Staff & Creatives*

Jordan Daniel Haar, Performing Arts Coordinator
Renata Tervalon, Curator & Host
Fernando Carpenter, Series curator, Oakland Freedom Jazz Society (Every Monday night)
Ruthie Dineen, Doug Lee & Luis Salcedo, Series curators and members of RDL+, Bay Area Bridges (2nd Sundays)
Jean Melesaine, Resident Visual Artist


Claire Gendler, Group Voice Instructor
Alice Riegert, Capoeira Instructor
Dolores "Lolis" Garcia, Son Jarocho Instructor [currently on hiatus]

*Studio Grand also partners with various curators, performing and teaching artists, and other presenters throughout the year who may not be listed on this page. 


Holly Schneider was the visionary who dreamt up and created Studio Grand in September 2013. A local teaching-artist, parent, and musician herself, she was invested in seeing more family-friendly and artist-centered options in the neighborhood. In 2014, very suddenly, we lost Holly. This was a very big loss to those who knew and loved her. She had a very giving spirit, always encouraging people in every way she could. In the short time she spent growing Studio Grand, it became a very important space to so many people. She is now our brightest star in the universe, looking over Studio Grand and her loved ones from the heavens. We miss her dearly and treasure every memory we have with her. We continue to nurture the gift she left for us all with Studio Grand.


Studio Grand is an artist- and volunteer-run organization, and there are many ways to get involved! Volunteers play an integral role in our everyday operations. We’re seeking volunteers to act as Counter, Door, or Sound persons for our performance series. Fill out our Volunteer Form to sign up.



For all booking inquiries, visit our Contact page. 

We look forward to having you by!