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 tenth year of teaching at Cantabella Children’s Chorus. Under her direction, Cantabella has won numerous awards from the World Choir Game, GGIF and Kathaumixw Festival, was privileged to perform at ACDA Western Regional Conference in 2013. Eileen is also the founder and director of the New Choir, an auditioned chamber choir based in San Jose.
Grace Edwards, Director for the Children’s Choir (Lafayette and San Ramon), 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 Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University. She has conducted and accompanied numerous adult and children’s choirs, and has sung with prominent choirs in the Bay Area. Grace runs a private piano studio in Brentwood and serves as a State Board Director of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and an evaluator for its 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 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.
Joy Tsai, Piano Accompanist and Theory 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 and 2 (Lafayette, Livermore, and Pleasanton), Vocal Coach and Theory Instructor, 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.
Corrina Chang, Piano Accompanist and Theory Instructor, is a Cantabella alumnus and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Dartmouth College. She joined the Cantabella family as a CTC-3 chorister and later joined the Honors Choir at its inception.
Valerie Ross, Piano Accompanist and Theory Instructor, holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree in piano performance from Longy School of Music. She has collaborated with the Boston New Music Initiative and Boston Children’s Chorus, as well as performing as an accompanist with Toby Oft, principal trombone of the BSO. Ms. Ross is delighted to be playing with Cantabella and currently runs Music con Brio in Livermore, offering classes and private lessons for students 0 and up.
Yoonhee Kwon, Vocal Coach
Richard Yates, Theory Assistant