Woodwinds and Brass Instructors
Tony Bolivar has been teaching and performing professionally for over thirty years. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force bands, and a graduate of the San Jose State University School of Music. Proficient in saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Tony is a highly sought after Bay Area live performer and recording artist. He is capable of performing and teaching many styles of music, including classical, jazz, rock, Latin, and R&B. He is currently teaching music and directing the bands at a private school in Fremont, and arranger and staff musician at Fremont Community Church. He also performs with the band Soul Review, as well as his own group The Tony Bolivar All-Stars. His style of teaching is personal and customized to the individual abilities, temperament, and musical direction of the student.
Karen Stasko Veca
Karen Stasko Veca was raised in Livermore and received her early musical training from the Livermore School District. She went on to San Jose State University, where she earned a B.A. in music, studying with Isabelle Chapuis Starr. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, winning many of their solo competitions. Karen is currently principal flutist with the Livermore Valley Opera and Tri-Valley Repertory Theater. She also performs with the Whaler’s Island Jazz Trio with her husband, Don Veca. She was previously the principal flutist for Tassajara Symphony, ProArt Symphony, and the Livermore Amador Symphony. Karen enjoys chamber music performances, playing with many Bay Area groups, including the Livermore Woodwind Quintet and the Pleasanton Chamber Players. She has taught music for the Livermore School District and is currently the flute instructor for Aragon High School in San Mateo. She has been teaching privately for over 30 years.