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Lauren Mayer, composer and lyricist


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Free, no tickets or reservations required


Lauren Mayer 
"Not Your Typical Faculty Concert" 
"I Love to Shop"
"I Feel Like I Can Fly"
"Another Hundred Lyrics" 
"Inner Bitch" 
"Late Bloomer" 
"Just Another Middle-Aged Jewish Mother"
"Post Feminist Tango" 
"Psycho Super Mom"
"Nine Words" 
"When They Go Low"
"We Are All Immigrants"
"Then You're A Feminist" 
"Dear Internet Trolls"
"Yet Another Song About . . ." 
"Carmen 2.0"
"Don't Take Us Back to 1950"
"The Sexual Harassment Prevention Song"


Lauren Mayer, composer, lyricist and pianist
Katherine Ahmann '19 & '21, soprano
Taylor See '20, soprano
Corinne Rydman '16, soprano
Sarah Szeibel '18, soprano

Artist Profiles 

Lauren Mayer teaches Musical Theatre and works as a music director for the SFCM Musical Theatre program.  She is a summa cum laude/phi beta kappa graduate of Yale University who studied songwriting with Maury Yeston and conducting with Rob Kapilow.  An accomplished songwriter, she has released six albums of original comedy music and eleven albums of educational music for children, as well as composing several published children's musicals.  Lauren is a five-time recipient of the San Francisco Cabaret Gold Award and has appeared in nightclubs and lounges throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York, including Feinstein's at the Nikko, The Cirque Room at the Fairmont Hotel, Society Cabaret, The Plush Room, and others, in her one-woman show, "Psycho Super Mom," doing a duo show with Karen Drucker, "From Drips To Divas," and in a marital cabaret, "Yes Dear", with her husband, Scott Grinthal. Lauren also writes and performs weekly topical comedy songs on her YouTube channel, as well as performing for political fundraisers and events, and several of her songs have gone viral, with over 3 million views and counting.

Despite all of Lauren's achievements and awards, Lauren's mother still doesn't understand why she didn't go to law school.

Soprano, Katie Ahmann, earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the spring and is continuing there as a candidate for the Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Her musical journey took off with a first-place finish in the American Protégé International Competition and award recital at Carnegie Hall. A two-time National Young Arts Winner, Katie recently played the roles of Despina in the Bloomington Summer Opera Workshop production of Così fan tutte, Papagena in the Austin Summer Opera Workshop production of Die Zauberflöte, and First Bridesmaid in the San Francisco Conservatory’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Other roles include the Queen in the Angels Vocal Arts production of Bernstein’s Candide, Turnspit in the Toronto Summer Opera Workshop production of Dvorak’s Rusalka, and Suor Lucilla in Suor Angelica at the San Francisco Conservatory. A performer and dance captain in the Conservatory’s Musical Theater Ensemble, this past spring she played the lead role of Luisa in The Fantasticks.

Taylor See, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, is recognized as a finalist of the New York Lyric Opera Competition in 2017, Nevada All-State Female Vocalist of 2016, and a National Finalist of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition in 2015. She began her musical studies at the age of six playing piano and began singing at fourteen. She has sung the roles of Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera and Novizia in Suor Angelica at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Valencienne in The Merry Widow at Utah Vocal Arts Academy (UVAA) Summer Opera Festival, and covered Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen at Opera Steamboat, as well as appearing in in the Musical Theater Ensemble productions of Very Good Eddie and Side By Side By Sondheim. Taylor See is currently a senior at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance, where she studies with tenor, César Ulloa.

American Prize winner, Corinne Rydman, is described by the Salt Lake Tribune as a singer “with polish and charm”. Corinne strives to serve the music and stories yet to find a deserved place in canon, whether it be the ignored art songs of Florence B. Price or roles that reflect the issues of our current world. A versatile performer, her recent work includes premiering Feona Lee Jones’ biographical The Story of Wu Wei and Joseph M. Colombo and Cait
Mullan’s Hunter, musicals Pippi Longstocking and The Secret Garden, Opera Unlimited’s 48-Hour Opera Festival, and the role of Volpino in Haydn’s Lo speziale. Corinne is an alumnus of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and performed in the school productions of Nine, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Closer Than Ever, As Thousands Cheer, and Don Giovanni. She’s also served school productions of Quilters and Very Good Eddie acting as Assistant Director. You can catch her singing next with the vintage jazz trio, the Century Sisters.

Sarah Szeibel was raised in small-town Dubuque, Iowa, on the Mississippi River. She moved to Oklahoma City in 2009 and there received her BM in Vocal Performance and Music Theater. Sarah then moved on to receive her MM in Opera Performance here at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Here, Sarah performed in many shows, such as Side by Side by Sondheim, Very Good Eddie, and a musical review titled Enchanted Evening. She received a professional development grant to produce her own Cabaret and with the guidance and accompaniment of the fabulous Lauren, Sarah's first cabaret, "Master of Mess" took place earlier this year. She is currently working on her second, "Have A Nice Trip, See You Next Fall". Some of Sarah's favorite roles have been Zerlina from Don Giovanni, Violet from 9 to 5, Mae Jones from Street Scene, Lauretta from Gianni Schicchi, and Atalanta from Atalanta.

Departments and Faculty Involved with This Event

Opera and Musical Theatre