Faculty Bios

Joe Bonfiglio

Joe Bonfiglio

Clarinet Professor

Joe Bonfiglio has a BM from Peabody, and BM & MM degrees from The Juilliard School. He has taught on the faculties of the Peabody Preparatory School, University of California at Santa Barbara, and is currently Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Chabot College. Joe has performed many concerts as soloist with bands and orchestras, and was recorded on the sound track to the movie “Fat Rose and Squeaky”.

Click HERE to listen to his amazing performance of Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Email: jpcbonfiglio@gmail.com

Shauna Fallihee

Sarah Fallihee

Voice Instructor

Soprano Shauna Fallihee is pleased to serve the Bay Area as a performer, voice teacher, and vocal clinician. In addition to teaching at Chabot College, Shauna is on the faculty of City College of San Francisco and Holy Names University. She is currently the Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy and Master Voice Instructor for the award winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choirs.

As a performer, Shauna has been featured with numerous Bay Area ensembles including San Francisco Choral Society, Masterworks Chorale, Albany Chamber Orchestra, Open Opera, and West Bay Opera. She has presented recitals to critical acclaim on the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral Noontime Series. Deeply dedicated to the performance of new music, Shauna has performed world premieres and contemporary works with NothingSet Ensemble, San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, Opus Project, Wild Rumpus, and Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Since 2006, Shauna has sung with the new music chamber choir Volti. Other ensemble singing engagements include San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Artists Vocal Ensemble (AVE), and American Bach Soloists.

Shauna received her B.M. in Voice Performance (with distinction in performance) from the New England Conservatory of Music. She pursued graduate work in Musicology at the University of New Hampshire and holds an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from Holy Names University in Oakland. Shauna is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Casey Lee Hurt

Casey Lee Hurt

Music Business

Casey Lee Hurt is a third generation ex-baptist preacher. He started playing music at the age of 12 when he was handed a pawnshop guitar and an old hymnal. His music has been described as black coffee honest. Hurt is one of the creators of The Unfortunates. In 2013 The Unfortunates premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Hurt also led the band in the Berkeley Rep. and South Coast Rep. productions of One Man Two Guvnors. In 2015 Hurt won the ISC international songwriting competition for his blues song ‘Sin Perfume’. Hurts music has also been featured in Magnet Magazine and on T.V. shows like Criminal Minds, The Night Shift, Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill.

Don Kennelly

Don Kennelly

Low Brass Instructor

Donald Kennelly serves as the low brass professor at Chabot College and is a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra’s trombone section, where he has held a position since 1980. A graduate of Chabot College and San Francisco State University, he has been Principal Trombonist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and a featured soloist with that ensemble on both alto and tenor trombones. He has also performed as a member of the Carmel Bach Festival, the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, the Midsummer Mozart Festival, and Sinfonia San Francisco. In addition to his responsibilities with the Opera, Don enjoys an active schedule with the Golden Gate Brass Quintet.

Email: dkennelly@chabotcollege.edu

Paul McCurdy

Paul McCurdy


Paul G. McCurdy is a teacher, coach, and pianist for Chabot College, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. He performs in recital regularly with instrumentalists and vocalists and works with a wide range of organizations, including A.C.T., the Hamlin School, Lamplighters, the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Solo Opera, Volti, and Woodminster Summer Musicals. He studied music at the University of Georgia and holds degrees in anthropology and German. In 2014 he recorded Mozart KLAR, an album of Mozart piano sonatas, available through iTunes and CDBaby.

Email: paulgmccurdy@gmail.com

Jon Palacio

Jon Palacio Jr.

Director of Jazz Studies

Over the past few years, Jon Palacio Jr. has emerged as one of newest writer/arranger’s in the Bay area. His writing style is best defined as the melding of strong rhythmic concepts with lush melodic content. Mr. Palacio is most readily recognized as one of the bay area’s authentic Latin big band writers. He incorporates powerful melodic and harmonic texture with the true spice of Latin rhythms to his charts. Whether it is the complexity of the music or it’s rich harmonic structure, Palacio’s compositions possess the passion and intensity that musicians enjoy playing. College and university jazz bands frequently perform his charts across the country; however, a growing number of professional groups have started recording and performing his songs as well. Not only is his published works known in the United States, Palacio’s music is spreading to countries like Peru, Argentina, Philippines, Chile, Brazil, and Italy to name a few.

Although he specializes in Latin charts for big bands, Palacio also composes for orchestra, symphonic bands, chamber ensembles and choral groups. He has written for commercials, musicals and other recording projects. He is in demand for writing commissioned works for high schools, colleges and private organizations and continually adds new works to his repertoire.

Mr. Palacio attended California State University--Hayward where he received a B.A. in composition under the tutelage of composer/trombonist Dave Eshelman and M.A. in composition under Dr. Jeffrey Miller. While at CSUH, Palacio matured into a talented jazz pianist and prolific writer, earning national awards for composition and performance. Jon Palacio has returned to Chabot College as the Director of Jazz Studies.

Email: jpalacio@chabotcollege.edu
Office: 1109 | Phone: 510-723-6831

William Sauerland

William Sauerland

Choral Instructor

San Francisco-based countertenor and educator, William Sauerland enjoys a varied career of teaching, singing, and conducting. Mr. Sauerland is currently the Artistic and Music Director of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Chabot College.

Mr. Sauerland has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Recital appearances in the United Kingdom have included St. George’s at Hanover Square for the London Handel Festival, the concert series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and a special concert for His Royal Highness Prince Charles at St. James’s Palace. For two seasons he was a member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, and performed in over 150 concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious music venues, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, Tokyo Opera House, and Disney Hall. He has performed twice on NBC’s Today Show, numerous times on National Public Radio, and recorded two albums with Chanticleer for Warner Classics™.

Recently Mr. Sauerland made solo debut appearances with the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the American Bach Soloists, and the Oakland-East Bay Symphony.  For his performance with OEBS, the San Francisco Chronicle provided, “Countertenor William Sauerland delivered a fluid, sumptuously shaped account of the aria Esurientes implevit bonis, with limpid tone and astonishing eloquence.”

Mr. Sauerland received a Master’s degree in Advanced Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music, under the auspices of a Marshall Scholarship. In collaboration with Professor Audrey Luna of Miami University, his current research focuses on kinesthetic exercises for teaching healthy singing in the voice studio and choral classroom.

Email: wsauerland@chabotcollege.edu

Artie Storch

Artie Storch

Percussion Instructor

As an active Bay Area free-lance musician, Artie Storch is a regular extra percussionist for the San Francisco Symphony, Silicon Valley, Oakland and Marin Symphonies, and has performed with ensembles ranging from Masterworks Chorale to Metallica.  He is a frequent player in the Bay Area theater scene, where he has performed in numerous shows including The Producers, White Christmas, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.

As principal percussionist for The Skywalker Symphony, his recording credits include playing drums and/or percussion for movies (Mars Attacks, Inspector Gadget, The Iron Giant, Spy Kids, Jurassic Park 3, Hellboy, Barnyard, Seventeen Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past); television (The Man Who Captured Eichmann, Sesame Street, Young Indiana Jones, Running Mates); commercials for Saturn, Nissan, Hershey’s, Taco Bell; records by Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt, John Williams, Chanticleer, and The San Francisco Symphony; and video games (Gran Turismo, Siphon Filter Omega Strain,The Simpsons, Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Star Wars:The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Starcraft II, Kinect Disneyland Adventures).

Mr. Storch received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he studied with Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where his principal teacher was Saul Goodman.

He teaches privately, and is on the faculties of California State University East Bay and Chabot College where he teaches percussion and directs the percussion ensembles.

Mr. Storch is also the Percussion Director for the California Youth Symphony.

Email: astorch@chabotcollege.edu

Richard Flores

Richard Flores

Guitar/Theory Instructor

Richard Flores earned both his Bachelor of Music degree and his Masters degree from Cal State Hayward studying under Jim Bertram. Mr. Flores has been teaching at Chabot College since the fall of 1992.

 For the past several years Mr. Flores has performed in the Flores/ McGuinness Duo featuring soprano and guitar. They have premiered numerous works written for guitar, voice and various instrumental combinations. He has also performed with the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Coro Hispano de San Francisco as well as numerous choirs in the Bay Area.

Click HERE to listen to Professor Flores.

Email: rflores@chabotcollege.edu


Timothy Harris

Timothy Harris

Music Department Coordinator
Director of Bands

Timothy Harris is Director of Bands and Music Department Coordinator at Chabot College. His teaching responsibilities include directing the Wind Symphony and Contemporary Music Ensemble. Prior to his appointment, Harris served as a Conducting Associate at theUniversity of North Texas where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He is in high demand as a guest conductor and percussionist performing at such venures as the Orange County Center for the Performing Arts, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, CMEA State Conference, CMEA Bay Section Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and Carnegie Hall. Professor Harris is published in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band as the author of research guides on the works of Larry Daehn, Jan Van der Roost, Samuel Hazo, Christopher Tucker, and Frank Ticheli. In 2007, Harris was awarded the Gilbert T. Freitas Award for “Achievement in Music Education” by the CMEA Bay Section and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for “Outstanding Teaching” at Chabot College in 2009. Harris holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, California Band Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity of America, and the California Association for Music Education where he serves as Band Representative.

Email: tharris@chabotcollege.edu 
Office: 1111 | Phone: 510-723-6833


Beverley Johnson

Beverley Johnson

Wind Ensemble Conductor
Flute Instructor

Beverly Johnson is a freelance flutist and teacher in the San Francisco Bay area. She has been teaching in public schools since 1984, currently at Chabot College in Hayward, where she teaches Applied Flute and Wind Ensemble. She also conducts the East Bay Symphonic Band, and has been the band’s conductor since 1993. She holds a B.A., M.A. and a California Teaching Credential from California State University, East Bay, but also attended University of Redlands, San Francisco Conservatory, and Wright State University. Her flute instructors include Dr. Roberta Brokaw, Dr. Susan Waller, Lloyd Gowan, and Marilyn Prestia. Ms. Johnson performs with several orchestras, bands, chamber groups and for theater productions, and is a charter and permanent member of the SF Wind Ensemble. She is a retired Air Force Band musician, having served for 30 years in active duty Air Force and Reserve Air Guard bands. Beverly is very involved in the Hayward La Honda Music Camp, where she teaches band, flute technique, chamber music, music theory, and serves as the director of the Junior Camp.

Email: bjohnson@chabotcollege.edu


Victoria Lington

Victoria Lington


Dr. Victoria DiMaggio Lington holds a BM and MM in piano performance from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, where she studied with Nancy Weems and received a DMA in piano performance and accompanying from the University of North Texas, where she studied with Pamela Mia Paul.

Dr. Lington performed her first public recital at the age of eight and was a soloist with the Mesa Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen. She has participated in many state, national, and international competitions, winning numerous awards and recognitions along the way. In demand as a collaborative artist, Dr. Lington regularly performs recitals in the Bay Area  with instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as with chamber groups. She has performed both solo and collaborative recitals in Eastern Europe and throughout the United States. She is currently on faculty as staff accompanist and lecturer at San Jose State University, and works with Opera San Jose as a rehearsal pianist.

Email: victoria.lington@sjsu.edu

Lenny Ott

Trumpet Instructor

Leonard Ott is professor of trumpet at Chabot College. He holds the B.A. from California State University-Hayward. His major teachers include David Burkhart, Marvin Nelson, Laurie McGaw, and Roy Poper. His is also currently teaching trumpet at California State University-Stanislaus, University of the Pacific, and in the past has taught at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Mr. Ott performs regularly with the Modesto Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Ballet Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, at the Carmel Bach Festival, Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, and occasionally with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Chamber Music America, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 6.

Email: lott@chabotcollege.edu

Glenn Richman

Bass Instructor, Combo Director

Glenn Richman was educated at Mannes School of music in New York City and Berklee School of Music in Boston. He studied privately with Buster Williams, George Marz and Mike Longo. He has played with many jazz greats such as, Bobby Hutcherson, Jon Hendricks, Dave Liebman, Chet Baker, Jack Wilkins, Larry Willis, George Coleman, Billy Hart and Mickey Roker. Glenn has been teaching Bass and Jazz Improvisation for over 15 years. He is presently living and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as teaching a variety of music subjects at Chabot College, The Jazzschool, The Brubeck Institute and UC Berkeley.

Email: grichman@chabotcollege.edu


Eric Schultz

Eric Schultz

Director of Music Technology

Eric Schultz enjoys an active and diverse musical life as a composer and performer of contemporary and experimental music, a recording engineer, a record producer, a saxophonist, an occasional percussionist, a conductor, a live sound engineer, and just about any other interesting musical adventure he can find. As the Director of Music Technology at Chabot, he teaches recording, audio production, music theory, and history of rock and popular music. Born in Chicago, Eric received his doctorate in music composition from Arizona State University, where he studied with Glenn Hackbarth. He lives in downtown Hayward with his wife and daughter and their dogs Miles and Theo.

Email: eschultz@chabotcollege.edu
Office: 1128 | Phone: 510-723-6828

William Shannon

William Shannon

Music Theory, Horn Instructor

William Shannon is Professor of Theory and Horn at Chabot College. He has a M.A. in Music with a specialty in Music Theory/Composition and a B.A. in Music with a specialty in Performance from California State University, Hayward. He has played the French Horn for over 40 years.  Bill has taught at Chabot and Los Medanos Colleges for over 17 years and has worked as a recording engineer and equipment technician at California State University, Hayward. He is an independent contractor in technical theater, primarily in electronic; theater lighting; and musical instrument repair, design and construction.

Email: wshannon@chabotcollege.edu


Deborah Shidler

Deborah received a Master of Music degree from Yale University and a B.M.E. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is presently a member of Pacific Symphony Orchestra and is Principal Oboe of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Shidler is an active performer throughout the Bay Area including numerous performances with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, San Jose, Sacramento, Oakland Symphonies and Opera San Jose. She has participated in Aspen, Cabrillo and Carmel Bach Music Festivals, Music in the Mountains and the Bach Aria Festival and Institute in New York. Some of the labels for which Ms. Shidler has recorded include Sony Classical, 20th Century Fox, Koch International and Harmonia Mundi.

Shawn Williams

Shawn Williams

Jazz Trumpet Professor

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, trumpeter Shawn Williams career as a jazz artist covers a wide range of performance experiences, which have led him to become one of the top call musicians in the Bay Area. 

Before becoming established in the Bay Area, Shawn honed his skills as a student at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles, CA. At Northridge, Shawn studied with trumpet master Bobby Shew and Howie Shear. Upon graduating in 2009, Shawn continued his studies cross-country at the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. While studying at Eastman, Shawn discovered himself as a musician studying with the likes of Clay Jenkins, James Thompson,  Mike Kuapa and Bill Dobbins.

After graduating with his masters from Eastman, Shawn set sail to Europe and Australia where he performed for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In July 2012, Williams was chosen to tour with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra playing the 3rd trumpet/jazz chair. For 13 months, Shawn travelled to 47 states, Canada and  Japan. In January 2013, the orchestra recorded their latest album, In The Mood, which was released in June 2013. 

Having returned to the Bay Area in 2013, Shawn has established his career in both performance and teaching arenas. Shawn maintains a busy schedule teaching at various high schools and private schools in the area in addition to maintaining a studio of private students. Shawn received his second masters degree in teaching from Santa Clara University in June 2016. Shawn continues to excel his performance skills through competitions such as the National Trumpet Competition, where he received third place in both the Spring of 2015 and 2016. You can hear Shawn perform with Bay Area groups such as: Foreverland, OTIS, RAFA, The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and the Shawn Williams Quintet. 

Email: shawnwilliamsmusic@gmail.com

Dann Zinn

Saxophone Instructor

Dann Zinn plays saxophones, flutes, and various ethnic flutes. He has recorded or performed with Joe Henderson, Russell Ferrante(from The Yellow Jackets), Chuck Findley(The Tonight Show), Jeff Tain Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Mary Wells, and Martha and the Vandellas, among many others. He has recorded on over twenty five CD's as a featured soloist, including numerous Dave Eshelman Jazz Garden Big Band CDs, as well as the classical crossover hit Bach Improvisations with the Ira Stein Group. He tours throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Locally, he has been featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Nightspot, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center among countless others. His first solo recording of original music entitled ten songs has garnered critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and Europe from such prestigious publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz. Other performances include numerous television, radio, and multi media projects, such as Tiger Woods and John Madden video games, Kangaroddy children show on PBS, and a Willie Mays special on CBS.

He is also working on a series of tone and technique books which present various systems for organizing scales and related subjects. Dann has taught saxophone, big bands, jazz combos, history of jazz, history of rock and roll, music appreciation, and applied woodwind classes at Cal State University, East Bay for ten years. He has been on the faculty of UC Berkeley for eight years, and is also on the faculty of the Dave Brubeck Institute and the Jazz School.

His private studio has yielded some of the nations most promising high school musicians. Many have received full, four year scholarships to some of the nations top music schools, as well as winning Down Beat Magazine Awards, and occupying top spots in nationwide and statewide all star bands. He has received two teacher recognition awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005 . Dann has studied with Eddie Daniels, Ernie Watts, Lenny Pickett, Richard Mathias, Gary Gray, and Michelle Caimotto among others.

Email: dzinn@chabotcollege.edu