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San Francisco Renaissance Voices

 

Singers

 

The number of singers varies for each performance depending upon the repertoire being performed.  The current core group of singers for San Francisco Renaissance Voices is:

 

J. Jeff Badger - Richard Branstrom - Nancy Cooke Munn

Elizabeth Douthitt - Irene Gallardo - Rita Lilly

Hilding Lundkvist - Katherine Mc Kee - Andrew Morgan

Meghan O'Connor - Jennifer Owen - Hyung Gyu Park

Jess G. Perry - Jared Pierce - Owen Smith - Emily Stauffer

Chloe Veltman - Sarah Wolf

Rebekah Wu

 

Staff

 

Todd Jolly, Music Director

Mr. Jolly received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Trenton State College and holds a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  He also serves as Music Director at St. John's Presbyterian Church (Berkeley, CA) and previously served as Director of Liturgical Music at Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church (San Francisco, CA) for almost a decade.  He has studied composition and conducting with such noted  figures as Tony DeNicola, Cloyd Duff, Lloyd Pfautsch, Austin Lovelace, and Alice Parker.

 

A percussionist, a published composer and arranger, and an ordained Presbyterian minister, he also teaches music at Stuart Hall for Boys, second through eighth grade, and directs two boy choirs.  Until recently, he was on the staff of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and appears occasionally with them still.  During the fall of 2004 Mr. Jolly was Composer-in-Residence at San Franciscoís School for the Arts, composing two commissioned pieces, To Be Read at a Funeral and The Oath, which were subsequently performed at the school.

 

Previously a guest conductor with San Francisco Renaissance Voices, he became the groupís regular conductor august 2005.

 

Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director

Ms. McKee holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Master's degree with honors in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory and has directed choirs, community orchestras and opera, and school groups since her college years.  In the Boston area she directed the children's, youth and adult choirs at Hanscom Air Force Base's Protestant Chapel, taught stringed instruments and conducted orchestras in the Somerset (MA) public schools and served as assistant conductor for the Jamaica Plain Symphony Orchestra.  In New York she founded and directed the chamber group Premier, which focused on newly composed works for a cappella voices, and served as an assistant conductor for the Gregg Smith Singers and at St. Bartholomew's Church.

 

In the San Francisco Bay Area she has served on the conducting faculty of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, as chorus master, prompter and music director for San Francisco Lyric Opera, and as music director of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Noe Valley.

 

As a singer she is much in demand as an oratorio soloist, and appears regularly with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Renaissance Voices, and the chorale of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.  Ms. McKee teaches private vocal students who perform throughout the Bay Area including members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Opera Chorus, San Francisco Choral Society, Woodminster Theater, and Lamplighters Music Theatre.

 

J. Jeff Badger, Managing Artistic Director

Currently, Mr. Badger is also Managing Director of Seventh Avenue Performances (San Francisco).  Previously he was Director of Development for American Bach Soloists and Managing Director for Noe Valley Chamber Music (San Francisco).  He has worked as a Development Officer with San Francisco Opera, and as Managing Director/Board President of the California Bach Society.  Additionally, he has served on various non-profit boards including serving five years on the San Francisco Mayorís Committee for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, and as Executive Chair of the committee for four of those years.  He is perhaps best know to Early Music audiences, performing throughout the Bay Area over the past 25 years with various vocal groups including American Bach Soloists, Carmel Bach Festival, the California Bach Society and San Francisco Bach Choir.

 

Luba Kravchenko, Rehearsals Manager/Accompanist

Born in Russia, Ms. Kravchenko immigrated to the United States as a child and is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she received her BM in piano performance and where she is currently an extension faculty member in the Early Childhood Division.  She has studied under Paul Hersh, Jane Bastien and Luba Ugorski.  She has appeared as piano soloist with the Russian Chamber Orchestra of Marin and with the Capricollis String Quartet.  Currently, she is also the Organist/accompanist and Bell Choir Director for Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church.

 

 

 

Special Event:   Chant Camp - April 18, 2009