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.
Carol Adee, Teaching Artist - Flute/Clarinet and Musicianship
Carol Adee was surrounded by people singing and playing music as she was growing up. She began playing flute, violin and cello in grade school and continued in high school while also studying dance and singing in choirs. Holding a M.M. from Yale School of Music, she has played with San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera Orchestras along with other Bay Area orchestras, including touring and recording as principal flute with Women’s Philharmonic for 15 years. As a founding member of ECHO Chamber Orchestra, Carol is working to create collaborative orchestral experiences for musicians and audiences. She has taught flute and chamber music at Stanford and Dominican Universities. Her many years as Music Director at Marin Waldorf School have contributed to her collaborative spirit and interest in integrating music, art and movement into other subjects.
Annamarie Arai, Teaching Artist - 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.
Jessica Bejarano, Music Director and Conductor
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.
Matthew Boyles, Lead Teaching Artist - Winds
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.
Gricelda Calderon, Teaching Artist - Musicianship
Gricelda Calderon received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. She was a member of Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Choir, and other ensembles. She has previous experience teaching for Simply Strings and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. She also has training in Restorative Justice Practices which allows her to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom culture resulting in the highest level of participation, love, and motivation to push students towards success. When Gricelda is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, photography, exploring new places, and eating Chinese food.
Matthew Ebisuzaki, Teaching Artist - 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.
Maaike Harding Kahn, Lead Teaching Artist - Lower Strings
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.
Christina Lesicko, Teaching Artist - Violin/Viola and Musicianship
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.
Sophie Powers, Teaching Artist - Trombone
Sophie’s primary instrument is trombone, she also teaches other low brass instruments including euphonium, baritone, tuba and beginning trumpet students. She followed her musical passion throughout high school and college, earning a degree in Humanities and minoring in Music with an emphasis on trombone from San Jose State University studying under Tom Hornig. Sophie has a diverse musical foundation of New Orleans’s style brass band, brass choir, trombone choir, pep band, folk, jazz, rock, and musical orchestra pit playing, as well as classical solo trombone and symphony repertoire in educational, community, and professional settings. She’s performed with the Jazz Mafia, Lydia Pense and Coldblood, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Black Market Jazz Orchestra, the 415’s, the Ron Gariffo Orchestra, night club jazz combos, and semi-professional musicals.
Christina Wong, Lead Teaching Artist - Upper Strings
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.