Ms. Bach attended Bismarck State College and the University of North Dakota. She has been teaching for 19 years. Natascha has enjoyed teaching all levels Kindergarten thru Twelfth grade. She spent 13 years teaching at the elementary level, four years working with middle school students, and most recently six years at the high school level.
Mr. Steve Blum studied at California State University, Long Beach (B.M., Jazz Piano) and California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A., Jazz Piano). Mr. Blum has been involved in the choir world for many years as a choral singer, director, and accompanist. Mr. Blum directs the Cantori & Trouvere groups, and teaches music classes at the day school.
Mrs Brown is one of the founding music teachers of PBA. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Music Education with an emphasis in Kodaly techniques from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut. For the past ten years, she has taught music to both adults and children in various settings, as well as piano pedagogy at the University of Montemorelos in Mexico.
Megan Cole brings nearly 15 years experience in teaching and tutoring Spanish in the Bay Area. A graduate of Piedmont High School, Ms. Cole has a B.A. in Spanish from SFSU and has completed graduate courses at NYU. She has taught Spanish at Piedmont High, St. John's K-8, Adda Clevenger Junior Prep, and Golden Gate Apple School. She has lived abroad and traveled in Latin America.
Ms. Echeverria is a Ph.D student in Classics at UC Berkeley, where she also received her MA in Latin. She has taught Latin and Greco-Roman civilization courses at Berkeley for the past 3 years, and won the university’s 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award.
Mr Fox has been involved with boychoirs since the age of eight. He holds degrees in Music (with Honors) and Economics from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where he studied voice with tenor Wayne Rivera, conducting with Mel Strauss, composing with Neely Bruce, and received the Lipsky Prize for outstanding scholarship in choral studies.
Mr. Gabri received a BA in Literature at UC Santa Cruz and an MA in English Literature at San Francisco State. He is now in his final year in the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, where he has acquired extensive experience teaching undergraduates, Mr.
Jonathon Hampton has been with PBA for over a decade and is the principal conductor of the day school's training choir (Junior Varsity Troubadors) and teaches music theory to all students.
Born and raised in Colorado, Ms. Hoerl was a singer with the Colorado Spring Children's Chorale for ten years. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. After college, she relocated to the Bay Area and worked at the San Francisco Girls Chorus for six years as Chorus School Administrative Director.
Mr. Knudtson graduated from UC Berkeley with a Major in Geography and a Minor in Education. After college, he received a Certificate of Permaculture design from the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.
Mr. Kwett studied Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, and has previously studied Political Science, French, and German at UC Santa Cruz and Université Lumière Lyon-II in Lyon, France. As an experienced math and humanities tutor and teacher, Mr. Kwett works closely with each student to help develop their reading, writing, analytical and critical thinking abilities. Mr.
Rita Lilly is familiar to audiences in oratorio, recital, and opera, but most notably for her performances of baroque and early music. She has been lauded by The New York Times for “possessing a voice of strength, clarity, and virtuosity” and by the S.F. Classical Voice for “having a pure, silvery voice with plenty of color.” Ms.
Johanna Ortis has worked for her entire career as a bookkeeper and operations manager for non-profits, most recently at MyPath (powering youth potential, seeding economic mobility) in San Francisco and SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) in Berkeley.
Ms. Roy is a founding member of Pacific Boychoir Academy. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Music from California State University, Hayward, and has been the organist at Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland for over 20 years. Formerly, Ms. Roy served as choral conductor at Holy Names High School in Oakland and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
Mr. Thompson grew up in Birmingham Michigan, where he began swimming at the age of 6. Throughout his school years, Mr. Thompson continued swimming, and ended his career as an Olympic Trials Qualifier and the Captain of the University of Florida swim team. After college, Mr.
Carmen Trefil has been a music teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995, specializing in early childhood music education. She has a degree from BEM Institute for Early Childhood Education, four years of training in the Kodály method, and 20 years of teaching experience in private and public schools, music studios, and special education classes.