Keyboard Studies - Faculty

Kirill Gliadkovsky,
Director of Keyboard Studies

Kirill Gliadkovsky
Keyboard Instructor
(949) 582-4300

Mr. Gliadkovsky's performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America.

Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "...the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned... enthralling... all in all, a gripping and masterful performance".

Dany Margolies at The Malibu Times describes his playing: "wondrous range... impassioned depth... enormous physical and emotional power... a complete artist".

Fine dramatic sense… appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices… wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram;

The most impressive… memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” - Izvestia (Moscow, Russia).

Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6,
Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. The venues included Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale and Chandler AZ, National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, DC, 1st Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Philharmonic Hall in Poznan, Poland, and many others. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl festivals in the USA and Credomatic Festival in Costa Rica, and worked with well-known conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky, Patrick Flynn, among others.

Mr. Gliadkovsky's popularity is also fast growing being a featured artist in numerous live TV and radio broadcasts and programs on such networks as NPR, CBS, PBS, CBC, WQXR, KBYU, KPAC, Russian State TV and Radio and others. He has recorded six CDs for Alexei Records and for CMK Classics labels.

Kirill Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. Mr. Gliadkovsky attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ). Mr. Gliadkovsky also earned both his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). He also coached with Ann Schein, Herbert Stessin, Stephen Kovacevich and Lev Naumov. Kirill Gliadkovsky took numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.

Mr. Gliadkovsky is an orchestra and choral conductor. He performs on harpsichord, as well. He performs in a duo piano team with his wife and a concert pianist Anna Gliadkovskaya. Mr. Gliadkovsky has been on piano faculties at USC, Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College. He has also served as the music director and organist at Westwood Hills Christian Church in Los Angeles. Additionally, Mr. Gliadkovsky have given numerous masterclasses in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Flagstaff, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano competitions and have been accepted at schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UNT and USU.

Dr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at Saddleback College as a Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies.  Prior to coming to Saddleback, he has been on the piano faculty at USC and Santa Monica College and served as the head of piano area at SUU (Southern Utah University) in Cedar City, UT.  Mr. Gliadkovsky has been in demand as a masterclass artist-teacher and piano adjudicator in piano competitions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano contests and have been accepted to schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UCSB, UNT, SMU, BYU and USU, often with fellowship and scholarship awards. Dr. Gliadkovsky has given lectures and demonstrations at many music conferences, including the MTNA. He has recently published an article on artistic pedaling in California Music Teacher Magazine (March 2018). This season alone, while on sabbatical, he performed and traveled in 20+ countries in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, as well as gave recitals/masterclasses in New York City, New Mexico, and California, with many more upcoming ones in Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, New Hampshire, New York City, and in both Southern and Northern California.




Concert Hour with Kirill Gliadkovsky: Piano Heritage of Viennese Composers In the Light of Musical Traditions of Vienna, Austria: Lecture-Recital on THursday, August 30, 2018, FA101

Gershwin I got Rhythm

Gottschalk Souvenirs d'Andalousie

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, 3d mvt. and

Balakirev Islamey

Gershwin The Man I Love

Schumann Symphonic Etudes and



Jean Guillou Scenes d'enfant
part 1
part 2


Juanita Brightbill (Emeritus)

Juanita Brightbill
Juanita Brightbill
Keyboard Instructor

Juanita Brightbill has been on the music faculty at Saddleback College since 1975. In addition to teaching beginning and intermediate piano classes she has served as the Fine Arts representative on the Academic Senate, the Faculty Association and has taught courses in Music Appreciation, and Music Fundamentals, She was the Coordinator of the Applied Music Program for ten years and also during that time established the day time Concert Hour Series which featured guest performers, student recitals, and master classes which were well attended by students and the community.

Before computer access was available to students as it is now she published the “Music News’ for Saddleback music students to keep apprised of all the music activities and performances and compiled what was called the ‘Music Guide’ which was used by SCC students for many years outlining the courses and resources for the music majors and minors.

Juanita graduated with an AA degree from Diablo Valley Community College in northern California, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Chapman University in Music Education and a Masters of Arts in Group Piano Pedagogy from California State University at Fullerton. Her Masters Thesis was cited in the “Keyboard Companion” Magazine as a source for teachers who work with the older adult piano student. She has served on the board of the California Group Piano Association, been a clinician at the CMEA-Southern California Conference and been a member of MTAC since 1980.

Ms. Brightbill is a dedicated teacher who not only enjoys teaching but also feels an enthusiastic commitment to help students establish a strong foundation in their basic studies upon which their skills can grow. Students who take her classes can feel prepared to move forward in the sequence of piano courses whether they are music majors or non majors who are just interested in pursuing a life long dream to play the piano.

Juanita has two grown children and lives with her husband, Alvin Brightbill in Laguna Niguel.

Pennie Foster

Pennie Foster
Pennie Foster
Keyboard Instructor

Since 1969, Pennie Foster has accompanied the Saddleback Chorale and served as organist-pianist for the Laguna Beach Methodist Church where she and her husband, Jeff, lead the Music Ministry. Pennie is on Saddleback College's associate faculty where she was the 2004 Teacher of the Year and has taught class piano since 1979.

She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she was a music staff accompanist. She has received great joy as a collaborative pianist for soloists and groups, and she began her career at an early age by accompanying her father's music students.

Pennie and M'lou Dietzer formed the Janus Duo, a piano duet team which produced five CD's and performed lecture-recitals extensively throughout southern California. Currently, Pennie performs with pianists Deborah Glass, Daniel Thompson and Michael Vantrease in the Sodalis Piano Quartet.


Dr. Anna Gliadkovskaya

Anna Gliadkovskaya
Anna Gliadkovskaya
Keyboard Instructor

Anna Gliadkovskaya was born in Samara, Russia and has studied music since the age of 5. Mrs. Gliadkovskaya attended the Specialized Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev and the Russian Music Academy after Gnessins in Moscow - some of the most prestigious music institutions in Russia - where her teachers included renowned musicians Olga Sherstyuk and Alexander Alexandrov, the dean of the Academy. Only the most talented and promising musicians were admitted to those schools, and there was a serious competition to get in. Anna received many scholarships, awards and honors throughout her studies in Kiev and Moscow, including a special scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Russia given only to the most outstanding music students. She was selected on the basis of her achievements and participated at the joint American-Russian music production "Peace Child" in 1988, made possible by the Cultural Exchange Treaty signed by then presidents Gorbachev and Reagan.

Anna Gliadkovskaya took numerous prizes at national and international piano competitions, starting from the age of seven, when she took the First prize at a contest for composition in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, and then continuing with the First prize at the Quadrennial Republican Piano Contest in Ukraine in 1982, at the All-Union Piano Contest held in Vilnius, Lithuania (for all of the former Soviet Union) in 1987, and the Second Prize at the Concertino-Prague International Piano Competition in Czechoslovakia in 1985.

After the first public appearance at the age of 6, Anna has performed across Russia, including at Rachmaninoff and Gnessin Halls in Moscow, as well as at the Conservatory and Philharmonic Halls in Kiev. Other important performances included Musik Halle in Hamburg, Germany, Dom Umeltza (Philharmonic Concert Hall) in Prague, Chech Republic, Jack Singer and the University Halls in Calgary, Canada, Wickenburg and Scottsdale Centers for the Arts in Arizona, performances at Leisure World, CA, Heber City Piano Festival, UT and others. Mrs. Gliadkovskaya has also performed piano and chamber recitals in Germany, Chech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and in the United States. She participated twice at the South Chech Music Festival, at the Weimar Festival in Germany and at the Rachmaninoff Festival in Russia. She has worked with such well-known conductors as Sergei Skripka, Peter Vronsky, Vladimir Yanovitsky and Joseph Kaufman.

Anna earned her Master Degree and Postgraduate Diploma (an equivalent of American ABD/Doctorate Degree) from Gnessins Russian Music Academy. Mrs. Gliadkovskaya was featured on numerous TV and radio broadcasts of her performances on such networks as Russian and Ukrainian State TV and Radio, Czechoslovakian State TV and Radio, stations in Calgary, Canada. She has recently recorded a CD for Alexei Records.

Anna has written music for piano and voice. One of her compositions was published by a major state publishing company in the former Soviet Union. She also performs duo piano recitals with her husband, Kirill Gliadkovsky. Their duo piano team has performed numerous concerts in many states across the United States. Anna Gliadkovskaya is a researcher, as well. Her work about French Baroque composer Rameau has been published by the Russian Music Academy in Moscow. Anna has been on the piano faculty at SUU in 2007-2011. She started teaching at Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges in 2012.

Pamela Worcester

Pamela Worcester
Pamela Worcester
Keyboard Instructor

Pamela Worcester has been a member of the Saddleback College music faculty since 1998. She received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Her teachers include Constance Keene, Yoshie Akimoto, and Dr. Marc Silverman. She has given performances on both the east and west coasts. She was among the many fine teachers featured at the 2005 World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Anaheim, California.

Pamela has also had her article published in Clavier Companion magazine. She is the current President of the Music Teachers' Association of California, Orange Coast Cities Branch and is also an Executive Board Member for the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.

She directs and organizes many competitions like the Saddleback College Concerto Competition and Bach Region V Festival. Pamela is a frequent adjudicator at piano competitions throughout Southern California. In addition, she maintains a busy private teaching schedule at her piano studio in Lake Forest, California where she has produced many prize-winning students.