Carol Manifold is an active choral volunteer, serving as the founder and current President of the Choral Consortium of San Diego and as the Board President for SACRA/PROFANA professional vocal ensemble. She is a past member of the La Jolla Presbyterian Church Concert Series Committee and sings in both the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and the Pacific Women’s Chorus. She received her B.A. in Biology (Music minor) from UCSD and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UCSF. She is Drug Information Specialist at UC San Diego Health System and Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her past professional positions have included senior management in the biopharmaceutical industry and hospital pharmacy.
Sue Marberry (MA, English, University of Wisconsin) has sung in choirs in New York, Wisconsin, London and San Diego, currently in the San Diego Master Chorale and two choirs at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. She retired after 29 years of accounting in commercial insurance agencies in San Diego. Prior to her move to San Diego, she was an analyst for Wisconsin's Job Service, then a teacher in private high schools in London and Nashville. She served as treasurer for the San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary (1995-2001), and the Master Chorale Singers Council (2008-current) and is now also treasurer of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and the San Diego Pro Arte Voices.
Sally Husch Dean
Sally Husch Dean is the founding Artistic Director of the San Diego North Coast Singers Youth Chorus and has led this prestigious ensemble on national and international tours. Under Dean’s 23-year tenure, the youth choral program has grown to serve over 120 young singers each year in 5 choirs. Her work with local youth has attracted community leaders to serve on the Board of Directors, and the organization has maintained a stable financial foundation even during trying economic times. In 2104, NCS added Sorelle San Diego, a women’s chamber ensemble. Ms. Dean is a long-standing member of the professional organizations, Chorus America and American Choral Directors Association. She has attended non-profit management workshops offered by both.
Dean served as an adjunct faculty member at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. from 2007 – 2015, directing the Chamber Singers and Chorale. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Music: Choral Conducting degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Dean has studied conducting with Dr. David Chase in San Diego and Donald Brinegar in Los Angeles. She has directed local honor choirs and served as an adjudicator for local high school festivals. In 1997 Ms. Dean was one of six choral directors in the country selected for a fellowship program with the well-known composer and conductor, Alice Parker.
Lynn Mendoza-Khan, soprano, is a classically trained professional singer and voice teacher. She has worked extensively with young singers in her own vocal studio and for San Diego Junior Theatre, with which she worked five years. Lynn has sung locally with the San Diego Opera. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, and of the First UU Church of San Diego.
Katie Walders, soprano, began her career in Washington, DC, singing with the finest choirs in the city. Performances at home and abroad include singing with the Czech National Orchestra and Chorus, and at such venues as the Washington National Cathedral, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cadogan Hall (London), Copley Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales). Recent engagements include performing with the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival and at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea. Katie has eight years experience in arts administration, including concert promotion, production, and touring, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the San Diego Pro Arte Voices and the San Diego Summer Choral Festival.
Eric Carroll has lived in San Diego since 2002, and has been involved in the non-profit arts and choral community since 2008. Eric is a strong believer in offering pro-bono and affordable design work and consultation for other non-profits as a way to give back to the community. He has a background in marketing, graphic design, and event planning, and currently is employed as website, social media, and marketing coordinator for a large non-profit business association. He is an avid photographer and amateur genealogist.
Eric has worked with the Choral Consortium since early 2014. He has volunteered his time for CCSD, SDGMC, SDWC, Encore Vocal and several other non-profit organizations, both choral and other. Luckily he can't sing, so that allows him time to assist organizations in furthering their missions. He is excited about continuing his relationship with the Choral Consortium.
Bob Lehman is the Executive Director and President Emeritus of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. He has been involved with SDGMC for nearly 20 years first as an underwriter and donor and later as Membership Director, Marketing Director and as a singer in the baritone section. Under his leadership, the chorus has grown to more than 200 members, performs throughout San Diego County and is parent to the San Diego Youth Pride Chorus. Previously, Bob sang with the nationally recognized Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Professionally, as the owner of the live music venue Bourbon Street, Bob worked with national acts such as Tony Award-winner Nell Carter in addition to many local jazz, standards and blues singers and musicians. Bob is a veteran combat Marine sergeant and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for LGBT rights in the military. He and his husband made history in 2008 as the first two men to legally marry in California history.
Bianca Lundien Kennedy (BA in Linguistics from the University of Houston) has enjoyed singing in choirs since her childhood, through her school years, in college and beyond. Having sung with the Houston Symphony Chorus, she gained a deep appreciation for the choral arts. When her husband, whom she met in their high school chorale, relocated the pair from Chicago to San Diego in 2010 for his work, she wasted little time before involving both of them in San Diego’s local choral environment. She has been with Peninsula Singers since 2011, having just completed a two-year term as their Board President in June 2016. She remains on their Board of Directors as Webmaster. Bianca was also a founding member of Pacific Coast Chorale, founded in 2013 and is in her third year of serving as their Board President. Bianca believes in promoting the joy, fellowship and reward gained from the experience of being part of a choir (or two!).
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