Angela Schmidt has been directing the Preparatory choir since 2004. Mrs. Schmidt holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a Choral concentration from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. In 2008, she earned her Master’s in Education with a Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names University. Along with her Kodaly training, she completed her Orff Level I Certification at Belmont University in Nashville. Mrs. Schmidt’s musical experience is varied and widespread. She currently teaches general music and chorus at Happy Valley and Burton Valley Elementary Schools. In addition to teaching in the Lafayette School District, Mrs. Schmidt is the children’s music director for Danville Congregational Church.
Jennifer Brown has been the director of the DGC Apprentice Choir since 2002. Jennifer earned her degree in Elementary and Music Education from Brigham Young University. She taught for 6 years in Utah where she directed an elementary school choir. In 1991, Jennifer returned to her native California and began teaching at Charlotte Wood Middle School. She has served as choral director at Charlotte Wood since 2000 and the musical theatre director since 1996. In addition, Jennifer also co-conducts an adult community choir in Oakland. She adores musical theater and has been singing and performing since age 4. Her greatest desire is to make sure every girl has a song in her heart to get through the ups and downs life brings.
Frank Ryken has directed the Intermediate Choir since 2006. Mr. Ryken received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University. He teaches the Alexander Technique (Body Awareness in Action). He has performed leading roles with the Lamplighters, DLOC, CCMT, Berkeley, Oakland and West Bay Opera companies. Throughout his career, Frank has taught vocal music to young children as well as adults. Frank has taught in Contra Costa County elementary schools since 1992, and is currently teaching at Parkmead Elementary. Since 1997, he has taught private voice lessons to children in Walnut Creek. Additionally, he has directed the Festival Opera Chorus, the Rossmoor Community Chorus and the Moraga Community Chorus.
Ken Abrams has been the Artistic Director of the Danville Girls Chorus since 1992. Mr. Abrams received his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Hayward. Currently he directs the Concert and Honor choirs and oversees all other DGC choirs. In addition to working with DGC, he has been the choral director for San Ramon Valley High School since 1984. Mr. Abrams is the past President of the America Choral Directors Association and was named Teacher of the year by the San Ramon Valley School District in 1996 and by the Chamber of Commerce in 2006.