- Soprano: Danielle Wells
- Alto: Kristen Redaniel
- Tenor: A.J. Rodriguez
- Bass: Andrew Hathaway
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.
Peninsula Cantare was pleased to welcome Janet Barker, Bay Area artist, to create paintings expressive of the Deck the Halls! concert.
Ruthanne Adams Martinez – Harp
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
Danielle is an emerging young artist in the South Bay Area. Nothing is more fulfilling to Danielle than singing oratorio and sacred works. She recently received her Master’s 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. Last June, Danielle made her international debut in Ireland as the soprano soloist for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at the Limerick Sings festival under the baton of Dr. Jeffrey Benson. In May Danielle was privileged to sing the soprano solo in one of her favorite major works, Brahms’ Requiem, in Mission Santa Clara de Asis under the baton of Dr. Benson. Also in May Danielle performed a principal role, Lady with a Cake Box, in Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco.
Danielle’s other recent performances include 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. Danielle also enjoys performing with First Street Opera at their Opera Night with Caffe Frascati and the Rock Bar in San Jose, CA. Danielle spent three years as the soprano soloist, cantor, and section leader at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Yorba Linda, CA under the direction of Joseph Bazyouros and Mark Haas. Currently Danielle is the soprano soloist and section leader at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, under the direction of Michael Taylor. This is Danielle’s second season as the soprano section leader and soloist with Peninsula Cantare, and she looks forward to the busy and exciting season ahead.