Our Reviewers

Christine Baker

Christine Baker, a resident of Pebble Beach, is a life-long Baroque music enthusiast and student of the harpsichord. In her home Ms. Baker has two museum-quality reproductions of 17th and 18th-century harpsichords.

David Beech
David Beech, an amateur clarinetist, pianist and clavichordist, is a frequent contributor as a guest reviewer to Peninsula Reviews.

Beverly Dekker-Davidson

Beverly is a pianist and organist, who is deeply involved in supporting all music events on the Monterey Peninsula.

Nate Ben-Horin

Nate is a pianist, singer and composer. He recently graduated  from UC Berkeley, where he won the Music Department’s inaugural Austin F. William Prize in piano performance. He was also president of the Undergraduate Composers Club, and sang in Marika Kuzma’s Grammy-winning Chamber Chorus. He currently teaches and freelances in the Bay Area.

Lyn Bronson
Lyn Bronson, Editor of Peninsula Reviews, is a pianist who has appeared in recital many times during the past 30 years at Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, California State University Monterey Bay and Sunset Center. He has also been a concerto soloist six times with the Monterey Peninsula College Orchestra under the direction of Dave Dally.

Kevin Chen
Kevin Chen, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in genetics. He is an accomplished pianist and has won several local and regional competitions in California.

Jeff DeMarco
Jefferson DeMarco has a masters degree in music theory and composition from the University of California, Riverside. and has been involved with early music since the 1970’s. He plays viola da gamba with the Pastyme Consort, and leads the amateur vocal ensemble Madregalia. Jeff has sung with many local groups, notably the Camerata Singers of Monterey County and the Carmel Bach Festival Chorus.

Erik D. Dyar
An architect by profession, Erik Dyar is also a fine and accomplished pianist who has appeared informally in solo recitals and chamber music locally and in Oregon, where he was born and raised.

Roger Emanuels

Cellist Roger Emanuels has performed with Symphony Silicon Valley, the San Jose Symphony and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and has also appeared as recitalist, lecturer, and teacher. In retirement he enjoys visiting archeological sites in Peru and exploring remote areas of Patagonia in South America.

Holland Garcia
Holland Garcia, a pianist, teacher and composer, is also a published author.

David Gordon
David Gordon has forged a unique international career as a teacher, lecturer, and singer of many kinds of music, from opera to oratorio to bluegrass. A specialist in the music of J.S. Bach, he serves as Dramaturge and Educator of the Carmel Bach Festival. His website is www.spiritsound.com. David is also creator and editor of an online calendar of classical music events throughout the Monterey Bay Region: www.ClassicalMusicMatters.com

Laureen Herr
Laureen Herr is a pianist and teacher who resides in Scotts Valley.

Dr. Gary Lemco

Dr. Gary Lemco has a B.A & M.A. from SUNY, Binghamton, NY, and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. He is the author of Nietzsche as Educator, a contributor to Audiophile Audition & Classical Music Guide, and he is host of The Music Treasury at KZSU-FM, Stanford University

MaryClare Martin

MaryClare Martin has a Bachelor’s Degree in piano, a Master’s Degree in Music Education, and subs as pianist and organist at local churches. Also an accomplished vocalist, she is a member of Madregalia and the Carmel Bach Festival Chorus. As if that’s not enough she is additionally a PreK-3rd Music Specialist at Toro Park School and also works part time for our premier music store on the Monterey Peninsula, Bookmark.

Theodora Martin

Theodora Martin, 22, is a senior at UC Berkeley, currently double-majoring in Music and English, where she studies with piano professor Martha Wasley. She has won several competitions, such as the MTAC finals in 2009, Young Artists Beethoven Competition in 2010, Palo Alto Concerto Competition in 2011, and the AFAF Concerto Competition in 2013. Her past teachers include Hans Boepple. She plans to pursue a career as a professional pianist and musicologist.

Heather J. Morris

Born and raised in England, Heather Morris received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano and clarinet from Sheffield University. She currently teaches piano, clarinet, theory and composition and writes classical music reviews for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  She is a member of ASCAP and has written orchestral, chamber and piano works. A member and evaluator for the Music Teachers’ Association of California and the National Guild Heather is also a member of Piano Renaissance, a performance group based in the East Bay.

Dr. John Orlando

For many years Chairman of Keyboard Studies at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, Dr. Orlando is the founder and Executive Director of the Distinguished Artist and Concert Lecture Series in Santa Cruz, which has been presenting fine concert and lecture events since 1984.

Joe Sekon

Joe Sekon, D.M.A., is a composer and frequent contributor to the Santa Cruz Sentinel as a music writer.

Michael Tierra
Michael Tierra is a bio-herbalist, acupuncturist, author, teacher, musician, classical pianist, singer and father of pianist Chetan Tierra, who competed in the most recent Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Peter Tuff

Peter Tuff is a baritone soloist with extensive experience in concert, opera, oratorio, musical theater, and as a recitalist. He lived for ten years in Austria as a member of the Vienna State Opera and of the Imperial Chapel while also performing regularly in the Salzburg Festival. He has sung leading or supporting roles in over 125 operas and he continues to add to his repertoire.

Heidi Van der Veer

Classically-trained singer, Heidi Tarquin Van der Veer, received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Hawaii, and has done graduate work in vocal pedagogy at Ohio University. She is the founder of The Van der Veer Studio for Music and the Arts, as well as classical chamber ensemble, The Tarquinia Trio, and The Tarquinia Jazz Quartet.  Miss Van der Veer is originally from, and resides in Carmel.

 

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