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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!

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TAMIE ROGERS

OWNER / DIRECTOR / LEAD 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. Miss Tamie 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 operates Tamraloo Studios, voted Lincoln and Sacramento’s Best Music Instruction 6 years in a row. She also currently serves as CEO and Artistic Director of The Stage, a 501c3 non profit theatre company. 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 and as Musical Director offstage for William Jessup's production of The Secret Garden. She is a multiple SARTA Elly award winner, for both her musical direction and performance roles. She also carols professionally as a Soprano in the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers. Tamie is passionate about community service and has served as president of her local PTA, women’s ministry, and currently serves as music coordinator over the Lincoln/Loomis area LDS congregations. 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.  

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ANDRE ASHBY

INSTRUCTOR- VOCALS

Andre has been singing since he was five and featured in the Kansas City star with the caption, "there is no swinging with his singing". He has studied voice for years, first at the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City where he studied with Dr. Ann DeLauney. He finished his music degree at William Jessup University where he studied with Dr. Liz Stanley. Andre has performed all over the world during his career. He has sang back ground vocals for Oleta Adams as well as for Martha Wash. He was a session singer while he lived in NYC. He also has won several vocal competitions including the Concerto Aria Competition, Super Stars 2000 in NYC, and McDonalds gospel fest. He is skilled singing several genres of music from classical to gospel and R and B. He's also sang in many different types of choirs including jazz choir.

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CLARA ASVITT

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

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.

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SIERRA BAMSEY

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO, PRIVATE VOICE, 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. 

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MEREDITH BARNACK

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - VOICE

Meredith earned her B.A. in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance from William Jessup University in 2016. Meredith has been singing since she was 11 years old. She got her start in music when she joined her middle school choir, and then fell in love with the art of singing. She performed with different school choirs during her time as a student, including the William Jessup University Choir and Orchestra. While attending Jessup, she also had the opportunity to co-lead the soprano section her senior year. She has been able to study different genres, from pop and gospel to show tunes and classical. Meredith loves to teach students of all ages and believes music is for anyone! She currently leads worship at Fair Oaks Church.

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ANTONIO BENITEZ-BALDSARI

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - VIOLIN, GUITAR, STRINGS ENSEMBLE

Antonio has been playing violin since he was 2 years old and has since ventured into many other facets of music. He grew up internationally, playing with many orchestras, and studied with many teachers in countries such as Spain, Belgium, Japan, and Thailand. Antonio is a second-generation Suzuki student and a fourth-generation Jascha Heifetz student. After graduating from Jesuit High School here in Sacramento, he continued to play violin with local artists and groups and began teaching. At his first teaching job, Antonio experienced the joys of other instruments and began playing guitar. Antonio is pleased to be sharing his passion for stringed instruments in Lincoln and can't wait to help lead Tamraloo's new String Ensemble this year! 

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ASHLEY BISHOP

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR- PIANO

Ashley attends Western Sierra Collegiate Academy and takes Sierra College courses on the side. Ashley found her passion at age 6 when she began playing piano and has played for 11 years now. She enjoys accompanying choirs, the first time being in fourth grade at age nine. Since then, she has loved making new friends who have a mutual love of music. While the piano is her forte (pun intended), she loves listening to all kinds of music and has sung in school choirs for 6 years. Within her choir, she has had the opportunity to be section leader for 3 years and counting, in both advanced and honors choirs. 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

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - 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.

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ELIOT CUMMINGS

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - VIOLIN

Eliot Cummings is a sophomore at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy and has been playing violin for 8 years. She has played in the Charleston Youth Symphony and the Sacramento Youth Symphony, where she currently plays in the Premier orchestra as a first violinist. She is designated by the Music Teachers’ Association of California as level 7 with honors. She has experience playing fiddling and bluegrass music, as well as classical. In her free time, she likes learning about renewable energy and space travel.

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SABRINA DAILEY

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - 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.

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REGAN FURGESON

INSTRUCTOR - 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. 

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DAVID GALILEO

INSTRUCTOR - 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.

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JOSE HERNANDEZ

LEAD INSTRUCTOR- BASS GUITAR, GUITAR, UKULELE - VIRTUAL ONLY

I grew up in Yuba and started playing guitar at fourteen years old after playing the flute and trumpet in middle school.  I recently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Sacramento State University in Music Education and Guitar Performance. I am excited to build my career in music. I enjoying playing rock and acoustic/classical.

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BRITTA JOSEPH

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - 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. 

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EMILY KERNS

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Emily began her passion for music at a young age by playing the piano by ear. She has studied with Miss Tamie for several years and now has a thriving student list of her own. Emily has been homeschooled her whole school life and is now taking college courses at Sierra.  In addition to piano, Emily studies guitar & drums. When not practicing on her grand piano at home, she can be found volunteering at Fieldhaven Marketplace and at the Fieldhaven Shelter working with Dr. Heather. Eventually, Emily wants to be a Veterinarian. She has a wide variety of pets at home (17 animals and counting!) and also enjoys swimming on the Rec Swim Team and bowling competitively. An avid reader, she enjoys learning about all different subjects!  

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SOPHIA LEE

INSTRUCTOR - 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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MICHAEL MENCARINI

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - TROMBONE, TRUMPET

Michael is currently a college student who recently graduated from LHS. He has been playing trombone since the 4th grade. In the 7th grade he started learning trumpet, and his sophomore year of high school he started learning the baritone. He currently plays in the LHS marching and jazz band and has gotten accepted into the Capitol Section Honor Band 4 times, placing 1st chair trombone twice. Last year he placed 1st chair trombone at the Norcal Honor band, and marched with the Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2019 season. In his free time, he enjoys composing music, practicing, and hanging out with friends.

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SARA MISIEGO

INSTRUCTOR - BELLY DANCE

Sara was born in Spain and started dancing at the age of 13. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Dance and Related Arts from the University of Chichester in the UK where she studied Contemporary Dance and Ballet. She discovered Belly dancing more than 10 years ago and it has since become her passion. She moved to the US 11 years ago. She was a former member of the Hala Dance Company. Now she is one of the members of the troupe Raks Haniah where she choreographs and performs at different events and venues.

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JOLAYNE NASH

INSTRUCTOR- PIANO

Mrs. (Jolayne) Nash was born and grew up in Alberta, Canada. She started playing the piano when she was 5 and began formal lessons a few years later. She studied piano through the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music to Grade VIII. Since then Mrs. Nash has been an accompanist for multiple choirs, large and small. She especially enjoys playing for children at her church (LDS) being actively involved on the piano. She currently plays the organ for her congregation. Mrs. Nash recently graduated with a BA in Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood. She and her husband have 5 daughters and a son who is amazing, and musically talented who love to go dirt biking as a family. She loves living on their farm with their cows, chickens, goats, and dogs.

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ANGELA OSMAN

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Angela Osman is a fourth year UC Davis student studying to get a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and an Associates in Music. She has played piano for 17 years been teaching for 6 years.  Angela was  hired as the accompanist for all of Forest Lake Christian choirs, which was a position she held for 2 years, winning Best Accompanist at the Disneyland performance.When she’s not studying, Angela loves dedicating her time to fitness and eating healthy. After completing her Masters, she intends on becoming a pediatric therapist and incorporating music therapy into her profession.

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CARLA PAGE

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - SPANISH

Carla Page was born in Madrid, Spain, and moved to the United States 16 years ago.  She has spent the last 15 of those years translating and teaching Spanish, as well as homeschooling her five children in both Spanish and English.  She loves teaching!!!

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SAURA PAL

INSTRUCTOR - PIANO, UPRIGHT BASS

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.

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ALISON PATJA

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR -  PIANO

Alison is a sophomore at LHS and has been playing piano for eight years. She also plays clarinet in the LHS band and has participated in Capital Section Honor Band three times, including once as First Chair. Alison has trained under Miss Tamie and is excited to share her passion for music with her students.

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NATALIE QUILICI

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - 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. 

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TONY REYES

DIRECTOR - 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.

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CHRISTINE SMITH

INSTRUCTOR- 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.

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JUSTIN SMITH-WILLIAMS

INSTRUCTOR- 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.

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ROSE STEARNS

EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTOR - VOICE

Rose is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in Sacramento, CA. She began learning guitar at 8 years old and soon began vocal and drum lessons at a local studio. She grew up on a farm with her musical grandparents and spent her time practicing instruments and listening to vinyls. In high school, she joined honor choir and performed on prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Cotton Club in Harlem. 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 adults on the Autism Spectrum. She has since spent 5 years teaching at local studios and also joined a 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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MARYELLEN VOGT

DIRECTOR- LITERARY DEVELOPMENT AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D. is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Vogt has been a classroom teacher, reading and special education specialist, district reading resource teacher, and university teacher educator. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. A co-author of fifteen books, including the SIOP Series and Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in the Real World (2007), Dr. Vogt has provided professional development in all fifty United States, and in nine other countries. She served as President of the International Reading Association in 2004-2005.

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DAVID WILLIAMS

INSTRUCTOR - PIANO, MUSIC THEORY, STEM SUBJECTS, HISTORY, ENGLISH

David teaches any age or level for piano and music theory as well as academic tutoring in STEM subjects, history, and english. 

 

David Williams taught himself piano at the age of 12. At 15 he made the top jazz band at Rio Americano H.S. and had to set aside his passion for both basketball and academics. This fantastic music program cultivated David’s musical pursuits and led to a full tuition scholarship from the New School in Greenwich Village, NYC for jazz performance. In NY David tutored vocalists and pianists, gigged as a freelance pianist/keyboardist, and even started his own band. He also studied under Sam Yahel, Jason Lindner, and Joe Gilman among other amazing piano and synthesizer teachers.

 

David then decided to pursue a science degree at American River College and tutoring groups and individuals at their Learning Resource Center(LRC) in most all STEM topics, history, english, anthropology, and even basic accounting. After transferring to U.C. Davis, he joined the Koski material science research group where he invented and classified upward of sixty materials and was credited as a primary or secondary author on three AJACS articles. 

 

While in Sacramento David began pit playing for musicals at American River College which led to him privately teaching piano again. By the time he graduated from U.C. Davis with a chemistry degree, his work was completely freelance piano playing, teaching privately, or musically directing for various theatres around the greater Sacramento area(Sutter St., Rocklin Community, American River College,etc.). Playing for musical theatre has proven to be David’s true passion and he is lucky to live in a city that supports art the way Sacramento does. 

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MAX WILLIAMSON

 STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - DRUMS

Max has been playing drums for around six years, with the most experience in jazz and rock. Drumming is something he is extremely passionate about, and through teaching he hopes to help others develop the same love.

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ALEX WOOD

 LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Alex started playing piano by ear at 10 years old, and has loved it ever since! In 2012, Alex started taking lessons and learning about theory and was teaching music by 2015. During middle school and high school, they played in classical competitions, were in bands, and learned additional instruments. After gaining teaching experience in both private and classroom settings, Alex started attending Azusa Pacific University in 2018. While there, they were a teacher’s assistant, a choir section leader, an accompanist, a tutor, and a private teacher. In addition, Alex continued studying music theory, competing in competitions, and performing classical piano. Alex graduated from APU in 2022. Now, Alex is back in Northern California, and is so excited to pass on their love of music and learning to their students.