Music Discovery Faculty

2018 Faculty List
Vida Bateau, recorder
Jonathon Hampton, Voice—Youth Collegium Vocal Director
Jennifer Meller, Baroque Dance
Farley Pearce, Baroque Cello, Viola da Gamba
David Sego, Violin—Youth Collegium Instrumental Director
Adam Sussman, Theater
Yuko Tanaka, D.M.A., Harpsichord—Musical Discovery Workshop and Youth Collegium Director


Vida Bateau, recorder

Vida teaches at Crestmont School in Richmond, as well as Step One Nursery School in Berkeley. She was the Orff music specialist at Beacon Day School in Oakland for 27 years. At the moment she plays Cuban music on alto sax; her repertoire includes music from Senegal, Mali, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Ethiopia, and European countries. Guitar, krumhorn, shawm, dulcian, racket, sitar, tabla, djembe, conga drums are a few of the instruments she plays, but recorder was her first and true love. She bows to Marleen Montgomery, her first teacher, for setting her on a joyous and lifelong path of making music with children. this is her 3rd year with MDW, and is looking eagerly forward to what we will all create together.

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Jonathon Hampton, voice and Youth Collegium Vocal Director

Jonathon Hampton performs sacred and secular music as an alto, tenor, and baritone. In the Bay, he has performed with the likes of American Bach Soloists, Schola Adventus, Grace Cathedral, Marin Baroque, Schola Cantorum San Francisco, Pacific Collegium, the Cathedral Church of Christ the Light, and as a soloist for Pacific Boychoir with which he is Associate Director. Hampton has been soloist with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, California Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In New York, he has performed with Big Apple Baroque, Conflitti di Voci, Early Music New York, and Experiments in Opera. He has also sung with the choirs of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Trinity Wall Street, St. John the Divine, St. Mary the Virgin-Times Square, Church of the Resurrection, and Marble Collegiate, among others.

Hampton is principal conductor of the Pacific Boychoir Academy’s training choir and the choir’s high school a cappella group, Continuum. He teaches music theory to grades four through eight. Additionally, Hampton helps direct and train choristers in grades Pre K-12 after-school choirs. He also directs the organization’s outreach efforts of discovering and developing talented young musicians and connecting with the community.

Hampton also spent five years with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, coordinating music education and community programs and producing media and technology resources, annually serving over 400,000 students, teachers, and young professional artists across the globe.

Having directed choirs for over a decade, Hampton has established himself as an accomplished musician and educator. He specializes in early, sacred music, Negro spirituals, and contemporary popular repertoire. In addition to having given lectures, workshops, and performance reviews across the country, he created a new choral program as Director of Choristers at Grace Church in Newark (NJ) for three year. He also founded and led two choirs in affiliation with his Alma mater, Cornell University – The Chorus & Glee Club Summer Ensemble and The Alumni Singers. He has also been guest conductor of the Cornell University World Music Choir and the choirs of the Cathedral of Christ the Light (Oakland, CA), Lafayette Christian Church (Lafayette, CA), Trinity Wall Street (New York, NY), Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (New York, NY), Trinity Church (Princeton, NJ), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Englewood, NJ), and Trinity and St. Philip’s Cathedral (Newark, NJ).

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Jennifer Meller, baroque dance

Jennifer Meller is the Bay Area’s newest historical dancer and researcher. She began her studies in 15th through 18th century dance while performing in the “Opera, Early & Ancient” series with San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV). In 2012 Ms. Meller became the dance director for SFRV and started the affiliate dance troupe, San Francisco Renaissance Dancers. Jennifer pursued dance seriously into her twenties in New Jersey and New York, then moved to California and started a rock band and worked as a session musician into the late 1990s. She also studied Indonesian, Afro-cuban, West-African and Brazilian music and dancing as a World Music major at California Institute of the Arts. Her approach to historical dance is that it should be as fun as possible and is never difficult as long as you listen to the music.

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Farley Pearce, cello and viola da gamba

pearce farley pic smallFarley Pearce has performed with the Spoleto Festival, the Charleston Pro Musica, and as a recitalist in Brazil and Uruguay.

Mr. Pearce has been an active free-lance performer with many of California’s orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, S. Chordæ Consort of Viols, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Airs and Graces, and many other period instrument groups.

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David Sego, violin and Youth Collegium Instrumental Director

Violinist and violist David Sego grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. As a student of William Magers, he received Bachelor and Master’s degrees in viola performance from Arizona State University. He has studied Baroque violin with Marilyn McDonald and David Douglass, and has participated in master classes with Monica Huggett, Andrew Manze and Stanley Ritchie. Since moving to the Bay Area to focus on Early Music, David has established an active performing career and is in demand on the West Coast, appearing with Jubilate!, California Bach Society, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, Bach Collegium San Diego and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He is a founding member of Bay Area early music ensemble Galileo Project, whose mission is to bringearly music to wider audiences in non-traditional venues. In addition to performing, David is a busy educator, serving as director of the San Ramon Youth Symphony, which he founded in 2006, and teaching violin and viola at his studio, Galileo Music Academy. In 2016, David joined the faculty of Sound Minds, an El Sistema-based, free after-school music education program funded by California Symphony and based at E.M. Downer Elementary School in San Pablo, California. David has recorded for TNT network television, Canyon Records (including R. Carlos Nakai’s Grammy-winning Inner Voices), Tempest Records and Wildboar Records.

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Adam Sussman, Theater

Adam L Sussman teaches acting and directing at University of Texas at Austin where he is currently an MFA candidate in directing. Prior to his time in Texas Adam taught drama at the Bentley School in Oakland and Lafayette, Childrens’ After School Arts in San Francisco, and Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s Advanced Camp in El Cerrito. Adam also worked as a teaching artist with Ragged Wing Ensemble in Oakland and as a mentor at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. Adam is a former Bret C Harte Directing Fellow at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre where he assisted directors on a number of productions including One Man, Two Guvnors, Party People, Head of Passes, and Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From the Field. As a director Adam has worked with Ragged Wing Ensemble, Custom Made Theatre Co, Stagebridge, Playwright’s Center of SF, Playwright’s Foundation, Just Theatre, and the HATCH Collective of which he is a founding member.

Yuko Tanaka, Workshop Director and Harpsichord

tanaka yuko pic smallYuko Tanaka is active as a harpsichord soloist and ensemble performer. She performs with numerous ensembles including Music of the Spheres, Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

She maintains a private studio, conducts master classes, and appears as guest lecturer at various universities. Ms. Tanaka holds a DMA from Stanford University.