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Artistic Staff


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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.

Ms. Silva was awarded the distinction of “Teacher of the Year” for the Lincoln Unified School District in 1996 and in 2007 was honored by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) as “Classroom Music Teacher of the Year.” With the exception of Repertoire, she has conducted every choir level at the PGC.

Ms. Silva is actively involved in music education and choral conducting organizations. She was the Youth Choir chairperson for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) National Conference in 2004, she served on the board of the California Music Educators National Conference from 2005-2006, and recently she has presented sessions at the American Choral Directors (ACDA) and CMEA annual conferences. She is an active member of Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators and she frequently performs with the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir.

When she isn’t conducting choirs, Ms. Silva enjoys spending time with her husband and their two adorable cats, Artie and Lucy. She also loves to bake and decorate special occasion cakes using handmade gum paste flowers.

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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. 

Sarah has made a study of folk music, dance, stories, and games and is currently learning old time fiddle. She loves to work with the youngest girls to instill a love of music making in playful ways, incorporating dance, improvisation and games.  She is delighted to be helping expand our camp and retreat program.

Sarah is a longtime member and frequent soloist with the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, and is the past president of Northern California Association of Kodaly Educators

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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.

In addition to teaching Allegra at the PGC, Ms. Roseman teaches elementary music and chorus at The Hamlin School in San Francisco. She is an active member of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She is a PGC alumna and a participant in the PGC’s 2008 Sororis program in Northern Italy.

In her spare time, Ms. Roseman likes to spend time outdoors hiking, skiing, wakeboarding or walking her poodle, Toaster. 

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Will Skaff, Brava Director  is thrilled to be among the talented students and staff of PGC! He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Master of Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. He also holds a certificate of Kodály Pedagogy from the summer program at New York University.

Mr. Skaff is the director of vocal music at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, where he conducts three ensembles and directs the vocals for the musicals and Masses. He is also on staff with the Southeast Texas Kodály Certification Program where he trains young music teachers during the summer. He is an active member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and the American Choral Directors Association, where he has served as an adjudicator for All-State Honor Choir. In addition, he has presented his master’s thesis at one of the California Music Educators Association annual conferences.

Mr. Skaff enjoys working out, playing league racquetball, walking the dog, and taking on singing gigs. However, he can also be found sitting around flipping channels between sports, news, and Family Feud.

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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, 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, 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, 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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