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Cello Teachers

POPPEA DORSAM (2006), cello, Poppea Dorsam is a faculty member of University of San Francisco, Holy Names University Preparatory Department, San Francisco Community Music Center and Piedmont Unified School District (Cello Clinician) and runs a private studio in Piedmont CA. Summers, she teaches at “All Things Cello” as well as CMC Summer Chamber Music Camp, which she also Directs. Dorsam received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Boston University where she studied with Michael Reynolds and George Neikrug and was a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Undergraduate studies were completed at Oberlin Conservatory under Andor Toth Jr. Dorsam has performed internationally in Germany, Austria and Australia and throughout the United States. She is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and has performed with most Bay Area orchestras including Fresno and Women’s Philharmonic, San Jose, Napa, Monterey, Santa Rosa and Oakland East Bay Symphonies, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Lamplighter’s, Pocket Opera and Opera Cinnabar. As a chamber musician, Dorsam founded, manages and performs in the Liberty Street Trio, Clover Heights Ensemble, Fogtown Four Cello Quartet (recorded on Stillwater Sound label), Anne and Poppea Ensemble and Trio Dorado. She has participated in music festivals in Austria, and in the US at Kent Blossom, Apple Hill, Tahoe and Warebrook.
Mission and Richmond District Branches


ALEX KEITEL  (2006), cello.  Alex Keitel  received  his bachelors and masters degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of music where he studied with Jean-Michel Fonteneau for seven years.  While there, he received instruction by a group of internationally recognized musicians including: Mark Sokol of the Concord quartet, renowned Bay-area cellist Bonnie Hampton, Jodi Levitz of the Ives quartet, Naumberg competition winner Ian Swenson, Sadao Harada of the Tokyo string quartet, and Bobby Mann of the Julliard string quartet, among others.  Alex’s most recent musical inspiration comes from the late renaissance and early baroque music of France. After four years of study, and with instruction by John Dorenburg, Elizabeth Reed, and Dutch master Wieland Kujiken, Alex is an accomplished player of the Viola de Gamba, educating with and performing from ancient manuscripts.  Alex is the Coordinator of the Comprehensive Musicianship Program  and the Inner City Young Musician’s Program  at CMC where he teaches theory and musicianship. He also conducts and coaches both the middle-school and high-school level orchestras for the ICYMP. Alex has been teaching cello, chamber music, music theory and composition for more than ten years, and will work with any level  to help discover the ease of playing and the joys of making music.  Alex has continually performed numerous recitals, chamber music and free concerts combining education with live performance for the benefit of the community for the past twelve years, as well as maintaining an international performing schedule.  Visit  www.alexplayscello.com  for free streaming music and videos.Mission and Richmond District Branches


BEN SNELLINGS (2010) cello. Ben has been performing and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. His performing experience spans such musically diverse contexts as symphony orchestras, musical theater, television, chamber music ensembles and jazz combos. Ben’s credits include tenured positions in numerous regional orchestras of the San Francisco Bay Area, performances at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, a European tour of “West Side Story”, performances with Different Strokes (a jazz strings duo), the Armadillo String Quartet on Princess Cruise Lines, the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra as well as musical engagements for private and corporate events. He was also the Music Director of “Funky Fitness”, a TV show produced in San Francisco. Ben’s teaching experience includes positions as Instrumental Music Director, Artist in Residence, Strings Teaching Specialist, Chamber Music Coach, Cello Sectional Coach and Cello Instructor for numerous school districts, private schools, youth orchestras and community music schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Arizona. Richmond District Branch


EUGENIO SOLINAS (2015) cello, Young Musicians Program Instructor. Eugenio Solinas began his study of music at the A. Vivaldi Conservatory of Music in Alessandria, Italy. After his graduation (2009), he studied with the renowned concert cellist Umberto Clerici. In 2013, he moved to the United States to attend a master’s program at the Mannes School of Music at The New School under the guidance of Ms. Barbara Stein Mallow. In New York, he performed in some of the most esteemed concert halls in the city, such as Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He also has a particular focus of study on Baroque music. He studied first at the St. Rocco Ancient Sacred Music Academy in Italy, and subsequently was involved in the Baroque Music Ensemble coordinated by Nancy Wilson at Mannes College and more recently the Baroque Ensemble at the SF Conservatory of Music. Currently, he is attending a Ph.D. program at the SF Conservatory of Music, studying cello with Jennifer Culp, and Baroque cello with Elizabeth Reed. www.eugeniosolinas.com Mission District Branch

SamsunVanLoon Headshot2SAMSUN VAN LOON (2011) A San Francisco native, Samsun van Loon began his studies at CMC with Noriko Kishi and continued at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. There he studied as a quartet cellist with the Alexander, Miro and Takacs string quartets. During that time he received the M. Alan Neys Award for first prize at the Pacific Musical Society’s annual competition, as well as first prize in CMC’s own concerto competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Honors Award. He has recorded for the Phoenix Spring Ensemble as well as the Arcos Chamber Orchestra’s Portrait of Anders Eliasson on the Neos label, and has been critically praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “promising talent” with “the rhetorical polish of a skilled storyteller.” He is curator of the chamber music series at San Mateo’s Transfiguration Episcopal Church, and a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. Mission District Branch

 

Double Bass Teachers

MARK KENNEDY (1987), Bass, Guitar. B.A., Castleton College; Ringling School of Art, Berklee School of Music. Private lessons with Dave Cobb, Principal Bassist with Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. Music Director, composer for The Pickle Family Circus, Make* a* Circus and Miracle Theatre. Composer on Academy Award winning film “Clowning Around”. Mark has played on numerous recordings including Susan Chen’s “Harris Nights,” and “For a While”. In 2009 Mark released a c.d.of original tunes entitled “Audrey Does Kennedy”. www.kennedymusicstudio.com Mission District Branch

RICHARD SAUNDERS (1999), bass (acoustic, electric). Richard Saunders has played with Country Joe and the Fish, Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Pickle Family Circus, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. He has also recorded with Country Joe and the Fish, The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band and Jessica Williams. Mission District Branch


 

 

Fiddle Teachers


tregar-webTREGAR OTTON
(2000), fiddle, violin, Cuban Salsa Ensemble, MDYMP.Tregar began his classical training at age four. At sixteen, he was the youngest Berkeley Symphony member and played under Maestro Kent Nagano. Tregar has been continually performing professionally since he was 16. He is musical director of Orquesta la Moderna Tradicion, a Cuban  Orquesta  dedicated to performing traditional and modern Cuban music including Danzon, Cha Cha Cha and other genres. He is also musical directer of The Shams Eire, an Irish trad/rock group. Tregar also has performed for decades with Potaje (Flamenco/Latin ensemble), and Los Cenzontles (Mexican trad and modern music). He worked in New York with Chocolate Armenteros, Patato Valdes, Juan Carlos Formel, and Orquesta Broadway.
Also speaks Spanish.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

Viola Teachers

ABRAHAM BECKER (2004), viola, violin. Abraham Becker began violin lessons as a five-year old with Aaron Klasse, a disciple of Leopold Auer. He went on to study with S.Bajour, and, later, in LA, with A.Traeger.  As a teacher, he specializes in individual instruction and has a long history of coaching chamber music ensembles, most recently at Humboldt State University. Erik Friedman’s assistant in his Master Classes in Brazil and has performed with N.Hu and A.Mandl.  He has soloed with various orchestras and has served as concertmaster for groups such as Avellaneda Symphony, Argentina, Solano Symphony, and for shows such as Chicago, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Forever Tango in BA and tours to Mexico, China, Japan and throughout the US.  Member of the National Symphony and of the Colon Opera in Buenos Aires and La Plata Chamber Orchestra. He is presently assistant principal second violin with the Stockton Symphony, plays regularly with the Modesto Symphony and other orchestras around the Bay Area.  Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

INDIA COOKE (1988), violin, viola. Master’s in Music from the University of Michigan, Bachelor’s in Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Performs nationally and internationally – from classical, to improv, to jazz. She has performed    with Joe Williams, the Louie Bellson Orchestra, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, SunRa, and many others. Recorded for Atlantic, Fantasy and Stax Records. Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, American String Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and International Society for Improvised Music. In 1997 she recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader, Music and Arts’,  IndiaCooke~Redhanded. 2005 brought the Red Toucan release of  Firedance Joelle Leandre, bass, India Cooke, violin Live at the Guelph Jazz Festival September 11, 2004. Ms. Cooke also currently teaches at Mills College and her Oakland California studio.
Mission District Branch

PAUL ESPINOSA (2000) violin, viola. The better you can hear and sing Happy Birthday the faster you will learn violin or viola. Hear yourself and be physically self-aware. Is the body supportive (arms, hands, shoulders, posture)? or is there counterproductive tension? Practice/hear comfortable and well timed basic moves, then read. Take apart a piece of music this way before practicing the perfomance version. I studied violin from age 7 to 14 with Leona Neblett and Elizabeth Holborn; viola, with Sven Reher, James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet) – Cal Arts, Milton Thomas – U.S.C., Irving Manning (L.A. Phil. training program) and Hank Dutt (Kronos Quartet) – Mills College – M.F.A. I have mainly played violin the last 10 years figuring out better to ways to play and teach. Two especially helpful chamber music coaches: Eleanor Schoenfeld and David Harrington (1st violin Kronos Quartet) at U.S.C.<
Mission and Richmond District Branches

OSCAR HASBUN (2002), viola, violin.
Oscar Hasbun studied at El Salvador National Conservatory of Music and Indiana University with William Primrose. He has worked with symphony and chamber groups for over thirty years and has taught for more than fifteen years. As a freelance musician, he toured with the popular Argentine music and dance performance, Forever Tango.
Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

KATRINA WREEDE (2006), viola, violin, composition, Comprehensive Musicianship Program. Katrina Wreede, award-winning composer and violist, promotes improvisation and hands-on composition for young people. With over 30 years experience in individual and ensemble instruction and a nationwide reputation for creating compelling and inspirational classroom workshops, she thrives on developing and sharing exciting opportunities for the next generation to explore the tools they’ll need to take music forward.  Besides creating the Composing Together and My Goldfish Died-Blues for Strings programs, Wreede is founding faculty of the John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden School and is an accredited Teaching Artist for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. She has provided teacher training for American String Teachers Assoc., the Montana String Teachers Assoc., Bronxville Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and Nevada County School District.  Wreede composes for the traditional concert stage and unusual venues. She has been a professional symphony musician, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a strolling, rhinestone-studded big violinist for royalty, a student of Tango Nuevo, Persian, and Roma music and a composer and performer for chamber ensembles, orchestras, silent film, and dance. Her solo CD of original jazz and classical works, Add Viola and Stir, is heard world-wide on radio and streaming sites. More info at: http://katrinawreede.com
Mission District Branch

Violin Teachers

ABRAHAM BECKER (2004), violin. Abraham Becker began violin lessons as a five-year old with Aaron Klasse, a disciple of Leopold Auer. He went on to study with S.Bajour, and, later, in LA, with A.Traeger.  As a teacher, he specializes in individual instruction and has a long history of coaching chamber music ensembles, most recently at Humboldt State University. Erik Friedman’s assistant in his Master Classes in Brazil and has performed with N.Hu and A.Mandl.  He has soloed with various orchestras and has served as concertmaster for groups such as Avellaneda Symphony, Argentina, Solano Symphony, and for shows such as Chicago, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Forever Tango in BA and tours to Mexico, China, Japan and throughout the US.  Member of the National Symphony and of the Colon Opera in Buenos Aires and La Plata Chamber Orchestra. He is presently assistant principal second violin with the Stockton Symphony, plays regularly with the Modesto Symphony and other orchestras around the Bay Area.  Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch


SIN-TUNG CHIU (1988), violin. BA, Dartmouth College; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University; Diploma, The Juilliard School. Teachers: Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian; Chamber Music: Felix Galimir, Juilliard String Quartet (Robert Mann, Claus Adam). Won prizes in violin and chamber music at age 12 in Hong Kong as a student of Chung-On Chan; also studied later with Denes Zsigmondy and Anneliese Nissen in Ammerland, Germany. Performed at various summer music festivals and in master classes under the tutelage of Natthan Milstein at The Juilliard School; Lillian Fuchs and August Wenzinger at The Aspen Summer Festival in Aspen, Colorado and Ruggiero Ricci in Victoria, Canada. Founding violinist, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and on tours to Europe, North and South America, Puerto Rico and for the Department of State. Soloist with Hong Kong Philharmonic and Dartmouth Community Symphony Orchestra. Currently performs in solo and chamber music recitals and also teaches violin at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California; Chinese-American International School, and Music City Academy in San Francisco, California. Also speaks Cantonese-Chinese.
Richmond District Branch

INDIA COOKE (1988), violin, viola. Master’s in Music from the University of Michigan, Bachelor’s in Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Performs nationally and internationally – from classical, to improv, to jazz. She has performed    with Joe Williams, the Louie Bellson Orchestra, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, SunRa, and many others. Recorded for Atlantic, Fantasy and Stax Records. Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, American String Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and International Society for Improvised Music.  .  In 1997 she recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader, Music and Arts’,  IndiaCooke~Redhanded. 2005 brought the Red Toucan release of  Firedance Joelle Leandre, bass, India Cooke, violin Live at the Guelph Jazz Festival September 11, 2004. Ms. Cooke also currently teaches at Mills College and her Oakland California studio.
Mission District Branch


PAUL ESPINOSA (2000) violin, viola. The better you can hear and sing Happy Birthday the faster you will learn violin or viola. Hear yourself and be physically self-aware. Is the body supportive (arms, hands, shoulders, posture)? or is there counterproductive tension? Practice/hear comfortable and well timed basic moves, then read. Take apart a piece of music this way before practicing the perfomance version. I studied violin from age 7 to 14 with Leona Neblett and Elizabeth Holborn; viola, with Sven Reher, James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet) – Cal Arts, Milton Thomas – U.S.C., Irving Manning (L.A. Phil. training program) and Hank Dutt (Kronos Quartet) – Mills College – M.F.A. I have mainly played violin the last 10 years figuring out better to ways to play and teach. Two especially helpful chamber music coaches: Eleanor Schoenfeld and David Harrington (1st violin Kronos Quartet) at U.S.C.
Richmond District Branch

JOSEPHA FATH (1992), violin. Received her musical training at SFSU with Dan Kobialka and Manhattan School of Music in NYC with Rafael Bronstein. Performed with California and Berkeley symphonies, Lamplighters, Pocket Opera, Western Opera Theater and SF Opera, and participated in the Spoleto, Tanglewood, Blossom, Waterloo and Mendocino music festivals. Richmond District Branch

MONIKA GRUBER-GIBBONS (2005) violin. She has teaching/artist diplomas from Hochschule fuer Musik ‘Franz Liszt’, Weimar, Germany, and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Lyon, France. She came to San Francisco to get her Masters in Music from the SF Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Ian Swensen, Stephane Tran Ngoc, and Ulrich Beetz. She was awarded first prize at the second International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston. Before teaching at CMC she worked as Interim violin faculty in the SFCM Prep Division. She regularly plays in local orchestras and a sonata duo. Mission District Branch


OSCAR HASBUN (2002), viola, violin.
Oscar Hasbun studied at El Salvador National Conservatory of Music and Indiana University with William Primrose. He has worked with symphony and chamber groups for over thirty years and has taught for more than fifteen years. As a freelance musician, he toured with the popular Argentine music and dance performance, Forever Tango.
Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

 


alexx_hinkleALEXX HINKLE
(2016), violin. Alexx Hinkle is an active violinist in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing regularly with local ensembles. He received his B.M from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied violin with Bettina Mussumeli. During his studies at the conservatory he was selected to participate in orchestral masterclasses with Sir Simon Rattle, Alasdair Neale, Michael Morgan, and Donato Cabrera. He has participated in notable summer festivals such as The Brevard Institute where he studied violin with Josefina Vergara and received quartet coachings from Margaret Karp. He has held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra since 2010, the same year he was also featured as a soloist with the Orchestra. From 2010-2014 he coached the 1st violin and viola sections of the Sunset Youth Orchestra, helping to prepare the group for a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He was appointed principal 2nd violin in the 2012 Stanford Summer Orchestra festival, under the baton of Martin West, principal conductor of the S.F. Ballet. In 2013 Alexx was appointed Concertmaster for the Opera Academy of California’s summer productions of Il Giasone, conducted by Jun Nakabayashi and L e no zze di Figaro, conducted by Maestro Niels Muus. The same year, he was appointed Concertmaster of The Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, where this season he will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto. In the fall of 2014 he began to play assistant principal 2nd violin with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. In college he performed regularly as a violinist in the Magik*Magik Orchestra where he performed with artists such as Sting, The Fifth Dimension, and local artists such as the Tin Hat Trio, Carla Kihlstedt, and The Dodos. His chamber music studies were under the guidance of members of the Arianna Quartet, Dr. Lenora Anop, Maria Lambros, Margaret Karp, and Aenea Mizushima Keyes.

ANN LAM (2011), violin, Young Musicians Program. Violinist Ann Lam has performed in major concert venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Through her outreach work as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician in classrooms across the globe, she strives to joyfully impart music fundamentals while fostering a curiosity for lifelong learning. Privately, Ann teaches violin to students of all ages and levels, with a special emphasis on body and breath awareness. She received her master of music degree in violin performance from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she also served on faculty teaching and assisting undergraduate courses in music appreciation and music history. Ann recently moved from New York City, where she served as principal second violin of Camerata Notturna. She is delighted to call San Francisco home and excited to be a part of Community Music Center.
Mission District Branch

tregar-webTREGAR OTTON (2000), fiddle, violin.  Tregar began his classical training at age four. At sixteen, he was the youngest Berkeley Symphony member and played under Maestro Kent Nagano. Tregar has been continually performing professionally since he was 16. He is musical director of Orquesta la Moderna Tradición, a Cuban  Orquesta  dedicated to performing traditional and modern Cuban music including Danzón, Cha Cha Cha and other genres. He is also musical directer of The Shams Eire, an Irish trad/rock group. Tregar also has performed for decades with Potaje (Flamenco/Latin ensemble), and Los Cenzontles (Mexican trad and modern music). He worked in New York with Chocolate Armenteros, Patato Valdéz, Juan Carlos Formel, and Orquesta Broadway.
Also speaks Spanish.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

 

abigail shimanABIGAIL SHIMAN (2015), violin. Violinist Abigail Shiman – frequent coffee-drinker and spontaneous ocean-goer – is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A passionate educator, Abigail has been a resident teacher in the San Francisco Public Schools, a teaching artist at Summer Music West, and a teaching assistant at New England Conservatory’s Project Step Classes. A founding member of the Amaranth String Quartet, she is committed to bringing chamber music past the traditional walls of the concert hall. Abigail has performed in a number of diverse venues across the United States, Germany, and Finland including The Fillmore, Stanford’s Anderson Gallery, Alte Weberei Ahrenshoop, and Viracocha. Abigail received her M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied with Ian Swensen and Catherine Van Hoesen. She received undergraduate degrees from Bard College in Violin Performance and German Studies, studying under Erica Kiesewetter and working closely with the Colorado Quartet.
Richmond District Branch

LORETTA TAYLOR (1986), violin, Chamber Music Ensembles, String Orchestra Workshop. Loretta is a native San Franciscan.   She received her music degree from San Francisco State University, magne cum laude.   Loretta has been a member of orchestras in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Perth, Australia.   She has participated in music festivals in Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua and Swizterland.   Currently, Loretta is Concertmaster of the San Francisco Sinfonietta and Principal Second Violin with the Santa Cruz Symphony.   She has also freelanced for many years  throughout the Bay Area.  Loretta maintains a private violin studio in San Francisco and coaches once a week with many public  schools in San Francisco. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

KATRINA WREEDE (2006), viola, violin, composition, Comprehensive Musicianship Program. Katrina Wreede, award-winning composer and violist, promotes improvisation and hands-on composition for young people. With over 30 years experience in individual and ensemble instruction and a nationwide reputation for creating compelling and inspirational classroom workshops, she thrives on developing and sharing exciting opportunities for the next generation to explore the tools they’ll need to take music forward.  Besides creating the Composing Together and My Goldfish Died-Blues for Strings programs, Wreede is founding faculty of the John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden School and is an accredited Teaching Artist for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. She has provided teacher training for American String Teachers Assoc., the Montana String Teachers Assoc., Bronxville Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and Nevada County School District.  Wreede composes for the traditional concert stage and unusual venues. She has been a professional symphony musician, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a strolling, rhinestone-studded big violinist for royalty, a student of Tango Nuevo, Persian, and Roma music and a composer and performer for chamber ensembles, orchestras, silent film, and dance. Her solo CD of original jazz and classical works, Add Viola and Stir, is heard world-wide on radio and streaming sites. More info at: http://katrinawreede.com
Mission District Branch