Artistic Staff

James Toland, Artistic Director

Director James Toland has been a private voice teacher for the past thirty years, whose students have performed in major opera houses and on concert stages throughout the world. In 2011, Mr. Toland founded the nonprofit organization James Toland Vocal Arts to encourage and cultivate, through competition and education, the emerging talents of singers who aspire to a professional career in vocal performance. The primary emphasis is on an annual vocal competition that provides exposure to expert judging, performance opportunities before a live audience, and monetary prizes.

In recent years, Mr. Toland has served as a master teacher for the prestigious San Francisco Girls Chorus, and has taught for the Piedmont Children's Chorus and Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco, as well as the choral music programs of the Acalanes School District.

He has been a clinician for multiple choral groups such as: the Peninsula Women's Chorus, Cantare Con Vivo, the Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco, and the choirs of the University of Tennessee. For seven years, he led the chorus of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, California. In addition, he has served as the vocal coach for the musical theater productions of the Diablo Theatre Company. He has been a frequent adjudicator for numerous vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the early 2000s, he served on the board of directors of Festival Opera, as well as Livermore Opera. Prior to his work in the Bay Area, he spent more than a decade as the artistic director of the Eugene Opera, where his stage direction was featured in an NPR segment of All Things Considered. Prior to that, he was the company manager of Texas Opera Theater, the touring arm of Houston Grand Opera.

 

Danielle Naler, Accompanist

Danielle Naler, born in Santa Barbara, CA, received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, as a student of Yael Weiss.  She was awarded a graduate assistantship and was involved in coaching singers and accompanying rehear-sals of operas including Carmen, Don Giovanni, and Arabella, with acclaimed conductors such as David Effron and Klauspeter Seibel. While at Indiana University, Ms. Naler participated in a pedagogical internship with Karen Taylor. 

In the summer of 2008, Ms. Naler was awarded the Sir Daniel Donahue fellowship for study in the Collaborative Piano program at the Music Academy of the West, under the direction of Jonathan Feldman. Currently, Danielle Naler works as a pianist and piano teacher in Dublin, CA, where she lives with her husband, Micah. She also serves as the Vice-President of the Alameda East Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She has studied language and literature in Rome, Italy, and has been published and awarded for her poetry.  In addition to her degree work, she was a rehearsal pianist for the UCSB Opera program and studied chamber music with Anne Epperson.

 

Dr. Greg Lyne, Director Emeritus

Pacific Masterworks Chorus is honored to have a world-renowned musical and artistic director, Dr. Greg Lyne. Everywhere he teaches and directs, Dr. Lyne brings musical knowledge, a passion for excellence, and a love for the a cappella style. Dr. Lyne works full-time as a coach for choruses and quartets throughout the country and as a clinician for musical ensembles of all types.

Dr. Lyne is also the Musical Director of Voices in Harmony, northern California’s premier mens a cappella chorus. San Jose-based Voices in Harmony is a competitive top 10 chorus in the Barbershop Harmony Society. Since 2006, he has directed the chorus to the Far Western District Chorus Championship and third place international medal.

Dr. Lyne previously served as Director of Music Education and Services for the Barbershop Harmony Society in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In this capacity, he served the music education programs of the 30,000 member Society, the world's largest male singing organization. At the Society, he coordinated the music publishing program, youth outreach activities, contest and judging system, music recordings and the old song library which houses over 750,000 pieces of popular early American sheet music.

Dr. Lyne came to his position with the Society from Arizona State University where he was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. He previously served in similar capacities at California State University - Long Beach, DePaul University, Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Washington.

His reputation in choral directing — of all types of music — extends around the world. He has conducted over 300 Festival and All-State Choirs throughout the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, and in Canada, England, Scotland, and Russia. In Russia, he presented master classes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music to European musicians. In fact, through his musical work in Russia, Greg is the only American listed in the Russian version of Who's Who! He has also served as guest conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

A published arranger and composer, Dr. Lyne is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. He was recognized by the Music Educators National Conference for his contributions and service to Music Education and was awarded the Barbershop Harmony Society's Joe Liles Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He is listed in the International Who's Who in Classical Music and is the author/producer of a number of articles, workbooks and educational videotapes.

Dr. Lyne holds a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Leadership

Board of Directors

Tim Ellis, President
Tom Nolan, Vice President
Judy Grove, Treasurer
Debbie Bennett, Operations Manager
Lynn Davies, Secretary
Eric Hutchinson, Tech/Webmaster
Cathy Daniel, Board Member
Iggy Fernandez, Board Member
Anna Watt, Board Member

Founding Members

Adan Neylan
Alan Frank
Arleen Salaver
Brenda Barrett
Bruce Barrett
Bruce Crawford
Carrielynn Haedtler
Cathy Daniel
Cheryl Elliot
Chris Overton
Danielle Naler
David Haedtler
Debbie Bennet
Eric Hutchinson
Glen Barrett
Greg Lyne
Harriett Feltman
Jeanette Butler
Jim Smith
John Durden
John Moreno
Judy Grove
Judy Nelson
Julie Lorentzen
Karen Eschborn
Larry Zuckerman
Linda Hiney
Mike Stark
Nanette Wehe
Paul Elliot
Paul Wren
Robyn Dondero-Wren
Sara Vermeys
Susan Pierce
Tim Ellis
Tim Salaver
Tom Aumock
Tom Nolan
Toni Durden
Trevor Salaver


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