Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a K-12 Teaching Certification from San Francisco State University. He served in three of our five Armed Forces dedicating over 22 years of service. He served as principal conductor of every choral and instrumental ensemble while attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1992-1996, conducting 50 works in over 100 performances. He assumed duties as an Army Band Executive Officer in 2003 and later concluded his 22-year service as a Commander of his own 45-piece professional Army Band. Under his leadership, his Army Band completed 687 band missions to over 690,000 live spectators and 31 million broadcast viewers across the nation.
Most recently, Richard dedicated nearly a decade as a music director in public education and nurtured the potential of nearly 3,000 musicians in his programs at the primary, secondary and higher education levels. Richard brings his marketing, management and music education expertise to several non-profits in the San Diego area pushing music education forward.
Matthew was a "Friends of the Philharmonic" $50,000 award recipient out of highschool. He then went on to study music performance & education in college. Matthew hold a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. He is a teacher, performing musician, and author. Over the last decade he's taught for both the Los Angeles and Orange county Unified School districts, and for the GRAMMY'S education outreach programs. As a performer he's had the amazing opportunity to have traveled internationally to over 45 countries worldwide, record with the 21st Century Fox Film Orchestra, as well as for Disney, and numerous video games. He's also been a featured speaker and clinician. As well as being a performer he's found a deep love for education & youth development.
As an educator Matt has taught for various high school programs in Southern California including: Beverly Hills H.S., Irvine H.S., Pacifica H.S., Westchester H.S., and El Rancho highschool. He was also hired by the GRAMMY'S to oversee and implement their summer program GRAMMY CAMP (2005 - 2008) where students had a chance to work with some of the most famous and recognized names in the music industry today. Matt has also published a book called "How To Be A Professional Drummer" which focuses on planning and managing your music career in the 21st century.
In 2014, Matthew got married, and welcomed his first son Ethan into the world in 2017. As a new parent and educator, Matt is especially passionate about bringing music to the younger generation. He is extremely excited for the future of what Maestro Music will provide for schools all over Southern California.
Director of Education
Jillian is a musician at heart and an educator by choice. She is a vocal coach, piano instructor, and elementary music educator dedicated to the art of teaching positive life-changing experiences through music.
Jillian received her Bachelor's of Music from Ball State University - School of Music in vocal/general music education. As a lyrical soprano, she studied voice under soprano Yoko-Shimazaki-Kilburn and piano under Dr Lori Rohden. Jillian was the recipient of the Sigma Alphas lota Choral Scholarship as well as the outsanding future music educator scholarship during her time at BSU.
Jillian works with singers and pianists of all genres and experience levels. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in developing correct singing and playing techniques, applying successful healthy vocal strategies, and helping students grow creatively in their own voice or instrument. Jillian taught with the Muncie Community School District for one year before moving to San Diego. At Grissom Elementrary, she taught curriculum enhanced lesson plans that educated students about the fundamentals and history of music from the kindergarten to 5th grade level. Jillian created, planned, and taught daily lessons while maintaing student interest and discipline. She prepared students for various live performances while assisting with community outreach. Jillian assisted with parental relations and conflict resolution to serve the individual needs and learning styles of her students, while teaching an added life skills music class to enrich students with severe to mild exceptionalities.
Jillian enjoys serving her community by making music education accessible to all people.
Director of Development
David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. He has 6+ years of experience in technology sales, however, his newly discovered passion for music encouraged him to walk away from the corporate world into the education community.
David was born and raised in Munich, Germany. In 2006, he came to the United States where he participated in a 1-year Au Pair program (live-in child care) in Berkeley, California. There he took care of two boys, ages 3 and 8, whom he is still mentoring. The close relationship with the family and his overall experience helped to shape David's perspective and passions. After a brief visit to San Diego a few years ago, David decided to start a new chapter in San Diego.
In San Diego he has thrived by building a reputation for himself as a consultant and developing programs. After finding out about Maestro Music, David was happy to be a part of a company finally where he is genuinely invested in the product and the vision. Maestro Music couldn't be more excited to have him a part of the team.
Lauren holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, San
Diego where she studied voice with Susan Narucki. In 2015, Lauren completed her Bachelor of
Music degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Montevallo in Alabama,
studying under the direction of Dr. Melanie Williams.
Lauren engages in many different performance settings including opera, songwriting,
contemporary and experimental music, jazz, and improvisation. During graduate school, she was
a core member of the UCSD vocal ensemble Kallisti.
Lauren performed chamber operas as well as contemporary works with the La Jolla Symphony
Orchestra. Lauren’s compositions were performed by The Steele Sisters, a Birmingham,
Alabama based folk music group she co-founded with vocalist Mary Arvin. She currently
performs her experimental folk music under the pseudonym of Noble.
Lauren enjoys working with younger children in education. Over the past several years, Lauren
has taught elementary music, private piano, and voice lessons. She also worked as a teaching
artist at the New Children’s Museum, where she developed an original musical “Toddler Time”
Haley holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and psychology from the University of San Diego. She was a
member of the Choral Scholars, the premier music ensemble of the university. Her psychological study focused on child
development, conducting research on autonomy support techniques for early childhood learning in the university’s
Child Development Lab. As assistant conductor of the USD Choral Scholars, she found a new passion in teaching. Upon
graduation, Haley began teaching voice, piano and ukulele lessons at Peregrine Music Studio in Pacific Beach. She has
educated all ages, from young children to adults, in music performance and helped to express themselves through
A performer from a very young age, Haley has participated in numerous prestigious choral competitions throughout the
world including the Franz Shubert International Choral Competition in Vienna, Austria where her choir took first
place in the young women’s division. She has performed in a multitude of plays and musicals, her favorite of which was
playing Lucy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Haley’s talent has been recognized as a recipient of the prestigious
von Ehrenberg Scholarship for the Arts.
Haley is passionate about music education, accrediting many of her life skills to her time in musical organizations
such as the Phoenix Girls Chorus. She truly believes that music can impact all areas of a person’s life and can help
children grow into responsible and caring adults. She believes music brings people together, creating a community
with the common goal of creating something beautiful.