Section Leaders

  • Soprano:  Danielle Wells
  • Alto:  Kristen Redaniel
  • Tenor:  A.J. Valdez
  • Bass:  Andrew Hathaway

Accompanist—Emily Hsu

Accompanist Emily Hsu
Emily Hsu

Emily Hsu started her piano and musical training at the age of three in Taiwan and had won several prestigious accolades by the age of ten. She studied with renowned pianist Rebecca-Sen Chan after moving to the Bay Area in 1996. Since then, she has won competitions such as the U.S. Open Competition, Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition, and San Jose Jazz Society Piano Competition. Emily graduated from the University of California, Davis, where she studied computer science and music.

Emily is presently a private piano instructor and active musician in the Bay Area. She frequently performs, accompanies, and arranges music for musicians, composers, as well as community and school chorus groups. Emily is also the keyboardist and back-up vocalist in the local funk band, Soul Intention.

2016–17 Guest Artists

Andrew Metzger

Andrew Metzger

California based tenor Andrew Metzger fosters a varied repertoire, to which he recently added the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. Possessing a confident and energetic stage presence, the tenor also excels in comedic roles such as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Nanky-Poo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Concert highlights from the 2016–2017 season include the tenor solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. In March the tenor will join Opera Cultura singing the role of Scrawny in The Coyotes and the Rabbits, a children’s opera by Hèctor Armienta.

Mr. Metzger is a graduate of the Opera San Jose Summer Program and the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program. He holds a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands and a B.A. in Music from Santa Clara University.

Brandan Sanchez

Brandan Sanchez

Brandan started his solo work with the Fauré and Brahms Requiem, both with San Jose State University. He appeared with the Symphony Silicon Valley as a soloist in R.V. William’s Serenade to Music. In the summer of 2016 he performed Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Ireland Limerick Sinfonia.

Brandan has performed roles on stage with San Jose State Opera including Postcard from Morocco and Orpheus in the Underworld. He has sung with the Opera San Jose chorus in Il Trovatore, Die Fledermaus, The Pearl Fishers, Carmen, Silent Night, and La Bohemé.

Brandan is currently working on his BM in Vocal Performance at SJSU.

Katherine Trimble

Katherine Trimble

Mezzo soprano Katherine Trimble has recently portrayed the Mother/Witch in outreach performances of Hansel and Gretel and Lilas Pastia (Carmen) with Opera San Jose where she was noted by the San Jose Mercury News for her “agile” performance. Other operatic roles include Ormindo (L’Ormindo), Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and Petra (A Little Night Music).

Katherine is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Music at San Jose State University. She has been the alto soloist in Mozart’s and Durufle’s Requiem as well as Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio. She has taken first place in competitions held by the SAI Music Fraternity, San Jose Woman’s Club, and San Jose Study Club. Katherine was also honored to be the first recipient of the Irene Dalis Memorial Award from San Jose State University.

Currently, she is the alto vocalist/soloist of the New Choir and for Kerry Record’s national touring shows “An Irish Christmas” and “St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland” that celebrates traditional Irish song and dance.

Danielle Wells

Soprano Danielle Wells
Danielle Wells

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. In 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 winter was Danielle’s first season as the soprano section leader and soloist with Peninsula Cantare, and she looks forward to the busy and exciting season ahead.

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