Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting, Claremont Graduate School
Master of Music Piano Pedagogy, Catholic University of America
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Anna Marie College.
Studied with Robert Shaw, Donald Neuen, Michael Lamkin, Bela Bozormenyi-Nagy, Ney Salgado, and Maureen Egan.
Awarded the J. Merrill Knapp Fellowship from the American Handel Society (1996). Nominated to International 'Who's Who in Music' (1997).
Bachelor of Arts, Scripps College
Studied piano with Clara Ingham, Lee Pattison, Robert Turner. Training in collaborative arts with Jascha Veissi and Cesare Pascarella. Accompanist and piano instructor at California Institue of the Arts. Suzuki training in United States and Japan with Harlow Mills, Constance Starr, Beverly Tucker-Fest and Mary Craig Powell. Mu Phi Epsilon, International Music Fraternity. Currently an active accompanist and chamber music performer. Member of the CCSM faculty for 30 years.
Wendy Kikkert has a Bachelors in music with emphasis in piano from Wellesley College, and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Long Beach. She has over 10 years experience teaching private piano and voice, as well as directing choirs. She enjoys teaching students of all ages. She has sung professionally with Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera, Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers. She has performed leading roles with local opera companies and musical theater showcases. She was founding member and president of the Intimate Opera Company, producing fully-staged productions for 14 years. In her teaching, she focuses on the strengths and interests of each student, giving individualized instruction. She seeks to give students a foundation for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
Hailed as a “world-class vocal talent”, soprano Kathryn Lillich is quickly establishing herself as one of the most versatile vocalists in Southern California. Her performances as coloratura soprano and Celtic harpist draw praise from conductors, stage directors, and audiences alike. Most recently, Kathryn debuted at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist in Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych. Both composer and conductor agreed that hers was “the finest live performance of [O’Regan’s] beautiful score.”
Her past performances include the leading soprano role of Nannetta in Verdi’sFalstaff,Olympia from Offenbach’sLes contes d’Hoffmann,soprano soloist in Bach’sCoffee CantataandMagnificat in D, Handel’sThe Triumph of Time and Truth, Faure’sRequiem,and “Rose I” in Jonathan Sheffer’s contemporary comic operaBlood on the Dining Room Floor.She has performed with NAPA Music Festival, Repertory Opera Company, Claremont’s Candlelight Pavilion and as soloist at the American Choral Director’s Association convention in Madison, WI. She was the first winner of the “Candlelight’s Got Talent” competition and was awarded a full scholarship to NAPA Music Festival.
Kathryn is a student of UCLA’s Juliana Gondek and has coached with Richard Zeller, Rakefet Hak, and Eli Villanueva of LA Opera. She has also worked with a number of notable conductors, composers, and stage directors, including Metropolitan Opera’s Daniel Beckwith, John Alexander, Robert Istad, Jonathan Sheffer, Tarik O’Regan, and Marc Verzatt of the Yale School of Music.
Kathryn studied music education at Luther College in Decorah, IA. She has studied classical and improvisational teaching techniques, and is committed to an holistic approach to teaching. She brings together theory, anatomy, and musical expression making it accessible to students of all ages. Her students currently perform in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and have won several local talent competitions.
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
"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."
Vanessa Morse has studied music from the very early age of 5. She began her studies at Claremont Community School of Music, and has since gone on to study music pedagogy studying voice and piano, with an emphasis in choral ensemble. Vanessa has been the director of her church choir, and is active in holding performances throughout the year. Vanessa holds a BA in Music Education from Cal State University Fullerton, and an MA in Choral Conducting from Azusa Pacific University.
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Washington, Seattle
Master Of Music, Universtiy of Washington, Seattle
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music
Pianist Maria Perez-Goodman was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she received her early musical training. Ms. Perez-Goodman earned a Bachelor's of Music degree in Piano Performance, with distinction, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her doctoral dissertation was on American pianist/composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk and his Caribbean-based compositions.
As soloist, Dr. Perez-Goodman has performed numerous recitals and a diverse repertoire of concerti. Her debut with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico was received with critical acclaim for her "captivating" and "bold" performances of Mendelssohn's Concerto in G minor and Gottschalk's Grande Tarantelle. Other orchestral solo appearances include the Claremont Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Conservatory Orchestra, Beach Cities Symphony, Pomona Concert Ensemble, Rancho Belago Symphony, Laguna Woods Symphony and the Hour of Power Orchestra of the Crystal Cathedral. Her performances of the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto, Saint-Saens Concerto in G minor and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Crystal Cathedral's Hour of Power Orchestra have been seen by an estimated 20 million viewers in 190 countries.
Her schedule of solo recitals has included performances in Barcelona, Madrid, London, Puerto Rico, Washington, New York, and California. She has been a featured musical guest in several television programs and live radio talk shows. As a collaborative musician, Mrs. Perez-Goodman's work has included performances with Martin Chalifour, Concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic, Lev Polyakin, Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, Tenor Daniel Rodriguez, Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan, Sopranos Ursula Kleinecke and Hayley Westenra, arranger Tom Scott, film composer John Debney, and world renowned Chinese Erhu player Ma XioaHui. Her recent recordings include a collection of Holiday songs arranged for piano solo "Crystal Reflections, Vol. II", and "Songs of Lee Hoiby" in collaboration with Soprano Ursula Kleinecke.
Sought after for her contributions to education, Dr. Perez-Goodman is asked regularly to adjudicate several music festivals, including the Music Teachers Association of California festivals, the Federation of Music Clubs Junior Music Festival, and the Chinese-American Piano Competition in Los Angeles. Dr. Perez-Goodman is a member of the Dominant Club of Los Angeles and has been on the faculty of the Claremont School of Music since 1993.
Bachelor of Music, Music Education, University of California Los Angeles
Member of MTAC, National Piano Guild
Bachelor of music, musical pedagogy, Pedagogical College, Musical Pedagogical University, Moscow
Training in the Robert Pace keyboard method for preschool and adult beginners.
Certified in "Every Child Can" method at the Southern California Suzuki Institute.
Member of MTAC.
BM. Music College n. M. Lusenko. Poltava, Ukraine.
Studied Music Pedagogy, Music Theory & Harmony, Music History & Literature. Studied with Professor Elena Natalevich-Odessa Conservatory, Lubov Drobitko Kyev Conservatory. Has received various achievement awards for piano teaching in Ukraine. At CCSM, beginning Year 2000, students in Svetlana’s studio participate in the Junior Music Festival under NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs). Member of MTAC(Music Teacher’s Association of California).
Master of Music, Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Pianist Ruisha Rosita Zhang is a Doctoral Candidate in Piano Performance from Claremont Graduate University, CA and earned her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and performance with distinction from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She is Studying with Dr. Nadia Shpachenko. Her former piano teachers include Prof. Eduardus Halim (New York University), Prof. Phyllis Lehrer (Westminster Choir College), Dr. Weihui Mao (Setinway Artist), Prof. Jingsong Xian (Xinghai Conservatory in China) and Prof. Minzhan Zhang (Tianjin Conservatory in China). She has studied piano pedagogy extensively with Dr. James Goldworthy, Dr. Stefan Young, Prof. Ingrid Clarfield, Prof. Lillian Livingston.
Miss Zhang is passionate about piano teaching. She was the Music Director and Piano Teacher in Zongyi Piano School, Guangdong China and the Guest Pedagogical Consultant and Piano Teacher in Jingling Piano School, Guangdong China. On July 19th, 2014, she held an open lesson with intermediate and advanced levels of students in Guangdong China. She also held former faculty positions at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ. Her 6 years of teaching experience covers diverse types of students from the beginning to late advanced levels with a wide range of age from 5 years old to adults. She is the member of NJMTA (New Jersey Music Teachers Association) and member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).
She is committed to cultivating a love, ability and appreciation of music in her students by effective teaching methods, active participation in competitions and grading tests, continual arrangement of student music salons and concerts. Her students love performing, composing, improvising, and getting creative with music! They have won competitions in their age division and received good grade in piano grading tests (Chinese National Grading Test and ABRSM).
Miss Zhang, meanwhile, has been active as a professional piano performer and scholar by holding solo recitals and concerts frequently. She recently presented a lecture recital entitled “The connection between classical music and our lives” in Guangdong China, accompanied Saxophone Recital for Opening Soloist For the Nassau Recital Series in Princeton NJ, performed the Piano Graduate Recital in Bristol Chapel in Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ, performed in Master Class led by Jeremy Denk in Williamson Hall in Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ, etc. As a former member of world renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir, Miss Zhang has performed prominent choral works at Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and Princeton University Chapel with the Philadelphia Orchestra and many of the world’s leading orchestras.