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Faculty Bios
Our outstanding Preparatory Division faculty and noted guest artists provide the individual attention and professionalism needed to nurture young talent.
 


GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SCENES

Ellen Kerrigan (Program Director) was named winner of America's top singing award, the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions and recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Vocal Study Grant. As a winner of the San Francisco Opera Auditions Grand Finals, Ms. Kerrigan was chosen to participate in the Merola Program performing the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and named a San Francisco Opera Affiliate Artist/Adler Fellow. She has long delighted Bay Area opera audiences, most prominently in the roles of Norma (West Bay Opera), Madama Butterfly (Oakland Opera), and Gilda (Pocket Opera). A native San Franciscan, Ms. Kerrigan began her performing career singing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in high school, and thereafter joined the Lamplighters, where she sang nearly all the soprano lead roles. An active arts education consultant, she serves as coordinator of the San Francisco Opera Guild's Opera à la Carte program, which brings an abbreviated version of well-known operas to over 30,000 Bay Area students yearly. As Education Director for the Lamplighters, she has been instrumental in coordinating student and family matinees, produced the educational program, Gilbert & Sullivan: A Blast from the Past, and will coordinate the new Lamplighters G&S residency program at Aptos Middle School in the spring of 2009.

Jane Erwin Hammett (Stage Director). Since her debut in 1983 as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Jane has sung nearly every comic heroine in the G&S canon, plus many other operetta and musical comedy leading ladies for the Lamplighters, as well as staged Patience, The Gondoliers, Iolanthe, Pirates and Ruddygore, and most recently The Secret Garden. In 2003 she was invited to direct Iolanthe at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. Other directing credits include Pocket Opera and San Francisco Opera Guild's educational outreach program, Opera à la Carte. She is on the faculty of American Conservatory Theater, teaching classes in singing, acting, directing, and musical theater. She has performed many leading roles for West Bay Opera and Pocket Opera. The Bay Area theatrical community has recognized her outstanding performances with two Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards and a Drama-logue Award. For nearly four years she performed across the U.S. and in San Francisco with two national companies of The Phantom of the Opera (directed by Harold Prince). Her solo CD, Home, A Healing Journey, with pianist Daniel Lockert, can be sampled at http://cdbaby.com/cd/jhammett. She is a 2008 graduate of the Certificate Program in Sound, Music and Voice Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies and teaches voice privately in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Baker Peeples (Music Director) is Music Director of the Lamplighters Music Theatre, where he has sung or conducted hundreds of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan, Offenbach and Viennese operettas, and Broadway musicals. An accomplished tenor, he won the Best Male Singer Award in the 1995 and 1997 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals in Buxton, England. He holds a degree in French from Yale, where he was a member of the renowned Whiffenpoofs. Mr. Peeples was a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera Auditions. He serves as Music Director for the San Francisco Opera Guild's popular Opera à la Carte program, Mother Lode Troupe's educational presentations of historical California music, and is the Artistic Director of West Bay Opera's Opera in the Schools program. In addition, Mr. Peeples has written and directed collaborative school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, which the Lamplighters have presented in Bay Area schools.


COMPOSITION

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. Recent commissions include "When Cabinets Speak" for wind quintet from Avenue Winds, "Space Available" for horn duet from musicians of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and "Shaking It Up" for brass quintet from CSMA Brass. 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 solo 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 the University of California–Los Angeles with additional training in discipline-based arts education – a Getty Center curriculum.


MUSICIANSHIP

June Bonacich 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.

Dr. Carmen Lemoine (see winds)

Michael Kaulkin is active in the San Francisco Bay Area as a teacher and as a composer of works for chorus, orchestra, film and the musical stage. He holds positions on the musicianship and composition faculties of both the San Francisco Conservatory's Pre-College Division and the Crowden School in Berkeley, and has served on the Summer Institute faculty of the Kodály Center at Holy Names University and the board of the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators.  Mr. Kaulkin holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with Conrad Susa. He also studied composition and choral conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary for three years, and earned his Bachelor's degree in composition from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Michael Kaulkin's web site is at www.MichaelKaulkin.com.

Dr. Richard Roper holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland. Richard has served on the faculty of the University of Maine, and currently teaches at the Pre-College and Adult Extension divisions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of California Santa Cruz, California State University Stanislaus, and the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, Dr. Roper spent a year studying trumpet in Paris, and also studied and performed at the Aspen Music festival, the Music Academy of the West, and the Norfolk Chamber Music festival. In addition to teaching, he stays busy performing with many of the ensembles in Northern California.

Kerrilyn Renshaw (see piano)

 


STRINGS

Randolph Fromme, cello, is an avid chamber musician whose collaborations include performances with Frederica von Stade, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, and guitarist Paul Galbraith. He has also performed in the Other Minds festival, featuring the works of contemporary composers. He is a former member of the Mendota, Oberon and Del Sol string quartets. Mr. Fromme has performed in the Sandpoint and Round Top summer festivals and coached at Bravo! and San Diego chamber music workshops. Currently, he performs recitals with pianist Shu Li and records audio and video of solo cello works for their website, http://frommeduo.com/. Mr. Fromme received an Artist Certificate in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with Mark Sokol and Clive Greensmith. He also earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a M.A. from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, where he studied with Paul Kosower and Tanya Remenikova, respectively.

Violinist Doris Fukawa (Program Director) is equally adept as a performer, conductor, and educator. A native of Berkeley, California, she received her bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her master in education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her teachers include Raphael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, Anne Crowden, Syzmon Goldberg, Colin Hampton and Lillian Fuchs. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony on their subscription concerts and international tours, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Opera San Jose, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Skywalker Orchestra (recording industry), and has served as concertmaster for the Shorenstein's Broadway theater productions in San Francisco. Ms. Fukawa has also served as concertmaster for such recording artists as Linda Rondstadt, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Journey, Barry White, Stevie Wonder, and Rod Stewart. In addition to performing, Ms. Fukawa is known for her work as a dedicated educator and conductor. She has been guest conductor for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory String Orchestra, and music festivals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Cazadero Performing Arts Camp and Summer Music West. Ms. Fukawa is Director of Ensembles and a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division, and is also on faculty of California ASTA's Summer Institute of Chamber Music. She serves as Executive Director and faculty member of the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley.

Marcel Gemperli, viola, performs extensively throughout the Bay Area in orchestras and chamber ensembles. He serves as Principal Violist for the California Symphony, and performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra as well as the orchestras of Santa Rosa and Modesto. He was a founding member of the Linnaean String Quartet in Boston and the Fog Hill Quartet in San Francisco and has been a participant in the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.  In addition to being on the chamber music faculty of the Golden Gate Philharmonic, he has also taught chamber music at the San Francisco School of the Arts and has been a sectional coach for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Marcel received his Bachelors degree at Harvard University and continued his viola studies in Germany and Switzerland as a Henry Russell Shaw Fellow.

Zakarias Grafilo, violin, joined the Alexander String Quartet in July 2002. Prior to that he served as Principal Second Violinist of the Pacific Symphony, and Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony. Mr. Grafilo was co-founder of the Chamberlain String Quartet, which was Assistant Quartet-in-Residence to the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University. He received his early musical training at the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was later admitted into the Marin Music Conservatory where he studied with Serban Rusu. He received his early orchestral training with the world-renowned San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra where he was Concertmaster in 1992. Mr. Grafilo continued his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, studying with Alexander Treger, Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University.

Andrew Luchansky, cello, received his M.M. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music. He studied cello with Laurence Lesser and Timothy Eddy, and chamber music with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets and Beaux Arts Trio. Mr. Luchansky has performed with The Classical Band and Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and as soloist at the Festival International de Musica in Deia and Palma, Spain. Mr. Luchansky performs in the summer with Camerata Deia throughout Spain, Italy and Denmark. A former faculty member at Florida State University, he is currently director of string studies at the CSU Sacramento School of Music and cellist in the Sun Quartet.

Violist Emily Onderdonk has performed as principal violist with numerous orchestras around the country including the New York City Opera National Company, Santa Fe Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic. In 1995, she began a two-year stint as principal violist with the Lyon National Opera in France, traveling to Paris, London and Vienna and recording CDs of Offenbach, Donizetti, Massenet and Puccini. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera and Ballet. As a chamber musician, she has appeared with ensembles across the United States as well as in France, Brazil and Argentina. Ms.Onderdonk was a founding member of Quartet San Francisco, nominated in both 2007 and 2008 for classical-crossover Grammy awards for their jazz compilation CD, "Whirled Chamber Music" (2008), and "Latigo"(2007), a collection of Latin jazz, Brazilian Chorro, and Argentine tangos. Ms. Onderdonk is currently principal violist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, records pop and movie soundtracks and performs family concerts with her group, The Rhythm Sisters.


PIANO

Grammy nominated pianist Machiko Kobialka has received international acclaim for her dynamic and elegant performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Performing internationally for over 40 years, she has appeared at major music festivals and concert celebrations, including the Karuizawa Festival, Suntory Hall-Fulbright 40th Concert, the Mid-Summer Mozart Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Britt Music Festival, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, as well as toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. After graduating from the prestigious Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Machiko came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and received her Bachelor of Music from the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford, and her Master of Music from Catholic University of America. Her enthusiasm for contemporary music resulted in the commission of new music written for her by Pulitzer Prizewinners William Bolcom and Wayne Peterson. She premiered these compositions at Carnegie Hall, Georgetown University, the Las Vegas International Contemporary Festival, the Schoenberg Institute and the Strasbourg Institute. She has also recorded for Sonic Arts and Desto Records.

Kerrilyn Renshaw has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1980 in various roles: collegiate opera coach and accompanist, musicianship instructor in the Preparatory Division, Piano Chamber Music Coordinator for Summer Music West, as well as both musicianship and piano faculty member with Summer Music West. Her own piano studies included master classes with Leon Fleisher and private studies with Aube Tzerko and Mack McCray. Ms. Renshaw has performed widely in the United States, including a Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 as accompanist for mezzo soprano Sally Munro. She was featured both as soloist and as a member of the Holland Renshaw Piano Duo in concerts aboard World Explorer Cruises, and as a guest chamber artist with Royal Viking Cruises. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Prometheus Orchestra, the Palo Alto Symphony, the Roundtop Festival Orchestra, and the Redlands Symphony. Ms. Renshaw was a pianist in the San Francisco Symphony during several seasons - most recently in 2008. She has recorded CDs as a solo pianist with Sugo Records.

Richard Rogers received his M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; his B.A. from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied with Seymour Bernstein, Marthe Motchane and Paul Hersh. He has performed with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra and in the Conservatory's Chamber Music West Festival, as well as with the Paul Dresher Ensemble in the music of John Adams. He is a former faculty member at Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska and currently teaches piano and ensembles in the Conservatory's Pre-College and Adult Extension Divisions.


WINDS

Dr. Yueh Chou is known for her work on modern and historical bassoons. She holds a Certificate Diploma on both baroque and classical bassoons from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands; a bachelor's degree in music from the Juilliard School, and both master's and doctorate degrees in music (with minors in baroque bassoon and music education) from the University of Southern California. Ms. Chou has extensive performance and teaching experience, including teaching master classes at Fu-Jen University in Taiwan. She has taught bassoon and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division since 2001. Besides her love of modern and historical instruments, she also enjoys contemporary music. She premiered the solo bassoon pieces: Under the Open Sky by Veronika Krausas in Los Angeles in 1997 and Group on a Row the Same by Lou Harrison in Santa Cruz in 2003. She has performed in Deventer, Voorschoten; Den Haag, Amsterdam (Muziekgebouw aan't IJ) the Netherlands; Geel and Chimay (Theatre du Chateau)in Belgium; Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in the U.S.; and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Roman Fukshansky serves as principal clarinet with the Berkeley Symphony and as acting principal clarinet with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. As a guest musician, he performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, California Symphony and other performing arts organizations throughout the greater Bay Area. Fukshansky has held principal clarinet positions with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Augusta Symphony and Opera orchestras, and he served on the collegiate faculty at Augusta State University. He received a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an M.M. from University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied with Mark Nuccio, Yehuda Gilad, David Neuman and Luis Baez.

Described as "brilliant" and praised for her "thoughtful phrasing, excellent technique, and gorgeous sound," Dr. Carmen Lemoine is in demand throughout the United States for her dynamic performing and teaching. She is currently Second Flute with the Santa Cruz Symphony,  Instructor of Flute at Skyline College, and faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division.  Dr. Lemoine's solo and orchestral experience includes positions and concerts across the US, Europe and Asia. In 2012, she was one of six semifinalists in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. Dr. Lemoine is also a dedicated performer of chamber and new music, and has researched extensively the flute works of Holocaust composer Erwin Schulhoff. She has taught flute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, and Nazareth College. Dr. Lemoine completed her bachelor's and doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music and her master's studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her former teachers include Bonita Boyd, Tim Day, Damian Bursill-Hall, and Anne Harrow.

Laura 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 Bach Aria Festival and Institute at Stony Brook and the Sun Valley Music Festival.  She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the University of Michigan (B.M.).