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Hallowe’en Musings for a Magical Time

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Join students of Katherine McKee in a concert program of opera, Broadway, and art songs. The students will be accompanied by pianist Daniel Lockert.

Date & Time: Sat. October 29 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Tickets: Free, donations requested. Register here.

About

McKee_Katherine_lowResMs. Katherine McKee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree with honors in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory and has directed choirs, community orchestras and operas, and school groups since her college years. In the Boston area she directed the children’s, youth and adult choirs at Hanscom Air Force Base’s Protestant Chapel, taught stringed instruments and conducted orchestras in the Somerset (MA) public schools and served as Assistant Conductor for the Jamaica Plain Symphony Orchestra. In New York she founded and directed the chamber group Premier, which focused on newly composed works for a cappella voices, and served as an Assistant Conductor for the Gregg Smith Singers and at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

In the San Francisco Bay Area she has served on the conducting faculty of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, as Chorus Master, Prompter and Music Director for San Francisco Lyric Opera, and as Music Director of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Noe Valley and the First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto. She is also the recently-appointed Music Director for St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park (CA).

As a singer, she is much in demand as an oratorio soloist, and appears regularly with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, American Bach Soloists, and the chorale of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in addition to San Francisco Renaissance Voices. Ms. McKee teaches private vocal students who perform throughout the Bay Area including members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Opera Chorus, San Francisco Choral Society, Woodminster Theater and the Lamplighters Music Theatre.

Ms. Katherine McKee was recently appointed as Music Director of San Francisco Renaissance Voices effective for the 2014–15 season.

 DanielLockert1As a soloist or collaborator, Daniel Lockert is equally versatile on the piano, organ, and harpsichord. He is a native of San Diego, California, where he began piano studies at the age of five. He also studied organ throughout high school. After getting his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Loma Linda University, he attended the University of Southern California and obtained an advanced degree in the specialized area of accompanying, studying with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, the pioneer teacher of the field.

Daniel was the only American finalist in the first International Accompanying Competition held in the Netherlands. As an accompanist, he has had an active career accompanying choral groups, singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He has collaborated with singers past and present of the Metropolitan Opera, such as Deborah Voight, as well as current young recitalists, including Christopheren Nomura. As a coach and teacher, he has been on the staffs and faculties of the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University, and the Aspen Music Festival.

He is also active as a cabaret pianist and singer, having collaborated with many San Francisco bay area performers. In Los Angeles and New York, he musically directed I Do! I Do! and Fiddler on the Roof. He has been musical director and pianist for several musicals and reviews at the Marin Theatre Company and Willows Theatre, in evenings of music by Gershwin, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Sondheim’s Company, Into the Woods, Side by Side, and You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow are some of the musicals and reviews that he has conducted and directed at various Bay Area theatres. Daniel has been the musical director and pianist for the annual Great Broadway Sing-a-long held at the Marin Theatre Co, and four nights from now at the JCC of San Francisco in this same theatre. He was associate musical director for Mountain Days: the John Muir Musical and The Haunting of Winchester by Craig Bohmler, assisting the composer in their world premieres at the Concord Pavilion and the San Jose Repertory Theatre. He was also music director for Bohmler’s Enter the Guardsman, which was performed on the cruise ship QE2. After that, Daniel took another cruise on the QE2 to musically direct a Broadway review. Daniel has taught and coached students for special projects at the American Conservatory Theatre.

As a harpsichordist and continuo player, Daniel played at the Carmel Bach Festival for several summers. He played the world premiere of the Concertino Notturno for Flute, Harpsichord and Strings by Vivian Fung with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. As an organist, Daniel has played in churches and synagogues since age 12. For years he was organist at several prominent churches in Southern California. He is currently organist at Santa Maria Catholic Church in Orinda, and is an active organ recitalist in the Bay Area.

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