Artistic Staff

Kathleen Hansen,
Artistic Director

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, the San Diego County Tremble Clefs 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.San Diego Women’s Chorus is a non-profit community chorus that strives to entertain and inspire audiences with music that speaks to issues as diverse as human rights, love, world peace, religious freedom, environmental harmony, inclusion and cultural diversity. SDWC supports and affirms the music of women, as well as lesbian and gay composers and arrangers.

We welcome all women to sing with us following an informal audition to demonstrate the ability to match pitch with the piano and hold one’s part in a section.

 

Celeste Oram,
Assistant to the Artistic Director

Celeste is a composer & musician hailing from New Zealand and based since 2014 in San Diego. She joined the San Diego Women’s Chorus artistic staff in October 2016 as the Assistant to the Artistic Director. Celeste is also a singing member of the San Diego Pro Arte Voices and La Jolla Symphony Chorus, where she also serves as Production Assistant. Previously, in New Zealand, she conducted and directed opera and musical theatre productions with community and student groups. Singing has always been a major part of Celeste’s musical and family life, ever since her grandparents met singing in the Methodist church choir in Muskogee, OK.

Celeste is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego, where she completed an Masters in Music in 2016. Her compositions have been performed by orchestras & ensembles in Europe, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Forthcoming and current projects include a new work for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra, and creating radio plays & performances which incorporate unofficial histories of New Zealand music and sonic cultures. At present, this revolves around research into early 20th-century ham radio activity, and the figure of NZ ham radio pioneer Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966). This project is rapidly snowballing into an obsession with building re-creations of early 20th-century radio circuits; when Celeste isn’t singing or composing, she is likely on a hike, in a ballet class, or winding a radio coil.

 

Glenn Ward, Accompanist

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.