Eileen Chang, Artistic Director, Conductor of Honors Choir and Chamber Choir, and Advanced Children’s Choir, is in her tenth year teaching at Cantabella Children’s Chorus. She did her undergraduate studies in Voice performance at CSU Long Beach and her graduate studies in Choral Conducting at the Westminster Choir College. She is the founder of the New Choir, an auditioned chamber choir based in San Jose. Ms. Chang’s music has developed under the tutelage of Hoon Cha Chai, Joseph Flummerfelt, Christian Grube.
Grace Edwards, Director for the Children’s Choir (Lafayette and San Ramon), and Director for Training Choir 1 (San Ramon), and Director for Training Choir 3 (Lafayette), holds Master of Music degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis from Holy Names University. She also holds certifications in Suzuki Method and Dalcroze Eurythmics. She has conducted and accompanied many adult and children’s choirs, and has sung with prominent choirs in the Bay Area. She runs a private studio in Oakley and is an evaluator for the Music Teacher’s Association of California’s Certificate of Merit Program.
Velma Lee, Director for the Training Division, Training Choir 2 Director (San Ramon), Training Choir 3 Director (San Ramon, Livermore and Pleasanton), and Piano Accompanist, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, a Master of Church Music degree in Pipe Organ. She has extensive experience working with children having conducted children’s and handbell choirs. She is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers’ Association of California. Velma teaches piano lessons in her private piano studio.
Joy Tsai, Piano Accompanist and Theory Instructor, earned a BM/MM degree in Piano Performance and received Kodály music education training from Holy Names University. She teaches in her private piano studio in Pleasanton and performs regularly as a soloist and with ensemble groups. 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 and 2 (Lafayette, Livermore, and Pleasanton), Vocal Coach and Theory Instructor, received her Bachelor degree in Voice in Seoul, Korea, and her Master degree in Voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She gained opera experience at Sonoma State University and through performances in the Bay Area. Ms. Kim placed first in the Redwood Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2004 and she was a member of the San Francisco Concert Chorale. She performed as the soloist for the Korean Symphony Orchestra at Herbst Theatre and the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah and Faure Requiem with the Valley Concert Chorale and Viva La Musica. She is currently a member of the Valley Concert Chorale in the Tri-Valley and the New Choir in the Peninsula, and, she teaches Hymnal and church music history at the Berkeley Christian College.