Suzanna sitomer - Orchestra/violin
If there's one thing to know about new Orchestra Director Suzanna Sitomer, it's that she is passionate about music and willing to go the extra mile for just about any meaningful experience. If there are two things you should know, it's that she goes by "Sitomer" and has lived around the world spreading musical zeal like it was peanut butter at the dog park. If there are three things to know, it's that she is violin and violist from Washington, D.C., and has come to Daly City by way of the Oberlin Conservatory, Alexandria, VA (Home of the Titans!), and Hong Kong. She is most excited to learn how she fits into the vibrant and exciting community of HPBA, and can't wait to get started. Let’s have some fun this year!
Misha Khalikulov – Cello
Misha was born in the former U.S.S.R. republic of Uzbekistan and raised in San Francisco. He holds a degree in Classical Cello Performance from UCLA. During his time in Los Angeles, Misha taught cello at two inner city schools, where he gained a passion for music education. In 2009, he joined the world music group Rupa and the April Fishes, which has taken him on tour to 25 countries in the past four years. They have performed on international festival stages and released a new album, Build, in 2012. He is also a member of the groups Blind Willies, StringQuake, and The Congress, with whom he has recorded four albums. Misha teaches private students as well. His patience and dedication have overcome the challenges of teaching classes of rambunctious young cellists.
Thomas Wade – MUSICIANSHIP/KODALY
Thomas Wade is a professional singer and choral director in the Bay Area. A native of Palo Alto, Mr. Wade was graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in vocal performance. He maintains a busy performance schedule and sings regularly with SF Lyric Chorus, Ragazzi Continuo, and SF Renaissance Voices.
Mr. Wade is the Level I Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Assistant Music Theory Director at the Ragazzi Boys Chorus. He also directs Ragazzi’s alumni ensemble, Ragazzi Continuo. He is the bass section leader at Trinity-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Wade teaches private voice lessons and was trained in Level I Kodály pedagogy at Holy Names University.
Angela solis – Violin
Angela Solis is a violin and viola teacher with more than 12 years of experience. She started her music studies in Spain where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music in 2004. During this time, her performance and teaching experiences were forged between the classical, contemporary and regional styles. Her experience in performance includes playing in several orchestras, ensembles, recording studios and as the lead singer and founder of the band “Costellas”.
Angela’s teaching experience was broadened after becoming a Suzuki teacher and attending different method workshops in Spain. One of her greatest professional achievements was to obtain the viola teacher position in the state music system in Spain in 2008. Angela earned the 6th highest score in the test that year.
Sarah Lee - Violin
Sarah has a Master's of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Jodi Levitz, and a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Indiana University where she received high awards: Premier Young Artist Award, and Recipient of SFCM Phyllis Wattis Scholarship.
Sarah is known for her patience, warmth, and enthusiasm as a teacher. She has certification using Suzuki violin/viola training with students as young as 5 years old. Students are first taught about physical awareness and building a firm foundation from the ground up to establish great technique, which allows musical freedom. Sarah also performs as a free-lance violist in many Bay Area ensembles.
Sung choi - CELLO
Sung Choi began his cello studies in South Korea. He enjoys mentoring young students, fondly remembering his mentors and their impact on him during his formative years. His past and current musical mentors include Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Robert Howard, Yoshikazu Nagai and many more. He has participated in master classes led by Tokyo String Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Ives Quartet, Matt Haimovitz to name a few.
When he’s not teaching, Sung enjoys playing a wide range of chamber and orchestral music. Since 2017, he has been the principal cellist and a mentor of Cambrian Symphony in San Jose. He’s excited to be a part of the Harmony Project!
paul hyun - cello
Mr. Hyun has a degree from Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied under Stephen Geber as well as a Chamber Music Coach Certificate from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jean Michel Fonteneau. He has over 14 years of teaching experience and over 23 years in musical training for cello. Mr. Hyun has participated in various festivals such as Encore School for Strings, Round Top, National Orchestra Institute, Aria, Angel Fire, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, as well as Youth Orchestras like ECYS and SFYO. He also has performed with SJSU, Silicon Valley Phil, Palo Alto Phil, Prometheus Symphony, Homestead and Gunn High School Orchestras. Mr. Hyun also has performed for other cellists including names such as, Mark Kosower, Kenneth Olsen, David Requiro, Geoffrey Solow, Stephen Balderston, Emilio Colon, Laslo Vargas and Jonathan Koh. Currently he is teaching private students as well as performing in various events around the Bay.