Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Vaughn and a set of musically inclined parents made up the early influence of her piano and singing career. A prodigy of sorts, she started playing the piano and singing at the early age of six inspired by a home atmosphere that continually permeated with talk and practice of music. Her father a jazz pianist and mother a jazz singer.
She continued her goal for music and studied at the Conservatory of Music at St., Paul’s College and University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. It came to no surprise when she embarked on her own singing career, joining a host of singing contest using them as stepping stones to her musical career.
Winning the prestigious “Star Search of Asia” finally brought her some recognition, and since then became a regular guest at various TV Shows which included a Broadway Sunday Musical Comedy Show for five years. She was selected the Representative for the Asian countries touring with other Asian performers. This exposure brought her to the attention to perform at some of Manila’s Premiere Five-Star Hotels. A recording contract with Blackgold and Villar Records singing her own compositions capped her career. She worked with a Talent Agency Company in the bay area called “Singing Stars” based in San Diego for many years.
The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival has featured Ann Marie at concerts over the past few years, most notably as guest artist of our Festival at the SF Pistahan and Parade at Yerba Buena Gardens, the Jazz History Month Celebration at the SF Main Public Library, Yoshi’s, The Scottish Rite Theater, Angelica’s and continues to perform at Jazz Venues in the Bay Area.
There is no doubt that she has musical chops and talent in abundance. Ann Marie has brought together the crème of the crème of first-class musicians in the Bay Area. Musical Director, Mr. Dioscoro “Boy” Palacio and Ann Marie worked on exceptional and original arrangements of standards such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Love For Sale,” “It’s Alright With Me,” “Cry Me A River,” “Lover Man,” and “Gypsy In My Soul.” Her original compositions, “I Was Only Dreaming” and “Come Back” show off her composing and songwriting abilities. “Sing a Song with Passion” her debut CD has now been released.
Ariela Dea is a local jazz vocalist who has been playing music since the age of 3. Starting on piano, she moved on to more instruments such as trumpet, French horn, and ukulele. From a young age, Ariela was always involved in choirs and was classically trained vocally until college. Graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in music, Ariela also played in the SFSU Jazz Band, singing and playing trumpet. She was section leader of the French horn section in the SFSU Wind Ensemble and was involved in many other music ensembles. Ariela enjoys arranging music and put together a 2 hour senior recital with multiple peers and showcased her vocals, ukulele, trumpet, and French horn. She continues her passion for music playing with combos and bands and is a part time music teacher for SFUSD.
Daniel Zarb-Cousin (b.1999) is a classical composer and musician living and attending conservatory in San Francisco. He was born in Southern California but spent most of childhood in rural West Virginia, eventually returning to “So-Cal” to complete middle and high schooling. As a young red-robed choir boy in the secluded wood of pastoral Arthur I. Boreman Elementary, Tyler County, WV, Zarb-Cousin was initiated into the beloved Art to which he now devotes all things. By music, he seizes redemptive beauty and utter refreshment of the human spirit. He is a creator who respects standards of beauty and musical virtue, these being his foremost muses. His orchestral works “Largo for Orchestra” and “Fantasy for Orchestra” have each been premiered by the Orlando Philharmonic -- it was with these works that Zarb-Cousin enjoyed two consecutive victories in the widely acclaimed annual contest, the National Young Composers Challenge.
Daniel Zarb-Cousin leads an extremely focused musical lifestyle. He is a steadfast devotee of composer Anton Bruckner and champions his music with fierce piety. He teaches piano and choir at various schools in the Bay Area and is the presiding Tenor Section Leader at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Zarb-Cousin’s aspirations are Symphonic, and he intends to leave the canon with a cycle of great symphonies. As to master his craft, he is studying with Nadia Boulanger-pupil David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he will attain his Bachelor’s Degree.
Guanhua Ge (Monica) is a pianist, singer, composer and music producer living and working out of California. She had 24 years of experience playing piano and 7 years of experience singing. As a soprano singer, she won 3 awards in Italy, and 3 awards in the USA for choir. She composer for a animation film that won 10+ international film award nominations and awards, including The 53rd Taiwan Golden Horse Awards Best Animated Short Film Nominees, The 57th Krakow Film Festival, The 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival narrative short film selection etc. She scored 14 original songs for Taiwanese Public Television service Broadcasting, with an estimated 18 million viewers.
Guanhua Ge (Monica) began the musical career at the age of 4, taking piano lessons with Ms. Sao Jin. At the age of 16, she began learning harp lessons with harp professor in Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China. When she was 20 years old, she began to learn Musicology in Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China. Monica earned her Master degree of Fine Arts in Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She had a Bachelor of Music Degree in History of Western Music and Modern Chinese Music in Musicology at Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China.
Monica's teaching style emphasizes music to understand music history, music culture and music literature. She is good at teaching students to think differently and encourage learning and understanding of music. She is very satisfied with the patience of the students, because she believes that the golden keys to teach music not only tell students to play musical instruments or singing skills, but also to maintain and understand, love and enjoy music. Students can expect to learn music theory, chord / scale relationships, piano and vocal music, Western music history in different periods, national and cultural backgrounds.
Raised in Santa Clarita (Southern California), Helen has been singing in choirs since freshman year of high school. This includes the famed Show Choir of Golden Valley, Rhapsody in Gold. In 2011, Helen moved to San Francisco to study at SF State University where she received a bachelor of fine arts in music with an emphasis in jazz studies. As a singer, her vocal styles range from Brazilian to Latin Jazz, Salsa, Swing, Blues, R&B and Pop. During her time at SF State she studied and played with John Calloway in the Afro Cuban Ensemble. She later performed with his latin jazz septet at the Redwood City Salsa Festival in 2017, 2019 and at the 2020 Latin Heritage Day concert. Helen has also sung in Anthony Blea’s City College Charanga Band for three years and has conducted the CCSF choir (under Michael Shahani) during their 2019 Winter Concert. Helen’s own group, the Helen Palma quartet, has performed at the Ocean Ale House for over two years. Helen is also a teacher of voice and piano, currently teaching at the ViBO Music School.
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.
Jacquie Corona is a vocalist based in SF, CA whose dynamic sound weaves in inspirations of jazz, latin, rock ,pop, and R&B. A graduate of San Francisco State, Jacquie studied Vocal Jazz and Latinx Studies, where she immersed herself in Jazz and Afro Cuban Ensembles. Seeking out the direction of local Bay Area musicians such as John Calloway, Kellye Gray, Michael Zisman, Destani Wolf, and Raz Kennedy, Jacquie has been able to work along-side many notable local musicians, and has a passion for bringing people and communities together with her sound. Her voice has been heard in an array of venues like SFJAZZ and Mr. Tipple’s. She is also a CMC artist in residence for the Mariachi program taught across SFUSD’s schools.
Rodel “Smooth” born Rodel Cayabyab Sajor, is a Bay Area based recording artist recognized for his striking, soulful and dynamic R&B vocals with a dedicated passion for youth music education as a Voice and Piano Teacher. Independent Singer and Songwriter with extensive knowledge from working rigorously within the music scene.
He is a well-known member of hip-hop group, Boondock Squad. His resilience has allowed him to take over stages across the country leaving audiences wonderstruck by his powerful range and lyricism that ultimately led him to earn first place as the NorCal Filipino Singing Idol in 2013 and has made appearances across the nation. Along with performing, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance emphasis on Jazz and a Minor in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. In 2018, Rodel released his first album titled “All In Your Head” featuring producer Josh Nicolas and he will continue to release music in the future.
By successfully producing his own live music events in San Francisco, his attention to detail and leadership skills in team collaborations demonstrates just how smoothly he executes every project as a visionary.
A true voice of inspiration and encouragement to everyone in his presence, including those who live life with different abilities. The soulfulness in his resonance is powered by the challenges he champions through as a musician with Cerebral Palsy and channeling his creative and influential energy through musicality.