New Artistic Director Grace Renaud Leads MGC into its' 29th Season
Dear Families and Friends of the Chorus,
The time is here! As we have shared with you over the past few months, Brandon Brack is passing the baton to a new Artistic Director. We are grateful for his many contributions to this community and the level of excellence he has brought to the Chorus. As we look toward a new season, the Marin Girls Chorus Board of Directors has conducted a thorough search process and is thrilled to introduce our new Artistic Director, Grace Renaud.
Grace is a Marin County native, and has enjoyed a dynamic career as an academic music teacher, musical theater director, and choral conductor in many Bay Area schools and congregations – including a stint as the concert and rehearsal accompanist for MGC last season! She brings a broad range of experience as a singer, teacher, and conductor ranging from work with professional vocal ensembles to youth music programs and performances. Grace has an MFA and Bachelors in Organ Performance from Mills College and training in Music Theory from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As Artistic Director, Grace will be responsible for overall artistic direction of the Chorus and will lead the Bel Canto and Chantons singers.
The MGC Board and Search Committee were very impressed by Grace’s outstanding experience, energy, ideas, and passion for the role of Marin Girls Chorus Artistic Director. We believe she is a fantastic match for our mission and community culture; in her words, she believes in “a high level of musical excellence, but only to the extent that it facilitates joy.” We look forward to sharing that joy in the rehearsals and concerts to come.
Grace will be starting with MGC effective July 1 and will be working closely with Brandon after the New Orleans tour on transitioning into the Artistic Director role. We will be planning some opportunities for the girls to work with Grace and get to know her before classes begin in September!
In addition, MGC will be making a shift in staffing for the Arioso level. Starting in the Fall, the Arioso class will be instructed by our new Associate Director, Peggy Struck, who has extensive experience teaching music at the elementary level. The Arioso class will be at the same time and location on Thursdays (and just as important, they will wear the black dress for performances!) We think this change will benefit our mid-level singers by providing more focus on musicianship and an introduction to more challenging repertoire while maintaining an age-appropriate curriculum with a master teacher of this age group.
We look forward to a fun-filled and exciting year of beautiful music and thank all of you for your loyal and continuing support of the Marin Girls Chorus! As always, feel free to contact the Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
With best regards,
Kendra Pollock, Marti Rule, Cheryl Newell, Autumn Allee, Laurel Roberts-Meese and Martha Wall, founder