Piano, Chamber Music
Randy Craig is the recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical Score, has written more than 40 scores for the stage and has scored countless ﬁlms. He has been part of two Obie Award-winning plays and scored an Academy Award-nominated ﬁlm. His work has been seen and heard at the Mill Valley Film Festival and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, among others around the world.
Marcel Gemperli began viola study at the age of nine in New York, his native state. While earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard University, he continued his viola studies, and after graduation pursued further instruction in Germany and Switzerland. Mr. Gemperli currently serves as Principal Viola of the California Symphony and also performs with many Bay Area ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He is much in demand at summer music festivals such as the Mendocino Music Festival, Telluride Chamber Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. He is active in the chamber group, Music on the Hill, recently presenting a recital at St. Aidan’s Church in San Francisco.
Performing original music by San Francisco-based composer George Hurd, The Hurd Ensemble unifies the worlds of electronic and classical music. All the music is written for string quartet (violin, viola, cello, upright bass), piano and electronics, meticulously bound together with digitally-arranged sounds collected from Hurd’s travels. Absolutely no stock electronic sounds are used – every sound produced is of his own creation, recorded, edited and manipulated himself. The electronics are layered to create textures that perfectly complement the acoustic instruments, giving rise to a sound that is extremely organic despite its partially digital origins. Hurd’s music is both wildly, intricately rhythmic and aglow with shimmering harmonies and melodies. Accessible and daring, its percussive yet lyrical qualities make it at home in both concert halls and nightclubs.
Patrick Kroboth is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Rolf Persinger. He also attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he was a scholarship student of William Primrose.
Principal viola of the Canadian Opera Company touring orchestra in Toronto, he returned to the Bay Area to pursue chamber music and freelance work. He plays with San Francisco Opera Merola Orchestra, California Symphony, Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera, Berkeley Symphony, and Midsummer Mozart. He is also the principal viola of the Russian Chamber Orchestra.
Deeply committed to music education, he is presently on the music faculties of Villa Sinfonia and Golden Gate Philharmonic, a teaching artists with the San Francisco Symphony IT&S Program, and an Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.
His vast experience includes coaching chamber music and conducting sectionals throughout the Bay Area at Asawa SOTA, Marin Academy, Branson School, Oakland Youth Orchestra, University of San Francisco and University High School, as well as teaching private students.
Patrick works extensively in the recording and film industry, as well as musical theatre and is also involved in stage design and photography.
Cassandra Bequary has been sharing her passion and enthusiasm for music with audiences and communities worldwide since an early age. Her diverse musical endeavors range from appearances at Carnegie Hall under esteemed conductor Robert Spano, as well as working closely beside artists from internationally renowned ensembles such as the Emerson, Takács, and Ives quartets. Ms. Bequary has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, making her solo debut at the early age of 10 in her home state of Connecticut. She has since gone on to perform as a soloist with ensembles including the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble.
A charismatic chamber musician, Cassandra has performed with numerous chamber ensembles and festivals, including Forte String Quartet, with whom she was chosen for an East Coast tour during Hilton Head Symphony’s 2008 Mozart Festival. From 2010 through 2012, she was an active performer in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s chamber music program, and in 2011, she co-founded Friction Quartet, a contemporary ensemble dedicated to performing new music and community outreach. Ms. Bequary has also attended and performed at summer festivals including the International Festival at Round Top, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, and Hot Springs Music Festival, where she was awarded first prize in the 2011 chamber music competition.
She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied both modern and baroque violin with Marilyn McDonald. In addition to her studies in music, Cassandra earned a B.A. in English from Oberlin College’s prestigious double degree program. During her studies, she was a regular concertmaster for the Oberlin Orchestra, and was selected to perform in the Oberlin Conservatory Honors Recital. Further achievements include becoming the recipient of the Conservatory Dean’s Scholarship Award, and being awarded prizewinner of the Conservatory Honors Competition. During the time spent earning her Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, Cassandra studied with Ian Swensen, while also working with Mark Sokol and Catherine Van Hoesen.
In addition to performance, Cassandra is equally devoted to educational outreach. She has participated extensively as mentor and coach with various youth orchestras, schools, and festivals throughout the United States. She currently enjoys teaching students of all ages throughout the Bay Area.
Louella Hasbun performs with the San Jose Symphony. A noted Bay Area free-lance musician, she studied with David Wells at the Manhattan School of Music, David Soyer in New York and Paul Tortelier in France. Ms. Hasbun was also very active in the cultural life of Mexico City during her time as principal cello of the Mexico City Symphony. She is on the faculty of Cazadero Music Camp and also teaches privately.
Luba Kravchenko is the Director of Liturgical Music at the Seventh Avenue Church in the Inner Sunset and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Paul Hersh. Past teachers include Luba Ugorski and Janee Bastien. She has studied organ with Christopher Cook, Craig Westendorf, and Craig Benner. In addition to her work at Seventh
Avenue, Luba teaches at the
San Francisco Conservatory of Music in their Preparatory Division and also offers private lessons.
Saxophone, Jazz, World Music
Melecio Magdulayo is a much sought-after instrumentalist on the Bay Area music scene. His considerable skills on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, as well as clarinet, flute, piano and percussion have given him many opportunities to perform with a range of musicians, from Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo and Sheila E., to M.C. Hammer. He teaches at the Lafayette Jazz Summer Music Jazz Workshop, has appeared at the Stanford Jazz Festival and is a founding member of John Santos’ Machete Ensemble, as well as the current John Santos Sextet. The first recording he remembers hearing as a child was I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles . His favorite tune? Duke Ellington’s Prelude to a Kiss. He is very interested in music from other cultures and traditions and also in America’s very own music– Jazz. Mel was recently honored with a Dreamcatcher Award from the San Francisco Unified School District for his dedication to working with youth in the community at the grassroots level and his involvement with arts education.
Songwriter, Singer, Recording Artist
San Francisco singer/songwriter and teacher at Asawa SOTA, Andy has had songs recorded by Gregg Allman, Debbie Davies, and the Westerleys. He has shared the stage with Laurie Lewis, Robin and Linda Williams, Duck Baker, and the Cache Valley Drifters. Andy spent several years focusing on songwriting exclusively, co-writing "Startin’ Over" with Reed Fromer, and recorded by Gregg Allman on his solo cd Searching for Simplicity.
Andy's 4th self -produced cd, Buffalo Wedding is a collaborative project with songs written by Padlo, recorded and co-produced with Stephen Ehret, with guest performances by several Bay Area musicians and singers.
Maestro, Arts Educator
Jerry Pannone has been rocking the world since elementary school in Trenton, New Jersey. He played percussion all through high school, then performed with the 49th Army Band during his two years of service in Verona, Italy. After his Army service, he toured the United States with several bands and orchestras, until his musical muse brought him to San Francisco in 1969.
After receiving a Master's degree in Secondary Music Education and his teaching credential, he taught in several Bay Area middle schools.
Jerry has dedicated his life and career to furthering the study and love of music in all its forms (including opera, ballet, jazz, Indian classical and tabla music). At Asawa SOTA, he has not only helped to shape the spirit and curriculum of the entire department, but also personally influenced decades worth of high school musicians, giving individual attention to countless Orchestra and Band students.
Jerry’s career has also extended to the development of regional music education, as a consultant for music programs throughout the Bay Area. He has been recognized with many awards, and helped write the State Department of Education's Content Standards for Music through the California Arts Project.
Principal second violinist of Midsummer Mozart and a member of the Sun Valley Symphony. Since playing with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, she continues her career actively free-lancing with Bay Area orchestras: San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, Berkeley Symphony and Marin Symphony. As a chamber musician, Adrienne has been heard throughout the bay area from Noontime Concerts and Old First Church in San Francisco to the Napa Valley Opera House. An avid music educator, Adrienne is both former faculty and affiliate teacher for the Virtuoso Program at the San Domenico School, and performer for the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music Program. She is currently a teaching Artist for the San Francisco Symphony’s IT&S Program, visiting SFUSD Middle and High Schools as well as maintaining her private home studio. Ms. Sengpiehl holds a Bachelors of Music degree from the Saint Louis Conservatory and a Masters of Music in violin performance from The Juilliard School.
Pianist, New Music, Music Blogger
Kelsey Walsh specializes in the performance of new music. She has performed with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and the San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra, and has premiered works at the Hot Air Music Festival and the San Francisco International Piano Duo Festival.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kelsey currently co-directs the New Music ensemble After Everything and writes for I Care If You Listen, a new music blog (unlike any other) based in New York City.