Ellena graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA in 2003 with a BM in Music Piano Performance and a BA in Child Psychology. Ellena began her private piano studies at the age of four, and two years later was admitted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Prep Division. Her first public appearance was at the age of nine, when she placed as a finalist at the Grand Piano Young Artists Showcase in Palo Alto. She went on to win second place at the Bela Bartok Piano Competition the following year. From 1991 to 1998, Ellena studied piano performance with internationally renowned pianist Daniel Glover. During this time, she performed in numerous recitals in the Bay Area and for 4 consecutive years in the San Francisco Russian Festival. Ellena's participation in competitions has yielded her several awards including Third Place in the Piano Concerto Division at the 1998 US Open Piano Competition. After graduating from Notre Dame Ellena earned her MA in Music Therapy at the University of Pacific in 2011. Ellena is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Walden University.
Eduardo began his guitar studies at San Joaquin Delta College. Where he studied with Travis Silvers. Eduardo graduated from Delta College in 2017 with an Associate Degree in Arts. Eduardo is currently finishing his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance at California State University, Northridge under the tutelage of Steven Thachuk, and John Dearman. Eduardo has performed in multiple solo and ensemble concerts. Latest performances include a concert with the guitar orchestra and the Texas Guitar Quartet at the Central Valley guitar festival Guitarraganza. A solo performance in the first Guitar Invitational at Modesto Junior College. And most recently Eduardo performed his Junior & Senior recital at CSUN.
Richard is a graduate from University of the Pacific c/o 2016 with a BM in performance. He studied piano under Dr. Rex Cooper, Frank Wiens, and Dr. Sonia Leong as well as accompanying with Dr. John Cozza. Richard started taking piano lessons at the age of six at the Gorin School of Music. In 2007 he started taking lessons from Dr. Rex Cooper at University of the Pacific who was his primary teacher until his retirement in 2013. Prior to Pacific, Richard attended San Joaquin Delta college and studied piano with Matt Baer alongside Dr. Cooper. Throughout his time at Pacific, Richard has participated in various master classes and performances including chamber recitals, solo recitals, and the annual Honor's Recital. He was also an active accompanist for students as well as the University Chorus and Pacific Singers. In 2016 he was one of four selected winners of the annual concerto competition and played the first movement of Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 in G minor with the University Orchestra.
Eugene Harris has been playing drum set and percussion for over 10 years. His formal education includes 6 years of rigorous middle school and high school training including jazz, orchestral, marching, and off Broadway. Eugene holds a BA in Jazz Studies from the University of the Pacific and is fluent in Rock, R&B, Funk, Jazz, and Latin. Eugene is very passionate about passing on his love of music and works well with any student ranging from 5 years of age and up.
Karina Ibarra is a trained classical pianist and teacher. Mrs. Ibarra holds a B.A. in Psychology and Music from California State University, Stanislaus. Her principal teachers include Dr. Sarah Chan, Dr. Benjamin Boren, and Robin Knutson. She has also had the pleasure of participating in master classes with world-renowned pianists Joel Fan, John Kamitsuka, and Eduardus Halim. Mrs. Ibarra has performed in various large and small ensembles, including the CSU Stanislaus Wind Ensemble, 20th Century Chamber Ensemble, Piano Duet Chamber Ensemble, as well as in other collaborative capacities. Mrs. Ibarra continues to perform as an accompanist and pianist for her local church, where she supports a chamber choir and provides solo music for worship.
Zackary started playing violin at age 10 under the tutelage of Robin Roulet, and is now attending University of the Pacific as a Music Education Major studying under Mrs. Roulet and Dr. Ann Miller. He has performed in various chamber ensembles and performed as a pit musician for multiple musicals and for the Pacific Opera Theater. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a focus in Instrumental music.
Ryan is currently studying vocal performance at San Joaquin Delta College under the tutelage of Kate Bautch. Ryan is also heavily involved in many of the vocal ensembles under the direction Of Dr. Southard who is in charge of Delta's Choral Studies, such as Concert Choir, the Delta Singers, and Delta Vocal Jazz. Ryan has also previously worked with other musical collaborative projects with other various choirs such as Vox Musica. He currently studies Music Performance at University of the Pacific.