PIANO   Donald Dillard, Michael Farnsley, Diane Keller, Mila Ovsankin, Deb Sanfilippo, Kirk Tamura, Anna Turkova

STRINGS  Matthew Leung

WOODWINDS  Margaret Collar, Lisa EvansAnthony Urbina 

BRASS Craig Hirotsuka, Wayne Van Lieu

PERCUSSION  Niles Flynn, Peter Wallack

GUITAR  Addison Rifkind, Juliana Tarter

VOICE  Robin Costa, Adam Lee

CLASSES Nancy WhitecarJo Smith-Nilsson,  Nick Patton

DIRECTOR Chantelle Urbina



Margaret Collar, Flute

  • Music Education and Flute Performance from California State University Fullerton
  • Has taught group keyboard, preschool music, flute and piano at many local schools
  • Has performed with Fullerton Civic Light Opera and Orange County repertory Theater
  • Students are known to receive high scores and honors at youth competitions and performances


Robin Costa, Voice

  • Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Master of Arts Degree in Music from San Jose State University
  • Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University
  • Currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Cupertino Union School District
  • Has sung as a member of the Opera San José chorus, and performed with Lamplighters Music Theatre, San Jose State University Opera Workshop, and Ohlone Chamber Orchestra
  • Has been teaching voice lessons at The Music School since January of 2006


Jesse Denny (she/her) Classes

  • Bachelor of Music in Education, Voice from Chapman University
  • Completed San Jose State Credential Program
  • Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy
  • Teaches elementary school music and middle school choir in Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Works as a clinician with Mountain View High School Choirs
  • Previously worked at Monta Vista High School as a student teacher in the choral program, directed Chorus at Regnart Elementary School


Donald Dillard, Piano

  • Awarded a Philadelphia Board of Education scholarship to West Chester University, West Chester, PA, where he majored in Piano and Voice
  • Graduate studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ
  • Has received numerous awards and accolades, including an honorary Doctor of Music from the National Association of Negro Musicians for his various contributions to music
  • Active composer of over 100 works for chorus, instruments, piano, organ and voice. His music has been performed throughout the United States and in Europe, including a premier performance at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall
  • Has been a choral director and teacher of music on all levels, including positions as instructor of music theory, aural activities and music appreciation
  • Is married to concert pianist Yoko Nagashima-Dillard
  • Orchestral works performed by Detroit Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Delaware County Symphony and Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.

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Lisa Evans, Woodwinds

  • Began teaching at The Music School in 1993
  • Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance and her Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University
  • Clarinetist for Paul Price’s Society Orchestra which performs for vintage dances held by the Varsity Dance Club at the Masonic Lodge in Palo Alto
  • Plays woodwinds and sings for Encores on Wheels and the Continental Harmony Singers
  • Several of her students have gone on to study music in college and play in local youth symphonies

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Michael Farnsley, Piano, Pathways/Young Musicians, Adventures, Camps, Accompanist

  • Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music at University of The Pacific in 1998
  • Completed a Music Therapy internship in Hayward
  • Began working at The Music School in January 2000
  • Accompanist for The Music School’s Singing Children and Entertainers, as well as the choirs at Mountain View High School and Oak Elementary

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Niles Flynn, Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

  • Earning his degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance at San Jose State University
  • Has performed with many professional and community ensembles including South Valley Symphony, Cambrian Symphony, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and Santa Clara Vanguard
  • Currently the Percussion Tech at The Kings Academy, and teaches percussion at Castillero Middle School and Hoover Middle School

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Craig Hirotsuka, Brass, Percussion

  • Studied music at Foothill College, graduating with his AA in 1997
  • Has been teaching music in the Bay Area for over twenty years, including band, private lessons, and marching bands
  • Teaches private trumpet lessons at The Music School
  • Professional photographer


Diane Keller, Piano, Classes

  • Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University
  • Taught group organ classes and private lessons at BYU and continues to teach at summer workshops there
  • Has performed regularly as a guest organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle
  • Active in the American Guild of Organists and has served as dean of the LesBois chapter in Boise, Idaho, and is a member of the executive board of the San Jose chapter of the AGO
  • Began teaching at The Music School in 1999
  • Teaches private lessons, both organ and piano, in her studio in Sunnyvale

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Adam Lee (he/him) Adventures, Voice

  • Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College
  • Performed with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
  • Sang on professional choral CD’s: Lumina by Westminster Kantorei, Silence Into Light by Westminster Williamson Voices, and Sunrise Mass by Westminster Williamson Voices
  • Has directed and sung with numerous choir ensembles
  • Currently works as Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Associate Director of Children’s Ministry


Matthew Leung, Violin

  • Graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Music in 2017
  • Performed in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Hong Kong, including performances in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong City Hall
  • Has served as a traditional and contemporary hymn pianist for Crosspoint Chinese Church and New Life Church of Cupertino since 2014
  • Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese


Mila Ovsankin, Piano

  • Was raised in a musical family in Moscow, Russia, where her grandfather was a professional violinist at the age of 17 and her father was a performing musician, teacher and Mila’s piano teacher
  • Multi-linquist, who graduated in Music Education at the Moscow Music College
  • Has taught music to children for 20 years in 3 different countries
  • Fluent in Russian and Hebrew


Nick Patton (he/him) Assistant Director, Musical Play, Musical Treats, Music Box, Pathways/Young Musicians, Adventures, Kaleidoscope, Voice Class, Theory, Spotlight Theater, Preschool classes

  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University, Masters of Education from National University
  • Taught High School Choir and AP Music Theory for five years at California High School in San Ramon, CA
  • Has performed throughout the Bay Area in Musical Theatre, Opera, and Operetta, along with Featured Vocalist and Soloist performances
  • Started at the Music School at 7 years old in Singing Children
  • Plays a wide variety of instruments, but is known for his stylings on random percussion instruments (especially the cajon!)


Addison Rifkind, Guitar

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Masters in Music in Jazz Performance from San Jose State University
  • Has played venues throughout California and toured the West Coast, and has traveled to England and Cuba to perform and study music


Deb Sanfilippo, Piano, Classes, Music & Art Camp

  • Grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where she received piano instruction from Wally Hornibrook, a professor at Indiana University
  • Graduated from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale
  • Received her degree from Santa Clara University
  • Has been teaching at The Music School for over thirty years
  • Has written and directed student operas at Stockelmeir Elementary School
  • Started a new music program for grades 1-5 at Noddin Elementary in San Jose
  • Has served as president of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Santa Clara County Branch, and is the Recitals Chair for Improvisation and the Regional Chair for Composers Today at the state level

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Jo Smith-Nilsson (she/her) Assistant Director, Musical Play, Musical Treats, Music Box, Adventures, Kaleidoscope, Strum Class, Camps, Preschool classes

  • BA in Global Studies from Long Island University’s Global College
  • Teaching Credential in Music from San Jose State University
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from University of San Francisco
  • Directed elementary, middle, and high school choirs
  • Mountain View High School choir rehearsal accompanist and teaching assistant
  • Currently the Business Manager for Santa Clara Chorale

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Kirk Tamura, Piano, Accompanist

  • Graduated with a BA in Music from San Jose State University in 1992
  • Active performer, jazz piano
  • Can be heard leading his trio at the Los Altos Grill (on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 PM)
  • Appears at “A Perfect Finish” in downtown San Jose once a month with his trio

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Juliana Tarter (she/her) Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Strum Class

  • Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from San Jose State University
  • Style is very versatile, ranging from classical and jazz, to indie rock and metal
  • Has been performing lead guitar and backing vocals with original band Crimes of Passion for over 10 years, and has opened for many major artists including the Doobie Brothers and Steve Miller Band


Anna Turkova, Piano

  • From Riga, Latvia
  • Graduated from the Odessa Conservatory of Music, and has a master’s degree in Art
  • Worked in Riga-Latvia as a piano teacher and Concertmaster at Elgava’s Music College
  • Students consistently place well in piano competitions
  • Works full time in San Francisco
  • Speaks Ukrainian and is fluent in Russian


Anthony Urbina (he/him) Saxophone, Sound Engineer

  • Majored in Music Business & Administration at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, with a concentration in Alto Saxophone.
  • Has been supporting Music School events as sound and audio engineer since 2000
  • Has been teaching at The Music School since 2009
  • Works a full-time management job, and as a sound engineer for school productions, local rock bands, and community events
  • Fluent in Spanish


Chantelle Urbina (she/her) Director, Kaleidoscope, Singing Children, Entertainers, Spotlight Theater, Summer Musical Theater, Broadway Babies, Preschool classes

  • Bachelor’s of Music in Education, Vocal Concentration from University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
  • Began working at The Music School in 1991
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clara Chorale
  • Works as clinician and program support for Mountain View High School Choirs and Kennedy Middle School Choirs


Wayne Van Lieu, French Horn, Piano

  • Master’s of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bachelor’s of Music in Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Regular performer with various Bay Area symphonies
  • Taught preschool music in Napa County, and worked with students in the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, as well as El Sistema in Mexico


Peter Wallack, Drums

  • Has been supporting The Music School for over 20 years
  • Studied snare drum and drum set in New York with Joe Vasile, Gary Chester, and Bay Area jazz legend Jason Lewis
  • Plays drums for musicals with The Music School, several local high schools, and Sunnyvale Community Players
  • Plays every style of music including jazz, big band, funk and punk

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Nancy Whitecar, Kaleidoscope, Pathways/Young Musicians, Accompanist

  • Has taught private piano students in her home studio for 20 years
  • Served as principal accompanist/assistant director for the BeckRidge Chorale of Michigan for 20 years
  • Served as associate director of music at the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth, Michigan, including directing choirs for preschool, elementary age, and junior high students
  • Provided music in preschools and day cares with her “Grow With Music” program
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois


Kiren Balakrishnan, Maryland Institute College of Art

Sydney Chao (she/her) Lynbrook High School, Junior

Kelly Cheung, Homestead High School, Senior

David Garcia, Chapman University

Allison Gregory, Michigan State University

Aaron Johnson, De Anza College

Grayson Kunz (he/him) Homestead High School, Sophomore

Kailash Menon (he/him) Homestead High School, Senior

Tessa Prodromou (she/her) Los Altos High School, Sophomore

Nakoa Urbina (he/him) Cupertino High School, Junior

Conner Yin, Santa Clara University

Peyton White, UC Berkeley


Lucy Bueno

Karen Filice

Ellen Kitchen

Garrett Kuramoto

Charlie Neuhauser

Robin Rosenberg

Viki Stern


Debbie Czyzewski

Jill Denny

Peggy Grettum

Jim Vaughn


Doris Harry, Founder

Doris Harry served as director and teacher at The Music School since its beginnings in 1977 until 2017. Doris earned her Bachelor and Masters of Music at The College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She has additional hours in the M.B.A./Arts Administration program at Golden Gate University. Doris began her work in Cincinnati in the 1970’s in research, development, and curriculum writing for Baldwin Music, a company developing pianos for group lessons. Doris has taught students from preschool through the university level. She has made two educational music television series and multiple recordings for children. Her published works focus on music curriculum and songs for children. Doris directed children’s choirs for many years and still does workshops across the country.  She continues to write music and record CD’s, and she remains on the cutting edge of music education today.