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IAN ROBERTSON (Artistic Director and Concert Chorus Director) has since 1996 been responsible for the group’s phenomenal growth and artistic renaissance as one of the nation’s premiere youth choral performance and educational organizations. He has led the Chorus on numerous international tours and in their several acclaimed recording projects. He continues to enhance the collaborative reputation of the SFBC with San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony and many other music groups. Since 1987 Maestro Robertson has also been Chorus Director with the San Francisco Opera for whom he has conducted many performances and prepared more than 350 productions. He was awarded the Olivier Messiaen Foundation Prize in 2003 for his artistic contribution to the preparation of the SF Opera’s production of Saint François dʼAssise and in 2012 was awarded the SF Opera Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievement as an artistic professional.
Robertson made his San Francisco Opera conducting debut with Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and has since led performances of Falstaff, Lohengrin, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Turandot, Il Trovatore, and La Bohème. He has led the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in many concerts, and he has conducted Così fan tutte and La Périchole for San Francisco Opera Center and frequently led Merola Opera Programʼs Grand Finale concerts. Other North American opera credits include productions with Sarasota Opera, Edmonton Opera, and Philadelphiaʼs Curtis Opera Theatre. Before joining San Francisco Opera, Robertson was head of music and chorus director with Scottish Opera, where he led numerous productions, including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Pearl Fishers, The Secret of Susanna, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. A Scotland native trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the University of Glasgow, Robertson he studied conducting under Scotland’s revered maestro, Sir Alexander Gibson.
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ILDIKÓ THÉSZ SALGADO (Intermediate Chorus Director) was born and raised in Hungary, where she earned a diploma in Choral Conducting and Music Education from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She has been on the faculty of the Kódaly Center at Holy Names University since 2001 where she currently teaches choral conducting. Her previous teaching experiences include working with the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, where she worked with the unchanged voices and musicianship skills of the boy singers. Salgado has also held choral and musicianship workshops in Washington, Utah, and throughout California. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
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JENNIFER COOPER (Education Director and Apprentice 2 Chorus Director) is an active member of the Bay Area’s music teaching community, having taught choral and classroom music in middle and elementary schools, voice in her home studio, and directed church choirs for youth and adults. Cooper received her early training at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Ohio – seat of the oldest collegiate Bach festival in the country – and her Master of Music Education degree at Holy Names University (HNU), in Oakland. She has performed in collegiate and community operas, musical theater and choruses, and soloed in two national tours with Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians. Ms. Cooper is President of the board of the local chapter of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, centered at HNU. She joined the SFBC faculty in 2005.
BETSY MARVIT (East Bay Intermediate Director) received a B.S. from Caltech, then studied composition with Elinor Armer and David Garner at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. An award-winning composer, Betsy has written commissions for individuals and ensembles, ranging from talented children at the Conservatory Prep to members of the San Francisco Symphony. After graduating from SFCM, she continued her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. Betsy has since settled more permanently in the Bay Area, where she is a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a choral director and instrumental teacher at The Crowden School. Betsy has been with the San Francisco Boys Chorus since 1998.
CrandellKELLY CRANDELL (Marin Intermediate Chorus Director) is a musician with a diverse background in performance, composition, conducting, and teaching. As a vocal coach, he has worked with esteemed Grammy award winning singers like Frederica von Stade and Laura Claycomb. Kelly has a double bachelor degree in music theory and flute performance from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in conducting from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and significant study in composition and conducting outside formal programs. He also currently directs the children’s music at Calvary Presbyterian Church.
mellas.pngSARA MELLAS (Preparatory and Apprentice Choruses Rehearsal Director, Junior Chorus Director, Theory Teacher) holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Vocal Performance Practices from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where she studied with Edward Bolkovac and Gabor Viragh. While earning her master’s degree at Holy Names University, she taught elementary general music at the St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Oakland. After graduating, she became the Director of Music at the Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward, and taught K-5 music and drama at the Serendipity School in Belmont. Most recently, she took on a long-term substitute position as the Director of Middle & High School Bands for the Piedmont Unified School District. Sara reflects.”The pursuit of musicality is a challenging and exciting endeavor, but it is most important for children to find joy in singing and creating music. Participating in musical activities inherently develops intellect, creativity, and cultural awareness”.
Margaret D smMARGARET DURANDO (San Mateo Prep, Junior and Apprentice Rehearsal Director) grew up in Central California. She received a BA at USF and later a Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University. She has been the choir director at St. Francis High School in Mountain View for over 15 years. She directs multiple ensembles at St. Francis including 2 mixed choirs, women’s ensemble, two a capella groups and a string ensemble. Margaret co-founded Schola Seraphica, a blend of St. Francis students and singers from her community. She continues to work as soloist in local choirs along with teaching in her private studio.