Staff Directory

Head of School

Ms. Bach attended Bismarck State College and the University of North Dakota. She has been teaching for 20 years. Natascha has enjoyed teaching all levels Kindergarten thru Twelfth grade. She spent 13 years teaching at the elementary level, four years working with middle school students, and most recently six years at the high school level.

Associate Music Director - Cantori & Trouveres

Mr. Steve Blum studied at California State University, Long Beach (B.M., Jazz Piano) and California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A., Jazz Piano). Mr. Blum has been involved in the choir world for many years as a choral singer, director, and accompanist. Mr. Blum directs the Cantori & Trouvere groups, and teaches music classes at the day school.

Associate Music Director - Minstrels

Mrs Brown is one of the founding music teachers of PBA. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Music Education with an emphasis in Kodaly techniques from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut. For the past ten years, she has taught music to both adults and children in various settings, as well as piano pedagogy at the University of Montemorelos in Mexico.

Founder, Artistic Director Emeritus

Mr Fox has been involved with boychoirs since the age of eight. He holds degrees in Music (with Honors) and Economics from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where he studied voice with tenor Wayne Rivera, conducting with Mel Strauss, composing with Neely Bruce, and received the Lipsky Prize for outstanding scholarship in choral studies.

Associate Director of Music & Outreach

Jonathon Hampton has been with PBA for over a decade and is the principal conductor of the day school's training choir (Junior Varsity Troubadors) and teaches music theory to all students.

Science & Math

Mr. Knudtson graduated from UC Berkeley with a Major in Geography and a Minor in Education. After college, he received a Certificate of Permaculture design from the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

Vocal Instructor

Rita Lilly is familiar to audiences in oratorio, recital, and opera, but most notably for her performances of baroque and early music. She has been lauded by The New York Times for “possessing a voice of strength, clarity, and virtuosity” and by the S.F. Classical Voice for “having a pure, silvery voice with plenty of color.” Ms.

Administrative and Development Director

Johanna Ortis has worked for her entire career as a bookkeeper and operations manager for non-profits, most recently at MyPath (powering youth potential, seeding economic mobility) in San Francisco and SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) in Berkeley.

Founder, Artistic Program Director

Ms. Roy is a founding member of Pacific Boychoir Academy. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Music from California State University, Hayward, and has been the organist at Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland for over 20 years. Formerly, Ms. Roy served as choral conductor at Holy Names High School in Oakland and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Associate Music Director-Prelude

Carmen Trefil has been a music teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995, specializing in early childhood music education. She has a degree from BEM Institute for Early Childhood Education, four years of training in the Kodály method, and 20 years of teaching experience in private and public schools, music studios, and special education classes.

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