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, Composition, Songwriting
Michael is a composer, pianist, and violinist, who’s music has been described as “brilliant” and “sleek” by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joshua Kosman. His works have been performed by conductor Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, soprano Erin O'Meally, and the Telegraph String Quartet. As a pianist, he has performed in multiple venues across San Francisco, including SF Jazz and The Olympic Club. A native of Connecticut, Michael completed his MM in music composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with David Conte. Michael brings a passion for multiple styles of music to his teaching, and also specializes in training classical and jazz theory, as well as music composition and songwriting.
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As a concert recitalist, collaborative pianist and teacher, Elena has performed throughout the Ukraine, Europe and the United States. She received her Masters of Music degree in Piano Accompanying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2010, studying with Timothy Bach. Currently a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Elena teaches and performs as both a concert recitalist and collaborative pianist with various artists throughout the Bay Area.
I break down my teaching philosophy into two general areas: the expressive and the technical. First and foremost, the student learns to play piano in order to express themselves and to be able to communicate in their own unique voice. I strive to spark the imagination of the student in their work and to connect it with their own life’s experience.
At the same time, the student must follow a strict technical training in order to obtain the ability to play freely and expressively. The student should develop as much of a natural feel to their playing as possible, and that can only be achieved through a regimen of etudes, scales and pieces of music appropriate to their level of playing.
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Piano, Composition, Sax, Clarinet
A native of New Jersey, Bryan is a composer, performer, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His works have been performed by groups including the San Francisco Choral Artists, International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, Princeton Singers, Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra, Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and Lehigh Valley Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Bryan’s voice as a composer has been praised for its “distinct harmonic language” and subtle influence from his training as a jazz performer. He received his M.M. in Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the studio of David Garner. Bryan is equally versed in the classical and jazz worlds and teaches piano, music theory, and composition.
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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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Lucia studied music in Italy and obtained a piano performance degree from Istituto Musicale “L. Boccherini” in Lucca in 1982. She studied with Gioiella Giannoni, Rossana Bottai and Pier Narciso Masi. She has gained significant experience by teaching music classes and giving private lessons to students of all levels and ages since her twenties. She also has a college degree in Mathematics, has two grown up children, and enjoys hiking and practicing Tai Chi.
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Georgeanne is an active educator and performer in the Bay Area and has maintained a studio of woodwind students of all ages for the past 10 years, and has instructed piano students from preschool through middle school. Georgeanne earned her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from McGill University and her Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Georgeanne is the principal bassoonist and co-founder of the conductorless chamber orchestra, One Found Sound, and was a part of the San Francisco Symphony's 2015-16 Adventures in Music program. She performs with such ensembles as the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Magik*Magik Orchestra, and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra where she appeared as a soloist in 2016. Georgeanne can also be heard on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated animated short The Dam Keeper and as a supporting musician on numerous pop and rock albums.
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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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Voice, Piano Apprentice
Craig is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer from Belmont, CA, focused on bringing different musical backgrounds into unity. Growing up with music all around, he learned to play a range of different instruments, including woodwinds, keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and decided to pursue his passion with a career in music. He brings together his experience in an array of musical disciplines to display diversity and expression in his performance.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University, with a dual concentration in Music Education (with an emphasis in voice) and Composition. He studied voice with Lisa Van Der Ploeg and composition with Dr. Pablo Furman and Dr. Brian Belet.
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Greco-Russian violinist Alexandros was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece by a musical family.
Highlights of last year include a performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in June and a recital of American Composers' works in New York City in April. A winner of Miami Summer Music Festival's Concerto Competition, he performed as a soloist at the New World Symphony in Miami and at the end of 2016 he was a soloist with the New York Chamber Players as the first prize winner of the Annual Concerto Competition.
Alex has been teaching in the US since 2013, when he first started with a group of students in Harlem, NYC as part of Manhattan School of Music's Outreach Program. He has taught students as young as 4 years old and with different cultural backgrounds.
Mr. Petrin began his studies with Stepan Simonian at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated with a Gold Medal and distinction and continued working with Nina Patrikidou until 2010. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Isaac Malkin and was also scholarship recipient of the Onassis Foundation. Currently he is continuing his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory in the class of Alexander Barantschik and Ian Swensen.
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Kumiko is a devoted performer, chamber musician, and multi-talented artist. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, France, Poland, and Italy. Kumiko holds a Master's degree in Chamber Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied violin with Ian Swensen and voice with Pamela Fry. The Thalea String Quartet, of which she is a member, recently completed their tenure as the first Quartet-in-Residence at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
She previously studied with William van der Sloot at Mount Royal University in Calgary where she was awarded an Advanced Performer’s Certificate in 2011. Kumiko is a native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, where she began her violin studies at the age of five.
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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 (classical and popular, Songwriting), Ukulele
With an exceptionally diverse background, and over a decade of academic and professional training, Craig has cultivated into a truly unique guitarist, composer, performer, and educator. He received his Bachelor's in Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.
After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area as a freelance musician, Craig completed his Masters of Music in Classical Guitar from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Craig gained unparalleled experience from performance opportunities including Ted Hearne's "Katrina Ballads", W. A. Mozart's "Don Giovanni", and various types of solo and ensemble works. His second and final graduate recital concluded with his performance of Leo Brouwer's Guitar Concerto "Elegiaco", alongside its fully intended string orchestra and 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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Stuart is a multi-faceted percussionist and music educator from Southern California. He holds a
Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from San Jose State University, a Masters Degree from Oklahoma State University, and is currently studying towards the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Oklahoma.
Stuart was a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for eight seasons performing Classics, Pops, Ballet, and Youth concerts. Some of his other performance credits include the Kansas City Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Ft. Smith Symphony, Stockton Symphony, and the National Children’s Choir.
Stuart has been an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa. He currently works with the SJSU Spartan Marching Band and is a private instructor at the Rhythm
Academy of San Jose.
Stuart is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.
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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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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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