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Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Faculty


Sasha Launer

"I believe that positivity and optimism foster creativity, confidence, and learning, and therefore my lessons are geared toward achieving goals in a warm and supportive environment. Lessons are tailored to the individual needs of each student and focus on cultivating the artistry and technique necessary to effectively express musical ideas. All ages and levels are welcome."

Sasha Launer is a founding member of the unconducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound, the newest member of the award-winning chamber group Areon Flutes, Principal Piccolo with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, as well as a founding member of the woodwind quintet OFSQ, an offshoot of One Found Sound. Miss Launer has also performed with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Stockton Symphony, Merced Symphony, and at the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theater. She received her Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with San Francisco Symphony Principal Flutist Tim Day, and she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University studying with former New York Philharmonic Principal Flutist Jeanne Baxtresser and International flute soloist Alberto Almarza. slauner@sfcm.edu

Carmen Lemoine (on leave)

Award-winning teacher and performer for dedicated and self-motivated students, advanced or otherwise.  Lessons focus on building good habits from the start, technical foundations, and, most importantly, developing a unique sense of musical style and awareness. Devoted to the role of artist-teacher, Dr. Lemoine is currently Woodwind Chamber Music faculty in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's collegiate division and a flute coach for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Equally passionate about chamber music, Dr. Lemoine co-founded the all-female woodwind sextet Frequency 49 and is a member of the hip-hop/classical fusion group Ensemble Mik Nawooj. She is a former instructor and faculty at the Eastman School oof Music, the University of Rochester, and Nazareth College.  Dr. Lemoine earned her DMA in Flute Performance with a minor in Music Education and  BM from the Eastman School of Music; a BA in Mathematics from the University of Rochester and her Master's of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Former teachers include Bonita Boyd and Tim Day. clemoine@sfcm.edu


Mingjia Liu

Mingjia Liu joined the San Francisco Opera as Principal Oboist in 2010 and has since been recognized for his charismatic performing skill and "singing ability" on the instrument. A native of Qingdao, China, Mr. Liu attended Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with WeiDong Wei, Robert Walters and Alex Klein. As an alumni of the Aspen Music Festival, he has also worked closely with Richard Woodhams and Elaine Douvas. In addition to his role with San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Mr. Liu previously served as the Principal Oboe of the Kansas City Symphony and has appeared regularly as a guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Liu has great enthusiasm for teaching and was recently invited to give recitals and master classes at the First Beijing International Oboe Festival at the Central Conservatory of Music. Mr. Liu taught at his Alma Mater, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2013 and in the collegiate division of SFCM in 2014 & 2015. His students have been accepted by the top music institutions in U.S., including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, and others. mliu@sfcm.edu

Laura Reynolds

"I center my teaching on ease and efficiency of technique in the pursuit of musical line, sound concept and rhythmic sensibility.  I enjoy helping students expand their 'tool kit' which they can use to become their own best teacher and problem-solver."

Ms. Reynolds has been an active performer and educator in Northern California for over 20 years.  She is principal oboist with the Santa Rosa and California Symphonies and a member of the Marin Symphony, and has appeared as soloist with all three organizations. Ms. Reynolds also performs regularly with a number of other regional orchestras and is lecturer in oboe at Sonoma State University.  A chamber music enthusiast, she is a member of the reed trio Trois Bois, and was a founding member of Citywinds, a San Francisco based woodwind quintet dedicated to contemporary repertoire.  Ms. Reynolds, a student of William Bennett and Harry Sargous, holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the University of Michigan (B.M.). lreynolds@sfcm.edu


Roman Fukshansky

"Each student possesses unique talents.  I try to identify and nurture those qualities, while working to establish a solid foundation that allows the young musician to find and feature their expressive voice. Figuring out this highly individualized puzzle within each student is perhaps my favorite aspect of teaching."

M.M., University of Southern California; Professional Studies Diploma, Manhattan School of Music; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Festivals include Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Attergau (Salzburg Festival), Sarasota, AIMS in Graz, and Idyllwild. Principal clarinet, Berkeley Symphony and Symphony Napa Valley. Previously acting principal clarinet, Modesto Symphony Orchestra. Co-Founder, Ensemble San Francisco. Collegiate faculty, UC Santa Cruz. Performances with San Francisco Symphony (including international and domestic tours), San Francisco Opera, California Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Moscow State Radio Orchestra, and Charleston Symphony (SC). Former principal clarinet, Winston-Salem Symphony, Augusta Symphony Orchestra. Previously collegiate faculty, CSU Stanislaus, Augusta State University (GA), and San Jose State University (visiting faculty). rfukshansky@sfcm.edu


Timothy Price

M.A. with distinction, California State University at Fresno; A.B. magna cum laude, Occidental College; further studies at Eastman School of Music and University of Northern Colorado; studied saxophone with Harvey Pittel and Gary Foster, piano with Richard Grayson and Phillip Lorenz; co-founder, co-director of the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra; faculty, San Francisco University High School; former faculty member California State University at Fresno, Fresno City College.


Yueh Chou

"My teaching emphasis is on sound production with good musicianship and developing a disciplinary routine and high level of focus while playing."

D.M.A. and M.M., University of Southern California; B.M., The Juilliard School; Certificate Diploma from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands; performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center; faculty, San Jose State University and Pre-College at SFCM. ychou@sfcm.edu

French Horn

Daniel Wood

"Every student has a degree of potential on any instrument. It is up to me -- as their teacher -- to help them discover that potential and take them as far as they want to go along the path of music education.  I believe in teaching students to be complete musicians and teaching them to be complete technicians on their chosen instrument. I stress musicality and stage presence in my methods and expect commitment in return when warranted.  Ultimately, it is my responsibility to teach my students how to be their own best teacher."

Chair of Musicianship and Composition for the Pre-College Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Daniel Wood is an accomplished composer, performer and educator. His compositions favor small groups such as brass, wind and string chamber music, steel drum ensembles and jazz combos and his most recent commissions have come from Ceora Winds, Presidio String Trio, and Avenue Winds. Mr. Wood has written and performed solo shows as an improvisational musician including "Life on an Island" and "Brother, Can you spare a Dime." As a founding member of the Quadre horn quartet, he has toured extensively since 1998, and composed and performed for Quadre's 4 albums with guest horn player James Thatcher, Grammy award-winning flutist, Molly Barth, and soprano Elizabeth Weigle.  Mr. Wood has lectured on the Business of Music for the American Federation of Musicians, San Francisco Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, University of Oregon, and the International Horn conferences. He is also a member of the Avenue Winds and the Teal Crane Trio, both focused on championing new work and runs Solid Wood Publishing. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Wood received his training from the University of California, Los Angeles. dwood@sfcm.edu


Scott Macomber

Having trained in Chicago, Scott Macomber teaches a "Song & Wind" style of trumpet playing with an emphasis on relaxed and efficient tone production. M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Northwestern University; studied with David Burkhart and Vincent Cichowicz; principal, Napa Valley Symphony, Arizona MusicFest, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra; member, Santa Rosa Symphony, California Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, San Francisco Brass Company; faculty, UC Davis and CSU East Bay. smacomber@sfcm.edu

Richard Roper

"I like a flexible approach to teaching that reflects students' diverse learning styles and goals."

D.M.A. University of Maryland, M.M. Yale School of Music, B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Winner of Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for year long residence and study in Paris. Performances at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, currently performs with many Bay Area ensembles. Faculty at UC Santa Cruz and Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View; formerly at University of Maine, Cal State Stanislaus. rroper@sfcm.edu


Nicholas Platoff

Nicholas Platoff joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2016 as Associate Principal Trombone. 

He also enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, vocalist, improviser, conductor, composer/arranger, concert producer, and recording artist. He performs and creates in non-classical genres ranging from pop and hip-hop to sound healing and music for multi-tracked trombone. Outside the concert hall, Platoff has performed in such disparate locales as Black Rock City’s deep playa, Moroccan dance clubs, Miami yoga classes, Alpine peaks, and San Francisco homeless shelters. 

In addition to teaching at SFCM, Platoff serves as guest faculty with the National Orchestral Institute and the Miami Music Festival, and as the low brass coach for the award-winning SFS Youth Orchestra.

He is a proud alumnus of New Haven’s Neighborhood Music School, Northwestern University, and the New World Symphony.


Michael Roest

M.M. The Juilliard School of Music; B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Michael studied with former Principal Tubist of the Cleveland Orchestra Ronald Bishop, Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic Alan Baer, and former Principal Tubist of the Baltimore Symphony David Fedderly. Michael trained at the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Lucerne Festival Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Roest served as Teacher of Brass Studies and Brass Ensemble Director at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as well as the Artistic and Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. mroest@sfcm.edu


Tommy Kesecker

B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Barry Jekowsky, Rick Kvistad and Johnny Rae; faculty member, Jazz School in Berkeley; performances with Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience; performances and recordings with Larry Vuckovich; performances with Michael Feinstein at Davies Symphony Hall. tkesecker@sfcm.edu

Stephanie Webster

"My teaching focuses on building a strong technical base that allows students to grow as solo and ensemble musicians.  It is important for young musicians to develop a strong work ethic but also to fall in love with their art so lessons are a balance between hardwork and fun."

Stephanie Webster is a Mexican-American musician who focuses on the folk music of her ancestors and other related cultures. She typically performs programmatic recitals that utilize her voice, various instruments and guest performers. Ms. Webster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts: Music with an emphasis in composition from Saint Mary's College of California, two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Marimba Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She studied composition with Conrad Susa, Dr. Martin Rokeach and Dr. Frank La Rocca and marimba with Jack Van Geem. In addition to her work in the Pre-College, Ms. Webster also teaches for the Blue Devils Organization in Concord.  An Education Artist for MarimbaOne Ms. Webster always uses their marimbas and mallets. For additional information please visit sfmarimba.comswebster@sfcm.edu