan, Europe and USA as soloist, chamber musician, violinist-composer. Premieres: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, including Carman Moore's Mass for the 21st Century. Collaborations: museums, dance, theater, film. Chamber Music: trio - MusicAEterna member and founder, annual premeires; quartet-octet with Alexander String Quartet, while member of Del Sol String Quartet. ChamberImprov: MusicAEterna; ChamberJazz: D. Matheny, trumpet. Chamber/Symphonic Orchestra: Philharmonia Virtuosi, Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa, Aspen Music Festival. Recordings include: MusicAEterna CD -- At the Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artcast - Picasso Suite; Documentary Film - Senorita Extraviada, Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.
Eun-Mee Ko, voice
Teaching classical voice and musical theater to age 8 through adult and specializing in the voice change and in preparation for performances, competitions and auditions. Post-Graduate Diploma, M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Hermann le Roux and Sylvia Anderson; organized and directed the Musical Theater Workshop class at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division for the academic year 2004-05. operatic performances in San Francisco, Sacramento, Rome and Icomb Place with Roberto Vignati, Monroe Kanouse, Jeffrey Thomas and Hermann le Roux; roles include Cleopatra (Guilio Cesare), Ginevra (Ariodante), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Countess (La nozze di Figaro), Alice (Falstaff) and Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); solo performances at Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater and San Jose Performing Arts Center with Michael Barrett and Dong Jin Kim.
Machiko Kobialka, piano, ensembles
M.M., Catholic University; B.M., Hartt College of Music; graduate, Toho-Gakuen School of Music; studied with Akiko Iguchi, Raymond Hanson, William Masselos and Grant Johanneson; recipient, California Touring Grant; former member, Kobialka Duo; former faculty member, California State University, East Bay.
Jonathan Koh, cello
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Northwestern University; studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen; collaborations with Pinchas Zukerman, Carter Brey, Amanda von Goetz and Kyung-Sun Lee; substitute cellist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; solo appearances at Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Salzburg Festival, Disney Hall, Centre National Des Arts, Taos Performing Arts Center and Tong-yong Festival Hall; recordings for NAXOS and Dora Classics labels.
Sima Kouyoumdjian, piano
"Music is a living language more vivid, forceful and fluent than any spoken tongue.The performer is the translator, the interpreter. From the first note in my lessons I try to encourage my students to aim to make every sound meaningful. Beauty of sound is a pianistic virtue that must be acquired from the very start." M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Graduate, Sayat Nova Music School in Yerevan, Armenian SSR; studied with Mack McCray and Paul Hersh; alumna, Conservatory's Pre-College Division; Performed with San Francisco Sinfonietta.
Luba Kravchenko, piano, first steps at the keyboard
B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studied with Paul Hersh; vocal coach and accompanist, San Francisco Arts Education Project; Director of Liturgical Music, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Esther Landau, flute
Specializing in preparing advanced flutists for auditions, competitions and recitals, and in supporting accelerated progress in motivated beginners and intermediate players. Work is targeted toward audtentic expression, breathing efficiency, healthy body use and overcoming technical issues. M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; studied with Keith Underwood, Robert Willoughby, Timothy Day, Julia Bogorad, William Grass; attended Tanglewood and Banff; masterclasses with Carole Wincenc, Barthold Kuijken, Robert Dick, Tom Nyfenger; former member, Citywinds; former faculty, Northern California Music and Art Culture Center; performances with Empyrean Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; premiered works by Chen Yi, Hyo-shin Na, Belinda Reynolds.
Emily Laurance, harp
D.M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.M., New England Conservatory; B.A., Oberlin College; research in 19th-century American music, the French romance of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and the early pedal harp; recording credits include Berio's Sequenza II on Neuma Records as well as the Squirrel Nut Zippers album Perennial Favorites, which won the Recording Institute Association of America's Gold Sales award; former faculty, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Davis Law, violin
"I believe the student always comes first; I wish to foster a love of music grounded in expressive playing and technical proficiency." B.M., New England Conservatory of Music; studied with Zaven Melikian and Dorothy DeLay; alumnus, Conservatory's Preparatory Division.
Carmen Lemoine, musicianship
DMA in Flute Performance and Literature with a minor in Music Education. BM, Eatman School of Music; MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Studies with Bonita Boyd, Tim Day, Damian Bursill-Hall,a nd Anne Harrow. She is currently Second Flute witht he Santa Cruz Symphony. Dr. Lemoine has been a finalist in the Carmel Music Society's Competition and was in the top six at the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. Orchestral and chamber music performances have taken her across the U.S., Asia and Europe. Dr. Lemoine is also an avid proponent of new music and has premiered several pieces, particularly for flute and piano. Former instructor and faculty at the Eastman School of Music , the University of Rochester, and Nazareth College. She was one of only two recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award for studio instruction at the Eastman School of Music in 2009.
Jodi Levitz, viola
For students age twelve or over who intend on pursuing a professional career in music. An active performer of international reputation and passionate advocate of new music for viola. Recorded on the Concerto, Dynamic, Naxos and Erato labels; violist, Ives Quartet; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; chair of collegiate string department and co-chair of collegiate chamber music. M.M. and B.M., The Juilliard School; studied with Margaret Pardee, Paul Doktor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay.
Hang Li, piano
"Teaching is the joyful journey where I discover each student's individual strength and develop the approach accordingly in order to bring out the best musicianship through the combination of solid technical fundamental and refined musical expressions." M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Central Conservatory of Music, China; Artist Certificate, Southern Methodist University; Artist Diploma, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; Studied with Mack McCray, Joaquin Achucarro, Qifang Li and Yuan Ling. Master Classes with Gary Graffman, Murray Perahia, Robert Blocker and Guangren Zhou. China premier of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at Shanghai Concert Hall in 1997; Solo appearances in Siena, Beijing, Shanghai, Tainjin, Hong Kong, Dallas, Birmingham and the Bay area; Former piano accompanist, Central Conservatory of Music, China; Former faculty, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Coppell Conservatory of Music.
Li Lin, violin
"My teaching focuses on every student as an individual and helping them to achieve their own success and to develop their own voice."B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.M. Eastman School of Music. Has taught at San Francisco Art Center, Eastman School of Music Suzuki Program and currently at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. He has produced numerous students earning the highest prizes in the most prestigious competitions, including First prizes in both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the 2012 Menuhin International Competition in Beijing, Louis Spohr International Competition, Wieniawski International Competition, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition.
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
B.M. The Juilliard Schoo; M.M. Rice University; A.C. Chamber Music San Francisco Conservatory of Music. s. Lin is a native Taiwanese violist who came to the United States at age 15. She studeid under Hsin-Yun Huang, James Dunham and Jodi Levitz. She is an active teacher of viola and chmaber music. She has performed professionally as an orchestral musician and has performed and worked with many distinguished artists in chamber music, including Donald Weilerstein, Norma Fischer, Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, Lynn Harrell, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Mann, Ian Swensen, Joey Swensen and Roberto Diaz.
Sieun Lin, cello
"My teaching specializes in solidifying fundamental cello technique and developing individually unique style of interpretation." M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Irene Sharp; studied chamber music with Josef Gingold and Robert Mann; masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Joel Krosnick, Anner Bylsma and Paul Katz; solo and chamber music performances for KKHI radio and San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series; former faculty, Indiana University String Academy.
Yun-Jie Liu, viola
Studied at the University of Southern California with Donald McInnes and Alan DeVeritch; studied with Shen Xi-Di and Wu Fei at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; appeared as soloist with the San Diego Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Shanghai Youth Orchestra; Associate Principal Violist of San Francisco Symphony.
Andrew Luchansky, ensembles
M.M., State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.M., New England Conservatory of Music; studied with Laurence Lesser, Timothy Eddy, and chamber music with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets and Beaux Arts Trio; master classes with Gregor Piatagorsky, Bernard Greenhouse and Anner Bylsma; performances with The Classical Band, Musica Sacra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist at the Festival International de Musica in Deia Spain, Italy and Denmark; former faculty, Florida State University, currently director of string studies at the CSU Sacramento School of Music.
Scott Macomber, trumpet
Having trained in Chicago, Scott Macomber teaches a "Song & Wind" style of trumpet playing with an emphasis on relaxed and efficient tone production. M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Northwestern University; studied with David Burkhart and Vincent Cichowicz; principal, Napa Valley Symphony, Arizona MusicFest, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra; member, Santa Rosa Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, San Francisco Brass Company; faculty, UC Davis and San Francisco State University.
Joseph Maile, violin
"My teaching style is a fusion of the styles of each of my teachers over the years - from Itzhak Perlman and Kathleen Winkler to Ian Swensen. I try to give each of my students a firm technical foundation with a strong focus on scales and some etudes. While solid, relaxed technique is a crucial part of my focus, I mainly see it as a tool for better musical expression and my real interest is in exploring the music with my students and bringing it to life, no matter what their age." B.M. The Juilliard School; M.M. Rice University; AC Chamber Music San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Violinist Joseph Maile has been passionate about teaching and chamber music from very early on in his musical studeis and he has worked and performed in various ensembles throughout the United States. Mr. Maile taught at the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at the Shepherd School of Music for two years as well as in Houston-area schools. In San Francisco, Mr. Maile teaches private violin lessons at Music City Academy. As a chamber musician Mr. Maile has collaborated with and performed the music of both faculty and student composers at the TMC as a member of the New Fromm Players. In San Francisco, Mr. Maile has performed with several contemporary chamber music ensembles and has collaborated with numerous artists, including Ian Swensen, Norman Fischer, James Dunham, Roberto Diaz, Manahem Pressler, and composer John Adams.
Sharon Mann, piano
Prefers to work with teenagers on track for collegiate conservatory study. D.M.A., Northwestern University; M.A., Stanford University; B.A., The Juilliard School; early studies with Rudolph Ganz and Isador Buchhalter; later studies with Jose Echaniz, Irwin Freundlich, Rosalyn Tureck, and Dorothy Taubman; recipient, the George Eastman Award; has served as artistic director of Ohio's Governor Series; co-produced the Soviet Emigre Orchestra and Sommermusikwochen of Switzerland; recorded for Orion and Capella Records; former music director, Junior Bach Festival; former faculty, Perlman Music Program; collegiate faculty San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 2011; Master classes Sichuan Conservatory of Music 2012; Faculty Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Meikui Matsushima, piano
Studio motto: hard work and quality practice. Diploma, Toho Music College, Tokyo; additional studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Administrative Director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy; member of Board of Directors of the Chopin Foundation, San Francisco Council.
Annamarie McCarthy, piano
"I provide challenging, supportive instruction to students at all levels, with an emphasis on excellence in performance preparation and technique." B.A., Lone Mountain College; studied with Bernhard Abramowitsch and Peggy Salkind; performances at CAMI Hall in New York, Yosemite Bracebridge Concerts, Stanford University and University of California at Santa Cruz; recorded for Composer Recording Society label; member, Annamarie and John McCarthy Piano Duo; adjuncy faculty, St. Mary's College; former faculty, Lone Mountain College.
John McCarthy, piano
Director Emeritus, Preparatory and Adult Extension Divisions. "My teaching is dedicated to cultivating musical excellence in committed students, with an imphasis on developing personal musical insight and an effective, healthy technique." B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; attended Mannes College of Music and Hofstra University; studied piano with Bernhard Abramowitsch, Katja Andy, Martin Canin, Robert Helps, Milton Salkind and Peggy Salkind; recorded for Composer Recording Society label; performances with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ojai Festival, Music in the Vineyards Festival; member, Annamarie and John McCarthy Piano Duo; Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars; summer faculty member, International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas, and EuroFest in Germany; former faculty member, Lone Mountain College and Pacific Music Festival.
Mack McCray, piano
M.S. and B.M., The Juilliard School; studied with Irwin Freundlich; silver medal in International Georges Enesco Competition in Bucharest; 1st prize in the Charleston Symphony and San Francisco Symphony competitions, and Juilliard's Steuermann Memorial Prize; guest at Festival d'Automne in Paris, Seville's Great Interpreters Cycle, UNESCO Festival of International Artists at Monte Carlo, Bucharest Philharmonic's Bach/Beethoven/Brahms Festival; performances with San Francisco Symphony; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Kevin McLaughlin, trumpet
D.M.A., University of Minnesota; M.M., Yale University; M.L.I.S., University of Washington;Has performed as Principal Trumpet Stockton Opera and Stockton Symphony; Principal Trumpet, Livermore Valley Opera: professional trumpet player in Vienna, Los Angeles and the Twin Cities; classical radio program host for KSER, Seattle.
Corey McVicar, piano
"As a teacher I have the joy of providing students of all levels with a solid technical and musical foundation, guiding them to strive toward excellence and assisting them with their development in becoming independent artistic musicians." Corey MicVicar, described as a "truly poetic and exhilarating" pianist by the Sydney Morning Herald, has performed worldwide. He has appeared extensively througout his native Australia, including notable performances at the Sydney Opera House and Sydn ey Parliament House; he has also given concerto performances with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Other performances include solo recitals, concerto and chamber music engagements in Singapore at Victoria Hall; the American University and Goethe Institute in Bagkok, Thailand; in Saint Germain En-Laye, France; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Strathmore Hall in Washington DC and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Recording artist for VDA Classics. Prize winner in the International Liszt Competition in Italy and the Frinna Awerbuch International piano compeittion in New York. Former faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and former adjunct piano faculty at Columbia University. For more information visit www.coreymcvicar.com
, Voice, Performance Workshop for Singers
Noted for her "rich and radiant soprano" (Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee) has performed with area companies such as West Edge Opera, Ensemble Parallele, West Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera. She has also garnered recognition in major vocal eompeittions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (NY District First Place Winner and Regional Finalist), Liederkranz Awards, and the MacAllister Awards. Her affinity for contemporary music has solicited several premieres as well as fostering relationships with wonderful composers. In addition to an active musical life, Heidi continued her biological studies and spent many years working as a research scientist, most recently at the Rockefeller University. In 2007 she was stricken with a rare version of Bell's Palsy which left the right side of her face permanently paralyzed. She feels lucky to sing again, despite the neurologists's predicitions. Her disability has inspired her to learn more about vocal physiology and pedagogy, particularly how it relates to facial musculature, and is on a new scientific venture in pursuit of this understanding. In addition to her active performing schedule, she has a private voice studio, is a member of NATS. and gives vocal workshops throughout the area.
Bettina Mussumeli, violin
M.M. and B.M., The Juilliard School; teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, Paul Doktor and Kato Havas, also members of the Juilliard, Cleveland and Guarnari quartets; former concertmaster and solo violin of I Solisti Veneti, Orchestra Citta di Ferrara and Orchestra Communale di Bolognia; chamber music faculty at Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Ars Musica Festival and Zephyr Festival Italy; currently first violin of the Ives Quartet; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Yoshikazu Nagai, piano
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; D.M.A. studies, Rice University; studied with John Perry, Paul Schenly, Sergei Babayan , Duane Hulbert; recitals in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Italy, NPR's "Performance Today"; first prize Washington International Piano Competition; frequent master classes throughout U.S. and Asia; summer faculty, Eastern Music Festival and Beijing International Music Festival; former faculty, Interlochen Arts Academy; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. www.yoshinagai.com
June Choi Oh, piano
M.M. and B.M., The Juilliard School; studied with Herbert Stessin, William Masselos and Solomon Mikowsky; first prize, Aspen Music Festival Piano Competition, Marcia Polayes National Competition, Westchester Concerto Competition; medalist, Maria Canals de Barcelona International Competition; soloist with New Haven Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra; faculty, Dominican University; former faculty, Preparatory Division at Manhattan School of Music; founder and former director, Pacific Music Festival of California.
Scott Pratt, piano
M.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Mack McCray and Nina Svetlanova; four-time winner, Musical Merit Foundation Award.
Timothy Price, saxophone
M.A. with distinction, California State University at Fresno; A.B. magna cum laude, Occidental College; further studies at Eastman School of Music and University of Northern Colorado; studied saxophone with Harvey Pittel and Gary Foster, piano with Richard Grayson and Phillip Lorenz; co-founder, co-director of the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra; faculty, San Francisco University High School; former faculty member California State University at Fresno, Fresno City College.
Dina Reyes, voice
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M, St. Isabel College, Manila, Philippines; studied with Hermann le Roux, John Lester and Teresita Agana-Santos; performed with Opera Chorus of the Philippines; assistant conductor, Opera Chorus of the Philippines; former faculty, Concordia College and St. Isabel College.
Laura Reynolds, oboe
"I center my teaching on ease and efficiency of technique in the pursuit of the musical line, sound concept and rhythmic sensibility. I enjoy helping students expand their 'tool kit' which they can use to become their own best teacher and problem-solver." Ms. Reynolds has been an active chamber and orchestral performer in Northern California for over 20 years. She is principal oboist with the California Symphony and a member of the Santa Rosa and Marin Symphonies, and has appeared as soloist with all three organizations. Ms. Reynolds also performs regularly with a number of other regional orchestras and is lecturer in oboe at the University of California, Davis. She was a founding member of Citywinds, a San Francisco based woodwind quintet dedicated to contemporary repertoire, and a past participant in the Sun Valley Music Festival and Bach Aria Festival and Institute at Stony Brook. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the University of Michigan (B.M.). Outside of her musical pursuits, Ms. Reynolds enjoys hiking, bird watching, traveling to National Parks, and visiting international destinations.
Alisa Rose, violin
Carol Rice, cello
"My two main goals as a teacher are: 1) for my students, whether adults or children, to enjoy music and the process of taking lessons; and 2) to develop a physically natural approach to cello-playing, which allows a student to progress quickly and without injury." M.M., Yale School of Music; B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz; studied with Gabor Rejto, Robert Adcock, Irene Sharp and Aldo Parisot;summer studies with Yo-Yo Ma; New York String Orchestra Seminar and Piatigorsky Seminar participant; master classes with Janos Starker, Leslie Parnas; chamber music master classes with Pinchas Zuckerman; Yo-Yo Ma; Principal Cello, Berkeley Symphony.
Yoriko Richman, Dalcroze-Eurhythmics
"I teach the foundations of music through the unconventional method of Dalcroze that enables students to experience the music with their entire body." B.A., Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo; Dalcroze Teacher's License, Dalcroze School of Music, New York; Berklee College of Music, Boston; Postgraduate Diplome, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva; former faculty, Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and Showa Academia Musicae, Yokohama, Japan; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Douglas Rioth, Harp
"I teach the Salzedo Method of playing the harp." Principal harpist, San Francisco Symphony; solo appearances with the San Francisco Symphony; studied with Alice Chalifoux and Elisa Smith Dickon; attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and Cleveland Institute of Music, and studied at the Berkshire Music; formerly principal harpist, Indianapolis Symphony; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Richard Rogers, piano, ensembles
"I strive to inspire students to dig deeply into the great master works of piano music and to energize them to master the technical and interpretative demands of each piece, and I am in turn inspired by the passion of my community of adult students as well as energized by my accomplished younger students."M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; studied with Seymour Bernstein, Marthe Motchane and Paul Hersh; performances with Chamber Music West, Paul Dresher Ensemble and with San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra; former faculty, Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Richard Roper, trumpet, musicianship
"I like a flexible approach to teaching that reflects students' diverse learning styles and goals." D.M.A. University of Maryland, M.M. Yale School of Music, B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Winner of Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for year long residence and study in Paris. Performances at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, currently performs with many Bay Area ensembles. Faculty at UC Santa Cruz and Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View; formerly at University of Maine, Cal State Stanislaus.
M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Camilla Wicks and Bettina Mussumeli; member of Quartet San Francisco, the Real Vocal String Quartet, Homespun Rowdy, 49 Special and A.J. Roach; performed at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass; appearances at the Strawberry Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, Carter Fold Festival, Blue Highways Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands, Cleveland's Reinberger Chamber Hall, Carnegie Hall, and on PBS's "Songs of the Mountains"; faculty, San Francisco Friends School. Lena Schuman, piano "I espouse the great Russian tradition of teaching by emphasizing the importance of solid technical preparation, analysis of musical style, and beautiful sound production. I welcome students of all ages and experience levels who are willing to engage in a profound study of classical piano repertoire and vastly improve the depth of their understanding and love for music."
Lena Schumann grew up as a pianist in the former Soviet Union, and performed with the Azerbaijan Symphony Orchestra at ages nine and twelve. She graduated form the Azerbaijan Specialized Music School before immigrating tot he United States in 1981. M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Maria Itzkovich, Haggai Niv, Milton Salkind and Herbert Stessin. Robert Schwartz, piano
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music; M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., Indiana University; studied with Abbey Simon, Adolph Baller and Joseph Gingold. Monica Scott, cello "I consider technique to be at the service of the music, and encourage my stduents of all levels to develop excellent habits and the capacity to delve into music with a questioning mind."
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Soloist's Diploma, Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam; studied with William Pleeth and Harro Ruijsenaars; artist-in-residence, Banff Centre for the Arts; former assistant principal, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Portugal; member of the sfSoundGroup; former member Del Sol String Quartet; member of the piano-cello duo "martha & monica
." ; faculty, Crowden School and College Preparatory School. Arkadi Serper, composition, musicianship
Compositions performed by Stockton Symphony, YPSO, Bridge Chamber Ensemble/Seattle; piano performances in Germany, UK, Italy, Poland, Thailand and Greece including recent participation in The International Music Festival of Aegean 2011.B.A., Gnesin State Musical College; M.A., Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory; compositions for Kairos Youth Choir and musical theatre; faculty, The Crowden School. Christie Peery Skousen, piano, first steps at the keyboard
Specializes in training proper technique and developing musicality in the most committed students, ranging in age from 5 to 18, who are interested in performance and participation in competitions . B.M., Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University; studied with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov and Dr. Irene Peery; Carnegie Hall debut at age 18; winner Corpus Christi International, Missouri Southern International, Gina Bachauer International Junior Division and Joanna Hodges Competition; solo performances with Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Samara Philharmonic.
Eugene Sor, chamber orchestra
M.M., University of California - Los Angeles; B.M., San Francisco State University; studied with Milly Rosner and Barry Gold; resident conductor, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra; director, Crowden Center for Music in the Community; former faculty, San Francisco State University, California State University - East Bay, Notre Dame de Namur University.
Eric Sung, cello
Dedicated to teaching students of all age levels to integrate music into their lives and achieve their goals. Principal cellist, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. he has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, and the Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Stephen Geber, David Geber, Ronald Leonard, Fred Sherry and Lynn Harrell. An avid chamber musician, Eric has performed at the Taos, Sarasota, Scotia, Kent/Blossom, Aspen, Tanglewood, Mendocino and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals. Sung studied with members of the American, Cleveland, Orion, Takacs, and Guarneri String Quartets and has performed in concert with the California E.A.R. Unit, Duke String Quartet, Joshua Bell, Michael Tree, Ronald Leonard, Alexander Kerr, John Graham, Lawrence Dutton, and Jeffrey Kahane. Eric has been heard as soloist with the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Saratoga Symphony, Contra Costa Chamber orchestra and the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra. He has participated in the New York String Seminar, Piatigorsky Seminar and has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, Pacific Music Festival and Verbier Festivals. He was a member of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and was Assistant Principal of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Eric has served as Acting/Guest Principal of the Sydney Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
Ian Swensen, violin
Studies at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and the Eastman School of Music with Donald Weilerstein; performances at Music@Menlo, Spoleto, Santa Fe and Marlboro festivals; recitals with Menahem Pressler and the Camber Music Society of Lincoln Center; recordings for TelArc and Deutsche Grammophon.
Ross Thompson, guitar, ensembles
"My teaching is compassionate and funny in the pursuit of effortless technique. I enjoy teaching all levels, especially newcomers to the concert guitar." English-born composer and cocnert guitarist Ross Thompson sepnt his childhood in Puerto Rico before moving with his family to the United States. Mr. Thompson has performed internationally as a soloist and has been invited by a number of festivals and schools to perform and teach including the International Festival of Contemporary Classical Music (Lima, eru FIMCCL), Leo Kestenberg Musickschule Berlin Tempelhof-Schoneberg (Germany), Mozarteum of uruguay (Montevideo), Seoul National University (South Korea), National Conservatory of Music (Rio, Gallegos, Patagonia, Argentina), Peruvian North American Cultural Institute (ICPNA), San Francisco Performances (USA) and the national Conservatory of Peru (Lima). Mr Thompson is a first prizewinner of the American String Teachers Association National Competition. His print music catalog includes over 500 pages of original compositions and a discography of 5 recordings. The entire catalog is available for download at www.rossthompson.com. Dedication and excellence as a professor of guitar has earned him an honorary seat in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. During his higher education, he completed his postgraduate work at the Royal College of Music in London.
Sarah Voynow, harp
D.M.A., M.M., B.M., The Juilliard School; studied with Marcella DeCray, Nancy Allen, Susan McDonald, David Diamond, Michael White, and Lucile Lawrence; performances with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Golden Gate Opera, Stockton Symphony and Stockton Opera Orchestra; recording artist with Skywalker Sound; recipient of Graduate Teaching Fellow at The Juilliard School; winner of Lyon and Healy International Pop and Jazz Festival.
Yaada Weber, flute, ensembles
B.A., Mills College; studied with Herbert Benkman, Doriot Dwyer, Ferenc Molnar and Darius Milhaud; studies with Amos Gunsberg in physiological aspects of performance; member, Duo Linos; former member, Oakland Symphony Orchestra.
Zhao Wei, Violin
Accepts students of all ages, focus on building up a good foundation. Postgraduate Diploma, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Shanghai Conservatory of Music; studied with Camilla Wicks, Mark Sokol, Shisheng Zheng and Weimin Hu; chamber music collaborations with Isaac Stern, Anne Akiko Meyers; master classes with Itzhak Perlman, Tokyo Quartet; solo appearances with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra; performances with San Francisco Symphony; associate concertmaster, Oakland East Bay Symphony; former collegiate faculty, Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
William Wellborn, piano
D.M.A. and B.M., University of Texas at Austin; M.M., New England Conservatory; studies with Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander and Nancy Garrett; coachings with John Perry, Jerome Lowenthal and Paul Schenley; soloist, Austin Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic and Sudeten Philharmonie (Poland); concerts in 25 states and 10 countries; festival appearances include American Liszt Society, Paderewski Festival, Chopin festival de piano (France); creator and host of radio program "Piano Legacy"; recordings for Marco Polo and Cambria labels; faculty, master classes of Saint Malo (France), Franz Liszt Summer Academy (Hungary), Austrian International Seminar; Founding President, SF Liszt Society; collegiate faculty, SFCM.
Barbara Wirth, violoncello
"I enjoy teaching all ages (my current class ranges from 4 to 70), and I am dedicated to passing on the privileged teaching I have received." M.M., Indiana University; B.M., Northwestern University; studied with Janos Starker and Pierre Fournier; former member, Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Orchestra;performances with San Francisco Symphony and Ballet Orchestras; former faculty, Northwestern University preparatory department, Eastern Kentucky University, Louisville Academy of Music, Dominican College, San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco.
Jerri Witt, piano
"My hope and expectation for students of all ages is to develop a beautiful sound at the piano and attain a high level of excellence and artistry. The goal is to inspire and provide them with the needed tools to reach their full potential, while patiently nurturing a deeper appreciation, understanding, and love for music." M.M. and B.M., Boston Conservatory of Music; post-graduate study at Boston University and University of Denver; studied with Katja Andy, Maria Clodes, Bela Nagy, and Bernhard Abramowitsch; faculty, The Nueva School.
Helen Wong, piano
M.M., University of Michigan; graduate of Royal Academy of Music; studied with Gyorgy Sandor and Max Pirani; former collegiate and preparatory faculty, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Oxford Music School; performed at Wigmore Hall, London; Hong Kong, China, and Bay Area; Elected Associate, Royal Academy of Music; founding member and faculty, Hong Kong Summer Music.
Daniel Wood, chair of composition and musicianship, horn
"Every student has a degree of potential on any instrument. It is up to me -- as their teacher -- to help them discover that potential and take them as far as they want to go along the path of music education. I believe in teaching students to be complete musicians and teaching them to be complete technicians on their chosen instrument. I stress musicality and stage presence in my methods and expect commitment in return when warranted. Ultimately, it is my responsibility to teach my students how to be their own best teacher." Composer and hornist Daniel Wood is well known as a performer, educator and musical entrepreneur. Founder of Quadre - The Voice of Four Horns, he has performed over 1,000 concerts with the group and composed for all four of their commercially released albums. Compositionally, his works favor small ensembles, including brass, wind and string chamber music, steel drum ensembles and jazz combos. He also presents solo shows as an improvisational musician using the horn, piano and electronics including Brother, Can you Spare a Dime (2009) and Life on an Island (2007). As a performing artist, he has played with numerous chamber ensembles, symphonies, opera & ballet companies and new music ensembles Wood also lectures regularly on the Business of Music and runs Solid Wood Publishing, offering over 150 titles of music. He received his education from UCLA with additional training in discipline-based arts education - A Getty Center curriculum.
Amos Yang, violoncello
M.M. and B.A., The Juilliard School; alumnus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division; studies with Irene Sharp, Channing Robbins, Paul Katz and Steven Doane; assistant principal cellist, San Francisco Symphony; former member, Seattle Symphony; appearances with Seattle Chamber Music Society and Olympic Music Festival; former faculty, Peabody Conservatory, University of Iowa, Grinnell College and Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Institute.