Accompanists

Amy Belles, Accompanist

Amy Belles joined the UC Berkeley staff in 2018, after having worked on the CSUEB staff under Dr. Buddy James from 2012-2017.  Her choral accompanying includes work with Cantare Con Vivo, Cantabile Youth Singers, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Voci women's ensemble, Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, and the Mt. Eden & Monte Vista HS choirs.  A lover of musical theater, she has also vocal directed for Woodminster Amphitheater.  Favorite performances include Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, harpsichord in Handel's Messiah, alto in Brahms' German Requiem - and accompanying in Davies Symphony Hall.  Miss Belles studied piano privately at post-graduate level with Zita Sandor and is a member of MTAC.

Matt Bourne, Accompanist

Matt Bourne is 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.

 

Joel Chapman, Accompanist

Joel is a conductor, bass-baritone, and songwriter in the Bay Area. He sings professionally with Volti, an SF-based ensemble that performs and animates completely new works, as well as Endersnight, a choir specializing in Renaissance music. A sought-after low bass, Joel has been made appearances with groups peppered throughout the Bay Area, including the San Mateo Masterworks Chorale, Convivium, California Bach Society, and Stanford Chamber Chorale. A composer and songwriter, Joel is co-creator of Gravity, a new musical most recently seen at the 2016 TheatreWorks New Works Festival in Palo Alto.  Joel is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received his B.A. in Music with honors with focus in vocal performance and
 conducting. Joel studied with Gregory Wait, Laura Dahl, and Stephen
 Sano. Joel later received his M.A. in Music, Science, and Technology
 from Stanford at the Center for Computer Research in Music and
 Acoustics (CCRMA), where he studied digital signal processing,recording technologies, and specialized in sound design.

Kymry Esainko, Accompanist

Kymry is 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.

Christine (Tchii) Fernandez, Accompanist

Christine grew up playing piano based on a strong foundation through the Suzuki Method. With the guidance of her parents, who have been Suzuki Piano Method teachers for nearly 30 years, Christine performed all solo graduation and master course recitals throughout her studies on the Suzuki method. She competed for numerous competitions and performed with many orchestras. She’s won in various venues such as East Bay Music Festival, MTAC Alameda County Branch Memorial Scholarship Foundation Auditions, Holy Names University Concerto Competition, Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and subsequently performed with Berkeley Youth Orchestra, Holy Names University Orchestra, and Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra. At age 16, Christine started to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a BA in Piano Performance.  In addition to her parents, her teachers include Roy Bogas, Sharon Mann and Mack McCray. She has been assisting and coaching in the Tchii’s Piano School of Music in lessons, ensemble classes, music theory classes, and concerto competitions. Furthermore, she has been in demand for her accompanying in the East Bay Area. Currently she is a staff accompanist and clinician at Holy Names University, Head Royce, Piedmont Middle & High Schools, and Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

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.

Kaz Kim, Accompanist

Kaz began playing the piano as a preschooler. After studying at the Juilliard Pre-College Division as a teenager, she moved west to attend UC Berkeley where she double-majored in Cognitive Science and Music (focus on Composition). Before becoming a parent, she worked at Warner Bros. Television selecting music for TV shows and movies while moonlighting as a keyboardist in a rock band. She is delighted to play more piano while her children joyfully sing with PEBCC.