Our Faculty

Our music teachers nurture a culture of excellence, achievement, and inspiration. 

Our world-class instructors produce students who go on to study at every top music conservatory in the United States, including Juilliard, Curtis, Colburn, New England, Peabody, Cleveland, Bard, Indiana, and San Francisco. Academically oriented students have been accepted on scholarship to every local university and top academic programs like Stanford, Harvard, Rice, Columbia, and Yale. In addition, our students place at local and national competitions, are heard on NPR's From the Top, and are frequently awarded national and regional level honors.






Chamber Music Studies

Dr. LeeAnn Morgan, Director of Chamber Music Studies
Katherine Baird, Preparatory Chamber Music Coordinator

Choral Music

Dr. Sarah Houghton, Choir Director



Early Childhood Area

Katherine Baird
Kimberly Marsden

GRIT Program

Mountain View Elementary
Rachel H. Taft, GRIT Program Coordinator
Abby Dreher

Erika Hubbard

City Academy
Elissa Cox-Jones
The Guadalupe School
Christina Jensen (King)
Kimberly Marsden
Monica Thiriot

Guitar Area

Andres Reyes
Sophie Stanley


Music History

Dr. Koji Attwood

Music Theory Area

Dr. Michael Chikinda, Theory Area Chair
Dr. Shelby Fisher
Micah Fleming
Kimberly Marsden

Orchestral Studies

Shenae Akagi (Anderson), Conservatory Orchestra Coordinator
Eugene Watanabe

Piano Area

Dr. Whitney Pizza, Piano Area Chair
Dr. Vera Oussetskaia Watanabe, Co-Founder
Joanna Oshida, Supplemental Piano Coordinator
Dr. Conlan Miller, Conservatory Collaborative Pianist
Dr. Cahill Smith, Piano Ensemble Instructor
Dr. Alie Yorgason, Suzuki Collaborative Pianist



String Area

Eugene Watanabe, String Area Chair
Deborah MoenchSuzuki Program Advisor
Katherine Baird, Suzuki Program Coordinator




Abby Dreher
Dr. LeeAnn Morgan
John T. Posadas


Katherine Baird
Anne Francis Bayless
Kevin Shumway

Double Bass

Katherine Baird
Andrew Keller

Voice Area

Woodwind Area



Susan Swidnicki


Erin Svoboda-Scott


Dr. Amanda Hales
Dr. Jennifer Rhodes