Artist Biographies

Each year we are thrilled to bring in local performing artists to fill the exhibit hall with the sounds of the season. Below you can learn more about who they are and how you can hear more from them.

Gunn High School Chamber Singers

Led by William Liberatore, the Gunn High School Chamber Singers perform a variety of choral literature including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Jazz, Gospel and music from around the world. Since 1991, the Gunn Choir has received 18 Unanimous Superior ratings from the California Music Educators Association and has been awarded First Prize at the National Events Festival in Vancouver, the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, and the Command Performance Festival in San Diego. The choir has performed in many countries, including for High Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and with orchestra in the Votiv Kirche in Vienna.

James Welch

James Welch is University Organist of Santa Clara University. He also serves as organist of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from Stanford University. He has concertized internationally, with performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, National Cathedral, and the Mormon Tabernacle. A specialist in Latin American organ music, he received a Fulbright award to perform and conduct research in Brazil. Joining him on the program will be several other musicians from the Stanford community, in a wide variety of seasonal music for organ, cello, piano, and voice.

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Los Altos High School Main Street Singers

Main Street Singers of Los Altos High School perform works ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary. The acclaimed group’s accomplishments have been earmarked by consistently high calibre of repertoire performed with expressive skill and musical nuance. The Main Street Singers is committed to the pursuit of choral excellence, through a dedication and discipline which can be found in every performance.

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Mayfield Singers

Mayfield Singers, a select group of choral musicians assembled in 2014, performs locally in and around the Palo Alto, California area. Their broad repertoire includes classics like Tallis, Mendelssohn, and Stanford to contemporary composers like Rutter, Wilberg, Hogan, and Whitacre.

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Palo Alto Handbell Ringers

The Palo Alto Handbell Ringers have performed many years at the Christmas Crèche Exhibit since the choir's inception in 2005. Its members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from school teachers to scientists, engineers to lawyers, united by their love of handbell music. The choir rings 2.5 octaves of Malmark handbells and is led by Jessica Matsumori, who has been ringing for over 20 years.

Valparaiso Singers

Established in 1987, the Valparaiso Singers is a local LDS-based vocal ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from larger classical masterworks (Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Faure’s Requiem) to intimate choral compositions from renowned choral composers (Eric Whitacre, John Rutter). Its mission is to inspire, uplift, and entertain audiences through beautiful choral music.

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Zion Choir

The Zion Choir is a youth performing group of approximately 50 high school juniors and seniors from the greater San Jose area who meet at least weekly to study and memorize challenging sacred music which is presented at church firesides and activities. These youth are asked to prepare themselves musically and spiritually to invite the spirit whenever they perform.

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