Meet our talented staff members!

Yolanda Klappert
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance – University of Southern California, Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performances – Yale University, Master of Music in Piano Performance – Yale University, Diploma in Piano Performance – Fontainebleau Ecole des Beaux Arts, Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance – University of Cincinnati
Winner of McElroy Scholarship Piano Competition, University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. 1st Place Winner National Chopin Competition, Buffalo, NY. Awarded the Winchell Scholarship and Sprague Award, Yale University.
Appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Philharmonia, Yale Philharmonia and Concerto Avenna Warsaw
25 years of experience as a concert pianist.

Cheryl Mannuela Dwitama
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education – Indonesia
Master of Music in Piano Performance – Azusa Pacific University
International Franz Liszt Competition 2016 Participant
Pasadena Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Competition Finalist
Over 8 years of experience teaching piano and theory.
Offers preparation for ABRSM and Certificate of Merit exams.

Elizabeth Chan
Piano and Vocal
Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Music, La Sierra University
Performed in professional venues such as Disney Concert Hall, The Box, and the Fox Performing Arts Center in choral and solo settings
Over 7 years of experience in Musical Instruction
Offers preparation for Certificate of Merit exams.

Sharon Liu
Violin and Viola
Bachelor of Arts in Music – Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Master of Arts in Music Performance – Shenandoah University
Certified in the Suzuki Method by Suzuki Association of America
Over 10 years of experience in musical instruction.
Sharon Liu has studied under the famous Japanese violinist Akemi Takayama. She twice joined renowned conductor Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Summer Festival. Ms. Liu has performed with multiple orchestras in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

Jess Navarette
Guitar and Ukulele
Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music Performance – Cal Poly Pomona
Pomona Unified School District Music Enrichment Instructor since 2012
12 years of experience in Musical Instruction

Jess Navarette began teaching guitar in 2006 while still a student, and has since flourished into a professional educator – working with music studios, school districts, and giving many private lessons.  In 2011 he graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.A in Commercial Music Performance, having primary studied on guitar.  Jess is a well-rounded instrumentalist, often filling various roles in ensembles such as bass guitar and percussion.  Jess has taught students of all ages and levels, including adults, and has prepared countless students for performances and recitals.  Jess primarily teaches guitar, ukulele, and drumset, and has many years of classroom teaching experience as well.

Daniel Jun
Bachelor of Arts in Music Industries – Cal Poly Pomona.
Member of Audio Engineering Society and American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
California Polytechnic University Orchestra and Concert Band percussionist 2013-2016
Southern California Philharmonic percussionist 2013-2014
Drummer in rock band, Terra Alta
15 years playing experience.
Over 7 years experience teaching percussion and drum set.

Nick Godoy
Guitar and Ukulele

Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Loyola Marymount University
Masters Degree in Guitar Performance, California State University, Fullerton
Nick Godoy has studied under teachers such as Grammy Award-winning artist Andrew York, Winner of 2000 Guitar Foundation of America’s Guitar Competition and current president of GFA Martha Masters, and Winner of 2011 GFA Guitar Competition Vladimir Gorbach.

Nick currently performs in a flute and guitar duet, and is a member of the Orange County Guitar Orchestra.

Nick teaches a variety of styles from beginner, rock, contemporary, and classical. He emphasizes music fundamentals such as reading and rhythm to strengthen his student’s musical goals.

Shirley Slater
Piano and Vocal
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition, Massey University
Performed at the Yamaha School of Music and was selected for “Intensive Up-Grading Seminar” in Singapore led by Yamaha Music Foundation
Over 20 years of experience in teaching groups and private lessons, including those at a major international music school.

Ella Raskin
Advanced Piano
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree, Ukraine