Kinder & Training Department Faculty

Naomi Braun
Kinder & Training Department Director
Conductor Girls Training 2

Naomi Braun, Kinder & Training Department Director, has been conductor of Girls Training 2 since 1995 and worked on the camp staff from 1992-1996. She holds Bachelor degrees in Music and Psychology from U.C. Davis, where she was the Assistant Conductor of the University Chorus and directed a 14 voice mixed ensemble. She has taught chorus and music to children in kindergarten through eighth grade in San Francisco and the East Bay. Ms. Braun is the alto section leader at St Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park and has sung professionally with Volti (formerly the SF Chamber Singers), Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, Berkeley Opera, George Coates Performance Works, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Pocket Opera, American Bach Soloists, West Edge Opera, SF Renaissance Voices and the San Francisco Opera Chorus. nbraun@piedmontchoirs.org

Anne Daniel, Conductor of Girls Training 1,
Teacher PreKinderChoir and PreKinderChoir

Anne, holds a master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.  She has been teaching voice privately and in group settings for over 20 years and delights in working with students of all ages.  Prior to moving to Oakland, Anne spent five years singing chorus, comprimaro, and cover roles for Opera San José and working for Vivace Youth Chorus; while in graduate school, she sang choral and operatic works under distinguished conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, and Kurt Masur. In addition to her position with Piedmont Choirs, Anne maintains a private voice and piano studio. adaniel@piedmontchoirs.org

Elizabeth Wagman Emigh, Conductor

Boys Training 1, Girls Training 3

Elizabeth has a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory, where she later served on the Preparatory and Adult Extension faculty for six years. She teaches voice and opera classes at Diablo Valley College, has a private voice studio in Oakland, and has been Director of Choirs at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord for the past twenty years. Elizabeth received her music teaching credential from Chapman University and her Kodaly music education certification from Holy Names University. Performance credits include The Lamplighters, Piedmont Light Opera, and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. She has vocal directed musicals at UC Davis, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Diablo Valley College, and Piedmont Center for the Arts. She is a current member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, which has won three Grammy awards during her membership. She has served as soprano soloist and section leader at Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, Calvary Lutheran Church in Millbrae, and Temple Isaiah. eemigh@piedmontchoirs.org

 

Chelsea Hollow
Vocal Pedagogy Coach

Chelsea Hollow is the vocal instructor for the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, working with faculty and students to build a core understanding of vocal technique through individual and small group lessons as well as classroom coaching. Ms. Hollow teaches and performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In her private studio in Alameda, she teaches singers from beginners to pre-professionals of all ages. As a performer, Chelsea works with local opera companies including The San Francisco Opera Guild, West Edge Opera, West Bay Opera, The Lamplighters, Pocket Opera, and 42nd Street Moon. She has also performed with Pittsburgh Festival Opera in Pennsylvania and Escenia Ensamble in Guadalajara, Mexico. Specializing in high coloratura repertoire, Chelsea’s favorite roles are Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos/Strauss), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann/Offenbach), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail/Mozart), and Marie (La Fille du Regiment/Donizetti). For more information on performances or private lessons, please visit: chelseahollow.com

Nancy Linford, Conductor
Girls Training 4, Boys Training 2

Nancy Linford, conductor of Girls’ Training 4 and Boys Training 2, brings a lifelong love of singing and an especial fondness for children’s voices to the Piedmont Choirs.  A Bay Area native, she has enjoyed witnessing and being a part of the growth of the Choirs providing opportunities for children that she would have relished as a child.  After teaching in the Kodály Master’s program at Holy Names University for one year, Nancy is happy to return to the training department where she previously conducted GT3 and BT2.  Nancy holds a Master’s of Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University, a BA in vocal performance from UC Santa Cruz, a K-12 music teaching credential, and Level III Orff certification. For fifteen years she taught elementary vocal music in Hayward and Piedmont Unified and currently teaches at her local school in Albany.  Previously, Nancy also taught in San Francisco and Oakland, the latter through Cantare Con Vivo, whose Chamber Ensemble she sang with during that time.  She loves bell ringing, formed hand bell ensembles at her San Francisco and Piedmont schools, and continues to ring in an ensemble for her own pleasure. nlinford@piedmontchoirs.org

Liv Wang

Vocal Pedagogy

Teachers Assistant Girls Training 4 

Theory Assistant Monday

Liv Wang is a lyric soprano who lives and actively performs in East Bay of California. Liv has performed multiple operatic roles, including Euridice in Les Malheurs d’Orphee, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Peaseblossom in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the first lady in Die Zauberflöte. She earned her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from San Francisco State University, studied with Christine Brandes and Nikolas Nackley. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University-East Bay, studied with Pamela Hicks. Liv is as a studio artist of Angels Vocal Arts in Los Angeles, where she performed as the first lady from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the La opera conductor Kristof Van Grysperre. Liv has a passion for 20th century music and is constantly seeking for new repertoire to learn and perform. Liv is continuing doing post-graduate study with world class singers, including Deborah Voigt and Victoria Livengood.

As a teacher, Ms. Wang is a member of Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC). She is a Vocal Pedagogy Coach and Music Theory Instructor in Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. She is also a Piano and Voice teacher in Music Land School of Music. She also has a music studio in Dublin: https://www.cottonwoodmusic.org/ Ms. Wang can be reached at: livwang@mail.sfsu.edu

Ondine Young

Teachers Assistant

Music Theory

Ondine is a busy performer/musical director/educator of many Bay Area organizations including: Piedmont East Bay Children's choirs (training); Golden State Youth Orchestra (Chamber/camerata), the Crowden School of Music (strings); First United Methodist Church San Leandro (choir director); Philharmonia Baroque, Albany Consort, Sacramento Baroque, Jubilate, San Francisco Early Music Society, Cantare, WAVE, Junior Bach, Arlington Arts music studio (Violin/viola/voice/keyboards) and other local institutions.
Ondine co-founded “Tea, Talks, and Treasures” with Director Christine Baker at Pacific Boychoir Academy; she is also on the board of Dandelion Dance Theater and Winds Across the Bay. Credits include: Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (assistant conductor); music director, chamber-music coach, and musicianship instructor at Marin School for the Arts; Sound Minds/California Symphony, Bentley, and Oakland School for the Arts, Stern Grove, Carmel Bach Festival, and more. In addition, she was a conductor for the San Francisco Boys' and Girls Chorus' and Kairos Youth Choir.Prior to her experience in the Bay Area, she spearheaded the choral program at the University of San Diego. Ondine studied violin/viola/choral/orchestral conducting/performance practice at the University of California Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara; and earned a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California in choral conducting and early music performance. For more information on Ondine, visit https://www.lamonica.com/ Lamonicaensemble.com youngondine@gmail.com