Concert Mistress
RONA LANDRIGAN - Rona grew up in a musical family in Glasgow, Scotland. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England in 1990 and continued with post-graduate study in violin performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
In 1991 Rona was invited to join the Camerata Orchestra, a 22-piece String Orchestra based at the Concert Hall in Athens, Greece, where she played for four years. The Orchestra performed regularly in Athens and also toured Greece, Belgium, Italy, and Austria.
In 1996, Rona moved to New Jersey with her husband. She was actively involved in music in her local community there, both as a performer and a teacher. As a member of Montclair Music Club, Rona performed chamber music in different venues in Montclair on many occasions. 

Rona taught for 11 years as a string specialist in Chatham Schools, directing the elementary orchestras and Chatham High School Orchestras. In 2004, she was selected by The College of New Jersey as one of the winners of their “Outstanding Educator” Award Program. 

While In NJ, Rona served as Secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and as Chairperson of the Sharon Holmes ASTA/NJ Scholarship Committee.
Rona has recently arrived on Maui and is a member of the Maui Pops Orchestra and Maui Chamber Ensemble. Rona is also working with the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, where she is teaching a beginning violin and string orchestra class on Saturdays.


MICHAEL RUSSELL - Michael Russell is a violinist, violist, and conductor. He holds Undergraduate degrees from Indiana State University in Violin Performance, BM, and Music Theory, BA. His Master's and Doctoral (ABD) degrees in Violin Performance are from the University of Arizona. Mr. Russell has performed solo recital, concerto, chamber music, and symphony orchestra programs in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest United States, Northern Mexico, and Peru, South America.
Andor Toth, Sr., Dr. John Ferrell, and Dr. Robert Billups were Mr. Russell's principal violin and viola professors, and he has performed in the master classes of I-Kwan Bae, Bernard Goldschmidt, Ani Kavafian, Benny Kim, Daniel Majeski, Kevork Mardirossian, and Mark Rush.
Mr. Russell studied conducting Dr. Leonard Pearlman and Andor Toth, Sr.
He has performed in orchestras under the direction of Peter Bay, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Andreas Delfs, Joanne Falletta, Raymond Harvey, Louis Lane, Fabio Mechetti, Bill McGlaughlin, Heichiero Ohyama, Dr. Leonard Pearlman, Gerard Schwartz, Leonard Slatkin, Joseph Swenson, Yuri Temerkanov, Andor Toth, Sr., and Edo de Waart. His chamber music coaches and collaborators include Dr. Robert Billups, Dr. Gordon Epperson, Dr. John Ferrell, Lynn Harrell, Peter Marsh, Peter Salaff, Dr. Jeffrey Showell, and Andor Toth, Sr.
From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Russell was an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He was the Violin and Viola professor, conducted the University Symphony Orchestra, and was the String and Piano Chamber Music Program Coordinator. He also served as the violinist of the Kennard Trio, the University's Resident Piano Trio.
Since 2003, Mr. Russell has performed as soloist, Concertmaster, section player, or guest conductor, with various ensembles and musical productions on the Big Island, Oahu, and Maui.
He is a member of the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon, and he maintains a studio of private string students, of all ages, in Hilo, Hawaii.
RAY BROGGINI - Dr. Ray Broggini began violin study at age 9. His principal teacher became a Josef Gingold protégé, Jeanette Drinkall Meyer, in his hometown of Cleveland, where he also studied with George Poinar at Baldwin Wallace College. He then received his BA at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music where he majored in biology and music.
During his parallel 30 year career in medicine, he performed in numerous ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was Concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Baroque Sinfonia for 16 years and regularly played with Santa Rosa Symphony, as well as symphonies in Cotati, Napa, Ukiah, Vallejo, Rohnert Park and San Francisco. He was a founding member of the Sotoyome String Quartet. He has studied in chamber music workshops at Santa Rosa Junior College and Humboldt State University.
Ray’s Hawaii resume includes Kona Symphony, Kamuela Philharmonic, and the University of Hawaii Hilo orchestras, The Hilo Chamber Music Festival, Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Madama Butterfly in Maui, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and also teaches violin. He lives on a small organic farm in Paauilo, Big Island.
JUDY WATERS - Judy Waters played with the Summer Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the forerunner of Maui Chamber Orchestra, since its inception in 2010. She has also played for many years in the Maui Symphony, Maui Pops, Haleakala Chamber Players, many musicals (most recently Evita, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables with MAPA), with Uluwehi’s Choir and at weddings and other events.
Judy, a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, also studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum.
She has played in east and west coast symphonies and chamber orchestras, given chamber recitals and performed in festivals abroad.
Currently Judy teaches violin privately in Makawao. She is also a soul healing practitioner, using music, healing hands, and calligraphy modalities. A retired reading specialist and child development specialist, Judy is also available as a private reading tutor.
JULIA E. BIRNBAUM - Violinist Julia Birnbaum is a dedicated orchestral and chamber musician who performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Ms. Birnbaum, who started playing violin at age 5 in her home state of Maryland, received a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University under the tutelage of the 40-year Chicago Symphony veteran Blair Milton. Upon graduation, she won and completed a two-year fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also completed the certificate program at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore under the String Department Chair Rebecca Henry.
Ms. Birnbaum is honored to play with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Marin Symphony, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Arts Orchestra, Renovo String Orchestra, Chicago Folks Operetta, Sacramento Philharmonic, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Chamber Opera, Opera Cultura, Orchestra Gloria, and Symphonia Caritas among many others. Ms. Birnbaum served as concertmaster under the late-Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in 2011 and also attended the Aspen Music Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz (Austria), CIM's Encore School for Strings, and Indiana University String Academy.
HALEY JERNAILL - Haley began her violin studies at the age of 8, under the tutelage of Ms. Leah Tinklemann. Since then she has performed extensively as a soloist and as first violinist with various musical groups throughout the islands, including Maui Choral Arts Association, Maui Masterworks Festival, Maui Pops Orchestra, Hawai'i Youth Symphony Orchestra, Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, and others. She has performed professionally alongside numerous stars including Uluwehi Guerrero, Willie K, Keali'i Reichel, and Lily Meola; as well as attended various workshops on both Oahu and the mainland, including California Summer Music, Pacific Music Institute, Music Teachers National Association, and the UWC-USA String Ensemble. She also sings classically, having performed with such groups as the UWC-USA Festival Chorus and Maui Academy of Performing Arts. During her stay at an international boarding school in New Mexico (UWC-USA), she qualified for entry into the New Mexico Allstate Music Festival as first soprano.
WENLU DUFFY - WenLu Duffy started violin at age six, and later added piano, guitar, and bass to her repertoire. She has played at many popular gigs around the island, including Zeptember III, IV & V, a Led Zeppelin tribute show at Mulligans on the Blue. She has opened for stellar performers including Murray Thorne, Shea Derrick, and Deborah Vial Band. She has had the pleasure of accompanying world-class acts including Alli Mauzey, William Michals, Amy Hanaiali'i, and Keola Beamer. She's ready to play all kinds of music, from Mozart to Red Hot Chili Peppers and open to learning new styles as well...
 AE KYONG YOON - Mrs. Yoon is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree where she was a scholarship student and studied under Caroll Glenn, Raphael Brownstein, and Ireana Browne. She received the Suzuki Certificate from a two year program with Behrend, who is a member of the Juilliard faculty. She also studied for 2 years in a Doctoral program at Teachers College at Columbia University and has done a lot of work with Eurythmic Class and Delcroze Training. Mrs. Yoon has performed with several orchestras in the Waterloo Music Festival Symphony, Vermont Festival Orchestra, Livingston Symphony, Baroque Orchestra in New Jersey. She also played chamber music with Juma Piano Trio and Bohemian String Quartet in New York and New Jersey. She attended master classes with Dorothy Delay and Joseph Gingold and most recently with Jonathan Feldman. As a violin teacher, she has attended many Suzuki Seminars, Teacher’s Conferences and festivals. Mrs. Yoon was the primary Korean teacher as a Suzuki trained teacher in the NJ area. She has performed in many prestigious locations, leading groups of violin students, such as Carnegie Hall and the Ridgewood Suzuki Festival. Her students have been Music Competition winners and Concert Masters for several community Orchestra. She has been chosen for ‘Best Teacher of the Year’ from Queens College. She has been teaching for more than 20 years. She currently has a private studio in Maui, Hawaii and performs with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and Maui Pops Orchestra.
ROBIN BURKE - Robin started playing violin when she was 11 years old. She played through high school, and was a member of the Colorado All-State Orchestra for 2 years. In college she studied Anthropology and went on to get a Masters in Social Work. She has been a member of the Maui Pops since 2010 and the Maui Chamber Orchestra since 2013. In August 2016 she participated in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Early Music Maui in the show, 'Vivaldi for Breakfast'. She works as a social worker for a non-profit on Maui.
RACHEL SAUL - Violinist Rachel Saul, originally from Tucson AZ, has been performing with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Rachel received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music studying under Gerardo Ribeiro, and her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts studying under Peter Zazofsky. Rachel’s additional orchestral experience includes performing with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Hawaii Pops, O’ahu Choral Society, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
In 2006, she made her solo debut performing the Bruch Violin Concerto appearing with the Tucson Pops Orchestra. Rachel has served as Concertmaster for the Benefit Orchestra in Honolulu, Palaver Strings, BU Choral Society Orchestra, BU Chamber Orchestra, BU Opera Orchestra, and the North Shore Chamber Orchestra among others, often responsible for several substantial solos.
She has worked with renowned String Quartets such as the Muir, Pacifica, Takács, Pro Arte, Chiara, St. Petersburg, Miami, Chester, and Vermeer String Quartets. She has performed at many summer festivals around the world, including the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, the National Orchestral Institute, Atlantic Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Rocky Ridge Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Chamber Music in the Mountains.
Rachel enjoys performing in Honolulu, from gypsy jazz at the world famous Blue Note Hawaii to a live televised performance with Sean Na’auao at the 2016 Na Hoku Awards. Recent chamber music appearances include at Hawai'i Public Radio's Atherton Performing Arts Studio, Ward's Rafters, and University of Hawai'i faculty chamber recitals.
Rachel teaches at Punahou Music School, founded and conducts the After-School Strings Program at the Mid-Pacific Institute Elementary, is a Teaching Artist with Kalikolehua El Sistema Hawaii, and maintains a private violin studio. To learn more, please visit
NADINE QUINSAAT - Nadine Quinsaat first became interested in playing the violin after she saw a violinist perform on her favorite TV show. Although she had her first violin in 2005 at the age of 12, Nadine did not have violin lessons until June 2006 with Leah Tinkleman. Under the tutelage of Ms. Tinkleman, Nadine’s love for the violin and classical music grew.
Nadine’s first experience with an orchestra was in September 2006 with the newly formed Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Jr., four months after her first violin lesson. After serving as concertmaster of the MYPO Jr. for one orchestra season, she joined the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra as second violinist. After a brief hiatus, she rejoined MYPO as first violinist and was chosen, along with several other MYPO members, to play with the Hawaii Youth Symphony I during one of their Maui concerts in February 2011.
After graduating from the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Nadine later joined the Maui Pops Orchestra in January 2012. In January 2014, Nadine joined the Maui Chamber Orchestra.
JOAN PADGETT - Joan began playing violin at age 8 when her brother, John, 6 started cello lessons. Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joan played with the Milwaukee Youth Orchestra through high school and the Green Bay Symphony for 2 years. After moving to Maui, Joan saw ad in the Maui News in 1978 asking for string players to play in a community orchestra - Joan started playing with Don Alton in 1978 and have been playing music on Maui ever since! Joan has played with Maui Symphony, Valley Isle Orchestra, and other groups on Maui. "I love the music community on Maui - and have watched it grow over the years with pride".
Currently playing with the Maui Chamber Orchestra (past 2 years) (and love it!) and with Maui Pops Orchestra. Joan is a board member of the Maui Pops Orchestra.
ANA KALINA - Ana began playing the violin at the age of 9-years-old in Southern California. She followed in the footsteps of her grandfather whose love for music included playing all the classical stringed instruments and the mandolin. Ana later learned how to play the cello, piano, and ukulele. Ana has performed with alternative rock bands, chamber orchestras, and string quartets throughout her life. She currently performs with the Maui Pops Symphony, Maui Masterworks Festival, and the Maui Chamber Orchestra. Ana also sings backup vocals and plays fiddle in a classic rock band from Lahaina called Za.
In 2004 Ana received her Master's Degree in Marital Family Therapy. In her private psychotherapy practice she uses music to facilitate and promote nurturing parent/child relationships. Parents and children are enriched through the process of learning music together. Parents learn to adopt and develop a nurturing parenting style that utilizes positive reinforcement techniques. Kids thrive and learn quickly when they are praised for doing well. Ana enjoys being a violin teacher and strives to make the learning experience fun! When kids are able to create a foundation of accomplishments, it contributes to their sense of well-being. Experiences of being successful are moments a child can carry with them throughout their lifetime.
Ana is fortunate to have found a career that combines her love for music and helping people. She continues to find ways to bring music to others, especially young people whose access to the Arts have been cut. Her desire is to develop a non-profit that brings the Arts to our youth on the island of Maui. She envisions an organization that subsidizes music programs for kids that complement and enhance their educational experience. Many studies suggest that music training integrated with classroom learning improves test scores overall. Ana believes that bringing more music to kids' lives will create a better future for our world.
STUART OWENS - In 2001 Stuart moved to North Carolina and joined the Winston Salem Orchestra in the principal position. In 2003 he was accepted into the prestigious Appalachian Symphonic Orchestra program at ASU under Dr. Anderson. In 2005 Stuart relocated Chapel Hill to study violin at the University of North Carolina under Dr. Tonu Kalum. At UNC he studied violin with Dr. Kim and eventually made it to second stand of the first violin section in the UNC-CH Symphonic Orchestra. In 2006 Stuart was chosen for the honor of performing violin with Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti on tour. 
In the summer of 2010 he decided to move to Maui and make it his home. Since moving to Maui he has played at the Maui Arts and Culture Center (MACC) several times with some of the best slack key artists . Here in Maui, Stuart has performed with George Kahumoku Jr. and Da Ukulele Boyz, he has performed with the legendary Ledward Kaapana, and the most legendary Hawaiian songwriter Dennis Kamakahi who has several songs on the radio currently and was introduced into the Sons of Hawaii at age 19.
TERESA SKINNER - Teresa Skinner has resided on Maui since 1986, She began playing professionally and teaching while still attending Hollywood High School in her native home town of Southern California.  While at Hollywood High, she was granted a full four year scholarship to attend the Vienna Music Conservatory in Austria.  Much to her disappointment, she was unable to attend the conservatory due to her fatherʼs declining health and untimely passing.  An opportunist, she began playing in various orchestras in the greater Los Angeles area, and played both viola and violin on motion picture and television soundtracks and commercials in acclaimed Hollywood studios.
On Maui, Ms. Skinner has performed with the Kapalua Music Festival (now the Maui Classical Music Festival), was a member of the Honolulu Symphony and was a member of Maui Symphony for which she also was a soloist.  She currently plays with the Hawaii Symphony, is principal violist of the Maui Pops Orchestra, and principal violist with the newly formed Maui Chamber orchestra.  An active chamber musician, Ms. Skinner performs with “Prism”, a clarinet trio with Jeff Alfriend, clarinetist and pianist Lotus Dancer.  Outside the classical realm she has performed with well-known local artists Barry Flannigan/Hapa, Amy Hanaialii-Gilliom, Eric Gilliom, Willie K., Kealii Reichel and Uluwehi Guerrero.  She has had the opportunity to perform with world renown musicians including members of the Ying Quartet, Edgar Meyer, John Kimura Parker, Benny Kim, Andres Cardenes, Scott St. John, Marilyn Horne, Marvin Hamlish and Burt Bacharach.
An injury to her neck in 2002 left her unable to use her left arm and fingers, thus ending her career as a full-time symphonic musician.  “If I couldnʼt play music, I donʼt know what I would do”, says Skinner.  Through caring and knowledgeable physicians, surgeries, and physical therapy, Ms. Skinner was able to regain use of her neck, left shoulder, arm and fingers, and had to re-learn to play her violin and viola.  Through determination from her injury, Ms. Skinnerʼs career path metamorphosed from being a full time performer to being a teacher/mentor.  She founded the Suzuki-Maui School of Talent Education and Ability Development, fostering students to learn to play violin or viola in the Suzuki Method or “Mother Tongue" method of Talent Education.  Students begin lessons as young as 2 years of age up to those in their golden years.
Since Suzuki-Mauiʼs inception in 2002, Ms. Skinner has touched the lives of close to 200 students.  Several students she has trained now play in our Maui Chamber Orchestra and Maui Pops.  Ms. Skinner currently serves on the board of the Musiciansʼ Association of Hawaii, local 677 of the American Federation of Musicians and is a registered instructor of the Suzuki Method with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
In addition to teaching, she raises a variety of hens and roosters who enjoy listening to music and crow to their hearts content in beautiful, well tuned intervals throughout the day.
CARLO ANDREA MALANIMA - Dr. Malanima has been a professional musician for over 25 years playing in many world's renowned musical institutions and orchestras such as: Youth European Community Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), Orchestra della Radio Televisione della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence -Italy), Orchestra della Toscana (Florence - Italy), Orchestra Sinfonica "Haydn" di Bolzano e Trento (Bozen - Sud Tirol - Italy), Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI TV di Roma (Rome - Italy),Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome - Italy), Orchestra dell' Arena of Verona (Verona Italy), Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari - Italy), Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova Italy)
Dr. Malanima holds a life term position at Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra where he also plays assistant principal viola.
He has also served as Principal Viola in the orchestras of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago (Lucca - Italy), the Mascagni Festival (Livorno - Italy), Verdi Festival (Parma - Italy), Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra (Colorado - USA), The Juilliard Orchestra (1992).
As a Chamber musician he has been one of the founding members of the Quartetto d'archi Modigliani with whom he has produced many recordings and concerts. His solo recordings in contemporary music by composer Stefano Giannotti for the deutschland Radio have won the international Karl-Sczuka- Preis in 2003.
Dr. Malanima earned a National DOCTORAL DIPLOMA from the Italian Conservatory and the Advanced Certificate in Music Performance from the Juilliard School in New York where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Malanima has studied with the following teachers : Giusto Cappone, Margater Pardee, William Lincer, Karen Tuttle, Yurii Bashmet, The Juilliard String Quartett. He has attended at summer classes in Meadowmount Summer String Festival, Tanglewood Orchestra Music Festival, Corsi di Alto Perfezionamento Accademia Chigiana Siena.
During his orchestra career Dr. Malanima has performed in some of the major concert halls throughout the world with the most acclaimed soloists and conductors such as: Abbado, Muti , Metha, Chailly, Gatti, Thielemann, Luisi, Maazel, Dudamel etc. etc.
Dr. Malanima is a member of the A.S.T.A. (American String Teachers Association)
MARTHA SEROOGY - Martha Seroogy, originally from De Pere, Wisconsin, started playing viola when she was 10 years old, studying with Matthew Michelic at the Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, WI. At University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, she majored in public relations and music on the Cohen String Scholarship, studying with Allison Ostrander of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Her performance history includes playing with the Chippewa Valley Symphony, Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Civic Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, Maui Chamber Orchestra, and the Maui Pops Orchestra. She is currently the director of marketing at Blue Note Hawaii in Honolulu.
KYLA PINKARD - Kyla began studying violin under Theresa Skinner at the age of 5 and transitioned to viola about 5 years later. Born and raised on Maui, Kyla attended Seabury Hall, played with Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for 10 years and Maui Pops Orchestra since she was 12. Kyla spent her junior year of High School abroad in the Czech Republic where she continued to study viola under Josef Fiala in Plsn. She is currently in her second year of college at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland but plays on Maui when her academic schedule permits.
CHERYL LINDLEY - Cheryl Lindley has performed in many musical genres, with numerous ensembles, on a variety of instruments, including cello, bass, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, flute, mandolin and voice for over four decades. She has taught music in group and private settings for much of that time, primarily cello, piano, guitar, bass, chamber music and music theory.
Cheryl earned her BA/BM in cello performance from the University of Washington. She has served as Principal Cellist of the Maui Symphony, Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Principal Cellist of the Everett Symphony and the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a member of other Puget Sound area orchestras, numerous chamber groups and as a substitute with the Yakima Symphony. Since returning to Maui in 2009, she occasionally travels to Washington to perform in concerts with some of these groups, including performing Beethoven's Symphony #9 with the Everett Philharmonic on bass! She has also appeared as a cello soloist and chamber musician in Hawaii, Washington and California.
Cheryl currently serves as Principal Cellist of the Maui Chamber Orchestra and Maui Pops Orchestra. She performs frequently throughout Maui as a freelance cellist for musical theater productions, and for weddings and other special occasions as a soloist and in various sized ensembles. Cheryl performed June 1, 2014 in recital with pianist, Lotus Dancer, as a part of the Soirees Musicales Series in Kula. She sings with the Maui Choral Arts Association and served as Music Director for Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ 2014 production of “Fiddler on the Roof”.
MICHELLE ROMERO-ANCHETA - Michelle began playing cello at age 10. Her father, the late Dr. Jose’ Romero, wanted his 4 children to form their own string quartet, and Michelle was assigned to play cello. Her first teacher was Roxie Berlin, then the late BJ Smith. She also studied with Beverly LeBeck on Oahu, under a Maui Philharmonic Scholarship. She remembers her teachers fondly.
Music has been an incredible adventure, allowing her to have wonderful opportunities, like going to Japan with Uluwehi Guerrero, and playing with and learning from Keali’i Reichel and Willie K. She is deeply grateful for both her parents’ encouragement and support of music. In addition to performing with The Maui Chamber Orchestra and The Maui Pops, she is part of the Praise Band at Grace Bible Church.
RON SCHECTER - Ron's primary teachers were Robert Gardner, principal cellist of the New York City Opera, and Frederick Zlotkin, principal cellist of the New York City Ballet. Ron performed for over thirty years in the New York City area, with such organizations as the Caecilian Chamber Orchestra, Trio Classico, the New Jersey State Opera, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, and the Waterloo Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz.
Ron's versatility is reflected in his own arrangement and performance (with actor) of the poetry of T.S. Eliot to the music of J.S. Bach's Suites for unaccompanied cello, his string quartet appearances as opening act for the rock group "Meat Loaf" at New York City's Madison Square Garden, and his appearances at such venues as New York City's Hard Rock Cafe. His early music background includes jazz piano, accordion, and bass. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law. Currently Ron is a member of both the Maui Pops Orchestra and the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra, actively freelances, and teaches cello privately.
ERICA JERNAILL - Erica Jernaill began her relationship with the cello at age six. After developing her skills under the instruction of Leah Tinklemann, she joined the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight. In 2011, at the age of twelve, she entered the world of professional music after being asked to play for a Maui Masterworks production of the Bach Magnificat and other such works.
In subsequent years, she's had the pleasure of performing with an array of other musical groups; including the Maui Pops Orchestra, Maui Chamber Orchestra, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, and the Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra on Oahu. Throughout her many musical experiences, she has performed alongside renowned artists such as Uluwehi Guerrero, Willie K, and Jimmy Borges. She has also provided professional music for weddings and other such occasions, volunteered for charity events, and contributed to various productions at her former high school King Kekaulike.
In addition to playing cello, Erica has a passionate interest in acting and has performed extensively with Maui Academy of Performing Arts, taken masterclasses with university-level teachers and received acceptance into some of the nation's top acting programs, including the prestigious Stella Adler camp of New York. She also enjoys playing guitar and composing her own music.
DIANA FORD - After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Diana Ford received her bachelor degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL and her master of music performance from DePaul University in Chicago. Diana has also received additional training in: Efficacy Institute Training, Clap, Sing and Read, Suzuki Method for violin/cello and has a certificate in Orff Schulwerk. An experienced orchestra teacher, Diana taught in her home town of Waukegan, IL, Park Ridge, IL and Lake Forest, IL before moving to Indiana where she currently resides. She has successfully taught ages from pre-school through adult. In addition to the Maui Chamber Orchestra, Diana is a member of the South Bend Symphony and the principal bass of the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra. Diana has also worked as the education director for the LaPorte Symphony. She is the founder and director of Impact Arts which utilizes music to teach academic concepts to school children. Teachers that greatly influenced Diana are: Peter Spring; Interlochen Arts Academy, Ed Krolick; University of IL, Lawrence Wolf; Tanglewood Institute, Robert Luke; Illinois Wesleyan University and Warren Benfield/DePaul University. Diana lives in Michigan City, Indiana with her husband Qunicy and her daughters Katherine and Shelby.
ROSS GILLILAND - Bassist Ross Gilliland, originally from Madison Wisconsin, has played professionally for 15 years with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Madison Bach Musicians, and, much less legitimately, playing electric bass with his touring ska band. Ross holds undergraduate degrees in music and physics, and a master's degree in public policy. He currently resides in Seattle, WA, where he performs with the North Corner Chamber Orchestra and serves as Principal Bass with Seattle Modern Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra. Wearing his policy hat, he has served on the staff of President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality, as Director of Evaluation and Analytics for Equal Opportunity Schools, a non-profit that works to open college pathways for underserved youth, and in 2015 was named a Strategic Data Fellow through Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research. Ross is lucky enough to have been performing with the Maui Chamber Orchestra since 2014.
MARCUS JOHNSON -  Bassist Marcus Johnson hails from Wisconsin. After many years based in California, he made Maui his home in 1984. In over forty years as a bassist, he has performed, recorded and toured with countless jazz luminaries, including George Benson, Jon Hendricks, Tom Scott, David Benoit, Howard Roberts, Joanne Brackeen, Emil Richards, Danny Gottlieb, Larry Coryell, John Handy, Art Lande, Narada Michael Walden, Lenny Castro, Tom Malone, Lou Marini, Peter Sprague, and many more. He has also performed and recorded with a wide variety of popular artists, ranging from Willie Nelson to Michael Buble to the Fifth Dimension, and too many more to name. He has recorded with a who's who list of many of Hawaiian music's greatest artists; most notably extensive touring and recording work Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K. He was a co-founder of the popular jazz group Gypsy Pacific. His work on upright and electric basses spans many different genres, from straight up jazz, to classical and show orchestras, commercial tv, movie, and radio work, popular/dance bands, and anything else that presents itself. He stays busy on his island home and abroad with a wide variety of live and recorded performances, as well as a teacher, arranger, and producer.
PEGGY SCHECTER - Peggy Schecter is the principal flutist with the Maui Chamber Orchestra, the Maui Pops Orchestra and the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra. Peggy earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker, New York Philharmonic principal flutist. Recipient of a Fulbright award, she studied with Gaston Crunelle at the Paris Conservatory, and also privately with Jean-Pierre Rampal. She also had the good fortune of studying with the French flutist and pedagogue, Marcel Moyse, in both Zurich and New York City.
She has participated in the Marlboro, Spoleto, Casals, Grand Teton, Rockport, Newport, and Mostly Mozart Festivals, and has performed with the Metropolitan, New York City and New Jersey State Operas, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and was guest artist with the Guarneri String Quartet at Lincoln Center. Peggy has performed under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Eleazar de Carvalho, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Oliver Messiaen.
Peggy is a founder and was artistic director of the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, which toured in Europe and was broadcast on National Public Radio, and served on the Board of the N.Y. Flute Club, for which she directed their Young Flutist’s Competition. For 20 years she was the flute professor at Montclair State University, where she founded and directed the Montclair State University Flute Choir. In 1995, she co-founded the Annual New Jersey Flute Choir Day, the mission of which is to create a non-competitive and fun environment for amateur flutists, from 6th grade through adults. As a member of the Phoenix Woodwind Quintet, (based in New York City), which was recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant to tour in Europe, she performed with the ensemble in its debut at Wigmore Hall in London, and at Salle Chopin in Warsaw. The group performed at Carnegie Hall, and as a member of Young Audiences, it performed over 600 public school concerts in all five boroughs of New York City. Peggy was presented in her recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall by Young Concert Artists. She has recorded for the Columbia, Nonesuch, Pantheon, and Premier labels. In 2011 she founded the Maui Flute Choir, which has performed on several Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, and at Maui Coffee Attic. Peggy teaches flute privately and enjoys accompanying her students on piano. She loves gardening, cooking, interior design, and travel.
JoANNA BYNG - Flautist JoAnna Byng moved to Maui in 2001. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Her teachers include Sally Nichols, Teresa Texiera, Natalie Kruger and Iva Milch. Ms. Byng also plays flute and piccolo in the Maui Pops Orchestra and as a substitute in the Hawaii Symphony. Since moving the Maui, she has been featured as a soloist with the Kona Music Society and with the Maui Chamber Orchestra playing the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. Ms. Byng has played in various orchestras and ensembles in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Hawaii. Ms. Byng teaches flute and piano privately. Aside from her musical life, she enjoys raising her son and is Fitness Coordinator and Fitness Specialist at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club in Kaanapali.
SARA RICER - Sara Ricer earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Education from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied oboe with Richard Kilmer. Currently, she performs with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and Maui Pops Orchestra and has performed with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, Royal Hawai’ian Band, First Presbyterian Church Orchestra, Genesee Symphony (New York), OSSIA New Music (New York), Springfield Symphony (Ohio), the Banff Music Festival (Alberta, Canada), and the Steve Reich: Reich@70 concert at Carnegie Hall. Sara also performs as a vocalist across Oahu. In addition, Sara has taught public school general and instrumental music in New York and Hawai’i, and is currently a member of the music faculty at the Punahou School. A true Renaissance woman, Sara loves to hike, swim, and draw, and has even had a necklace design featured in Marie Claire magazine!
SHARON NAKAMA In 2002, Sharon began her musical career on piano at 8 years old under the care and teaching of Ms. Ruth Murata-Eisen. In 2007, she began to play the Oboe at Iao School. From 2007 until her high school graduation in 2012, Sharon was an active member of the Hawaii Youth Symphony, Pacific Music Institute, Maui Pops Orchestra, Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and Maui Community Band alongside Baldwin High School's concert, marching, pit, and jazz ensembles. Sharon continued her study in music, majoring in Music Education and Oboe Performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Through her college career thus far, she has held principal spots in the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, UNLV Wind Orchestra, UNLV Symphonic Winds, Henderson Symphony, and the Desert Winds Contemporary Ensemble, who were invited to perform in the Midwest Music Educator's Clinic in December 2016 . She also performed on Horn and Sousaphone in UNLV's Star of Nevada Marching Band. In 2015, Sharon was awarded the Nevada state soloist winner in the national MTNA Performance Competition. In 2016, she recorded alongside Eric Marienthal, Bernie Dresel, Kevin Axt, and Mitch Forman in the Wind Orchestra's most recent CD album: The Return. In the same year, Sharon was able to perform in La Croix Valmer, France for the annual Summer Music Festival under the direction of Thomas G. Leslie and Col. John Bourgeois. Sharon has served as an Oboe clinician for The Pacific Music Institute and Bocal Majority Double Reed Camp. She has studied under Susan Ochi-Onishi and Dr. Stephen Caplan. Sharon is forever grateful to her supportive family and music teachers that has helped her love for music grow.
AMY YAMASHIRO Amy Yamashiro was born and raised in Kane’ohe, O’ahu. Her first musical instrument was the ‘ukulele, which she studied under Roy Sakuma. By the time she was in high school, she was teaching for Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios, and had picked up the oboe and percussion. After studying under Susan Ochi-Onishi, Ms. Yamashiro went on to study under Matt Sullivan at New York University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in music education. After graduating from NYU, Ms. Yamashiro began teaching music at Harvest Collegiate High School. During her time in New York, Ms. Yamashiro played principal oboe several orchestras including the Centre Symphony, Broadway Bach Ensemble, and the Queer Urban Orchestra. She also founded a woodwind quintet called the Washington Square Winds, whose mission was to promote living composers. Ms. Yamashiro decided to move back to Kane’ohe to be with her family, and currently works with keiki at a transitional homeless shelter, where she recently started a keiki ukulele program.
JEFF ALFRIEND - Jeff began playing the clarinet at age 12 growing up in Southern California. His inspirations were from Michelle Zukovsky of the LA Philharmonic and Mitchell Lurie at USC. His private teachers were students of these esteemed clarinetists . He went to the University of California at Davis and double majored in music ( focusing on theory, composition, conducting, and history) and biochemistry in preparation for Veterinary School.
During his 9 years at Davis, Jeff was the principal clarinet in the UCD Symphony Orchestra, the Davis Comic Opera Company, and one of the founding members of the Amadeus Trio (2 clarinets and bassoon). During his career as a veterinarian, music performance took a hiatus but in 2005, he retired from private practice, moved to Maui, and started in earnest to rekindle his love of music.
He now is a student of Andrew Lamy of the New Jersey Symphony (lessons by Skype), plays with the Baltimore Symphony Academy in June, collaborates with members of the Hawaii Symphony, plays in the Prism Trio, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Maui Classical Music Festival.
Jeff has created Halekalani, a venue for chamber music in his home, which provides Maui with opportunities to enjoy world-class performers in an intimate setting as well as providing local musicians a venue for recitals.
JERRY EISENBERG - Jerry Eisenberg born February 8 1952, Hollywood Presbyterian hospital California. Started playing clarinet at Montague elementary school at eight years of age. Studied privately with Edmund Chassman for 10 years, went to California State University at Northridge. Joined Maui Symphony in 1988, Jerry Martin conductor, Lou Martin office manager. Have been principal clarinet most of these last 28 years with the now Maui Pops orchestra Jim Durham, conductor. Soloed with the symphony playing the Mozart clarinet concerto three times with conductor Jim French. Played with various chamber music groups, the village musicians, the High Seas Dixieland band, the Moonglow Allstars Big band, and the Maui Chamber Orchestra, Bob Wills conductor.
ANDREA SEMATOSKE-ROHM - Andrea Sematoske-Rohm, originally from Syracuse, New York, began playing the bassoon at age 11. Three years later, she was the first woodwind accepted into the Peabody Preparatory Arts for Talented Youth Program. She went on to study bassoon performance at the Eastman School of Music and holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
She has performed with numerous orchestras including the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Sematoske-Rohm is currently the principal bassoonist with the Pacific Fleet Navy Band on Oahu. Her previous military band positions include serving as the bassoon instructor and subject matter expert for the Armed Forces School of Music and principal bassoon of the Army Band at Fort Monroe.
Bassoon performance has taken her to nearly two dozen countries, including a 2015 humanitarian mission with her woodwind quintet, the Tradewinds, visiting the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.
Ms. Sematoske-Rohm studied bassoon with Phillip Kolker, John Hunt and David van Hoesen. She has studied under other notable musicians Richard Killmer, Marin Alsop, Leon Fleisher, Gustav Meier, and Donald Hunsberger.
She is the 2004 recipient of the American Bassoon Company Prize.
Ms. Sematoske-Rohm lives in Honolulu with her husband, Andrew, and their two dogs.
CHRISTOPHER VENTURA - A Maui native, Chris was born and raised in Lahaina and began playing bassoon in the band at Lahainaluna High School, under the direction of Mr. Brian Kelly. While in high school Chris played in the Maui District Honor Band, the Hawaii Youth Symphony, and the former Maui Symphony. Chris was also a former Maui district selectee for the Sterling Scholar Awards competition in the area of music.
Chris attended the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, and has been a bassoonist in the United States Army music program for 26 years. Among his many military awards are the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal (8th Award), and the Airborne Parachutist Badge. He currently serves as Chief of Administration of the 111th Army Band in Pearl City, Hawaii.
Chris has performed for numerous locally produced Broadway shows and other ensembles including the San Antonio Municipal Band, Kamuela Philharmonic, Maui Pops Orchestra, Royal Hawaiian Band, and the Honolulu Symphony.
Chris studied bassoon with Marcia Schweitzer and Michael Sciarini. He is excited to have the opportunity to perform on Maui and thankful for the support of fellow musicians, friends, mentors, and his family.
KEREM ESTEBAN - Kerem Esteban is currently the Principal horn player for the 111th Army Band in Honolulu. He also serves as the Principal horn for the Maui Pops Orchestra and the Kamuela Philharmonic on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.
Within the 111th Army National Guard Band, he performs with the organization’s woodwind quintet MPT (Musical Performance Team), Clos du Vent. Clos du Vent performs in schools and other venues to provide music education, entertainment, as well as fostering a connection between the Army National Guard and the community.
Kerem is an Academic Coach at Kalihi Kai Elementary on O‘ahu. His focus is on Reading Intervention and he is one of the Arts Leaders at the school. Kalihi Kai Elementary has been selected to be one of three schools in Hawaii to be part of the Turnaround Arts Program developed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
As a musician, he is deeply connected to the arts and arts integration within schools. As the Arts Leader, he is determined to bring about educational reform using the arts and arts integration.
SUE NAKAMA - Born on Maui, Sue began her musical career at age 5, taking piano lessons from Ruth Kesaji, through high school. Originally wanting to play the clarinet or flute, the French Horn was chosen during the 5thgrade at Lihikai School when Band was first offered and Lihikai school ran through the 8th grade, studying under Mr. Ed Matsushita. Attending H.P. Baldwin High School under the direction of Mr. Lance Jo, sealed her love for music and decision to major in Music. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she was involved in the various music programs as well as a brass ensemble made up of other WWU students & grad students, which traveled throughout the Bellingham-Seattle area performing at various churches.
Sue has played in the Maui Symphony Orchestra, Haleakala Chamber Orchestra, Maui Brass Ensemble, MAPA’s production of Les Miserables and Jekyll & Hyde, Baldwin High School’s various drama productions (as an alumni), and is currently with the Maui Community Band, Maui Pops Orchestra, and the Maui Chamber Orchestra. She is the HR/Finance Manager for Family Life Center, married with two children, and feels one of her greatest pleasures has been the opportunity to play alongside her daughter Sharon (oboe) in the different venues mentioned.
PHILLIP PROCTOR - Phil Proctor is principal trumpet with the Maui Chamber Orchestra, having joined in the group in fall 2015. Phil has nearly twenty years’ experience as a performer, conductor and music educator. Currently, Phil also is the Dean of Students and music teacher for Kihei Charter Middle School.
DAVID KURAYA - David Kuraya comes from a long line of musicians and educators. He grew up surrounded by relatives who played with the Honolulu Symphony and Royal Hawaiian band, taught band, directed choir or sang professionally. His father, Noel Kuraya, was band director at Iao School in Wailuku for twenty-six years, and David continues his legacy as the current band director there.
David began the trumpet at a fifth grader and continued through middle and high school, studying trumpet with Dan Timmerman. In college, he studied trumpet performance at Whitworth University with trumpet players, Dan Keberle, Chris Cook and Eric Moe. There he had the opportunity to play in the University’s top Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, and Brass Quintet.
He received his PBSE in Music Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, studying conducting under Henry Miyamura while earning his education credentials for the State of Hawaii.
David has also served as worship and music ministry coordinators at a number of churches including Knox Presbyterian Church in Spokane, Manoa Valley Chuch in Honolulu and Kahului Union Church here on Maui.
When David is not teaching at Iao School or performing weekly magic shows at the Maui Coffee Attic, he enjoys performing with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra.
CODY SARMIENTO - Born and raised on Maui. Started playing the trumpet in my intermediate years under Mr. Noel Kuraya and under Mr. Lance Jo during my high school year. Have played in various musicals including West Side Story, Chicago, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and many others. Currently I'm a member of the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Maui Community Band, the Maui Brass Ensemble, the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra and various other bands that perform around the island.
STEPHEN RODRIGUES - Stephen began studying the trombone in the seventh grade with Mr. Noel Kuraya of Iao Intermediate School, then with Mr. Lance Jo of Henry Perrine Baldwin High School (both have since retired…). He studied euphonium and trombone under Mr. Kevin Carroll and Mr. Nathaniel Wickham, both students of Dr. Edwin “Buddy” Baker. He continues to play the trombone and euphonium in the Maui Community Band, the Maui Pops Orchestra, and for various musical theater productions around the island.
A graduate of HP Baldwin High, class of 1996, he is currently one of many alumni that teach at the school. Stephen attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Music Education, Instrumental Education, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education. He is currently a master’s degree candidate with the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.
In the fall semester at HP Baldwin High, Stephen conducts a Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and a beginning Chorus class. In the spring, he offers Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, beginning Chorus and a Pit Orchestra to accompany the theater department’s musical. In addition to these ensembles, he teaches beginning piano, classical guitar, and the occasional pre-algebra class.
Not Pictured - LARRY W. BIRD - Larry W. Bird is a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where his mentors were M. Dee Stewart and Glenn Dodson of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bird has performed and recorded with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Opera, Houston, Austin, Minnesota, Utah and Hawai'i Symphonies, and for 28 seasons was bass trombonist with the San Antonio Symphony. Since leaving San Antonio, he has held administrative positions with orchestras in Brazos Valley, Corpus Christi, Kamuela and Hawai'i. He has presented recitals and masterclasses across the states, and is happy to work on Maui with the Maui Chamber Orchestra.
CHANDLER SISON - Chandler Sison is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas currently seeking a degree in Music Education. At UNLV, Chandler is a member of the Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band. He has performed professionally with a student group in the Vegas area for events and Conventions. He is an Alumni member of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. Chandler was the recipient of the Emerson scholarship at Interlochen Arts Summer Camp where he was the principal chair of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also played at the world renowned Carnegie Hall with the Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra. He interns each summer at the Moanalua Middle & High School band programs.
HENRY ARROYO - Henry hails from sunny Fresno, California where he has studied the trombone since age 10 under Robert Bergstrom and Les Nunes. He graduated from Fresno City College in 2005 with a double major in Information Technology and Music Education, focusing on jazz studies with Professor Mike Dana. He has performed with musical greats such as Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, Mike Mainieri, Ingrid Jensen, Bill Watrous, Mick Fleetwood, and many more. Henry has been a member of the FMCMEA and CMEA Regional and State Honor Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Bands from 1994 – 2004.
After college, Henry became the shipboard Music Director and trombonist for Carnival Cruise Lines’ Showband before landing in Maui. Henry’s love for all musical styles has him playing anything from today’s top radio hits to classical chamber music. Today, he freelances all over the state of Hawaii, playing with convention dance bands, Wavetrain, the MAPA Pit Orchestra, Moonglow All-Star Big Band, R.E. Metoyer’s Blues Rock and Soul Band, the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Maui Chamber Orchestra, and others.
RICHARD VETTERLI - Just completing his first year on Maui, Richard has spent the past forty years working as a Musical Director / Conductor and Percussionist for Musical Theatre productions on the mainland. He was proud to be a guest conductor for various Northern California Orchestras and Musical Director for numerous industrial events.
PETER DELLA CROCE - Professional musician and Waldorf teacher Peter Della Croce began his musical journey at the early age of nine on the New Jersey shore and earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has taught for over fifteen years while keeping busy performing in various idioms and genres. Currently he is actively playing with the Maui Chamber and Maui Pops orchestras, Dr. Nat & Rio Ritmo (latin band which plays salsa, samba, and more), and Marimba Komborera (African dance band). Peter was the founding Lead Drummer and instructor for the Isle of Maui Pipe Band, in which he still plays as a snare drummer. He also recently formed the Glen Innes Session Band (an Irish and Scottish traditional ensemble) with three other island Celtic musicians, coming from the former Celtic band from 2010 named Finn McCoul. Peter teaches all levels/styles of drumset and beginner/intermediate levels of guitar and ukulele.
His experience includes teaching at the high school and university level at Mahidol University College of Music in Thailand and assisting in the band program at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Over the past few years Peter has been associated and performed with the Maui Academy of Performing Arts, ProArts, Seabury Hall, and other non-profit organizations including the Arts Education for Children Group and Jazz Maui. He has taught private music lessons on Maui at Bounty Music and other studios. Peter has directed choirs at the Honolulu and Haleakala Waldorf Schools and taught general music at Horizons Academy of Maui.
Performing with musical theatre and classical, jazz and rock, latin and African bands, and even bagpipe bands in places like Hawaii and Thailand to New York and Boston, Peter has been making music for over 25 years.
BETH FOBBE-WILLS - Beth Fobbe-Wills has her Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. She is Nationally Board Certified in Early/Middle Childhood Music and is currently the choral director and piano keyboard instructor at Lahaina Intermediate School in Maui. She tries to instill in her students the life-long gift of the joy of music. Beth is also the music coordinator and choral director at Kihei Lutheran Church.
As an accompanist, Beth has been playing the organ in church since she was 9 years old. She has accompanied many soloists and choirs. She has traveled in concert tours of Italy with her husband Bob. During those tours she played in Venice, Assisi and Rome which included St. Peter’s at the Vatican.
Beth and Bob have collaborated together with choral work since 1987.
LOTUS DANCER - Since settling on Maui 16 years ago, Lotus Dancer has become actively involved as a versatile pianist performing as soloist, and collaborator with chamber music ensembles, vocalists and choral groups. She was the featured pianist for the all-Mozart concert with MCO, March 2015, playing the Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor. As a strong advocate for inspiring musical performances on our island, Lotus is a board member for Maui Chamber Orchestra, Maui Choral Arts, and past member of Ebb and Flow Arts. She received her BA in music at the University of Colorado; MA in music from Illinois University, and has taken advanced studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Julliard-Aspen Summer School in Aspen. In addition to actively performing, Lotus is a loving and dedicated teacher with over 55 years of experience both at the college level as well as in her private studio. 111 Poailani Place, Wailea, HI 96753 (808) 875-9920 email: