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:
Anne Plescia - Anne Plescia started playing violin at the age of three years old, and her teachers quickly saw a special talent and aptitude. She performed continuously in recital and competition, and joined her first orchestra at age 7. Advancing quickly, she sat as Concert Master in the Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra at age 11, and graduated to the Premier Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Neumann. Anne graduated from high school with special honors including the Senators Award and recognition for the ingenuity of her senior project - a benefit recital for underprivileged youth to provide scholarships in music education. Anne studied chamber music continuously each summer at the Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music Workshop under the artistic directorship of Susan Lamb Cook. At the workshops she was chosen as a soloist in Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the Seasons, mentored younger members, and was hired as a chamber music coach after she graduated. Additionally, she studied for five summers in the Sierra Mountain Music Camp, where she was a camp counselor, a mentor to the beginning musicians, and Concert Master in the Orchestra every year of her five years of attendance. Anne has also spent two summers at the San Domenico festival where she played chamber music and participated in master classes under the direction of Chee Yun Kim.

Anne was sought after and recruited to the prestigious Music Conservatory at the University of the Pacific as a double major in both violin and viola. She was awarded the Buck Family Scholarship Award, the Lawrence and Marilyn Short Award, the University of Pacific Music Scholarship, the Pacific Scholarship, the Conservatory Distinguished Grant, and the Provosts Award. Currently in her junior year of studies, she is the Concert Master of the University of the Pacific University Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Nicolas Waldvogel. After a successful Fall jury at Pacific, Anne competed in the Honors Recital, and won a spot to perform in the recital thereafter. Her chamber music studies in the new music ensemble ‘28/78’ has afforded her the opportunity to premier several new works by living composers, and to participate in community music projects providing a forum for new music.

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 iTunes) 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 was rhythm guitarist for the Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy jazz group, “Jazz Gitan,” for five years, playing 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. Ken Billeci, Guitarist
Kevin Branson - As long as Kevin can remember, music has been his one true love. There are stories from before Kevin can remember of him being a small child who was not well behaved, except during music time at school. It was only natural that years later when Kevin started college, he picked music as his major. He graduated from Sac State in Spring 2015 with his B.A. in Music. Since then he has been largely involved with community theatre in Sacramento, performing in several shows, and even music directing and vocal directing at times. While he pursues a career in performance, Kevin is thrilled to have the opportunity to enrich his life through teaching both voice and piano.
Magdalene Santos - Magdalene Santos has been training as a classical singer since early high school and has a vocal performance degree from the University of Denver and a choral conducting degree from the University of Rhode Island. Maggie is a classical singer, choral conductor, and music teacher with a plethora of experience in various professional choral ensembles and community opera companies. Maggie is new to Sacramento and previously lived in Connecticut before making the move to the west coast. While in New England, Maggie sung with the Connecticut Lyric Opera company as the role of Fiordiligi in the 2015 production of Cosi Fan Tutte and later joined the forces of the Madison Lyric Stage company and was featured as one of their apprentices for the 2017 season performing in the opera Otello and musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

Maggie is an experienced voice and piano teacher. In addition to singing Maggie is an experienced pianist and organist. She currently works as the music director at St. Mary School in East Sacramento. She is also a member of the Schola Cantorum choir at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Margie Curler - Margie Curler has actively taught music lessons for over 20 years. Margie recently completed studies for her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Sacramento and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory. She has been a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. She studied piano with Thomas Hulse at the Pease Conservatory of Music. Margie’s voice students have earned such musical achievements as: performances on Broadway, roles with San Francisco Playhouse, and the Elly Award for Leading Female (Musicals). Her piano students have successfully played in recitals, church services, and the MTAC Certificate of Merit evaluation. Margie has performed extensively throughout Sacramento, the Bay Area, and Boston. She has recently expanded her professional performing experience by singing and acting with the critically acclaimed Davis Shakespeare Festival. Margie loves to see students engaged in musical growth and enjoyment.
Ryan Clark - Ryan Clark is a drummer based in Sacramento who recently graduated from the University of the Pacific. Ryan started drumming at the age of 11 with instruction from Monty Schmidt and Trent Teague. Ryan then attended Rio Americano High School where he had the honor of performing at prestigious festivals and attending workshops across the globe. Ryan has had the honor of sharing the stage with great musicians such as Orrin Evans, Lewis Nash, Terrell Stafford, Pete Escovedo, and many others. Ryan also frequently plays the Vibraphone and has recorded a Christmas big band album on vibes with vocalist Carmen Bradford. Ryan has also worked at the Stockton School of Music as a drum instructor and looks forward to sharing his passion of music with students.
Zae Tinaza - Zae is an improviser/composer, multi-instrumentalist and classically trained singer with over 40 years of professional experience and 19 years of extensive study. He has studied saxophone and flute with renowned master saxophonists Mel Martin, Bert Wilson, and 6 years with professor Mike McMullen of CSUS. Zae studied early music interpretation with Phoebe Craig and recorder and early music for 4 years with Dr. Francis Feldon. He studied flute with Indian flute master G.S. Sachdev. He has also taken master classes with Eileen Hadidian and Robert Dick. Zae studied voice with James Toland and extensively with Maestro David Kyle starting at the age of 17. In 1989 Zae was offered a full scholarship to study at Pacific Lutheran University but turned it down to take a professional gig in California. In 1996 Zae was a recipient of the Mayflower Choral Society Scholarship fund. Over the past 30 years he has performed with the Marin Opera, Penny Opera, song leader from 1995-98 for the First Baptist Church of San Anselmo, blues legend Elvin Bishop and his band, Gail Muldrow of Sly and the Family Stone, and legendary jazz guitarist Terry Haggerty to name a few. For the last 3 years before moving to California Zae performed and composed for his group Mo’ Mod. Steps featuring master drummer Alan Cook and Child protege Ariel Calabria on guitar.

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