Violin Workshops, Intermezzo String Orchestra
Ms. Isenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and divides her time between teaching and performance. She has diverse musical talents: she plays violin with the Santa Rosa Symphony, classical chamber ensembles, jazz combos and country swing bands.
Percussion Ensemble and Rhythm Workshops
Violin Workshops and Choir
Brass Workshop, Music FUNdamentals
Mr. Gianola-Norris has a Master's degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He regularly performs with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Daniel is an instructor at
"Music to My Ears," a music education center located in Cotati.
Composition and Conducting
Mr. Dizon is a composer, conductor and clarinetist from Santa Rosa, CA. He holds a Bachelors in Music Theory and Composition from the College of Wooster, and both a Masters of Music in Composition and a Masters of Music in Conducting from the University of Louisville. Mr. Dizon has worked professionally as a conductor and music educator and has completed several composition commissions for a wide range of ensembles and occasions. He currently lives outside Washington, D.C., where he is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Maryland College Park.
Ms. Zenobi received her Bachelor in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder in violin performance and a Masters in viola performance from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has performed in the Aspen Music Festival and School & the Banff Center for the Arts. Ivy performs regularly with Santa Rosa Symphony as well as other Bay Area Orchestras and rock bands on both violin and viola. Ms. Zenobi became Suzuki Certified under the tutelage of Dr. William Starr and most recently was chosen to attend the Starling-Delay Violin Symposium held at The Juilliard School. Ivy has a private studio of over 35 students and teaches a strings ensemble (String Beans) at Sonoma Academy. For more info please visit www.bellarosasq.com
Cello/Bass Workshops, Bass Intensive & Prelude String Orchestra
Ms. Zimmernam holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the Juilliard School. While in New York, Karen played with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera along with appearing with various chamber ensembles throughout the city. She now plays with the Santa Rosa Symphony along with other local orchestras, has an active teaching schedule and is the Librarian for the Santa Rosa Symphony.
Dr. Mark Anderman
Composition and Conducting
Dr. Mark Anderman is Chair of the Music Department at Santa Rosa Junior College. He holds a Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University as well as degrees from San Francisco State University and CSU Long Beach. An accomplished guitarist, Mark’s extensive performing career in and around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area includes classical chamber music, jazz, gospel, rock, and musical theater. As a composer/arranger, his works have been widely performed, including several premiered by the jazz ensembles at SRJC. His approach to teaching theory and composition emphasizes mastery of the fundamentals and a holistic view of analysis that embraces all musical styles.
Fundamentals Workshops and Choir
Ms. Norris has a Master's degree in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names University. She is dedicated to teaching music to children and has worked as an elementary music school teacher since 1997 in Solano county. She is excited to return to Sonoma county to join the Santa Rosa Summer Music Academy staff and to teach music in the Petaluma City Schools
Chamber String Orchestra
Alexander comes to Sonoma County from Gettysburg College, where he was Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. Previous university-level orchestras with whom Alexander has worked include the UC Berkeley Chamber Orchestra (Founder and Music Director) and the UC Berkeley Symphony (Assistant Conductor).
In addition to his position at Sonoma State Univeristy, Alexander has worked with professional orchestras across the United States and throughout Europe. He is the Founder and Music Director of the Metta Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra based in Gettysburg, PA. He has also served as Cover Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony and as a Staff Conductor for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Recent guest conducting engagements have included the HUB Opera Ensemble, the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, the Latoshinsky Orchestra in Kiev, Ukraine, and the Salzburg Soloists of Salzburg, Austria. Between 2007 and 2008, Alexander served as Assistant Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony in Bamberg, Germany. While in Bamberg he was also Music Director of the Bamberg Collegium Musicum and Guest Conductor of the Bamberg Universität Orchester.
Alexander earned a PhD in Music History from UC Berkeley and remains active as a scholar. His dissertation entitled “Double Lives: Exile Composers in Los Angeles” focused on the community of European exiles who fled to Los Angeles during the Third Reich. He has lectured and published on this topic and other issues related to World-War II-era music history, and has also published on a variety of topics including film music and the history of amateur music-making in America.
Alexander’s love of music was inherited from his father, Eugene Kahn, a conductor and educator on Long Island. His primary conducting studies were at UC Berkeley with David Milnes and at the Peabody Institute with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. He has also participated in workshops with teachers including Larry Rachleff, Kenneth Kiesler, Daniel Lewis and Peter Gülke.
When not conducting, Alexander enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and travelling, and spending time with his wonderful wife and daughter.
Fundamentals and Rhythm Workshops
Erika Weil is a Bay-Area based music educator and performer. She holds dual degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance from University of the Pacific, and has since worked as a teacher and Artist-in-Residence with the San Francisco Unified School district. She believes in the power of music to brighten our lives and bring people together. She finds teaching especially rewarding in the ample opportunities it provides for her to learn new ways of appreciating and accessing music through the eyes (and ears) of her students. She has also music directed shows for Summer Repertory Theater and performed with various groups in the Bay Area as a pianist and singer. She is so excited to join the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Summer Music Academy team as a Music and Rhythm Fundamentals teacher this year.
Woodwind Workshops and Jazz Ensemble
Pam Otsuka graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in violin performance. Upon graduating, she performed in the Hidden Valley Opera Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, performing with Roy Malan. She has performed with Ukiah Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster, Symphony of the Redwoods as Principal Viola and Principal Second Violin, and the Sonoma County Philharmonic as Principal Viola and Acting Concertmaster. She has performed with many theater groups, including Transcendence Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, Spreckles Theater and Raven Theater in Healdsburg.
She has been teaching Beginning, Advanced and Junior High Orchestra classes at Rincon Valley Unified School District since 2014. She founded and has conducted the Windsor String Orchestra since 2013. She has been giving private lessons in the Sonoma County area since 2008. She has also taught with the Overture Project in Healdsburg, strings coach for Analy High School in Sebastopol, and strings clinician at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
Joyce Park was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Piedmont, CA at the age of 10. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Cello Performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and Music Education at California State University, Sacramento where she was a student of Andrew Luchansky. At Sacramento State she was the winner of the 2014 concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra as well as being an apprentice teacher in the String Project. For the past five years, she has been teaching privately in the Sacramento area and is also the private cello instructor at Norcal Music & Arts studio and at New World Music Academy. She is currently the cellist in the Mersonacta Quartet where she performs throughout California. Aside from cello, she is an active pianist and is currently the piano accompanist at the S.A. Church in Sunnyvale.
Recorder and KinderViolin