Seumas Coyne

Instrument: Bagpipes

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Seumas played in SFU in the 80's/90's. BC piper of the year in 1991, won various prizes in Scotland, the "A" strathspey/reel (Oban) 2nd place in 1998. The Director of the James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping and Drumming. Full time in teaching, clinics, composing, and judging.  Mr. Coyne is offering introductory group classes and private lessons in bagpipes.

Marna Makau

Instruments: Piano, Organ

Programs: Piano Program, Suzuki Piano

Suzuki Piano, Keyboard Ensemble, Chair, Suzuki Piano

Bachelor of Arts, La Verne College
Graduate work at Claremont Graduate School, Columbia Teachers College, UC Santa Cruz and Riverside
Recreational Music Making for Adults

Traditional piano study with Ralph Travis and Nora Teichmann (Padgogische Hochschule, Gottingen, Germany). Suzuki Training through volume 3 with Harlow Mills, Carol Hendrixson and Bruce Anderson. Pipe organ study with Ralph Travis and Doctor Blanchard. Certification in Level One Orff-Schulwerk approach, Multiple Intelligences and Digital Keyboard Ensemble teaching. Former First grade Teacher/Music Specialist, Buena Vista Arts Integrated School. Teacher of the Year, San Bernardino County, 1998, teacher mentor.

Ms. Makau taught at Machakos Teachers' College in Kenya for 9 years, studied at a teachers' college in Germany one year, and has certification to teach English as a Second Language in California. She also retains a California Teacher's Credential to teach through 8th grade. Ms. Makau was also an organist in several churches over a period of about 10 years

Teaching Philosophy:

"I feel that the Suzuki method (mother tongue approach) is an exemplary way to teach, but that age-appropriate theory and pre-reading are also a necessary part of early instruction for keyboard instrument playing. I therefore take the best of both the Suzuki and traditional methods and integrate them in my teaching. I believe in life-long learning and have gained many insights from observing master piano teachers and attending music conferences. Since piano students often feel isolated from their peers who play in bands or orchestras, I like to give them the opportunity to play in ensembles to discover the joy of shared music-making. Finally, I truly believe that music has the capacity to enrich one's life, contribute to wellness, and nurture a beautiful heart that binds us together as fellow human beings."

Jillian Risigari-Gai


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Bachelors of Music, California State University, Long Beach

Masters of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts 

Jillian Risigari-Gai started harp at the age of three and has studied with many world renowned harpists. Jillian is a proud Southern Californian from South Pasadena, CA. Jillian holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Harp Performance from California Institute of the Arts as well as a Bachelor of Music in Performance- Harp from California State University- Long Beach. Jillian’s main sources of inspiration and musical influence have come from world-renowned harpists, Marcia Dickstein and new music pioneer Susan Allen.

She is currently Principal Harpist with The Industry Opera Company, and Long Beach Ballet Company. She has performed with The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony, WildUp, Mozaic Festival symphony Orchestra, LA Jewish Symphony, and West Coast Symphony. She has also performed with Grammy Award winning and nominated artists such as Diane Schuur, Melissa Manchester, The Irish Tenors, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. Jillian has also toured in Europe and all over the United States Sharing her music with others.

Jillian has worked with composers of note; Christopher Cerrone (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Jeffrey Homes (new music composer of note), Jeff Russo (“Fargo” FX TV Series), Mark Isham (“Once Upon a Time TV Series) and many others. Film credits include “Papa Hemingway in Cuba” (2015), “The Ground beneath Their Feet” 9@014), and “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story” (2010).

Jillian Loves performing music for all audiences and exploring all frontiers in every shape and form they may take. She strives to discover the unknown in the arts and make it attainable for all to access.