Music Conservatory Faculty
Teresa Notari, Administrative Assistant
Dr. Joanna Berg - K-5 Music; 2nd and 3rd Grade Prep Glee Club; 4th and 5th Grade Glee Club; Bell Choir
Joanna (Dr. Berg) joins us as a Lower School faculty member this year after working as a substitute teacher for violin classes last year at SD. Joanna is a professional flutist, violist, violinist and vocalist. She earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and 2011 respectively. More recently she was a flute instructor at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in TX where she taught group and 1:1 lessons and a faculty member of Anthropos Arts where she provided individualized music instruction to students at low income schools. Joanna has coached chamber music groups and has been a guest lecturer at several institutions including the University of Montana. Over this past summer, Joanna was trained in Responsive Classroom.
Joanna grew up in Ashland, OR. She is thrilled to be working at San Domenico in our music department and in our lower school. Joanna’s main classroom and her office will be in our Assembly Hall. She will also occasionally be meeting with K-5 students in their homeroom classrooms for music instruction.Back to top
Steve Bergman received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas and has been a faculty member San Domenico Music Conservatory and Dominican University since 1992. Mr. Bergman has appeared in performance as a clarinetist with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, Fort Worth, Berkeley, and Marin, and as a saxophonist at the Monterey Jazz Festival. A diverse musician, he teaches recorder, flute, clarinet, and saxophone, and is equally experienced in Jazz, Classical, Popular, and Renaissance styles. www.bergwind.com.
Eugene Chuklov was born into a family of musicians—his father was a concertmaster of an opera company in Russia. He has played violin and piano since age five, and attended music schools during childhood, winning his first competition at thirteen. In 1979, Chukhlov moved from Central Asia to Moscow to study, receiving degrees in psychology and pedagogy at Gnesin College, and a masters from the Moscow Conservatory; he was first violinist in the Arlekin Quartet, and part of the Grand Symphony Orchestra of Moscow (BSO). In 1990, Chukhlov moved to the United States and has played with many groups as a soloist, principal, and concertmaster, touring extensively with a quartet and the Western Opera. In the last few years, he has been busy with family (two children and a well-beloved dog), teaching at Crowden School and San Domenico. He currently has studios in the East Bay and Marin, and plays with the New Century Orchestra, Opera, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Berkeley Symphony.
Amanda Craver - Violin, Cello
She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from the Fredonia State School of Music in New York where she studied cello, violin, and conducting. Craver began her career teaching string lessons and directing the Frontier Central Elementary Orchestras. Later she became the director of the Hamburg High School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. She has taught over 800 students to play string instruments—although she teaches all ages and levels, she especially enjoys working with beginning students. By using a variety of positive teaching methods and stressing the development of correct technique in lessons, Amanda’s students find learning to play a string instrument not only challenging, but fun and rewarding!
Mark Culbertson has a Bachelor of Arts in Theory-Composition from Chapman University, and Master of Music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has studied with Michael Manring, Bertram Turetzky, Joelle Leandre, David Young, John Clayton, Jim Campilongo, Kenneth Gaburo, Victor Savant, and Herbert Brun. He has performed with Berkekey Opera, Symphony of the Redwoods, and other orchestras, as well as numerous clubs and venues with jazz, rock, and improvized music with ensembles and musicians such as the Studio Five Jazz Band, Roy Loney, and Patti Austin. He is currently the director of the Dominican University Jazz Band, and a music instructor at San Domenico, Marin Waldorf School, and Dominican University while offering private coaching at San Rafael High School and the College of Marin Orchestra.
Rob DeNunzio has been managing San Domenico's music programs since 2005 and was chosen in 2010 to head up the curriculum, recruitment, and fundraising for San Domenico’s award-winning Virtuoso Program. A San Francisco native, Rob received his degree in Music from the University of Oregon where he studied jazz guitar performance with Don Latarski, and composition with Dr. Jack Boss and Dr. Robert Kyr. His work as a freelance composer and recording artist has been used in film and television broadcasts, and counts a number of firms such as MTV, Adidas International, and YouTube as licensing clients. After working as the Operations Manager for the Marin Symphony, Rob came to San Domenico to assist in the business management and fundraising database development in the Music Conservatory. Besides his role in the Virtuoso Program, he manages the day-to-day activities of the Conservatory and its twenty music faculty, oversees the instrumental music programs from K to Grade 12, and teaches guitar to a number of San Domenico students. He lives in Fairfax with his wife Desiree and his two children, Mia and Leo.
Randy Fromme - Cello
Randy Fromme has performed with his wife, pianist Shu Li and taught throughout the Bay Area, Midwest and in China since 1999. He is an avid chamber musician whose collaborations include performances with Frederica von Stade, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein and guitarist Paul Galbraith. Former string quartets include the Del Sol and Oberon. He has played and recorded with jazz musicians including Kenny Werner, Dmitri Matheny and Jeff Marrs and rock bands such as Overseas.
He enjoys sharing his love of music with students of all ages, and currently teaches cello and chamber music in the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division. He has also taught cello at UC Santa Cruz, given master classes at the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin and at the University in Guiyang, China.
Studies include UW Eau Claire, UM Minneapolis and the San Francisco Conservatory, with respective instructors Paul Kosower, Tanya Remenikova, Clive Greensmith and Jean Michel Fonteneau. He has also studied with Martin Lovett, Janos Starker, Joel Krosnick and Gunther Schuller among others in both solo and chamber music settings.
Randolph and his wife currently reside in San Francisco with their three children, who also study piano and cello with them.
Jennifer Döndrup Grant holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Her undergraduate studies were focused on the performance of standard piano repertoire and her graduate work was an in depth exploration of contemporary-classical music performance and extended piano techniques, with secondary studies in African and Indian music and dance. Her primary piano studies were with Evelyn Brancart, Edward Auer, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Marilyn Neeley, Bryan Pezzone, and Vicki Ray. Her world music studies were with Swapan Chaudhuri, Alfred and Kobla Ladekpo, Beatrice Lawluvi, and John Bergamo. She has performed in the Midwest and on the West Coast, including performances on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new music series, the “Green Umbrella Series”, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, in a vocal ensemble with the New York Philharmonic with Leonard Slatkin conducting, and the Illinois State Governor’s Mansion. She regularly performs recitals of music for two pianos with Bay Area pianist, Shofen Lee. In her teaching, while providing structure and thorough training in piano performance, musicianship, and music theory, Jennifer strives to discover the unique qualities of each student and the music that will ignite their creativity and love of music. She has successfully been training students in the Music Teacher’s Association of California’s Certificate of Merit Program at all levels (Preparatory- Advanced), and her students are regularly awarded Branch Honors and are invited to perform at the MTAC’s annual State Convention. Jennifer’s students have also had much success in piano competitions, including Marin Music Chest, San Domenico Conservatory’s Annual Piano Competition, Margaret Bean Davis Piano Competition, and the UC Berkeley Concerto Competition. In addition to her music studies, she also completed the traditional Tibetan three-year meditation retreat and is a lama/teacher in that tradition. She currently administers the Piano Honors Program, has been on the piano faculty at San Domenico Music Conservatory since 2006 and has been teaching Tibetan Buddhism at Sukhasiddhi Foundation since 2005.
Erin Greenwell - Voice Instructor
Erin Greenwell is an award-winning vocalist and budding songwriter who has entertained crowds all over the western United States, parts of East Africa, as well as Brazil with her rich and soulful sound that covers everything from Jazz to Rock to R&B and Soul. A graduate of Marin School of the Arts, Erin made her musical mark at a young age by winning multiple Awards of Excellence at various Jazz Festivals and helping to pioneer the Rock Program at Marin School of the Arts. Erin is also a proud alumna of Youth in Arts’ A Cappella group ‘Til Dawn.
In 2010, Erin Co-Founded and Assistant Directed Own the Mic: Marin’s first camp dedicated to singers. Incorporating Gospel Choir, Advanced Jazz Choir, Small Contemporary Ensembles, Theory and Ear-training, Music Appreciation, and various performance master-classes, Erin has helped develop an eclectic and engaging program for aspiring singers of all levels.
In 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Puget Sound where she studied Classical Voice under Catherine Lehmann along with Music and Sociology. During her undergraduate years, Erin traveled to Uganda, Rwanda, and Brazil where she explored the link between social justice and the arts, furthering her passion for cross-cultural creative expression and arts education. Now back in the Bay Area, Erin is teaching Vocal Music as a Mentor Artist for Youth in Arts programs across Marin and Sonoma, teaching private voice lessons, and performing full time with such groups as the Bobby Young Project and rock legacy Miles Schon. Erin has recently shared the stage with Bay Area royalty “It’s a Beautiful Day,” as well as performed at the prestigious 2013 NAMM showcase in Los Angeles.
Having previously taught San Domenico’s Middle School chorus and advanced vocal ensembles as a substitute teacher, Erin is ecstatic to join San Domenico Music Conservatory in their mission to build well-rounded musicians and professional leaders. Her lessons include a strong emphasis on healthy vocal technique and breathing, power and control, creative expression, performance, and fundamental musicianship.
Lilan Kane is a professional singer,private music teacher, and consultant throughout the Bay Area. She has performed in major cities around the US including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Boston, and internationally in France, and St. Lucia. She has been a professional music educator since 2000. Lilan graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston as a vocal principle with a Bachelors in Music Business and Management degree. She trained her voice privately under Grammy award winning singer/arranger Donna McElroy and studied band leading under drummer / arranger Kenwood Dennard. Lilian Kane joined New Orleans style band The Funky Fritters as their lead singer and also founded an artist management company, LK Management.
Lilan was the lead singer/keyboardist for Bay Area soul band Whiskey Hill and completed a 12-city tour in the summer of 2010. She continues to gig with her own group, the Lilan Kane Blues Band. She teaches piano and voice independently, at the Performing Arts Academy of Marin, and is the singing instructor at Barbizon Modeling & Acting Agency. She has been featured on Time Warner Cable Manhattan, Berkeley's KPFA 94.1, and KTHX 100.1 in Nevada.
Aenea Keyes - Chamber Music Coach
Aenea Keyes is a violinist-composer and MusicAEterna trio founder; has toured Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States; with premieres in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, including Carman Moore’s Mass for the 21st Century; collaborative premieres with dance, theater, film and visual art; and creator of ChamberImprov performances with MusicAEterna.
At Sarah Lawrence College (BA, USA) she studied with Dorothy DeLay, violin, and Meyer Kupferman, composition, and in Europe with Guinka Guichkova at the National Academy of Music (MM, BGR). Festivals/seminars include the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar (UK) and Aspen Music Festival (USA). Recordings as a violinist-composer include MusicAEterna’s At the Museum; a new MusicAEterna recording, "Seasons, a Musical Dialogue", to be released this fall. Ms. Keyes is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Division. Her ensemble, MusicAEterna, is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Santa Sabina Center.
Helen Konowitz - Piano
Helen Konowitz earned an MA in Music from UC Berkeley and a BA in Music from The University of Chicago. She began piano lessons at the age of four and later studied organ, recorder, viola da gamba, and voice. She has taught music fundamentals to the Navy Band at Treasure Island; music fundamentals, music history, and college choir at Kenyon College, music fundamentals and ear training at the College of Marin, as well as maintaining a studio of private students. She is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California, chairing the Certificate of Merit adjudication program for Marin County, and is also active in the Music Teachers' National Association. Her performances can be heard in recordings of the Historical Anthology of Music with the University of Chicago Collegium, and in the score for the film Above San Francisco, among others. An active performer, Ms. Konowitz can frequently be heard in recital and as a soloist with Marin Oratorio. Helen specializes in introducing students of all ages to music-making at the piano, and she seeks to help her students explore and develop their love of music while building skills for musical independence. She has been teaching piano at San Domenico since 2007.
Jane Lenoir, flutist, grew up in a family of professional musicians in Tampa, Florida and left at 15 years old to study at Interlochen Arts Academy and later Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. She has a career spanning many different styles of music, from orchestral work, chamber music, jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz, to baroque flute. She has performed with the Oakland Symphony, Ballet and Opera, San Jose Symphony, SF Opera, SF Ballet, San Francisco Chamber Music Society and University of California Contemporary Chamber Players. She is principal flute of the Music in the Mountains Orchestra and appears regularly as a soloist at the festival. She performed “new” music extensively in the 70’s and 80’s, appearing with Port Costa Players, the UC Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Mills Group for New Music, SF Chamber Music Society, Paul Dresher Ensemble, George Coates Performance Works, and performed the premieres of many works locally, recorded by KPFA and in their archives from that period. She recorded with the Seattle Group for New Music on a recording of the music of Seattle composer Janice Giteck, played the US premiere of Hans Henze’s El Cimarron with John Duykers and David Tannenbaum, for which the ensemble was cited by the LA Times as the “best contemporary performance of the year” for their debut at the LA County Museum of Arts’ Monday Evening Concerts. For the past 7 years, Jane has been involved with Brazilian music and other Latin flute styles, and was a founding member of the Berkeley Choro Ensemble, and co-director of the First Berkeley Festival of Choro in October 2013, a founding member of Primavera Latin Jazz and Matiz Ensemble, whose first album, “Confluencia” came out in April 2014. Other albums include “fluid”--a jazz album with Brad Buethe, John Wiitala and Chris Braun, “Live at Anna’s Jazz Island”, with Calvin Keys, guitar. An active teacher, she is on the faculty of San Domenico School in San Anselmo, and teaches privately in Berkeley and Corte Madera as well. This year she is proud to have two students performing concertos as winners of Youth Orchestra competitions, Oakland Youth Orchestra and Marin Youth Orchestra. www.janelenoir.com
Cristina Marcu is an accomplished pianist and teacher of Romanian decent, and is a graduate from USC Music School, teaching piano for over twenty years to students of all levels. She enjoys teaching with both classical and contemporary ideas, as it allows her students to be open to the spontaneity of the creative moment. In her lessons, students are encouraged to use their imagination and learn to become independent musicians with a healthy sense of creative freedom. Tone color is one aspect of Cristina’s expertise, and she guides her students to listen and explore the joy of sound-making. This can be accomplished as the student finds his or her unique way of connecting to the instrument and develops a sensitive curiosity to what is possible. How to play the piano is the initial goal, and an emphasis on how to learn inspires the student to receive a balanced experience in discipline, musicianship, and creativity. Music theory, improvisation, and composition are an integral part of Marcu’s style of teaching. Cristina Marcu is an active member of MTAC and all her students have opportunities to perform in recitals, the Piano Honors program, competitions, and master classes.
Marian Marsh - Voice
Marian Marsh is a career performer, and has been teaching for over 40 years, even before she became an acclaimed concert singer. She has taught at the college of Marin, Dominican University since 1975, the University of California at Santa Cruz for 14 years, Santa Clara University, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, was the first voice teacher at Sonoma State University, and previously taught at San Domenico from 1967-1974. Miss Marsh has premiered over 20 compositions, including the Carnegie Hall premiere of Alfred Schnittke Requiem and Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio at Grace Cathedral. In addition, she has often performed with the San Francisco, Oakland, Marin, Santa Rosa, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Fresno Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Sinfonia Nacional of Lima, Peru. Marian was a two-time winner of the Northern California Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Kathy Marshall - Violin
Playing violin, baritone violin, and percussion, Kathy Marshall is a founding member of Quartet Rouge, who played on Green Day’s 2010 Grammy Award winning album American Idiot. Apart from her quartet she has toured Japan with the Percy Faith Orchestra, Brazil with the Womens' Philharmonic, and the United States with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. During her five years with the band Dick Bright's SRO, she performed and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. She has performed with the San Francisco Shakespeare Company as well as participated in the Mendocino and Bear Valley Music Festivals. Along with private teaching, she has taught at San Rafael High, Davidson Middle School, Marin Waldorf, and Mount Tamalpais School. She also taught the strings class at Sonoma State University. Kathy is currently member of the Marin and Santa Rosa Symphonies, and recently performed Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the San Francisco Opera. She holds a degree in music performance from University of California San Diego and the Universidad de Madrid in Spain.
Lex grew up in Mill Valley, California, and his first introduction to drumming started at ten years old. The age where most kids studied piano, he was drawn to the drums. “My first recollection taking lessons was with this elderly man in San Francisco whose background was in jazz. Traditional grip and rudiments were his focus.” At ten, “I was really amazed because when he demonstrated his chops on his Remo practice pad kit, his hands were lightning-quick and precise. I was blown away.” Some of Lex’s influences growing up were John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Louie Bellson, and Buddy Rich. Later he discovered Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, and Zigaboo Modeliste.
While in high school, he developed his skills playing with friends and listening to records. It wasn’t until college that he began studying percussion under professor Eugene Novotney and later with legendary jazz drummer Eddie Marshall. Since then he has developed his own voice for the instrument. “I think this is very important. A way to accomplish this is to play different styles with different people and allow yourself to play outside of your normal comfort zone. My “voice” has grown while playing in several different projects ranging from my local hip-hop group, Calm-o-dee, to my jazz quartet, to my mainstay, Vinyl."
Based in San Francisco and Marin County, he has been involved in the music scene for fifteen years and teaching for about six. In 1996 Lex became a founding member of the Bay Area Latin-funk band Vinyl. (Vinylgroove.com). He has had the opportunity to record and perform with Les Claypool (Primus), founding member of P-funk, Bernie Worrell, and of course, his mates in Vinyl. Currently he teaches drums and percussion at A Drummer’s Tradition in Marin County. “I now have the opportunity to share my knowledge to students here at San Domenico, and I’m looking forward to working with a great music conservatory!”
Sergei Riabtchenko received a Bachelors degree from Pushkin Music College in Russia, where he was the Grand Prix winner of the Moscow Young Musicians Festival. He received his Masters from the Moscow Conservatory of Music with a degree in cello performance and teaching, and a minor in composition. Sergei performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra until 1990. Upon moving to the United States, Mr. Riabtchenko taught for three years at San Francisco State University and currently performs with the Russian Chamber Orchestra and the Arlekin String Quartet. Currently Mr. Riabtchenko conducts and composes music for two choirs for the Russian Orthodox church of San Francisco. He began teaching at San Domenico in summer 2000.
Brenda Schuman-Post has built a career on versatility, making the oboe and its music accessible to almost any audience. Her Oboe of the World CD is acclaimed as “groundbreaking!” and Jazz Now magazine calls her an “oboe advocate.” She studied with Ronald Roseman, Marc Lifschey, and in master class with Heinz Holliger. Brenda plays baroque to modern—bluegrass, pop, progressive jazz, world, and improvised music. She's performed in concert halls, museums, churches, universities, schools, night clubs, at corporate events, jazz festivals, world music festivals, county fairs, shopping malls, senior and drug rehabilitation centers, and outdoor events in Europe, Indonesia, as well as throughout the United States. Brenda's presentations include Classical Trash, classical music with a twist: an offbeat oboe / piano / accordion duo; Oboes Of The World: a lecture-performance about the sound of the oboe, in all its ethnic varieties, and its historical / cultural / spiritual meaning to humanity; Oboe Plus: a mixed instrumental / vocal ensemble performing concerts and private events; About The Oboe, a comprehensive lesson for oboists and composers; Extended Techniques and Improvisation; Improvisation for Classical Musicians; and Mpingo's Fruit, about the status of African Blackwood. As a devoted oboe educator, she presents clinics to band and orchestra directors on How To Play and Teach The Oboe. Brenda teaches privately, is a freelance orchestral and chamber musician, and studio-recording artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.oboesoftheworld.com
Mark Simons is a leading Bay Area guitarist and veteran member of the groundbreaking San Francisco Guitar Quartet whose natural musicality and impressive technique have long been critically acclaimed. He has presented numerous concerts, both as soloist and chamber musician throughout New England, the Mid Atlantic, California, and Germany. Recent touring with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet has included Texas, Florida, Arizona, Guam, and the Republic of Taiwan. Mark has also toured with the Grammy Award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and currently performs in duet with flutist Catherine Payne of the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Simons has released three critically acclaimed recordings with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet, including the 2003 SFGQ release Compadres, which was awarded “Top CD of 2003” by Acoustic Guitar magazine.
Mr. Simons was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Guitar Performance to Stuttgart, Germany and received both the Outstanding Graduate and Chamber Music Departmental Awards from the University of Southern California School of Music where he was an Assistant Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator for the Guitar Department. Mark Simons holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Tufts University, The University of Southern California, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. www.marksimons.net
Charmian Stewart - Violin
Charmian Stewartis a graduate from the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor and Master Degrees of Music and studied with David Updegraff.
She has been a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, Monterey County Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, and Sacramento Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music experiences include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, string quartet recitals in Australia; Moscow; Baku, Azerbaijan and Tbilisi, Georgia and as a founding member of Trio Dagoba, which specialized in Contemporary music. She has enjoyed performing with Barry Manilow, Dave Brubeck, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, John Handy, Nancy Griffith, Belle & Sebastian, and the Scorpions.
An active performer, she currently plays with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary
Music in Santa Cruz, the Marin Symphony, "Jardin Gitane" a gypsy jazz band and in a celtic duo with Amanda Craver. Prior to moving to San Anselmo, she taught for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland School of the Arts, the New England Suzuki Institute as well as private studios in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. She now has 20 students in her San Anselmo Suzuki Strings studio and loves to teach fiddle as well as classical.
When not teaching or playing, she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and being a mom.