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Terry O'Connor, Director

Terry O'Connor has served Alameda's Sing-It-yourself Messiah (ASIYM) as director since 2006. He joined the organizing committee in 1998, during his 10th year as organist-choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda. He was previously organist-choirmaster at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Oakland, and St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in El Cerrito. He was associate conductor with the East Bay Ebony Symphony. While attending UC Berkeley, he participated in and played for serveral choral chamber ensembles -- most notably the California Bach society of Berkeley and Palo Alto, under the direction of Edwin Flath. He is currently the Music Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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Josh Cohen, Concertmaster

Josh Cohen has been involved with music in the San Francisco area for many years as violinist, bassist, concertmaster, conductor, board member and impresario. He has performed with regional groups including the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the California Symphony, and Oakland Lyric Opera. He has also served on the boards of the Oakland Lyric Opera, the California Smphony, and ProMusica Alameda. Founding Musical Director and conductor of the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra. Josh also produces and performs chamber music concerts, directs opera and musical theater productions and continues to perform on violin and bass.

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Gesine Lohr, Harpsichord

(Kathy) Gesine Lohr studied with the late Eilleen Washington, who brought the first harpsicord to Califormia in the 1930's and was prominent in the early early-music renaissance. She then studied with Kathleen McIntosh and was coached by baroque flutist Stephen Schultz while part of Cal State Long Beach's 1980's early music program. Gesine also played in psychedelic rock blues groups, and played keybboard in Nancy Drew and the Clues, one of the first rock bands at the West Coast Womens' Music Festival. She has loved Handel's Messiah since singing 'He shall feed his flock' for Christmas Eve midnight services at St. George's-by-the-River Episcopal Church, in 1969.

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David Howitt, Conductor

David has been the organist at St. Joseph's Basilica since 1985 and was appointed the music director in 1993. David attended San Francisco State University and earned a Bachelor of Music in organ and piano performance and a Master of Arts in music composition. He has taught elementary and middle school music and (occasionally) mathematics for many years and hopes to continue for at least a few more years. By then his children's college tuition might just be paid off!

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Michael Moran, Conductor

Michael serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda as well as the Organist for the two Wednesday services at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Oakland. In addition to giving concerts and playing for musicals and operas, he is also completing a collection of original hymn preludes for organ as well as a dramatic musical based on "Don Quixote". Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master's degree in Piano with a Minor in Organ/Choral Conducting from Eastern Illinois University under the tutelage of Dr. Herman Taylor. Michael also plays and conducts with the Alameda based Virago Theatre.

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Soprano Soloist

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Alto Soloist

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Tenor Soloist

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Bass Soloist

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Trumpet I Soloist

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Terry O'Connor
Josh Cohen
Gesine Lohr
David Howitt
Michael Moran
Soprano Soloist
Alto Soloist
Tenor Soloist
Bass Soloist
Trumpet I Soloist