Virtual private lessons for students of all ages and ability levels

PBO’s experienced musicians teach all over the world. Why not in your living space? PBO invites you to come online with us and take a one-on-one virtual music lesson!

Whether you are an emerging professional, devoted amateur, or someone newly interested in exploring PBO’s music, exceptional musicians from the Orchestra and Chorale are available to teach you.

Music lesson rates vary by teacher, ranging from $30-60 per half hour. Payment should be made directly to musicians. For any questions, please email Director of Education Lisa Grodin (lgrodin@philharmonia.org).

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Levels taught: Intermediate, advanced, pre-professional

Lesson modes: FaceTime

ELIZABETH BLUMENSTOCK, violin & viola

I love teaching! In my teaching, I seek to enable students to perceive, understand and engage physically, intellectually, and emotively with the flow that is music.  I have taught private students for 30 years.  For the past 10 years I have taught a course in Baroque style for violinists and violists at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and for the past 4 years I have taught for the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance department.  I have taught for the American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy summer course since its inception in 2010, at the International Baroque Institute Longy many times, and at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma County since 2015.

Levels taught: Teaches all skills levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional) and musical discussion topic

Lesson modes: Uses all Virtual platforms (Google Meet, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom)

ADAM COCKERHAM, lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, classical guitar

Adam specializes in instruments from the lute family and teaches both historical and modern classical guitar. Beginning his performance career as a classical guitarist, he then gravitated toward historical plucked strings, preferring the collaborative opportunities of chamber music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. In his teaching, Adam combines modern mechanical and theoretical approaches with historical techniques and perspective. Adam is currently a doctoral candidate at the Juilliard School after completing a Master of Music degree in Historical Plucked Strings. He also holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory.

Levels taught: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional

Lesson modes: Skype, FaceTime

KEIRAN CAMPBELL, baroque and modern cello

Keiran Campbell, cellist, currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is a core member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from Juilliard, studying modern cello with Darrett Adkins and Timothy Eddy, and baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai. Keiran taught privately and also worked as a practice coach in New York City, and more recently worked remotely as an audition preparation coach through MTSY Music Studio. Keiran was a faculty member of Tafelmusik Winter Institute in 2020, and recently gave masterclasses at UNC Chapel Hill and Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Levels taught: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, and Professional

Lesson modes: Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom

PHOEBE CARRAI, baroque and modern cello

Phoebe Carrai received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music at New England Conservatory in Boston before moving to Europe for further study with Nicklaus Harnoncourt. She then became a full time member of Musica Antiqua Cologne and performed and recorded worldwide until moving back to the states in 1993. Ms Carrai taught for 16 years at the University of the Arts in Berlin an now teaches at The Juilliard School in New York and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge , MA. She performs regularly with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Boston Early Music Festival , Goettingen Handel Festival Orchestra, The Arcadian ensemble, Juilliard Baroque and directs the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, she has made three solo recordings, all at Avie Records and can be found on many recordings for Deutsche Gramaphone, Decca, Aetme, BMG and Telarc.

Levels taught: intermediate, advanced, pre-professional, all ages

Lesson modes:FaceTime, Zoom (preferred)

PAUL HALE, cello

Cellist, Paul Hale, has a busy career playing both baroque and modern cello, and is a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Opera San Jose, and California Symphony. He plays frequently with many other bay area groups including West Edge Opera, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Marin Symphony, Festival Opera, Chora Nova, CA Bach Society, and SF Bach Choir. He studied with many fine teachers, primarily Margaret Rowell at UC Berkeley where he received the Eisner Prize for performing artists, and soloed with the UC Symphony. (He also received a BS in Mechanical Engineering Design.) Paul also studied at Tanglewood and Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. He was a cello instructor for a few years at UC Berkeley, then at UC Santa Cruz, and currently teaches privately.

Levels taught: Beginner (violin and viola), intermediate (violin), advanced and professional coaching (historically informed performance)

Lesson modes: FaceTime

MARIA CASWELL, violin & viola

Maria Caswell teaches both violin and viola to beginner and intermediate students at her home in Sebastopol. She adapts her teaching to the requirements of the student, employing a variety of teaching methods. She also enjoys coaching advanced and professional musicians in baroque performance style. 

Maria has been teaching since 1994. She has been playing baroque violin and viola since 1979 in the Bay Area and beyond. She is a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, a member of Voices of Music and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, and also performs with the light hearted Alphabet Baroque Club.

Levels taught: Intermediate through pre-professional. Ages 14+

Lesson modes: FaceTime (preferred), Zoom

TONIA D’AMELIO, voice

Soprano Tonia D’Amelio has been singing with Philharmonia as a soloist and choir member for the better part of two decades, and maintains an active performing career in the Bay Area and beyond. She teaches voice at her home studio in Oakland, as well as in private lessons and group coachings at the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco, where she also teaches classes on music theory and diction for singers. Outside of music, Tonia teaches alignment-focused group fitness classes at The Dailey Method. Drawing on her knowledge of anatomy and movement, her teaching incorporates various practices to energize and free the vocal instrument, including stretching, myofascial stimulation (self-massage), and yoga postures and breathing techniques. She believes that regardless of repertoire or style, singing is an expression of the singer’s entire body and state of being, and she encourages each student to grow through practicing artistic inquiry and self-compassion. Tonia holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Harvard University and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has attended several training programs for opera and Baroque music in the U.S. and Europe.

Levels taught: Musical topic (no playing or singing),  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-professional

Lesson modes: Phone (discussion only), Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, open to other options

LISA GRODIN, violin & viola

Violinist and violist Lisa Grodin is Director of Education for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, Music Director for the Junior Bach Festival, and a longtime faculty member at the Crowden Music Center and The Crowden School. She has led masterclasses and workshops at institutions such as the R. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music, the Colburn School, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley, and presented lectures for organizations such as Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, California Music Educators Association, and numerous Bay Area community centers. She regularly performs and records with Philharmonia, Voices of Music, American Bach Soloists, and El Mundo, which earned a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Small Ensemble” in 2012.  She has also concertized as a guest artist with ensembles such as Les Arts Florrissants, Capella Savaria, La Cetra, Capella Cartusianum, Chanticleer, and Smithsonian Chamber Players. Embracing a broad variety of musical styles, Ms. Grodin’s lifelong passion for dance has infused many of her educational endeavors and informed her pedagogy. She is keen to work with any student who is eager to learn, and she enjoys coaching ensembles both large and small. 

Levels taught: All, from beginner to professional, and including musical topic discussion

Lesson modes: Zoom (preferred), Facetime, Google Meet

WILLIAM HARVEY, trumpet (modern and baroque), cornet

William Harvey, trumpet instructor, has worked with students ranging in age from 8 to 76 at every level from beginner to professional. In addition to teaching privately, Mr. Harvey teaches trumpet at UC Berkeley and serves as Trumpet Coach and EdTech Director for the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra. William Harvey normally maintains a full performing schedule as Principal Trumpet of the Oakland Symphony and Opera San Jose, and has performed and recorded with Philharmonia Baroque. Having learned trumpet in the Berkeley Public Schools, he attended San Francisco State, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University. Additional training includes: International Trumpet Making Workshop (Bloomington, Indiana) and digital music production from SoundHouse (Utah).

Levels taught: All levels, age minimum 14 (depending on voice change)

Lesson modes: Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Google Duo, CleanFeed

COREY HEAD, voice

Tenor Corey Head teaches a straight-forward, healthy vocal technique in the pedagogical lineage of Berton Coffin, Barbara Doscher, and Lynn Wickham. It is applicable to many vocal styles—including classical music, musical theatre, and current popular styles such as Jazz, Electronica, Blues, and Rock. Lessons include time to work on technique and musical ideas. Additional topics covered can include sight-singing, music theory, music history and foreign language diction (including Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Latin).
• Over 25 Years of Teaching Experience–Adults and Young Adults
• Former Voice Teacher, San Francisco State University and University of Colorado, Boulder
• Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from University of Colorado, Boulder
• Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from University of Colorado, Boulder
• Teachers include: Lynn Wickham, Julia Nielsen, Julie Simson, Patrick Mason, Barbara Doscher

Levels taught: All levels and ages

Lesson modes: Zoom, Google Meet, FaceTime

DIANE HEFFNER, clarinet

Diane Heffner is an active freelance clarinetist and saxophonist and teacher on both modern and historical instruments.  Ms. Heffner is on the applied faculty at Tufts University, the Cambridge School of Weston, and the All-Newton Music School and has been a chamber music coach at both the Chamber Music Center of the East and the Wellesley Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center.  Past teaching posts include Brandeis University, The Belmont Music School, and South Shore Conservatory. She plays period clarinets with Handel & Haydn Society, Arcadia Players, Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), and “Rumbarocco” Latin jazz-Baroque fusion ensemble, and Eudamonia, a Boston based period instrument ensemble. As a modern clarinetist Ms. Heffner performs regularly  with  Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Alea III, Solar Winds, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and various other freelance ensembles.  Ms. Heffner plays sax and clarinet as a jazz/blues freelancer and is a member of Boston’s only all women swing big band “the Mood Swing Orchestra.”She received both BM and MM degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory where she studied clarinet with Joseph Allard and chamber music with Rudolph Kolisch and Leonard Shure.

Levels taught: Happy to teach all skill levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional)

Lesson modes:All (Google Meet, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom)

CHLOE KIM, violin

Canadian violinist Chloe Kim has performed at prominent concert venues around the world, sharing the stage in both principal and soloist capacities with international figures such as Rachel Podger, Pablo Heras-Casado, Richard Egarr, and Nicholas McGegan. The recipient of numerous awards including the 2020 Mercury-Juilliard Fellowship, Juilliard Historical Performance Fellowship, and the 2016 Early Music America Scholarship, Chloe was most recently nominated for the prestigious Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.

Chloe’s most memorable engagements include an all-women Vivaldi tour led by inspirational violinist, Monica Huggett, as well as two recent trips to France for collaborations with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. Last summer, Chloe served as concertmaster of Juilliard415 for several sold-out productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, led by Avi Stein in London and the Versailles Royal Opera.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, season highlights would have included touring as concertmaster with Juilliard415 and Nic McGegan for performances of Handel’s Rinaldo in New York, Germany, and the Netherlands as well as a UK tour with Richard Egarr and Philharmonia. Instead, Chloe is excited to present Music for the Pause, an online chamber music series cosponsored by multiple organizations and produced in beautiful Victoria, BC. She is deeply grateful for the beloved West Coast colleagues that she considers family, and is especially indebted to her mentors, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy, and Heilwig von Königslöw.

As a teacher, Chloe maintains a vibrant private studio and is regularly guest faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Levels taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional

Lesson modes: Uses all Virtual platforms (Google Meet, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom)

ROBERT HOWARD, cello

Graduate of Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory, Robert Howard has taught for over 20 years. Comfortable with a wide range of students, ages 7 to 70+, he has coached at Stanford University, SF Conservatory, and San Jose State University. He has given masterclasses in Spain, Costa Rica, and Kenya. Some students have won competitions, including principal cello of SFYO and Bay Area concerto competitions; others have refined their technique and understanding simply for their own enjoyment. Robert is comfortable with all ability levels, as long as there’s a commitment to learn. He regularly teaches on videochat, including regular sessions with Germany, Kenya, and Colombia.

Levels taught: Teaches all skill levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional students) and is open to Musical Discussion topics also.

Lesson modes: Google Meet, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom

GAIL HERNÁNDEZ ROSA, violin & viola

My mission as a strings specialist and educator is to create and inspire. By sharing my skills and joy of music with my students, I guide and encourage growth through music and give them the tools they need to meet their own aspirations. I find fulfillment in making my students their own best teachers and teaching them to approach music and life long learning with curiosity. I support my students in cultivating their inner creativity in every aspect of their life. As an educator, Gail Hernández Rosa has been chamber music faculty at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department (London), Upper Strings Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MusicWorks Program and violin and ensemble teacher at the Hill House International Junior School (London). As part of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, she was chamber music coach and orchestra conductor for their educational program SCO Connects, as well as leading Master Classes for various orchestral programs both in the US and the UK. She holds a LRAM teaching Licentiate from the Royal and National Institutions (UK). Gail taught at Waldron Mercy Academy and Friends Select School (Philadelphia). She currently teaches at The San Francisco School and maintains a private teaching studio at her house in Bernal Heights. Due to the current pandemic, she has moved her studio to a virtual setting. Online lessons are available through FaceTime, Zoom & Google Hangouts. Gail creates a personalized teaching that caters to her student’s goals and needs. She believes in the importance of ear training in combination with note reading. Gail also teaches bluegrass and traditional fiddling.

Levels taught: All levels and ages

Lesson modes: TBD

KATI KYME, violin & viola

I have taught violin and viola  students from ages 8 to 80, and teaching is one of my musical pursuits that I love the most! I began as a teaching assistant at Yale University, and I have taught at Colleges in Seattle, in Sonoma and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I am a viola professor at the Oregon Bach Festival every summer, and I enjoy coaching chamber music almost as much as playing it!

Levels taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional students

Lesson modes: Google Meet, Skype, Zoom

MORGAN LITTLE, cello, baroque cello, viola da gamba

Through my time with the Juilliard School, I  have been exposed to many different ideologies and music directors from all over the world including Massaki Suzuki, David Hill, Avi Stein, and Monica Huggett. My responsibilities included section playing and chamber music performance. They also included section leading for projects in New York, such as a collaboration between the historical performance program and the dance program as well as playing new compositions by Caroline Shaw.  I was also the leader for a  tour where I led the cello section through Scandinavia, and played continuo for a production of Dido and Aeneas in Versailles.

I have a passion to teach what I have learned through my years of performance and learning. I have had the privilege of studying  closely with Phoebe Carrai and mirror a lot of her pedagogy in my own teaching. I teach a full studio of cellists that range from age five to sixty five, and I strive to be a mentor for the next generation of cellists, no matter what age.

Levels taught: Intermediate, advanced, pre-professional

Lesson modes: FaceTime, Zoom

KATHERINE McKEE, voice

I’ve been teaching voice in the Bay Area since moving here in 1992.  My students are primarily dedicated amateurs; they sing throughout the Bay Area in ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, International Orange Chorale, Lamplighters, Pocket Opera chorus, West Edge Opera chorus, Marin Symphony Chorus, and numerous church choirs.  Several are professionals who are themselves music teachers and are singing solo opera and oratorio roles with local companies and choruses. Although I have taught younger students, my primary focus is on adult singers, with the current age‐range in my studio being 34 – 77.  I teach basic Bel Canto technique, with focus on developing musicianship skills alongside the vocal fundamentals.   Repertoire is chosen both by me (to further hone students’ skill and musicianship) and the student (to include areas of specific personal interest) and range from early Baroque songs and arias through newly composed music commissioned by the students from living composers.

Levels taught: Teaches all skills levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional) and musical discussion topic

Lesson modes: FaceTime, Zoom

MICHAEL MINOR, double bass

Michael Minor is acting 4th chair bass for the San Francisco Ballet for the 2019/2020 season. When not performing with the Ballet, Michael performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, Mendocino Music Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, and many other groups throughout California. He has played along some of the world’s leading emerging artists at the Rome Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Festival Domaine Forget in Quebec. Michael received his degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Scott Pingel all while freelancing in the SF Bay Area. Michael maintains a private bass studio with many of his students reaching All-State level in both Texas and California, as well as winning auditions for conservatories and universities around the country.

Levels taught: All levels

Lesson modes: TBD

CARLA MOORE, violin & viola

Carla enjoys teaching students from far-flung places as well as at home at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she has taught Baroque strings at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, the University of Utah, and Amherst Early Music Festival. A First Prize winner of the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music, she is co-concertmaster of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, concertmaster of Portland Baroque Orchestra, and co-founder and director of Archetti Baroque String Ensemble. As a chamber musician, Carla has recorded critically acclaimed CDs with the ensembles Music’s Re-creation, Valley of the Moon, Archetti Baroque Strings and Voices of Music. Her videos with Voices of Music have been viewed by millions worldwide on YouTube.

Levels taught: All levels

Lesson modes: Zoom, FaceTime, Skype

MAXINE NEMEROVSKI, violin

Spanning the centuries from baroque to pop music, Maxine has played with groups ranging from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to Jacksonville Symphony, to Beach Blanket Babylon, to Led Zeppelin. She has performed classically across Europe and South America, played pop music in Brazil, taught violin pedagogy to violin teachers in Nicaragua, and created and performed children’s concerts in Ireland, comparing Baroque music to traditional Irish music. She enjoys and thrives on playing different palates of diverse genres and interesting “off beat” projects. Maxine can be heard on many recordings including orchestral, movie soundtracks, commercials and pop. Teaching experience includes 32 years of private instruction of all levels, past faculty of both branches of the Community Music Center, French American International School, and International High School.  Teaching has also included teaching teachers in Nicaragua pedagogy, coaching violin sectionals for California Youth Symphony, coaching chamber music for Hoover middle school, as well as various Mobil mentors for PBO.

Levels taught: Teaches all skill levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional students)

Lesson modes: Zoom or FaceTime

CHRISTA PFEIFFER, voice

Soprano Christa Pfeiffer enjoys an active career teaching voice and performing chamber music, oratorio, recital and opera. Her teaching experience spans over 20 years and includes being faculty at the Community Music Center. She teaches ages (13+), all levels and musical styles incorporating breath and body alignment for optimal vocal freedom. Christa also teaches expression, performance practice, diction and sight reading depending on the student’s needs. Along with extensive choral experience, her solo appearances include performances with San Francisco Ballet, American Bach Soloists, Marin Oratorio, American Philharmonic Sonoma County, San Francisco Choral Society, Festival Opera, Oakland Symphony Chorus and Old First Concerts. She has also performed internationally in South Africa, Japan, Brazil and the UK. Christa received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastman School of Music and lives in Marin County.

Levels taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, openness to a Musical Topic Discussion about Basso Continuo, Harpsichord Playing, or Performance Practice

Lesson modes: Skype, FaceTime, Zoom

IGNACIO PREGO, harpsichord

I really love teaching. Besides my performing career in both Europe and the Americas, I have worked as a vocal coach and resident artist at Yale University (Institute of Sacred Music), at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, and teaching master classes in various universities in the USA, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Spain, etc. I actually am harpsichord professor at Musical Arts Madrid. I have performed in venues such as the Alice Tully Hall-Lincoln Center and the Frick Collection in New York, the National Gallery in Washington DC, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Landesmuseum Württemberg in Stuttgart, the Esplanade in Singapore, the Juan March Foundation and the National Auditorium of Madrid, among others; and in early music festivals such as the ones in Utrecht, Berkeley, CA, Boston, MA, Seville (FeMAS), Oregon Bach Festival, Vancouver, Chiquitos in Bolivia, etc. I regularly collaborate with musicians such as Monica Huggett, Nic McGegan, Harry Bicket, Hiro Kurosaki and Maurice Steger and orchestras such as Philharmonia Baroque and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. I have recorded for Verso, Cantus, and Glossa labels, including the Complete French Suites and The Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach. After graduating in Madrid, I studied with Elisabeth Wright at Indiana University and with Kenneth Weiss and Richard Egarr at the Juilliard School in NY.

Levels taught: All levels. Musical topic discussion (without playing or singing) could include: vocal production, choral techniques, rehearsal techniques, performance techniques, remote teaching

Lesson modes: FaceTime (preferred), open to other options

CHAD RUNYON, voice

Private voice study is your time to ask questions about your voice, to learn the music you are working on, to develop a reliable technique, improve sight reading skills and, of course, to sing! To make the most of your lessons: Practice frequently in short intervals–daily or every other day if possible. This is more effective than infrequent marathon sessions–once a week for an hour. Training the voice is like training a specific muscle group at the gym. For best results, be consistent. If you perform or rehearse regularly, apply techniques explored in lessons to your performance and rehearsal routine. Repertoire: Choose music you like and that challenges you. If you need help making choices, I can help. Various genres, including musical theater, opera, art song, folk and pop offer stylistic differences, but the vocal technique remains constant. Maybe you’re looking for specific results: an upcoming audition, a performance deadline, vocal health when performing frequently, etc.  I can help.

Levels taught: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional

Lesson modes: All Virtual Lesson Platforms Employed

STEPHEN SCHULTZ, baroque flute (not modern flute)

Stephen Schultz, called “among the most flawless artists on the Baroque flute” by the San Jose Mercury News and “flute extraordinaire” by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, plays Principal flute with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica and performs with other leading Early music groups such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Akademie, Chatham Baroque and at the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals. Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe and North and South America with featured appearances at the Musikverein in Vienna, Walt Disney Concert Hall inLos Angeles, Royal Albert Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. Currently he is Teaching Professor in Music History and Flute at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra.
As solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Schultz appears on over fifty recordings for such labels as Dorian, Naxos, Harmonia Mundi USA, Centaur, NCA, and New Albion. He has been very active in commissioning new music written for his instrument. The Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith wrote Traverso Mistico, which is scored forelectric Baroque flute, solo cello, and chamber orchestra in 2006, followed in 2008 with Galbraith’s Night Train, Other Sun in 2009, Effervescent Air in 2012, and Dancing Through Time in 2016. In March 2018, Stephen released a critically acclaimed CD of Bach Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord with Jory Vinikour, on the Music and Arts label. His new Couperin CD will be released in early 2021.

Levels taught: Teaches all skills levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional) and musical discussion topic

Lesson modes: Zoom and FaceTime

ANDREW SCHWARTZ, bassoon

Andrew Schwartz is one of the most sought after musicians on Historical instruments. He is principal bassoon with The Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and The American Classical Orchestra. He has performed with many of the world’s premiere period instrument organizations that include Philharmonia Baroque, The Aulos Ensemble, Wiener Akademie, The Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusic and Rebel. He was principal bassoon of the Royal Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra in Stockholm Sweden for fourteen summers. Mr. Schwartz has appeared as a soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, The Morgan Library, New York; the Musikverien, in Vienna, Austria; Jordan Hall, Boston, Mass. He has recorded extensively, including the entire chamber music works for winds and the late Operas of Mozart for Decca/ L’Oiseau Lyre.

Levels taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional)

Lesson modes: Uses all Virtual platforms (Google Meet, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom)

ALICIA YANG, violin

A versatile violinist and teacher, Alicia Yang performs with such renowned ensembles as Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Ms. Yang specializes in historically-informed violin performance: in addition to regular appearances with Philharmonia Baroque, she has concertized with period-instrument ensembles including Archetti, Agave Baroque, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Carmel Bach Festival, and American Bach Soloists. A former member of the Oregon Symphony, she has concertized through Europe and the U.S., including with such lauded orchestras as the Kennedy Center Opera, the Seattle Symphony, and the Orqusta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Spain). Her training from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories spans genres from Renaissance to contemporary, and she has recorded a contemporary music album on the Opus One label. As a pedagogue, Ms. Yang has taught privately all ages and levels, from beginner to professional, as well as amateur. She was trained in the Suzuki Method at the Preucil School of Music, and teaches a modified version currently. At the advanced level, she has been the teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and Musicorda Festival. Ms Yang also enjoys playing chamber music with her husband Amos Yang, Assistant Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony, spending time with her children Isabel and Noah, and with her rescue dog Kayla.

Levels taught: All levels taught; also musical discussions

Lesson modes: All virtual platforms ok, including Google Duo

ONDINE YOUNG, violin, viola, keyboards, recorder, voice, musicianship

Ondine is a violin/violist, musical director/conductor and educator connected with many organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California in choral conducting and early music performance.
Currently Ondine teaches via Arlington Arts, Piedmont Pianos/East Bay Childrens’ Chorus, Crowden School of Music, Superpower of the Song, and Notes Music Academy.

Ondine is involved with Philharmonia Baroque, Albany Consort, Sacramento Baroque, Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Vallejo Symphony, Jubilate, San Francisco Early Music Society, Cantare, WAVE, Junior Bach, Juxtapositions, Dirty Cello, Jazz Mafia, and Old First Concerts San Francisco.

Ondine guest conducts Oakland Summer Reading Orchestra, Community Women’s Orchestra, Awesome Orchestra, Villa Sinfonia, Sacred and Profane, MidAmerica at Carnegie Hall; plus Ondine and family are guest performers at Christ Church Los Altos.

Ondine co-founded “Tea, Talks, and Treasures” at The Pacific Boychoir Academy , and is on the board of directors of Dandelion Dance Theater and Winds Across the Bay. Roles include teaching and conducting for: Marin Girls Chorus, National Children’s Chorus, Golden State/California Youth Orchestras, Marin/Oakland Schools for the Arts, Sound Minds/California Symphony, Bentley School, Stern Grove, Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Boys’ and Girls’ Choruses, Kairos Youth Choirs, and many bell/Church choirs.

Ondine spearheaded the choral program at the University of San Diego. She studied violin, viola, choral, orchestral conducting, and performance practice at the University of California Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. For more information visit: www.ondineyoung.com

Levels taught: Teaches all skills levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional) and musical discussion topic

Lesson modes: Uses all Virtual platforms (Google Meet, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom)

ALANA YOUSSEFIAN, violin

Violinist Alana Youssefian has enjoyed sharing her love of music through teaching over the past decade. Her main goal as a teacher is to cultivate her students’ curiosity and passion for the music they are exploring, and help them learn to express this through their instrument. A sought-after soloist for repertoire spanning the baroque era to the music of today, Ms. Youssefian’s teaching employs an all-encompassing style that covers not only technical needs but also performance techniques and stage confidence for students of all levels. She has taught in private and masterclass settings through prestigious organizations such as Ars Lyrica Houston and Oberlin Conservatory, and has guest lectured at New York University’s Steinhardt School and San Francisco Community College. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University, and The Juilliard School. Students can expect upbeat, individualized training plus lots of stories about Ms. Youssefian’s cats!

Levels taught: Beginner, intermediate (all ages)

Lesson modes: Whatsapp

HELENE ZINDARSIAN, voice

I love to teach because I love to learn. In the nearly 20 years since I’ve been teaching voice, I’ve come to appreciate that no two of my students have been alike. The most valuable lesson for me so far has been to realize how differently each student learns. And the most fun part of teaching for me is to discover what approach, what vocabulary, and what combination of suggestions brings about the best result for each individual. Above all, I believe that singing should and can be fun. My goal is to provide a safe and forgiving environment where the fear of making mistakes is minimized as much as possible. Technically, I focus on optimal posture, breathing, support, and unhindered vowel formation in order to maximize one’s vocal potential. I like to emphasize what works for a particular person, rather than dwelling on what doesn’t. My approach is one of exploration and discovery in order to bring about more joy, release, and authenticity of sound. I grew up in a household of jazz musicians, and wanted to sing musical theater when I was starting out. Although my life took a different direction when opportunities arose in the Early Music realm, I feel at home in several different musical genres. I enjoy working with students of all ages, and currently teach the age ranges of 14 to 90 years old. I look forward to our getting to know each other and to having the opportunity to work and sing together!