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Karyn Silva, Artistic Director, PGC Coastside, Concerta and Ensemble Director

Karyn Silva, Artistic Director, PGC Coastside, Concerta and Ensemble Director has a passion and infectious enthusiasm for the art of choral music. With over twenty five years of conducting and teaching experience, she is sought after as a master teacher, clinician, and mentor in her field. She is a graduate of Holy Names University, where she earned her Master of Music Education degree with a Kodaly emphasis. Ms. Silva also received her graduate certification in the Orff-Schulwerk approach from Mills College.

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Sarah Cane, Repertoire Director

Sarah Cane, Repertoire Director, earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSUEB, a Master of Music at Holy Names University, and was winner of the Sarolta Kodaly Scholarship to study music education and choral conducting for a year at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. She has taught music to every level, K-12, at one time or another in her 30 years of teaching, including Peninsula School in Menlo Park, Addison Elementary and Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto. She has also been an English teacher at Menlo-Atherton and Carlmont High Schools.

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Kate Roseman, Allegra Director

Kate Roseman, Allegra Director is a graduate of the University of Redlands where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Education. Ms. Roseman studied at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, where she specialized in pedagogy and methodology, music history, conducting and ear training. She has furthered her study of the Kodály approach by taking classes in pedagogy, musicianship and choral music at Azusa Pacific University.

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Will Skaff, Brava Director

Will Skaff, Brava Director loves working at The Peninsula Girls Chorus and empowering young women through singing! He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at California State University, Los Angeles. He also holds a certificate of Kodály pedagogy from New York University.

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Dmitriy Cogan, Brava and Ensemble Accompanist


Dmitriy Cogan, Brava and Ensemble Accompanist was born in Moscow in 1963. He began music studies at the age of six and in 1974 immigrated to San Francisco. He studied conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and continued his piano studies with Vladimir Pleshakov and Maria Cisyc. In 1979, he moved to New York to study with Martin Canin at the Juillard School, where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. Since 1980 he has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music concerts in the New York area. In 1981, he was a prizewinner at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in New York; in 1982 he won first prize at the American Music Scholarship Association International Piano Competition in Cincinnati; in 1983 he was Laureate of the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland. Mr. Cogan has performed at Carnegie Hall and has appeared in recitals throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Central America.


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Aki Amai, Concerta Accompanist


Aki Amai, Repertoire and Allegra Accompanist, originally from Tokyo, began studying music at the age of three. She has an A.A. music degree from Santa Barbara City College, where she studied under Josephine Brummel, and a B.M. degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Betty Woo. Since graduating, Aki has rooted herself within the music community as a professional teacher, accompanist, and organist. Aside from working for local schools & churches, Aki also performs as an accordionist in a traditional swing jazz band.


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Xiyan Wang, Repertoire and Allegra Accompanist

Xiyan Wang, Concerta accompanist, is a native of Guangzhou China who started her piano studies at the age of five. At the age of 12 she was admitted to the Xing Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou as a student of Mei Li. After receiving several local and regional competition awards, she was granted a scholarship at Interlochen Arts Academy Michigan in 2001, where she began studying piano under Thomas J. Lymenstull, Dr. Stephen Perry and chamber music under Yoshikazu Nagai. Ms. Wang graduated with honors in Piano Achievement and was awarded the Fine Arts Award in Music. She received awards from the PianoArts of Wisconsin National Concerto Competition in 2002, and performed at Northwestern University of Chicago's "From Vienna to Harlem" Piano Festival in 2003. In 2004, Ms. Wang was chosen to give a performance for the Chinese Government Delegation in Washington DC on behalf of the Emerson global manufacturing and technology company. Ms. Wang was a recipient of the Phyllis Wattis Scholarship while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she earned her BM and MM under the tutelage of Mack McCray.

Ms. Wang graduated with her Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in May 2011. She has been active as a soloist as well as collaborating pianist with other instrumentalists including members of the SF symphony. She continues to teach today in music schools and privately throughout the bay area.


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David Borac, PGC Coastside accompanist


David Borac, PGC Coastside accompanist, is a Romanian-born pianist and a versatile and sensitive player who frequently collaborates with Bay Area musicians in concerts, studio recitals, and competitions. David completed his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Chamber Music degrees at San Francisco State University, where he won the Ross McKee and the William Corbett-Jones Awards for piano performance.

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Mark Fish, Mark Fish

Mark Fish is a composer, arranger, and PGC Ensemble parent whose works have been performed in venues including Carnegie Hall. Four of his instrumental pieces, including the original version of Woman Work, have been recorded on CD, and are available on iTunes. His most successful piece is Ferdinand the Bull, which was recorded for an award-winning CD narrated by actor David Ogden Stiers. Groups that have commissioned him include the Newport Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Asian American Dance Performances, Wild Basin Winds, and Music at the Mission. In spring 2017, we were honored to be able to present the world premiere of a piece written specifically for Brava “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All,” with text by Maya Angelou.

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