Meet Our Instructors

Donato McDermott

(Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Voice, Violin, Ukulele, Production) 

Donato McDermott has a background in playing music as well as teaching.  Music is Donato’s life, which led him to be the founder of Evolution Music Conservatory. He has been involved in several successful bands (Legs on Sale, Royal Heist, Dondo and the Mothership) and has most recently created his own current curriculum for teaching.  He has over 15 years experience instructing at professional music schools and loves teaching anyone with a desire to learn. He teaches guitar, drums, piano and bass to beginners up to professional levels as well as songwriting, recording, theory, harmony, sight-reading and ear training.

Nick Bergere

(Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Violin, Cello, Ukulele, Production)

 Nick Bergere is a seasoned performer and musician, thanks to his wide skill set on multiple instruments. Starting on cello, he soon learned guitar, violin, piano, drums, and bass, where he played all these instruments almost daily during the completion of his Music degree at the Florida State University. Marching in the Rose Bowl, playing bass in sold out stadiums across the country, studying guitar, and playing keys for worship bands since 2008, Nick has gained an appreciation and skillset over many genres, from jazz, to metal, to contemporary, to funk. Nick is also an experienced audio engineer, and has engineering credits on dozens of tracks, writing, recording, comping, tuning, mixing, and mastering music of all styles.

Sheri Pearlman

(Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano)

Sheri Pearlman is an American clarinetist based out of Los Angeles, California. Sheri received her musical education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in her native city of Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied under New York Philharmonic's Principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill. She received a talent scholarship from this renowned institution, as well as numerous awards. One distinction of note includes the Peabody Institute's Award for Excellence in Chamber Music as well as an additional scholarship to concertize and perform chamber music throughout Europe.

Matt Koelsch

(Voice, Guitar, Bass, Piano)

Music Education is a rewarding experience which will instill a love of music, one that students will carry with them for the rest of their life. Music education facilities the understanding of other subjects and enhances the skills in other developing areas. I believe that all young students should be taught the fundamental building blocks of music theory, an introduction to instruments & songwriting so they can continue to explore music on their own or in a group. I have had a passion for music from my early experiences in school playing the piano, clarinet, guitar and composing/ recording music. I remember the enthusiasm and dedication my early music teachers brought to the classroom in Massachusetts and I want to share that same excitement with the students of Evolution Music in Los Angeles. I am looking forward to helping these students grow musically. Matt Koelsch’s achievements to date include selling thousands of physical records/CD’s, performing over 150 shows per year, winning a summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music, signing a 2 year performance agreement with the Walt Disney Company as well as sharing the stage with members of legendary bands such as REM, Pink Floyd and Toto. 

Gabriela Castro

(Clarinet, Piano)

Originally from Santa Clarita, CA, Gabriela Castro completed a Masters of Music degree at the School of Music at Cal State University, Fullerton, where she studied with Burt Hara of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She also completed a Bachelor of Music degree at CSUF in the spring of 2013, her primary teachers being Hakan Rosengren and Margaret Worsley. In addition to these teachers, she has played in several master classes at CSUF for Yehuda Gilad, Anthony McGill, Alexander Fiterstein, Mark Nuccio, and Nathan Williams. Gabriela also performs frequently with her quartet, who has built a following on YouTube with their cover videos of well-known pop and electronic songs by artists such as Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, and Eurythmics. She also runs her own YouTube channel, Musicians Prime, whose objective is to spawn and cultivate the next generation of classical music content creators.

Dylan Ryan

(Drums, Guitar, Piano, Bass)

Born in Chicago, Dylan Ryan took full advantage of the city's musical offerings, studying with several of the Windy City's jazz legends as well as playing in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.  While earning his BA from DePaul University, Dylan was already touring and recording with rock outfits and jazz combos.  Since then he has played on over 60 recordings and performed all over the world with multiple bands.  

He has performed on the stages of such festivals as LA's FYF Fest, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, New York Jazz Fest, and Chicago's Pitchfork Fest as well as Los Angeles' Redcat Theater and Chicago's Symphony Center. Dylan has been teaching drums for 18 years and has been on staff at several music schools including The Bloom School Of Jazz, Sound Roads Music, and The Old Town School Of Folk Music. Most recently, Dylan's music has been featured in the LA Film Festival's Audience Award recipient I Am Thalente (2016) and Critics Choice nominee The Florida Project(2017)

GC Castillo

(Guitar, Bass, Ableton, Logic, Pro-tools)

GC Castillo is a music producer/guitarist from Lima, Peru. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree on Contemporary Writing and music production, after being awarded an international scholarship. Since moving to the US, he has shared the stage as a supporting musician for Grammy winning/nominated artists such as American Idol's winner Fantasia, Wizkid, Mr. Eazi, Luke James, Chrisette Michelle, J. Ivy among others. Some of his music productions have been featured in media content for clients such as Viacom (MTV, VH1) Ebay, and. GC currently resides in Los Angeles, CA were he splits his time between a music educator and producer for different international/national acts. 

Chelsea Obermeier

(Voice, Piano)

 Chelsea is a light lyric soprano originally from the Midwest. She has studied piano and voice since the age of 12. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 and her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2016. Chelsea has been teaching private voice, piano, and piano/voice fusion lessons for the past 5 years. In addition to teaching privately, she is the K-8 music teacher and choir director at the Woodcrest School in Tarzana. In addition to teaching, Chelsea has a long history of performance. She has performed in Los Angeles with Pacific Opera Project, with Opera Carolina in North Carolina, and Opera Omaha in Nebraska. 

Tim Conley

(Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass, Drums)

Tim is a highly experienced musician with over fifteen years of teaching experience. Born in Philadelphia, Tim majored in Jazz Guitar and Music Composition in College. As an instructor, Tim creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere while instilling confidence in his students with positive reinforcement.  He teaches guitar, bass, piano, drums and ukulele.   An accomplished performer, Tim has toured all over the world at prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in NYC; and festivals including the Halifax Jazz Festival in Nova Scotia and Gilles Peterson’s WWS in Tokyo, JP.  He has also performed with many Rock, Jazz, HipHop and Electronic artists like Bernie Worrell, Mike Watt, Digable Planets, Jose James, Mark Guiliana and Taylor McFerrin. Tim is continually excited to share his musical knowledge and experience with aspiring musicians.  His goal as a teacher is to provide a balance of music theory, sight reading, and instrument proficiency in the genre/s that each student is most interested in pursuing.

Christina Apostolopoulos

(Guitar, Ukulele)

Christina attended Berklee College of Music with a scholarship, where she majored in Guitar Performance. She began studying guitar at age 8 and has played in various genres including blues, rock, folk & classical. In addition to being a skilled guitar player, Christina is also a vocalist and prolific songwriter. She has played hundred of shows as a solo performer and released her debut album The Only Thing I’m Good At, in 2018. She has worked as a session guitarist for various artists including Georgia Nott of Broods and Kimi Recor of Lone Priestess, as well as for music in film & television.  Since graduating, she has been teaching music full time at various after school programs & through private lessons. She is excited to join the Evolution Music team!

Paige Stark

(Voice, Drums)

Paige Stark is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer from Los Angeles. She studied music and vocal performance on scholarship at Pepperdine University under famed vocal coach Elisabeth Howard. While at Pepperdine, she also completed a masterclass series taught by Tony Award winners and Broadway legends such as John Raitt, Rita Moreno, Douglas Sills, and Susan Egan. After graduation she began playing in bands and studying recording under the mentorship of Jon Brion. She has toured nationally and internationally with her band, Tashaki Miyaki, opening for various artists such as Florence and the Machine, the Walkmen, DIIV, Blonde Redhead and the Allah-Las. She has produced records for her own band, Tashaki Miyaki, as well as for Cherry Glazerr, L.A. Witch, and the Aquadolls.  Her music and compositions have appeared in several national commercials, tv shows, and films.

Jay Pinfold


Jay Pinfold hales from Bloemfontein, South Africa with roots in New Zealand and Australia has played in various international bands over the years. Thriving on hard rock and a passion for metal, jazz, blues & progressive rock, Jay has an eclectic influence driving him when he's belting out a beat.
Jay has traveled the world; Indonesia found him playing with the likes of Mike Tramp from White Lion; Norway had Jay and his band opening for Slash & Friends and while at the onset of his career back in Australia, Jay became a student for several years of the renowned Aussie drum teacher, Darryn Farrugia who himself has played with the likes of Joe Cocker, B. B. King, Chubby Checker, Eartha Kitt etc 

Grant Jordan

(Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, Piano)

Being a musician in Los Angeles has provided Grant with many wonderful opportunities. Traveling the world, sharing the stage with some of the greatest players in L.A., playing on records and getting to teach all in the name of music. Throughout his youth Grant played in school jazz bands, local rock bands and in college music became his primary focus. He studied jazz performance, earned a degree in Music Business and juggled multiple original projects during his 4 years at The University of Redlands. In 2008 Grant moved to L.A. and began learning what it meant to be a professional musician. Not just what was expected of him as a player but also the importance of preparedness, being on time, and a good attitude. Grant has toured the country and abroad, was a two time finalist at the "Next Great Drummer Competition" sponsored by Sam Ash Music and is the drummer featured on the popular interactive music toy "Paper Jamz" Drum series.

Matt Tucci

(Drums, Guitar)

Matt “Tucc” Tucci started playing percussion in the school band at 9, but had been banging on pots and pans with wooden spoons since before he could walk. Studying under drummers such as Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Snoop Dogg) and Brian Wilson (Johnny Dowd, Jamie Lidell) has helped him develop a unique curriculum with the knowledge to help both beginners and advanced drum students alike. He owns/operates Groovru, a widely recognized drum brand followed by many of the world’s best drummers,  including Daniel Platzman (Imagine Dragons), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Travis Barker (Blink 182), Steve Smith (Journey), and many more. He’s recorded drums on albums from New York to California, and has a Bachelor of Science in Audio from Ithaca College.