Our Kindermusik Children's Music Instructors
Esther Yi (piano, Kindermusik)
Earned her Bachelor degree from California State University Northridge in Piano Pedagogy. She had been teaching piano for last 22 years, impacting 4 year olds to adults for over 2 decades. Just a few classes short of receiving her Masters in Early Childhood Education from California State University Los Angeles, she brings a wealth knowledge and understanding of children's minds and musical needs. Former member of MTAC for 7 years. Fluent in Korean.
Member MTAC, Kindermusik Educator
Chelsea Obermeier (voice, piano)
Chelsea is a light lyric soprano originally from the Midwest. She has studied piano and voice since the age of 12. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 and her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2016. Chelsea has been teaching private voice, piano, and piano/voice fusion lessons for the past 5 years. In addition to teaching privately, she is the K-8 music teacher and choir director at the Woodcrest School in Tarzana and the Children’s Music and Sunday School Director at Northridge United Methodist Church.
In addition to teaching, Chelsea has a long history of performance. She has performed in Los Angeles with Pacific Opera Project, with Opera Carolina in North Carolina, and Opera Omaha in Nebraska. Chelsea is also passionate about opera education. In the 2016-2017 school year she toured the Southeast with Opera Xpress, an educational outreach program, as the Tortoise in The Tortoise and The Hare set to the music of Rossini. She also performed as the Dog in Hans Krása’s Brundibár with Opera Omaha for community holocaust education. Other favorite opera and musical theatre rolls include “Clo-Clo” in Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe (2015), “Susanna” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (2015/Act 1 and 2), “Marzelline” in Beethoven’s Fidelio (2015/Act 1) ,“Nancy” in Britten’s Albert Herring (2014), “Tuptim” in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I (2012), and “Cosette” in Schonberg’s Les Misérables (2011).
Kristin Caliendo (flute, piano, voice, children's fundamentals)
Earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Claremont Graduate University in 2016, Master’s of Music in flute performance from Arizona State University in 2005, and her Bachelor’s of Arts from Grand Canyon University in 2003 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. The winner of the Bay View Music Festival concerto competition and two-time winner of the Maricopa Community College “Outstanding Performers Instrumental Competition,” Kristin is currently teaching at Neighborhood Music School and at her home in San Dimas, CA. She also performs with her husband, composer and guitarist Christopher Caliendo at a variety of local and national events. Kristin strives to provide her students with instruction and experience to develop musical proficiency in both music performance and knowledge in an encouraging, positive, and enjoyable atmosphere.
Carolyn Iga (CEO, piano,Kindermusik)
Grew up teaching herself to play the ukulele at the age of 4, and taking formal piano lessons at the age of 7. She became the lead trumpet in the Hawaii State Junior Orchestra, Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band. Carolyn earned a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Hawaii and a Masters in Church Music with a major on piano and choral conducting from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2000 she opened Neighborhood Music School, teaching piano to kids in her neighborhood and expanding to studios in Malibu, Santa Clarita, San Gabriel, and Arcadia. Her school was featured in the L.A. Times when 30 of her piano students performed at the Glendale Public Library. After opening her Arcadia school she began studying Mandarin and has since devoted her life to relief work there. She coaches piano, vocal, and theory students when she is in town. Fluent in Mandarin.