Piano and Accordion Teachers

Accordion Teachers
Harpsichord Teachers
Piano Teachers

Accordion Teachers

PETER DIBONO (2004), accordion. JD, San Francisco Law School. Professional musician and teacher. Studied with Ernst Gloe at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University; City College San Francisco. First call accordionist. Guest soloist: San Jose Symphony, San Francsico Symphony, Marin Symphony, and local musical theater. Active professional playing schedule. Retired San Francisco Police Inspector.
Mission District Branch


MIGUEL GOVEA (2006), Mission District Young Musicians Program, trumpet, button accordion, and vocals. Miguel Govea teaches trumpet and diatonic button accordion to English speakers and Spanish speakers of all ages. He also instructs beginners in piano accordion and trombone. He tries to convey a sense of the joy in making music, in continuously learning, and in playing with others. He has helped direct and arrange for the Mission District Young Musicians Program since its inception in 2007. He has co-directed the acclaimed youth band Futuro Picante since 2004. He has arranged for, performed and recorded with his own bands (Los Compas, La Familia Pena-Govea), and various other groups in San Francisco since 1982. Also speaks Spanish.

Espanol: Miguel Govea ensena trompeta, acordeon diatonico de botones, y trombon a los estudiantes de todas edades. Sobre todo quiere expresar la alegria en la creacion de la musica, en el aprender continuamente y en el acto de tocar con otras personas.
Mission District Branch


ALLISON LOVEJOY
(1993), accordion, piano. BM and further studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and University of the Pacific; MM, Performance, SF Conservatory of Music. Teachers: Daniell Revenaugh, Mack McCray, Frank Wiens, Christopher Elton, György Sandor. Faculty, Academy of Art University. Performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and with her vintage cabaret.
Mission District Branch


JENNIFER PERINGER
(2000), accordion, piano. Jennifer’s understanding of the accordion is deeply informed by her extensive lifelong training as a pianist (details of which can be found in the CMC piano teacher bios). She picked up the accordion as a travel instrument in her adventurous youth, when she toured Britain and Europe as an accordionist with the Fallout Marching Band, playing a combination of British and European folk, popular, punk and rock music. Her current activities as an accordionist include playing in the Latin folk duo Chile y Limón, and accompanying CMC’s Latin Vocal Workshop, Coro Solera, and 30th Street Choir, playing a mixture of Mexican, South American, North American and Philipino folk and popular songs. As an accordion teacher Jennifer focuses on understanding harmony and playing by ear. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

Harpsichord Teachers

SHIRLEY WONG-FRENTZEL (1972), Chinese instruments, harpsichord, recorder, Collegium Musicum, Turkish  Music. BA with honors, Composition, Mills College, studied with Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner and Morton Subotnick; MM with highest honors, Harpsichord, New England Conservatory. Member, Pi Kappa Lambda honor society. Formed Darius Milhaud Ensemble locally with Philharmonia Baroque soloists. Former faculty, Mills College, UCSD, and SFSU. Co-manager of Flowing Stream Ensemble and member of Phoenix Spring Ensemble. Also speaks Cantonese.
Mission District Branch

Piano Teachers

CHRISTIAN BONVIN (2008), piano, Young Musicians Program instructor. MM, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Diplôme de Piano, Société Suisse de Pédagogie Musicale. Studied with Clifton Matthews, Dr. Betty Mallard and Madeline Bruser who wrote the book “The Art of Practicing”. Performed at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Bechstein Piano Center in New York City. Aside from music Christian enjoys motorcycle riding, wood carving and archery. He is also an energy healer in the Maker tradition. Speaks French.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

ZINA BOZZAY (2010), piano, composition, theory, sight-singing, ear-training, Hungarian folk singing.  BM Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MA Mills College (Composition).  Zina is a professional composer, singer, pianist, music researcher, and educator.  She has a background in classical music, various types of contemporary music, and folk musics from Eastern Europe and Latin America.  She currently teaches at the Community Music Center and her private studio in San Francisco, and creates a fun, supportive, well-rounded introduction to piano, music reading, and general music skills for beginning-intermediate kids (5+) and adults.  She has also done extensive work with traditional Hungarian folk songs, which she performs around the Bay Area and teaches in private lessons, in her weekly singing circle, to professional folk singers, and to the local community.  Also speaks Spanish and Hungarian.
Mission District Branch

JACQUELINE CHEW (1982), piano. BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; MM, SUNY-Binghamton. Studied with Leonard Shure, Paul Hersh and Walter Ponce. Coached with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Roger Muraro in Paris. Recorded Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l-Enfant-Jesus and John Jacob Niles’ Sweet Irrational Worship: The Niles-Merton Songs (MSR Classics), available on cdbaby.com. Pianist with The Women’s Philharmonic (1990-2004). Solo performances in North America, Europe and South America. Teaching style incorporates Practice Techniques learned in recent study with Burton Kaplan (Manhattan School of Music). Also teaches at UC-Berkeley and San Francisco Conservatory Adult Extension. Jacqueline is a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate and a member of Dancers Circle (liturgical dance). For video on Messiaen’s influence on Jacqueline’s life, see 30 Good Minutes , click on Short Videos and search for Jacqueline Chew.
Richmond District Branch

LAUREN CONY (1995), piano; B.A. in Piano Performance, Skidmore College; M.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music.   Her principal teachers include Sharon Mann, Paul Hersh, Pola Baytelman, and Laurette Goldberg on harpsichord.  In addition to teaching at CMC, she also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and maintains a busy private studio. Ms. Cony has a wide range of performing experience, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She is an alumna of the Bowdoin Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Italy.  In the Bay Area, she has appeared in recitals at Old St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Church on the Noontime Series, Berkeley’s Hillside Concerts, and the CMC’s Shenson Faculty Concert series.   She also frequently collaborates with 4-hand partner Jennifer Peringer in piano duet recitals, and has performed with distinguished artists such as soprano Lucine Amara and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.  In June of 2006, she performed Mozart’s Concerto K. 467 at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center with the CMC orchestra, as a winner of the Center’s faculty piano concerto competition.  www.LaurenCony.com
Mission District Branch

eduardo corzoEDUARDO CORZO (2013) piano. Eduardo Corzo was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where he began his musical studies with his father, a violinist in the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. Eduardo studied guitar and piano, and graduated as a clarinetist from Conservatorio Ignacio Cervantes. He has composed and arranged music for cuban and mexican television, served as musical director of the Conjunto Nacional de Espectaculos, and toured throughout Latin America. Living in Mexico during the 90’s, he played piano, clarinet and alto sax in a variety of contexts. Among them with singer/songwriters like Lila Downs, and Amaury Gutierrez, and also musicians such as Leoginaldo Pimentel, Hammadi Bayard, Oriente Lopez, Pedro Cartas, and Gil Gutierrez. In the US, where he has resided since 1999, he’s worked with many bands and styles of music from Chicago to Denver to LA. Today he resides in SF as a performs as a soloist and with local and international bands. He is an artist with a broad vision, interested in genres and styles different from his own, and whose background includes a mix of everything from Bach’s partitas to Afro Cuban sounds, as well as music from other parts of the world. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

 
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MAESTRO CURTIS
(2013), piano. Maestro Curtis is a musician, producer, composer, sound alchemist, scholar, author and martial artist with a strong background in Jazz, classical, gospel and sacred geometry music. He has three Bachelor Degrees: 1) Piano and Vocal Music, 2) Radio, Television, and Film Production and 3) Speech and Theatre; and, two Masters Degrees: 1) Music Theory/Orchestration and Arranging, and 2) Philosophy; and a PhD in Human and Organizational Development/Symbolic Analysis with an emphasis on Educational Leadership and Change. Maestro has over 40 years experience in the recording industry and has produced, written and/or performed with such artists as Al Green, The Ojays, George Benson, Dorothy Morrison (the original singer of “Oh Happy Day”), Gospel giants including Rev. James Cleveland, The Hawkins Singers and Lenny Williams (Tower of Power). Maestro has also played with The Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has produced music with legends Hubert Eaves III and Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) under the Kalimba Records label, for his own contemporary jazz group, Xpression, whose debut album, “Power”, went Gold. Maestro Curtis and David Gibson are the co-authors of “The Art of Producing”. Maestro is CEO of JazzyBoo Entertainment where he creates music for motion pictures, television and stage and produces artists.
Mission District Branch

Paul DabPAUL DAB (2014), piano. Currently teaches private piano lessons at the San Francisco Community Music Center and works in classrooms as a teaching artist with the San Francisco Opera Guild. Co-founded and performs regularly on the Fete Concert Series in venues around the Bay Area. MM (2014) San Francisco Conservatory of Music, principal teacher, Dr. Sharon Mann. BM (2011) Vanderbilt University, principal teacher, Dr. Craig Nies. At Vanderbilt, Paul was awarded the Gall-Martin Collaborative Arts Scholarship and was part of a trio that won the Tennessee Music Teachers Association chamber music competition. He has studied at conservatories in Vienna, Austria and Glasgow, Scotland and participated in festivals in New York and North Carolina. In addition to private teaching, Paul is passionate about engaging the community in classical music and has worked in educational outreach at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cypress String Quartet, and the Nashville Symphony.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

EVELYN DAVIS (2016), piano,Young Musicians Program Instructor. Detroit native and general wanderer Evelyn Davis is an inside/prepared/new music pianist, improvisor, pipe organist, composer, vocalist, synthesist, teacher, songstress, and maker of /participator in oddly shaped musics with an occasional side of performance art. Most recently this last propensity manifested in joining with Bay Area weirdos Jack o’ the Clock, and longtime indie-pop band Lunchbox, and life tics along, with the constant hum of teaching, song-writing and recording, forever exploring classical music, and improvising with friends. Evelyn holds an AA in Jazz Performance from the School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College, a Bachelor’s in Composition from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a Master’s in Performance and Improvisation from Mills College.
Mission District Branch


PAULA DREYER (2001), piano, Piano for Kids. BM, Performance and Music Education, McGill University; MM, Chamber Music Performance, SFSU. Performs as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician in the US and Canada. Winner of the Montreal Classical Music Festival and the SFSU Concerto Competition. Recently completed a book of original compositions for beginning pianists. Currently teaches private piano, accompanies and performs. pauladreyer.com
Mission District Branch

 

 

jon jangJON JANG (2014), piano. Pianist and composer Jon Jang became the first American born Chinese to compose a symphonic work that honors Chinese American history. Commissioned by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Oakland East Bay Symphony, Jon Jang composed The Chinese American Symphony which pays tribute to the Chinese laborers who built the first transcontinental railroad in United States. Jang has also been commissioned by Cal Performances, the Walker Art Center, Kronos Quartet and Chanticleer to compose new works. New York Times described Jang’s music: “Like the ‘’Third Stream’’ composers of the 50’s who married jazz and classical music. Cal Performances, the Walker Art Center, Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer and others have commissioned Jang to compose new works. Pianist Jang has toured and recorded with Max Roach and James Newton. His ensembles have toured at major concert halls in Europe, China, Canada, United States and South Africa. In 2012, Jon Jang was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professor recognition at the University of Michigan. Jang began piano study at age 19. After two years of study, Jang was accepted as a Piano Performance major at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received his B.Mus. degree in three years.
Mission District Branch



JONO KORNFELD (2000), composition, ear training, guitar, piano, sight singing, theory, theory/musicianship group classes. MA in Composition and post-graduate music study, SFSU; BA, English, University of Rochester, NY. Composition/theory studies with Ronald Caltabiano, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Richard Festinger at SFSU, and with Michael Czajkowski at the 2001 Aspen Music Festival. Jazz and classical piano studies with Adam Domash. Author, Music Theory and Notation for Intelligent Beginners. On the faculty at SFSU and also teaches privately. www.jkornfeld.net
Mission and Richmond District Branches


BRUCE LOEB (2015), piano. Bruce is a graduate of UC Berkeley Music Department and studied harpsichord at the Royal Dutch Conservatory and voice at The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. He lives in Berkeley where he is active as a piano teacher, vocal coach and piano accompanist. For nearly three decades Bruce Loeb has been creating piano accompaniments for silent films at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and the Pacific Film Archive. Among numerous festivals and shows he has appeared at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. He has presented silent film for the Esalen Institute and the California FiIm Institute Summerfilm program. Bruce draws upon his knowledge of classical piano, popular music and a talent for improvisation to create scores that complement the visual story-telling of silent movies.Mission District Branch

ALLISON LOVEJOY (1993), accordion, piano. BM and further studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and University of the Pacific; MM, Performance, SF Conservatory of Music. Teachers: Daniell Revenaugh, Mack McCray, Frank Wiens, Christopher Elton, György Sandor. Faculty, Academy of Art University. Performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and with her vintage cabaret. Also plays accordion.
Mission District Branch

 

DANIEL MAGAZIN (1997), piano. BM, Piano Performance, SFSU. Teaches privately throughout the Bay Area. Principal teachers include William Corbett-Jones and Herman Vanderkamp. Fifteen years experience teaching privately, twenty-eight years performance experience in various idioms including bands, accompanist, classical soloist, ensemble and chamber orchestra
Richmond District Branch


SHIRLEY MARSHALL (1948), piano. Shirley Marshall received her Bachelor’s degree in  Music and Education from San Francisco State University. She studied piano with Charlotte Essmann, Agnes Williams, and Carolyn Searles Witt; as well as with Hazel Marshall at CMC (no relation).  Shirley also studied organ with Raymond L. White and has been an organist and choir director in San Francisco churches. Shirley is currently a pianist for various organizations and accompanist for several musical groups, including the Golden Gate Trio.
Mission District Branch

JULIET McCOMAS (1983), piano. BM/MM, Peabody Conservatory. Principal teacher: Konrad Wolff. Also coached with Leon Fleisher, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Lilian Kallir,and Richard Goode. Performances with Baltimore Symphony, Oakland Chamber Orchestra, SF Chamber Players, Artea Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest.TV appearances: Peabody Presents (East Coast), The Grand Piano (Bay Area). Former faculty, Peabody Conservatory, Towson State University in Maryland. Currently, Menuhin Scholar Instructor at prestigious Nueva School in Hillsborough. Winner of the Jess Shenson Faculty Artist Grant in 2001, 2003 and 2010.  Winner CMC Concerto Competition 2002. Founder of the Annual Keyboard Marathon in 2004 and Producer of the first five events.  Accepted to PianoTexas International Academy and Festival – Winner of first concertocompetition and performed with Fort Worth Symphony 2007. Alternate finalist Seattle International Piano Festival 2008. Winner 4th time of the Dr. Jess Shenson Faculty Artist Grant 2012.  Please visit  www.julietmccomas.com.  Member, MTAC and CAPMT.
Richmond District Branch

LESLIE McWILLIAMS (1989), piano. BM and MM, University of Michigan. Studied piano with Ava Case and Charles Fishcer and accompanying with Eugen Bossart. Teaching experience gained from Texas Tech University, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco and private studios in New York City and San Francisco. Accompanist, vocal studios of Blanche Thebom and Jess Thomas.
Mission District Branch

 

JANIS MERCER (1992),  composition, ear training,  piano, and theory, and for the Comprehensive Musicianship  Program. Her degrees include a BM in Composition at the  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MA in  Composition at Mills College. She studied piano with Dady  Mehta, Albertine Votapek, Ian Hobson and Bill Sorenson;  her composition teachers include Herbert Brün, Salvatore  Martirano, David Liptak and Morgan Powell. Ms. Mercer  specializes in contemporary performance practice and enjoys  working with students who want to play with more freedom and physical ease.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

TATYANA MIKHAYLENKO (1994), piano. Tatyana Mikhaylenko received her Bachelor’s of Music and Master’s of Music degrees in piano from the Odessa Conservatory of Music. There she studied with professors Dikiy, May and Oigenzikht. Tatyana has taught piano in professional music schools for twenty years; was chairperson of piano department of Music School No. 11 in Odessa. Member, Music Teachers Association on California (MTAC). Also speaks Russian.
Richmond District Branch


patrick moreheadPATRICK MOREHEAD (2014), piano. Patrick grew up in San Francisco where he graduated from the School of the Arts (SOTA) and performed at local venues at an early age. He has studied with pianist Mark Little, the late-great Smith Dobson, Sr. and with renowned percussionist Louis Romero and recorded with musicians ranging from multi-Grammy recording artist Karl Perazzo (Carlos Santana, Sheila E.) and folk artist Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star). He performs with artists such as John Santos, Bobi Cespedes and Benny Velarde (Cal Tjader). Patrick has taught with jazz vocalist Gail Dobson at The Jazz School and Josh Jones at La Peña and has students from 5 to 95 years of age in his private studio. He tailors a personal lesson plan for each while cultivating the skills necessary to become accomplished pianists. He is versed in traditional repertoire and specializes in contemporary forms of popular and latin music.
Mission District Branch

VUTU NGUYEN (2016), piano. Vutu Nguyen is nearing completion of his PhD in Musicology at Claremont Graduate University and is currently writing a dissertation on 19th century piano methods. He has returned to the Bay Area where he received his MM and BM in Piano (chamber emphasis) from San Francisco State University and was a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. Notable performances include international venues like Salle Cortot and L’ecole normale de Musique in Paris, and more locally at Old First Church and Forest Hill Concerts in San Francisco. Aside from his academic and performing career, Vutu is an accomplished educator and is dedicated to cultivating the talents of others. In 2007, he was awarded the MTNA Achievement Recognition for Excellence in Piano Pedagogy and the SFSU Student-Teacher Award. His charismatic personality captures the attention of young beginners while his unique approaches to the curriculum allow lessons to be catered to more advanced students. Vutu is also an avid sports fan and licensed soccer coach.
Richmond District Branch

ERICK PERALTA (2016), piano. Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all types of music. From an early age, he was exposed to various styles of music thanks to his father, such as Latin Pop, Afro Cuban, as well as his native Afro-Peruvian music. Classically trained from six-years-old, he began playing professionally at the age of 15, then branching out in the San Francisco Bay Area with various jazz, rock, latin Jazz, and salsa groups. A graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Erick currently resides San Francisco, CA, performing and teaching. Past notable performances include having performed with multi Grammy winners Alejandro Sanz, Luis Enrique, and Susana Baca; as well has performed/worked with artists such as Pedrito Martinez, Oscar Hernandez, Bayonics, La Sonora Ponceña, Calixto Oviedo, Oscar Stagnaro, Karl Perazzo, and many more. Erick has taken part performing in festivals and venues, such as: the Latin Grammy Awards, San Jose Jazz Festival, The Regency Ball Room, Berklee Performance Center, Boston Convention Center, the Beantown Jazz Festival, and more. Alongside performing, the young pianist works in composing and arranging, as well as teaching privately. Proficient in traditional and popular styles, he prepares the student’s curriculum according to his/her needs, keeping in mind their goals and aspirations.erickperalta.com
Mission and Richmond District Branches


JENNIFER PERINGER (2000), piano. Jennifer Peringer earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of London, and both a Master of Music degree and a Music Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. Her musical horizons are broad; she has played keyboards, congas, tablas, saxophone, and accordion with salsa, latin jazz, Indian music, folk and pop bands. Her work as a classical pianist involves solo performances, vocal and theatrical accompaniment, and collaboration with various chamber music ensembles, including her trio The Bernal Hill Players. She has been teaching at CMC since 2000, where she currently offers classes in piano (primarily Classical and Latin Jazz), ear training, beginning Latin Jazz ensembles, and a variety of classical Chamber Music ensembles. She individualizes curriculums to meet her students’ needs, and uses a wide variety of teaching strategies, including hands-on games, physical technical exercises, learning by ear, learning to read music, intellectual analysis, and intuitive improvisation. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

MARTHA RODRIGUEZ-SALAZAR (2000), ear training, flute, piano, recorder, sight singing, voice, Director of CMC’s Older Adult Choirs and Community of Voices Choirs, Latin Music Vocal Workshop, Camp CMC, Mission District Young Musicians Program Project Coordinator. Recognized as a “Luminary” in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in SF and most recently as “Excelencia Latina” by LAM and Mundo Fox, singer, flutist, conductor and producer Martha Rodríguez-Salazar has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. As a core member of the Bernal Hill Players, she has been involved in the commissioning and performing vibrant, rhythmic, energetic new work by Bay Area and Mexican composers that challenge commonly-held assumptions about new music. Born in Mexico and classically-trained at Mills College as a concert flutist and opera singer, she currently works with the San Francisco Symphony as the curator for its annual Día de los Muertos celebration; and with the Community Music Center directing four older adult choirs in the Mission District, teaching flute, voice, piano, sight-reading, Latin Vocal Workshop, summer camp, coordinating the Mission District Young Musicians Program and directing and co- producing the annual Mexican musical “La Posarela”. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

 

sarahstilesSARAH STILES (2009), piano. Sarah Stiles believes students are unique individuals, each with their own learning style and inherent potentiality. She has worked with ages 6-70. Her teaching approach provides structured lessons with fun, encouraging interaction, fosters development of fundamental skills, like reading, technique, and scales, and encourages expression and meaning through interpretation, imagination, and creativity. Sarah began piano lessons at age six. Training led to involvement in ongoing recitals, CM, and winning competitions organized by the MTAC. She earned District and State Membership through the National Guild of Piano Auditions. Sarah composed on the side while studying piano and earning a B.A. in music at U.C. Berkeley. Still a pianist, her focus switched to composition, and earned an M.M. in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory, 2008. Performances of Stiles’ oeuvre include premieres with many ensembles and organizations in the Bay Area.  www.SarahStiles.com
Mission District Branch

 


HILARY THOMPSON (1997), piano.
Hilary Thompson received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Music  from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has studied piano with Barbara Hoff and has participated in choirs, youth symphonies, recitals and competitions.  With a Cal Grant awarded for academic achievement, Hilary went to UCSC and studied piano with Sylvia Jenkins.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

 

DAVIDE VEROTTA (2002), piano, music theory, composition. Davide Verotta was born in a boring Italian town close to Milano and moved to the much more exciting San Francisco in his late twenties. He has a vast teaching experience in terms of ages, group sizes and level (ranging from beginner to post graduate students). He is devoted to individual student development combined with an emphasis on solid foundation. He studied piano at the Milano and San Francisco Conservatory, and privately with the maestro Julian White, composition at San Francisco State University, and the University of California at Davis, as well as having a parallel-track academic life in mathematics as a professor at the University of California at San Francisco. He is actively involved in the new music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area (as soloist, chamber player, board member and pianist with SFCCO and NACUSA SF, organizer of the Festival of Contemporary Music, founder of Irregular Resolutions). Recent compositions include works for opera, orchestra with the Berkeley Symphony, a variety of solo instruments, percussion, and various chamber ensembles, and the hour long work for piano, two violins, two marimbas and multi-percussionIl Ponte. He is recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus awards and Zellerbach foundation grants. For more information, please visit his web site at www.davideverotta.com.
Richmond District Branch


ERIK IAN WALKER (1998), composition, ear training, piano. BM, Composition, SF Conservatory of Music. Erik has been coaching students in the beginnings and finer points of improvisation for 25 years. Learning riffs, building solos, playing through changes, using your intuition. Erik performs with Music for Squares and runs his studio, WackoWorld Music. For sample piano lessons and more information, visit www.wackoworldmusic.com
Mission District Branch

 

ELYSE WEAKLEY (2015), piano. Currently residing in San Francisco, Elyse Weakley, M.M. has taken part in a wide array of musical projects and has served in many roles including: music director, pianist, educator and composer. Throughout her career she has performed many contemporary works and has frequently collaborated directly with composers and songwriters in recording and presenting their music. For the past five years she has worked closely with composer George Hurd performing and recording his new works for piano as a soloist and ensemble member. Most recently Elyse performed works for Solo Piano and Electronics under the banner of Switchboard Presents at the Center for New Music. Read a review of the concert published by the San Francisco Classical Voice here: Switchboard Music Festival In March of 2014 Elyse was the featured soloist with the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra presenting Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 413. Recently Elyse developed and released an iPad app to share her unique approach to teaching piano, improvisation and composition called Strike a Chord, the creative approach to mastering music theory!
Mission District Branch


JOSEPH WILLCOCKSON (2004), piano. Joseph graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2001 with a degree in Piano Performance, and has worked in the SF Bay Area ever since. He performs frequently with local ensembles, playing in the jazz, rock, musical theatre, improv, and classical genres. He has taught piano professionally for fifteen years, and is highly skilled in elementary piano instruction, childhood & adult pedagogy, and the instruction of musical theory. He has taught piano at USF and at the SF Waldorf High School.
Mission District Branch

SHIRLEY WONG-FRENTZEL (1972) piano, harpsichord. Ms. Wong received her B.A. in Music Composition and Piano Performance at Mills College, Oakland, Ca. Ms. Wong’s passion for chamber music brought her to UC San Diego where she worked towards an M.A. The concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, Rafael Druian, chose her to be his private student in chamber project and she was introduced to the beauty of baroque repertoire. Shirley received a MM from the New England Conservatory in harpsichord performance with distinction and was a member of PI KAPPA LAMDA. Ms. Wong continues to perform on piano and harpsichord as soloist, and chamber keyboardist in the bay area. She has formed baroque ensembles with soloists of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Her composition skills infuse her highly skilled elementary teaching method as a chamber coach and keyboard instructor. She enjoys accompanying, coaching, incorporating music theory, sight reading and ear training in every lesson. Also speaks Cantonese.
Mission District Branch

BETTY WONG (1972), Chinese instruments, piano, Chamber Music Ensembles. BA, Mills College; MA, UCSD. Faculty: Mills College and SFSU, 1980. CDs: In Xinjiang Time (nominated for album of the year), Desert Dreams of Light. DVD: Silk Road Experience. Artistic Director: Flowing Stream Ensemble, Phoenix Spring Ensemble. Director, Pursuit of Excellence concert series, since 1990. Commissions: ACT, Oscar-winning filmmakers Light/Saraf, more. Winner, Hollywood Dramalogue award. Board member of the Junior Bach Society. Also speaks Cantonese.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

GRACE MAN-YI YU (1995), piano. Studied at Longy School of Music, Winthrop College School of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Former assistant professor at Shanghai Conservatory. Teaches privately and performs locally as an accompanist. Board member, Music Teachers’ Association of California Alameda Branch and Certificate of Merit, Chair. Also speaks Mandarin.
Mission District Branch

LILIA ZHELTOVA (2003), piano. Lilia Zheltova received her M.A. in musicology at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia). She taught at the Petrozavodsk Music College, then worked as lead musicologist at the Tashkent Opera House and the Uzbek Philharmonic. Ms. Zheltova has also appeared as an Arts Commentator on TV and Radio Programs. In 1990, Lilia immigrated to the United States. Currently, Ms. Zheltova teaches piano at the Community Music Center, and at her private studio. She also appears as an accompanist for several Bay Area companies, including San Francisco State University, Marin Ballet Company, and American Conservatory Theater. She has performed in India, France, and China with the San Francisco Youth Eurhythmy Troupe. Her teaching method is based on individual approach to every student, incorporating piano technique, music theory, sight reading, and repertoire in every lesson. Ms. Zheltova is a member of MTAC and prepares students for the Certificate of Merit Exam. Also speaks Russian.
Mission and Richmond District Branches