Faculty and Staff

Meet our Team

Conductors

Artistic Director Matthew Otto is an award-winning conductor, educator, and collaborator.
Associate Artistic Director Samantha Maas-Baldwin has been teaching music in the Bay Area for over 15 years.
Vivo Chorus Director Gemma Arguelles celebrates over thirty years of service as music educator and choir director.
Prelude Chorus Director Katie Jenks is a TK-5th grade music teacher in the Oakland Unified School District.
Young Women’s Chorus Assistant Conductor Sian Wittke has been teaching chorus and music for over 8 years.

Collaborative Pianists & Theory Instructors

Holding degrees in both Piano Performance and Choral Conducting, Joe Fanvu has over 30 years of experience in choral music.
Jefferson Packer has been active as a collaborative pianist and baritone during his two decades in the Bay Area, accompanying the San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Pocket Opera.
Franz Zhao holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Vocal Faculty

Janet Campbell

VOCAL FACULTY
(PENINSULA)

Audrey Howitt

VOCAL FACULTY
(EAST BAY)

Karen Carle Irwin

VOCAL FACULTY
(SAN FRANCISCO)

Sally Munro

VOCAL FACULTY
(SAN FRANCISCO)

Administrative Staff

Managing Director Kaneez Munjee comes to YWCP with over a decade of experience in arts management.
Program Manager Kat Davenport is an arts administrator and fine artist with a lifelong passion for choral music.
Sheyma Perez
Rehearsal Coordinator
Program Assistant Sheyma Perez is a Communication Studies major with over 5 years of experience with children.
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