The faculty and staff of MPMA are passionate about music and music education. We believe that every student has the potential to learn, to play, to enjoy, and to grow. Our faculty are professional musicians, with decades of teaching experience, who are provided ongoing professional development and excellent administrative support. Whether a student is interested in beginning lessons or perfecting their craft, at MPMA, we are dedicated to developing well-rounded musicians who will enjoy a life-long connection to and appreciation of music.
Piano, Theory, Composition
Erica is a British composer and pianist who has recently completed her MM in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the studio of Mason Bates. Her work has been performed in venues such as the Southbank Centre, the artsdepot, The Place (London) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY). She is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) where she gained a BM with Honors in Composition, and was the recipient of the Trinity College of Music Trust Silver Medal in Composition on two occasions.
Since January 2018, Erica has been an intern with Little Opera, aiding with the composition of their operas and accompanying performances. From 2015, Erica has taught individual piano and composition lessons. Striving to create a collaborative atmosphere for her students to learn in, she hopes to share her love of music with all her students.
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Piano, Theory, Composition
Lukáš, from the Czech Republic, is a versatile composer, pianist, bassist, singer, conductor, and educator. His music has been performed in the Czech Republic, USA, France, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy, UAE, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lukáš has been commissioned by the New York Cantori; Punkt Contemporary Choir for The Internationale Koorwedstrijd Vlaanderen, Aries Percussion Ensemble, and Jablonova Youth String Orchestra.
He has taught elementary school students in Prague and was a voice and piano coach at the Prague Conservatoire for singers and actors. Apart from composing and teaching, he is proactive and eager to help and unite musical communities. His Mouthscape Choir is a new choir based at SFCM focusing on championing new works of composers within the SFCM community.
He graduated in Composition from the Prague Conservatoire. Continuing his Master's degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he studied with David Conte.
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Jingze (Sarah), was born in Harbin, China and discovered her musical gift at age five. She won her first city piano competition by the age of 10 and at 12 years old she entered Beijing’s China Conservatory to study with Professor Qiu Wang. After attending high school in Mountain View, CA she completed her BM at New England Conservatory in Boston. She has performed piano recitals, piano duo, and chamber music concerts around the world including California, Boston, and Florida in the United States, Beijing, Shanghai, and Harbin in the China, and Murcia in Spain.
Additionally, Sarah is an active piano teacher with experience teaching young children through adults. Many of her students achieved ABRSM (Assocaited Board Royale School of Music) Piano Exam.
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Piano, Ukulele, Young Musician Classes
Glenda is a multi-faceted musician and teacher whose specialties include chamber music, orchestral repertoire, jazz, historical performance, and contemporary classical works for oboe and English horn. She is an active freelancer in Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz ensembles, and is frequently sought out by contemporary composers to perform new works for oboe and English horn.
A well-rounded performer, Dr. Bates is also an enthusiastic and creative teacher. She teaches private piano lessons, ukulele, voice, and oboe lessons. Glenda is a Teaching Artist at Performing Arts Workshop, where she designs and teaches music curriculum for Preschool classrooms all across San Francisco! Glenda also teaches summer camps with Bay Area Children's Theater and Hayward-La Honda Music Camp
Glenda received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from Stony Brook University. She earned her Master’s in Music from the University of Maryland, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She has also studied Baroque performance practice with Marc Schachmann and Arthur Haas, and jazz with Ray Anderson and Bert Ligon.
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Piano, Guitar (classical and popular), Ukulele
James is a pianist, guitarist, and composer based in Bay Area. He received his M.M. from Eastman School of Music and his B.M. from Manhattan School of Music. In addition to his guitar studies at Eastman, James was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the Eastman Computer Music Center. This award led him to work with visiting composer, Fang Man, on her exhilarating work Ambush from Ten Sides for guitar and electronics. He has worked with a variety of ensembles from playing with the MSM Brass and Percussion Orchestra to Musica Nova. His diverse teaching background includes, heading the Music Technology department at the Eastman Community Music School, teaching for the MSM outreach program, and running his own private studio.
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Inessa has been a music educator in the United States for over 20 years. She teaches piano, music theory, and choir. From a young age, Inessa always loved music, and she began learning to play the piano at the age of six. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in piano and music theory, she went on to receive her master’s degree in music theory from the State Conservatory of Music in the former Soviet Union. Inessa also earned her teaching credentials in early childhood development from the state of California. In her free time, Inessa loves baking and spending time with her husband and two teenage daughters.
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Voice, Piano Apprentice
Sarah grew up in Dubuque Iowa where she was surrounded by a lively musical and theatrical
community. At age 11, Sarah began studying voice. She became immersed in performing locally, whether in band, ballet, theater, choir, recital, etc. Towards the end of high school she, along with a group of close friends, founded a nonprofit community theater organization called Trainwreck Productions which still produces local theater in Dubuque today. Sarah went on to study at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University where she received her bachelor of music in both Music Theater and Voice Performance. She is currently pursuing her master's in Voice Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is projected to graduate May 2018. Sarah believes in encompassing all aspects of music to better one's musical knowledge and therefore strives to work in many musical genres, though her focus is classical. She has performed opera, art song, jazz, musical theater, rock and ska in locations such as San Francisco, New Mexico, Chicago, Oklahoma, New York, Puerto Rico, Salzburg, and Prague.
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Spencer grew up in Davis California and got a late start singing in choirs in the 8th grade but this quickly expanded into performing in New York and then across the UK in an international choir competition. Upon realizing that singing was becoming much more than just a hobby he went to study vocal performance in Dallas at Southern Methodist University. After completing his undergraduate studies, he taught voice lessons in his home town and had students get accepted into local audition only choirs and also compete in a local battle of the bands concert series. Since completing his Masters in Vocal Performance at San Francisco Conservatory, he has performed everything from opera not seen since the 1600s, to 1980s film noire musical theater. He has sung in the chorus with San Francisco Opera and performed leading roles with local companies such as Pocket Opera, Berkeley Chamber Opera, and Opera On Tap.
He also has a passion for musical outreach and has worked with Opera à la carte and West Bay Opera to bring shortened Operas into schools from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa. Despite performing around the Bay Area Spencer has always kept a firm focus on vocal technique and has a passion for helping students sing whatever style they love in the most healthy, expressive and creative way possible.
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Seth is a violinist, composer, and teacher. He plays classical, jazz, and Scottish fiddle. Seth studied violin with William Barbini and composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Elinor Armer. He is a skilled improviser and frequently performs around the Bay Area in classical and pop settings. His compositions have been performed by singer, Sam Faustine and by violinist, Patrick Galvin.
Seth’s teaching focuses on technique and musicality with a strong foundation in ear training. Seth has taught at Russo Music in Noe Valley and maintains a small private studio.
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California native, Matt, specializes in violin and viola instruction for all ages. Matt completed his Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with renowned viola player Jodi Levitz and and his Bachelor of Music degree at UC Irvine, where he studied with Jerzy Kosmala.
Matt regularly performs with local chamber and orchestral ensembles and enjoys playing many styles of music. Besides music, Matt enjoys cooking and being in nature.
"Violin is good for you, and tastes good too!"
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Midwest native and cellist, Bridget, is from Dubuque, Iowa and began studying the cello at age 4. She has led a varied career with solo, chamber and orchestral engagements in New York City, San Francisco, and abroad throughout Italy. While she was completing her studies at The Juilliard School, Bridget discovered a true passion for the outreach and education of music. During her time at that institution, she was honored to be selected as a Gluck Community Service Fellow, which led her to performances at community hospitals, hospice care centers, and other specialized care facilities in the New York City area.
Bridget has won numerous competitions such as first place at the ASTA Regional Competition and Dubuque Symphony Competition. At the age of 13, Bridget was invited to perform on the highly acclaimed NPR radio series From the Top, which showcases young and talented musicians from across the United States.
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Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Composition, Ukulele
Nick began his investigation into music at the age of 13 when he was given his first guitar. After playing in several rock and jazz bands through his early teens, he developed an interest in music theory and music composition turning his attention toward composing. He attended San Francisco State University where his primary teachers were Richard Festinger and Ronald Caltabiano (music composition), Roger Woodward (piano) and Bruce Bennett (computer music). He was awarded his bachelor’s degree in 2010 and his master’s in 2013, both from SFSU. He currently composes new musical works and teaches guitar, piano, and songwriting throughout the SF Bay Area.
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Guitar, Drums, Piano
Brett has been an active teacher working in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 11 years, teaching private lessons to students of all ages in drum set, guitar, and piano. He has had many students over the years, of all different skill levels and ages, some of whom have been accepted to SOTA (Ruth Asawa School of the Arts), and some have gone on to study music at university. In addition, he is an alumnus of the Walden School’s Teacher Training institute for music teachers.
Brett is an active composer who has written for ensembles such as Siroko Duo, Keyed Kontraptions, and the Presidio Ensemble. He is also a highly active performer and producer in the Bay Area rock scene. He has worked as a session musician in studios in the Bay Area, New York, and Los Angeles, and toured throughout the United States and Europe.
Brett grew up in Redding, CA, playing drums and guitar in various rock groups from a young age, before moving to San Francisco. He earned a Bachelor of Music in composition and Bachelor of Arts in French from San Francisco State University. He has studied classical percussion with David Rosenthal, drum set with Akira Tana, piano with Inara Morgenstern, and composition with Richard Festinger, Josh Levine, and Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez.
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Divesh Karamchandani is a San Francisco-based percussionist and educator. He is co-founder of Prism Percussion, a duo aimed at showcasing repertoire for nonstandard instruments and performing works by underrepresented composers. Divesh is the Principal Percussionist of Opera Modesto, as well as One Found Sound. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, Music in the Mountains, among many others.
Divesh received his Bachelors of Music and Education from California State University, Stanislaus and graduated in 2014 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Masters of Music in percussion performance.
Divesh is equally passionate about teaching as he is about performing. He is the percussion coach with the San Francisco Symphony’s Music and Mentors program which provides weekly group lessons for music students in San Francisco public schools. He also coaches at several other high schools throughout the Bay Area. Divesh recently joined the faculty at West Valley College as an Applied Music Instructor of Percussion.
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Drums, Percussion, Songwriting
Nate is a drummer, percussionist, and guitarist from San Jose. He has been teaching students of all ages since 2000, working with a variety of musical styles including rock, jazz, Latin, and classical. He has had numerous performance experiences with orchestras, bands, and small combos. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, majoring in Percussion.
In 2010, Nate completed a Bachelor Equivalency Degree in Music Therapy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. As a music therapist, he provides services for children and adults with special needs, using drumming, movement, and songwriting to accomplish personalized goals. Nate is also a singer-songwriter and frequently performs his original music throughout the Bay Area.
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Julia Sarah Bonomo (purposefully initialed after J.S. Bach) was destined for a musical life from the beginning. Sarah has always been driven toward musician-hood, transferring from taking naps under her mother’s piano as a child to taking up the clarinet as an adolescent. Currently Ms. Bonomo is Princiapl Clarinet of the Monterey Symphony, an active freelance clarinetist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the founder of an unconducted chamber orchestra named One Found Sound. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 2009 with two separate Bachelor’s degrees; a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a Bachelor’s of Music in Clarinet Performance. She completed her Master’s studies in 2012 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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Oboe, Flute, MPMA Director
Ryan has been teaching oboe and flute since 1998. He has performed and recorded with the San Diego Symphony and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, California Symphony, Opera San Jose, Pacific Chamber Symphony, One Found Sound, Santa Rosa Symphony, Santa Cruz Ballet and Symphony, Fremont Symphony, among many other groups in Southern and Northern California. Before relocating to Northern California, Ryan was Music Department Chair at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Ryan also spends his summers teaching at YMA in Oregon.
He studied at the University of Illinois, Arizona State University, and UCLA.Ryan teaches all levels and ages of oboe and beginning and intermediate flute.
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Originally from the Bay Area, flutist Emma recently graduated from the Bard College Conservatory of Music where she studied with Tara Helen O’Connor. She completed the conservatory’s dual-degree program with both a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. As a performer, administrator, and a teacher, Emma has demonstrated her passion for sharing music with others. Since 2014, she has held the role of Program Administrator for Jim Walker’s Beyond the Masterclass at the Colburn School. She attended the woodwind masterclass series at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 2013 and 2014, and she attended Beyond the Masterclass as a performer in 2012 and 2013. Her woodwind quintet performed for Milan Turkovic in the Master Class Series at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2017. Prior to Bard, Emma lived in Los Angeles where she studied with Diana Morgan and volunteered at the Harmony Project as a teaching aide for flute and clarinet, as well as an administrative assistant.
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A native of Florida, Adam began playing brass instruments at the age of 11. His playing has taken him to all corners of the country, playing with groups in Maine, Washington, California, and his native Florida. Throughout his playing career, he has always believed in the value of private musical education and has consistently maintained private studios. He has participated in educational outreach such as the San Francisco Symphonies Adventures in Music Program and The Great American Teach-in. He attended the University of South Florida and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music receiving a Bachelor and Master of Music in Performance respectively.
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