Teaching Artists

Conway Tan is Cantare’s Music Education Director where he teaches classroom music and directs after-school choirs in Oakland elementary schools, and oversees Cantare’s in-school program. Born in Malaysia, Conway earned a Master in Music Education degree with the emphasis on Kodaly Philosophy. He also serves as the director of Music of Young Adult Mass at St. John Vianney in Walnut Creek and Music director of Sunday Mass at Saint Mary's College of California. Conway is currently the accompanist with Bishop O'Dowd High School Chorus and the assistant director of Calling All Choir in San Francisco, a service-based choir that has been acclaimed for their community involvement and creative, captivating concert programming. Conway received training in Orff-Schulwerk and is a registered teacher with Little Kids Rock, a program emphasized in using Modern Band to teach students to perform music they know and love in styles including rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and electronic dance music. He is a founding member of The Green Sally Up Project, an initiative for early-career music teachers for resource and curriculum development. When he is not teaching or directing, he enjoys making arrangements for choir and instruments. Conway finds the social and moral values in collective music making especially empowering. As a trilingual person, Conway believes that music provides people the language to speak from the hearts, and has the ability to bring all people closer. Conway has been a teaching artist at Cantare since 2014.

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Julie Haydon began her service with Cantare Con Vivo in 2000, and is currently serving as Director of Youth and Children's Choirs. She oversees the after-school choir program and is the director of Nova, a citywide choir for 6-12 graders. Under Julie’s leadership, Cantare received Chorus America’s Education and Community Engagement award in 2005 and 2014.  

 

Julie served as Director of Music Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alameda for nine years. During her tenure, she directed adult and youth choir singers, and the handbell choir.  Julie earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at Northwestern University and her Master's degree in Music Education at Holy Names University in Oakland, specializing in Kodály music education.

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Katerine Carmona Arbelaez is an accomplished bilingual music educator and clarinetist from Cartago, Colombia. Katerine holds a B.A. in Music from the Technological University of Pereira and a Master’s in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University, and is pursuing a second Master in Education at San Jose State University.

Currently, Katerine is a member of the teaching staff for the Sing, Play, Move early childhood music program at HNU, directs the Prep Choir at Vivace Youth Chorus in San Jose, and is a member of the board for the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators. She has also been a guest lecturer and tutor for Kodály masters students at HNU. She has performed as a clarinetist in multiple symphonic bands, including The Alexandria Symphonic Band, The San Ramon Symphonic Band, and the DVC Symphonic Band. Katerine’s passion for teaching led her to create her own company, Musicalizando, where she produces early child music programs in Spanish, and educational videos for children on her YouTube Channel, Musicalizando con Kate. 

Watch this spotlight video on Katerine!

 
 
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Rhonda Crane began singing professionally in 1989, and began touring with the a cappella group Street Sounds in 1991. She has shared the stage with artists such as Robert Cray, Joan Armatrading, Zap Mama, and many others in concerts around the world. Rhonda's vocal talents developed in the Baptist church, and she studied classical piano and viola through college. She began serving as a church pianist at age 16 at the historic Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, and has continued playing in various venues throughout her career, including work as choral director and the Minister of Music of Greater True Light Baptist Church in Modesto, California. While studying as a music/education major at San Jose State University, she sang in the opera AIDA with Grace Bumbry and organized the Rhonda Hudson Singers. Currently, Rhonda sings with the band CHELLE! and Friends and the a capella group Chelle's Juke Joint. She is Director of the Children's Ministry for the Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music & Arts National Conference and of the Love Center Church. In addition to her performing, Rhonda does studio work, runs workshops, and teaches piano and voice to school children in the San Francisco, Belmont, Oakland and Berkeley Unified School Districts, and world choral music in the Walnut Creek Community Arts Education program. She can also be found on the teaching rosters of Leap, Imagination in Learning, San Francisco Arts Education, and Oakland Youth Chorus, because she loves to teach children how to sing!

Watch this spotlight video on Rhonda!

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Amanda Hahn, a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher of Music and Movement, has been teaching music in a variety of Bay Area school settings for 22 years. In addition to teaching at Franklin Elementary through Cantare Con Vivo, she is the Lower Division Director for Marin Girls Chorus and a music specialist in San Rafael public schools, as well a devoted private teacher of her flute, piano, and voice students. In her classes, students joyfully participate in songs and games from around the world, exploring rhythm and movement. She looks for ways to reach every student through her playful style, enjoying their eagerness to explore music creatively and really do their best.

 

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since completing her Orff teaching certification, Amanda has participated in intensive training courses with internationally renowned teachers to help round out her work, including Integrating the Arts, Orff for All Ages, and a Kodály conducting course at the Kodaly Center at Holy Names University. She freelances as a flutist and choral conductor, working with adult community choruses; one project culminated in conducting the International Space Orchestra Chorus at the Hollywood Bowl.

 
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Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, and composer with a career marked by diversity and improvisation. Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina with equal footing in youth symphony and a gospel church where she learned to play by ear, Rebecca went onto to receive degrees from Indiana University in Jazz Flute, and Spanish Language. Rebecca’s international career has taken her to perform on stages in Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Africa and Australia as well as the SF Jazz Center, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s and the Paramount Theatre closer to her Oakland home.  She has produced three of her own albums and collaborated on dozens of professional recordings.  Rebecca is also passionate about providing quality music education, maintaining a full private flute and vocal studio.  She is trained in the Orff Schulwerk approach to Music Education by San Francisco ORFF and Orff Afrique programs (in Ghana) and has taught music to thousands of children through her work with Music for Minors, the Community Music Center, Tehiyah Day School and the Oakland Youth Chorus.

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Robert Lee comes from Calgary, Alberta, Canada as a pianist and music educator. Robert's musical training includes a MMus in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University in Oakland, and a BMus in Piano Performance with distinction from the University of Calgary. In continuation of his studies, Robert has focused on collaborative piano repertoire, specifically vocal and chamber music. Robert has taught and accompanied with private studios, choirs, professional musicians, and ensembles throughout Alberta and the San Francisco East Bay. With a strong interest in collaborative piano and music education, Robert is excited to be a part of Cantare Children's Choir of Oakland.