A native of Bulgaria, violinist Dorisiya Yosifova enjoys an active career in music as a teacher and performer. As an orchestra musician, Dorisiya plays as Principal Second Violinist of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and has also played with the Cape Ann Symphony as Section Player and the Lowell House Opera as Concertmaster. In the recent years, she has appeared in performances as a solo and chamber musician in the Greater Boston Area where Dorisiya was located before her recent move to the Bay Area.
Following her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony, Ilana Blumberg Thomas has appeared across the United States and internationally, including appearances at Tanglewood, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. She is currently in demand as a chamber musician, collaborating with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, UC Berkeley’s eco ensemble, Ensemble for these Times, and working with Philip Glass and Opera Paralelle last season. As an orchestral musician, Ms.
Violinist Mia Nardi-Huffman is an active performer in the Bay Area music scene, where she is a member of several chamber ensembles and maintains an active private studio. As a violinist in the Astraeus String Quartet, she performs some of her favorite works in the classical repertoire through intimate house concerts and performances in unusual spaces. An alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mia received her MM in Music Performance in 2016 and her BM in Music Performance in 2014, studying under the tutelage of Bettina Mussumeli.
Gloria Justen is a versatile composer, violinist, and violist known for her dynamic, emotionally-charged performances. Her compositions have been performed by Philadelphia and San Francisco chamber orchestras. Featuring all original music, her first CD of original music, Four-Stringed Voice: music for solo violin was released in 2008, and her second CD, Sonaquifer: Music for Solo Viola, was released in January 2018. Gloria lives in San Francisco and creates work both for traditional concerts and for electronic music settings.
Faculty at Holy Names University Prep,
Director at Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford,
Coach at Oakland Youth Orchestra
Studios in Fremont, Dublin, Oakland, Concord
Jessica Ivry is a longtime Bay Area freelance cellist and educator. Currently conducting the orchestra in the Piedmont Unified School District, and teaching elementary strings in Oakland Unified School District, Jessica previously taught at College of Marin, Ross Valley School District, and San Francisco Unified School District. She was a founding cellist for world music string + vocal ensemble, Real Vocal String Quartet (www.rvsq.com).
Chamber music coaching, orchestra, group class
Rachel Patrick began her violin studies at the age of three, studying in the pre-college String Academy program at Indiana University. Until the age of 16, she studied at IUSA with world-renowned pedagogue, Mimi Zweig, joining the program's prestigious touring group, the Violin Virtuosi, at the age of eight. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan studying with Stephen Shipps and Yehonatan Berick and completed her graduate work at Indiana University, studying with Alexander Kerr and studying string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig.
I am passionate about equipping students with the tools in order to develop and maintain a solid technical foundation as well as discovering the joys of musical expression. In my own training, I was taught to be curious and have a dialogue with my teachers, which helped me understand my own playing and potential. I am demanding in my approach and hope to instill my own passion for music to my students.