Every teacher at Amabile School of Music is a caring, enthusiastic and intelligent educator as well as a gifted musician. Our teachers hold degrees from top universities and music conservatories around the world. Many of them are members of Music Teachers’ Association of California, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and other emerging music ensembles. At Amabile, we strive to provide the highest quality of music education to our students. We, as a team of educators, will pass on our musical knowledge and experience to all the students through creative, exciting and enriching teaching methods.
Director Teresa Yu enjoys her career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, Founder & Director of Amabile School of Music and a mother of two beautiful children. She has won several competitions including first prize at the New England Piano Teachers Association in 1999 and 2000, the San Francisco Young Pianists Competition, and the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, and the first prize in Mu Phi Epsilon Competition in 2007. Ms. Yu has performed the Bach Double Piano Concerto in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory or Music and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. As the winner of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition, she performed Saint-saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Conservatory Orchestra in March 2005. She was invited to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Symphony of the Redwoods and the Liszt Piano concerto No.1 with Redwood Symphony. She performed in many master classes that were conducted by world famous artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Stephan Hough, Murray Perahia and more. She was invited to perform twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as a part of the May 2005 and 2007 Conservatory Project. She also participated in Music@Menlo International Music Festival as a chamber music institute coach and the judge of Chopin Competition in San Francisco. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Yu toured Europe and America with her piano trio, Aleron and gave numerous outstanding performances to people from all over the world. Pervious teaching experiences including Notre Dome de Victoires, West Portal Lutheran, Old Mill School and the Nueva School. Ms. Yu has earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and the prestigious Artist Certificate in Chamber Music as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Professor Paul Hersh.
Ms. Angela Dwyer grew up in the west coast of Scotland and began making music at a young age. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ian Tomlin School of Music, Napier University, Edinburgh studying classical piano with Clare Sutherland, Simon Coverdale, vocal coaches Andrew Doig, Joan Busby and Jazz instruction from Eddie Severn and Haftor Medbøe. Angela also had the privilege to learn with Malcolm Martineau and BBC music producer Paul Hamburger whilst studying piano accompaniment at the Oxenfoord International Summer School.
She travelled extensively as a pianist with Holland America Line for six years, all the while continuing her land career with performances in the United Kingdom and the United States. Angela holds over fifteen years of piano teaching experience, teaching students from 5-45 years old and has provided valuable music education to 4-11 year olds within the Scottish Education System. She believes in putting a strong emphasis on note/sight reading and has experience of both California Certificate of Merit and Associated Board for the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations. One size does not fit all, and Angela finds it very rewarding to find new ways to connect, teach and inspire. Her aim is to make music education enjoyable and accessible to all.
Ms. Isabelle Wilson is originally from Switzerland, where she obtained her Certificate of Piano in the Conservatory of Geneva with awards. Ms. Wilson also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and History of Cinema. Ms. Wilson earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance with awards in distinguished achievement, under the direction of Dr Victoria Neve and Dr Roger Woodward. To further her study, she graduated with a second Master of Arts in Education in 2013. Isabelle speaks French, Spanish, and English.
Ms. Wilson has been teaching and accompanying in the bay area for many years. She was a teacher assistant for two years as part of the after-school program Music Team at the Elementary School Woodrow Wilson in Daily City. She is a regular accompanist for George Washington High School and Presidio Middle School.
Ms. Wilson is passionate about teaching. She likes to build along with the student a solid rhythmic foundation, based on the Swiss educator Jaques Dalcroze’s principles. Each musical concept is taught thoroughly, based on the child’s comprehension and readiness. Each aspect has to be understood entirely before going to the next level. This educational structure is based on European pedagogues, such as Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Isabelle also believes in regular ear-training and rhythm exercises, in order to strengthen each student's musicianship. Her ultimate goal is to share her passion of music, as well as helping her students to become an independent thinker.
Amelita Guevara attained her Master’s degree in education from California State University East Bay, with her research thesis on the power of music towards the holistic education and values formation of young people. Coming from a family of musicians, she was trained in the classical German piano method at Saint Bridget’s College, Philippines, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree, emphasis in Piano Performance and Music Education. As a piano educator for more than 20 years in Northern California, she teaches diverse ages from 4 years to 60 years old, from beginner to advanced levels, using varied methods and styles, according to the achievable goals of both students and parents. Her accomplishments as piano teacher are proven by majority of her students consistently passing the MTAC certificate of merit with several making it to the honors level. She promotes music performance not only for public piano recitals but also for community outreach and church service.
According to Amelita: “I guide my students of in deep enjoyment of music in each piano lesson, so that whether music becomes their vocation or avocation, their experience of music can add to their personal and social sense of meaning and self-fulfillment in their lives.” As a professional piano faculty, Amelita is patient, innovative, fun and deeply committed in delivering excellent quality of musical education.
Ms. Esther Lam earned her Piano Performance Degree at the Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, where she attended under a scholarship. Esther has found her strong interest in Baroque performance practice and pursued her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Harpsichord Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been very active in the SFCM Baroque Ensemble. Both as an instrumentalist and in collaboration with singers on the operatic and song repertoires. She had performed in master classes with Jeffrey Thomas, Kate van Orden, Antony Newman, Phantasm, and Rachel Podger. She performed as a harpsichord soloist in a 2009 production of Handel's Rinaldo and enjoyed her first orchestra appearance in 2010, performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with SFCM Baroque Ensemble. In 2012, she won the Baroque concerto competition while she became a baroque accompanist at SFCM in 2013. Moreover, she has performed with several professional groups like the San Francisco Bach Choir, San Francisco Renaissance Voice, Musa, and continuously performed in summer festivals, including the American Bach Soloists Festival and Tafelmusik. In 2015, Esther had performed with famous AM1430 DJ for musical show and collaborated with a group of Hong Kong legendary singers for music concert at Los Angeles. Esther has been teaching music classes and piano lessons at West Portal Lutheran School & Clarion Music Center in San Francisco as well as music schools in Fremont and San Carlos. She also has been accompanying for many occasions including musical theatre works, musical casting, students’ concert/studio classes, church events and ceremonies at the bay area. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin & English.
Born in St. Louis (b. 1993) and raised an Arkansas Native, Daniel De Togni is currently a pianist, music teacher and composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His works have been performed in Japan, at the Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco, New Music on the Point, as well as being performed throughout the United States.
Daniel has taught music to students of all ages as well as different styles such as classical and jazz. His teaching philosophy incorporates breaking down the complex process of playing and/or writing music into smaller components that can be solved through creative problem-solving as well as emphasizing musical imagination as a tool for the learning process.
An extremely adept pianist, Daniel has performed in the United States as well as in Japan. He has performed many solo classical works from Rhapsody in Blue to Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 to Bach French Suites, as well as accompanying numerous works for various instruments, voices and ensembles.
Among having classical performances, he is also an avid jazz musician and performs gigs frequently in the Bay Area as well as in Arkansas. Daniel also collaborates frequently with other artists in various genres.
Mr. Kai Lin served as adjunct professor and a piano accompanist for Department of Music at Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina, an adjunct teacher at Norfolk Academy, the Director of Music at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Virginia, a piano teacher at St. Patrick Catholic School, piano accompanist and organist for Bellissima. A Women Choral in Tidewater area, Virginia. Mr. Lin studied in the Doctor of Musical Arts Program at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his Master of Music from the Ohio University School of Music in Athens, Ohio. He is a former lecturer in the Composition and Conducting Department and a piano accompanist in the Vocal Department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music after he graduated. Kai Lin won the Excellent Education Prize for teaching in Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He received the Graduate Scholarship and Graduate Assistantships Awards from both Ohio University School of Music with national honors, and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. Kai Lin made his organ and piano début in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996. The program includes J.S. Bach's Fugue in G Minor; L.V. Beethoven's Piano Sonata, Op. 31, No. 1; F. Chopin's Etude No. 12 “Revolutionary”; F. Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat Major; C. Franck's Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18; L. Vierne's Carillon de Westminster; C. M. Widor's Organ Symphony No. 5, Op. 42. Kai Lin's composition and performance repertoire is extensive. His music compositions and recordings are published in USA and China. Kai's piano compositions have been very warmly received at numerous piano recitals.
The singer, vocal & piano teacher, Anna Aistova began her musical studies at the age of 5. She was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and graduated from Rimsky Korsakov college of Music. Anna has taught private lessons, covering Vocal, Piano, solfeggio and music theory. She has a lot of experience in working with children and adult students, combing Piano and Vocal technique to develop general musicality.
From 2007 to 2012, Anna sang in Mariinsky and Mikhaloivsky Theatre Choirs in the productions of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Puccini’s «La boheme». In 2012 continued her studies at the Rimsky Korsakov College of Music, Saint Petersburg in the class of professor Tatiana Cherkasova, a holder of the title Honored Artist of Russia. During this time she received several prizes including Diploma of International Vocal Competition «New Opera World» Moscow 2015; Laureate of International Vocal Competition «CRESCENDO
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION» USA, New York In 2014 she performed in Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall as a soloist with Saint-Petersburg Folk orchestra.
Piano & Trumpet
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Mr. Pierce Yamaoka began his musical studies on cello until he switched to trumpet at age 11, studying with Wayne Huber of Fresno Pacific University. Pierce has also played piano throughout his life and is passionate about piano teaching. During high school, Pierce studied with Dr. Michael Caldwell, Associate Professor at Fresno State University and enjoyed success at the state and local level participating in the numerous FMCMEA, CBDA and CMEA conferences throughout California. Pierce went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with David Burkhart and Mario Guarneri and received an “Outstanding Achievement” Award in Orchestra.
Mr. Pierce Yamaoka recently finished his Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance where he was the recipient of the Graduate Tuition Award, the Charles Gorham Trumpet Scholarship and studied with Edmund Cord. During his time in Indiana, Pierce performed with the Indianapolis Brass Ensemble, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and was a substitute musician for the Columbus and Terre Haute Symphony. Prior to pursuing a Master’s Degree, Pierce has enjoyed a varied performing career with the Fresno Philharmonic, Sequoia Symphony, San Francisco Composer’s Chamber Orchestra and the Sequoia Brass Quartet.
Equally passionate about teaching, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Pierce has worked with hundreds of students in and outside of the classroom throughout the Central California. He also served as a coach and administrator for the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and continues to teach at the Sequoia Lake Music Camp.
Piano & Theory
Ms. Nayantara Jain is a pianist and theorist with experience teaching students of all ages, ranging from 4 to 56 years old. She believes that playing and practicing the piano is a unique way for each student to develop a healthy relationship with discipline, to explore their emotional voice extensively in a safe and fun space, and to hone their aural and intellectual perception. Nayantara works hard to adapt these goals to each student’s individual needs, setting them up for success in and outside of music in later life.
Nayantara has taught piano to young children and teenagers both privately and in the academy setting, and has organized her own summer piano program for adult students at Christ for All Nations Church in the Excelsior district. She has also taught ear training and musicianship at Stanford University, theory and keyboard skills at Cogswell Polytechnical College, and piano and music history at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. She completed Grade 8 of ABRSM exams as well as the Associate Diploma. A fervent harmony enthusiast, Nayantara loves to integrate a strong ear training foundation into her piano teaching. She is also a jazz pianist and can teach jazz piano, pop, and improvisation as well as classical piano.
Nayantara has studied piano with Corey McVicar, Kumaran Arul and Nina Svetlanova, composition with Erik Ulman, and theory with George Barth, Erika Arulanantham and David Loeb. She holds a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has previously studied at Mannes College of Music, New York, and at Stanford University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree with honours.
Mr. Ryan Shrode is an alumni of the the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received his B.M. in Double Bass performance under the tutelage of Scott Pingel (Principal Bass of the SF Symphony). While at the conservatory he received master classes from many of the greatest living musicians such as, Yo-Yo Ma, Edger Meyer, and Emanuel Ax. He has played with many of the Bay Area’s orchestras as well as in numerous ensembles ranging from Rock to Jazz and everything in between. Ryan currently teaches piano, double-bass, guitar, ukulele, voice, electric bass, composition & theory. He
Ryan completed his M.M. at SFSU where he studied under Shinji Eshima (Associate Principal of SF Ballet) and Joe Lescher (Principal of SF Opera). He won the SFSU Concerto Competition in 2016 and performed the Bottesini Bass Concerto No.2 with the SFSU orchestra. Ryan began playing electric bass at 15 and recorded his first album at 16 after winning 1st place in NMHS Talent Competition. Soon after he began to study Jazz, Classical and composition. At
18, for his senior project he composed and performed his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the North and South Medford Orchestras. He has been teaching in San Francisco with students aging from four years old to sixty-five.
Piano & Percussion
Dr. Ethan Lin earned his doctoral degree in Percussion Performance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015, where he studied with Ricardo Flores and William Moersch. Specializing in marimba playing, his doctoral thesis is on six-mallet marimba techniques in selected works.
Dr. Lin’ concerto experiences include Alfred Reed’s Concertino for Marimba and Ming-Shong Li’s Chinese Drum Concerto with the school orchestras in Taiwan (2005 and 2007). As a soloist, he has performed numerous recitals and has been active in orchestra and ensemble performances. He had participated in various music festivals, such as Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival (2010 & 2015), Keiko Abe Marimba Academy (2013), and SoundSCAPE (2014). In 2007, he won the first prize in the percussion category of Taiwan Music Competition.
In addition to performing, Dr. Lin enjoys teaching as well. He teaches percussion group class, piano, and theory lessons in the bay area. His teaching philosophy is to make music enjoyable to students at all times! His wish for his students is to not only gain musical knowledge but also to feel the joy and peace which music brings to them.
Violin, Viola & Piano
A native of Poland, Agnieszka Victoria Peszko, is an active recitalist and a devoted teacher residing in the United States. She has appeared as a soloist at renowned venues in her home country, such as the President’s Gallery, the Warsaw Music Society, and the Warsaw Philharmonic. In Europe she has performed in Poland, Finland, Germany, and in the United States she has given concerts in New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. In addition to performing solo repertoire, Ms. Peszko is particularly fond of chamber music. She has been a founding member of The Cali Piano Trio.
Ms. Peszko won several prizes at national and international competitions, including second prize at the Concerto Competition at Montclair State University, second prize at the J. Garscia International Competition, the First International Young Violinist Competition, the First Regional Chamber Music Competition, fourth prize at the G.F. Telemann Competition, and first distinction at the G. Bacewicz Competition.
Ms. Peszko believes that every student has the ability to grow musically and technically and it is teacher’s responsibility to inspire, encourage and provide professional guidance to each student individually. As a teacher, she enjoys working with all her students and she takes great pride in her students’ success. Many of her pupils has participated and received First Class Honors at the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program as well as performed in seasonal concerts and recitals.
In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and rock climbing.
Violinist Shaina Pan holds a Performer Diploma in Solo Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University, where she studied with Austin Hartman and Grigory Kalinovsky. She is currently completing her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Ian Swensen. Shaina is passionate about playing music by living composers and challenging traditional paradigms of classical music performance. She has received Contemporary Performance and Ensemble fellowships from the Wellesley College Composers Conference and the Atlantic Music Festival. She recently performed in Mexico City with the IU New Music Ensemble as part of the grand opening of the IU Mexico Gateway at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
As a teacher, Shaina has experience with both group violin classes and private lessons at the IU Jacobs School of Music String Academy, as well as Fairview Elementary School in Bloomington, Indiana. Her teaching method is tailored to each student’s individual technical needs, but above all, it prioritizes physical freedom and a positive, non-judgmental environment.
Ms. Constance Millecan discovered her love for music when she began learning piano at age six and violin at age eight. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2013, where she studied under the tutelage of Wei He. She earned her Master of Music degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2015, where she studied under Lorenz Gamma and Moni Simeonov.
Constance currently freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to teaching at Amabile, she taught for Art and Soul Music Studios as well as her own private studio. Constance is passionate about helping her students learn in a positive and inspiring environment. Her main goal is to help her students achieve their musical ambitions and find happiness through music.
Voice & Piano
Soprano Lora Libby is recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received an M.M. in Vocal Performance. While earning her undergraduate degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, she performed as Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Amy in Adamo’s Little Women. She received the Dean B. McNealy Scholarship from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has also been a finalist in both classical and musical theater divisions at multiple Illinois state, regional, and Chicago chapter NATS competitions. In 2009, Lora created the role of Eva in Passage to Paradise, an original opera created for the members of the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles, California. She has also been awarded the Searfoss Prize in Vocal Music from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and the Garabedian Foundation Scholarship from OperaWorks. Her recent opera roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto, and covering Despina in the Conservatory Opera Theatre production of Così fan tutte. Lora is also an avid musical theater performer, and her roles include Hodel in Fiddler with The Bird and Baby Theater, and Olive Ostrovsky (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Clara (Light in the Piazza) with the Conservatory’s Musical Theater Workshop.
As a teacher, Lora has several years of experience teaching private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages and abilities, in a variety of styles. She is committed to helping students learn the basic technical skills of their instrument, and building a solid foundation for musical expression.
Michelle Chang is an accomplished European-trained opera singer and music educator with a rich international experience both on stage and as a teacher. She sang at the Zurich Opera House in Switzerland before co-founded the “Volksoper Zürich” company and has been giving countless concerts and operas in the USA, Europe and Asia.
She studied vocal performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany, followed by a master’s degree in Elementary Music Education.
She has taught voice and piano extensively. Her experience as an educator includes the creation of a music program for a music academy in San Diego, CA, and teaching assignments at music schools and public schools in the USA, Germany and Switzerland.
Michelle loves all music styles and shares that passion with her students, whom she motivates and encourages to explore the music that they like. She is an excellent communicator and listener and helps students to reach their potential and goals. Her teaching is flexible so that students can progress at their own speed. Above all, she believes that; “Life is better with Music!”.
Praised for being "magnificent, playful, and nimble" (San Francisco Classical Voice), soprano
Danielle Cheiken is an active performer in the Bay Area in both the musical theater and operatic
repertoires. Recent performances include Winnie Winslow in 42nd Street Moon’s No, No, Nanette, the title role in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Opera Theater Unlimited,
and Lucy in Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera. Other favorite
operatic roles include Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park, West Coast premiere), Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Just Jeanette (Too Many Sopranos), Fräulein Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Michael Charmaine (The Money Tree), and Tatyana Bakst (Great Scott,
cover, workshop, and premiere). Favorite partial roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro),
Controller (Flight), Zdenka (Arabella), and the title role in The Little Prince. Danielle’s musical
theatre experience includes Chauffeur, Will Hays, Opera Singer, and Queen (As Thousands
Cheer), Adriana (The Boys from Syracuse), and Desirée Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) to name
a few. Danielle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s Degree
from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
As a voice and piano teacher, Danielle likes to create an open and welcoming environment where the student feels safe to take risks, try new things, and have fun! With a focus on breath support and a balanced posture in voice lessons as well as theory and musicality in both voice and piano, Danielle hopes to help each student realize his or her limitless potential.
A Bay Area native, Lauren Chandler studied in Sweden and California, earning both her
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of
Music, where she also received the Dean’s Award for outstanding academic achievement.
As a recent graduate from the Conservatory, Ms. Chandler is an active performer
throughout the Bay Area in an extensive range of styles including opera, musical theater,
contemporary classical music, and jazz. Her recent appearances on the operatic stage include the roles of The Countess in Corigliano’s Ghost of Versailles, Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte. She was also recently part of the Bach
Millennium summer program where she sang arias and scenes from operas La Bohème,
Guillaume Tell, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Additionally, Lauren has appeared as a soloist with The
Pacific Choir and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra with whom she performed
Mahler’s Symphony IV and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Her other appearances in
contemporary chamber ensembles include performances of De Staat with SFCM’s New Music
Ensemble, and with song cycle 150 mg in SFCM’s Hot Air Festival.
With experience in training voice to students of all ages, Lauren believes music lessons
should encourage pupils to develop their unique artistic talents and challenge themselves in a
safe space. In addition, each session focuses on healthy breath support, alignment, and diction to
strengthen individual tone and to allow each student to discover their own distinctive voice.
Lauren is proud of the work her students achieve and celebrates the triumphs each one achieves
on their own journey.
Cello & Piano
Cellist Shiqi Li is from Shanghai, China and started her music practices through piano at age five and began studying cello at age seven. She graduated from the Music Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. There she studied under the instruction of distinguished professors Meijuan Liu and Xinhua Ma. Shiqi received a B.M degree under full scholarship at Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. There she was a member for the studios of renowned cellists Julie Albers and Hans Jorgen Jensen. She recently earned her
masters from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music here in the bay area. There she studied under the great chamber musician and cellist professor, Jennifer Culp.
Ms. Li has taught locally at Lincoln High School and Music Mission San Francisco since 2016. Her goal is not only to teach music, but to teach how to enjoy playing an instrument. She aims to encourage students to build confidence in their abilities so they may reach their utmost potential. In addition to her academic achievements and teaching experience, Ms. Li has been performing for high profile events from an early age. She has been prominently featured on the Zhejiang Television Channel in China and has collaborated with acclaimed Chinese pop stars in performance. These experiences spurred her interest in arranging Chinese pop songs for
the cello. Her efforts have been yielded her with over 200,000 followers and counting on the Chinese social media site “Meipai.”
Piano & Guitar
Ms. Veronica Eres is a classical guitarist from Knoxville, Tennessee. She began her musical
studies on the piano at age 4 and on the violin at age 6. She played with the Knoxville Youth
Symphony Orchestra for several years, and at age 15, began studying guitar and had already won
prizes in several competitions after just 6 months of study. She has performed in countries
ranging from the United States to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
Veronica holds a Bachelors in Music Performance from the Florida State University where she
studied with renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Music Performance in Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Judicäel Perroy.
Veronica is passionate about teaching students of all ages and sharing the love of music! She has
taught privately and in public institutions in several different states from the age of 17. Her
favorite part of teaching is helping her students use music to learn and think in different ways
and to express their creative spirit.
Classical guitarist Thomas Walsh has studied in Paris at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg France and at the San Francisco Conservatory with David Tanenbaum. As a concertizing classical guitarist, he has played all over Europe and in the Middle East. In 2010 he was invited to play a concert for the minister of culture in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. .Walsh now resides in San Francisco where he enjoys teaching at the Amabile School of Music. As a pedagogue, Thomas is dedicated to training the next generation of musicians and provided a enthusiastic approach to learning the guitar.
Guitar & Double Bass
International guitar soloist Lyle Sheffler began playing classical guitar at the age of seven and made his first public appearance at the age of eight. Acclaimed for his artistry, warm tone, and captivating programs, he has played at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Freight & Salvage Stadium, the Tilles Center, and the Hanoi Opera House, as well as numerous other concert halls around the globe. In addition to solo recitals, Lyle has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras with Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre” and Antonio Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major.
Lyle earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under the tutelage of acclaimed guitar pedagogue Ray Chester.
Lyle received his Masters of Music degree in classical guitar from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Guitar Foundation of America competition winner and Naxos recording artist Marc Teicholz and department chair David Tanenbaum. As a performer, Lyle has become an integral part of the San Francisco music community, both as a soloist and as member of the Duo Boheme with flutist Courtney Wise. He also maintains a thriving teaching studio and is now accepting students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides classical guitar, Lyle is proficient on double bass, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, and lute. He looks forward to a future of sharing his love for the guitar with his audiences and students, alike.