Our Piano Teachers
Voice: All Levels
Anastasia “Dolleesi” Charakidou is a renowned young singer and songwriter with a Dual Degree of Bachelor of Music, Performance, and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music, who has quickly become one of the most sought-after singers in Greece and the Mediterranean after winning first place at the New Talent Festival in 2014. She is a markedly versatile singer, honored for her performing skills in various styles, including Pop, ElectroPop, R&B, Soul, Rock, and Gospel.
With the accompaniment of her guitar and keyboard, Dolleesi became an internationally recognized songwriter, who composes original songs, with rare sounds inspired by her early life in the Greek Islands. As a professional musician and songwriter, certified in performing arts, Anastasia has a rich wealth of knowledge in music theory and composition as well as the creativity and discipline to break down barriers.
Dolleesi born in the province of Drama, Greece, grew up in the Mediterranean on the island of Rhodes. At 11 years old, her journey began in her natural talent and expression, and she would stop at nothing to fulfill her musical dreams. At 16, Dolleesi moved to London and later Athens following her musical passion. At 17, Dolleesi moved to Boston for a summer scholarship program she won from Berklee Collage of Music. Then at 19, she fully immersed herself in music studies at Berklee. Now, based in Los Angeles, Dolleesi works in the music industry as a recording artist, writer, performer, and teacher. Sacrifices and obstacles encountered at such a young age of pursuing a career in music inspired not only original songwriting skills but also, created the tools, tricks, and professional training she brings to her students today.
Always learning and open to discovery, Anastasia always brings new ideas and techniques to her teaching, adapting the many ways of learning music to her varying students. Her students get to experience and share her joy in supporting them in their musical journeys and accomplishing their goals!
Piano: All Levels
Oskar Rittenburg is an energetic and eclectic instructor with seven years of teaching experience. She is inspired by students at every level and prioritizes the interests of her pupils when preparing lesson materials. She enjoys encouraging creativity as well as the development of traditional technique.
Oskar grew up a self taught pianist and began classical training as a teenager. She also began producing and releasing her own music, finding influences in everything from Kanye West to J.S. Bach. She attended Berklee College of Music and is set to graduate in the spring of 2022 with a B.M. in Contemporary Writing and Production. She has a popular artist project and has opened for acts like Carolesdaughter and Yoandri.
Piano: Early Childhood. Ages 4+
Eun Joo has studied piano since the early age of 5. A specialist in working with younger students, she was the recipient of the Mildred McGowan Ryan scholarship, which she received when she was accepted to California State University, Northridge. In 2011, she earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education, specializing in piano.
Eun Joo has been teaching piano, particularly to children, since 2009. Throughout her years as an instructor, she has played in many venues, churches, and enjoyed playing at numerous music events. Eun Joo enjoys musical theatre, baking, traveling, and outdoor adventures. She would love to bring music into your child’s life, with a method of instruction that is joyful, productive, and that will help them grow as young musicians and as people.
Languages: Mandarin, Japanese, English
Specialization: Violin, Piano
Fei has been teaching piano and violin to all levels and all ages from 3 years old to adults for over twenty years. She’s a member of the Mid Cities Music Teacher Association in Texas (mcmta.org) and Music Teacher Association of California ( mtac.org) and has helped many students pass their Certificate of Merit exams. She is also a certified Yamaha Music Education System Teacher. She has experienced teaching group and private piano and violin lessons. Her approach of teaching is to encourage having fun and create an atmosphere where learning and development will thrive!
She received her Master of music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at Brigham Young University (studying on scholarship with Paul Pollei) and her bachelor’s degree from Taiwan’s National Institute of Arts, where she was chosen as the leading accompanist for several years.
Fei has also taken doctorate-level courses in music art with Norman Kreiger at the University of Southern California, and piano-performance classes with Daming Zu, a graduate of The Juilliard School. Fei has performed in piano trios, solo piano recitals, a piano duo recital in Salt Lake City (1996), and in many orchestras as a violinist during her school years. She has also participated in many piano competitions, including the International Vienna Competition (1992), the First International Piano Competition in Taipei (1991), and the National Piano Competition of Taiwan (multiple years). She performed in the Gina Bachauer “Recitals on the Towne” series as well.
French horn: All Levels
Dan Nebel is currently the principal hornist of the Monterey Symphony and the organist at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church in Aurora, CO. He is a Doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado specializing in postural studies of horn players. He has earned a Master’s of Music from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor’s of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Mr. Nebel teaches students ages ten and older of all skill levels, inspiring and instructing his students with a deep knowledge of every aspect of his craft.
In addition to his education and teaching background, Dan has served as a bandsman with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West and freelances extensively throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico California for the last five years. Prior to joining the Air Force, Dan performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Dan has performed as a guest artist at universities throughout the United States and as a regional artist at International Horn Symposia in Los Angeles, Ithaca, and Phoenix. He has also directed music and accompanied services for seven congregations over the last seventeen years.
Piano: All Levels
Liza Wu is a classical pianist in Manhattan, performing regularly with musicians in the city, as well as internationally. She has been a long-time affiliate of many music organizations including the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Organist), the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass ‘Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love’, Barnard College/Columbia University, New York University, the School for Strings, Avenues: The World School (NYC), and Interlochen Arts Camp, Institutes, and College of Creative Arts.
Previously, she was on the faculty of the Professional Performing Arts School with the National Chorale and Westchester Conservatory of Music; Music Director/Organist of the Church of St. Denis; Assistant Music Director/Pianist of the New York Youth Symphony Singers; Assistant Music Director/Keyboardist for Columbia Artists’ Theatricals National Tours; Pianist/Harpsichordist of the Bronx Opera, Chelsea Opera & Orchestra, and Concerts in Motion; Piano and Chamber Music faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music; and a sideline musician for NBC’s music series ‘Smash’.
(Cleveland Institute of Music, MM; Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, BM; Interlochen Arts Academy, Diploma & Fine Arts Award; Suzuki Certification, School for Strings NYC; SAG-AFTRA Performer since 2012)
Canda Daryl Nixon
Piano: Ages 4+
Specialization: R&B, Jazz, Pop,
Alternative, Christian, Country
Canda Daryl Nixon Fisher is an Atlanta – based vocalist, arranger, songwriter, voice instructor, coach and mentor, with over 20 years developing vocal talent. Canda’s signature vocal style embodies a fusion of classic soul, rhythm & blues, and jazz, and delivers with grace velvety vocals and lyrics hypnotic to the soul, lulling listeners into a state of total relaxation.
Originally from Maryland, at the age of 2, Canda first started to sing to her grandfather while sitting atop of his upright piano. At an early age, she became influenced by her father’s jazz collection which included renowned vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Teena Marie, Phyliss Hyman and Sade Adu.
With a B.A. in Music at George Washington University, it was college where Canda began her vocal studies, and as a music scholarship recipient, she performed in various stage productions and was a member of the GWU Troubadours, an acapella performance troupe which performed nationally and internationally touring Rome, Milan, Venice and Tuscany. She pursued her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Catholic University of America, and as a lyric soprano she performed the leading role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica while touring the Italian Amalfi Coast. Other roles included Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro and Monica from The Medium. She also performed oratorios from works such as Faure’s Pie Jesu, Bach’s Magnificat, and Handel’s Messiah. She learned a great deal from her classical studies, as they helped develop the vocal endurance she skillfully applies today, however ultimately Canda chose to follow her love of performing soul and jazz. She went on to perform professionally and in the studio, collaborating with many musicians and songwriters, writing and sharing life’s experiences over dramatic instrumentals and groove like beats. From her musical journey she is passionate about offering crossover technique, diction, dramatic interpretation and how to successfully perform contemporary and secular music. Having taught ages 10-adult and offering group vocal workshops to students 9 and under, Canda believes every turn you take on your musical journey has purpose, and is passionate about teaching vocalists versatility, musicianship, and how to discover who they truly are through their innate ability to Think, Create, and Perform.