San Antonio School For The Performing Arts
Music Department
About Us
    SASPA was founded in 1984 by Nancy Grossenbacher, with two major goals: To provide a quality foundation in the performing arts for those who desire the arts as a career and to instill and perpetuate a genuine appreciation of the arts in our youth, thereby nurturing the artistic growth of San Antonio for future generations.

    Our staff is a collection of gifted and dedicated San Antonio professional instructors and musicians who combine a love of music with a passion to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. That passion comes across in all we do! Come in anytime and talk to us! We love to discuss what musical training you have already had and your goals–whether they are to become a working professional or just enjoy music for the rest of your life.
Arkadiy Grinman BA, MA

Arkadiy Grinman is from the Soviet Union and received his masters degree from Kishenev Conservatory where he specialized in piano performance and piano teachings as well as music theory, choir, conducting, music history and philosophy. Mr. Grinman has resided in San Antonio since 1991. He speaks fluent English and thoroughly enjoys teaching beginning through advanced levels in Piano. He is a choir director at Oak Meadows United Methodist Church and at the Temple Beth-El Synagogue. He is an active performer at private performances and clubs. Mr. Grinman has been with SASPA for twenty years.
Glynda Marrow BA, MA 
Voice, Piano

A native of Texas, is a long time music teacher and San Antonio Master Singers each for 37 years. In addition Ms. Marrow taught choir at Southwest High School for two years. She has taught private piano and voice for several years. Ms. Marrow earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Music from Howard Payne College and a Masters of Music from the University of Houston.Ms. Marrow has been with SASPA for nine years.
Elijah Zehring
Guitar, Bass, Piano

Elijah is a native of Texas, is a musician of twenty six years experience and fourteen years of educational experience. Mr. Zehring has studied Jazz Guitar with Larry LeMasters and Classical Guitar with Alycia Kauvstein. Mr. Zehring’s influences include Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Reggae, and beyond. Elijah is in the process of developing and publishing his own educational system. He enjoys teaching Music Theory, Composition and Performance. He is actively involved in music engineering, production, mixing and artist development. Mr. Zehring has been with SASPA for ten years.
Olivia Morales

Loves working with beginning and intermediate students in the discipline of the Suzuki method which she, herself began at the age of five. She has studied violin performance with San Antonio Symphony violinist, Renia Shtrenberg and most recently, retired San Francisco Principal Second, Dr. Daniel Kobialka who has also mentored her in pedagogy. In years past, Ms. Morales has played with Youth Orchestra of San Antonio’s top group, Philharmonic, the University of the Incarnate Word’s community orchestra during its Opera Gala and the professional Vivace Trio. She was selected for the Robert McDuffie master class in 2011 and was also active in performing across San Antonio for local arts organization, the Fund during its fund-raising campaigns of 2009-2011. Ms. Morales has enjoyed teaching at SASPA for three years.
Mike Baez 
Percussions, Drums

Mr. Baez has been teaching since 1977 which gives him much experience on how to teach, not only drums but how to teach individual personality types. He teaches Drum set all styles, Snare drum (rudimental and orchestral), Mallets (marimba and vibes), Latin percussion (congas, timbales and bongos). Mr. Baez has taught at S.A. Christian School, East Central H.S., Clemens H. S., Madison H.S., Kennedy H.S., John Jay H.S., Anson Jones M. S. r. Baez studied at Texas A&M and with the following instructors after his schooling.

• Georgie Padilla (World renown latin percussionist)
• Chris Adams (Co-Author of New Breed I and II)
• Chuck Silverman (Author of Practical applications using Afro-Caribbean Rhythms),
• Ed Soph (Instructor at UNT)
• Richard Wilson (Hand Technique: some of his former students are Vinnie Calaiuta and David Garibaldi )
• Ralph Hardimon( Santa Clara Vanguard and DCI hall of Fame)
• Thomas Lang (World renown drum clinician).
Cynthia Hudson BA

Received her degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon School of Music. Ms. Hudson has completed levels I, II, III as well as her master certificate in ORFF Schulwerk. She’s received certificates in World Drumming Level 1, Piano Pedagogy and Jazz Improvisation from the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. With over eighteen years experience teaching Movement and Music classes to children as young as and her certification to teach Musikgarten, Cynthia is growing our Early Childhood Music Program at SASPA.
Jeremy Morgan
Brass and Conducting

Brass instruments Teacher
Cheryl A. West, A.B., M.ED., CMP
Flute, Piano, Voice 

Cheryl A. West comes to the San Antonio School for the Performing Arts with a high school major in music; a baccalaureate degree with a Humanities major and music concentration;  graduate studies and degrees in Medical Education (Wayne State University, Detroit) and in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York). October 2013 marks the date in which Ms. West earned the title and attendant credentialing as a Certified Music Practitioner from the MUSIC FOR HEALING AND TRANSITION PROGRAM, based in upstate New York. She studied flute performance with the late Clement Barone (then active in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Roy Ernst, and Mark DeLeonard.
 She is a former member of the prestigious Tuesday Musicale of Detroit and the Detroit Federation of Musicians; the National Flute Association; the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); and Sigma Alpha Iota (professional fraternity for women in music); She performed widely on the Grosse Pointe (Michigan) Chamber Music Society/Concert Series, as well as for several presentations of the Tuesday Musicale and as a member of the Michigan Flute Choir. Her flute performances have taken her across the United States, and have included solo and ensemble work for special events, concerts, sacred music presentations, and the like.  
Voice is West’s Co-Principal Instrument. She has done solo work and participated as a member of several fine choral ensembles throughout the years.
Ms. West’s teaching experience is broad. She has served as Instructor of Flute and Voice at the Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove, in conjunction with an Adjunct Lectureship of Flute position (Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan). As well, she taught flute performance at the Michigan State University Community Music School-Detroit (Detroit, Michigan). She has served as Specials Teacher in certain San Antonio schools in the Band Programs, and as a private teacher of flute both in Detroit and San Antonio.

Yen Cecil Mencia

Yen began her career as a profesonal clarinetist in Cuba. She graduated form the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havanna, Cuba with a degree specializing in clarinet performance and instruction. In Ciego de Avila she completed the required government social service assignment teaching clarinet lessos in the Escuela de Arte and performing professionally with the regional wind symphony. She worked as a professional clarinetist with the National Wind Symphony of Cuba (Banda Nacional de Conciertos) in Havanna for seven years. Yen was selected to teach youth in the symphonic orchestra Esperanza Azteca Orquesta Sinfonica in Veracruz, Mexico. Yen looks forward to working with youth in the area, contributing to their musical training and their love of music.