Portrait of Robert Geary.

Robert Geary, Artistic Director

For more than 30 years with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir—since founder Susan Rahl tapped him to be the first (and only) Artistic Director of the organization—Robert Geary has developed a relationship with PEBCC, its students and the community it serves that is unique and profound in the world of choral music today. Daring his young students to conquer their fear of the unknown, to withhold judgement of the unfamiliar, and helping them acquire the tools they need to master and appreciate the adventurous programming he sets forth, Geary sees the resulting qualities of intellectual and technical focus, discipline, and long term commitment as building blocks in the development of the young person for the adult challenges of tomorrow.

In 1993 Geary was awarded the International Peace Child Medal for his role as co-founder of the historic Golden Gate International Children’s Choral Festival which is triennially hosted by PEBCC. In 1997 he received a special award for Outstanding Conductorial Achievement in Giessen, Germany and in 1998 Geary received a special award for interpretation at the Miedzyzdroje Choral Festival in Poland. In 2002 he was named Music Educator of the Year by KDFC and in 2003 he received the Lois Blair Rawlings Educational Inspiration Award.

Geary has served on the California Arts Commission’s Peer Review Panel and as an adjudicator and guest conductor in the United States and internationally. Recordings of his choirs can be found on Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Swiss International Radio and Innova. Geary also founded the new music chamber choir Volti and he is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society.

Refusing to only explore historical music, Geary defines PEBCC through his determined advocacy of “new music," commissions, premiers, and recordings of innovative and demanding new works by today’s leading composers. Under his direction, PEBCC has the distinction of twice having received the award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), an accomplishment equalled by only one other children's choir in the United States.

Geary and his choirs have performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Italy, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Maylasia, Singapore, Croatia and Serbia. The Choir has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Newport Music Festival, with Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Oakland East Bay Symphony. They have performed for the national conferences of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators and the College Music Society. They have been heard on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, on various television stations, and in film scores.

Portrait of Molly Lloyd.

Molly Lloyd, Executive Director

Molly brings over 20 years of experience in business and mission-driven organizations. She has an extensive background in financial services marketing and product management including seven years as a Vice President for Wells Fargo and stints with American Express and Visa International. Her non-profit background has been focused on youth and education with experience with both direct service and policy. Ms. Lloyd holds an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management and a BA from Brown University.

Alice Del Simone, Program Manager

Alice Alice joined the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir in 1999 when a friend encouraged her to attend an audition, and has not stopped singing since! She is overjoyed to be able to help other PEBCC singers have the same amazing experiences she did during her 12 years singing with the choir. Alice received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of California, Davis. She is excited to serve as Golden Gate Festival Manager after working in the past as PEBCC Program Manager, Ecco and GT1b Teaching Assistant, and as the Training Department Theory Assistant. Alice currently sings with several local ensembles, and is an avid gardener.