Board of Directors

2016–2017


Laura Natta,
 President

Laura Natta, PhD is a neurobehavior specialist living in Belmont. She came to the Cantare three seasons ago and began participating in board activities two years ago. Laura has sung for years in church choirs, has cantored, and been involved in musical organizations much of her adult life.

Ruth Wilkins, Secretary

Ruthie loves singing and loves Cantare! She has an MA in Music, and taught for years. Ruthie enjoys humor, informality, learning, and sharing the experience of good music. She considers herself a charter member of the Dr. Benson Fan Club.

Ron Hodges, Treasurer

Ron joined Peninsula Cantare (then named Peninsula Master Chorale) in 1983.  Along with choral singing, he has enjoyed studying piano, organ, and composition.  For gainful employment he used his PhD in chemistry in a career in aerospace.

Larry Baer

Larry is a native Californian who worked in the software industry for 30 years, and in the Palo Alto schools for seven years before retiring. He joined Peninsula Master Chorale in 1986, shortly after moving to the Bay Area. He learned to love singing with his family growing up, and still sings with his siblings whenever they are together.

Ginny Grant

Ginny joined the Board this season, after participating in Cantare for the past several years and in jump-starting the auctions and other fundraising activities.  She loves singing with the group and continuing to learn from Dr. Benson, whom she met when he led the Chancel Choir at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in San Carlos. Ginny keeps herself out of trouble with her Senior Product Manager role at Benetech and in coordinating Rebuilding Together projects.

K. K. Johnson

K. K. (Kay) Johnson joined the alto section in 2007. Armed with a Master’s Degree in music history, she discovered diverse employments as public school teacher; III Corps Entertainment Director, US Army – Special Services, Vietnam (toured as “Lucy” in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown); Certified Financial Planner; Corporate Stock Administration/Equity Compensation Consultant; and church organist. For fun, she dabbles in travel, scuba diving, and painting cats and horses.

Emily McChristian

Emily McChristian has been involved with Cantare as a singer or board member since the fall of 2014. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in music education and spends her days teaching elementary school music in San Jose. When she is not teaching she enjoys ringing with Bay Bells, a professional handbell ensemble, and running Summer in the City Music Camp at San Jose State.

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