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Performance Artists

Dr. Joe Stanford, Artistic Director

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. Stephen Sturk, Assistant Conductor

A long-time resident of Old Escondido, STEPHEN STURK successfully juggles careers as conductor, composer, tenor, and teacher. Sturk has been a fixture on the San Diego music scene for nearly three decades and has been conductor/music director of several churches and community choirs in southern California. Currently he serves as assistant conductor of The Center Chorale, an endorsed program of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, as well as interim choral director of the La Jolla Symphony Chorus. After serving on the music faculty of the University of San Diego (1993-1998), where he was director of the Choral Scholars Program, Dr. Sturk became the Founding Director of the Pacific Academy of Ecclesiastical Music (PACEM).

Sturk is an internationally recognized composer of church music with works published by Arista Music, C.F. Peters Corporation, Associated Music Publishers, and Oregon Catholic Press (Trinitas Series).

Dr. Joseph Valent, Pianist, Accompanist

Dr. Joseph Valent holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College in piano, and a Doctor of Arts in Music with a Primary Emphasis in Orchestral Conducting from Ball State University. He is currently the organist at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Escondido, accompanist for The Center Chorale at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and a member of the San Diego American Guild of Organists.

 

Performance Artists

Dr. Stephen Sturk, Assistant Conductor

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.

 

Performance Artists

Dana Stanford, Children's Chorus Conductor, Choral Arts Coordinator

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.

Diane Geller, Children's Chorus Conductor

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.

Performance Artists

Dana Stanford, Children's Chorus Conductor, Choral Arts Coordinator

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.

Diane Geller, Children's Chorus Conductor

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.

Performance Artists

Dana Stanford, Children's Chorus Conductor, Choral Arts Coordinator

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.

Diane Geller, Children's Chorus Conductor

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.