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

Karyn Silva, Peninsula Girls Chorus 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 has been a featured choral clinician for the California Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the Northern California Association of Kodaly Educators. Choirs under her direction have performed in such venues as Canterbury Cathedral and the Sydney Opera House.

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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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Jeff Huspek, Concerta Accompanist


Jeffrey Huspek is a pianist, piano teacher and piano technician based in Burlingame, CA. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Huspek began studying piano at age 7. During his high school years Mr. Huspek was accepted into the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts, Tanglewood and won first prize in the Birmingham Musicale Competition which gave him the opportunity to perform solo live on public access television.
Mr. Huspek was then accepted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with the Presidential Scholarship where he studied under Paul Hersh and earned a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance.

Upon graduation, Mr. Huspek remained an active musician in the Bay Area. Professionally however, Mr. Huspek’s main joy has been teaching piano and music theory to children and adults of all ages and all walks of life and is very eager to continue that into the future.

Mr. Huspek’s current activities include teaching in San Francisco and in San Mateo County. Mr. Huspek is currently an active member of MTAC.

In 2018 Mr. Huspek completed studies at the American School of Piano Tuning and is currently working to become an RPT.


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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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