Maria Hoyos

Maria Hoyos has more than 20 years of experience teaching cello to students of all ages both throughout California and overseas. Currently, she teaches in the Folsom, Napa, and Sacramento areas. Maria earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in cello performance and currently plays as principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony in Sacramento. Additionally, she plays as the associate principal cellist for Folsom Lake… Read More


John Bennett

John Bennett was born and raised in the Bay Area; he attended San Francisco State University and California State University at Hayward and has worked for several summers with Burton Kaplan at the Practice Marathon Retreats in New York. His cello teachers include Allen Gove, Laszlo Varga, Margaret Rowell, and Irene Sharp, with chamber music coaching from Bonnie Hampton and Roy Bogas. Currently, Mr…. Read More


Anne Suda

An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, cellist Anne Suda enjoys national and international performance opportunities. Anne has been praised for bringing a fresh and contemporary sound to her repertoire, with the Northwest Reverb writing of her interpretation of the Debussy Cello Sonata, “Cellist Anne Suda read so much contrast into the score, intermittently I felt I wasn’t hearing Debussy at all, but discovering his… Read More


Amy Leung – Assistant Principal

Cellist Amy Leung graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree as a Guarneri Fellow at the University of Maryland. She was Associate Clinical Professor at the George Washington University and served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, where she directed the UVA Chamber Music Series, and the University of Utah where she was… Read More

Lena Andaya, Principal