Team SVS

Sugarman Vocal Studio has a team of professionals, led by Master Teacher Arden Sugarman, whose sole focus is to ensure your success. Learn more about the team below.

Arden Sugarman
Master Teacher, Founder

Arden holds a Master of Arts in Music/Vocal Performance from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from California State University, Chico. She attained a post-graduate Graduate Certificate in Education and a teaching credential from Dominican University, as well as CLAD certification for second language learners. Having taught private voice for over thirty-five years, her experience includes nine years on the Preparatory and Adult Extension Faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Nancy Fox
Studio Manager

Nancy is available by phone or email to assist with any SVS office matters. Please contact her for any billing questions. She will bill monthly and reconcile for the previous month’s lessons.

When she’s not doing bookkeeping she is happily teaching Pilates, creating and maintaining websites, gardening, baking, playing softball, and taking care of horses, cats, and human family members.

Laura Magnani
Vocal Coach; Accompanist; Concert Pianist; Piano Teacher; Chamber Music Coach

Italian pianist Laura Magnani, native of Spoleto (Italy), holds a double Degree in Piano and Voice, earned with honors at the Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” in Perugia, a Diploma of Specialization in Piano at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome and a DMA in Piano at the Conservatory of Perugia.

Karyn Kleinman
Video Production

Since 1984 Custom Video Productions has been a leader in capturing and producing the finest quality video and photo in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, Marin County, Sonoma County, the Wine Country.

Terry R. Schussler

With more than 30 years of technology experience as a software industry CTO, Terry provides technical support and website development to Sugarman Vocal Studio.

Nick Di Scala
Music Preparation, Layout and Annotation

Nick prepares specially designed sheet music for SVS students.

Robynne O’Byrne. Ph.D.
College Counselor for the Performing Arts

Robynne O’Byrne is unique among college counselors in that she is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. With extensive experience working with teens in both clinical and non-clinical settings, her unique skill set allows her to help students navigate the stressful and often anxiety provoking process of applying to and auditioning for college programs in the performing arts. She is also adept at helping parents support their students through the process.

Robynne has a deep understanding of what is required of students as they navigate the process. With her guidance, students are able to organize their time effectively, narrow down their list of schools to those that are truly a fit for them, and handle the process of applying and auditioning in a fun, exciting and effective manner.