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Mariah gillespie - piano and harp - coronado

Mariah Gillespie, Founder of Ms. Mariah’s Music and Coronado resident, is a pianist, harpist, and music teacher. She teaches exclusively in-home piano lessons in Coronado, California. Mariah has Yamaha Music Education certifications from both Australia and the United States, and has extensive experience teaching private lessons to students of all ages as well as group music classes to 3-4, 4-5, and 6-8 year olds. She has a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). She is well-versed in early childhood education and has been teaching music for 12 years.

In addition to serving as the Arts Education and Performing Arts Commissioner for the City of Coronado, Mariah offers her skills as a pianist to the Coronado Island Film Festival, the Coronado Holiday Parade, various Rotary events, and Emerald C Gallery, where she also teaches musically-inspired art classes and hosts other music workshops. Mariah is a member of the Coronado Public Arts Team, the Coronado Historical Association, and Coronado Friends of the Library. In January 2018, Mariah was inducted into the Coronado Rotary Club, and is chair of the Music Committee.

Availability: wait list

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Naomi - piano and violin - la jolla/carmel valley

Naomi is a pianist, violinist, and music teacher covering the Carmel Valley, Del Mar, and La Jolla areas. She has been teaching piano and violin for the past six years to students ages 3 to 14. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and Bachelors of Science in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. Naomi is highly knowledgeable as a teacher and researcher in childhood development and education. She has studied piano and violin under prestigious pianists and violinists and has competed and placed in numerous piano competitions and festivals. She has also completed the Certificate of Merit Advanced Level for piano and violin. Furthermore, Naomi was a violinist in the Claremont Young Musicians' Orchestra, performing at Walt Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl with collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as performing in a two week tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Italy. She has also played in many free community concerts during the holidays in her hometown, Claremont.

Availability: some time slots on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 6


Kristin - piano and composition - coronado

Kristin began her undergraduate work at the age of 16 in piano performance at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, CT under the tutelage of concert pianists Luiz de Moura Castro and Peter Pertis. Both were classmates of the teacher Josef Gat at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Through these teachers, Kristin received a strong foundation in the technical method and approach of Liszt. Subsequently, she studied with concert pianist Dr. Paul Rutman, who was the first pianist to receive a doctoral degree from the Julliard School of Music. She also received coaching in Russian piano technique.

Following her studies at Hartt, Kristin studied Theory and Composition at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. As a young pianist, she taught piano privately and in community schools for 5 years before moving to Germany in 1995 with her husband, Professor Aldo Lagrutta - a renowned concert guitarist. For the next 20 years, they concertized in Europe, North & South America and Africa. Concurrently, Kristin ran Vanguard Concerts - a classical music events and management firm.

As a composer, Kristin won third place in 2004 in the VH-1 Song of the Year competition. She enjoys composing music for ballet and collaborating with choreographers. Currently, she spends her time between Germany and Coronado, where she dedicates 6 mornings a week to the study of ballet.

Availability: some time slots on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after 3 pm

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THOMAS - piano and voice - coronado

Thomas is a music teacher, pianist, vocalist, and award-winning composer. He started teaching at the Scripps Performing Arts Academy in 2007, and has since worked with adults and children of all ages all around the country. His most recent role was Music Director of the York Preparatory School in New York, where he developed a performing arts program for 6th-12th graders. Thomas is a passionate educator and believes in the power of learning by doing.

Thomas’ newest musical, Sonata 1962, was part of the 2018 New York Musical Festival and received three awards, including "Outstanding Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations." In 2015, his music song cycle The Things We Never Say won "Outstanding Original Score" at the San Diego Fringe Festival. The production was produced by Breakthrough Workshop Theatre, and a cast album is available on iTunes and Spotify. His score for Patricia Loughrey's Dear Harvey earned him a a commendation from the City of San Diego and performed over 50 productions internationally. His musical Underground was featured as part of the reading series in the 2019 New York Musical Festival. He is currently developing a new musical with Borough of Manhattan Community College that will premiere in Spring 2020 in New York City.

Availability: Sundays and weekdays after 3 pm