Here are just some of our amazing Teaching Artists!
Grisell Báez, Singer and Music Teacher, was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a certification in the Despertal Musical concept, a special program of the Conservatory. Grisell has been teaching vocal technique and elementary music education since 2004. Her love of singing and teaching brought her to California in 2010 to complete her Master’s Degree in Music Education with emphasis in Kodály Method at Holy Names University, Oakland. Recently she completed Level I of Orff Schulwerk, Certification Program from San Francisco School. Grisell enjoys developing both curricula utilizing traditional English and Spanish folk songs with singing games, rhymes, dances, percussions instruments, and music concepts.
Joshua Boronkay is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and a songwriter. He has been performing in a range of groups including American styles like jazz and rock as well as Afro-Caribbean music. Joshua teaches with the intent of helping new musicians of all ages internalize fundamentals of movement and music.
Mark Rosenthal graduated from Humboldt State University in 1992 with a B.A. in Music Performance. In 1994 Mark traveled to Trinidad to perform with Phase 2 Pan Groove under the direction of Ray Holman, taking fifth place of over thirty bands competing in Trinidad’s annual Panorama competition. Since returning to the Bay Area in 1994, Mark has worked with students at many Bay Area schools including Head Royce, Malcolm X, Park Day, and Redwood Day Schools. Mark currently teaches general music using the Orff-Schulwerk approach for the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley. During the summer Mark teaches Steel Pan classes at Jazz Camp West, Jam Camp West, and Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp. Mark continues to teach and perform regularly throughout the Bay Area.
Destani is ALWAYS ready to sing – anywhere or anytime. Free styling with ease, she’ll move any crowd, or even is known to surprise audiences by throwing in her ‘invisible band’ of trumpeters and drummers via her skillfully crafted, improvisational human a cappella beats! Berkeley raised, soulful vocalist Destani recently released her 2015 Independent Music Award Nominated EP “Peek Away.” Visit her website at http://www.destaniwolf.com/