Ginny joined the Board three years ago, after singing with Cantare for several years and jump-starting our auctions and other fundraising activities. She brings experience in running software development and operational teams, serving on regional sports organizations and the vestry at her church, and organizing outreach events. 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 designing and delivering products and services in the not-for-profit world, and in coordinating Rebuilding Together projects.
Kira Dixon has been the Director of Choirs at Christopher High School and South Valley Middle School in Gilroy, California since 2016. Prior to that, she taught music at Silver Creek High School in San Jose, California from 2006-2016. She earned her M.A. in Music from Kansas State University in 2013, and received her B.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in voice from San Jose State University in 2006. In addition to teaching, Miss Dixon currently serves on the Board of Directors for the South Valley Symphony and is the grants and scholarships coordinator for the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. Kira is also one of the Founders and Executive Directors of the California Summer Performing Arts Academy which serves the South County youth in an engaging weeklong music camp. She has also served on the Bay Section Board of California Music Educators Association as an Area Representative from 2007-2015, and served as a District Director for Mu Phi Epsilon, an International Professional Music Fraternity, from 2006-2019. Kira is an active member of the California Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Educators.
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.
Claudia is a long-time patron of the Arts, and for the past nine years, a friend of Peninsula Cantare. Although it is a diversion from the typical board member, she does sing in the car and with her church congregation! Claudia’s financial background and previous non-profit board experience will supplement the existing board strengths. She is a Bay Area native and resides in San Carlos.
Ruthie has been a member of Peninsula Cantare almost since its inception in the 1970s. She has watched the choir grow, becoming ever more vigorous and exciting under the director of Dr. Benson. Ruthie has previously served on the Board and is thrilled to return to the role of Secretary as the organization moves into its next phase of development. She has a degree in musicology and in librarianship and taught music at several local colleges. In addition, Ruthie worked as a music and reference librarian. She absolutely loves music analysis and history. Originally an alto, Ruthie sings tenor now and is the happiest with her tenor section!
During the Pandemic, we welcomed a former Cantare singer to the Board, proving that remote engagement is not limited to school and work life! Nancy brings many years of experience in employment and compensation, most notably at Stanford Hospital and Stanford’s School of Medicine. She will focus this year on identifying and applying for potential grants that will enable Cantare to extend its mission of transformation and community-building through music.