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.
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.
Stephanie Hartono O'Leary, Program Manager
Stephanie is thrilled to be back with the Piedmont Choirs managing the 2018 Golden Gate Festival. An alumna of the choirs, Stephanie received degrees in musicology from Mills College and Indiana University. As both performer and scholar she believes strongly in the importance of music in our lives and has enjoyed working in support of music education in many roles including administrator, researcher, journalist and tutor. Stephanie started her choral career at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped singing since! Currently she enjoys singing soprano with the women’s chamber choir, Voci and nightly lullabies to her baby boy. firstname.lastname@example.org