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Musicianship, Composition, & Music History Pre-College Faculty

Learn composition and music history from our incredible Pre-College Faculty.


June Bonacich

musicianship, composition

Has had pieces performed by the Community Women's Orchestra, The East Bay Youth Orchestra and other local ensembles.  M.A., Sonoma State University; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Elinor Armer; former faculty for San Francisco Boy's Chorus; winner, Kris Getz Composition Award in 1997 and 1998.

Bobby Chastain

musicianship, composition

Mr. Chastain is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and University of Florida, earning his MM and BM degrees respectively. Bobby maintains an active career in the Bay Area as a conductor, composer, bassoonist, and basso profondo. He sings in Schola Cantorum at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and also works with the San Francisco Opera as a lead teaching artist, guiding classroom mini-opera composition in the Bay Area public school system. Previously, he has served as Assistant Director of the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, as well as Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, Bassoonist of the Oregon-based woodwind quintet Asculta!, and Artistic Director of the Ambrosia Opera Company. Bobby's compositions include works in choral, orchestral, wind ensemble, vocal, and small ensemble settings.

David Conte


D.M.A., Cornell University; commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton, Oakland and Stockton Symphonies, the American Guild of Organists, Sonoma City Opera, and the Gerbode Foundation; Fulbright Scholar in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, a Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellow, and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow; B.M. Bowling Green University with Wallace DePue and Ruth Inglefield; M.F.A. and D.M.A. Cornell University; collaborated on film score for Ballets Russes, Sundance Film Festival in 2005; faculty, collegiate division San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Daria Novoliantceva

Technology and Applied Composition

Michael Kaulkin

composition and musicianship

"My musicianship classroom teaching is heavily influenced by my years studying in Hungary and I have adapted many Kodaly-flavored techniques emphasizing strong inner hearing, musical memory, flexibility and independence.  Placing a high value on students' enjoyment of music making, with and without an instrument, my class is fun and relaxed, but also very challenging."

Michael Kaulkin is an accomplished composer of chamber, orchestral and choral music, as well as music for the stage.  In the Bay Area, his works have been performed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Francisco Choral Artists, Mission Chamber Orchestra, LIEDER ALIVE! and others.  His clarinet and piano piece American Standard is popular with clarinetists around the world and is included on the U.K. label Clarinet Classics' 2007 CD Time Pieces: 60 Years of American Music.  He holds a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition with Conrad Susa after a previous 3-year period studying composition and choral conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.  He is on the Musicianship faculty of both the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division and the Crowden School in Berkeley.  Mr. Kaulkin is also the founder of Swirly Music, a non-profit service offering self-publishing composers an online storefront for their works in print.

Aaron Pike


Aaron Pike is an active music educator and composer in the Bay Area. Mr. Pike holds a Masters of Music Composition from SFCM. He is published by Santa Barbara Music.

Arkadi Serper

composition, musicianship

Compositions performed by Stockton Symphony, YPSO, Bridge Chamber Ensemble/Seattle; piano performances  in Germany, UK, Italy, Poland, Thailand and Greece including recent participation in The International Music Festival of Aegean 2011. B.A., Gnesin State Musical College; M.A., Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory; compositions for Kairos Youth Choir and musical theatre; faculty, The Crowden School.

Daniel Wood

Chair of composition and musicianship, French Horn

"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.

Mauricio Rodriguez

D.M.A. and M.A. in Music Composition, Stanford University; M.A. and B.F.A. in Sonology/Composition, Royal Conservatory The Hague, The Netherlands; B.F.A. in Music Composition, University of Mexico. Artist-in-Residence: Arteles Center (Finland), University of California Santa Cruz (WACM-Composition), International Center for Composers (Sweden), Xenakis Center (France), Formations Professionnelles Royaumont (France), and Cuban Institute of Art. Fellow of the National Endowment of Mexican Art.

Rodriguez has taught music theory, music technology and composition at Stanford University, San Jose State University, ESMUC Catalunya, University of Mexico, and Conservatory Salamanca Spain. Currently, he leads the piano lab at San Jose City College and teaches AP Music Theory, Musicianship, and Composition at the Pre-College Program in San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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