Eileen Chang, Artistic Director and Conductor of Honors Choir and Chamber Choir, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice performance from CSU Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College. Eileen is in her eleventh year of teaching at Cantabella Children’s Chorus. Under her direction, Cantabella has won numerous awards from the World Choir Game, GGIF, the Kathaumixw Festival, and the World Youth Choral Festival, and was privileged to perform at the ACDA Western Regional Conference in 2013. Eileen is also the founder and director of the New Choir, an auditioned chamber choir based in the Bay Area.
Velma Lee, Director for the Training Division,
Training Choir 2 and 3 Director and Piano Accompanist, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with concentration in piano, a Master of Church Music degree in Pipe Organ, and has received Level II Kodály training from Holy Names University. She has extensive experience working with children having conducted children’s and handbell choirs. She is an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, performs regularly in local ensemble groups, and teaches in her private piano studio in San Ramon.
Darita Seth, Conductor of Chamber Choir, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Capital University. Current engagements include: running a full private voice studio, Director of Music Ministry at St. Timothy’s Danville, Associate Director of the Danville Girls Chorus, Director of Vocal Music at Stoneridge Creek, and Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Choral Audacity, a competition-level chamber ensemble advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion. A Sigma Alpha Iota Distinguished Member, Mr. Seth is an actively performing Haut-Contre/Countertenor and was a soprano in the Grammy-Award-winning men’s ensemble, Chanticleer.
Joy Tsai, Piano Accompanist and
Theory/Musicianship Instructor, holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and has received Kodály music education training from Holy Names University. She performs regularly as a soloist and with ensemble groups and teaches in her private piano studio in Pleasanton. She is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, is on the faculty at Holy Names University, and continues her piano studies with Betty Woo.
Jumi Kim, Director for Training Choirs 1 (Lafayette and Pleasanton) and 2 (Lafayette, Livermore, and Pleasanton), Vocal Coach, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice from Seoul, Korea, and a Master degree in Voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has completed Level I Kodály training from Holy Names University. Jumi is currently a member of the Valley Concert Chorale in the Tri-Valley and the New Choir in the Peninsula. She is currently on staff at the Berkeley Christian College and is the music director at OPUS Youth Choir.