PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTION
Spindrift offers private lessons in Piano, Guitar, beginning & intermediate Violin and Voice. We usually offer a beginning piano class in the fall and a week-long vocal & audition class at the end of summer to prepare for auditions for the winter show. We also have group voice classes and advanced group vocal audition classes.
If you are interested in private lessons, call the office at (650) 738-8648. Email
Alex Bootzin – Private Instruction in Advanced Piano & Voice Alex along with his late wife Martha, co-founded the Spindrift School of Performing Arts back in 1994. Alex’s training and experience include a B.A. degree in Piano Performance and a M.A. in Musicology from the University of California. His education includes many years of study with European master teacher, Dusi Mura. Alex is committed to sharing his experience and knowledge with young people. He is also active as a pianist and music director throughout the Bay Area and is currently the Music Director at First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame. He also leads a jazz quartet called Nucleus.
“The arts are a metaphor for life, and as such, play a vital role in a young person’s balanced and well-rounded development. They can do the same for adults, regardless of their age! Music, especially, touches the emotions in a way that few other mediums can. Studying and playing music can be an avenue for all manner of growth, healing, breakthrough, and success. My goal is for my students to express themselves in a way that draws forth who they really are.” Email Me
Osvaldo de Leon, SSPA Director of Music. Intermediate/Adv. Piano and all levels of voice. Osvaldo was the recipient of the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts grant in 2011 to finish his graduate studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU); The Avalos Award in 2010 after his interpretation of Latin American Music; and the Concerto Competition at SFSU in 2010; the FINANCIARTE grant in 2006 to produce, direct the opera “La Voix Humaine” by Francis Poulenc; and the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts grant in 2003 to study a year at the University of Texas in Austin.
In Mexico he was admired due to his capacity to approach solo repertoire as well as to perform chamber music, accompany singers and instrumentalists, coach opera, and direct choirs both amateur and professional. He has performed with the Russian Chamber Orchestra in Marin California, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Sonora, The San Francisco State University Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Nuevo Leon, the Orquesta Juvenil de Nuevo Leon. He has appeared at the Festival Ceiba in Tabasco, Mexico, Encuentro Internacional de Opera in Coahuila, the Vocal Cycle at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the Festival Cultural Tamaulipas, Spring Festival of Radio Nuevo Leon, and the Festival Rio de Bravo in Coahuila. He has conducted with Verismo Opera in Vallejo, CA the productions of Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini, and Il Tabarro by G. Puccini. He conducted with Berkeley Chamber Opera the production of The Marriage of Figaro. He recently has been working at Spindrift School of Performing Arts as Musical Director for their musical theater productions such as A Chorus Line and Seussical the Musical.
Osvaldo finished his Bachelor´s degree in Piano Performance at Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, México and his Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music at San Francisco State University. His teachers have been Gerardo Antonio González, Naoya Seino, Gregory Allen and Dr. Roger Woodward. He also has studies in composition under the guidance of Jorge Torres and Georgina Derbez.Email Me
My favorite guitar player is the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, and my favorite classical composer is Johann Sebastian Bach. Between these two figures, you can learn all that you need to be a great musician. My teaching style tailors lessons to the interests of the individual student, rather than working through a generic book as a default method to learning the instrument. I can teach most styles and enjoy working in concepts from music theory into lessons.” Email Me
Alexandra Sessler, Soprano, All levels of Voice Alexandra divides her time between opera, choral, and voice and piano instruction. In addition to extensive opera performance in the Bay Area, she has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, where she is an AGMA member, and is a member of San Francisco’s newest all-professional chamber choir, Cappella SF. Alexandra is an active recitalist and is dedicated to broadcasting the music of women composers and the Spanish speaking community. Alexandra completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Miami, and her Masters of Music at San Francisco State University. She has the joy of studying privately with the world-renowned mezzo, Susanne Mentzer, and coaching with William Vendice. Alexandra teaches voice privately and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University. She has two opera loving, very supportive cats.
“My approach to teaching voice and piano is one that is tailored to each student. We explore their strengths and weaknesses and I design a curriculum to enhance their overall performance, confidence, and love of music. My specialty is getting shy students out of their shell, and encouraging them to share their love of music with the world. As a member of the National Guild of Teachers of Singing, My students have often won awards at District and Regional auditions” Alexandra instructs children, adolescents and teenagers, adults, and professionals. Email Me
Elana Cowen – All levels of Voice – is a professional singer, teacher, music director and choral conductor currently residing in San Francisco, Ca. Ms. Cowen has a Post-Graduate Certificate and Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as a Bachelor’s of Music from Chapman University with a minor in Germanic Studies. Ms. Cowen teaches voice and has musically directed all over the Bay Area, with companies including Starbound Theatre and Missouri Street Theatre to name a few. Currently, Ms. Cowen is conducting with the San Francisco Youth Chorus as well as being a soloist at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew’s in San Mateo. Ms. Cowen is also an active performer, performing with companies all over the Bay Area including Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Music Theatre, West Bay Opera and recently debuting at Phénix Opera.
Ms. Cowen specializes in classical and musical theatre, as well as emphasizing the importance of healthy singing, no matter your age! In lessons, the focus is breathing, musicianship, technique and of course, acting and dramatic interpretation. As a performer, emphasizing character and drama while finding that through the technique and musicality is the way to create a singing actor. Ms. Cowen also incorporates learning through games, music theory, ear training and lots of warm-ups! “Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine
Ami Nashimoto all levels of Cello and Beginning Piano. is a prominent member of the Bay Area music scene, playing with numerous ensembles and bands including The Holloway String Quartet, Mission Baroque, All My Pretty Ones, as well as playing in numerous orchestras and pit orchestras. She studied chamber music under coaches including the Alexander String Quartet, Martina Trumpp, and Yuval Yaron; cello under Carol Rice, Geoffrey Rutkowski, Mario De Secondi, and Sandy Wilson; and played in master classes taught by such artists as the Juilliard String Quartet, Toby Appel, and David Requiro. She studied cello at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, University of California Santa Barbara, San Francisco State University for a Masters in Music, and most recently at the Musikhochschule Trossingen in Germany.
Ami has been teaching the young and young-at-heart since 2008, working with students of all levels. Email Me
Walter is a performer, educator, and composer. He holds a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in music education and piano performance from San Francisco State University, where he also received his teaching credential. Walter teaches K-12 in the San Francisco Unified School District, as well as private piano and theory/musicianship skills. He accompanies singers and ensembles regularly throughout the bay area. His compositions have been featured by ensembles in the bay area and beyond.
“I believe in a well-rounded approach to piano playing – integrating theoretical and historical knowledge with a strong technical foundation that enables and empowers an individual’s musical spirit. Everyone has their own unique, musical voice, and to enable yourself or someone you love to use, develop, and master that voice is one of the greatest gifts that can ever be given.”Email Me
Tatyana Loskutova – Music Educator – piano (all levels), chamber ensemble, music appreciation and analysis
Tatyana Loskutova was born into a family of professional musicians. She began her music education in the age of five with her father who was a multifaceted performer, educator and composer. Tatyana’s passion for music was nurtured by an entire family tradition of music educators. At the age of 16, she was the winner of the region festival program “New Names”. In 1994, she graduated with honors from Rachmaninov College of Music (B.M. in Pedagogy and Music Education), and went to obtain her degree from St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music (M.A. Diploma in Instrumental Performance – Piano).
In the Conservatory, Ms. Tatyana studied with world renowned professors Galina Fedorova (piano solo) and Elena Shafran (chamber ensemble) Tatyana was an active participant in “Holland Music Sessions” in 2000 with Lazar Berman (Italy) and Karl-Heinz Kammerling (Germany).
Tatyana Loskutova is an active chamber musician in music recitals in the USA, Russia and Holland. She is a member of the Music Teacher Association of California and teaches chamber ensembles in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Ms. Loskutova also studied Arts Management at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Academy. Over a period of many years, she served as an arts administrator at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg where she initiated and managed several cultural projects.
She earned her Certificate in Visual Media Design in USA in 2016 and works as a freelance designer in the Bay Area. www.styush.com