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  2. Pre-College Faculty

Keyboard Pre-College Faculty


Corey Jamason

D.M., Indiana University; M.M. Yale University; B.M. SUNY Purchase; director of SFCM Historical Performance program; co-director of Theatre Comique; principal keyboard American Bach Soloists; performances with Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; festival appearances at Berkeley Early Music Festival, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; multiple recordings with American Bach Soloists, received a GRAMMY nomination for recording with El Mundo, additional recordings with Giles Apap and Astrid Andersson. cjamason@sfcm.edu


Rodney Gehrke

M.A., musicology, University of California at Berkeley; studied with Hugo Gehrke, David Dahl, Lawrence Moe and Harald Vogel; director of Music and Liturgy at St. Mark's Lutheran Church; organist and choir director at Temple Emanu-El; organ instructor, University of California at Berkeley; adjunct lecturer in church music and liturgy at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; performed and recorded with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; recorded and toured with Chanticleer; appears on CD collection Historical Organs of San Francisco. rgehrke@sfcm.edu


Jacqueline Chew

Teaching includes "practice strategies" from recent studies with Burton Kaplan of Manhattan School of Music. Also incorporates music theory in understanding repertoire. M.M., SUNY-Binghamton and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; private studies with Leonard Shure in Boston; recorded Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus and Sweet Irrational Worship: The Niles-Merton Songs; has performed and recorded with the Women's Philharmonic; solo performances in North and South America and Europe; teaches at UC-Berkeley, SF Community Music Center. jchew@sfcm.edu

Amy Chiu

"I take great pleasure in inspiring students of all ages to enhance their technique and to explore their musical expressions."

M.A., piano performance, Manhattan School of Music; M.M., piano accompanying, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Fu-Jen University; studied with Zenon Fishbein, Timothy Bach and Anne Epperson. Professional accompanist to Conservatory students and Music Academy of the West. amy.chiu@sfcm.edu

Jacqueline Divenyi

Diploma, Geneva Conservatory of Music; Concert Diploma, Vienna Academy of Music; studied with Bruno Seidlhofer and Stefan Askenase; former faculty member, Geneva Conservatory of Music and Webster University in St. Louis. jdivenyi@sfcm.edu

Alla Gladysheva

"Works best with intermediate level students, who have encountered physical problems in their technique."

M.A., Leningrad State Conservatory; collegiate faculty, musicianship, keyboard skills, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; member of performing groups Lark, Tango #9 and Adama. allag@sfcm.edu

Erna Gulabyan

"I feel very strongly that you can't have artistic freedom if you don't have technical freedom."

Graduate of Moscow Conservatory and Central Musical High School for Specially Gifted Children in Erevan, Armenia; former faculty, Erevan Conservatory and Central Musical High School. egulabyan@sfcm.edu

Tomoko Hagiwara

"I love inspiring students of all ages and levels to develop not only their technique, but to expand their awareness of the beauty and empowering gifts of musical expression."

B.A. and graduate studies, University of Tokyo; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Adolph Baller, Max Egger and Lilli Kraus; first prize, San Francisco Symphony Competition; performed with San Francisco Symphony as soloist under Josef Krips; competed internationally at Long-Thibaud, Paris and Queen Elizabeth Competitions, Brussels; numerous performances and recordings as soloist and chamber musician. thagiwara@sfcm.edu

Heidi Hau Tyan

B.A., Stanford Universty; M.A., Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland; studied with Erna Gulabyan and John O'Conor; Fulbright Scholar 1999-2002; prize winner in Naumburg International Piano Competition, AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, China International Piano Competition; performed in the Concertgebouw, the Wiener Saal, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Forbidden City Concert Hall; Artistic Director of the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition. hhau@sfcm.edu

Dorian Ho

Ph.D., New York University; M.M., The Juilliard School; diploma, Vienna Academy of Music; studied with Beatrice Beauregard, Eugene List and Martin Canin; winner, Young Artist International Audition; New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall; soloist, Franz Liszt, Kazakstan State, and Moscow Chamber Orchestras and Slovic Sinfonietta. dho@sfcm.edu

Machiko Kobialka

M.M., Catholic University; B.M., Hartt College of Music; graduate, Toho-Gakuen School of Music; studied with Akiko Iguchi, Raymond Hanson, William Masselos and Grant Johanneson; recipient, California Touring Grant; former member, Kobialka Duo; former faculty member, California State University, East Bay. mkobialka@sfcm.edu

Sima Kouyoumdjian

"Music is a living language more vivid, forceful and fluent than any spoken tongue.The performer is the translator, the interpreter. From the first note in my lessons I try to encourage my students to aim to make every sound meaningful. Beauty of sound is a pianistic virtue that must be acquired from the very start."

M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Graduate, Sayat Nova Music School in Yerevan, Armenian SSR; studied with Mack McCray and Paul Hersh; alumna, Conservatory's Pre-College Division; Performed with San Francisco Sinfonietta. simak@sfcm.edu

Luba Kravchenko

B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studied with Paul Hersh; vocal coach and accompanist, San Francisco Arts Education Project; Director of Liturgical Music, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church. lubak@sfcm.edu

Hang Li

"Teaching is the joyful journey where I discover each student's individual strength and develop the approach accordingly in order to bring out the best musicianship through the combination of solid technical fundamental and refined musical expressions."

M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing,China; Artist Certificate, Southern Methodist University; Artist Diploma, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; Studied with Mack McCray, Joaquin Achucarro, Qifang Li and Yuan Ling. Master Classes with Gary Graffman, Murray Perahia, Robert Blocker and Guangren Zhou. China premier of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at Shanghai Concert Hall in 1997; Solo appearances throughout China,Siena, Birmingham, Dallas and the Bay area; Former faculty, Central Conservatory of Music, China, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Coppell Conservatory of Music. An active adjudicator in US and China; currently directs Hang Li Piano Studio in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit Hanglipiano.com or email hli@sfcm.edu.

Sharon Mann

Prefers to work with teenagers on track for collegiate conservatory study.

D.M.A., Northwestern University; M.A., Stanford University; B.A., The Juilliard School; early studies with Rudolph Ganz and Isador Buchhalter; later studies with Jose Echaniz, Irwin Freundlich, Rosalyn Tureck, and Dorothy Taubman; recipient, the George Eastman Award; has served as artistic director of Ohio's Governor Series; co-produced the Soviet Emigre Orchestra and Sommermusikwochen of Switzerland; recorded for Orion and Capella Records; former music director, Junior Bach Festival; former faculty, Perlman Music Program; collegiate faculty San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 2011; Master classes Sichuan Conservatory of Music 2012; Faculty Bowdoin International Music Festival. sharon.mann@sfcm.edu

Meikui Matsushima

Studio motto: hard work and quality practice. Diploma, Toho Music College, Tokyo; additional studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Administrative Director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy; member of Board of Directors of the Chopin Foundation, San Francisco Council. meikui.matsushima@sfcm.edu

Annamarie McCarthy

"I provide challenging, supportive instruction to students at all levels, with an emphasis on excellence in performance preparation and technique." B.A., Lone Mountain College; studied with Bernhard Abramowitsch and Peggy Salkind; performances at CAMI Hall in New York, Yosemite Bracebridge Concerts, Stanford University and University of California at Santa Cruz; recorded for Composer Recording Society label; member, Annamarie and John McCarthy Piano Duo; adjunct faculty, St. Mary's College; former faculty, Lone Mountain College. For more information please visit annamariemccarthy.com or amccarthy@sfcm.edu.

John McCarthy

Director Emeritus, Preparatory and Adult Extension Divisions

"My teaching is dedicated to cultivating musical excellence in committed students, with an emphasis on developing personal musical insight and an effective, healthy technique." B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; attended Mannes College of Music and Hofstra University; studied piano with Bernhard Abramowitsch, Katja Andy, Martin Canin, Robert Helps, Thomas La Ratta and Milton and Peggy Salkind; recorded for Composer Recording Society label; performances with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ojai Festival, Music in the Vineyards Festival; member, Annamarie and John McCarthy Piano Duo; Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars; summer faculty member, International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas, and EuroFest in Germany; former faculty member, Lone Mountain College and Pacific Music Festival. For more information, please visit JohnMcCarthypiano.com or jmccarthy@sfcm.edu.

Corey McVicar

"As a teacher I have the joy of providing my piano students with a solid technical and musical foundation, guiding them to strive toward excellence and assisting them with their development in becoming independent artistic musicians."

Corey McVicar, described as a "truly poetic and exhilarating" pianist by the Sydney Morning Herald, has performed worldwide. He has appeared extensively throughout his native Australia, including notable performances at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Parliament House; he has also given concerto performances with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Other performances include solo recitals, concerto and chamber music engagements in Singapore at Victoria Hall; the American University and Goethe Institute in Bagkok, Thailand; in Saint Germain En-Laye, France; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Strathmore Hall in Washington DC and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Recording artist for VDA Classics. Competition successes include the International Liszt Competition in Italy and the Frinna Awerbuch International piano competition in New York. Former faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and former adjunct piano faculty at Columbia University. For more information visit coreymcvicar.com or email corey.mcvicar@sfcm.edu.

Yoshikazu Nagai

For students age 11 or over who intend on pursuing a professional career in music.

Chair of Piano Department, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; D.M.A. studies, Rice University; studied with John Perry, Paul Schenly, Sergei Babayan , Duane Hulbert; recitals in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, National Recital Hall in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Italy, Radio broadcasts on NPR's "Performance Today"; first prize Washington International Piano Competition; prizewinner in New Orleans, Missouri Southern, San Antonio, Concert Artist Guild International Piano Competitions. Gives frequent master classes throughout U.S. and Asia; Jury member of international piano competitions including Gina Bachauer International Piano Compeititons; Summer faculty at Amalfi Coast Music Festvial in Italy, Art of Piano at CCM; additional summer faculty at Colburn Academy, Eastern Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Chautauqua, Beijing International Music Festival and others; Students are top prizewinners of international piano competitions including the Hilton Head, E-Piano Competition, and Cleveland International Piano Competitions; former faculty, Interlochen Arts Academy; For more information, visit yoshinagai.com or email ynagai@sfcm.edu.

Scott Pratt

M.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Mack McCray and Nina Svetlanova; four-time winner, Musical Merit Foundation Award. spratt@sfcm.edu

Richard Rogers

"I strive to inspire students to dig deeply into the great master works of piano music and to energize them to master the technical and interpretative demands of each piece, and I am in turn inspired by the passion of my community of adult students as well as energized by my accomplished younger students."

M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; studied with Seymour Bernstein, Marthe Motchane and Paul Hersh; performances with Chamber Music West, Paul Dresher Ensemble and with San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra; former faculty, Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska. rrogers@sfcm.edu

Lena Schuman

"I espouse the great Russian tradition of teaching by emphasizing the importance of solid technical preparation, analysis of musical style, and beautiful sound production. I welcome students of all ages and experience levels who are willing to engage in a profound study of classical piano repertoire and vastly improve the depth of their understanding and love for music."

Lena Schumann grew up as a pianist in the former Soviet Union, and performed with the Azerbaijan Symphony Orchestra at ages nine and twelve. She graduated form the Azerbaijan Specialized Music School before immigrating tot he United States in 1981. M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Maria Itzkovich, Haggai Niv, Milton Salkind and Herbert Stessin. lschuman@sfcm.edu

Robert Schwartz

D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music; M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., Indiana University; studied with Abbey Simon, Adolph Baller and Joseph Gingold. rschwartz@sfcm.edu

William Wellborn

William Wellborn is in demand as a pianist, teacher and lecturer throughout North America and Europe and has given concerts in 25 states and ten countries. He received an M.M. (New England Conservatory) and D.M.A. (University of Texas) in performance, and a B.M. in piano pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander and Nancy Garret, and two leaders in the field of piano pedagogy, Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. A scholar of historic musicians, Wellborn hosted the radio program Piano Legacy from 1995 to 1997. Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of the composers Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Mendelssohn and Haydn. He has taught at master classes of the Saint Malo (1998–2003) and Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy (2004–2007) programs and is currently on the faculty of the Austrian International Piano Seminar. Wellborn is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the American Liszt Society. He records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels and has been on the San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty since 1989. william.wellborn@sfcm.edu

Chia-Lin Yang

"I focus on preparing students to become professional performers with individuality, solving technical difficulties (especially due to inappropriate posture or execution), applying effective practicing strategies, and training sensitive ears and artistic acumen."

Doctor of Music, Indiana University Bloomington; studied with André Watts and Evelyne Brancart; minor field studies: music theory and music education; prizes winner, Seattle International, Kingsville International, Wideman International, Camerata, and WAMSO Young Artist Competitions; performances at Banff Center, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival; founder, West Valley College Young Artist Concert Series, Aristo Trio; recipient, Chancellor's Fellowship from the Jacobs School of Music; former faculty, Indiana University, West Valley College; currently also Lecturer in Piano, University of California-Santa Cruz. More information at chialinyang.com or cyang@sfcm.edu.