Section Leaders

  • Soprano:  Danielle Marie
  • Alto:  Kristen Redaniel
  • Tenor:  A.J. Rodriguez
  • Bass:  Jason Vincent

Accompanist – Amanda Ku

Accompanist - Amanda Ku
Amanda Ku

Amanda Ku is an active freelance accompanist and theatre musician in her native San Francisco Bay Area. Having grown up singing in choirs, Ms. Ku discovered her passion for accompanying during high school and has nurtured it ever since. She currently serves as a staff accompanist for Cantabile Youth Singers, a Los Altos-based children’s chorus under the artistic direction of Elena Sharkova. Ms. Ku also recently accompanied the All-State Junior High Honor Choir at CASMEC 2018. She is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Jeffrey Benson this spring, both at San Jose State University and Peninsula Cantare.

In addition to choral accompanying, Ms. Ku is regularly in demand as an audition and rehearsal pianist for musical theatre, and can been heard playing keyboard in pit orchestras across the South Bay and Peninsula, including with Palo Alto Players, Hillbarn Theatre, West Valley Light Opera, and Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose. As a music director, her most recent productions include Peter and the Starcatcher (Hillbarn) and Bullets Over Broadway (WVLO). Ms. Ku holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Systems from University of California, San Diego.

2017–18 Guest Artists

Janet Barker

Painting by Janet Barker

Peninsula Cantare is pleased to welcome Janet Barker, Bay Area artist, to create paintings during our concerts expressive of the music.


Danielle Marie – Soprano

Danielle Wells
Danielle Marie

Soprano Danielle Marie is an emerging young artist in the South Bay area of Northern California. Nothing is more fulfilling to Danielle than singing oratorio, spirituals, and sacred works. Danielle received her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance at San Jose State University, studying under Professor Layna Chianakas. Prior voice instructors include Sandra Bengochea, Dr. Nicole Baker, and Mary Scheibe. Danielle has been the soprano soloist for a number of major works, including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore, Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Schubert’s Mass in G with various groups in the Bay Area including Dr. Jeffrey Benson and the community chorus Peninsula Cantare, and Michael DiGiacinto and the Winchester Orchestra.

Danielle is often engaged as a soloist to sing African American spiritual repertoire, including the most recent addition of The Journey of Harriet Tubman, with different choirs around the Bay Area.  Danielle’s other performances include a principal role of “Lady with a Cake Box” in Dominick Argento’s, “Postcard from Morocco,” the leading role of Eurydice in San Jose State Opera Theater’s production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld conducted by Michael Digiacinto and directed by Layna Chianakas, the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem directed by Michael Digiacinto and Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Michaela in an encore performance with San Jose Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestra Barbara Day Turner, and the National Anthem vocalist for a federal government ribbon cutting ceremony at the City of San Jose.

Performing as lead soprano with the Mistletoe Singers around the Bay Area is Danielle’s favorite winter pastime. Currently Danielle is the soprano soloist and section leader at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, under the direction of Michael Taylor. Danielle made her international debut as the soprano soloist for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in Ireland at Perform International’s 2016 Limerick Sings Festival. This summer Danielle looks forward to traveling abroad again as the soprano soloist for Mozart Requiem at the Perform International 2018 Gala Concert in Tallinn, Estonia.

Taylor Dunye – Mezzo-Soprano

Taylor Duaye
Taylor Dunye

Mezzo Soprano Taylor Dunye just completed her fourth year at San Jose State and will complete her Bachelor of Music Performance in Spring 2019. She has been seen in concert with the San Jose State Spartones, the Choraliers, and Concert choir. The Opera stage has seen Taylor portraying such roles as the title role of Carmen, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Chinese tea cup in L’enfant et les sortiléges and Mere Jeanne in scenes from Dialogues of the Carmelites and other secondary roles since attending San Jose State. Taylor has also had numerous travel opportunities with the school’s prestigious choral ensemble, The Choraliers, to Carnegie Hall, Ireland, and, soon, the Baltics.

Andrew Metzger – Tenor

Andrew Metzger
Andrew Metzger

Recent operatic highlights for tenor Andrew Metzger include leading roles in premieres of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Abraham in Flames and Hector Armienta’s Bless me, Ultima. Recent performances on the concert stage include the tenor solos in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Malcolm Jones, Baritone

Malcolm X. Jones
Malcolm X. Jones

Malcolm X. Jones, baritone, is a Virginia native and has been loving this radiant California sun! He is currently bringing his master’s degree track at SJSU for choral conducting to a close and will (finally) become music (and Pokémon) master like he’s always dreamt! In his spare time, Malcolm loves Chinese food, long walks on the beach, making comedic commentary during movies, and blasting classical music to annoy his upstairs neighbors. After his trip to the Baltics, Malcolm will join Delaware Choral Academy in Marseille, France for their 2018 France Symposium!

Miles Kaludzinski – Boy Soprano

Miles Kaludzinski photo
Miles Kaludzinski

A native of Burlingame, California, Miles joined the Ragazzi Boys Chorus at age seven when he worked up the courage to audition after watching a boys choir perform at Stanford’s Bing auditorium. Miles has toured with Ragazzi in Arizona and sung at various other concerts and performances since joining Ragazzi, including San Francisco’s Symphony Hall. His musical training began on the piano prior to joining Ragazzi, and he has since added the tenor saxophone to his musical repertoire. In his spare time, Miles likes to swim, read, hike, and shoot some hoops with his friends.

Ruthanne Adams Martinez – Harp

Ruthanne Adams Martinez

Ruthanne Adams Martinez holds a B.A. in Music and B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University, graduating magna cum laude and winning several awards, and a M.A. in Music from San Jose State University. Over a period of 27 years, she has studied harp, piano, organ, and is an accomplished campanologist—directing, guest-conducting, and playing in several bell choirs, performing solo, and arranging music. She has played harp for 22 years, performing with many orchestras, including Symphony Silicon Valley, San Jose Wind Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Winchester Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, and Mission Chamber Orchestra. Ruthanne has also performed with the Santa Clara University Concert Choir, as well as the Santa Clara Chorale, San Jose State Choraliers, Peninsula Cantare, American Musical Theater, and Children’s Musical Theater.

Peter Block – Flute

Patrick McCaffrey – Percussion


Community Chorale