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Strings Continuing Education Faculty

Learn Strings from our fantastic Continuing Education Faculty.


William Barbini, violin

Diploma, The Juilliard School; studied with Ivan Galamian and Paul Makanowitsky; concertmaster, Monterey Symphony; music director, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento; former member, New York Philharmonic; performs with San Francisco Contemporary Players and Music Now; performed at Festival San Miguel Allende in Mexico, Pacific Music Festival and Other Minds Festival; faculty, California State University at Sacramento. wbarbini@sfcm.edu

Accepting advanced students.

Aenea Mizushima Keyes, violin

"My teaching method combines my extensive training with my international performance experience. ENSEMBLES: Inspiring students to learn advanced rehearsal techniques, create unified ensemble interpretations, and present artistic chamber music performances. VIOLIN: Through studying technical pieces and performance works, students learn to practice efficiently, perform confidently, and understand the interconnection between musical expression and technical mastery."

M.M., National Academy of Music, Bulgaria; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, UK; violin: Dorothy DeLay, Guinka Guichkova and Daniel Phillips; composition/improvisation: Meyer Kupferman. Toured Russia, Japan, Europe and USA as soloist, chamber musician, violinist-composer. Premieres: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, including Carman Moore's Mass for the 21st Century. Collaborations: museums, dance, theater, film. Chamber Music: trio - MusicAEterna member and founder, annual premeires; quartet-octet with Alexander String Quartet, while member of Del Sol String Quartet. ChamberImprov: MusicAEterna; ChamberJazz: D. Matheny, trumpet. Chamber/Symphonic Orchestra: Philharmonia Virtuosi, Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa, Aspen Music Festival. Recordings include: MusicAEterna CD -- At the Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artcast - Picasso Suite; Documentary Film - Senorita Extraviada, Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival. amkeyes@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Davis Law, violin

"I believe the student always comes first; I wish to foster a love of music grounded in expressive playing and technical proficiency."

B.M., New England Conservatory of Music; studied with Zaven Melikian and Dorothy DeLay; alumnus, Conservatory's Preparatory Division. dlaw@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Joseph Maile, violin

"My teaching style is a fusion of the styles of each of my teachers over the years - from Itzhak Perlman and Kathleen Winkler to Ian Swensen. I try to give each of my students a firm technical foundation with a strong focus on scales and some etudes. While solid, relaxed technique is a crucial part of my focus, I mainly see it as a tool for better musical expression and my real interest is in exploring the music with my students and bringing it to life, no matter what their age."

B.M. The Juilliard School; M.M. Rice University; AC Chamber Music San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Violinist Joseph Maile has been passionate about teaching and chamber music from very early on in his musical studies and he has performed in various ensembles throughout the United States. Mr. Maile has taught at the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and is currently on the violin and chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music teaching both Pre-College and Collegiate students. Mr. Maile is a founding member of the San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and winner of the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Naumburg Award. jmaile@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Pei-Ling Lin, viola

"The main focus of my teaching is to develop positive learning mind set and constructive practice methods with students. I wish my students to be their own teachers at home. Other aspects of my teaching include building a solid foundation for technique, opening the students' ears and encouraging creative thinking in music."

Founding violist of the Fischoff award-winning Telegraph Quartet, Ms. Lin is an active performer and teacher. She holds a B.M. degree from The Juilliard School, M.M. from Rice University, and Artist Certificate from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Miss Lin has given masterclasses throughout the U.S., and performs both nationally and internationally including major festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and Yellow Barn Music Festival, where she taught for two years in the Young Artist Program. Recent chamber music collaborations include Paul Katz, Joseph Lin, Roberto Diaz and Robert Mann. plin@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Madeline Prager, viola

“My aim in every lesson is to teach students technical, organizational, and aural skills - tools they need to play expressively. To communicate a composer’s intention, we find expression between the notes.”

B.A. in Music, U.C. Berkeley, M.A. in Performance at Northwest German Music Conservatory Detmold. Studied with Detlev Olshausen and Bruno Giuanna. Madeline has been teaching for well over 40 years, first as teaching assistant to Bruno Giuranna. Adjunct faculty positions at Music Conservatories Stuttgart and Trossingen (1987-1992). Professor of Viola at Music Conservatory Karlsruhe (1991-2000), University of the Pacific (2002-2006). SFCM Collegiate and Pre-College division since 2009. Principal violist in Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra (1980-1983) and Stuttgart Philharmonic (1983-1991), where she performed many standard and commissioned concerti with orchestra, as well as recitals and chamber music concerts in the USA and abroad.

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Randolph Fromme, cello

String chamber music coordinator

"Using standard repertoire, etudes and technical studies, I focus on practice methods and strategies in order to help the student reach musical and technical independence."

Artist Certificate, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.A., University of Minnesota; B.A., University of Wisconsin; studied with Mark Sokol and Clive Greensmith; collaborative performances with Frederica von Stade, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein; member, Fromme Duo with pianist Shu Li; former member, Oberon and Del Sol quartets; performances in Other Minds and Sandpoint Festivals; former faculty, UC - Santa Cruz, Nueva School. Developer - "Cello Playing" - Pedagogy Channel on Youtube. rfromme@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Andrew Luchansky, cello

M.M., State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.M., New England Conservatory of Music; studied with Laurence Lesser, Timothy Eddy, and chamber music with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets and Beaux Arts Trio; master classes with Gregor Piatagorsky, Bernard Greenhouse and Anner Bylsma; performances with The Classical Band, Musica Sacra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist at the Festival International de Musica in Deia Spain, Italy and Denmark; former faculty, Florida State University, currently director of string studies at the CSU Sacramento School of Music. aluchansky@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Jeremiah Shaw, cello

As the cellist and co-founder of the Telegraph Quartet, Jeremiah’s ensemble won top prizes in the Fischoff (2014) and Naumburg Chamber Music (2016) Competitions. His chamber music mentors include the Audubon, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Concord string quartets. Jeremiah attained a B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a M.M. at the Juilliard School in cello performance, and a 2nd B.M. at Shenandoah University in Music Production and Recording Technology. In addition to studying with Richard Aaron at CIM and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, he was a New World Symphony Fellow for a couple years where he performed a cello concerto with the NWS as a competition winner. Mr. Shaw has toured the U.S., Asia and Europe with various chamber ensembles and performed at such notable festivals as Kneisel Hall, Spoleto Italy, Emilia Romagna, Chautauqua Institute, and Yellow Barn.

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Eric Sung, cello

Dedicated to teaching students of all age levels to integrate music into their lives and achieve their goals. Principal cellist, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Sung studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, and the Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Stephen Geber, David Geber, Ronald Leonard, Fred Sherry and Lynn Harrell. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Sung has performed at the Taos, Sarasota, Scotia, Kent/Blossom, Aspen, Tanglewood, Mendocino and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals. He studied with members of the American, Cleveland, Orion, Takacs, and Guarneri String Quartets and has performed in concert with the California E.A.R. Unit, Duke String Quartet, Joshua Bell, Michael Tree, Ronald Leonard, Alexander Kerr, John Graham, Lawrence Dutton, and Jeffrey Kahane. Mr. Sung has been heard as soloist with the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Saratoga Symphony, Contra Costa Chamber orchestra and the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra. He has participated in the New York String Seminar, Piatigorsky Seminar and has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, Pacific Music Festival and Verbier Festivals. He was a member of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and was Assistant Principal of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Mr. Sung has served as Acting/Guest Principal of the Sydney Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. esung@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Barbara Wirth, cello

Accepting beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Stephen Tramontozzi, dobule bass

Stephen Tramontozzi, assistant principal double bass of the San Francisco Symphony, studied with Robert Olson of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Oscar Zimmerman at the Eastman School of Music. He held the position of principal bass of the Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paolo, Brazil and has also performed with the Chamber Music West Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Cabrillo Music Festival. Formerly on the faculties of Stanford University and the Universities of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, Tramontozzi currently serves on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College. He has been called upon to present clinics and master classes for the Hammond Ashley Double Bass Symposium, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Texas, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Pacific Music Festival and the Asian Youth Orchestra. Engagements as a recitalist have taken him to Japan, Washington and throughout California. He received a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lawrence Wolfe, and an M.M. from the Conservatory. stephent@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Jennifer Ellis, harp

Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over sixty premieres. She embraces firsts: first harpist to attend Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals, and the first harpist to be a One Beat Fellow, a fellowship through Found Sound Nation and the U.S. State Department. An Alice Chalifoux Prize awardee, she performs with the new music harp and saxophone group Admiral Launch Duo, four-time residents of Avaloch Music Institute, with an upcoming album on Albany records. Dedicated to innovative music pedagogy, she has taught privately and at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., and Young Artist’s Harp Seminar. An in-demand educator, she gives an average of a dozen guest workshops per season at institutions including Arizona State University, CSU Sacramento, Cleveland State University, Interlochen, the International Harp Festival, Miami University, Michigan State University, University of Arizona, University of Hartford, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was named an inaugural UM Engaged Pedagogy Fellow, earned a UM CRLT Graduate Teacher Certificate, and trained in eurhythmics pedagogy at CIM. Drawing on this advanced training, she has been tapped to train other teachers in settings including the SF ASTA teaching symposium and the University of Michigan. She is a 2017-2018 UC Davis artist-in-residence. www.harpellis.com. jellis@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.