ELM teachers inspire and mentor our students. They are skilled musician/educators who set the bar high and share their profound love of music with joy and enthusiasm. We are committed to giving our students an intensive, individualized and high quality music and ensemble education.
Annamarie Arai, Violin
Annamarie Arai received her B.A. in violin performance from UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music and her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. A native of Sacramento, Ms. Arai enjoys creating music with ensembles of diverse backgrounds and sizes. She currently performs with One Found Sound, a conductor-less chamber orchestra in San Francisco, often serving in principal roles. Annamarie has developed a passion for teaching and sharing musical ideas with players of various skill levels. She is currently on faculty with Inspire Music Center and Amabile School of Music in San Francisco as well as ELM. She believes that musical instruction should continually birth artistic inspiration.
Christina Lesicko, Violin, Viola, and Site Director
Christina Lesicko, native of Ohio, holds degrees in Viola Performance, Education, and Spanish Culture and Literature from Youngstown State University and the University of Guadalajara. She has played with numerous small ensembles and orchestras across the country including the Youngstown Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, and has taught violin and viola students of all ages. Her passion for music and excellence in music education has given her the opportunity to perform and teach privately in San Francisco. She also performs chamber music throughout the Bay Area.
Christina Wong, Violin and Viola
Christina Wong, native of San Francisco, started her musical education at a young age and was a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and the Golden Gate Philharmonic. Since then, Ms. Wong has been a member of and held principal positions in orchestras including the South Bay Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony. She has held a private teaching studio for over 10 years and has been on faculty at the Golden Gate Philharmonic, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, Coda Mountain Music Camp in West Virginia, and California Summer Music in Pebble Beach. She received her Masters from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School. Outside of the classical music world, Ms. Wong enjoys cooking and traveling.
Lucia Lilikoi, Chorus and Ukulele
Lucia Lilikoi is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and teacher, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied piano at the Conservatory of Madrid, voice and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Sound Healing at CIIS in SF, and vocal improvisation from master-teacher Rhainnon. Lucia has been teaching for 12 years, first in Los Angeles, and now in the Bay Area, at Marin Country Day School, Harmonia, and privately. She has toured with her band in the US and Europe, in venues as diverse as The House of Blues, The Alcazar in Sevilla, and Esalen. She has collaborated with musicians like Julie Wolf (Ani Difranco, Joan Baez, Sia), Grammy producer Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris) amongst others. Lucia is committed to the role of music in social change and subtle activism.
Maaike Harding, Cello and Site Director
Maaike Harding, originally from Detroit, Michigan, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig. After her studies, she began an active freelance career in the Cleveland area performing with CityMusic Cleveland, The Canton Symphony, and The Akron Symphony. A devoted teacher, Maaike maintained a private studio and was instrumental in developing an after school music program in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland. In 2011 Maaike joined the New World Symphony under the directorship of Michael Tilson Thomas. After her recent move to the Bay Area, Maaike joined the staff of ELM as a cello teacher and artistic coordinator.
Maggie Harth, Chorus and Ukulele
Maggie Harth, composer, pianist and educator, has been teaching music to children for over 30 years. She received her music composition degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and did post-graduate music studies in New York at Eastman School of Music. From 1985 to 1995 she was the Music Director at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York she also taught music theory at the Tisch School of the Arts. Since 1995 she has served on the music faculty of Marin Country Day School. For 15 years she was the Music Director at Beyond Borders, a multi-cultural performing arts summer program for economically disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area. She was the founding director of FORTE!, the after-school music program at Marin Country Day School and served as its director for eight years.
Mark Fedronic, Trombone and Musicianship
Mark Fedronic is an Oakland-based teacher, composer, and trombonist. He earned a BA in Humanities, with a focus in Music and Literature, from Yale University. He joined ELM as the trombone and musicianship instructor for the new brass program at Venetia Valley Elementary in October, 2017. Mark believes deeply in the power of music to heal and bring people together in refreshing ways. In addition to ELM, Mark currently works as an elementary school teacher at Learning Without Limits, a charter school in the Fruitvale area of Oakland. Mark also works as a trombone instructor at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael and Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland. Mark tutors high school students around the Bay Area in SAT and ACT test preparation and teaches trombone and piano privately. When not teaching, Mark enjoys writing music and performing with his funk rock band, More Fatter - the band recently played sold out shows at Great American Music Hall and the Independent in San Francisco, and is currently working on recording new music.
Martha Stoddard, Resident Conductor
Martha Stoddard is deeply involved in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene as a conductor, composer, educator and flutist. She is Director of Instrumental Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School and Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra as well as past Director of the John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden School. Her music has been performed by many artistic ensembles including the American Composer’s Forum, Avenue Winds, San Francisco Choral Artists, San Francisco Composers’ Chamber Orchestra, Schwungvoll!, Community Women’s Orchestra and Oakland Civic Orchestra. Ms. Stoddard is a four-time recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards and holds music degrees from Humboldt State University and San Francisco State University.
Matthew Boyles, Clarinet, Flute and Site Director
Matthew Boyles performs and teaches in the San Francisco metropolitan area performing with a number of orchestras and chamber music groups in the North Bay region. He is the founding clarinetist of the Vinifera Trio and has also performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, California Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and Townsend Opera. Matt enjoys teaching all levels of music, and he is also the adjunct Clarinet professor at Napa Valley College. Before moving to the west coast, he was a professional clarinetist in the Philadelphia area. Upon completing his Master’s Degree in 2011 at Temple University, he continued to perform with groups across the Northeast, including the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and as a substitute musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Matthew Ebisuzaki, Trumpet and Trombone
Matthew Ebisuzaki began trumpet playing in elementary school. By 8th grade he had performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the local De Anza Symphony Orchestra. After studying at San Francisco's School of the Arts and playing with the SFYO, he departed for the east coast where he received an undergraduate degree at the Curtis Institute of Music and a master's degree at the New England Conservatory. Focusing on orchestral, chamber, modern, ultra-modern, jazz and world music he also plays principle trumpet for the Santa Cruz Symphony. Along with the principal trombonist of the Santa Cruz Symphony, he cofounded a brass group and is a founding member of the ATB Trio in San Francisco.
Nzingah Smith, Flute and Clarinet
Nzingah Smith studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music and Rutgers University. She currently plays with Infinite Kin and B-Free, and is the lead alto-saxophonist in Oakland's Count Basie Tribute Band. She teaches music at the San Francisco School, Head Royce, San Pedro Elementary School, and the Oakland Public Music Conservatory.
Sarah Bonomo, Clarinet
Sarah Bonomo graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a Bachelor’s of Music in Clarinet Performance. She completed her Master’s studies in 2012 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Luis Baez of the San Francisco Symphony. She has performed in the Benvenue House Concert series and received fellowships from the Imani Winds Chamber Music Institute and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has also held chairs in the Tallahassee Symphony, the Merced Symphony, BASOTI Summer Festival Orchestra and various regional orchestras in Florida and the Bay Area. Currently Ms. Bonomo is a freelance clarinetist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the founder of the un-conducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound. She is an avid connoisseur of foreign film and cooking.