Composition/Theory

Opera Scouts

Opera Scouts is a teen performing arts ensemble that meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 near the SF Opera House for training, master classes, ensemble based projects, merit badge arts projects, rehearsal and performance. We also attend local performances at professional opera, theater, and musical venues around the Bay Area, perform at professional and community events, and travel Nationally and Internationally on arts related excursions. Program runs September through May.

Dina Mirkskaya

Mrs. Dina Mirkskaya is the owner of the music studio. Music has been a huge part of her entire life. She has a dream ever since she was a little girl to teach others the same love of music that she experienced herself. Mrs. Dina opened her doors to the music studio in Cupertino in 1994. Her love for music and amazing teaching skills made her one of the best music studios in the Bay Area

Music Lessons by Dina is one of the most recognized boutique music studios in Cupertino. We offer an unparalleled musical learning experience to all of our students.

Jack Perla

Beginning in New York with his group Music Without Walls and continuing in San Francisco, Jack Perla has forged a reputation for his unique cross-fertilization of jazz, improvisation and classical music. He’s been commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, TwoSense, MATA, and many others. Jack’s latest opera Shalimar the Clown, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie, premiered in June 2016 at Opera Theater St. Louis.

Sarah Stiles

I believe students are unique individuals, each with their own learning style and inherent potentiality. I work with ages six and up, including seniors, and levels beginning through advanced. My approach provides structured lessons with fun, encouraging interaction, and fosters development of fundamental skills: reading, technique, rhythm, scales. I encourage students to find expression and meaning through interpretation, imagination, creativity, and history.