Our outstanding Pre-College Division faculty and noted guest artists provide the individual attention and professionalism needed to nurture young talent.
Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes
Ellen Kerrigan (Program Director) was named winner of America's top singing award, the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions and recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Vocal Study Grant. As a winner of the San Francisco Opera Auditions Grand Finals, Ms. Kerrigan was chosen to participate in the Merola Program performing the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and named a San Francisco Opera Affiliate Artist/Adler Fellow. She has long delighted Bay Area opera audiences, most prominently in the roles of Norma (West Bay Opera), Madama Butterfly (Oakland Opera), and Gilda (Pocket Opera). A native San Franciscan, Ms. Kerrigan began her performing career singing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in high school, and thereafter joined the Lamplighters, where she sang nearly all the soprano lead roles. An active arts education consultant, she serves as coordinator of the San Francisco Opera Guild's Opera à la Carte program, which brings an abbreviated version of well-known operas to over 30,000 Bay Area students yearly. As Education Director for the Lamplighters, she has been instrumental in coordinating student and family matinees, produced the educational program, Gilbert & Sullivan: A Blast from the Past, and will coordinate the new Lamplighters G&S residency program at Aptos Middle School in the spring of 2009.
Jane Erwin Hammett (Stage Director). Since her debut in 1983 as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Jane has sung nearly every comic heroine in the G&S canon, plus many other operetta and musical comedy leading ladies for the Lamplighters, as well as staged Patience, The Gondoliers, Iolanthe, Pirates and Ruddygore, and most recently The Secret Garden. In 2003 she was invited to direct Iolanthe at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. Other directing credits include Pocket Opera and San Francisco Opera Guild's educational outreach program, Opera à la Carte. She is on the faculty of American Conservatory Theater, teaching classes in singing, acting, directing, and musical theater. She has performed many leading roles for West Bay Opera and Pocket Opera. The Bay Area theatrical community has recognized her outstanding performances with two Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards and a Drama-logue Award. For nearly four years she performed across the U.S. and in San Francisco with two national companies of The Phantom of the Opera (directed by Harold Prince). You can hear her on her solo CD, Home, A Healing Journey, with pianist Daniel Lockert. She is a 2008 graduate of the Certificate Program in Sound, Music and Voice Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies and teaches voice privately in San Francisco and the East Bay.
Baker Peeples (Music Director) is Music Director of the Lamplighters Music Theatre, where he has sung or conducted hundreds of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan, Offenbach and Viennese operettas, and Broadway musicals. An accomplished tenor, he won the Best Male Singer Award in the 1995 and 1997 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals in Buxton, England. He holds a degree in French from Yale, where he was a member of the renowned Whiffenpoofs. Mr. Peeples was a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera Auditions. He serves as Music Director for the San Francisco Opera Guild's popular Opera à la Carte program, Mother Lode Troupe's educational presentations of historical California music, and is the Artistic Director of West Bay Opera's Opera in the Schools program. In addition, Mr. Peeples has written and directed collaborative school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, which the Lamplighters have presented in Bay Area schools.
Chair of Musicianship and Composition for the Pre-College Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Daniel Wood is an accomplished composer, performer and educator. His compositions favor small groups such as brass, wind and string chamber music, steel drum ensembles and jazz combos and his most recent commissions have come from Ceora Winds, Presidio String Trio, and Avenue Winds. Mr. Wood has written and performed solo shows as an improvisational musician including "Life on an Island" and "Brother, Can you spare a Dime." As a founding member of the Quadre horn quartet, he has toured extensively since 1998, and composed and performed for Quadre's 4 albums with guest horn player James Thatcher, Grammy award-winning flutist, Molly Barth, and soprano Elizabeth Weigle. Mr. Wood has lectured on the Business of Music for the American Federation of Musicians, San Francisco Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, University of Oregon, and the International Horn conferences. He is also a member of the Avenue Winds and the Teal Crane Trio, both focused on championing new work and runs Solid Wood Publishing. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Wood received his training from the University of California, Los Angeles.