Christine Abraham

M.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.A., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Patricia McCaffrey, Cynthia Hoffmann, Lucille Evans, Herman LeRoux; principal roles/soloist with Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Spoleto Festival USA, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Boston Baroque, Music of the Baroque; recorded on Signum Classics, Naxos American Classics, Arabesque Recordings, BBC Music. cabraham@sfcm.edu

Pamela Alexander

"As a teacher, I want to teach my voice students to sing with a solid technique that frees the voice to express and interpret music with beauty and simplicity and to perform with confidence in the most natural way possible."

Pamela Alexander, acclaimed lyric soprano, voice teacher and choral director, received her M.M. from New England Conservatory, then later studied music on a fellowship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  She was a regional winner in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and was in the Merola Program with San Francisco Opera.  Her international career as a professional singer and voice teacher spans decades; a recitalist, soloist at music festivals and with various organizations such as the Joffrey Ballet, SF Baroque Choral Guild, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble and many opera roles.  More recently, she plays the celtic harp and sings the ancient songs of Ireland (in Gaelic) and early French and Spanish repertoire.  She has a voice studio in the East Bay and has been a successful voice teacher at SFCM for 14 years, helping pre-college students enter major music schools and universities as well as teaching many adult students on the verge of entering a singing career, or assisting them to realize their dream to sing well. palexander@sfcm.edu

Bobby Chastain

Chorus Director

Mr. Chastain is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and University of Florida, earning his MM and BM degrees respectively. Bobby maintains an active career in the Bay Area as a conductor, composer, bassoonist, and basso profondo. He sings in Schola Cantorum at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and also works with the San Francisco Opera as a lead teaching artist, guiding classroom mini-opera composition in the Bay Area public school system. Previously, he has served as Assistant Director of the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, as well as Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, Bassoonist of the Oregon-based woodwind quintet Asculta!, and Artistic Director of the Ambrosia Opera Company. Bobby's compositions include works in choral, orchestral, wind ensemble, vocal, and small ensemble settings.

Jimmy Kansau

Chorus Director

Mr. Kansau has appeared as a major soloist and/or lead operatic tenor on some of the world's most revered stages, and now utilizes his musical excellence in both worlds of classical and popular music. A member of the acclaimed San Francisco Symphony chorus, he also works with Venezuelan musician Jackeline Rago in collaboration with The Venezuelan Music Project, an Afro-Venezuelan band based in the SF Bay Area.  Mr. Kansau is a former faculty member for the San Francisco Boys Chorus and readily accepts the challenge of helping young singers through the change in their voice. A native of Venezuela, Mr. Kansau's early exposure to music started as a family affair, and he quickly became the leader of "the family quartet" which appeared in churches and civic events as well as on radio and television shows. Mr. Kansau relocated to the United States to study at The San Francisco Conservatory, where he earned three degrees. jkansau@sfcm.edu

Eun-Mee Ko

Teaching classical voice and musical theater to age 8 through adult and specializing in the voice change and in preparation for performances, competitions and auditions. Post-Graduate Diploma, M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Hermann le Roux and Sylvia Anderson; organized and directed the Musical Theater Workshop class at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division for the academic year 2004-05. Operatic performances in San Francisco, Sacramento, Rome and Icomb Place with Roberto Vignati, Monroe Kanouse, Jeffrey Thomas and Hermann le Roux; roles include Cleopatra (Guilio Cesare), Ginevra (Ariodante), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Countess (La nozze di Figaro), Alice(Falstaff) and Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); solo performances at Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater and San Jose Performing Arts Center with Michael Barrett and Dong Jin Kim. emko@sfcm.edu

Heidi Moss

Noted for her "rich and radiant soprano" (Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee), Ms. Moss has performed with area companies such as West Edge Opera, Ensemble Parallele, West Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera.  She has also garnered recognition in major vocal eompeittions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (NY District First Place Winner and Regional Finalist), Liederkranz Awards, and the MacAllister Awards.  Her affinity for contemporary music has solicited several premieres as well as fostering relationships with wonderful composers.  In addition to an active musical life, Ms. Moss continued her biological studies and spent many years working as a research scientist, most recently at the Rockefeller University.  In 2007 she was stricken with a rare version of Bell's Palsy which left the right side of her face permanently paralyzed.  She feels lucky to sing again, despite the neurologists's predicitions.  Her disability has inspired her to learn more about vocal physiology and pedagogy, particularly how it relates to facial musculature, and is on a new scientific venture in pursuit of this understanding.  In addition to her active performing schedule, she has a private voice studio, is a member of NATS, and gives vocal workshops throughout the area. hmoss@sfcm.edu