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.
Emelynn Montoya (she/her) is currently teaching choir, ukulele, and music appreciation at Sierramont Middle School. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a double emphasis in Music Education and Vocal Performance from San José State University, and is now back again as a graduate student in the Music Education Summer Master's Program. She has sung with the San José State University Choraliers, Concert Choir, and West Valley College Masterworks Chorale in tours throughout California, Europe, and at Carnegie Hall. Emelynn serves as the Middle School Resources and Repertoire chairperson for the California Choral Directors Association as well as the Multicultural Music Representative for the California Music Educators Association Bay Section. In her free time, Emelynn likes to bake for her partner and their effervescent and outgoing toddler.
Adam Lee received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 2018. He has sung with the Westminster Williamson Voices, Westminster Kantorei and The Same Stream Choir, and took part in four professional CD recordings with those groups. As a student at Westminster, Lee performed many times with major orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, in venues such as Verizon Hall and David Geffen Hall.
Adam is currently the Assistant Director of The Music School of Sunnyvale, where he first started his teaching career as a teacher’s assistant while in high school. He has been singing with the Mission Peak Chamber Singers for four years and is excited to help the organization grow in his new role as Managing Director.
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.