East coast native David is a pianist, composer and arranger. He is musical director for the monthly Jazz Mass at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fresno and plays regularly with the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Rumba 32, Lisa’s Big Night Out, the Stumble Weedz, his own trio Interspace, and numerous other groups. He has performed with numerous Grammy award winning artists, including vocalists Carmen Bradford and Kevin Mahogany. In private music instruction, David focuses on working with proficient piano/keyboard students who are new to jazz.
Larry has a Bachelor of Arts in music from CSU Fresno and a Master of Arts in Composition from California Institute of the Arts. He began accordion study in San Jose at age 9 and went on to compete in solo, duet, and quartet categories as part of the Northern California Accordion Association. Later, he was an accordionist and vocalist in several Bay Area pop-rock bands. While at California Institute of the Arts he co-wrote and performed on accordion in an opera. Locally, he has performed at numerous restaurants, fundraisers, ArtHop, weddings, and private parties. His repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles including French Musette, Italian standards, Latin boleros, standards from the Great American Songbook, Country ballads, and modern pop and rock.
Larry began piano studies at Reedley College, then continued his studies at Fresno City College, CSU Fresno, and finally California Institute of the Arts. He has previous studio teaching experience at Cynthia Merrill School of Performing Arts. Interested students from age 6 through adult, beginners through early intermediate are welcome.
I started playing piano at 4 years old and have focused primarily on classical pieces with the occasional showtune. I took a several year break when I went to Berkeley to study Computer Science and Mathematics and lived in San Francisco working as a software engineer. In the last year I have been de-rusting my skills and hope to be able to put on a concert of my own in the future. A day doesn't feel complete if I'm not playing piano!
Suzaan Botha has impressed audiences all over California with her beautiful performances as a classically trained pianist, violinist, violist and self taught mandolin picker and ukulele player, with experience playing American old time fiddle, Eastern European gypsy fiddle, and Celtic music.
With over 13 years of Private teaching experience under her belt, Suzaan has also gained experience in a classroom setting as a Violin Teacher at the local Accent on Access Violin program at Edison Bethune Charter Academy, as well as currently working for Clovis Unified School District as substitute teacher for the Visual and Performing Arts department. A graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from California State University Bakersfield, Suzaan earned her Associate in Arts degree, Cum Laude, at Antelope Valley College.
Norene has been teaching private piano, voice and performance coaching for nineteen years, with a professional performing career both as a soloist and member of various groups for over 35 years, including recording 2 CD’s of all original music. She has had a love and passion for music her entire life, with her own personal journey beginning at age 7 when she began classical training in piano. Just a few years later she was recognized as the youngest organist in the country while playing for Sunday services for a church in Madera.
While earning her business degree from Fresno State, she also continued her music education through private study in both piano and voice by enrolling with very highly respected instructors in the Fresno area, and also received vocal training with Charlotte Black at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.
She has been a pianist for auditions and rehearsals for Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s Music Hall in Fresno, has served as director for the Musical Theatre summer camp program for Vibe Performing Arts Studio in Santa Clarita and Sing Out Loud, a Vocal Performance summer camp with West Valley Music Center in West Hills. She has been a church organist, church choir accompanist, praise team pianist and vocalist for numerous churches in both the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California over the last 20 years, and is currently Contemporary Music Director for Hope Lutheran Church.
When I was ten, I discovered that I could play my grandma's piano by ear, so my parents invested in a couple of years of lessons. Public school gave me the opportunity to learn how to play the recorder and violin. Three years of choral and madrigal singing in high school developed my ability to sing solid harmony.
In the '70s, I studied old-time mandolin and fiddle with Kenny Hall, a blind musician from Fresno. I've retired from twenty-seven years of teaching in public school and have invested my time in playing, teaching and composing music.