Now playing: Ballade No. 4 in F minor - Chopin
Performed by Tanya Vegvary Plescia

Sacramento Piano Conservatory
School of Music


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Tanya Plescia - Tanya Plescia holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Piano Performance, is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Association, and has taught piano lessons since 1988. She taught for sixteen years in Sacramento at the Pease Conservatory of Music. Tanya taught class piano and piano pedagogy at California State University Sacramento. Ms. Plescia teaches group classes which are offered by age group through a fabulous program which Ms. Plescia has built through her extensive experience teaching privately and with her own children. The group classes are a perfect blend of ear training, rhythm ensembles, practical theory, composition, movement, singing, games, keyboard repertoire and technique, and a lot of fun! Tanya’s students have participated and placed highly in competition and recital. As a member of the MTAC, her students enjoy the privilege and honor of participation in California’s highest level of music workshops, recital, adjudicated events and competitions. Pianists from Tanya’s studio are invited to perform in annual local occasions, as well as state level events. These concerts are in addition to regular bi-annual studio recitals. Ms. Plescia also has a vibrant concertizing and composing career, where she enjoys traveling around the world to share her music. To read more about Ms. Plescia’s concert career and current calendar of events and performances, please visit:
Jane Fanucci - A native of San Francisco, graduated from University of San Francisco with a B.A. in English. Then she attended Sacramento State where she received her Life Standard Teaching Credential in multiple subjects K through 9. From the Los Rios colleges she gained an A.A. in Music and a Supplementary Music Credential. Returning to Sacramento State she completed her B. A. in Music and Clear Single Subject Music Credential for all grade levels from preschool to adult inclusive. Her CLAD certificate is from University of San Diego, and her NCLB is from Twin Rivers Unified School District. She has been performing as a professional organist and pianist all her life. Her teaching includes all grades, all subjects, Classroom Music, Piano, Band, Choir, Guitar, and Orchestral instruments. She has taught group and individual lessons.
Joanna Sabater - Joanna recently moved to Sacramento upon completing her Master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to attending CU she received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami, her hometown. Currently, she is an Elementary band teacher in the San Juan Unified School District. Joanna teaches piano, all brass and some beginning woodwinds. Joanna loves teaching and has been a private instructor for the past six years. She has taught students at all levels and in different areas of music. She is well-versed in classical, jazz and pop styles and loves incorporating composition and improvisation into her lessons. In addition to teaching, Joanna is a professional trombonist in the Sacramento area. As a trombonist she has participated in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble, performed at several conferences including the International Association for Jazz Education, and was selected to spend a week performing in The Hague with the International Association for Schools in Jazz.
Samuel Griffith - Sam is originally from Monterey, CA and has graduated several times at Universities across the United States. Majoring in jazz studies, Sam received a BFA from the New School (New York, NY), a M.M. from Sac State and a D.M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Currently, Sam directs Jazz Ensembles at UC Davis in addition to teaching Jazz improvisation. Sam has taught privately at several studios and has had students place in national honor bands and receive full scholarships to various universities. Sam teaches Piano and all brass instruments.
Melissa Fulkerson - Melissa was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from California State University, Sacramento. While attending CSUS, she participated in all three of their prestigious vocal jazz ensembles, Jazz Singers, C sus, and Vox 2. She has also performed with CSU Sacramento's award winning Jazz Ensemble A. During her undergraduate degree, Melissa was awarded the Outstanding Solo Performance Award from Downbeat Magazine. She has performed alongside world-renowned musicians such as Nancy King, Kerry Marsh, Julia Dollison, Bennett Friedman, Charles McNeal, Ben Folds, and the San Francisco Symphony. Melissa is one of the founding members and arranger for the professional vocal jazz group, Capital Voices. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy.
Ken Billeci - Ken Billeci has been an active music educator and performer in Sacramento and throughout Northern Ca. for the past 30 years. Ken holds an A.A. in music from American River College, and he also studied classical guitar at California State University under Professor Richard Savino. Ken played guitar in the stage bands at both colleges, where he developed his skills in jazz chart reading and jazz improvisation. The jazz idiom, popular music styles, and piano studies, became points of his interest, and local jazz guitar teachers Henry Robinette, Don Neary, and Michael Musillami were important inspirations. Ken spent 20 years teaching guitar at Jack’s House of Music, all the while performing in various bands locally. For the ten piece horn band “On Air”, he was lead guitarist and also arranged numerous horn charts. In 2006, Ken released a CD of original instrumental jazz compositions with his band, “Funky Brain” (don’t laugh!). While all members of the group on this CD (available on I-Tunes) are stellar musicians, Ken was especially pleased to have the nationally recognized drummer and clinician Mike Johnston behind the kit, who just recently graced the cover of “Modern Drummer” magazine. Ken is an endorsed artist for ZT amplifiers out of Berkeley, Ca.,and currently is rhythm guitarist for the Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy jazz group, “Jazz Gitan”, for whom he has played hundreds of dates throughout Northern California. Ken enjoys bringing the wonderful world of music to his students, and he teaches guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele.
Anne Plescia - Anne Plescia started playing the violin at age 3 and she showed a tremendous natural musical aptitude from the start. Her ability to play by ear instinctively and her tone and pitch accuracy were outstanding for her young age. Anne began playing in youth orchestras and chamber ensembles at age 6, joining the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Anne was co-concertmaster of the Classic Orchestra at age 11, and was Concertmaster of the Academic Orchestra at age 12. She continues to be active in the Sacramento Youth Symphony organization today, performing in the Premier Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Michael Neumann. Anne was also the Concertmaster of the Sierra Mountain Music Camp Orchestra in 2014, under conductor Leo Gravin. She also performs in the Summer Chamber Music Workshop at CSU Sacramento, led by Susan Lamb Cook. Anne performed Symphonie Espagnol by Edouard Lalo in the 2015 Reno Pops Concerto Festival, and she continues to perform widely in California. She is looking forward to traveling this year to Catania, Sicily for violin Masterclasses and intensive studies at the V. Bellini University. Anne takes her teaching responsibilities very seriously, knowing that developing young talent through musical expression is a very high calling. She teaches proper technique, good tone production, proper bowing, body position, intonation, music reading and theory, and the repertoire of the great masters. Anne Plescia currently studies with Master violinist and teacher Igor Veligan in Sacramento.
Erin Flynn - Erin Flynn, a newcomer to Sacramento, was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She began learning the piano and voice at the age of 4, and has gone on to study five instruments throughout her life. She went on to pursue music at CSU San Bernardino where she earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre in 2011. During her undergrad, she performed in numerous operas, musicals, jazz ensembles, vocal jazz groups, chamber and large ensemble choirs, theatrical plays, and dance concerts. She has sung classical, opera, jazz, folk, rock, pop, musical theatre, gospel, as well as 20th and 21st century compositions. She has also experienced music from the other side of the microphone, since she has worked for over ten years as a recording engineer in various venues. As she has enjoyed singing and performing so many different types of music throughout her career, she believes music to be a life-long journey. She is currently studying opera at CSU Sacramento under Professor Claudia Kitka where she shall be completing her Master’s degree in Spring of 2016.
Billy Maerdian - Billy Maerdian began playing drums at the age of 12 and has since been active in many occupations of the music industry including performing, teaching, recording, managing, composing, roadie, and more. Throughout high school he picked up other instruments on the side such as guitar and piano to further develop his musicianship skills. After performing with rock bands in the greater Sacramento region in 2010 and competing in multiple Battle of the Bands, Billy decided to pursue a degree in music and fulfill his lifelong passion. For the past five years he has studied percussion alongside the drumset and has played with multiple jazz combos, concert bands, and miscellaneous ensembles. Outside of school he has spent the last year drumming for the Runaway Stage Productions Orchestra in musicals such as Seussical the Musical, Addams Family, and Catch Me If You Can. Currently Billy is finishing his B.A. Music degree (with a concentration in jazz drumming) at California State University, Sacramento.
Taj Costa - Taj Costa is a Master Level piano teacher at Sacramento Piano Conservatory. He has studied piano since he was five years old, and he will complete his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance this year at the Sacramento State School of Music. Taj studied in Japan following high school, has performed in New York, Japan, and across the U.S. Mr. Costa has 14 years of Suzuki piano experience and teaches fluently in both the Suzuki method and traditional music theory, and can blend both methods. Mr. Costa continues to actively perform and collaborate with other musicians. He is passionate about his teaching and nurturing the growth of his students’ musical development.

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