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 Teaching Artist
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 and Viola Teaching Artist
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/Viola Teaching Artist
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 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.
John Walker, Chorus and Ukulele Teaching Artist
John Walker was born in Guatemala, raised in Utah, and now lives in (and loves) the Bay Area. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Education from the University of Utah, and currently teaches K-4 music in downtown San Francisco at Grace Cathedral. He loves to sing, play piano, guitar, hike, play board games, and collect LEGO! His dream is to teach children to learn to give to others through music!
Maaike Harding, Cello Teaching Artist 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. After moving to the Bay Area, Maaike joined the staff of ELM as a cello teacher and artistic coordinator.
Mark Fedronic, Trombone and Musicianship Teaching Artist
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 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, 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 Teaching Artist 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 Teaching Artist
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.