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Meet the Chorus

Val Noronha – Bass

New to the SBCS Bass section this season, Val is not new to music and singing. He grew up embedded with musicians in Bombay. His mum had played lead roles in Il Trovatore and Pirates of Penzance. His dad worked alongside Victor Paranjoti (India’s Leonard Bernstein) and Mehli Mehta (father of Zubin Mehta), among others, Read More »

Karen Williams – Alto

SBCS Board President, Karen Wood Williams, grew up in Santa Barbara in performing arts, graduating from Westmont College. After a decade as owner of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized SB/LA talent management firm bearing her name, Ms. Williams produced and toured concerts, musical theatre, and dramas in such local venues as Read More »

Debra Stewart, Soprano

Debra Stewart has sung with the sopranos since January 1994 and just completed a three year term as Board President, ending in the 2016-17 season. She remains on the board as a Past President and Director of Development. She made her singing debut at Olivet Lutheran Church in Inglewood, California at age 5, as a Read More »

Claudia Scott – Alto

After the requisite time in school, college, and graduate school in library science, SBCS alto Claudia Scott moved to Santa Barbara in January of 1969, about two weeks before the big oil spill. She joined Santa Barbara Choral Society in September of that year and except for a year and a half when she lived Read More »

Mary Dan Eades, Soprano I

Mary Dan joined the Choral Society in the Spring of 2005, because the chance to participate in the Society’s first International Tour to Eastern Europe (with performances of Mozart Requiem in Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Czesky Krumlov) just seemed too good a thing to pass up.  She has participated in all three International Tours (Eastern Read More »

Kathleen McGuire, First Alto

In her non-singing life, Kathy McGuire, was an educator, holding a Masters of Education from UCSB and having been advanced to PhD candidacy at Kent State University.   She has now retired from a 30 year career in education as a counselor, Advisor to Student Activities, and Department Chair at Santa Barbara City College. Not one Read More »

Jeffery Warlick, Bass

Born in Chicago, Jeff’s family moved to California in 1956. His mother and father were not musicians, but loved music, and played all kinds at all times. Because music was offered in elementary school, his folks required him and his 4 brothers to play instruments, and fortunately, they all loved it. Jeff chose the flute Read More »

Kathy Doughty, Soprano I

Kathy joined the soprano contingent of SBCS in 1996 and sang for about 5 years, before she took off for about a decade to be at home with her kids on Wednesday evenings. Like so many of those who love to sing, of her return to is, she says, “I am so happy to be Read More »

Don Jeske, Bass

Born and raised on a small farm near Arlington (a small town of 1200 people in eastern South Dakota), Don came from a very musical family. “We always had a piano in our home,” Don says, “and my sisters and I all started with piano lessons.  My parents didn’t have the money for them, so Read More »

Karen Lombardo Brill, Soprano

Karen Brill grew up all over the East Coast. She studied education and psychology at Bucknell University, received an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and trained as a school counselor at Villanova University of PA. A singer since elementary school–as a 6th grader she performed in the operetta Hansel and Gretel–Karen continued to Read More »