Our Team

Our team of music educators have diverse backgrounds and valued experiences. We are professional musicians and teachers who are invested, poised, and passionate in every classroom. We are a distinguished team in all we do.

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Executive Staff

RICHARD SERVANTEZ

Executive Director

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 JONES

Associate Director

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. 

DAVID PRESSLAUER

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.
 

PERRY GADINAS

Program Associate

Perry attended Oregon State University where he pursued a degree in Economics with a minor in Music Theory. It was there that he developed a passion for audio production which led him to join the school’s Digital Music Performance group. To this day he is still creating his own sample-based instrumentals that stem from his love for anything 90’s hip-hop.

 

Perry was exposed to the performing arts at an early age. From classical piano to competitive cultural folk dancing, he has a broad spectrum of experiences. His early music training has afforded him an opportunity to play the piano and most instruments proficiently.

 

Perry has built sound community relationships that have offered opportunities in music. San Diego is where he began his career in music education. He brings a wide range of music background and experience to the Maestro Music team. He is passionate about bringing and exposing music education to the next generation.

Teaching Staff

LAUREN JONES

Music Teacher

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” program.

JESSICA HUBBARD

Music Teacher

Jessica Hubbard, a San Diego native, was born with a passion for music. From a young age she began singing at school and church which led to her attending the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where she studied dramatic theatre, choral literature, and dance. Jessica attended Grossmont College where she studied classical music and performed with the Gospel Choir and the Grossmont College Master Chorale.

 

She earned her Associates In Music- Classical Studies as well as an Associates in University Studies – Communications and Language Arts. Jessica graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in vocal studies. Jessica continues to build on her music career as a private DJ and solo artist. She discovered her love of teaching and began her journey as an educator while attending San Diego State University. Currently, Jessica teaches elementary general music, high school show choir, and private lessons. She is also an active member of the San Diego Master Chorale and performs regularly with the San Diego Symphony.