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Voice Continuing Education Faculty

Learn Voice from our incredible Continuing Education Faculty. 

 

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

Accepting beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Kaitlin Bertschi

Kaitlin Bertschi, Mezzo-Soprano and New York native, has always maintained a passion for both performing and teaching. Her active musical career includes international performances in recitals, musicals, and operatic roles such as Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Mother in Stravinsky’s Russian opera, Mavra, Eduige in Handel's Rodelinda, as well as the title role of Handel’s Tamerlano. Bertschi enjoys singing with professional choirs throughout the U.S., most recently at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, and as a soloist with the California Symphony. 
As an educator, she seeks to connect with singers of all ages and backgrounds using music as a conduit for self-expression, empowerment, and exploration. She currently serves as the Training Chorus director with the San Francisco Girls Chorus School and has enjoyed working with singers within the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre College Division since 2016. 
Post-Graduate Diploma, M.M. Vocal Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Catherine Cook; Bachelor of Music Education, Loyola University New Orleans. kbertschi@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Jimmy Kansau

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

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

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 competitions 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' predictions. 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

Accepting beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.