Mr. Bruce graduated from Communication University of China (one of the best art university in China). His undergraduate major is Musicology. He got his master degree in Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a focus on Sound Design and Composing. Mr. Bruce has much performing experience include chamber music, symphony, violin and viola solo. He also was the first chair viola player in Beijing Philharmonic Symphony. In the Bay Area, he has good connection of SFSU, SFCM's music artists and he also plays viola in Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.
For his teaching experience, he has been teaching 3 years in Beijing as main string instructor and help kids won the performing award for each of the year. In the Bay Area, he has been teaching over 5 years and hundred students. Mr. Bruce is also a really nice and patient teacher. People love Bruce's class. Hope you will join and have fun in music learning.
Clark began his musical career at the age of 9, taking piano lessons with Ms. Janet Brewer. In his time under Janet's instruction, Clark explored baroque, early classical, and romantic repertoire, completing several annual piano auditions for the National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT) and receiving awards for his performance of 10-15 pieces from memory each year.
At the age of 13, he began taking violin lessons with Victor Lin at the Vibo Music Center. In this time, Clark's musical interest expanded to include more modern genres of music as well as traditional world music. Not long after, Clark enrolled into Archbishop Riordan High School, whose music program did not include stringed instruments. So, while enrolled, Clark dabbled in various other instruments for the school's concert band, marching band, drumline, pit orchestra, and jazz band. In his graduation year, Clark was selected as the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award.
Clark later began working on his B.S. Forensic Biology at CSU East Bay.By this time, Clark became more interested in composing rather than performing music. Today, he is a piano accompanist for local church choirs. He teaches piano and violin at the Vibo Music Center. Also, while he occasionally accepts other commissions, Clark is currently responsible for composing over 80 tracks for an online video game-in-development, Pumpkin Online.
Clark's teaching style emphasizes comprehension of musical literature. Students can expect to learn two styles of reading music: 1) quick, analytical reading and 2) slower, deliberate reading for muscle memory. Moreover, Clark works towards giving students instruction that will lead to very fluent expression of musical ideas. Students will also be encouraged to explore music theory, improvisation, composing/songwriting, and learning-by-ear.
I am a Canadian-Taiwanese violinist with a passion for teaching music. I hold a diploma from Mount Royal University, as well as University of Sherbrooke. I am currently studying with Ian Swensen at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the Sergei Barsukov Scholarship for Violin. I've had the opportunity to play for many world-renowed violin pedagogues, which has given me a vast knowledge in the methods of teaching the violin. I've extensively with young children, and adults as well. Currently, I am a teacher in the outreach program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I look forward to exploring the power of music with you and your child!
With a versatile technique built upon a solid foundation, the expressive soul of music can be effectively expressed. Furthermore, the process of learning music has the capability of building great character, which is something I hope to reinforce. I teach the foundations of violin playing from the teachings of Ian Swensen, which echoes that of the legendary Dorothy DeLay. I teach violin technique through routines and scales taught to me by world-renowned pedagogue, William Van Der Sloot and Michael Frischenschlager. I believe that if a child loves something enough, they will be able to accomplish the things they strive for.
Milda Martisius spent most of her youth in Pasadena, Ca and Palm Springs, Ca. She loved music since childhood and went on to study violin and viola at Biola University in La Mirada, Ca. She recieved her Bachelor degree in viola in 2000. In 2004 she received her Masters in viola at Penn State University where she studied with Timothy Deighton, Gerardo Edelstein and Robert Nairn. Milda loved Pennsylvania so much while she was there she worked with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Altoona Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, and taught at Juniata College. She also studied more at Duquesne University with Randy Kelly, principal violist of Pittsburgh Symphony. Studying music, teaching, and performing has brought her as far as China, Brazil, Spain, and Kuwait.
Currently, Milda is freelancing in the bay area and is principal violist for Kensington Symphony Orchestra. Milda loves seeing music students grow in their musical abilities.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Natalia Badziak is a graduate of the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and holds Bachelor's degrees in viola performance and comparative literature. She has been a student of Roland Vamos and Peter Slowik, and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in the studio of Dimitri Murrath at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Natalia has taught both violin and viola in the Oberlin Conservatory String Preparatory and secondary lesson departments, and also has experience coaching chamber music. She has 18 years of performance experience and has attended many prestigious festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Natalia particularly enjoys playing music by living composers and has commissioned new works for the viola.
As a teacher, Natalia is dedicated to helping each student develop their individual voice at their own pace; she finds it especially rewarding to watch her students grow over time.
Nate Guinto is a contemporary violinist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated the Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Violin Performance (Magna Cum Laude) in 2016. He has studied with some of the best contemporary violin players in the world. Names such as Darol Anger, Matt Glaser, Rob Thomas, Mads Tolling, Jason Anick, Jeremy Kittel, Mimi Rabson, and Mike Block. Nate Guinto specializes in playing modern day music that you would usually hear on the radio. Also as a trained jazz musician he also makes the concept of improvising a really important skill to have. Nate has played in a number bands/ensembles during his music career such as CGC Chamber Groove Company (2016), The Berklee Contemporary String Orchestra (2013), The Cuervoz Quintet (2016), but nowadays Nate Guinto is more of a solo performer. Nate Guinto has performed for many weddings, private events and parties as a solo performer. He is also currently an aspiring producer. Nate Guinto uses unorthodox methods of teaching that try to best suit the student. Nate still teaches proper technique through some classical methods. At the end of the day, Nate just wants the kids to have fun playing and will cater to whatever they want to learn.
Solanch Sosa started her career as a violinist at the age of seven. She studied with Emilia Bondarenko at the Conservatory for the Arts in Cienfuegos, Cuba where she is originally from. During the firsts years of her career she won the National Strings Concerto Competition of her country, leading her to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela, under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Solanch Sosa has also performed with orchestras like the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Miami Symphony.
Solanch attended New World school of the Arts where she studied with Dr. Daniel Andai. During these years, Solanch has attended the Killington Music Festival (2016 and 2018) and NYO-USA/NYO2 (2017). This gave her the opportunity of performing in venues like Carnegie Hall and Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall in Philadelphia. Solanch has performed with artists like Christopher O’Reilly, Philippe Entremont, YoYo Ma, Esperanza Spalding and Sammy Nestico. She has worked under the baton of various renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Dr. William LaRue, Thomas Sleeper, Jeffrey Grogan and Giancarlos Guerrero, leading her to studying a vast orchestral repertoire.
Solanch Sosa is currently attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Professor Ian Swensen.
Taylor Cooksey started studying violin at the age of fourteen with Dr. Georgette Popa and viola at age seventeen with the same professor. While under Dr. Popa’s instruction, Taylor participated in the Seraphim Symphony Youth Orchestra in Southern California, where she was a soloist, concertmaster, and principal viola throughout the four years she spent in the ensemble. With the symphony, Taylor got the chance to perform the Czardas violin solo with the orchestra at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and the Hoffmeister viola concerto at the Chambord Castle and La Madeleine Cathedral in France in 2014. Other notable performances that Taylor has been a part of include touring Germany and Prague with the BCCM Orchestra in 2017, and performing in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Segerstrom Performing Arts Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
Taylor received her Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance with a minor in psychology in 2019 from California State University, Long Beach where she studied with Dr. Josephine Moerschel and Dr. Jason Bonham. During her time at Long Beach, Taylor joined the American Youth Symphony Orchestra, and had the privilege to perform in various studios to record viola tracks for the short film “Bruised” and for the band Tribal Seeds.
Taylor has been teaching violin, viola, cello, and piano for five years in various private music schools and public schools. For the 2018-2019 school year, Taylor had the opportunity to teach high school orchestra at Villa Park High School, where she led the ensemble in rehearsals and prepared them for their school concerts. Taylor also has experience teaching middle school orchestra, as she led a summer orchestra program in 2018 and 2019 at East Whittier Middle School. Taylor also has extensive experience teaching children under the age of five, as well as children that have special needs.
Taylor is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Jonathan Vinocour.
Victor Lin started learning the violin at the age of 5 and studied violin from the principle violinist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for more than 10 years, earning Certificate of Merit for the highest Violin Standard in China. Victor came to the United States at the age of 17. He played first violin in the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra during college and performed in Davis, Sacramento, Berkeley and San Francisco. He participated in UC Davis Baroque Ensemble and many classical ensembles under the direction of Prof. Michael Sand. Victor also studied for four years with Gerard Svazlian, a former professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Victor holds a M.A. in Education.
Mr. Lin founded the ViBO Music Center in 2003, which has grown to a two-campus music school (San Francisco and San Bruno, CA) with more than 450 students. He directs the annual ViBO Family Music Camp in Petaluma, and conducts the ViBO Youth Ensemble and the ViBO Family Orchestra. Victor is a founding member of the ViBO String Quartet, and plays electric violin in Garnada, a band that combines Flamenco, Morrocan, Turkish, and Middle Eastern musical styles. In 2009, Victor performed with a veteran Cantonese singer, George Lam, at the Hong Kong Coliseum for an audiences of over 12,000.
In 2010, Victor founded a fusion world music ensemble called ViBO Simfani, which bridges cultures from around the globe by fusing elements of latin jazz, folk, classical, Brazilian styles such as Bossa Nova and Choro. The group's first album was released in 2012, and started performing throughout the bay area. In 2015, VIBO Simfani was invited to host a benefit concert for VH1 Save the Music Foundation and raise fund for music education. The group performs regularly at San Bruno Concert in the Park, People in Plaza (San Francisco), San Francisco International Art Festival, Colma Town Picnic, and many other festivals and community events. The band recorded "SimfaniChoir" EP in 2019 with ViBO International Choir, singing songs in five different languages. A Brazilian choro album is scheduled to release in the summer of 2020.
In 2020, Victor works for the "Adventure in Music" program by San Francisco Symphony, doing over 130 music presentations to all the public elementary schools in San Francisco.