William Y. Moores, M.D.,
Apollo Academy Program Director
Dr. Moores is currently retired from an active practice of cardiothoracic surgery where he held staff appointments at several university, civilian and military medical centers. His education and professional training was obtained at Duke University, Yale University, the University of Michigan, the University of California, San Francisco, and the National Heart Hospital in London. He has continued his medical activities in cardiovascular disease with special emphasis on preventive medicine, alternative and complimentary medicine, and the wellness benefits from positive life style adjustments and participation in the arts. Dr. Moores is an avid amateur classical musician who brings to Apollo Academy an experience of several decades in promoting classical music performance in various civic organizations. He is married to Margaret Moores, a professional cellist, with extensive experience in major classical music organizations such as the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as chamber music performing and coaching in the United States and Europe.
Alexander String Quartet,
Apollo Academy Resident Ensemble
Having celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2011, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premiere ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), and the Bartok and Shostakovich cycles have all won international critical acclaim. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence for San Francisco Performances and Directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University. Hear ASQ play Brahms. For more about ASQ, visit asq4.com
Robert M. Greenberg, Ph.D.,
Composer, Pianist, and Musicologist
Robert Greenberg is currently Music Historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances. He earned a B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and received a Ph.D. in music composition, from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Greenberg has held several academic appointments including positions at UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was chairman of the Department of Music History and Director of the Adult Extension Division. As a composer he has completed over forty-five original compositions, many of which have received prestigious awards. robertgreenbergmusic.com
David Watts, M.D., Poet and Professor of Medicine, UCSF
David Watts has taught poetry and literature at the Fromm Institute for almost 20 years. He is published widely in the field: seven books of poems, two books of short stories and several essays. He also organizes and leads a summer workshop on the subject of writing and healing. His name shows up repeatedly on the list of America’s Best Doctors and America’s Most Compassionate Doctors and he is an inventor in the field of gastroenterology. He is a classically trained musician, a television producer/host and occasional NPR commentator.
Jo Lewzey, Yoga and Meditation Instructor
Jo is a deeply spiritual person and has always been curious about the meaning of life. She began her journey as a dancer, dancing professionally for 5 years and then realized that she wanted to somehow help others. Already having the deep connection with her body, she fell in love with yoga immediately. She began to practice yoga in 2003 and teaching in 2006. She has studied with her most influential teacher Maritza for over 5 years, drawing from her profound wisdom, knowledge, and experience of the practice. The most important thing Jo wants to bring across to students of her yoga classes is self-acceptance and love; to truly embrace and enjoy the journey of yoga and life, and find a deep connection with one’s body, becoming your own teacher and guide. She also hopes that each student will take a step back from the busy, distracting world in order to see with clarity and focus, as well as find direction in life, guided from the Heart and Soul.
Rosalyn White, Co-Director, Ratna Ling Retreat Center
Rosalyn White is Executive Co-Director of the Tibetan Aid Project and a longtime Instructor at the Nyingma Institute. She has been practicing meditation for over 35 years. An accomplished painter, with special interest in the art forms of the Buddhist tradition, Ms. White brings an exceptional insight into the healing traditions of the arts and Buddhist practices.