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Artistic Team

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Corie Brown

Artistic Director

Corie Brown (she/her) serves as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at San José State University. She leads the SJSU Concert and Treble Choirs, and brings diverse teaching experience in both public and community settings. Dr. Brown has taught in Colorado, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan, and most recently in Colombia with the Fundación Nacional Batuta, where she aided in the creation of the organization’s choral area.

 

As a conductor, Dr. Brown is active nationally and internationally as a clinician and guest artist. She recently served as faculty at the Kula Kākoʻo Virtual Choral Conducting Institute in Hawai’i, adjudicated the Festival Coral de Santander in Colombia, and presented at the Western American Choral Directors Conference. Corie also serves as the Artistic Director for the Mission Peak Chamber Singers in Fremont, with a focus on providing access to quality choral singing in the Bay Area and beyond. As a mezzo-soprano, she has appeared with the Ad Astra Music Festival and Oregon Bach Festival Choirs, as well as the award-winning University of Oregon Chamber Choir, University of Colorado Boulder University Singers, and the Chicago Chorale.

 

Dr. Brown is privileged to hold degrees from Alma College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Colorado Boulder. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, and National Association for Music Education, and serves on the board of directors of the California Choral Directors Association.

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Janet Holmes

Accompanist

Janet Holmes received her B.A. from USC and an M.M. from Mills College in Oakland. She is an Adjunct Professor in voice and piano at Ohlone College in Fremont. Ms. Holmes maintains her own vocal studio in San Ramon and is the Music Director/Sanctuary Choir Director since 2010, and Organist for First Presbyterian Church in Livermore since 1989. She appeared as the organ soloist with the Livermore-Amador Symphony’s 2006 performance of Leo Sowerby’s Concertpiece for Organ and Orchestra. Other earlier affiliations include the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, the Berkeley Piano Club, the Women Musicians Club of San Francisco, SFBAC NATS, and as an adjudicator for regional vocal competitions. She has served as accompanist for several of Ohlone's Summerfest productions, as well as Vocal Director for several of their recent shows, and collaborated with Stage 1 in Newark.

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Sid Quinsaat

Associate Director

Sid Quinsaat is a dedicated and passionate choral conductor currently serving as the Director of Choirs at Piedmont High School. Sid’s love for singing and music has given them opportunities to make music with a wide variety of people throughout the SF Bay.

Sid truly believes in the power of music to heal and make peace. It encourages people to be vulnerable and to be their true selves, while simultaneously listening to others, ensuring that their voices work together to create more beauty in the world. This belief propelled Sid into work that they believed would help make a positive impact.

Their first job 5 years in the area was for the Sierra Club to helping to raise money to stop deforestation in Northern California. After that first summer in Oakland, Sid began working for the Oakland Youth Chorus where they would remain for the next three years, teaching music and working with students from Kindergarten through Middle School all throughout Oakland. Afterwards Sid began directing choirs and musicals at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, which led them to opportunities at St. Ignatius in SF, and ultimately Piedmont High School. Sid continues to sing in the San Francisco Choral Artists and studies voice with James Toland, and is so grateful to be doing the thing they love the most for work.