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

 

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

Joel Chapman, Conductor
Girls Training 3

 
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.
 

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 MutiZubin Mehta, and Kurt Masur. In addition to her position with Piedmont Choirs, Anne maintains a private voice and piano studio. adaniel@piedmontchoirs.org
 
 

Ondine Young, Conductor
Boys Training 1

Theory Assistant Tuesday

Ondine Young is a busy performer and musical director of many Bay Area organizations including the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra; Piedmont East Bay Children's choirs, Crowden; Stern Grove Kidstage; various church choirs, and other local institutions. Her past credits include music director, chamber-music coach, and musicianship instructor at  Marin School for the Arts; Sound Minds/California Symphony, Bentley, Oakland School for the Arts. Not to mention, she was a conductor for the San Francisco Boys' and Girls Chorus'. Prior to her experience in the Bay Area, she spearheaded the choral program at the University of San Diego. Ondine completed a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California, studying choral conducting and early music performance. For more information on Ondine, visit  Lamonicaensemble.com

 

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.

Liv Wang
Teachers Assistant Girls Training 4 

Theory Assistant Monday

Liv Wang is a lyrical soprano and private music teacher. Ms. Wang earned her Masters degree in vocal performance from San Francisco State University, and her undergraduate degree from California State University-East Bay and South China Normal University in vocal performance. As a member of Music Teachers' Association of California, Ms. Wang has been teaching voice and piano in private and group classes, working with students of all ages and abilities.  livwangmusic@gmail.com