KRISTEN GRZECA, VOCAL MUSIC DIRECTOR, has been acclaimed for her “impressive, ringing soprano” (Marin Independent Journal). Hailed as “San Francisco’s up-and-coming powerhouse” Kristen made her professional debut as Magda Sorel (The Consul) with Cinnabar Opera in 2007. Since then, she has found a niche in the Bay Area new music scene. A dedicated music educator, Kristen has taught at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco State University, and UC Berkeley. She was recently appointed successor to Todd Wedge, the former SOTA Vocal Director, with whom she worked as an Artist in Residence for six years, teaching and conducting. Kristen also maintains a diverse and accomplished private studio in San Francisco and Oakland. To learn more about Kristen, visit her website.
Angie Doctor, Asawa SOTA Vocal Department Artist-in-Residence and Director of the SOTA Jazz Choir, is a vital presence in the Bay Area jazz scene, where she is active as a clinician for regional schools and also maintains a private studio. She has brought her extensive experience in solo and small group harmony singing to workshops and festivals as a judge and clinician over the past eighteen years. Her vocal work can be heard on many recording projects, including as a featured soloist on the Grammy-nominated recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Harmonia Mundi), conducted by Kent Nagano. Angie is also a founding member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers. She has provided background vocals for groups such as The Manhattans, Heatwave, Gene Chandler, Barbara Lewis, Billy Paul, and many others. She is the soprano in the jazz vocal quartet Clockwork and also performs with the a cappella group The Bobs. In addition, she has been singer and soloist for music projects with Bobby McFerrin, Sufjan Stevens, Sweet Honey in the Rock, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, and performed at venues that include Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Philharmonie Berlin. Angie is also a songwriter and an arranger.
Extraordinary saxophonist/flautist, Melecio Magdaluyo, is a multi-instrumentalist (soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet, flute, piano, percussion) and educator active in the vibrant San Francisco music scene since the mid 1970s and teaching in the public school district since the mid-1990s. He is a founding member of John Santos’ Machete Ensemble (1985), and is one of the most solicited freelance recording and performing musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Melecio was born and raised in San Francisco and has recorded and/or performed with The Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Machete Ensemble, The Whispers, Confunction, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., M.C. Hammer and countless others, in addition to leading his own quintet.
Sought-after educator, baritone, clinician, and arranger based in San Francisco, California, Jace Wittig has performed around the world for eight seasons with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer. During his tenure with the ensemble (five years as a singer, followed by three years as Interim Music Director), he performed or directed over one thousand concerts in many of the world’s preeminent concert halls, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Prague Rudolfinum, the National Grand Theatre in Beijing, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center, among many others. Jace’s voice can be heard on seven Chanticleer albums. His tenure as Music Director saw the release of three live concert recordings: Love Story (2011), The Siren’s Call (2012), and She Said He Said (2013). In the summer of 2013, he led the recording sessions for Chanticleer’s latest studio album, Someone New (recorded at Skywalker Sound), which he directed and co-produced.
Wittig was raised in Indiana, where he was a long-time member of the renowned Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Henry Leck. His collegiate studies were in voice and piano at Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana). During his years at Ball State, he was a member of the BSU Chamber Choir and the University Singers, served as the Music Director and pianist for a production of Closer than Ever in the Theatre Department, and frequently accompanied vocalists in lessons and performances.
Jace maintains a dynamic presence in the San Francisco Bay Area choral community, including appointments as an Artist in Residence for the San Francisco School of the Arts and the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley. Additionally, he sings in the Schola Cantorum of St. Dominic's Catholic Church in San Francisco and maintains a private voice studio. In the Spring of 2015, he served as Principal Conductor for the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, an acclaimed chamber choir dedicated to the commissioning and performance of new choral repertoire in San Francisco and the surrounding communities. This Christmas, Jace will conduct the debut performances of an eight-voice, professional chamber choir dedicated to study and performance of Renaissance choral music. In his spare time, Jace enjoys cooking, wine, hiking, and exploring the diverse cultural offerings of the San Francisco Bay Area.