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.
Cindy Chia-Yu Chang is a Taiwanese violinist, pianist and educator. Cindy started playing the piano at the age of four and playing the violin in the following year. She had studied in a program for students gifted in music for ten years in Taiwan, and she has an Master in Music degree in Violin Performance at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with violinist Judith Ingolfsson. As a performer, she has been engaging in recitals chamber and orchestra concerts, and served as a piano accompanist over Taiwan, Germany and the U.S. since her student times. In addition to performing, Cindy is an experienced educator as well. She has taught students of all ages. She studied her undergraduate at National Taiwan Normal University, where she also holds a degree in Music Education for middle-school students. Over the past many years, Cindy has great passion on helping her students set up lesson plans. She believes that it’s essential and beneficial to build students’ foundation in ear training, music theory and skill improvement. She recommends that both short-term and long-term goals help students be more motivated, active and determined on instrument learning. Besides, she always loves to see her students have overcome stage fright and pressure, frequently playing in performances and competitions confidently.
Music has given Cindy the opportunity to share and to spread the beauty of art. She believes that efficient communication and education will be great support to connect people. As the world is paying more attention on innovation, Cindy is worried that people may lose interest in classical music gradually. Recently, she has launched a project of Café Series with a few friends in many coffee shops. They find them have the duty to attract, inspire and influence more people, with their lectures and chamber performances in coffee shops.
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.
Hyun Gill is a recent graduate of Occidental College, where she was taught by Michael Larco, a violist of the LA Philharmonic. Hyun developed her passion for music at a young age since she started playing the piano at the age of five, from her pianist mother. Hyun started playing the viola when she was nine years old and attended San Domenico High School, where she was a part of the Virtuoso Program. Hyun built her experience in orchestra and chamber music through the program, and continued to pursue music in college. As the principal violist in Occidental College Symphony Orchestra, Hyun found a passion for teaching, as she helped individual violists with the orchestra repertoire. She has performed in various occasions and settings, with various instruments such as the viola, piano, and the guitar.
Brazilian-American Isabella Da Silva has been singing since she was three years old; the age in which she sang her first solo at Message of Peace Church. Growing up, she wrote her first song at the age of seven years old and has been a songwriter ever since. Isabella is also a self-taught ukulele, guitar and piano player in addition to being a vocalist. Some of her greatest musical theater achievements include playing Vanessa in In the Heights, Adella in The Little Mermaid, and Papa Ge in Once On This Island in her high school productions. Isabella still sings at her local church’s choir, leads a kids choir, and recently was hired as Assistant Musical Director where she teaches harmonies and vocal techniques in addition to other things. She has also performed alongside the Vibo Simfani group at Music in the Parks where she.
Apart from her vocal experience, Isabella has also been playing violin for seven years. Starting in the beginning of middle school, she continued and was named concertmaster at her high school. She has led the chamber strings group in many performances including school concerts, CMEA Festival, senior center performances, and Music in the Parks where they performed in Disneyland's California Adventure to name a few.
She was hired as the youngest teacher at ViBO the summer of 2019 for Camp Allegro and has loved working there ever since.
Violist Janet Yu-Chen Yang is a Taiwanese violist / violinist. She is a violist with a passion for expressive performance. Janet believes the most important thing is to let the music touch people’s hearts and to express the emotions that one wants to share with people. Janet currently studies with Dimitri Murrath at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she will earn a bachelor’s degree of music in viola performance. Prior to attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she attended Colburn Music Academy and earned her high school degree. During her studies, she has participated in the 2015 and 2016 Formosa chamber music festival, the 2015 Meister music camp, the 2017 Viva Viola Music Festival in Taiwan, 2019 Taipei Music Academy Festival, and the 2018 and 2020 Bowdoin Music Festival. She has studied chamber music with members of Guarneri and Telegraph String Quartets. Janet has also received instruction from Katherine Murdock, Hsin-Yun Huang, Wen-ting Kang, Catharine Carroll Lees, Paul Coletti, Che-Yen Chen, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Jessica Bodner, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Aziuri String Quartet, Formosa String Quartet among others.
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.
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.
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.