Alumni Updates

Welcome to all our alumni! Thanks for visiting. We hope you enjoy reading about our other alumni.
 
 
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Illick

At the end of the 2016-17 season, alumnus Joe Illick will step down as Artistic Director of Performance Santa Fe where he worked since 2007. With his wife Gina Browning, Joe propelled Performance Santa Fe to a broader range of offerings, an extraordinary standard of performance, and greatly increased community recognition. Since 2004, Joe has also served as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Fort Worth Opera. He is a composer, and as a concert pianist he won first prize in the Mid-Somerset Festival in Bath, England. He graduated in 1978 from Royal College of Music, London in piano and composition, and received his conducting degree in 1985 from the Vienna Conservatory.

 
Weilerstein

Alumnus Donald Weilerstein, an accomplished violinist recently completed an artist-in-residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. On November 10th Don with his daughter Vician Weilerstien, piano, held a recital at the school’s Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. Since 2004, Don has been the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at New England Conservatory and since 2001 has been a member of The Juilliard School faculty.
With his wife and daughter, he performs with the acclaimed Weilerstein Trio. Their 2006 CD features trios of Dvorak, available at www.weilersteintrio.com. Don received his B.S., M.S. from The Juilliard School and has served on the faculties of Cleveland Institute of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Eastman School of Music, Bowdoin College, Ithaca College, and SUNY/Buffalo. Currently Don is on the faculty of Aspen Music Festival.

 

PasqualettiSFBC Alumnus Martin “Mike” Pasqualetti is a Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. He made news this year for his work in Kosovo, where he led a two-week renewable energy and sustainability seminar. Mike's work has taken him to the UK, UAE, Oman, Guyana, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Singapore, China, and the Palestinian Territories. In 2015, he received the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Gold Medal from the American Geographical Society for his international contributions to the study of energy. His latest book (with others) is The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future. Mike was appointed to chair the Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Solar Center. He is on the Advisory Board for the FPL Energy-TCU-Oxford University Wind and Environment Research Partnership. He is a 1967 graduate of UC Berkeley. In 1977, he earned his PhD at UC Riverside.
 
Ron Bourdon, a charter alumnus from 1948, who remains active as a Boys Chorus supporter and volunteer, was thrilled to sing in September on board the Queen Mary 2, as part of a large passenger choir assembled by Maestro Anthony Inglis who also conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in London. The repertoire included Rhapsody in Blue and the score from South Pacific. The passenger choir also performed Hail Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope & Glory on September 14. Ron retired after 45 years from Wells Fargo as a Vice President in the Corporate Banking Cash Management Services. He began his work in 1954 in the mail room at American Trust Company, which was the lead bank in a 1960 merger with Wells Fargo
 
 
Bannett.pngIt should surprise no one who heard Michael Bannett sing with the SFBC that he would go on to have a promising career:  This summer Michael was the featured baritone in the (Los Angeles) Metropolitan Master Chorale’s performance of Henry Purcell’s See Nature, Rejoicing. A 2012 graduate of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Michael sang with the USC Chamber Singers and USC Opera. His recent opera roles have include Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci with the Celestial Opera Company; Kromow in Lehár’s The Merry Widow; Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen and Pish in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado with the Pacific Opera Project; Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival; Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera; Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and First Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with USC Opera; and Camero in Conte’s America Tropical with the Definiens Project. Michael resides in Los Angeles, where he studies voice with Donald Brinegar and is a staff singer at St. James’ in the City. He often performs with choral organizations in Southern California, including the Horizon Music Group, the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and LASchola.
 
Wade P Warren (2002)
 
Travis W Harding (1989) - I am a school teacher and school librarian. I still enjoy playing and singing music! I am interested in education and promoting the arts and reading! I miss my SFBC days and our season with the SF Opera (Tosca). I made some wonderful friends during those great years!
Bob M Hughes (1963) - I worked in the printing and marketing industry for 40 years. I managed the Direct Marketing Association Chapters in Northern and Southern California. I taught in the college of Engineering at Arizona State University.
 
Ryan P Irwin (1997)
 
Shelly Urquhart (1975) Was accompanist for the Boys Chorus when my little brother, James Urquhart, joined in 1975. Continued as accompanist working under Don Osborne and Dr. William Ballard for 5 years.
 
Robert E Moore (1952) Retired. Eastern Air Lines Captain; Air Force Active and Reserve standardization pilot; FAA Flight Standards (supervised the FAA Operations office for Delta Air Lines safety oversight in Atlanta). q2Tennis, Golf, Kite Boarding.
 
Travis W Harding(1989) I am a school teacher and school librarian. I still enjoy playing and singing music! I am interested in education and promoting the arts and reading! I miss my SFBC days and our season with the SF Opera (Tosca). I made some wonderful friends during those great years!
 
 
 
Kelllett.jpgRyan Kellett is the Deputy Editor for Digital Audience of the Washington Post, where Ryan has worked since graduating from Middlebury College in 2010. Washingtonpost.com has grown its online audiences both broadly and deeply primarily via social media and search. Washingtonpost.com has over 75 million unique visitors a month, putting us in the top 5 newspapers by digital traffic and top 50 digital media property in the United States”. Ryan is a graduate of Stuart Hall for Boys and University High School. He was a frequent soloist when he sang with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and in San Francisco Opera appearances.
 
 
griffin.jpgNoah Griffin, SFBC Alumnus and founder of the Cole Porter Society, will bring back Les Ambassadeurs Revue, a Cole Porter production heard only twice in America in 86 years, to the Herbst Theatre on June 3rd. In April he spoke to the San Francisco Rotary Club, describing the lasting power Cole Porter's contributions to the Great American Song Book at the San Francisco Rotary Club’s April Luncheon. Noah serves on a number of boards of Marin civic organizations including Fair Housing of Marin, Bread & Roses, Legal Aid of Marin and the California Mentor Foundation. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Fisk University and was a Yale University history Fellow and Coro Public Affairs fellow in the Bay Area.
 
 
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Amos Yang is the Assistant Principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony who credits the San Francisco Boys Chorus for helping “develop my physical and musical voice.... if you can sing it, you can play it!.” Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Amos was a member of the Seattle Symphony, maintaining a private teaching studio as well as cultivating an active solo and chamber music life. Born and raised in San Francisco, Amos graduated from Lowell High School and when on to attend Julliard.
 
 
 
GENIS.pngIt’s not enough for Tim Genis to be the principal timpanist of The Boston Symphony (since 2003) and head of the Percussion Department at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Tim has the “desire to create the finest timpani sticks that money can buy” at his Tim Genis Company www.timgenis.com. “I accomplished this by developing the best design, using the finest materials, and making each mallet as if I were making my own.” Tim has played with the Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Radio City Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic among others. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
 
 
HANDLER.pngCelebrated author Daniel Handler — better known by his alias, Lemony Snicket — and his wife, illustrator Lisa Brown, are donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood. In a tweet he said “We’ve been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes”. Daniel is the author of The Dark and A Series of Unfortunate Events. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
 
 
 
 
 
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Erik Carlson, lead tenor of singing group “These Guys” will perform Nov 21 for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation meeting at Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Erik studied music at Fullerton College. In 2011, he joined These Guys, singing everything from Barbershop to Pop. The group frequently travels as guest performers on Grand Princes Cruises.
 
 
 
 
 
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Kurt Riback’s Quartet will perform Friday-Sunday, Nov 6, 7, and 8 at the American Art Festival in Sacramento. The Kurk Ribak Quartet performs original jazz. Kurt attended UC Berkeley, where he continued playing classical music learned at the SFBC and played in the UC Jazz Ensembles, where he reconnected and continues to perform with his fellow San Francisco Boys Chorus alumnus, saxophonist Lincoln Adler. Kurt won scholarships to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with top honors.
 
 
 
 
Hymans.pngJacques Hymans was honored with the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Jacques is an associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on international security affairs and on national identity. Jacques’ first book, The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2006) was honored with best book awards from the International Society of Political Psychology and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. A graduate of Harvard, Jacques has received grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council. 
 
 
Rubardt.pngPeter Rubardt, Music Director of the Gulf Symphony Orchestra since 1995, was named conductor and music director for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra's 54th season. Peter earned his musical arts doctorate in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of the Bruno Walter Fellowship. As a Fulbright Scholar, Peter studied piano and conducting at the famed Vienna Hochschule fur Musik, and pursued further studies at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.
 
 
The estate of alumnus Tom McEachern has provided a $10,000 bequest to the Madi Bacon Endowment Fund for Music Education Scholarships at the San Francisco Boys Chorus. Tom started his music career with the Boys Chorus in 1949 where he first sang on the stage of the San Francisco Opera as a boy chorister. Tom continued to sing in San Francisco Opera productions every year after that until his retirement fifty years later. He died in 2015.
 
 
Treverrow.pngFormer Concord Mayor Guy Bjerke, who is an alumnus of the SFBC, has been appointed Director of Community Reuse Planning. In this position, Bjerke will lead the City team that is working on the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Stat
 
  
 
 
 
 
Thirty-nine year old Colin Treverrow is an SFBC alumnus who started making short films when he was 12 years old. He’s been in the news for months after he was selected by Steven Spielberg to direct Jurassic World. Colin studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. After graduation, he wrote and directed Home Base a digital short that became one of the early viral successes on the internet. His first feature film, Safety Not Guaranteed was written by fellow NYU graduate Derek Connolly, who met Trevorrow while they were both interns on Saturday Night Live.
 
 
Nomura.pngWorld-renowned baritone Christopheren Nomura has been cast in the new Broadway musical Allegiance starring George Takei. Chris, brother of former SFBC Associate Artistic Director Margaret Clark, has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal as one of classical music’s rising stars, having appeared with many of the leading North American orchestras, in wide-ranging repertoire: the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, and the Boston Pops under internationally renowned conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Sergiu Comissiona, Christof Perick, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodman, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, and Nicholas McGegan. Chris started his career with the SFBC in 1977.
 
John Anthony Driver (1959) owns video production business call centaur 54 Sings in a choir call Oakland Interfaith community choir. I have two sons and two grandbabies.
 
 
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Norman P. Andrews (1950) Over the last 25 years, I have played trumpet professionally and sung with three other musicians. I currently sing in the church choir. I've been retired for the last 8 years after working at the Federal Reserve for 38 years. I've been married for 32 years, have 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. So that's my life in a nutshell. I will be looking forward to hearing from you and will welcome any activity you may have planned for the future.
 
Cole Armstrong, graduated from Swarthmore College , where he sangs with (and arranged songs for) the campus’s leading a cappella group, Sixteen Feet (all male). He sang Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden with the College Chorus. He also enjoys attending occasional opera performances in Philadelphia . He is home this summer, interning at Public Defender’s office.
 
Tim Bass (1971) - Professional Recording Artist, Information Technology Professional, Photography, Travel, History, Science
 
Harrison E Baer (2006) - Attended SF School of the Arts in Vocal and participating in Musical Theatre Productions. In 06-07 I was in Fiddler on the Roof, in 07-08 I starred in the YPTMTC production of BatBoy, the Musical, and was a lead in the SOTA production of The Wedding Singer. I was cast as a lead in the SOTA production of Dames at Sea, scheduled to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, but I broke my leg!
 
Joel V. Benjamine (1979)
 
William Berges (1969), baritone, singing opera and concert works.
 
Phillip D Beverley I work for Paramount Studios in Hollywood as a Legal Assistant. I have been in this profession for 8 years. I still sing, but not professionally. The late greats Luciano Pavarotti and Luther Vandross are my favorite singers, so you can probably tell that I enjoy R&B music and Standards. I volunteer for inner city youth as a mentor. I love my job, but music will always be my first love. I hope to attend the 60th Anniversary concert. I hope to see some of my graduating class there as well.
 
Daniel B Borst (1954)
 
Edward R Bosley (1968) For the past 17 years I have worked as Director of The Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark, designed by architects Greene & Greene in 1908. I now sing only in church and in the shower, but I continue to count my music training with the SFBC as one of the most valuable experiences of my life.
 
Ronald D Bourdon (1951) - Since retiring from Wells Fargo Bank...lots of travel, golf, volunteering and more time with our large family.
 
Liam Bradshaw graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2007. His father Ted Bradshaw, was a passionate supporter of the chorus and former SFBC Board member.
 
Jeff Bryant graduated from College Prep School in Oakland and will start Vanderbilt University. He is thinking about a major in economics.
 
Michael S Burd (1965) I left SF in 1966 to go away to prep school at Exeter - graduated from there in 1970, followed by 4 years at Stanford and 2 at Harvard Business School, where I got an MBA in 1976. Have spent last 31 years as an investment banker, first in LA, then moved to NYC in 1985, followed by a move to Boston in 1992. My wife Janet and I have 4 kids, ages 15 to 22. Life has been good. Still love music, though my serious performance days ended when I left the tutelage of Madi Bacon.
 
Jonathan E Bush (1965) - Professional truck driver, songwriter, guitar player, father of 5, one who is a musician himself.
 
Timothy Q Cannon (1964) - lifelong Berkeley/Albany resident..I remember Madi Bacon and Calvin Simmons so fondly..they made the experience so sweet. I miss them both.
 
Nathan Calixto studied at Yale, following his graduation from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco . He plans to pursue pre-medical studies with a prospective major in molecular, cell and developmental biology.
 
Raymond Perry Castro I am in the restaurant business and have affiliation to many jazz musicians in the bay area. I love the arts and San Francisco. I spend many weekends enjoying all the beauty it has to offer and remembering all the amazing experiences I enjoyed with "Doc" Ballard. A true guiding light.
 
Jonathan Chin is continuing his studies for Brown University while studying abroad in Paris.
 
Seth Coad-Douglass (joined 2001) - sophomore at Drew School; sang with PBA and Marin Symphony Youth Chorus; attended Summer West at SF Conservatory; other singing roles; play piano and double bass; love computers
 
Will Connolly (1953)
 
John (Teddy) E. Cosgrave (1953) - Retired, man of all trades master of none, writing, camping, treking into the wilderness of the Great North West.
 
Mario Diaz-Moresco is attending University of Colorado at Boulder on a vocal performance scholarship. He has just finished his sophomore year. He will be attending the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer. On October 27, he will be singing in the lead role of "Dead Man Walking” – a opera by Jake Heggie that the San Francisco Opera premiered in 2000. He attended a master class on this June with Vivica Genaux at the Schubert Club in St Paul, Minnesota and attended another master class with Thomas Hampson in January at CU Boulder.
 
Chris Daddio - bass player and record producer.
 
Brian D Darby (1977)
 
James E Dreer (1979)
 
Erik Dorey - graduated from Manhattanville College , a small liberal arts school in Westchester , New York , where he majored in music with a minor in political science. He worked at the American Museum of Natural History and expects to apply to law school, following in the footsteps of his father Fred, who is an SFBC Board member.
 
Luke Esterkyn - Lead singer of Universal Recording Artists, Stroke 9.
 
Chris Evans will be a sophomore at SF State and continues to sing as ringer with the SFBC.
Tim R P Farley (1977)
 
Jeremy Faust - co-founder of International Orange Chorale. Composer of Parvus sum, commissioned by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and premiered at the 60th Anniversary Concert at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, June 2008.
 
Russell Fowler - I'm now retired after working for the phone company for 31 years and various contract projects. In 1963, I used my musical talents and joined a rock band; played in the West side of the Bay Area. Later, I formed my own band and played all around the East Bay side. I retired from music in 1999 after 36 years. I miss performing and spend most of my time with my computer and my music equipment. I can certainly thank the San Francisco Boys Chorus and, in particular, Madi Bacon, for developing my singing abilities.
 
Brian M Fujimoto (1989) - Capcom Entertainment, Inc. Product Development Piano Event planning and fundraising
 
Harold E Gamble (1958) "I am a retired Deputy Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department. I first picked up a guitar at SFBC Summer Camp on the Feather River. I think the camp actually belonged to the Boy Scouts. Jon Fromer played and showed me a few chords. I still play, though I never learned to play that well. If asked, I will play and sing folk music for family and friends."
 
Zachary Gassoumis "Still a student! I received my B.Sc. in Natural Sciences (Psychology & Anthropology) from the University of Durham (England) in 2004, after which I took a while off from academics to work at Bank of the West in Orinda. Now I'm back in academia at the University of Southern California (USC), pursuing my graduate work in Gerontology."
 
Adam Gottstein married 23 years, 21 year old daughter going to school at Barnard College in New York. A book publisher on the subject of domestic violence, he bartends at an historic hotel/bar in the town of Volcano (population 100) where he lives with his wife, Meg. Continues with music - has fond memories of Madi, Charlotte (the cook at the camp in Marysville) Calvin Simmons et al.
 
Christopher H. Harper (2007) - I am now attending 6th Grade Gymnasium in Heidelberg, Germany and enjoy playing soccer whenever I can. Singing is not so much on my schedule at the moment as my schedule is packed with school activities and sports. My family and I miss the San Francisco Boys Chorus very much and wish you all the best, especially for the 60th anniversary
 
Randolph K. Hill - Associate Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University, Author, Nietzsche's Critiques (Oxford, 2003) Chicago-Kent, JD, 2003; Univ. Illinois, PhD, 1992. Madi Bacon was a friend of the family. I progressed through what I recall were three choruses to the top level, and then to "Madrigals" (?), attended Camp Alexander 2-3 times, and was recruited to perform in SFO's production of Der Rosenkavalier as an orphan child. Love of classical music to this day; many fond memories. Hope to help yr mission in future.
 
Arman Hirose-Afshari will be a sophomore at UC Irvine….Ryan Irwin is a member of Princeton’s Class of 2010 and writes that he is “pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, but my specific major is yet to be determined." 
 
Eric W Hutchinson (1972)
 
Robert P Hymes (1964) - I left the chorus in summer 1964 as my voice was beginning to change, and visited the old haunts (then at Scott and Dubose Avenues, at what's now the Harvey Milk Recreation Center) occasionally over the next year while I attended Lick Wilmerding High School; but the next year my family moved to Philadelphia, where I finished high school, and I pretty much lost touch with my old friends. I went to Columbia University for college and did a PhD in Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania, then moved back to Columbia for my first academic job and have been there ever since. I'm married to Debora Worth, whom I met in high school in Philly, and we have one son, Saul Hymes. Debby is a psychoanalyst here in Manhattan, and Saul is now a second-year resident in pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital, also here in town; he and his wife Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky, currently in her third year of medical school, are expecting their first child in September. In the early 1980s Calvin Simmons, with whom I'd served together as president and vice-president of the Chorus (we changed places after one term), made a conducting appearance in New York, and I was lucky enough to decide to go hear the concert and re-introduce myself to him in the green room afterward; this was not very long before his untimely death. Some time in the '90s, on a trip to Berkeley, I decided to revisit old memories by walking the route to Madi Bacon's house that I had taken on so many weekends for rehearsals of the old "Ensemble Group." To my incredible good luck Madi turned out to be home and invited me in when I knocked on her door; she remembered me just a little, but it meant the world to me to be able to see her again. The Chorus gave me, among other things, a place to be really happy during the perennial miseries of junior high school and early adolescence, and I'll always treasure my two years as a member. I've never stopped loving to sing
 
Joe Illick - Music Director of the Fort Worth Opera.
 
Daniel W Jackowitz (1985) - After high school, i attended SFSU in theatre arts & earned a BA. i then went to Western Seminary in San Jose to earn my Master of Arts in Marital & Family Therapy. Currently, i work as an MFT at a Rehab center for teens as well as in the MFT program at Western Seminary. I look on my time with the SFBC with great fondness. Currently working at Western Seminary San Jose in the Marital & Family Therapy school. Also, Licensed as an MFT, and working as a Personal Success Coach. Married as of May 2009 & living in the San Jose area.
 
Othello B Jefferson (1982)- I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music BM in Voice (Tenor) in 1995. Currently, I am a musician at First A.M.E. Zion Church (SF), Co-Musical Director for the Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company (SF), and Choir Director at my alma mater, Lowell High School (SF).
Scott L Johnston (1976) - Clinical Psychologist and Commander in the United States Navy. Recently returned from a 7-month tour in Fallujah, Iraq. Enjoy traveling and completing in triathlons.
Ed M Joseph (1965) - I am currently a Home Medical Equipment sales person for a local pharmacy and homecare company. I enjoy reading, photography and buying and selling on Ebay. I've been married for 28 years and have one son 20 years old adopted from S. Korea. My father and Madie Bacon were very close friends all of their lives.
 
Stephen Kalm - Music Professor and Opera Theater Director at the University of Montana – Missoula.
 
Otto Kausch (1966) - Psychiatrist Avid bicycle rider
 
Brian J Kennelly (1992) - US Navy, Submarines, Nuclear Power
 
Don S Kindred (1961)...had the privilege of singing under the direction of Madi Bacon. Was in a number of operas, toured with the Vienna Boys Choir Boys and sang on the Ed Sullivan show. Still involved in music, playing string bass in an orchestra and bass guitar in a band. Currently the Executive Director and Founder of the Corona Symphony Orchestra. A project I've worked on for the past 3 years in which I play string bass in the Orchestra. Just wanted to give you an update as the passion of music never, never goes away!
Alan J Klockars (1950) - I taught educational statistics at the University of Washington for 42 years until retirement a year ago. I sing bass in a large church choir and design musical programs for church activities.
 
Bob Kruzner (1978) - Sales representative for a local software company. I have two children: 18 and 3; I still enjoy singing, especially children songs to my daughter. I love golf and I am a part owner in a golf retail store in Half Moon Bay.
 
Warren Lain (1997) - After receiving my B.A. in Ethnomusicology, I started teaching private music lessons (acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, and drums). I have been doing it for about a year and a half now, and I just started a waiting list last week. I am writing my own music and I'm starting a band.
 
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Dave B Lassegues - Retired from Wells Fargo Financial after 35yrs in 1995. His wife of 44yrs, Dixie and he live on 5 acres on a hill above Admirality Bay on Whidbey Island, Washington. Interests are woodworking, gardening, activities with their church, and watching their only grandchild grow. He will be 2 this October.
 
Randolph K. Hill - Associate Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University, Author, Nietzsche's Critiques (Oxford, 2003)Chicago-Kent, JD, 2003; Univ. Illinois, PhD, 1992. Madi Bacon was a friend of the family. I progressed through what I recall were three choruses to the top level, and then to "Madrigals" (?), attended Camp Alexander 2-3 times, and was recruited to perform in SFO's production of Der Rosenkavalier as an orphan child. Love of classical music to this day; many fond memories. Hope to help yr mission in future.
 
Arman Hirose-Afshari will be a sophomore at UC Irvine….Ryan Irwin is a member of Princeton’s Class of 2010 and writes that he is “pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, but my specific major is yet to be determined." 
 
Eric W Hutchinson (1972)
 
Robert P Hymes (1964) - I left the chorus in summer 1964 as my voice was beginning to change, and visited the old haunts (then at Scott and Dubose Avenues, at what's now the Harvey Milk Recreation Center) occasionally over the next year while I attended Lick Wilmerding High School; but the next year my family moved to Philadelphia, where I finished high school, and I pretty much lost touch with my old friends. I went to Columbia University for college and did a PhD in Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania, then moved back to Columbia for my first academic job and have been there ever since. I'm married to Debora Worth, whom I met in high school in Philly, and we have one son, Saul Hymes. Debby is a psychoanalyst here in Manhattan, and Saul is now a second-year resident in pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital, also here in town; he and his wife Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky, currently in her third year of medical school, are expecting their first child in September. In the early 1980s Calvin Simmons, with whom I'd served together as president and vice-president of the Chorus (we changed places after one term), made a conducting appearance in New York, and I was lucky enough to decide to go hear the concert and re-introduce myself to him in the green room afterward; this was not very long before his untimely death. Some time in the '90s, on a trip to Berkeley, I decided to revisit old memories by walking the route to Madi Bacon's house that I had taken on so many weekends for rehearsals of the old "Ensemble Group." To my incredible good luck Madi turned out to be home and invited me in when I knocked on her door; she remembered me just a little, but it meant the world to me to be able to see her again. The Chorus gave me, among other things, a place to be really happy during the perennial miseries of junior high school and early adolescence, and I'll always treasure my two years as a member. I've never stopped loving to sing
Joe Illick - Music Director of the Fort Worth Opera.
Daniel W Jackowitz (1985) - After high school, i attended SFSU in theatre arts & earned a BA. i then went to Western Seminary in San Jose to earn my Master of Arts in Marital & Family Therapy. Currently, i work as an MFT at a Rehab center for teens as well as in the MFT program at Western Seminary. I look on my time with the SFBC with great fondness. Currently working at Western Seminary San Jose in the Marital & Family Therapy school. Also, Licensed as an MFT, and working as a Personal Success Coach. Married as of May 2009 & living in the San Jose area.
Othello B Jefferson (1982)- I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music BM in Voice (Tenor) in 1995. Currently, I am a musician at First A.M.E. Zion Church (SF), Co-Musical Director for the Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company (SF), and Choir Director at my alma mater, Lowell High School (SF).
Scott L Johnston (1976) - Clinical Psychologist and Commander in the United States Navy. Recently returned from a 7-month tour in Fallujah, Iraq. Enjoy traveling and completing in triathlons.
Ed M Joseph (1965) - I am currently a Home Medical Equipment sales person for a local pharmacy and homecare company. I enjoy reading, photography and buying and selling on Ebay. I've been married for 28 years and have one son 20 years old adopted from S. Korea. My father and Madie Bacon were very close friends all of their lives.
Stephen Kalm - Music Professor and Opera Theater Director at the University of Montana – Missoula.
Otto Kausch (1966) - Psychiatrist Avid bicycle rider
Brian J Kennelly (1992) - US Navy, Submarines, Nuclear Power
Don S Kindred (1961)...had the privilege of singing under the direction of Madi Bacon. Was in a number of operas, toured with the Vienna Boys Choir Boys and sang on the Ed Sullivan show. Still involved in music, playing string bass in an orchestra and bass guitar in a band. Currently the Executive Director and Founder of the Corona Symphony Orchestra. A project I've worked on for the past 3 years in which I play string bass in the Orchestra. Just wanted to give you an update as the passion of music never, never goes away!
Alan J Klockars (1950) - I taught educational statistics at the University of Washington for 42 years until retirement a year ago. I sing bass in a large church choir and design musical programs for church activities.
Bob Kruzner (1978) - Sales representative for a local software company. I have two children: 18 and 3; I still enjoy singing, especially children songs to my daughter. I love golf and I am a part owner in a golf retail store in Half Moon Bay.
Warren Lain (1997) - After receiving my B.A. in Ethnomusicology, I started teaching private music lessons (acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, and drums). I have been doing it for about a year and a half now, and I just started a waiting list last week. I am writing my own music and I'm starting a band.
Peter N Larson
Dave B Lassegues - Retired from Wells Fargo Financial after 35yrs in 1995. His wife of 44yrs, Dixie and he live on 5 acres on a hill above Admirality Bay on Whidbey Island, Washington. Interests are woodworking, gardening, activities with their church, and watching their only grandchild grow. He will be 2 this October.
Walter K Laughridge (1968) - Medical Sales occupation for last 25 years. Current position is Vice President 
Business Development. Enjoy golf, gardening and travel. Enjoying growing old with my wife of 23 years, my daughter and grandson.
Alex Lavorgna studied economics at George Washington University.
Richard Levenson, MD - Director of Research, Biomedical Systems - Had fun looking through the Notes and thought I should put in a little of my post-chorus history. My mother enlisted me into the Chorus in 1964 (Madi Bacon, Calvin Simmons), I believe, after I demonstrated modest singing ability at Magdalen College School (Oxford, England). It was an all-boy school (actually founded to provide boy choristers for Oxford College) and was putting on a performance of G&S's Patience. There being no girls around, I was drafted to be one of the love-sick maidens. After SFBC, I continued on through Berkeley High to Harvard, and then briefly back to the UK to spend a term at Magdalene (with an 'e' at the end) College in Cambridge before heading off to medical school at the University of Michigan. SFBC training had me singing in various groups at college, and at Michigan I helped write the lyrics and perform in the satirical student musicals, Wizard of Gauze, and Gross. Continued to sing as I went off to Washington University Medical Center for pathology training, and thence to University of Rochester for a research fellowship. Managed to rack up requiems by Mozart, Verdi, Faure and Brahms in a single year, if I remember correctly. Then off to Duke, where I served on the Pathology Dept. faculty for 9 years, but finally gave up singing, since my range had shrunk to about 9 notes and I dreaded new auditions. This followed by 3 years at Carnegie Mellon University where I began to do what I'm doing now, which is development of multispectral imaging approaches for microscopy and small animal research. My academic career was then derailed by a move to industry, and I am now Research Director for CRI, Inc. (www.cri-inc.com), a 45-person company just outside of Boston doing cool systems development for biomedical imaging. It feels academic, since I still write grant applications, produce articles, interact with academic collaborators, help organize conferences, and so on. I just don't have to go to faculty meetings. No singing these days, unfortunately, since I travel so much I can't make regular rehearsals. Love to hear from anyone from my era.
Kipp A Leyser - I have an MA in clinical psychology with a transpersonal perspective from John F. Kennedy University. Over the past thirteen years I've worked in corporate leadership development including diversity training, executive, and individual 'life' coaching. 
San Francisco is my primary base though I occasionally work from our home in Palm Springs. Also, Your Event Solutions is a company I co-own in Palm Springs specializing in small group tour packages within the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area. Theater, independent film (festivals), architecture, interior design and remodel, fitness, hiking, travel and multi-cultural understanding comprise my dominant 
activities and interests. I'm happily 'married' (by the city of San Francisco) to my Partner of seven years.
Thomas J Lifschutz - Merrit JR College Choir, Vassar College Choir, Portland Symphonic Choir
Stephen Luzmoor (1974)
Ken F Malucelli(1949) - Please visit www.kenmalucelli.comwww.PrinceSF.comwww.OhMrSousa.com
Eric Marty -  award winning composer.
Mark D McDonald (1983)
Joseph W McQuaid (1995) - After leaving the SFBC, I attended St. Ignatius college prep, where I continued to sing in the school's chorus and row on its crew. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to continue in a chorus since - either during my time as a varsity oarsman at Penn or now as a second year medical student at Harvard Med. However I will always have the fondest memories of my days back at the SFBC and San Francisco Opera. I could not have asked for a better childhood.
Michael Medina - is in his 4th year as a medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and looks forward to a career in either pediatrics or internal medicine.  Michael says "SFBC popped into my head the other day as the attending cardiologist was instructing how to listen for healthy & sick heart sounds. He mentioned that those with musical training should be able to pick-up the subtle variations of the beat, and he was right!"
Genghis R Mendoza (1988) - Front end web developer, travel, music, photography, cooking, djing.
David Miller (1965) - I'm a professor (psychology and counseling), living in San Diego since 1979. Unfortunately, my only contact with music now is -- as a listener.
Stuart N Misfeldt (1967) - Fitness, triathlon, skiing, photography, scuba & travel.
Michael A Molina, lives in LA and is Financial Consultant for Warner Bros and Heathcare Corp in Alameda, CA. Also a DJ in clubs on the West Coast.
Julian E Moreno (2005) - Stuart Hall High School - Class of 2016 Varsity - Cross Country Jr. Varsity - Basketball Freshman Class President
Nick Moy will be graduating from NYU in June.
Preston G. Mui (1995) - I have moved to Los Angeles and am pursuing acting. The past few years I have been a professional dancer, dancing for artists such as Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.
Don Osborne - founder-proprietor of California Artists Management (international classical artist roster).
Don Ososke (1959)
Achille G Paladini "I was so excited to hear from the SFBC in late May of 2006 after all these years! I also had no idea there was a Madi Bacon society. I was in the very first SF Boys Chorus with Madi in 1948. I am now 69 years old (wow how time flies!) I am currently semi-retired. I had Paladini Wholesale Seafood Company with the main office in San Francisco. I sold the company in 1994. Being bored with no business activity, I created a sauce line to enhance seafood, now in all the markets, it is of course called Paladini. It is just a fun thing to do at this stage of life. I am married and have three daughters and three grandchildren. I live down the peninsula from San Francisco. I am looking forward to being involved with the alumni and at functions and possibly hooking up to seeing some of the original chorus members!"
Shange Petrini has just received his Juris Doctor from the University of Washington and writes that he intends to work with Chinese-speaking entrepreneurs and Chinese immigrants to advise them on both business and immigration issues. He and his wife will remain in the Seattle area and are expecting a baby in August.
David F Perazzo (1953) - Retired Fire Battalion Chief, City of San Bruno. Freemason (Past Master, Secretary 25 years) Shriner, Elk, Lion, Native Son. Play Golf, Travel, Antique Auto's, I was in the Boys Chorus in the early 50's one of Madi Bacon's Boys. Played Trombone in the school band. In DeMolay. Tried boxing with Columbia Park Boys Club. Remember Tom Hoyle, the Saxon Brothers, others
Mike Pasqualetti - I continue singing with a folk group, The Windy Hill Singers, started in San Francisco in 1960. My hobbies include tennis, photography, and travel. I am a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University: http://geography.asu.edu/pasqualetti
Mark Paxson - I am a New England based violinist; I have performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall. I also perform regularly with the Portland(ME) Symphony Orchestra. I have also performed in Japan, Malaysia and in Europe. I also teach in Boston; in the summers I play at festivals in New Hampshire, Vermont, and in Idaho. I love getting away to the mountains and am currently trying to climb all of Colorado's 14ners (I've done 18 of a whopping 54!)
Robert D Philippi (1981) - After leaving the chorus the only music I was involved with was playing the trumpet in my high school marching, jazz and concert bands. I also did a few musicals in high school. I went on to get a degree in biology from Boise State University. For the last 10 years I have worked as a contract worker at Hewlett Packard in Boise. I am a Technical Supervisor in the hardware test lab working with pre-released printers. Some of my favorite things to do are spend time with my wife and 2 children, cook, go fishing and work in my yard. 
Paul A. Pinson (1955) - I am a retired nuclear engineer and live in Idaho Falls, ID. I enjoy the more rural life in Idaho. I haven't been in an organized chorus since high school.
Tyrone Po (1967)
Douglas W Price (1975)
Damir R. Priskich (1972)
Michael J Pruger (1974) - I have watched the activities of the SFBC from afar for years. I have been a police officer for twenty years, married for 22 with 3 kids, Lucas 19, Sarah 17, and Jacob 15. Lots of memories.
Scott Raymond (1984)
Dr Jeffrey Rice - I am currently a scientist in the Integrated Department of Immunology at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. I received my PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2004.
Mark Ring (1975) - I'm a Ph.D. researcher in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. I'm married and have one child, a baby boy just 3 months old!
Niall Mackay Roberts, a member of SFBC from 1993 – 1998, graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2006 with First Class Honours [Canadian spelling] in Political Science and Geography. In June of this year he received his Masters degree in Political Science from Columbia University in NY. Part of his Masters curriculum included four classes a week in Mandarin, and now he’s in Beijing for a year, improving his Mandarin and teaching English. Niall’s first encounter with foreign languages was as a chorister, singing in French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. And it's pretty sure he’s doing so well with Mandarin because his chorus training helped develop his musical ear so he can recognize the language’s four essential tones. He’s up in the air about post-China ambitions, but whatever he does will undoubtedly involve speaking something other than English (he’s also fluent in Spanish and conversant in French).
Senen A Rodriguez (1988) - I'm working as a radio dj in Denver Colorado. Boys Chorus and trips to choir summer camp were some of the best days of my childhood. Because of choir I went to Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and Hawaii. If I could have learned quicker I would have made it to Italy. Bless the SFBC, Doc and Edith. That was the life.
Brian Rose - At Harvard
Raul Rothblatt (“Raci”) 3-string bass, string cello, percussive cello. Raul is an active composer, performer, arts manager and partner of Jumbie Records. He was born in San Francisco and first gained a taste of Hungarian culture through his grandmother, author of Flavors of Hungary, and his mother, who were Holocaust survivors from Budapest . His early musical education included membership in the San Francisco Boys Chorus, where he had the honor of sharing the opera stage with artists like Luciano Pavarotti. He graduated from University of California at Berkeley , majoring in both Music and Political Science, and studied classical composition at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest before completing a Master's Degree in Musical Theater Composition at New York University. As a composer, performer and music director, Raul has brought his knowledge of Hungarian folk to the greater New York arts community. As a bandleader, he combines Hungarian folk with West African classical music in his band Dallam-Doug ou. In 2003, he co-founded Jumbie Records which promotes innovative/traditional music from West Africa , Hungary and beyond.
Jake Rothenbuhler (2001) Currently a Physics major at UCLA (math minor). Married to wife Vanessa in September of 2006.
Peter Rubardt - Music Director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
Stephen C Rumph - Professor of music history at the University of Washington. Also sings professionally as a lyric tenor, in both opera and oratorio. His musical life began with SFBC, and has continued without interruption since then!
David M Rubin (1968)
Tim Salaver (1972) - I will complete my MBA at Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business Executive Program. In addition, I assisted Edith Ballard in producing Dr. Ballard's Memorial Concert on February 11, 2007, at St. Ignatius Church.
Mario Sawaya will be a senior year at USC, where he sings with The Trojan Men a cappella group.
Ron P. Schaeffer - broadcast and entertainment industry producer. Currently staff at Apple Computer Inc.
Julian E Schafer - Emulsion polymer chemist at Landec Corp, Menlo Park; father to 3 great kids. Sing tenor in Methodist Church, Half Moon Bay; Play cello in Redwood S ymphony; Keep honeybees in Moss Beach; racquetball, scuba diving, investing. Interests: my 3 kids, passive solar home design, alternative energy
Forrest R Schall (1962) - Am a retired Civil Engineer
Deke Sharon - lead arranger for a cappella rock band, House Jacks and record producer.
Thomas G. Shephard (1976) - I am an MIS Director for Citadel Broadcasting Reno. I enjoy photography. and a slew of other hobbies. :)
Brandon C. Sherman(1989) - currently producing electronic music, continuing guitar, piano, drums and voice on a personal basis.
Jeremy Shieh sudied at UC Davis
Calvin Simmons - former Music Director of the Oakland Symphony.
Paul E Sinasohn (1966) - Assistant Producer, West Coast A Cappella Summit and Music Director, New Millennium Music Hall. Singing small-group acappella, Lego, theater/performance photography
D'Artanyon A Siu-Smith (2006) - Well im still in high school. Im 17 now. Its my Junior year. Im looking into persuing a career in fashion design. I no longer attend Oakland School for the arts. I go to a high school near my house in Alameda. 
Douglas N Smith (1956) - I am presently West Coast Regional Manager for AIG WorldSource in San Francisco
Doug K Smith (1949) - I am a fine artist living in the Los Angeles area. I had a successful career as an art director for many years...the last ten years I've been painting contemporary rural American landscapes and selling in galleries around the country.
Peter Smith - living in happy and enriching retirement in a small town on Narragansett Bay near Providence RI. He sings in an ensemble from time to time with four to six voices and as many recorders, performing mainly works of the renaissance. After leaving San Francisco in 1953 he lived in France for several years, during which he was in boys choruses which traveled throughout France, Europe and even the United States and Canada. When 15 he went back to regular school, studying in two lycées in Paris and passing the French final exams called baccalaureate. He went to medical school in Basel Switzerland where he met his Swiss wife Heidi. Their two children are now grown up, married and working. Peter practiced pediatric hematology and oncology for over 27 years at an academic center affiliated with Brown University and resumed making music after retirement. He now enjoys gardening, kayaking, cooking, reading non-medical books and having plenty of leisure.
Richard L Sonnenschein (1961) - I remember singing with the chorus at what I believe might have been a world series game at Candlestick Park( my mother called it "Candlestink Park" because of the air quality there at the time that caused an noxious odor near the park). Willie Mays gave us all a signed baseball, and I'm pretty sure we were seated behind home plate, and sang from there as well; I also recall a visit to the Mayor's house, when we sang Christmas carols and were rewarded with eggnog and cookies. I believe I performed at SFO, too, but it may have been in performances by a little troupe my parents had formed that toured the Bay area and beyond with excerpts from opera. I was so young: about seven, I think; I'm not even 100% certain of the "graduation" date I've provided this forum. I am certain, however, of the influence Madi Bacon and the SFBC were to my self esteem and early musical education. I would later sing with the chorus of the Bavarian Broadcasting Children's chorus, under Heinz Bruggemann, before going on to pursue a career as a soloist in opera that began in Israel in 1979. I have not pursued a career in the arts for some time, but I have not stopped singing.
Matthew Spellberg - at Harvard, studying Comparative Literature - English, French, Slavic Languages
James C Steele (1962) - Retired Assistant Dean UC Berkeley Hiking, travel, music, etc.
Joe St. Marie - a junior engineering student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, with an emphasis is mechanical engineering. Joe will begin working in the fall at an engineering firm. Additionally, Joe is very active in the engineering fraternity, Triangle. He is an office holder in the local chapter “and has made awesome lemon squares to edify all the Triangle men,” his mother Barbara wrote. “The one thing lacking is owning a motorcycle -- Joe's dream.”
Randy R Stoker (1968)
John C Straight
Samuel Strelkoff...is doing great. He was valedictorian of his class last year at Saint Ignatius High School. This year Sam is at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis , MD , and he is back to singing with all men in the Glee Club there. He was too old for the unbelievable inauguration trip, but he is hopeful that at some point he may get to sing for President Obama with the USNA Glee Club. They will be in San Francisco on tour in March 2010.
Caen Thomason-Redus - flutist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Cole Thomas-Redus - Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Ralph E Todd (1950) - I'm retired now and living a very simple life in far east Contra Costa Co. My interests remain music, electronics and computers. I do try to keep up with what the chorus is doing.
Loren Toolajian sandblastproductions.com - has been composing music for theatre, film and TV for the past 20 years in New York. Hosts a classical music show weekends on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Anthony Valdez (1966)
Sam van der Sterre - following his graduation from Drew College Prep in June, will be going to Earlham College in Indiana where he will study Wilderness and Outdoor Studies
Denver Wade just completed his freshmen year at Wabash, a small liberal arts college in Indiana, where he received a merit based scholarship and plays college football. He is majoring in the Classics with a double minor in Latin and Greek. He still loves to sing and when possible sings on Sunday at the local Lutheran church
Thomas M Weber (1974) - Newly appointed as head of Hyla Middle School here in the Seattle area. Hope to be here a long time. Had been teaching and administering in private schools in Seattle, New Mexico, and Texas prior to my current gig. Married with two daughters, aged 16 and 18. My 18 year old has carried on the musical tradition as a violist.
David Wolins (1965 or 66)
Jon M Wooley(1958) - I am a tile restoration contractor. I love all music, golf, RV-ing, and travel. I have been married for 42 years to Connie. I continued singing after leaving the chorus, and appeared on the Ben Alexander Amateur Hour. I joined a quartet in 1962, and we sang in many Night Clubs, and landed a recording contract with Capitol Records. We never did record however, because our lead singer decided that he was not ready to record. I left the group in 1964 after meeting my wife Connie. I sang with the ensemble group at the 1956 Republican National Convention. I sat between Nat King Cole, and Irving Berlin. I am thrilled to this day. I wonder if any of my chorus mates will remember this.
Mike Wooley (1952)
Aaron M Yoffe (2000) - I'm currently working full time as a computer consultant in San Francisco.
Edward H Young, Jr. (1959) - I am a professional meteorologist, and currently serve as the Deputy Director for the NOAA/National Weather Service Pacific Region in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I have been living since 1988. Although my deceased father was a career rhythm jazz guitarist in the San Francisco area, I continued singing musically, but chose my weather/science hobby to become my life career choice. I have 37+ years employed with the National Weather Service, and work with international and Pacific regional organizations in the areas of weather and tsunami hazards, with my particular interest in insuring that everyone is within reach of receiving natural hazard information that can save their life, depending on the hazard threat, and that they can recognize hazard signs and are knowledgeable on what actions to take if a threat is nearby. 
Kevin Yu will be a freshman.
Franz Zhau (1999) - I am currently going into my senior year as a piano performance major at the University of Southern California. I am also participating in various choruses and orchestras throughout our school, as well as playing on our school varsity table tennis team.
Antony Zwerdling will complete his D.M.A. (doctor of musical arts) in Voice at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.