VMI Directors


Tasha and Christine met in 2012.  They quickly realized that not only did they have their musical ability and passion for teaching in common, but also shared a similar dream for inspiring young musicians.  In 2014 they realized their dream by founding Vivace Music Institute of San Diego and directing the first VMI Summer Camp.  In 2014 Tasha and Christine also formed their piano and harp ensemble, Pacifica Duo.

Summer Camp Faculty

Christine Darling Director and Piano Instruction

Starting Suzuki piano lesson at the age of 2 1/2 years old, Christine Darling has always had a passion for music.  Mrs. Darling attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA and achieved a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance.  She continued her education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance.  While in Dallas, Mrs. Darling was an apprentice to Suzuki Master Teacher, Cathy Hargrave, for two years.

Christine Darling has taught private lessons and Musikgarten classes at the Community School of Music and the Arts at University of Redlands for the past five years.  She currently teaches Musikgarten and keyboard classes at La Jolla Village Montessori School as well as her private students in San Diego.  Mrs. Darling is a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC), Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and Suzuki Music Association of California-San Diego Branch (SMAC-SDB)


Tasha Smith Godinez Director and Harp Instruction

Starting Suzuki violin lessons at age 3 and harp lessons at age 8, Tasha Smith Godinez has spent her lifetime as a musician.  Mrs. Smith Godinez attended San Diego State University where she attained a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance.  she continued her performance education at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in Paris, France where she studied with world renowned harpist Isabelle Perrin, and received a diploma in Harp Performance.  Upon returning to San Diego, Tasha returned to San Diego State University where she obtained a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance.

Tasha Smith Godinez is the director and harp isntructor of the San Diego Harp Academy.  As a performer, she has graced the stages internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician.  Some of her most recent accomplishments include being a guests artist at the Mexican International Harp Festival and Competition, premiering new music both in the United States and Mexico, and recording her first solo CD which was released in October 2014.