Mariah gillespie - piano and harp
Mariah Gillespie, Founder of Ms. Mariah’s Music, 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 Musical Arts Commissioner for the City of Coronado, Mariah offers her skills as a pianist to the Coronado Island Film Festival, and also sits on their marketing committee. In December 2017, she was the pianist for the Coronado Christmas Parade. She plays keyboard with bands at local restaurants, and periodically provides piano music for events at Emerald C Gallery, where she also teaches musically-inspired art classes. Mariah sings with the Coronado Community Church choir, and 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 currently sits on eight committees.
Naomi - piano and violin
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.
JESS - voice
Jess is an accomplished opera singer and performer who has studied under many reputable teachers in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego. Jess began singing and performing in high school, with director John Byun, and then in college with the Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Choir under the direction of Bruce Rogers. He traveled with that choir and performed at American Choral Director’s Associations all across the country, Carnegie Hall performances, and won the Pavarotti Trophy and the title of Choir of the World at the international competition in Llangollen, Wales.
Since transferring to San Diego, Jess has focused on becoming a choral director and has helped countless high school and college students. He worked with, and directed, the La Jolla Renaissance Singers for their fall 2016 performances. He has not given up his passion for performing and has sung with the San Diego Opera as well as being the tenor soloist at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church and singing with the Point Loma Singers under the direction of Dr. Keith Pedersen. Jess is currently the Music Director at Mira Mesa Presbyterian Church and also part of the San Diego Opera chorus for their upcoming season. Jess is still passionate about helping singers improve and is excited about upcoming performance and conducting opportunities.