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inara_retreat_bend220_textmediumInara Morgenstern has taken an active role in the San Francisco Bay Area classical music scene for more than three decades - in both teaching and performing roles.

In addition to teaching piano and musicianship to students at San Francisco State University, she teaches piano to adults in private studio. Her philosophy is to provide a fun, supportive learning environment that lets students gain skills to express themselves through music.

Inara is well known for her solo and duo piano performances. In her solo piano performances, she has championed compositions by the Russian composer Nicolai Medtner as well as American composers, such as Amy Beach, Charles Griffes and Leo Ornstein.

She has long partnered with SFSU colleague Victoria Neve on frequent programs of duo piano music by a wide range of classical and modern composers.

In addition, Inara is renowned for her facility in accompaniment. She is in constant demand for vocal and instrumental programs. She frequently is heard in recitals at the University of California at Santa Cruz Music Dept. and is the principal accompanist for the Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo.

Inara is interested in animal causes and shoes. She volunteers at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea in San Francisco, where she often can be found on Shabbat mornings at Torah with Rabbi Rosalind Glazer.

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