Amy Likar, Diane Maltester, and Miles Graber

Miles Graber, Amy Likar, Diane Maltester

Amy will be joined by her long time collaborative pianist, Miles Graber.  They are excited to welcome Oakland Symphony clarinetist, Diane Maltester on Portraits of Langston.

Amy Likar, M.AmSAT, DMA, Licensed Andover Educator is a San Francisco Bay Area based performing and teaching artist.  Equally at home in an orchestra, as a chamber musician or as a soloist, Amy is also a passionate and committed teacher of all ages.  As member of the Oakland Symphony, she is committed to the symphony’s mission of classical music for all and mentors for their Music for Excellence Program.  She is adjunct flute faculty at St. Mary’s College of California. 

Amy has been a soloist, and guest teaching artist at many colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe and a frequent performer and presenter at conferences and conventions throughout the world. She is the editor and narrator for the DVD, Move Well, Avoid Injury and the author of the recently released Breathing Book for Flute. Visit for more information.

Oakland Symphony patrons may remember her critically acclaimed performance of Martin Rokeach’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra in March of 2016. 

She is happy to be a member of the Flute New Music Consortium. The Valerie Coleman project is the third FNMC project she has participated in.  

Amy Likar has been a Powell player for 25 years and is pleased to be a Powell Performing Artist. 

Diane Maltester is the clarinet instructor for St. Mary’s College, California State University East Bay and has been on the music faculty at Los Medanos College since 1980. She is a member of the Oakland Symphony and principal clarinetist in the Vallejo Symphony, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, and Walnut Creek Festival Opera. She performs numerous solo and chamber recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Diane is the co-conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony, a Bay Area Honor Band.  She enjoys teaching privately and is a former Northern Woodwind Chairperson for the Music Teachers’ Association of California. 

Miles Graber has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971 where he has developed a wide reputation as a collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. He has also been associated with the Oakland Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the California Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Berkeley Opera, Opera San Jose and others.  He has been a frequent performer with members of the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Symphony and others. Mr. Graber is staff accompanist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He often collaborates with artists for the Mondavi Center for the Arts Young Artist Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Summer Brass Institute.