Solo Opera

Full Board and Advisory Board

Sylvia Amorino, President
Bay Area Opera Stage Director (Solo Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and Resident Stage Director of the
Opera Scenes Workshop- Holy Names University for six years)
Master of Music Degree- Holy Names University / Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance- SSU
Private Vocal Instructor- (38 years)
Founder/ Artistic Director/ Producer- Solo Opera and S.O.L.O. (Scenes from Opera and Light Opera) (2000-present)

Miguel Gonzalez, Vice President / Treasurer
Manager (retired) AT & T  (42 years)
Co-Producer and Publicist – Solo Opera (2000-present)
M.B.A., B.S.- St. Mary’s College, Moraga   
Volunteer for Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Bike East Bay, St. Agnes Mexico Workcamp

Mel Bearns, Secretary
Social Media Community Manager at Kindred Healthcare
Writer, professional musician
Former Director: Eagle Peak Montessori Charter School Board

Barbara L. Gray CFP, Boardmember
Certified Financial Planner
Small business owner, former Director Diablo Ballet, former Board Member and Treasurer of the Rudgear Meadows HOA, former Board Member Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary Club, the Word Weavers Toastmasters Club in Concord and the Financial Planning Association of the East Bay

Eileen Alonso Meredith, Boardmember
25+ years of experience in nonprofits as administrator, producer, and performer BA from UMass and a Master in Public Administration from NYU Professional singer at the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and San Francisco Opera Chorus Private vocal instructor; Music Director for many musicals in local public schools Executive and Artistic Director of Island City Opera, which she founded in 2014 Major Gifts Officer for Music for Minors- current position Board Member with Radium Presents

May Hembrador, Boardmember
Newly Retired/ Former Director of Music Ministry for St. Agnes Parish- 17 years/ Former Semi-Pro Singer of Choral, Musicals, and Operatic Music / Former Secretary of Solo Opera Board of Directors /Community Volunteer

Sara Jobin
First Woman Conductor- San Francisco Opera
(Returning 2013 to SFO to conduct the world premiere of “The Secret Garden”, the opera)
Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra/ Conductor of the Toledo Opera (current position)
Music Director - Center for Contemporary Opera, New York
Former Principal Conductor and Founder - Tassajara Symphony
Conductor for many companies around the US including: Opera Idaho, New York Shakespeare Festival,
Wolf Trap Opera, Anchorage Opera, Tacoma Opera, Arizona Opera, and Livermore Valley Opera

Alexander Katsman
Music Director / Conductor- Livermore Valley Opera
Opera Conductor for SF Opera Merola Program, San Jose Opera, West Bay Opera, Diablo Light Opera, Solo Opera
Faculty of Opera Workshops at Holy Names College, SF Conservatory of Music, San Jose State University, BASOTI
Vocal Coach, accompanist, and concert pianist

Monroe Kanouse
Opera conductor, vocal coach, concert accompanist
Faculty member/conductor of Holy Names University (Opera Scenes Workshop)
Retired faculty member/conductor of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Former Principal Conductor of the Sacramento Opera and the Oakland Opera
Freelance conductor at Bay Area opera companies including Lamplighters SF

Gabrielle Gomez
Principal Attorney at G. Gomez Law

Carlyn Obringer
Former Mayor of Concord, Concord City Councilmember

Daniel Sweeney
F&M Bank- Vice President/ Branch Manager (Concord, Ca. Branch)

Irene Davids- Blair
US Bank- Vice President/ Branch Manager (Concord Main Branch)

Solomon Belette
Coordinator - East Contra Costa Community Alliance
Former Director, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy- John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill Campus)

Brian Pennebaker

Rossmoor- Recreation Department Special Events Coordinator, Walnut Creek


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