Nicole Russo

Nicole Russo has a Master's degree in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Education from the Crane School of Music, New York.  She also completed her multiple subject teaching credential at SF State University.  Nicole is an energetic person teaching students of all ages throughout the Bay Area.

Nicole Russo has a Master's degree in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Education from the Crane School of Music, New York.  She also completed her multiple subject teaching credential at SF State University.  Nicole is an energetic person teaching students of all ages throughout the Bay Area.

Sonia Gariaeff

Phil Surtees

'Phil studied Clarinet and Piano under the Royal School of Music in the UK, and played 1st Alto Sax with the prestigious Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. He  then proceeded to study Music and Performing Arts at University in London. After university he played in two successful bands touring the UK and Europe before moving to San Francisco to become a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre.'

 

 

James Mitchell

Sonia Gariaeff has received critical praise throughout the United States for her theatrical poise and vocal opulence. A three-time Metropolitan Opera Awards regional finalist, she received her Master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Further studies involved an apprenticeship with Portland Opera, and a fellowship with the Carmel Bach Festival. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she believes a healthy vocal technique can be applied to all styles of music. She particularly enjoys teaching musical theatre, pop and jazz in addition to classical voice. A former nanny and preschool teacher, she also enjoys teaching children beginning and intermediate piano.
Sonia Gariaeff has received critical praise throughout the United States for her theatrical poise and vocal opulence. A three-time Metropolitan Opera Awards regional finalist, she received her Master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Further studies involved an apprenticeship with Portland Opera, and a fellowship with the Carmel Bach Festival. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she believes a healthy vocal technique can be applied to all styles of music. She particularly enjoys teaching musical theatre, pop and jazz in addition to classical voice. A former nanny and preschool teacher, she also enjoys teaching children beginning and intermediate piano.

Gaea Schell

Known among her peers for swinging every note, subtle phrasing, and lyrical writing, Gaea is most recently compared by jazz aficionados to Monty Alexander (piano), Holly Hofmann (flute), and Carmen McRae (phrasing). This West Coast-based pianist/composer/vocalist (also flutist) is a native of Alberta, Canada, where she grew up playing music from an early age. Recorder lessons at age 6 with family friend, the late San Francisco based drummer Eddie Marshall, was one of her first musical ventures. Pursuit of a classical harp degree led to checking out Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans records in the school library, inspiring a move East and subsequent graduation from the jazz program at acclaimed McGill University in Montreal.  

Known among her peers for swinging every note, subtle phrasing, and lyrical writing, Gaea is most recently compared by jazz aficionados to Monty Alexander (piano), Holly Hofmann (flute), and Carmen McRae (phrasing). This West Coast-based pianist/composer/vocalist (also flutist) is a native of Alberta, Canada, where she grew up playing music from an early age. Recorder lessons at age 6 with family friend, the late San Francisco based drummer Eddie Marshall, was one of her first musical ventures. Pursuit of a classical harp degree led to checking out Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans records in the school library, inspiring a move East and subsequent graduation from the jazz program at acclaimed McGill University in Montreal.

 

Hillary Santosos

From Los Angeles, Hillary has moved to San Francisco to nurture her love for music at the San Francisco Conservatory. She started piano at the age of four and has starred as a soloist in numerous orchestras. She loves to teach, and has provided voluntary lessons to children with autism.  

From Los Angeles, Hillary has moved to San Francisco to nurture her love for music at the San Francisco Conservatory. She started piano at the age of four and has starred as a soloist in numerous orchestras. She loves to teach, and has provided voluntary lessons to children with autism.  

James Mitchell has been a formidable contributor to the Bay Area Jazz community for nearly 20 years. Growling up in Napa, he began performing at wineries, restaurants, and night clubs at the age of 15 years old. With an eclectic background  in Latin, Afro-beat, Punk/Ska, Classical, and Bebop, Mitchell brings a colorful mix to Jazz standards and an incomparable high energy. He studied with legends like Pat Warren, John Simon, and Marilyn Thompson and earned his B.A in music from Sonoma State University in 2006. James has toured through both the U.K and the US. He is excellent with pupils of all ages.

Sandy Lindop

Sandy is a new member to Russo. She was classically trained as a child, both in voice and piano, and while she still honors her classical background, she enjoys the freedom of musical expression that is found in jazz and folk. She attended the San Francisco School of the Arts High School, and then went on to Humboldt State University, where she studied vocal performance. She performs locally with her group, The Muted Jewel Tones, and she has two years experience teaching children, both in group and individual settings.

Sandy is a new member to Russo. She was classically trained as a child, both in voice and piano, and while she still honors her classical background, she enjoys the freedom of musical expression that is found in jazz and folk. She attended the San Francisco School of the Arts High School, and then went on to Humboldt State University, where she studied vocal performance. She performs locally with her group, The Muted Jewel Tones, and she has two years experience teaching children, both in group and individual settings.