Board of Directors

Susan Mastrolonardo
Susan MastrolonardoPresident
Susan Mastrolonardo enjoys teaching piano to students of all ages and all levels in the Simi Valley and surrounding areas.
Ruth Kuo
Ruth KuoVice President
B.M. Piano Performance, California State University, Northridge. Collaborative Pianist, California Lutheran University Music Director, Conejo Valley Chinese Christian Church Instructs Certificate of Merit curriculum Private Piano Studio, Thousand Oaks
Bradley Gregory
Bradley GregoryTreasurer
B.M. in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. M.M. from the University of California in Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Piano Ensemble. Bradley has served as Corresponding Secretary and Vice President for the MTAC Conejo Valley and is an adjudicator for the “Certificate of Merit” program.
Emily Wu
Emily WuRecording Secretary
Started as a summer job 20 years ago, now becomes Emily’s passion to pass on the love of music to the next generation. Welcomes students of all ages and levels.
M.A. from University of Hong Kong.
Diploma in piano pedagogy from Royal Schools of Music, UK.
Currently active as member of MTAC, church choir director, children’s choir accompanist, and worship team pianist.
Ornela Ervin
Ornela ErvinMembership
Degree from Academy of the Fine Arts in Tirane, Albania. Maintains a large studio of award-winning students, performs as Sadigursky-Ervin piano duo and the Luminoso quartet, and is on the board of T.O. Phil and Sara Compinsky master class series.
Danna Southwell
Danna SouthwellDirector
Classical Piano teacher in Thousand Oaks for 30 years. Also a trained teacher in the Suzuki Method. Member and Certificate of Merit Director for MTAC Conejo Valley.
Diana Ray-Goodman
Diana Ray-GoodmanDirector
Studied Violin/Viola at CSUN & Arizona State University; played in several orchestras: Phoenix, Santa Barbara, & Thousand Oaks Philharmonic; Evaluator for MTAC; teaches at CSUCI & in Thousand Oaks.
Kim Munday
Kim MundayDirector
Chairperson of the Contemporary Music Festival for the past 5 years. Also served as president, secretary, and newsletter editor since becoming member of Conejo Valley Branch MTAC 12 years ago.
Carol Lancaster
Carol LancasterDirector
Piano Instruction – all levels beginners to advanced with instruction in theory. Certificate of Merit and other performance events. Monthly workshops teaching music history/appreciation and performance….a class addressing general music education. Bachelor of Music Piano Performance…. California Life Teaching Credential. 13 years with L.A. Unified Schools and former faculty Moorpark and Pasadena City Colleges. Church musician.
Tachell Gerbert
Tachell GerbertDirector; Website Coordinator
B.M. Piano Performance – San Francisco Conservatory of Music. M.A. – the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Piano Ensemble. Member of the “Gerbert & Gregory Piano Duo.” MTAC Certificate of Merit ® evaluator. Established in 1986 the Gerbert & Gregory Piano Studio, Thousand Oaks. Certificate of Website Design — University of California, Santa Barbara, “just getting my feet wet.”

Festival and Event Chairs

Danna Southwell
Danna SouthwellChair, Certificate of Merit
Classical Piano teacher in Thousand Oaks for 30 years. Also a trained teacher in the Suzuki Method. Member and Certificate of Merit Director for MTAC Conejo Valley.
Shuting Chen
Shuting ChenChair, Certificate of Merit Theory Coordinator
Master of Music from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins university
Diana Ray-Goodman
Diana Ray-GoodmanInstrument Coordinator, Certificate of Merit Strings
Studied Violin/Viola at CSUN & Arizona State University; played in several orchestras: Phoenix, Santa Barbara, & Thousand Oaks Philharmonic; Evaluator for MTAC; teaches at CSUCI & in Thousand Oaks.
Heidi Yost-Marquardt
Heidi Yost-MarquardtInstrument Coordinator, Certificate of Merit Voice
Received B.M. Voice Performance from Florida State University, and M.M. Music Theatre Performance, Opera emphasis, from Arizona State University. Voice and piano teacher at Iced Pita Music Lessons in Thousand Oaks, which she owns with her husband.
Toby Caplan-Stonefield
Toby Caplan-StonefieldInstrument Coordinator, Certificate of Merit Winds
Graduate of Drake University. Former member of Los Angeles Philharmonic. Faculty of Southern California Conservatory of Music over 30 years. Member of American Federation of Musicians Local 47 and National Flute Association.
Kim Munday
Kim MundayChair, Contemporary Music Festival - Advanced Levels
Chairperson of the Contemporary Music Festival for the past 5 years. Also served as president, secretary, and newsletter editor since becoming member of Conejo Valley Branch MTAC 12 years ago.
Michael Preddy
Michael PreddyChair, Contemporary Festival - Early Levels; Baroque/Classical Festival - Early Levels; Kool Fest
Michael Preddy, B.A. & M.M., University of Houston. CM & NGPT. Career: conductor/pianist for The Smothers Brothers; twenty-plus-year experience teaching both jazz and classical piano & theory.
Ann Erwin
Ann ErwinChair, Women Composers Festival
Ann Erwin holds music degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of California at San Diego. She was also awarded Annette Kade and Harriet Hale Woolley fellowships to study the flute in Paris. Currently principal flutist of the Classics Philharmonic and a member of the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Erwin has also performed with the San Diego Symphony and Opera Orchestras, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and many other organizations. She welcomes flute students of all ages and levels.
Michael West
Michael WestChair, Southern California Junior Bach Festival
Michael’s music has been described by the LA Times as “…awash with pain and promise.” He has won numerous prizes for his works including the Mancini Prize in Film Music at UCLA where he received his MFA in Music. He studied concert music and film scoring with Paul Chihara, Ian Krouse and Roger Bourland and has been privileged enough to have attended lectures and master-classes by Charles Fox, Bruce Broughton, Michael Dana, Alf Clauson, Christophe Beck, Steven Mackey and John Adams. He received his MA in Music from UCLA and BM in Composition from Cal State University Northridge.
Nina Kelly
Nina KellyChair, Branch Honors Recital - Certificate of Merit; Festimantic (Romantic Music Festival)
Received B.A. in Music, CSUN; Active Member: MTAC Conejo Valley & past board member; Chair: National Guild of Piano Teachers, ACM Certified
Heidi Lyn
Heidi LynChair, Young Artist Guild
Piano teacher Newbury Park. BA SDSU. CM Adjudicator. Past MTAC State Board and Conejo Valley President. Singer, Songwriter, Dancer.
Ornela Ervin
Ornela ErvinChair, Concerto Competition
Degree from Academy of the Fine Arts in Tirane, Albania. Maintains a large studio of award-winning students, performs as Sadigursky-Ervin piano duo and the Luminoso quartet, and is on the board of T.O. Phil and Sara Compinsky master class series.
Bradley Gregory
Bradley GregoryChair, Private Teacher Recitals
B.M. in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. M.M. from the University of California in Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Piano Ensemble. Bradley has served as Corresponding Secretary and Vice President for the MTAC Conejo Valley and is an adjudicator for the “Certificate of Merit” program.

Essential Advisors

Frederic Beerstein
Frederic BeersteinNewsletter
Kyung Lee
Kyung LeeCorresponding Secretary
Received M.M. and D.M.A. from University of Southern California. Actively served the Conejo Valley music scene as performer, teacher, and board member of MTAC and Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. Professor at Pepperdine University.
Sheryl Toney
Sheryl ToneyHospitality
Student of Edith Knox
Artist of the Future winner 1977
UCLA Graduate, BA Music Theory & Composition 1977
Member MTAC since 1978
Private Piano Teacher 40 years

 

Sponsors

Our branch events and programs are sponsored by various community businesses. Our sponsors may provide venues, instruments, music, and expertise. We value their support and look forward to continuing our collaboration. We encourage you to support their businesses by using their goods and services whenever possible, and we thank you in advance.

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