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Meet the Chorus

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 »

Dr. Dan Secord, In Memoriam

Dan got dropped into the bass section of SBCS some years ago by his friend, David Davidson, who found Dan singing gospel music with Mama Pat and decided he could do more exciting stuff. In private life, he delivered thousands of Santa Barbara babies over a 35 years medical practice. There was a 15 year Read More »

Paul Warner, Baritone

Native Californian, Paul Warner (born in Oroville, schooled in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and San Jose State) tells us he was born into music and sang his first solo at age 5 in church.  His father was a big band singer and had a radio show on station KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA. He started formal choral Read More »

Jo Anne Wasserman, Conductor

The 2019-2020 Season marks Jo Anne Wasserman’s 27th year as Artistic Director and Conductor of SBCS.  While you can read her full bio here, we’d thought we’d share a few things about her that you might not be aware of.  She’s a California native, born, raised, and educated in the greater Los Angeles area, where Read More »

Gail Lucas, Soprano

Gail Lucas has sung in the soprano section of the  Santa Barbara Choral Society since 1995, but that is far from where her musical and artistic journey began.  Gail graduated from UCLA with a BFA in painting and illustration and a minor in performance music.  After graduation, she pursued a career in the arts, acting Read More »