Katie Gerber, Founder & Artistic Director
Conductor of Scherzo, Sonata & Cantando
Katie has enjoyed a highly versatile career as a professional singer, classroom music teacher, private voice instructor and choral director. She completed her undergraduate degree at I.U Jacobs School of Music, where she received a double degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education with a Choral Music emphasis. Following this, Katie resided in Sydney, Australia for several years, where she was head of Vocal Department at Stella Maris College, created curriculum, and directed several of the school’s internationally award-winning choruses. Following this, Katie relocated to San Francisco, in order to complete her MM in Voice at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. At SFCM, Katie sang the role of Pamina, in “The Magic Flute”, Clori in “L’Egisto”, and the role of Armida in “Rinaldo”, with Conservatory Baroque. Upon graduating from SFCM, Katherine was awarded with several distinctions, including the Dean's Award in Excellence for Opera Performance, and the Dean's Award for Performance in Baroque Vocal Music.
Katie has worked as a choral director in several schools and choruses, including the world renowned children's choruses, the Piedmont East Bay Children's Chorus, Cantabile Youth Singers in Los Altos and the Nueva School for Gifted Learning, where she directed the school choruses and was Head of LS Music. Katie has also directed music at two prominent Bay area churches over the past several years, while maintaining a busy private voice studio at home. Her most recent project has been through a grant-funded project at UCSF/Mt. Zion, directing a chorus for the hearing impaired. Katie is also the Associate Director of the well-known summer program for gifted education, SummerGATE, where she also enjoys coordinating music classes and performances and directing a small Glee Club.
Jonathon Hampton, Conductor of Allegro and Boychoir Ensemble
Jonathon Hampton is a unique and versatile choral conductor of 15 years experience, specializing in early classical music, spirituals, and contemporary popular repertoire. He is also a director for Tactus SF, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and San Francisco Early Music Society's summer Music Discovery Workshop and Youth Collegium. Hampton also teaches individual voice lessons and is a teaching artist for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Hampton was previously a director for Pacific Boychoir where, for 14 years, he taught boys of all ages and conducted them with several instrumental ensembles, including the Magik*Magik Orchestra.
He revived the children's choir as Director of Choristers at Grace Church in Newark (NJ) over two seasons and founded two choruses in affiliation with his Alma mater, Cornell University. Hampton has been guest conductor of the Cornell University World Music Choir and the choirs of the Cathedral of Christ the Light (Oakland, CA), Lafayette Christian Church (Lafayette, CA), Trinity Wall Street (New York, NY), Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (New York, NY), Trinity Church (Princeton, NJ), St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Englewood, NJ), and Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral (Newark, NJ). Hampton also spent five years with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, coordinating international music education programs. Hampton performs professionally as an alto, tenor, and baritone with such ensembles as American Bach Soloists, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and Cappella SF, in addition to solo work in jazz, soul, and pop music. JonHampton.com
Megan Rossoni, Conductor of Prima and Scherzo
Megan comes from a life of choral music, beginning with Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, where she found a passion for the art and onstage opportunities in high school. Through college she studied in the Kodály program at Holy Names University and at Diablo Valley College where she completed associates degrees in Music Education and Health Education. In California’s Central Valley she participated in Opera Workshop and won the role of Sally in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. She has completed coursework for a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology and is completing her Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from California State University, Stanislaus. She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and enjoys spending time with her husband, working out, and cooking.
Ray Capiral, Pianist
Ray Capiral is a skilled pianist and accompanist with over seventeen years of experience. He studied classical piano with Mario Feninger, a student of Nadia Boulanger, and also attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in music composition. He has been teaching piano, theory, and composition for seventeen years. He serves as Music Director at Bethany United Methodist Church in Noe Valley.
Ethan Kwong, Pianist
Ethan Kwong is a student at the Urban School of San Francisco. He has been studying piano for over 11 years, most recently with Annamarie McCarthy, a teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Besides the piano, he has also been playing the violin for over 7 years.
NAOMI SANCHEZ, Pianist & Vocal Coach
Naomi has worked extensively with singers of all levels, from young children to Broadway veterans. She teaches and accompanies singers at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and has arranged original theater pieces for A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory, including the musical Forever Young: The Music of Bob Dylan, which toured to London's National Theatre. Ms. Sanchez is also a classical concert pianist and a member of the award-winning piano duo Pas de Duo. They debuted at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. Education: Indiana University, M.M., B.M
Molly Mahoney, SFYC Voice Faculty Referral