Robert Geary, Artistic Director
Robert Geary, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society, is also founder of Volti (formerly the San Francisco Chamber Singers) and the Piedmont Boys and Girls Choirs, and director of the Golden Gate International Children’s Choral Festival. For fourteen years Geary was the director of the Baroque Choral Guild, and he served as the Music Director of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco for thirteen years. A champion of contemporary music, Geary and his choirs have earned numerous national and international awards and have performed throughout North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the Far East. Mr. Geary also has prepared his choirs for some of the world’s leading conductors, including Kurt Herbert Adler, Herbert Blomstedt, Edo de Waart, Kent Nagano, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, and Dale Warland. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Koch International and Swiss International. His choirs have frequently performed for radio, television, opera, symphony and music festivals, nationally and internationally. Geary holds a degree in composition and earned his graduate degree in choral conducting as a student of Howard Swan.
Bryan Baker, Assistant Conductor
Bryan Baker has performed more than a thousand concerts across the United States and in Europe as solo and collaborative pianist. In the Bay Area, he has appeared in Davies Symphony Hall, the Stern Grove Festival, the Old First Concert Series, the Shenson Recital Series, the Oakmont Recital Series, Concerts by the Sea and Noontime Concerts. He recently performed in the British Virgin Islands and gave the inaugural concert of the new Petrof Recital Series in Ashland, Oregon. He has played Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 with the Community Music Center Orchestra, will play Shostakovich Piano Concert #1 with the Kensington Symphony this June and will do a concert with the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra next season. Active on the podium as well, he conducted the San Francisco Choral Society and the Chamber Orchestra of the West in the summer of 2000 in performances of Duruflé’s Requiem and Rutter’s Gloria. Dr. Baker holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in music and serves on the faculties of San Francisco State University and Foothill College. He is Music Director of the Masterworks Chorale in San Mateo, Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, and maintains a private teaching studio and is an active vocal coach.