Elementary School Music Faculty
K-4 General Music, 5th Grade Band
Mrs. Alyson Ancheta grew up in New Jersey and received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Rutgers University. While pursuing this degree, she was a member and secretary for the collegiate branch of M.E.N.C (Music Educators National Conference). Mrs. Ancheta studied clarinet under Dr. Maureen Hurd and also played clarinet and bassoon in orchestra and wind ensemble at Rutgers. Alyson taught private woodwind lessons and performed for local musical theater productions. Mrs. Ancheta continued her education at Arizona State University, earning a Master’s degree in Music Performance on clarinet. She also had opportunities to perform in orchestra, wind symphony, and musical theater in Arizona. She began her teaching career in Phoenix where she taught K-6 general music and beginning band. After moving to the bay area in 2007, Mrs. Ancheta taught middle school band and choir for one year in Gilroy before becoming an elementary music teacher in Los Gatos. During her time here, she spent the summers becoming Orff certified and has implemented Orff and Kodaly approaches to learning into the LGUSD music curriculum. Mrs. Ancheta continues to perform in the Bay Area in West Valley Light Opera and South Bay Musical Theater pit orchestras.
K-3 General Music, 5th Grade Choir
Mrs. Karen Anderson-Miller was born and raised in Rockford, IL. She grew up in a musical family and always sang. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Music Education, and began teaching in the Rockford Public Schools. She taught music to grades K – 7 and was the vocal music director for the Creative and Performing Arts Gifted Program for grades 4 - 8. After relocating to the Bay Area, Mrs. A.M. worked as the Primary Music Specialist for Petaluma City Schools teaching grades 1 - 3. After she had her daughter, she worked as a Music Together teacher in San Francisco, and later founded her own center, Music Together of the Greater Rockford Area. Mrs. A.M. holds Orff Certification and is a member of both NAME and AOSA.
K-5 General Music
Mrs. Ana Hartwick-George grew up in Antioch, California and at the age of nine began playing the flute. Since then she has played in various school and independent organizations, traveling throughout the U.S., Scandinavia, and Australia. Mrs. Hartwick-George attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and her teaching credential. While at Cal Poly, she participated in both the instrumental and vocal groups. In 2003, she traveled to New York with the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall. She was part of the Kappa Kappa Psi, Iota Pi chapter, which is a music service fraternity. As part of her initiation project she organized a group called “band buddies” that provided small group instruction to local elementary band programs. After completing her bachelors degree in 2004, she joined the Cuesta Master Chorale and performed various pieces with the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Mrs. Hartwick-George began teaching elementary music in 2007 both in the Bay Area and Charleston, SC. In 2010, she joined the Los Gatos Union School District team and is currently teaching kindergarten through fifth grade music.
5th Grade Choir
Mr. Corey Miller was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in the state his whole life. He grew up playing the trombone before learning percussion and piano in high school. It was in his junior year of high school that he discovered his love for singing and began training in classical voice. After high school, he moved to Fresno, California to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno. After a year and a half of singing with the Fresno State Choirs, he switched his major to Vocal Performance and later earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. Mr. Miller went on to continue his studies of classical voice at San Jose State University as he earned his Masters of Arts in Music. While at San Jose State he discovered his passion for performing not only in Opera Theatre, but in Musical Theatre. He began performing in and teaching musical theatre productions both semi-professionally and with community theatre companies. This love of teaching musical theatre brought him back to San Jose State to earn his teaching credential so that he could instill his love of music into others. When not teaching, he can be found performing with local choirs and musical theatre companies.