Sandy & Alina at Bidwell Mansion

Sandra Wright has been teaching people of all ages to play piano for over 30 years. She received a MA in piano performance from California State University, Chico where she worked with Dr. Sylvie Beaudette, Dr. Robert Bowman, Caren Levine and also studied organ with Dr. David Rothe.  As an adjunct professor, Sandra taught music theory, ear training, studio piano and general piano classes at CSU, Chico.

After graduating from Chico State, Sandra was one of five pianists from the United States accepted by audition to study at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She has also toured Costa Rica performing at the universities and in Monte Verde.

In 2014, Sandra realized her dream of opening an academy where students can explore many options for musical expression in one convenient location. 

 

Ashley Zabala is an undergraduate music student at California State University, Chico and will be graduating in May 2014 with her B.A. in General Music: Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy Pathway and Certificate in Keyboard Pedagogy.  Ashley was born in Chico and raised in Oroville, California.  Her piano training began when she was 8 years old under Dorothy Johnston.  Ashley studied at Butte College before transferring to Chico State in 2010.  Since 2011, Ashley studied piano and numerous keyboard-related courses under internationally acclaimed artist-teacher Dr. Natalya Shkoda.  Ashley’s skills as pianist, performer and teacher have developed tremendously under Dr. Shkoda’s guidance.  

 

Kristin Williams Baugher was born and raised right here in Northern California, although her pursuit of music has taken her worldwide. In 2005 Kristin received her degree in Musical Theater from the University of Redlands where she had the opportunity to study both classical and musical theater styles. Kristin pursued her graduate degree at UC Santa Barbara, receiving her Masters in Music, vocal performance in 2008.  While in Santa Barbara Kristin had the great opportunity to teach classes in musical theater performance and class voice.  After graduating from UCSB, Kristin was accepted to the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz Austria.  Under the instruction of the AIMS faculty and a local family, Kristin became proficient in audition techniques, performance practice and the German language. Kristin now lives in Orland where she teaches voice lessons and is director of the Federated Church of Orland chancel choir.

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Jan Bolenbaugh has played flute almost all of her life.  She starting at 8 years of age and continued playing through college and into her early 30’s.
She has played in bands and orchestras, has written music and theater pieces, and toured throughout the West Coast and Europe. After many years of music as the core of her life, she began teaching Kindergarten using the Montessori method. Jan taught for 25 years and now returns to music, her first love. She has taken the Suzuki training and is excited to use the method, as it is very much like the Montessori method that served her so well as an Elementary school teacher.

Addison DeSantis grew up in Millville, CA where he began to study drums at the age of 11, guitar at 13, and piano at 15.  He received his BA in General Music with an emphasis in Composition from CSUChico in 2012.  Throughout high school and collegge, Addison participated in a wide spectrum of ensembles, winning solo awards for his performances on drums at both Folsom and Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals in 2007 and 2008, and studied classical and jazzharmony.  He is currently taking beginning students for piano, and beginning to advanced students for drums.  Addison believe learning should be fun while informative and looks forward to sharing the joy that music continues to bring to him.

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Danny Aragon is an undergraduate music student at CSU, Chico with an expected degree in Music Education. Born in the Imperial Valley, he moved to Chico to attend CSU, Chico. He began his guitar training at the age of 14 and soon after began playing ukulele. He is comfortable with playing many styles including rock, jazz, metal, folk, and pop.

 

     Jeff Pershing makes learning music fun.  Right from the start, he shows students how to play songs that are motivating.  With 40 years of professional performing experience and 35 years of public and private teaching, Jeff has developed very effective teaching methods.  Jeff is very patient and sensitive to the individual needs of his students.  Jeff has studied at San Francisco State University, Berklee College of Music, and earned his Master’s Degree in Music at California State University Chico. In addition to teaching private guitar lessons at The Wright Keys, Jeff teaches guitar classes at Butte College.

     In addition to performing in various Northern California cities, Jeff has toured the Northwestern U.S., and has performed in Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Australia.

The Jeff Pershing Band has received 8 CAMMIE Award nominations and 3 CAMMIE Awards.

Chris Wenger Guitar Teacher

Chris Wenger received his MA in guitar performance from CSU, Chico in 2004.  Since then he has performed classical, jazz, rock, pop, and bluegrass guitar with a variety of ensembles in Chico and Sacramento.  He is also a singer, and studied a variety of vocal styles, including opera, musical theater, jazz and pop at Chico State.  He enjoys merging these two passions, and teaching both of these skills to his students.  The guitar is a perfect accompaniment instrument for singing, and doing both can make the student a better musician.  But don't worry:  if you're terrified of singing, we'll just teach you how to play blistering lead guitar riffs...save the vocals for the prima donnas!
He has been teaching for 10 years, at Butte College, Simpson College, and private lessons at the Music Connection, as well as a rock and roll summer camp.  He is finishing up his Multi-Subject teaching credential, and works well with students of all ages.

 

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Max Crab is an undergraduate music student at California State University, Chico, with an expected degree in General Music: Piano Performance and a Certificate in Keyboard Pedagogy. Max was born and raised in San Diego but moved to Chico in 2013 to earn his degree. He has been studying piano for 11 years and is now studying under Dr. Natalya Shkoda, Associate Professor of Piano at CSU Chico. Max participated in a master class conducted by N. Fukasawa and performed in “88 Keys”, a fundraising recital for the CSU Chico Keyboard Program.

 

Terrie Pincusoff  is a music lover, pianist, vocalist, and composer. She has enjoyed teaching classroom piano and private instruction for many years.  Terrie’s Master’s degree is in Music Theory and Composition.  She has taught music classes from elementary school through college level.   Terrie has also worked as a Board Certified Music Therapist helping individuals with special needs. 
A ten year ‘Chicoan’, Terrie keeps house with her husband Ed, and their two adult kids, Rachel and Joel (and two cats and a rat).  Terrie looks forward to sharing her gift of music with you!

 

Dennis Young

    Dennis Young began studying the violin at eight years of age. He also began private study with a Russian violinist, Louis Debovsky, for 12 years. Louis Debovsky was a student of Leapold Auer and Otakar Sevcik. With a scholarship to Whittier College, Dennis studied with Ruth Haroldson who was a graduate of Juliard School of Music. Dennis spent two years at CSU Long Beach with violinist Herny Temianka. Dennis also attended various Southern California Music Camps including Idelwild Summer Music Camps and USC Summer Music Camps.
    
    Beginning in his eigth grade year of school, Dennis began playing in various Southern California orchestras including the Pasadena Symphony, Whittier Symphony, Montebello Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, and Compton Symphony. Dennis has also performed in various solo concerts and competitions.
    Since about 2008 to 2015, the students of Dennis Young have been concertmasters/concertmistrisses or soloists of the Redding Youth Symphony or the Chico Youth Symphony. Students can learn to play fiddle and compete in the October Western Open Fiddle Contest.

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Roxanne Winslow is in her fourth year at Chico State majoring in Music and Asian Studies. A Chico Jr and Chico High alumni, she has been playing trumpet in various ensembles for 12 years.  Some examples of these are concert band, jazz band, jazz combo, marching band, pep band, and symphony orchestra.  Throughout Jr High and High School she participated in 13 honor bands, including California All-State Honor Band where she was accepted three times and placed in the top band (out of three) twice.  Outside of California, when she studied abroad last year Roxanne played with Shinshu University's Symphony Orchestra and Growing Sounds Big Band in Matsumoto, Japan.  She continues to play in Chico State affiliated groups and various events in town and out of town.