Managing Director of the Oakland Jazz Choir (a non-profit)
I joined the choir as an alto in 1995 and never looked back. I became the Managing
Director in 2008. I grew up a classically trained pianist and choral singer but loved
jazz and improvisation which I discovered in college. Vocal jazz provided me a way
to more freedom of expression but the Oakland Jazz Choir impacted me even more
deeply with their unique choral jazz. With them I found a way to connect with both
structure and yet uninhibited expression. We are one of the only community jazz
choirs in the nation.
I continue to seek opportunities to bring our diverse, multi-generational, music to
underserved communities in the Bay Area and beyond as well as more traditional
performance venues and jazz festivals. I am blessed to have had this remarkable
experience. As a clinical microbiologist by trade, this musical journey has been an
empowering and transcendent chapter in my life.