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333 North Oak Street  Ukiah, Ca 95482  (707) 462-4094
Sienna S'Zell

Sienna S'Zell, instructor of violin, viola, beginning piano and cello, started piano lessons in third grade with a high school neighbor. That same year, she was handed her uncle's violin, told the string names, shown how to hold a bow, and was placed in the school orchestra. Orchestra became her "tribe," and has been her entree to musical acquaintances ever since.

With a B.A. and Master's work in violin performance, she has played violin and viola in the Symphony of the Redwoods and the Berkeley, Santa Rosa, Lake County, and Ukiah Symphony. She has played for weddings and special occasions with members of those groups, and has also performed solo recitals with piano accompaniment.  In Nov. 2013, she performed as soloist with Lake County Symphony, playing Mozart's violin concerto in A, and viola for Mozart's Concertante, with Holly Fagan playing violin.Besides extensive orchestral experience, Sienna has played chamber music and solo gigs all over the United States. As a street violinist, she entertained lunch-goers on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley during the 70s, and traveled to Washington, D.C., and Italy as a summer street performer. During the early years of this decade, she was fiddler and singer for a local bluegrass band.  Sienna has been teaching privately for the past ten years at Ukiah School of Music. She was Strings Teacher for two years at River Oak Charter School in Ukiah, and for four years at the Waldorf School in Calpella, frequently playing the piano for Eurythmy classes there. She also has offered a 6-week affordable summer program for beginning strings students. Sienna has arranged string parts for her classes geared to playing level, and has composed works for string trio and quartet. Another creative endeavor, books of compositions by her students, will be published in 3 volumes in 2016 and available online.

Sienna has a stringed instrument rental business, Gobbi St Strings, enabling local schoolchildren and adults to rent instruments at affordable prices.Sienna's teaching approach: Music is a natural expression of all people. A teacher can help channel that natural expression through instruction in tone production and intonation on a stringed instrument, and understanding of chords and melody on the piano. With this support, students of all ages can produce beautiful music that can access and express their deepest feelings.
Ukiah School of Music ~ 333 N. Oak Street ~ Ukiah, CA 95482 ~ 707-462-4094