Who We Are
The Marin Academy Music Program is experiential and student-centered. Built around small ensembles, the program is run by teachers who are also professional musicians.
Bob Schleeter (Music Director, Jazz Ensembles, Music of
the World, American Roots, Foundations of Music Performance, and Contemporary Music Seminar - aka the rock, soul
and acoustic bands)
Bob Schleeter is a veteran of music performance, creation and education. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, his passion for music has led to study and performance throughout the U.S. and in many centers of world music, including Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Spain and Greece.
A 1989 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Bob is currently the Music Director at Marin Academy in San Rafael, California, where he has enjoyed some small part in developing a parade of extraordinary young talent since 1990. He’s also on the music faculty of College of Marin, where he champions popular music and jazz. Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown recently referred to Schleeter as "among a group of Berklee alumni who are some of the best music educators in the country". His private teachers have included Jim Kelly, Hal Crook, Peter Sprague, Chuck Wayne, and John Scofield; clinic work includes study with Mel Martin, Joe Pass, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Bob's creative work includes collaboration with New England actor, director and playwright Ricardo Pitts-Wiley on four original contemporary musicals, including Sara’s Jukebox, called by the Boston Globe “ a hit, tantalizingly diverse, yet widely appealing.” In 2008 he co-produced a collection of recordings from their show The Spirit Warrior's Dream that features rising Los Angeles star Greg Scott, MA Music alum Rozzi Crane (currently touring with Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5), and eleven-time Grammy winner Tony Lindsay.
Schleeter has performed extensively with his own jazz, soul, rock and blues ensembles and has seen short stints with artists such as Shana Morrison, Del Shannon, The Drifters, Clarence Bell (Stevie Wonder alum), and Hal Crook.
Bob’s current musical projects include collaboration on a new San Diego-based show, BIG KITCHEN – The Musical; continued guitar work with his jazz trio reBop, and new groups Miles Ahead, a tribute to Miles Davis’ 1970s music; and Talking Book, featuring MA Music coaches Steve Riffkin, Amber Morris and Tal Morris, playing the lesser-known music of Stevie Wonder.
For more information see www.bigscore.net
Karsten Windt (Chamber Music)
Born in Berlin, Germany, Karsten was first violinist with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra (DSO), performing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and touring all over Europe, Asia, North and South America. He graduated from the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and attended the masterclass of Nathan Milstein in Zurich, Switzerland. With the DSO, Karsten won a Grammy in 2011 for the best opera recording under the baton of Kent Nagano. As a freelance player, Karsten has joined the NDR Symphony Hamburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Oslo Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Kammerakademie Potsdam, Orchestra de la Communidad de Valencia, Spain, Silicon Valley Symphony, as a co-leader the Rostock Philharmonic and as principal and co-principal the Berkeley Symphony.
Karsten lectures about music in English, French, and German. In 2006, 2007, and 2009 he introduced and played in a series of concerts at Forest Hill Musical Days, a chamber music festival in San Francisco under the direction of internationally-acclaimed pianist Mari Kodama and maestro Kent Nagano. After acquiring his residency in the US, he transferred his creative base from Europe to the San Francisco Bay Area, where in addition to teaching violin and assisting in MA’s Chamber Music program, he directs his concert series Salon Classique, gives private recitals, and works as an independent musician and event organizer. Karsten especially enjoys working with young people. He was invited to moderate DSO concerts for children and youth—both chamber music and symphonic repertoire—because he understands that the future of classical music lies not only with our young musicians but also with our young audiences. In his free time, Karsten is a passionate sailor.
Dartanyan Brown (Foundations of Music Performance): Dartanyan is on leave for the 2013-14 school year. He will be doing as much coaching as possible in MA Jazz, Roots, World and Foundations.
Dartanyan Brown has been a member of the Marin Academy music faculty since 2003. He is a performer, composer and sound designer whose career outside of education has been highlighted by performances or recordings with some of the great musicians of the last 60 years including Bernard Purdie, Chick Corea, Kenny Loggins, Grover Washington Jr., Joe Chambers, Huey Lewis, Bill Chase and many others. His work with poets including Al Young, former California poet laureate, David Meltzer and even Quincy Troupe and He has been inducted into the Blues, and Jazz Halls of Fame in his home state of Iowa and will be inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame this fall. It has been his passion to bring music to young people since doing his first workshops in the late 1970's with the National Endowment for the Arts Artists-in-Schools Program. Dartanyan has worked extensively in the areas of bringing Jazz improvisation and effective use of technology to secondary and university-level educational environments. He was a member of Apple's 1990's educational outreach teams which brought groundbreaking media technology tools to thousands of educators nationwide. The American Roots class gives students a great way to understand how over 130 years of music, technology and culture have come together to create a rich heritage of American music. Dartanyan performs with his son, the drummer and composer Jaimeo Brown.
For more information on Dartanyan you can go to his online home at http://www.dartanyan.com
Julie Feldman (Chamber Music): Julie Feldman is on leave for the 2013-14 school year.
Cellist Julie Feldman directs the MArin Academy Chamber Music program (The Chamber Gladiators) and is assisted by Roy Malan, violin, and Jill Brindel, cello. Julie performs regularly with the Symphony Silicon Valley and free-lances with many Bay Area groups. She has been director of chamber music at the Marin Academy for 17 years as well as Branson School and has an active private teaching studio in Berkeley. For many years she was a member of the New York Chamber Soloists, touring in Europe as well as the United States, and continues to work with a number of East Coast ensembles. Six years ago she returned to the Bay Area after a one-year sabbatical teaching at Mannes College of Music in New York.