Fall 2016 Faculty

The members of our faculty will be more than teachers. They’ll be your mentors, your collaborators, and help you work your way up in the music industry. Being experienced and talented professionals in their field—they bring a thorough knowledge of music to the classroom that comes from a rich professional background in the music industry. The coolest thing about the faculty at Sam is the melange of Carnatic music and western music that they will introduce to your musical sensibilities. You’ll find yourself transferring their influences to your ensemble rehearsals, performances, recording sessions, and gigs.

raghuMr.Raghuraman Ramasubramanian


Raghuraman is an accomplished guitarist and sessionist active in the local as well as South-East Asian music scene. Raghu holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and has also graduated from the Berklee Transfer Programme at the International College of Music, Malaysia.

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Esther RojasThomas Juth (Sweden) Production Faculty


Multiple Grammy Award winning mix engineer, Thomas Juth is based in Berlin
as a mixing & recording engineer and music producer Thomas over the course of his career has worked with Jamie Cullum, Jesse & Joy, Cat Stevens, Jason Mraz, Elton John, KT Tunstall, A-ha and many more…

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Esther RojasEsther Rojas (Colombia) Bass Faculty


Esther Rojas is an accomplished and multi-faceted musician who plays the
bass and is also an arranger, producer and musical director.

Hailing from Colombia, Esther began playing the violin at a young age of 10
and then her interest shifted to the bass,…

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Sid Jacobs (U.S.A) Guitar Faculty


Sid Jacobs was 7 years old when his fascination with the guitar began. When his family moved to Nevada, Sid obtained a position as guitar instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This made him, at eighteen, the youngest faculty member in the school’s music department …

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Karina Colis Mexico

Karina Colis (Mexico) Drums Faculty


Karina Vazquez Colis is truly one the world’s most promising talents in New York City. In addition to her skills as a drummer and percussionist, she is also an accomplished singer. Her musical work is characterized by a diversity of rhythms and styles, combining the roots of various European…

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carneiro silvaPedro Carneiro Silva (Brazil) Piano Faculty


Pedro is a successful pianist who collaborates with artists from all over the world. His recent collaborations include Ben Barritt, Mishka Adams, Ferrnanda Paulo and many more artists. Pedro has also toured Pedro has also toured with the famous …

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carneiro silvaLuiza Sales Rangel (Brazil) Voice Faculty


Sweet sounding and mellifluous, Luiza Sales is a Brazilian singer, composer
and educator specializing in Brazilian, Jazz, and Latin American music.
Luiza began her musical journey at a young age of 8 playing the violin and singing in choirs…

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Dr. M. Lalitha India

Dr. M. Lalitha (India) – Dean, Indian Music Program & Violin Faculty


Maestro Kalaimamani Dr. M. Lalitha is an internationally acclaimed Carnatic Violinist. She has the privilege of being the fourth generation of musicians in her family & stands today amongst the most outstanding instrumental musicians…

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Sreyas Narayanun (India) Carnatic Voice Faculty


Sreyas Narayanun, who was earlier known by C. B. Ramanarayanan is Carnatic vocalist of outstanding merit and has been giving concerts in prestigious concert halls in India and abroad. He is an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Chennai. Blessed with a deep …

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Umayalpuram Mali India

Umayalpuram Mali (India) Carnatic Percussion Faculty


He is a popular mrudhangam player who learnt from Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer and Umayalpuram Sivaraman. He is acknowledged as one of the most accommodative accompanists in the classical music scene and has played with stalwarts like …

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