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  Our Teachers    

Tamraloo Studios offers a unique teaching structure unparalleled in the Placer County Area: Our crew believes arts and education should be affordable and accessible to everyone who is eager to learn. In order to maximize our outreach and minimize expense, Tamraloo offers a variety of teachers from student instructors to educators with Doctorate degrees. All Tamraloo instructors are hand-picked and trained extensively. Each teacher goes through a shadowing period, followed by individualized mentoring by select experienced instructors, and do not begin teaching until they are fully prepared. Tamraloo keeps overhead down in order to avoid having to pass on cost to its students, and as such, we will always look for ways to keep education affordable. Our teachers are encouraged to continue their education, receiving pay raises as they pursue advanced degrees, and we encourage our staff to enlarge their skills, experiment with new classes and methods, and develop as artists in their own right by performing out and about the community. Every instructor is background checked and fingerprinted for safety. 

 

Tamraloo knows that there is truly a teacher for every student and will work to find that magical teacher/student combo that brings out the best in both!

Miss Tamie

TAMIE ROGERS

OWNER / DIRECTOR /MASTER INSTRUCTOR

Tamra Rogers was born and raised in the Bay Area, then spent 18 years in the beautiful Pacific Northwest before coming back “home” to California. Tamra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from William Jessup University. She has taught piano and voice for over 30 years, and currently owns and serves as Artistic Director for Tamraloo Studios, Placer County's largest performing arts studio. An accomplished collaborative pianist, choral conductor, vocal coach and music director, Miss Tamie has accompanied multiple church, community, and university choirs, as well as conducted children’s and adult choruses in both the Pacific Northwest and Northern California and coached vocalists all over the area. She most recently lent her talents onstage as Judy Bernley in RCT's production of 9 to 5, as Musical Director offstage for William Jessup's production of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and is currently serving as vocal director for LHS's production of Legally Blonde. Tamra is a multiple SARTA Elly award winner, for both her musical direction and performance roles, and she carols professionally as a Soprano in the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers. Tamie is passionate about community service and serves as a Board Member for the Downtown Lincoln Association, and member of Nawbo, Sorpotomists of Lincoln, Lincoln Fourth of July Committee, and more. She has led the last two reigning Miss Sac Outstanding Teens to victory as a vocal coach and her Tamraloo students and teachers lend their talents throughout Placer County and beyond. As head of Tamraloo Studios, Tamie trains, mentors, and coordinates studio schedules for all her teachers, as well as maintains a current roster of over 80 personal and group students. Her greatest blessings in life are her four incredible children and superhero husband.  

Miss Clara
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CLARA ASVITT

PIANO, CLARINET,  BASSOON

Clara Asvitt studied Music Education and Elementary Education at BYU-Idaho, where she played in symphony orchestras, bands, and sang in the choir. She joined choir and band in middle school and continued on at the High School level, performing in State and Regional Bands and Choirs. A musical theatre performer and fan, she has accompanied local church and school choirs, as well as assisted in teaching beginning orchestra. She has a passion for learning and expanding her knowledge so that she can better be able to teach music and share her passion for it with others.

Miss Sierra
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SIERRA BAMSEY

PIANO, VOCALS, GROUP VOICE

Sierra began her path in music as a child in choral competitions, through the Davis Children's Chorale and Sacramento Children's Chorus. She was introduced to Musical Theatre through a competition trip to see the Chicago cast of "Wicked", and was absolutely hooked. Sierra graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Applied Music Theory from Point Park University. She has performed professionally all over the country, including a national tour with Missoula Children's Theatre, off-broadway sketch comedy shows, and nominations for regional work. 

Sierra has worked with a variety of companies in the Sacramento area as an instructor and vocal director, and has an absolute passion for teaching pain and tension-free singing through a variety of techniques. 

Miss Haylie
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HAYLIE BEDAL

MATH

Haylie Bedal teaches 6th grade Math and Science at Cooley Middle School in Roseville. She holds her multiple-subject teaching credential and has been teaching for 7 years. She attended UC Davis for her undergrad and received her credential at Sacramento State!

Haylie has experience with elementary and middle school students. At her previous school site, Haylie solely created a 2nd and 3rd grade Math curriculum! When she is not teaching, Haylie enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog. She also directs and performs in community theatre productions at Rocklin Community Theatre!

Miss Ashley
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ASHLEY BISHOP

PIANO

Ashley has loved piano since she started taking lessons at age 6, and strives to inspire that same compelling love of music in her students. In addition to piano, Ashley is an experienced vocalist with over 7 years of choir participation, including leadership as section leader all 4 years of high school, and choir President senior year. Currently, Ashley is at Sierra College with the hopes of becoming an elementary school music teacher, inspired by her time at Tamraloo. Ashley believes music can benefit everyone, and that there’s nothing better than watching the joy and confidence that comes with learning an instrument. 

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SUE BRADLEE

PIANO

Miss Sue has been involved in music her whole life, starting piano lessons at age 6 and continuing for 10 years. After high school she began singing in choral groups, jazz sextets, church, and various ensembles, and now sings with the Placer Pops Chorale as well as teaches classical piano. She's been instructing students for 15 years, and loves working with adults as well as children to make it a fun learning experience so they can be inspired to enjoy it for a lifetime! In her spare time, she reads, sews, does craftwork, and spends time with her family.

Mr. Evan
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EVAN CHAMBERLAIN

PIANO, COMPOSITION, HORN

Evan has been playing piano since the age of 5 and French horn since the 8th grade. He recently completed a Bachelor of Music Education at Brigham Young University-Idaho, studying horn and composition. Evan’s passion for music stems from his parent’s musical background, and from film scores, such as Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

Both in and out of school, Evan has participated in many types of music making, including orchestral, choral, and jazz ensembles, brass and wind quintets, piano accompaniment, and solo performance on both horn and piano. He took private lessons in composition and gave a distinguished recital of his music while in his senior year of university studies.

Central to Evan’s teaching philosophy is the idea that there is something in music for everyone. He seeks to teach students how to pursue their love of music through technical and expressive excellence. In his free time, Evan enjoys distance running, reading fantasy and informational texts, building miniature models of castles, reading about and listening to music (surprise!), and spending time with his family and friends.

Miss Sabrina
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SABRINA DAILEY

ACOUSTIC GUITAR, UKE

Sabrina has been taking guitar lessons from Tamraloo Studios since she was 8 years old, as well as two years of ukulele and has loved every second of it. She has explored several styles and genres including pop, jazz, rock, blues, and classical. Sabrina is a freshman at John Adams Academy and participates in an advanced after school choir that emphasizes music theory and professionalism. She is so excited to share her love of guitar and help others learn through the fun of music.

Mr. Kaden
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KADEN DAYOG

BASSOON, CLARINET, VIOLA, VIOLIN,

Kaden Dayog has been playing the violin and viola for over 8 years, and instantly became obsessed with everything music. A part of many large ensembles, Kaden was the principal violist throughout his time at Whitney High School and participated in honors orchestras as well. Along with string instruments, he has been playing bassoon for 4 years, with clarinet following soon after. Currently performing with the Placer County Youth Orchestra as principal bassoon, Kaden participates in the group as an assistant conductor, violist, and clarinet instructor.

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CRYSTAL EVANS

MUSIC & MOVEMENT CLASSES, CROCHET

Crystal is a missionary kid who spent six of her growing up years in Papua New Guinea. It was during those years that she discovered her love for the arts. She learned to crochet at eleven years old, and loved putting on little shows with her family and friends, as well as performing in school plays.
Crystal has been involved in community theatre since 2014, and has worked at multiple theatres in the Sacramento area, as well as doing some film work. Crystal has always had a heart for children, and has been a private nanny for multiple families in the Sacramento area for the past 25 years. She loves helping children discover their own creativity and an appreciation for the arts.

Mister Kyle
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KYLE FOLEY

MATH

Kyle Foley is a first year at Sierra College majoring in a mathematics degree. He’s lived in Lincoln for his whole life with a goal of going into teaching. He’s worked with younger kids in elementary school in the past helping them with both understanding and applying math. However, he also has a passion for art and makes sure to take some time out of his day to draw so he can get better

Miss Regan
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REGAN FURGESON

GUITAR

Regan is 19 years old and has been playing guitar since she was fourteen. She loves music and playing guitar is her favorite thing to do in her free time. Regan is  currently enrolled in an online degree program through BYU Idaho. 

Mr. David
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DAVID GALILEO

GUITAR

David picked up the guitar at 13 years old and learned as much as he could from classic rock giants such as Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen. Graduated from LHS, class of ‘17, and began playing gigs, building a cult following for his band Volrahven in Sacramento and the Bay Area. David loves helping student of all ages find their musical passion.

Mr. David
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ANNA HENGST

CELLO

Anna is a student at Sierra College majoring in Graphic Design along with some music classes of course! She started playing cello when she was 10 and has loved it ever since. Anna has played with the Placer County Youth Orchestra for seven years and served as a volunteer counselor at their summer intensive camps. She has a passion for sharing the beauty of the cello with others!

Mr. Michael
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MICHAEL NEIL HENRY

GUITAR

Michael has played the guitar for over eight years and has been obsessed since the day he picked it up. In high school, Michael performed with his school's Commercial Music Project, which involved performances, studio work, and band experience. Some of his musical influences are blink-182, MxPx, Oasis, Sum 41, and Metallica. Michael aims to incorporate each student's musical interests into lessons while expanding their musical horizons and building a solid fundamental understanding of the guitar.

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TABITHA HUNTER

VOCALS 

Tabitha Hunter grew up singing as soon as she could talk, and has been doing musical theatre since the age of six. Performing in choirs all her life, she was also a section leader for three years in her high school elite choir, and won bronze in the musical theatre category at Lanaea High School Theatre Festival in 2019. She is currently the music leader at her church and also carols professionally as a soprano in the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: Marian Paroo - The Music Man at Jessup University, Lady Larkin - Once Upon a Mattress,  Ado Annie - Oklahoma, and Ariel - The Little Mermaid. Tabitha feels that teaching and music is her life's calling, and hopes to use her talents, knowledge, and passion for music to make an impact in others' lives.

Miss Britta
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BRITTA JOSEPH

PIANO

Britta Joseph is a classically trained pianist with a passion for collaborative performing and composing. She holds a BA and MA in piano and has been playing for over twenty years, studying under international contest winner Daisy de Luca Jaffé. Britta draws inspiration from Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff, as well as modern artists and bands such as Touché Amoré, blink-182, Tigers Jaw, and Pile. She is excited to share her love of music with colleagues and students through collaboration and teaching. 

Miss Emily
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EMILY KERNS

PIANO

Emily’s passion for music began at a young age and she began playing the piano by ear. After moving around multiple teachers, she connected with Miss Tamie. Studying classical piano under Miss Tamie for 6 years, Emily transitioned into teaching and mentoring. She was homeschooled up until graduation, participating in dual enrollment with Sierra College through the majority of high school. She’s now completing her associate degree in psychology and preparing for her transfer to UC Davis. In addition to piano, Emily enjoys playing guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, duets with her equally musical partner, and playing in pit orchestras for community theatre shows. Emily adores teaching and working with kids, sharing confidence and self-expression while cultivating a genuine love and understanding of music.

Miss Emily
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AKSANA KHIVUK

VOCALS

Aksana realized that She loved to sing wantee To devote her life to music as a teenager. After primary primary school, She graduated from music college and became an academic singer and teacher. Aksana has been teaching for eight years now and performing as a solo performer and  in a worship group. She accepts students of different ages with different singing levels and tailors her lessons to the individual.

Mr. Frank
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FRANCIS KNOLL

PIANO, ACCOMPANIMENT, ENSEMBLES

Francis began piano lessons at the age of eight. In 1975, he
received the highest honors for his Bachelor's degree in music performance,
composition, and theory from the University of California San Diego. Additional
studies were in Tympani, stringed instruments, and single-reed instruments
augmenting his composition and performances. Throughout the years he continued to study performing frequently with internationally known pianist Istvan Nadas, and most recently Erina Saito with frequent master classes from Steinway Artist Brian Ganz. He has been a private instructor for over 30 years mostly for intermediate and advanced students! With a full list of accompaniment work for San Diego and Sacramento Ballets, among many others, Francis is also a master of computer technology as a system analyst/programmer. 

Miss Sophia
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SOPHIA LEE

VIOLIN

Sophia Lee has played and taken lessons for violin for 8 years. She has participated in several honor orchestras, including CODA, an all-state orchestra held in Southern California, and Capitol Section Honor Orchestra in Sacramento (in which she served as concertmaster with multiple solos.) Sophia spent years working privately with prestigious violin instructor and conductor Angelo Moreno. During her years at Lincoln High she also participated in the Sacramento Youth Symphony as concertmaster of the Academic String Orchestra for several seasons. Sophia is currently attending Sierra College- she plans to transfer to Sac State to earn a degree in music education. Other hobbies of hers include caring for farm animals and pets, writing, playing piano, and spending time with loved ones. Sophia loves to work with students of all different walks of life, ages, and experience levels, and she strives to balance lessons with challenge, support, and humor!

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HUIYIN LEI

PIANO & VOCALS

Huiyin Lei is a UC Davis grad with a major in music.  She notes that "Studying music as my major was the most challenging decision, but it was also the most accurate decision I made."  She loves teaching children and youth and hopes to accompany them in their musical education growth path.

Miss Saura
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SAURA PAL

PIANO

Saura has been playing piano since she was 5 years old, and in 6th grade, she fell in love with playing the tuba. Since then, she has made it her mission to learn as many instruments as possible. She now plays the upright bass, electric bass, guitar, trumpet, baritone horn, flute, clarinet, and she sings opera and musical theater! In addition to music, she also takes classes at Sac City College and is the color guard captain for the JFK marching band.

Miss Mckenna
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MCKENNA PLAGEMAN

ACTING, LANGUAGE ARTS, VOCALS

McKenna is a CSUS grad who has been involved in musical theatre for as long as she can remember. She has studied private voice for a decade and has been performing for as long as she can remember, including at Disneyland for two years! McKenna is excited to take your vocalist to the next level.

Miss Natalie
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NATALIE QUILICI

PROGRAM DIRECTOR- DANCE & THEATRE

Natalie Quilici is a Bay Area native who spent 25 years in the Bay Area dancing and entertaining the masses. After receiving her undergrad at San Jose State, she went on to produce the first site-specific dance festival in the South Bay and transitioned her career to creating. Ranging from competitive dance to choreographing weddings, musical theatre, and pageants, she received her Masters of Dance with honors from California State University, Long Beach for choreographic composition. Focusing on highlighting individual strengths and ensemble storytelling, she continues to serve the greater Sacramento Area. 

Mr. Tony
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TONY REYES

MATH

Tony Reyes grew up in California. Late in high school Tony has a great teacher who mentored him and he began to develop a greater appreciation for math. Under his tutelage, Tony was able to assist in creating a math tutoring business as well as building his skills as a mathematician and teacher. Tony has served as the assistant director of tutoring for Mathnasium Roseville for 12 years and has experience working with students from 1st grade all the way up through and including college math. He also helps students with physics.  When he’s not working and doesn’t have math on his mind, he enjoys listening to music and playing guitar or spending time with his dog, friends, and family.

Mr. Tony
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JESSE SCOTT

DRUMS, GUITAR, PIANO, VIOLIN, VIOLA, 

An accomplished conductor and musical director, Jesse has several graduate degrees in music (B.M., M.M., M.M.Ed). He has toured both Europe and the entire United States after winning a concerto competition for the Marin Symphony. He has recorded with the Taipei Symphony on the “live” Air Supply album “Now and Forever” and later performed with the Boston Philharmonic. For over the last decade, he has brought his awesome talents to The Hackjammers, Rock Skool, and Unchained. In 1999, he began his career teaching music at the Brandeis Marin School. As the Music Director and Instructor, he has guided his students’ musical futures – some go on to become songwriters, some choose to major in music at college, and one of Jesse’s students became the lead guitarist for singer John Legend.

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CHRISTINE SMITH-WILLIAMS

FINE ART

Christine has been creating art since the age of 10. She was a student of the Waldorf School which has a heavy emphasis on art, music, and creative expression. She has studied art at Sierra College and Sacramento State, as well as some private lessons. She had the opportunity to illustrate the cover of the Sacramento Parent Magazine in 2016 and has a passion for teaching art and fostering creative expression in a safe environment. She loves spending time with her husband and their dog; Happy Dog. She’s created a cartoon of Happy Dog and she says she might be biased, but she thinks he's pretty cute. She’s continuing her education in the arts at Sacramento State and always takes an opportunity to learn something new.

Mister Justin
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JUSTIN SMITH-WILLIAMS

SAXOPHONE

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, educated and influenced in the city known as Motown. Justin began saxophone training in the 4th grade and traveled the world while Playing with Tops in Blue for the United States Air Force. Released his first album in 2013, and just released his first all-cover album Justin X Justin, featuring Justin Timberlake tracks.

Miss Rose
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ROSE STEARNS

VOCALS

Rose is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in Sacramento. She began learning guitar at 8 years old and soon began professional vocal and drum lessons. She grew up on a farm with her musical grandparents and spent her time practicing different instruments and listening to vinyls. In high school, she joined the honor choir and performed on prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Cotton Club in Harlem, NY. She has also performed on Good Day Sacramento and sang the national anthem at her high school graduation. She went on to study jazz and opera at Sierra College and began teaching at a performance arts center for students on the autism spectrum. She has since spent 8 years teaching in studios and also joined a local band. She is looking forward to instilling in her students the same confidence, joy, and passion she has found in music. 

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DANIEL TIMOFEYEV

DRUMS, PIANO, COMPOSITION, AUDIO PRODUCTION, CONDUCTING 

Daniel started learning piano in 2004 and continues to play to this day. In addition to picking up the piano, he also picked up the realm of drumset and concert/marching percussion. He has been teaching music as a percussion instructor since 2020 at Antelope High School in addition to one-on-one lessons throughout Sacramento. He is currently an undergraduate at the Berklee School of Music and already completed his Associate degree in music from Sierra College. He had the opportunity to get personal percussion instruction from Paul Rennick and has done composition masterclasses with Danny Elfman, John Powell, and Hanz Zimmer. Currently, aside from teaching music, he also writes and composes music for groups and personally writes commissioned solo works. 

Dr. Mary Ellen Vogt, PHD
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MARYELLEN VOGT

DIRECTOR- LITERARY DEVELOPMENT AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D. is Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. She is currently Director and reading specialist for the Literacy Intervention & Enrichment program for Tamraloo Studios, and is an Adjunct Professor at Wm. Jessup University. Dr. Vogt received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and is author/co-author of numerous articles, chapters, and books for teachers and administrators, including the SIOP series for teaching multilingual learners. Her research interests include literacy intervention, teacher change and development, and disciplinary literacy development. Dr. Vogt has provided professional development in all 50 states and in several other countries, including Germany, where she served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cologne. She received her university’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, served as President of the International Literacy Association, and was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame, an international organization of literacy scholars and researchers.

Miss Laura
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LAURA WARFIELD

ENGLISH, LITERACY & INTERVENTION 

Laura Warfield is passionate about teaching and received a Bachelor's degree in English from Cal State University, Sacramento in the Spring of 2023! Laura loves literature of all forms. Outside the classroom, her hobbies include writing creatively, enjoying Sacramento's natural beauty by swimming or hiking, and cooking. She also enjoys listening to and making music, which is perfect for the creative environment at Tamraloo Studios. She is so excited to get to know you!

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