In 2002 a group of piano teachers in the San Francisco Bay area gathered
together to discuss the idea of presenting twice yearly public performances.
Initially conceived as an opportunity for their students to be exposed to fine
music performed by people they knew well, the recitals attract ever-growing
audiences of music lovers from all over the Bay area. Performances have been
held in churches and music stores in Walnut Creek, Danville and San Ramon. On
September 11th, 2004 they presented ‘Schubertiad: A Concert for Peace,’ and in
2005 they took as their theme ‘Impressions in Sound and Color : A Century of
Paris 1850-1950.’ An all Mozart concert was fittingly held in 2006.
The ‘piano’ parts of Piano Renaissance is made up of Anne Russell, Heather
Morris, Joel Tepper, Tanya Heeb, Marcia Berryman and Lynda McManus. Susan Waller
(flute) adds instrumental diversity to our programs and Anne Russell shares her
vocal skills. Heather Morris is a composer and often adds one of her own works
to the recital. Guest performers are sometimes featured in the program.
- Tanya Heeb
Tanya was born in Russia and spent 15 years as Head of the piano department
in one of the Musical Schools in Moscow. She specializes in piano duets that
she performs with
- Marcia Berryman
Marcia attended the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music and was a doctoral
candidate at Columbia University Teachers College. She continues her own
studies with Roy Bogas, pianist for the San Francisco Ballet.
- Lynda McManus
holds a BA in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin and an
MA in piano performance from San Jose State University. An active Bay Area
musician, she has performed as recitalist, accompanist, choral director and
chamber musician. Lynda’s CD recording ‘Something Special’ features her
original compositions for piano and is released on video through the
International Video network film entitled ‘Romantic Rhapsody.’
She currently owns the McManus Piano Company and School, located in San
- Heather Morris
Born in Northern England Heather received her B.Mus from Sheffield
university. In California she studied piano with Keith Snell and composition
with Martha Ashleigh. Her compositions range from work for solo piano to
chamber and orchestral compositions.
- Anne Cunnyngham Russell
She has performed piano solo and chamber music recitals in Italy, Japan.
Australia and France. Critics have described her playing of Liszt’s music as
‘having pianistic brilliance in her delivery, fluid and bright and notable
- Joel Tepper
Joel graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in music and psychology and an
MFA from Mills College. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and
has given many recitals at Cal and Stanford.
- Susan Waller
Susan Waller, flute, performs with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
(including more than 800 performances of the Nutcracker), freelances in the
San Francisco Bay Area, and appears throughout northern California in solo
and chamber music recitals.