SCPC - The Southern California Piano Conservatory | About SCPC
page,page-id-9619,page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-theme-ver-1.9,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.7.4,vc_responsive,no-js

About SCPC

 Conservatory Administrators


Tina Caplan Weiss

Founder and Headmaster

Tina Caplan Weiss began the Southern California Piano Conservatory in 1968 and is still the Headmaster today.  Even though she was only a young teen when she began teaching, Tina was still a visionary.  Today, the Conservatory has approximately 150 students and 18 teachers.  Her goal was always to teach her students to love music of all types: classical, pop, Broadway, jazz, and rags.  It was also important for her to teach the understanding of the importance of music in relationship to the brain. Critical thinking skills are taught so much clearer through music.


In 2005, Tina founded the Southern California Piano Conservatory Foundation – a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Foundation, of which she is also the President.  The SCPC Foundation is committed to the value of music in the overall educational development of children and adults, and is dedicated to creating an environment that nurtures, encourages, and develops the love of music in our community. The Foundation provides scholarships and affordable music education for the gifted and to those requiring financial assistance. It also offers innovative workshops, programs and continuing education in music performance, composition, and pedagogy.  For more information, visit the website at: 


Ah, music.  A magic beyond all we do here.” – J.K. Rowling


Kristine Jhing Sillona

Assistant Headmaster and Head of Vocal Department

Kristine Jhing Sillona is the Assistant Headmaster of the Southern California Piano Conservatory and heads the Vocal Department. She helped create the vision for the SCPC Foundation and serves as its Creative Director. She is also the Designer and Webmaster of and, and directs the SCPC Foundation Vocal Workshops, Harmonies and Melodies.


Besides her work for the conservatory and foundation, Kristine is also an international artist, singer, producer, and a Gold and Platinum Record Award winning songwriter and composer that goes by the moniker Ms. Jhing. She enjoys performing and touring around the world and giving back as a music ambassador. Her company, BRANJi, is a full service MUSIC LICENSING, MEDIA PRODUCTION, and MARKETING / BRANDING company based in Los Angeles.

Conservatory Staff

Maria Cantu
Office Manager

Maria Cantu currently attends Los Angeles Pierce College. She has been studying piano for 12 years and teaching piano since 9th grade. Teaching has inspired Maria to pursue a degree in music. Music is her obsession; she loves spending her free time volunteering at music festivals and immersing herself in present-day music culture. Her dream is to study abroad and become fluent in Italian. In addition to teaching, Maria loves road trips and dancing.

Nikki Darrow
Office Assistant

Nikki Darrow is a Junior at Calabasas High School and is currently enrolled in the SCPC Foundation’s AP Music Theory Class. She has been playing the French horn for six years and the trumpet for two years. Nikki is first chair horn in her school’s top classical group and is captain of the marching band. She is also an avid lover and player of big band jazz. Nikki is the youngest member of the acclaimed Los Angeles Symphonic Winds with whom she recently performed at the Disney Concert Hall. She was recently been awarded a scholarship to Idyllwild Arts Academy to perform as part of its Wind Symphony.

Matthew Jaysen
Office Assistant

Matthew started playing the acoustic guitar at the age of eight and later transitioned to bass. The best musical advice he received was, ``bands always need a bassist.`` Since then he’s had many opportunities playing with artists like Aaron Carter, Slash, and of course for the SCPCF. Matthew hopes that his work for the Conservatory and Foundation will help other students benefit from the music programs like he has.