Nathan, Senior Instructor, Piano
Nathan is an Emmy award winning film composer, with an extensive back-round in classical training as a composer, a pianist, a choral conductor, and a singer. He is from a family rich in music and art, and his Father is an internationally known art director for film. He was recognized at an early age as a remarkable and prodigious composer, and at fifteen he was commissioned to write the first piece that achieve widespread attention. His work, “Kyrie Eleison” was performed multiple times in both the United States and Europe, and was received enthusiastically by sold out audiences. Amongst Nathan’s achievements prior to age twenty is a commission to write music for the Carmel Bach Festival, (the internationally respected music festival,) a gold metal award from the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, for outstanding musicianship, and fourth place in California’s State wide piano competition. He attended Indiana University School of Music, for degrees in both composition and vocal performance. After moving to Los Angeles, he became the music director and choral master of a respected cathedral, and the founder of a music school, “Pangrazio Music”, which employees the industry’s leading instructors and performers. Working in the film Industry as a composer, he has scored five films, including a feature documentary that aired on PBS. He was awarded an Emmy nomination in the category of best documentary score for this project. In addition to feature film and short film work his numerous commercial projects include work for both NBC and Purina/Nestle.
Coming from both music lover parents, Jesica was sent to private classical piano and group composition class at the age of 6 in Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) and Yamaha Music School in Indonesia. Since then music has become her lifestyle. Jesica went to International College of Music in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and soon she transferred to her dream college, Berkley College of Music as one of Asia World Tour Scholarship recipients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree on Film Scoring. She has high appreciation of and draws her inspirations from various music genres ranging from classical, world, experimental, to electronic using various instruments ranging from traditional to anything that produces sound. Jesica is now residing in LA pursuing her carrier as composer for visual media, teaching and performing with bands. Jesica continues to teach piano where she had started it in her early carrier back in her hometown. She enjoys teaching besides her composing and performing activities. Seeing her students from knowing nothing to something and to see how they improve on a weekly basis is very rewarding to her especially when they enjoy what they are playing. She teaches various ages of students from kids to adults with different methods and approaches based on their needs. Her youngest she currently has is 3 y.o. Her hope is to be able to inspire their students to a point where their passion will grow along with their playing. Her motto in life is “Having fun and always get excited on what we are doing therefore “boring” words will never exist in our life dictionary”. Instruments: Piano, Keyboard, Music Composition, Arranging, Sequencing and Music Notating.
Chloé is a songwriter/composer, violin teacher, devoted yogi, polygot, and globetrotter. As a active musician, she is constantly fueling creative energy among her students and encouraging them to discover their creative voices. The voice-to-violin relationship is highly stressed in lessons. World music and folk music are taught in lessons, as well as standard repertoire from Suzuki, music of the student's choice, and exercises from various method books. Chloé has a B.A. in Music from Loyola Marymount University, studied the Kodály Method at New York University, and the Colourstrings Method at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Chloé continues to feed her musical passions through her travels and work abroad in a never-ending pursuit to learn more, collect melodies, be inspired, and to inspire others.
Lauren, Senior Instructor Voice
Lauren Hayes began teaching vocal lessons at Pangrazio Music in the Fall of 2010, and has enjoyed every moment. Lauren's lessons are highly customized to suit the needs and goals of each individual student, and after working with hundreds of people, she truly believes that every human being can learn to sing with the right guidance. Her goals as a teacher are as follows:
1. To make the process of healthy, joyful singing accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of musical background (or lack thereof).
2. To help her students work through any shame, fear, or doubt they may have about their vocal instruments by creating a safe and nurturing environment for them to discover their own unique abilities.
3. To use singing as a tool to facilitate growth, authenticity, and genuine expression in both performance, and in life.
Nothing brings Lauren more happiness than seeing her students make breakthroughs and find ways to express themselves through vocal music. Singing can be a truly healing, transformative experience, and Lauren is extremely passionate about helping others find their voice. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned professional, Lauren is happy to assist you in any way she can.
Whenever Saundra is asked when she knew she would be a musician, she is often stumped to pin-point an answer; instead, she responds that she can not think of a time in her life when she didn't know. She was lucky enough to have parents who also knew this, and nurtured her talent through seeking music education. From the age of five in her Music Theory for the Young Musician classes at MSU through graduating Summa Cum Laude at Berklee College of Music, Saundra was was certain she wanted to share her passion for music with anyone that might have the spark or potential to feel the same way.With an early draw to the stage, Saundra's performed in various musicals (Roxie in Chicago, Rusty in Footloose, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, and many more!), sang with jazz bands and in showcases, and had her most memorable performance for the late and great Whitney Huston. It was in high school, coaching her fellow students in audition preparation and tutoring in AP music theory, that she discovered her love for and calling to education. While studying Vocal Performance and Music Education at Berklee, she began teaching private voice lessons and was able to experience first hand and play an active role in the musical journeys of others. Today as a private voice and piano teacher, choir director, as well as recording artist producing her first album, Saundra continues to combine her two great loves: Music and Teaching!
Isabel is a classical/jazz violinist living in Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from UC Berkeley and graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She was a winner of the 2010 William Grant Still Competition and the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Concerto Competition, which resulted in a performance of the Conus Violin Concerto as a soloist with the San Fernando Symphony. As a teacher, Isabel believes in the Suzuki philosophy: all children are capable of learning if they are provided with the right environment and given proper guidance/encouragement. She tailors her teaching to every student’s individual needs, but also wishes to provide a solid foundation in technique and and music theory. She believes that the key to a life-long relationship with music is a happy connection to the act of practicing, and has found that assigning weekly listening projects to her students has helped keep them excited and inspired.Isabel is currently in the process of becoming a Suzuki-certified teacher, and is also a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA).
Charles, Senior Cello Instructor
Charles is a rising cellist who has performed live on radio stations in Cleveland and Chicago and in concert venues around the world. He was named the winner of the 2006 Cleveland Institute of Music’s Concerto Competition and was recently the top prizewinner of the 2012 Osaka International Music Competition. Charles served as a Vorspieler member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan for three seasons where he also performed in numerous chamber music and solo recital concerts. He has participated in the Tanglewood Music Center, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival and was principal cellist of the National Repertory Orchestra. Charles principal teachers include Richard Aaron, Michel Strauss and Joel Krosnick. He has received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and participated in an exchange with the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. Charles is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music degree at UCLA studying with Antonio Lysy.
Steve, Guitar, beginning Piano, beginning Voice
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Stephen moved to California in the fall of 2007. In 2011, Stephen received his AA degree in Vocal Performance from Santa Monica College where he was awarded the E.B. Brocket Memorial (Music Faculty recommendation) in 2009 and the Applied Music Program scholarship in 2011. He then went to transfer to UCLA in the fall of 2011 where he studied Jazz vocal performance with Michele Weir, Barbara Morrison and Ruth Price. In 2013, Stephen graduated from UCLA's Ethnomusicology Department with a BA in Jazz voice. He has taken many courses in music/jazz theory, jazz keyboard/piano & harmonies, music history and has also participated in various performance ensembles. In 2013, Stephen was the lead vocalist in an acapella jazz vocal ensemble, which received a Downbeat Award from the 36th Annual Student Music Awards. Although voice is his primary instrument, Stephen plays the guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums and offers beginning lessons for these instruments. Besides teaching at Pangrazio Music, Stephen performs on Thursday nights at the LA Athletic Club in DTLA and also makes appearances singing R&B and reggae in small restaurants and private gigs/parties
Alex a senior at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, studying Classical Guitar under Christopher Parkening. Alex started studying piano at the age of eight. At age 15, he started studying the classical guitar. In February 2014, he was a finalist at the Pacific Guitar Festival in Monrovia, CA in the chamber mixed division. He also placed Honorable Mention at the 2013 Parness Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Culver City Symphony Orchestra playing the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, and he was also a finalist in the 2013 Pacific Guitar Festival in the solo division. He has participated in masterclasses from Christopher Parkening, Andrew York, Detlev Bork, and the Ironwood Duo. In July 2013, he completed a Pepperdine Summer Music Program at Heidelberg, Germany, where he performed at Heidelberg and Hermagor, Austria.
Kyle, Violin, Guitar, Piano
At the age of 10 years old, Kyle had a religious experience after hearing J.S. Bach's "Air on the G String" for the first time. Even at this young age, he became overwhelmingly aware of the power of music in communicating and altering the human experience. He shortly thereafter embarked on his career as a musician with the purchase of his first violin. After taking it to it naturally, he began to expand to other instruments. He acquired a mandolin, then a guitar, then a ukulele, a piano, then he began singing and dabbling in every instrument he could get his hands on. He then took his studies to the University of North Texas College of Music, where he graduated with honors, collaborating with stringed orchestras, jazz bands, choirs, popular music groups, and even an Indonesian folk music orchestra. He spent four years living in Spain, where he released his first solo album, Unsung, and developed even further as a musician, collaborating extensively with the student and faculty body of Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia. He developed an interest in new sounds from all ends of the world in a constant quest to integrate new styles into his repertoire. He has now returned to the United States, ready to start making noise and share his love of music with the world.
Wonsun is a professional cellist educated at internationally known top music schools, has performed in collaboration with top musicians, and has over 10 years of teaching experience, both private and group lessons. She received a scholarship to obtain her Masters Degree in Music from Yale University, and another scholarship from the Great Mountain Music Festival in 2007. She has performed at the Tokyo Opera House, with the Korean Symphony Orchestra,
and with the Yale Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York.