Board of Directors

Debbie Siemer
Debbie SiemerPresident
Debbie Siemer offers piano instruction to all ages and levels. Lessons include training in theory, history, composition, ear training and preparation for Certificate of Merit. Several of her students have become successful music educators themselves.
Debbie has a BA in music from UCSB and a MA in Humanities with an emphasis on Music History from CSUDH.
She is a Certificate of Merit adjudicator and has served as assistant editor of the California Music Teachers magazine and has served on the MTAC State Board of Directors.
Caitlin Boruch
Caitlin BoruchFirst Vice President
Caitlin Boruch (flute, BM, MM) enjoys teaching privately in throughout Ventura county, with the New West Symphony’s Harmony Project, and serves as the chamber music director at La Reina High School. She is an active Member of the National Flute Association (NFA), California Federation of Music Clubs (CFMC), and Music Teacher Association of California (MTAC). Caitlin teaches at Nick Rail Music, student homes, and her home studio in Newbury Park.
Gloria Hilliard
Gloria HilliardSecond Vice President
Gloria Hilliard has a rich background in teaching music to students of all ages. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and a Master of Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She enters students in the Certificate of Merit program, the National Piano Guild Auditions, the Contemporary Fall Festival and the Bach Festival. Many of her students have been selected to play at MTAC Conventions. Hilliard has two piano recitals a year and stresses the joy of music in her studio.
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.
Emily Wu
Emily WuDirector
23 years teaching experience. It is 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, children’s choir accompanist, and worship team pianist.
Susan Mastrolonardo
Susan MastrolonardoDirector
Susan Mastrolonardo completed her diploma in piano performance with the Royal Schools of Music and graduated summa cum laude with her BS and MBA from Arizona State University. She enjoys teaching piano to students of all ages and levels. Her teaching philosophy embodies a famous quote by J.S. Bach: “The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”
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.
Emily Wu
Emily WuChair, Contemporary Music Festival - Advanced Levels
23 years teaching experience. It is 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, children’s choir accompanist, and worship team pianist.
Ornela Ervin
Ornela ErvinChair, Gold Medal Contemporary Festival Recitals Chair, Concerto Competition; Co-Chair Festimantic
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.
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.
Fredric Beerstein
Fredric BeersteinChair, MTAC State VOCE, Conejo Valley Branch VOCE
Fredric Beerstein, oboe instructor at California Lutheran University, has been a member of the New West Symphony since it’s inception in 1995. From 1984 to 1994 he was the principal oboe of the Bakersfield Symphony. Other professional experiences include Los Angeles film and commercial recording as well as performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Teaching experience includes 17 seasons at the Summer Program of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, Bocal Majority/Operation oboe Summer Camps and a large private studio.
Ruth Kuo
Ruth KuoCo-Chair, Prima Vista Festival
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
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
Susan Mastrolonardo
Susan MastrolonardoCo-Chair, Prima Vista Festival
Susan Mastrolonardo completed her diploma in piano performance with the Royal Schools of Music and graduated summa cum laude with her BS and MBA from Arizona State University. She enjoys teaching piano to students of all ages and levels. Her teaching philosophy embodies a famous quote by J.S. Bach: “The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”
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.
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
Fredric Beerstein, oboe instructor at California Lutheran University, has been a member of the New West Symphony since it’s inception in 1995. From 1984 to 1994 he was the principal oboe of the Bakersfield Symphony. Other professional experiences include Los Angeles film and commercial recording as well as performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Teaching experience includes 17 seasons at the Summer Program of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, Bocal Majority/Operation oboe Summer Camps and a large private studio.
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.
Susan Mastrolonardo
Susan MastrolonardoHospitality
Susan Mastrolonardo completed her diploma in piano performance with the Royal Schools of Music and graduated summa cum laude with her BS and MBA from Arizona State University. She enjoys teaching piano to students of all ages and levels. Her teaching philosophy embodies a famous quote by J.S. Bach: “The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”

 

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