Jane Kramer, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director
Jane started the recorder at age seven with early music specialist Arnold Grayson in Miami, Florida. She plays oboe and English horn, studied with Bill Bennett and Jonathan Fischer, played principal oboe with the American Philharmonic/Sonoma, and has been a soloist with the Mill Valley Philharmonic and College of Marin Orchestra. With a Ph.D. in urban policy and planning from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Kramer has worked as a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and as a consultant for public sector and non-profit organizations with a focus on vulnerable adolescents. After being awarded a grant to pursue a passion from an anonymous donor at Vassar College, Jane returned to her musical roots to fulfill a dream of replicating the vision of the Fine Arts Music Conservatory of Miami, which she attended as a child. Jane was a CAELI Arts Leadership Fellow through the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the recipient of the 2016 Marin County Humanitarian Award, recognition of the social justice mission of ELM and the 2016 Pamela Levine Leadership in the Arts award.
Andrea Lloyd, Operations and Development Manager
Andrea Lloyd is an accomplished and enterprising leader with a passion for making impactful change. Her passion and dedication are demonstrated through her 16 years as a leader at JustGive, raising more than half a billion dollars for hundreds of thousands of charities through the online fundraising platform. Andrea’s diverse set of skills include development, operations and finance. She is recognized for her collaboration, teamwork and unique points of view. Andrea moved from Maryland to the Bay Area 18 years ago and now lives in San Anselmo with her husband and three energetic boys. She loves reading novels and hiking in Marin with her dog.
Jessica Bejarano, Music Director
Jessica Bejarano serves as music director and conductor of ELM’s middle school and high school ensembles. Jessica also serves as music director at San Francisco University High School where she conducts the orchestra and choral program. She also conducts many other local orchestra and opera companies. Jessica attended the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in Saint Petersburg, Russia where she received “Honorable Mention” for her performance with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Jessica was invited back by the Academy (IAAC) to continue her studies with Maestro Leonid Korchmar and to conduct a performance with the Chamber String Orchestra of Urbino, Italy. During the same Summer, she also attended the International Institute for Conductors in Bacau, Romania. She has attended numerous conducting seminars and has a been a guest conductor around the world including the countries of Bulgaria, Spain, Venezuela, and Czech Republic. Jessica received her Master of Arts in Conducting from the University of California Davis; Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming; Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College; and an Artist Diploma from Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Christina Lesicko, Music Program Administrator
Christina, native of Ohio, holds degrees in Viola Performance and Education from Youngstown State University and the University of Guadalajara. She has played with numerous small ensembles and orchestras across the country and has taught violin and viola students of all ages. Her passion and love for music and excellence in music education has given her the opportunity to perform and teach privately in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Christina is passionate about the El Sistema model that recognizes that music is not only enrichment, but it can bring social change and impact students’ lives forever.
Sara Duran, Site Coordinator and Parent Liaison
Sara Duran joined ELM as a Site Coordinator and Parent Liaison in January 2017. Originally from El Salvador, she earned a B.S. in Business Administration from University of EL Salvador. In 2008, she emigrated to California and studied English as a Second Language at College of Marin. After finishing the ESL program, she had the opportunity to join the San Rafael Public Library as a Substitute Library Assistant serving the Latino community in the Canal Area. She strongly believes in nurturing and empowering kids and families to become their best self, and she is convinced that ELM gives her the opportunity to transmit this feeling by connecting and maintaining a strong relationship with her community.