Our Teachers

Vanessa Dinning

Voice & Cello - Monday evenings

English-born and professionally trained in London, Vanessa enjoyed a successful stage career in acting, directing, theatre education, cabaret and dialect work throughout the UK, working at The Royal National Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe in London and touring. Since moving to San Diego in 2007, she has worked with Cygnet Theatre, North Coast Rep Theatre School, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Write Out Loud, The Welk Resorts, San Diego Opera, Bodhi Tree Concerts and Moonlight Stage Productions.


Kris Apple

Violin, Music Composition, Sound Design - Monday afternoons and evenings

Kristopher Apple is a violinist, composer, performer, and improviser working at the intersection of music, dance, text, and digital media.  He is a highly sought after artist who provides music, dance accompaniment, and production support to numerous colleges, universities, dance companies, and theater companies.  He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Art degree from San Diego State University where he studied violin and interdisciplinary performance.


Frank Ralls

Piano, Percussion, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Voice, Composition, & Music Production

Frank holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Lawrence University.  In addition to teaching, he is a contributing composer and music producer for Bleeding Fingers Music (founded by Hans Zimmer and Russell Emmanuel), and has written and produced music for Disneyland Tokyo, Sea World, the multi-grammy award winning group, Take 6, ABC's "Dr. Ken," and was nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award in 2017 for Classical Composition.  He also directs music at College Avenue Church in San Diego.


Sacha Peiser

Piano & Voice - Tuesday & Thursday afternoon and evenings

Sacha holds numerous degrees which include a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Loyola University, a Masters in Music Theory from LSU, a PHD in Music Theory and Music History from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctoral Minor in Voice from LSU.  In addition she serves as Education and Outreach Program Coordinator for Socra Profana (a professional choir), and is a current Scholar In Residence for Musica Vitale.  She performs extensively throughout the greater San Diego area.