Kathleen has been working in the field of music education since 1998 with students of all ages. She holds a bachelor of music degree, specializing in music education and trumpet, a single subject teaching credential and a master of music degree, specializing in conducting. As a performer, Kathleen has had the opportunity to play and sing on a diverse array of stages, from street courtyards and concert halls in Italy to San Diego’s own Symphony Hall. She has conducted both amateur and professional ensembles in many venues in San Diego County and has taught a variety of music courses including band, choir, music technology and conducting. She has taught at middle school, high school and university levels and has directed a variety of community groups.
In addition to her role with SDWC, Kathleen serves as director of the Sun Harbor Chorus and has achieved Master Director certification as director of The San Diego Chorus of the Sweet Adelines International. Kathleen also operates Serenity Sound Healing, where she uses traditional Tibetan instruments as a therapeutic modality.
Assistant to the Artistic Director
Lara joined SDWC as Assistant to the Artistic Director in December 2020. She brings an extensive music background to SDWC. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2012 with a degree in Music Education and Voice/Opera Performance, Lara began work with secondary school choral ensembles and theater, first in Illinois, and now for four years at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla. She has also spent nearly a decade as a Choir Director for different churches, working with both youth and adult ensembles. Lara has also served as Assistant Conductor for SACRA/PROFANA in San Diego since 2017.
Throughout her career, Lara has maintained a focus on inclusion. In addition to her musical leadership in schools, she has also developed committees to support student awareness around diversity and inclusion. She is mindful of selecting music for her ensembles that encompasses various styles and contributes to an anti-oppressive environment. These values will translate well into her new role here at SDWC. She officially steps into the Assistant to the Artistic Director position on December 15th.
Glenn Ward is the Principal Accompanist for Foothills United Methodist Church and has served as accompanist for SDWC for many years. Glenn has a long history of choral involvement in San Diego: accompanying the San Diego Men’s Chorus, Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego and San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (1992-2012) and serving as organist for the Lemon Grove Lutheran Church and several other churches throughout San Diego. Originally from Milwaukee, Glenn attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where he received degrees in Mathematics and Statistics.