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wasserman color headshotJO ANNE WASSERMAN,
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR and CONDUCTOR

Ms. Wasserman is in her 24th season as conductor and artistic director of the Santa Barbara Choral Society. She has worked with an impressive list of outstanding choral and orchestral conductors, including John Alexander and Lawrence Christensen and participated in master classes with Paul Salamunovich, the late Robert Shaw, and Roger Wagner. She has also participated as a Master Class Conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival under Helmut Rilling.  Ms. Wasserman has been Chorus Master for Opera Santa Barbara, has served on the faculty of California State University, Northridge and conducted the Women’s Chorale at Westmont College. She has conducted the Choral Society’s International Performance Tours of Mozart’s Requiem in Eastern Europe, Haydn’s Theresiennemesse and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in Italy and Bavaria, Mass at the High Altar at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and Faure’s Requiem in Spain and most recently in Italy with legendary composer Morten Lauridsen. Local highlights include conducting Choral Society’s acclaimed performances at The Granada of Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi Requiem, Vaughan-Williams’ A Sea Symphony and LoveLoveLove, a Tribute to the Beatles with Sir George Martin. She conducted both the Worldwide Rolling (Mozart) Requiem performance on the first anniversary of 9/11 in 2001 and the 10-year anniversary performance In Remembrance in 2011. In the Masterworks at San Roque series, she conducted the Bach B Minor Mass in 2011 and in 2012, the West Coast premier of the Rain Sequence by noted African-American composer Dr. Rollo Dillworth. In celebration of her 20th Season, she conducted the chorus and her son, concert pianist Alexander Wasserman, in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and a special tribute to American composer, Morten Lauridsen, performing his Lux Aeterna at the Lobero in 2013.  Ms. Wasserman’s dedication to music education, the development of emerging young artists, and her philosophy of increasing cultural awareness has enlivened the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s 68-year long commitment to sharing excellence in choral music with the arts community both locally and internationally. 

John Revheim Assistant Director SBCS

JOHN REVHEIM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

A San Fernando Valley native, John Revheim received his degree in Music with concentration in Choral Performance from California State University, Northridge. Currently in his 18th season with Santa Barbara Choral Society, he has brought a wealth of choral experience in conducting and performance to his position as Assistant Director. Throughout his career, he has worked with such world-class conductors as the legendary Zubin Mehta, Segei Ozawa of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paul Salamunovich, conductor emeritus of Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Don Neuen of Angeles Chorale.   Revheim’s choral expertise extends to professional performance as well, having sung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Salamunovich, with the Pacific Chorale in Orange County, and for the past 14 years with Angeles Chorale under Don Neuen. He performs annually at the summer music series at the Hollywood Bowl and has lent his voice to many feature films. You can hear him in Stephen Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence: AI, in Kevin Costner’s The Postman, in xXx with Van Diesel, in the Warner Bros. animated film Quest for Camelot, and the movie The Addams Family. Additionally, Revheim has appeared on Good Morning America, General Hospital, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.   


David Potter Santa Barbara Choral Society AccompanistDAVID POTTER
, SBCS ACCOMPANIST

David Potter has conducted, musically directed, and played in over 230 musical productions.  His many credits include music director for “Man of La Mancha” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura and musical director for Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Nealy and Carl Anderson at the Concord Pavilion. He directed the West Coast premiere of The Baker’s Wife with Wanda Richert, and in Los Angeles, They’re Playing Our Song with Joyce DeWitt and Richard Kline, and Bells Are Ringing with Nancy Dussault. For the Rubicon Theatre Company, David has been Musical Director for Old Wicked Songs, High Button Shoes with Jason Grae and Susan Egan, and Tintypes. For Santa Barbara City College he has recently musically directed productions of Bat Boy, the Musical, Violet, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Spitfire Grill. He composed the music for Joan of Arc performed locally in Santa Barbara and also in New York’s Westside Theatre. For the Ensemble Theatre Company, he musically directed Gun Metal Blues this past October. David attended California Institute of the Arts and Music Academy of the West, where he accompanied for Martial Singher. He has accompanied many singers in concerts including Marni Nixon, Marvin Hayes and Erich Parce.  An accomplished organist as well, he was the organ soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony in their performance of the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony. He is Co-founder and President of the Contemporary Music Theatre of Santa Barbara; David is presently the Director of Music and Liturgy for San Roque Catholic Church. David has won several Drama-Logue Awards, five Independent Theatre Awards and the local Hero Award from the Independent.


NAOMI MERER –
SOPRANO SECTION LEADER
SALLY ROSE BATES –
ALTO SECTION LEADER
JAMES KIRKLAND – TENOR SECTION LEADER
ERIC RODKEY – TENOR SECTION LEADER
TYLER REESE – BARITONE SECTION LEADER
JEFFERY WARLICK – BASS SECTION LEADER