The Music Department faculty is made up of professional performing musicians, composers, and distinguished specialists whose understanding of music allows them to provide a friendly, encouraging, and serious atmosphere in which students may try out new things, study, grow, and develop.

Faculty In Review

Music Department

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Harry Bernstein

Music Department

Older Adults Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Anthony Blea

Music Department

M.A., Manhattan School of Music
B.A., San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Professor Blea has been teaching at CCSF since 2007.

His goal is to impart upon his students a love of music through verbal means, performance and rehearsing varied genres of music.

Professor Blea self-produced a CD, "Virgen De La Caridad!! Anthony Blea y su Choranga.

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Lennis Jay Carlson

Music Department

B.A., California State University, Northridge; M.A.T. , Portland State University

Lenny Carlson has taught in the Music Department at CCSF since 1998. His primary subjects are Guitar and History of Jazz. In his free-lance career, he is an award-winning composer, guitarist and producer. He has taught courses in the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program and at other institutions in the Bay Area.

His compositions combine jazz and classical elements in inventive ways for traditional acoustic instruments. Born in Los Angeles, he has produced four recordings of original music, and his compositions have been featured on nine more. One piece, “Biff” from IN THE MUD, was on the 1985 Grammy Award ballot for Best Jazz Instrumental Composition. In the Mud was re-released digitally in 2013 in ITI Records. Active professionally since the 1970s, he has composed for film, video, theater and live performance.

He authored fifteen music instruction books through the 1990s, published by Mel Bay, Hal Leonard and Warner Bros. Publications and contributed 5 articles to the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BLUES (Routledge, 2006).

In 2008, Lenny Carlson released two CDs of his original music. SEAT OF THE PANTS (jazz/latin/eclectic) features drummer Eddie Marshall, pianist Rebeca Mauleon and double bassist Barry Green, all musicians with international reputations. CCSF Music Department Chair Madeline Mueller performed two solo ragtime piano pieces.

The second CD, ECHOLOCATION: SIX MOVEMENTS FOR STRING QUARTET, is performed by Bridget Dolkas and the California Quartet. The musicians are members of the Pacific Symphony of Orange County, Southern CA. Performances of Echolocation were given at CCSF and at Stanford in May, 2007.

Lenny Carlson was awarded a Subito grant of $1000 from the American Composers Forum in November, 2007 to support the presentation of a new jazz/classical fusion work, "Three Episodes for Quintet." In February, 2009, two successful performances and a lecture-demonstration were presented, featuring Bridget Dolkas (violin), Hal Richards (reeds and winds), Frederick Harris (piano), Barry Green (double bass) and Curt Moore (drums). A DVD of the CCSF performance was made by the Broadcasting Department.

"Hyphen Dance" (for Carter Dewberry), a tango for solo cello, was commissioned and composed in Fall, 2008; it was recorded on her 2009 CD, Origins. In 2009, he composed EARTH TONES (for Frederick Harris), a six-movement suite for solo piano that was performed at Stanford University to a standing-room-only audience in January, 2010.

In February, 2010, Lenny received a second Subito award ($1200) to support the completion of his 3-movement suite, "Aluminum Sunset: A Tribute to the Music of Raymond Scott," composed for Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Orchestra, a San Francisco-based 16-piece professional jazz band that was founded in 2003. It performs the music associated with the classic cartoons of Disney, LooneyToons and others. Aluminum Sunset is the first original work commissioned by the CJO, which produced its first studio CD in 2013. He continues to compose for the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra and Septet, which perform throughout the Bay Area. He has two major composition projects in process currently. One is THE GREATEST, a 3-movement tribute to Muhammad Ali. The second is a large-scale multimedia work about global warming which will be a collaboration between the Music Department and many other departments at the college, including Earth Science, Photography, Mathematics and Social Sciences.

Lenny Carlson is a member of the CCSF Academic Senate Executive Council.

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Lap-Yan Chui

Music Department

B.A., Arizona State University M.A., Cal State East Bay

Prof. Chui has been teaching at CCSF since 2005

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Matthew Brendan Creer

Music Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Bob Davis

Music Department

B.A., Franklin & Marshall College; B. Mus., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.F.A., Mills College Center for Contemporary Music

Bob has taught at City College since 1976, full time since 2000. He has also taught music at Solano and Cabrillo Community Colleges and sound design for theater at San Francisco State University.

The Kronos String Quartet has performed his music. He was the sound engineer for over 75 performances of Laurie Anderson’s “United States, Parts I – IV” in the US and Europe and has performed his work at Moscow, Stockholm and Italian theater festivals. He designed sound for the film “Vegas in Space,” written and performed his solo show, “Banjo,” and edited books on the San Francisco punk scene for Last Gasp Publishers. Bob has been awarded grants from National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, LEF Foundation and New American Radio Foundation. He is listed in four editions of Who's Who in American Education.

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Helen Dilworth

Music Department

B.A., M.A., San Francisco State University; A.M., Stanford University; Ed.D., University of Southern California; lifetime administrative and supervisory and teaching credentials.

Dr. Dilworth blends successful careers as educator and solo vocalist. She has recored and toured internationally and in the U.S. Helenenjoys helping her students to soar, based upon their desires and needs. Dr. Dilworth is able to provide guidance based upon the collective wisdom of research and a wide range of experts with whom she has studied. Her methods allow students to develop their technique and expression, to perform "better, faster and longer".

Also called "Dr. Diva", Helen has served in many venues, including community colleges, universities, conservatories, Young Audiences, singing teacher's organizations, musician's associations, California Touring Artists, private lessons, vocal seminars, gospel workshops and choral clinics, in addition to K-12, pre-school, community center and service as school principal. She believes that everyone should sing, because "singing makes it better".

As soprano soloist, she has toured Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Puerto Rico, China, and most of the United States. She has won many prizes, including SF Opera Merola awards, NY Metropolitan awards, Austria's Meistersinger title, Queen's Opera and San Jose Music Club awards; plus Getty, Schwabacher, and Saunderson awards. She recorded Gold's "Songs of Love and Parting" on Cambria records.
Mayors Jordan and Brown each declared a "Dr. Helen Dilworth Day" in San Francisco.

"So You Want to Be a Consultant", NATS, MENC, NANM, OMI, SCC Board of Directors and President, Pilgrim Board of Education, Arts Committee, Ingleside Arts founder,Friends of Negro Spirituals, Bracebridge Singers, Gospel Music Workshop, Young Audiences Artist in Residence, Young Musicians donor, Friends of the Conservatory, Yachats performer...

Concerts, Performing, Family, Church,Theatre, Movies, Parties, Phone, Interacting with people,and many more.

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Shauna B Fallihee

Music Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Richard C Fenner

Music Department

B.A. with Distinction in Music, Queens College of the City University of New York
M.F.A., Brandeis University

Professor Fenner has been teaching at CCSF since 1961.

He is a member of the Asian Infusion Committee, the Garden Club, and the Distance Learning Committee.

Professional Fenner's Professional activities include Studio Recording Cellist, Fichten Quartet, Virtuosi of San Francisco, and the Western Opera Theater Orchestra.

His interests include gardening and Buddhism.

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Lawrence Ferrara

Music Department

B.M., M.M., San Francisco Conservatory

Mr. Ferrara has been teaching at CCSF since 1978.

He has the distinction of being the first guitarist to receive a master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching as full time music professor at City College of San Francisco, Mr. Ferrara also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University.

Mr. Ferrara has performed major recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, Los Angeles and at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He has performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatory's Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble.

Among many awards, Mr. Ferrara was twice prize winner at the Carmel Classic Guitar Competition runner-up at the Toronto International Guitar Competition and has served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts. He received the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Award for the "Best Online Teaching Website" for his course in Music Appreciation. Mr. Ferrara is the author and performer of a sequence of music books titled The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar, with accompanying CD's, published by Guitar Solo of San Francisco and has a solo CD of American Guitar Works on the VGo label. Website:

His educational goal is to expose students to the expressive potential and creative process of music. This is achieved in a positive, open, and encouraging classroom environment.

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David A Hardiman

Music Department

A.A. Music Education, City College of San Francisco
B.A. Music Education, San Francisco State University
M.A., San Francisco State University

Professor Hardiman was born in Indiana and started in elementary school playing piano/trumpet/singing/song writing/performing through high school with bands and local acts. He moved to California in 1980 to pursue his education as an instrumental music teacher. Since 1989, Professor Hardiman taught in the San Francisco, Richmond, and Oakland Unified School Districts as an instrumental music teacher. He started teaching at CCSF Advanced Jazz Band, Jazz History, and the Jazz/Rock Improv Workshop classes in the Spring of 2005. His biggest inspiration has been his Grandmother-Sadie Hardiman, hisMother-Juanita Hardiman, and his Father- David Hardiman, Sr. who taught Jazz at CCSF for 30 years. He also finds inspiration in Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, The Jackson Five, Prince, Babyface and After 7 among others.

Professor Hardiman has his own Jazz Quintet. He has also performed with this father's S.F. All-Star Big Band as alead singer and trumpet player since 1983. He has performed domestically and internationally in various arenas, clubs, and hotels. Some of his credits are: the IAJE, African American Jazz Caucus Dance Band as a lead singer/trumpet player. the Gene Gilbeaux Big Band, The Curtis Shaw Big Band, The Fillmore Preservation Jazz Big Band, the SF Golden Gate Park Band. He also toured with the St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band in the Summer of 2002 to the UK, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and France. He has opened Jazz festivals for Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Indiana State Fair tour in 2007. Professor Hardiman also performed and played in "Tony, Tonie, Tone", The Barkay's, The Dazz Band, domestically. Other artists and bands include Finis Tasby, Force One, Know Jazz, About Face, Housequake, Solid Gold, Romaccue, Tito Garcia, The Franco Brothers, Salsa Monumental, Charisma, Sabor Latino, Timbalero, Cana Roja, Orchestra Boriquen, Masada, and Pepe y su Orquesta de Peru. He has performed as a bugler at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields. Professor Hardiman has appeared in several videos with Michael Jackson (Cry) and M.C. Hammer (Here Comes the Hammer). Other television appearances have been on the "Padrisimo Show"/Telemundo with Victor Manuel and CD recordings with Know Jazz, Karee featuring the Dramatics.

Professor Hardiman is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Afro-American Jazz Caucus, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

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Richard A Harrell

Music Department

Degrees B. M. Vocal Performance, Catholic University of America, M.F.A. State University of New York Vocal Performance. Graduate Studies Manhattan School of Music, Opera Performance. Director of Juilliard Opera Center, Director of San Francisco Opera Center, Artistic Advisor and Head of Faculty Training Program of the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Director of Opera Program for San Francisco Conservatory, Faculty for Opera Studio of the Netherlands. Soloist La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Baltimore Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Washington.

Prof. Harrell has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

Music is indeed the international language. It has always served a vital function in the spirit of every culture. Music education should broaden the access and appreciation of music to each student, whether they desire to play an instrument, or sing, or dance, or if they just want to enjoy the rich and healing power of music to its fullest. Continued learning is essential for older adults, and gathering together to share music is both stimulating and, great fun!

I am the Director of "Heroes' Voices". A veteran's service organization that brings the healing power of music to veterans.

I have several articles on the business of music and opera, published the international service organization, Opera America.

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Frederick M Harris

Music Department

B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance - SF Conservatory of Music, '96

Prof. Harris has been teaching at CCSF since 2018

Among my goals as an instructor is to bridge the gaps in musical understanding, acceptance and appreciation. "Tomato discrimination", as I discuss in my classes, is beyond absurd, in context; and is equally so in musical context - yet we do it anyway! Whether in Performance or Survey courses, my import as a pedagogue lies in attempting to dismantle our prejudices against the musical "tomatoes" in our world- we don't have to eat them...and we don't have to HATE them, either (nor others who like them)!
(...enroll in one of my classes to find out what that's all about!)

I am an active professional musician (pianist, drummer, educator, director-conductor and composer-arranger), having performed nationally and abroad.

I have had teaching affiliations with organizations and schools including Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances, the Stanford Jazz Workshop and SJSU.

I dig motorcycles (Harleys - though the end is near for the corporation [Sad Face]), semi-trucks (I'm a licensed operator), NASA (STS program - WOW), and being a Daddy [Happy Face].

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Pamela M Kamatani

Music Department

B.M., San Francisco State University
M.A., San Francisco State University
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

As a music historian, Dr. Kamatani has a special interest in the music of J. S. Bach. She is also a pianist with extensive teaching and accompanying experience. Although she has taught at institutions ranging from San Quentin State Prison to UC Berkeley, she especially enjoys CCSF, where she can connect with students at all levels. She teaches Music Appreciation, Musicianship, Harmony, Piano, and San Francisco Opera Season Preview.

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Benedict M Lim

Chair, Music Department

B.A., Towson State University
M.A., University of Maryland

Professor Lim has been teaching at CCSF since 2000.

He is a member of the World Music Club.

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Rebeca Mauleon-Santana

Music Department

A.A., City College of San Francisco; B.A., M.A., Mills College

Professor Mauleon has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 1998, where she teaches courses in Latin American and Caribbean music (Music 25), Jazz/Latin Piano (Music 8A/8B), and Composition (Music 5A/5B). She was tenured in 2002.

Her hope is to inspire future generations to share in the beauty and diversity of our world's musical cultures. Piano students of Professor Mauleon's Jazz/Latin piano class are encouraged to continually improve and develop their musicianship, explore the rich terrain of contemporary as well as traditional music theory, and become well-rounded musicians. Students taking Professor Mauleon's Composition class will explore myriad musical traditions while finding their own compositional voice.

Grammy-nominated producer, pianist, composer, author and educator, Professor Mauleon has been a fixture in the Bay Area as well as international Latin and world music scenes for over three decades. As one of very few women composer/band-leaders in her field, she has also performed and recorded with a Who's Who of luminaries including Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Arturo Sandoval, Steve Winwood and Mickey Hart, garnering several Grammy nominations. As a composer she was the recipient of the prestigious Meet The Composer New Residencies Award, a commission in 2010 from the Oakland East Bay Symphony for the New Visions/New Vistas program, a fellowship from the Sundance Composers' Lab, and Electronic Arts, composing music for electronic gaming software. View her professional website at In 2011 Professor Mauleon was appointed Director of Education at SFJAZZ.

Professor Mauleon is the author of several critically-acclaimed books on Latin music, including the Salsa Guidebook and 101 Montunos (both for Sher Music), and is the musicological consultant to National Geographic in addition to her freelance work for music industry magazines. She fronts her own Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble, and continues to perform and tour throughout the globe when not in the classroom.

Professor Mauleon is a busy mother-of-two and wife, and continues to produce, perform, write and record in addition to her full-time teaching duties.

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Charles J McCarthy

Music Department

B.A., San Francisco State University ; Graduate work (Cal State, Berklee College)

Charlie has taught woodwinds privately and at CCSF for over 20 years. He has also coached sax soloists and sections at Stanford, College of San Mateo and Sonoma State College.

He has performed with many of the greats in Jazz, including Joe Williams, Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Lovano, James Moody, Sarah Vaughn, Louie Bellson and Lena Home.

He continues to perform in Big Bands, Jazz combos, recording sessions and with the San Francisco Symphony Pops orchestra.

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Gerald A Mueller

Music Department

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., San Francisco State University

Mr. Mueller is a composer and occasional performer of electronic and early music.

He is a member of FORTH Interest Group - a computer language forum.

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Madeline Mueller

Chair, Music Department

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., San Francisco State University

Professor Mueller is a pianist and chamber musician. She has premiered many modern compositions as well as specializing in music by women composers, ragtime, parlour music, and music by English composers.

Professor Mueller has served as the CCSF Music Department Chair for 35 years. She has also served several terms as Vice President of the Academic Senate and of the CCSF Department Chair Council. She is currently Co-Chair of City College of San Francisco’s new Performing Arts Center Building Committee.

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Michael Shahani

Music Department

B.M. in Voice Performance, University of Nebraska;
M.A in Conducting, University of California, Davis;
Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Hartt School

Michael Shahani has been a member of CCSF Music Department since 1987.

His teachers include Marie Sloss (piano), Fred Ewing (voice), David Ahlstrom, Michael Senturia, Murry Sidlin, Gunther Schuller, and Harold Farberman.

Dr. Shahani has conducted more than 350 performances of more than 60 different operas and musicals. He has also conducted several orchestras in dozens of concerts. He founded both the Hesperian Ensemble Orchestra and the Moraga Chamber Orchestra in the San Francisco area. He has served as Musical Director for Verismo Opera, VOICES/SF Opera Ensemble, Theater Concord, San Francisco Recreation Symphony, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and Contra Costa Musical Theater for which he won the 1988 Shellie Award for Outstanding Musical Director. He has been a guest conductor with the Varna Philharmonic, Pleven Philharmonic, and Rousse Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria, the China Film Philharmonic in Beijing, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Londrina in Brazil, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. In 1997 and in 1999, he competed in the Mario Gusella International Conducting Competition in Pescara, Italy, and in 2007 he competed in the Bartok Opera Conducting Competition in Romania. He continues to make singing appearances in the San Francisco area. He has particular expertise in the musical theater and opera works of Kurt Weill.

He is a member of the Conductors Guild.

He is married and has three children, and enjoys dancing, bicycling, SCUBA diving and cooking.

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Lee M Strawn

Music Department

Doctor of Musical Arts - Eastman School of Music
Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy - Eastman School of Music
Performer's Certificate in Voice - Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music - Ohio State University

Prof. Strawn has been teaching at CCSF since 2016

Dr. Lee brings both knowledge and humor to his work with voice students! He loves exploring the similarities and differences in all styles of singing. He is an expert teacher and singer and brings his knowledge of vocal production, breathing, body alignment, acting and text interpretation to the classroom. He believes that everyone can learn to sing, and everyone can learn to sing BETTER! His students perform on Broadway, in National Tours and with local companies.

Dr. Lee is also active as a performer. He recently sang the role of Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE with SF Pocket Opera, the role of Doctor Bartolo (THE BARBER OF SEVILLE) in California and Oregon, and the role of Judge Turpin in SWEENEY TODD for Theater Works. He created the role of Le Fevre in the record-shattering San Francisco production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Dr. Lee has dedicated thirty years to teaching people to sing. He has taught at Notre Dame de Namur Univ. in Belmont, Northern Illinois University, Aspen School of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

Member of the Board: National Association of Teachers of Singing, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Member: Actor's Equity Association
Member: American Guild of Musical Artists
Member: Christ Church at Park Presidio

Dr. Lee lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. When he isn't teaching or performing he loves spending time with his family and communing with the beauty of nature.

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Pascal B Thiam

Music Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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