Accompanists

Amy Belles, Accompanist

Miss Belles has been on the CSUEB staff as accompanist for Singing Society since 2012, where she has enjoyed her collaboration with Dr. Buddy James.  Her choral accompanying includes work with Cantare Con Vivo, Cantabile Youth Singers, and the Mt. Eden HS Choir.  A lover of musical theater, she has also vocal directed for Woodminster Amphitheater.  Favorite performances include playing Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, and singing Brahms' German Requiem and Bach's B minor Mass.  Miss Belles studied piano privately at post-graduate level with Zita Sandor and is a member of MTAC.

Katy Stephan, Accompanist

Katy, Girls Training 4 accompanist, is a vocalist, pianist, and composer. She has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Cyprus, the U.K. and the U.S. with various groups and projects. Stephan has recently been a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and appeared as a soloist and chorus member on the Grammy- nominated recording of the Leonard Bernstein's Mass with Kent Nagano and the Deutsche Symphonie. Her voice can be heard in several motion picture soundtracks, a TV sitcom theme, and advertisements. Her original music is available on iTunes and at bandcamp.com.

 

Stephanie Pile, Accompanist

Stephanie, accompanist for Girls Training 1, has been with PEBCC since 2007. She also accompanies the Cantautori chorus at The Renaissance International School in Oakland, teaches piano, and is a regular substitute director for the Spirit Ensemble at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda. Stephanie serves as Administrator of Body Wisdom, Inc., an Oakland nonprofit devoted to spreading InterPlay, a global social movement dedicated to ease, connection, human sustainability and play, rooted in improvised movement, voice, story and stillness. She has also sung with a variety of choral ensembles in both the Bay Area and Boston, including Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus of Oakland and La Peña Community Chorus of Berkeley, and holds graduate degrees in social work and pastoral ministry from Boston College.

Kenji
Higashihama, 
Accompanist

Kenji, is a native of Detroit, MI where he grew up singing and playing gospel music. Throughout his career he has had the privilege of music directing a number of shows and groups in Michigan, Illinois, Hawai’i, and California, Hope Galas for the American Cancer Society, assistant music directing for a national tour of The Music Man, and working with wonderful talent from Broadway’s Wicked, Newsies, Phantom of the Opera, and the upcoming Anastasia. He did his undergraduate studies in music at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and holds certification in Chinese-Mandarin from the Defense Language Institute. He has been with Piedmont Children’s Choirs since 2014.

Kymry Esainko, Accompanist

Kymryis principal pianist for the Santa Rosa Symphony, and plays for Pacific Edge Voices and the Oakland Symphony Chorus, as well as the choral programs at Acalanes and Head-Royce.   His work as a vocal and choral accompanist has taken him around the world to Paris, Lucerne, Barcelona, and Buenos Aires.  Kymry graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with degrees in piano performance and American history.  He studied classical piano with Frank Wasko in Sacramento and Sanford Margolis at Oberlin, and jazz piano with Neal Creque and Ed Kelly.  His son Kai and daughter Stella are singing happily in Piedmont Choirs and he is excited to be back with this organization.

Matt Bourne, Accompanist

Matt Bourneis a pianist who performs and accompanies for vocalists and choral groups all around the Bay Area. He is a musical director and conductor for musical theatre productions at many local companies. He is staff accompanist for Campolindo High School, pianist at First United Methodist Church of Hayward, a piano teacher, and a composer. He is a Bay Area native and a graduate of the music program at UCLA.