Elise Bombaro

Available: 5:00-9:00 Tuesdays. 

Elise Kartheiser has been performing piano since she was in grade school.  Beginning at the Yamaha piano school, Elise studied with great local teachers, Herbert Wigley and Bernard Weiser.  She continued her piano studies with Seymour Lipkin, teacher at the Juilliard School, and at the Curtis Institute.  Along side her piano studies she majored in violin performance at Temple University.  

Numerous awards in High School included the MMTA's young musician of the year in 1989, and placements in the Minnesota Orchestra’s (YPSCA) concerto auditions granted her performances at Orchestra Hall and O'Shaughnessy auditorium.  

After earning her BA in piano performance with Lydia Artymiw at the University of Minnesota, Elise devoted her time to teaching piano at various studios and performing locally with numerous groups, including the Dakota Valley Symphony and the Austin City Orchestra. Elise believes that the process of studying music is more important than the final performance, believing that music instills creativity, discipline, and a life long appreciation of music.


Available: 5:00-9:00 PM Monday and Thursday. 11:00-3:00 Saturday.

Keiko Takahashi began playing the piano at age 6, in her school located in the north of Japan. Her first piano teacher taught her until 4th grade. She had two more teachers through middle school and high school. In 1966 she entered the University of Yamagata; College of Education and Music. She was educated by professor Hiroshi Kanai, a concert pianist and instructor. After graduating, Keiko became a high school music teacher at Yomohama for three years. She then went on to work with the Yamaha music school for two years. From 1975 until 1997 Keiko ran her own private lesson piano studio. In 2000 she came to the USA as a Christian missionary. In addition to her work as a missionary, she was asked to be the church pianist and to also give young people music education. From 2003 until 2016 she taught at her church. Keiko loves piano ensembles, piano duos, and piano accompaniment. She is very welcoming of teaching all ages, from young children to adults.