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Meet the Faculty

Krys BobrowskiKrys Bobrowski
Title: Professor
Degrees: M.A., Electronic Music and Recording Media, Mills College; B.A., Music and Computer Science, Dartmouth College
Marcelle DronkersMarcelle Dronkers
Adjunct Faculty
Career Highlights: Has performed most of Mozart’s heroines, Handel's evil sorceresses and Verdi's Lady Macbeth with Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera; favorite performances include The Four Last Songs of Strauss with LiederAlive, and Britten’s War Requiem at San Francisco’s Davies Hall.
Charles FergusonCharles Alan Ferguson
Title: Adjunct Faculty
Degrees: M.A., Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts/Music, California Institute of the Arts; B.A., English and Comparative Literature/Music, Columbia University; Foreign Study, Diplomas: Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Barquiaimeto, Venezuela
Kevin GallagherKevin Gallagher
Title: Director, Symphonic Band
Degrees: San Francisco State University; California State University, Fresno
Teaching Experience: 16 Years for the College of San Mateo, 17 years for the San Mateo Union HS District.
Hobbies: I love spending time with my wife and 3 amazing children when not creating amazing music with my students.
Quote: ""To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." – Leonard Bernstein

Shulamit HoffmannShulamit Hoffmann
Adjunct Faculty
Degrees: Ed D., Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A., Conducting, San Jose State University; M.A., Music, Piano Performance, Lewis & Clark College; B.M. University of the Witwatersrand; Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London; Licentiate of the University of South Africa
Teaching Experience: University of Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University Idaho, Notre Dame de Namur University
Hobbies: Passionate about my miniature Schnauzer Toby and about symphonic repertoire
Quote: "Music is not in the notes but in the silence in between."  – Mozart
Brenda HutchinsonBrenda Hutchinson
Title: Associate Faculty - Electronic Music
Degrees: M.A., Music Composition, UC San Diego; B.F.A., Music, Carnegie Mellon University; Attended Goldsmith's College in London; Completed Computer Music Workshop at Stanford University
Jane JacksonJane Jackson
Title: Professor - Harmony, Musicianship and Piano
Degrees: M.A., Music Theory, University of Michigan; M.A., Piano, University of Michigan;
B.A., General Music, Pomona College
Teaching Experience: Since 1989
Career Highlights: Touring universities and conservatories in the UK giving lectures and recitals; creating and producing many educational lecture/recital series in London; performing with principle soloists from the London Symphony, Iceland Symphony, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Hobbies: Swimming, watching sports, being outdoors, hanging out with my daughter
Quote: "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stick with problems longer." – Albert Einstein
Michael MitchellMichael Mitchell
Title: Instructor
Adria OtteAdria Otte
Title: Assistant Professor
Mauricio Rodriguez-MarquezMauricio Rodriguez-Marquez
Title: Instructor
Richard RoperRichard Roper
Title: Adjunct Faculty 
 D.M.A., University of Maryland; M.M., Yale University; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Career Highlights: Year long music study in Paris as a Harriet Hale Wooley Scholar; performances with Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Oakland Symphony, Ballet San Jose, and many more; faculty member at UC Santa Cruz and SF Conservatory Pre-College. 
Hobbies: Reading, travel, and listening to great music
John SantosJohn Santos
Adjunct Faculty - Instructor, Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble
Degrees: De la calle
Teaching Experience: Since 1973
Career Highlights: Four Grammy nominations; performed and taught extensively in the US, Latin America, and Europe; 2008 US Artists Fontanals Fellow, Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution; recorded and/or performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Cachao, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Santana, and many more.
Hobbies: Listening to old music, making percussive instruments
Quote: "It is no sign of good health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society." – J. Krishnamurti
Alexa ThanosAlexa Thanos
Title: Instructor
Patrick WolffPatrick Wolff
Title: Professor
Degrees: B.M. New York University
Teaching Experience: Stanford Jazz Workshop, Stanford University, California Jazz Conservatory, Jazz Camp West, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Hobbies: Keeping old, beautiful things alive- including cars, record players, clarinets, and the bebop language
Quote: "Music washes away the dust of everyday life." -Art Blakey