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Stephen Prutsman

Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor, Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages.

Louise Costigan-Kerns

Louise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist, and conductor. Her concerts have been reviewed as “inspiring and technically amazing performances”. After earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, Pi Kappa Lambda, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she was a member of the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School.

Amy Belles

Amy Belles has worked on both the UC Berkeley Music Department staff and the CSU East Bay Music Department staff (under Buddy James). Her choral accompanying includes work with Cantare Con Vivo, Cantabile Youth Singers, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Voci women's ensemble, and the Mt. Eden and Monte Vista High School choirs. A lover of musical theater, she has also worked as vocal director for Woodminster Amphitheater. Favorite performances include Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, harpsichord in Handel's Messiah, alto in Brahms' German Requiem and accompanying in Davies Symphony Hall.

Lorenzo Tunesi

Lorenzo is in the doctoral program in musicology. His research interests include late medieval and renaissance music in Italy and France. 

Steven Lightburn

Steven Lightburn received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University California, Los Angeles; advanced study at Durham University, England; and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. A pianist of many talents, he is highly regarded as a solo artist, collaborative pianist, teacher, competitive judge, and music director. He has been on the staff of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sacred Heart Preparatory School. He maintains an active teaching studio and is an accompanying pianist at Stanford.

Timothy Zerlang

Studied with Philip Lorenz, Naomi Sparrow (masterclasses with Rafael da Silva, Jorge Demus, Murray Perahia). Harpsichord and fortepiano studies with Margaret Fabrizio; organ studies with Fred Dempster, Robert Gerster, Herbert Nanney (masterclasses with Harald Vogel); carillon studies with James Angell. Director of Music, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco.

Frederick Weldy

Studied with Charles Fisher, Marion Owen, Martin Katz, and Eugene Bossart.

Performances throughout U.S., Canada, and Europe; debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York; soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, symphonies in Warsaw, Costa Rica.

Prizewinner in Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition; winner, East and West Artists International Auditions and Music at La Gesse Foundation Fellowship

Recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship.

Elaine Thornburgh

Studied with Malcolm Bilson, Gustav Leonhardt, Alan Curtis. Recordings on Koch International Classics, Lyrichord Early Music Series (Scarlatti CD set). California Arts Council Touring Artist; NEA Solo Recitalist Grant; semi-finalist, Sixth International Harpsichord Competition, Bruges, Belgium. Founder of Humanities West. Soloist, lecturer/recitalist, and ensemblist throughout the U.S.

Thomas Schultz

Studied with John Perry (at Oberlin and the University of Texas), Leonard Stein, and PHilip Lillestol.

Solo recitals in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Seoul, New York (a series of six recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, recitals at Bargemusic and the Goethe Institute), San Francisco, Berkeley, Korea’s Tongyoung Festival, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, and the Taegu International Contemporary Music Festival and the April in Santa Cruz Festival.

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