Dr. Joe Stanford, Artisitic Director, Conductor, The Center Chorale

Dr. Joe Stanford is faculty emeritus of Palomar College where he taught vocal and choral music and served as chairman of the Music and Performing Arts Department for many years. He is an accomplished baritone and has performed oratorio, recitals and opera in the southwestern United States. Dr. Stanford holds degrees in music from Baylor University, University of Southern California, and the University of Colorado. While at Palomar College his choral ensembles toured the western United States, as well as Mexico, New York City, and the New Czech Republic.


Dr. Joseph Valent, Accompanist

Dr. Joseph Valent holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College in piano, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Ball State University. He is currently the organist at St. Timothys Catholic Church in Escondido, and a member of the San Diego American Guild of Organists.


Dana Stanford, Children's Program Coordinator and Director

Dana Stanford teaches music and conducts children's choirs in area schools and has developed a choral program using the Kodaly teaching method for children. Along with her husband Joe Stanford, she founded the Escondido Choral Arts' Center Children's Chorus and coordinates children and youth choral activities. Dana holds a music and education degree, as well as Kodaly, Orff, and Education through Music certificates for music teaching. She is a vocalist, choral singer in the Center Chorale, a member of the Choristers Guild of America, and the American Choral Directors Association.


Kathleen Sand, Youth Choral Director, Coro Vivo Choir

Kathleen Sand- More to come


Diane Geller, Children's Choral Director

Diane Geller holds both a Masters in Music Education, and a Kodály Music Certificate. She has extensive experience teaching children in both public and private schools in the Kodaly concept of music education. For the past 25 years, Miss Geller has taught courses for Kodaly certification at universities in both California and Oklahoma, including Palomar College, where she co-directed the Palomar Youth Chorale for thirteen years. In 2006, she received the "Outstanding Music Educator" award from the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.


Dr. Stephen Sturk, Assistant Conductor, Administrative Advisor

Dr. Stephen Sturk brings to the Choral Arts Program a wealth of knowledge and experience that will contribute significantly to our goal of making the Choral Arts Program at CCAE a vital cultural component of our community. Dr Sturk is Director of music at Saint Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Temecula, director of Cappella Gloriana, a professional choral ensemble and composer-in-residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego.


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