Our Faculty

A defining feature of Gifted Music School is its world-class faculty. Our dedicated and highly qualified instructors nurture a culture of excellence, achievement, and inspiration. 

Our faculty have produced students who have gone on to study at every top music conservatory in the United States, including Juilliard, Curtis, Colburn, New England, Peabody, Cleveland, Bard, Indiana, and San Francisco. Other academically oriented students have been accepted on scholarship to every local university and top academic programs like Stanford, Harvard, Rice, Columbia, and Yale. Students of our faculty have placed at local and national competitions, have been heard on NPR's From the Top, and are frequently awarded national and regional level honors.




Chamber Music Studies

Dr. LeeAnn Morgan, Director of Chamber Music Studies
Katherine Baird, Preparatory Chamber Music Coordinator

Choral Music

Dr. Sarah Houghton, Choir Director


Early Childhood Area

GRIT Program

Mountain View Elementary
Rachel H. Taft, GRIT Program Coordinator
Erika Hubbard
The Guadalupe School
Kimberly Marsden
Monica Thiriot

Guitar Area

ab Menon
Sophie Stanley

Music and Movement

Mira Larson, Dalcroze Eurythmics
Ariel Haubner, Yoga for Musicians

Music History

Orchestral Studies

Shenae Anderson, Conservatory Orchestra Coordinator

Piano Area

Dr. Whitney Pizza, Piano Area Chair
Dr. Vera Oussetskaia-Watanabe, Co-Founder
Joanna Oshida, Supplemental Piano Coordinator
Dr. Conlan Miller, Conservatory Collaborative Pianist
Dr. Alie Yorgason, Suzuki Collaborative Pianist

String Area

Eugene Watanabe, String Area Chair
Katherine Baird, Suzuki Program Coordinator
Kristina Turner, Suzuki Program Coordinator
Dr. Kate Jones, Suzuki Teacher Trainer-in-Residence

Caroline Durham
Double Bass
Andrew Keller

Voice Area

Woodwind Area

Dr. April Clayton, Woodwind Area Chair
Brittni McDonald
* denotes adjunct faculty
denotes emeritus faculty current and founding board member