With a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in flute performance and a teaching credential in music from California State University, East Bay; Bev has been teaching private lessons for over 30 years and in the Alameda and Hayward school districts for over 27 years. She currently teaches applied flute and community band classes at Chabot College and has conducted the Easy Bay Symphonic Band since 1993. She is classically trained and focuses on proper flute technique and music theory.
Bev offers opportunities for her students to gain performing experience, as she hosts a recital once a year. Additionally, she encourages students to participate in the CMEA Solo Festival and the La Honda Music Camp, for which she has been the assistant director and an instructor for more than 25 years. As a member of the Air Force Band, the National Flute Association, the California Music Educators Association, professional symphonies and a freelance performer for over 30 years, Bev has the experience to lead her students to excellence.
Michelle is an instructor of applied flute at California State University, East Bay, and is part of the faculties of Mills College, UC Berkeley Young Musicians Program, and the Northern California Flute Camp. She has taught at Allegro Music for over 10 years.
She is principal flutist of the Festival Opera and West Bay Opera Orchestras, piccoloist of the California Symphony, and a member of the Symphony Silicon Valley. As a freelance musician, she performs with the SF Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras in every chair of the section. Ms. Caimotto also performs with National Touring Companies of Broadway shows.
Active in the recording industry, her credits include soundtracks for major motion pictures, the SF Asian American, the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, projects for ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon, PBS television, National Public Radio, video game soundtracks, national ads for Clorox, Hershey’s, and more. She can be heard as a solo piccoloist on the CBS/Sony Classics CD “Music from the Star Wars Trilogy.” Many of Ms. Caimotto’s students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions and become professional performers and educators themselves. For more information on Michelle, visit her website: www.michellecaimotto.com.
“I feel that it is important to make high-quality instruction available to all students. This is why I keep a studio at Allegro Music. While I have had some very serious students here, the majority are causal players hoping to improve and make their school music experience more enjoyable. I think this is a wonderful thing. I am very reasonable with casual students in terms of practice requirements and if a student is serious, I’m there with the experience to help that student achieve his or her goals.”
- Michelle Caimotto
Missy graduated from Cal State University, East Bay, in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance. While at CSUEB, she played in the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra, where she was the principle flutist. Missy also plays piccolo in the Temple Hill Symphonic Band and has been an instructor and counselor for five years at La Honda Music Camp. Additionally, Missy played in various musicals and chamber groups throughout Northern California.
For more information on Missy, feel free to visit her website: www.melissahoefer.com.