Board of Directors
Shelton Ensley, President
Natasha Hoehn '90, Past President
Irma Laxamana '89, Secretary
Peter Kwan, Treasurer
Rhonda Nelson, Vice President
Kurt Herbert Adler (In Memoriam) Elizabeth Appling Bloch, Founder
Marie and George Hecksher
Paul A. Renne
Richard A. Rubin, ESQ
Michael Tilson Thomas
Frederica Von Stade
Diane B. Wilsey
Board of Directors - Biographies
Sabrina Adler is a public health attorney doing policy work in the area of childhood obesity. A San Francisco native, she sang with the Girls Chorus from 1988 until 1998. She also worked as production manager for SFGC from 2002 until 2004. Sabrina currently sings with and is administrative director for the women's vocal ensemble Musae. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, cycling, and traveling around the Bay Area and beyond. She is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School.
Carol A. Harris is a San Francisco corporate attorney, civic leader, and mother of three San Francisco Girls Chorus alumnae, who sang with the Chorus from 1984 through1999. Her husband Richard served on the Board from 1987 to 1991.
Natasha Hoehn is an educator and artist with a 30-year history with the San Francisco Girls Chorus. A graduate of Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Natasha joined SFGC in 1982. During her decade as a chorister, she sang for the Queen of England and in the Superbowl, toured to the Pacific Northwest, North Carolina, Austria and Hungary, and appeared on stages up and down California. She spent five years in Chorissima, four as a section leader, and three as a founding member of Virtuose, during which she took part in the Chorus’ full-scale production of Dido and Aeneas, in many SF Opera productions, including Carmen, La Boheme, Werther, and on the Chorus’ first recordings, including its first Grammy-winning collaboration with the SF Symphony, the 1988 recording of Carmina Burana. After laureation, Natasha’s subsequent involvement with SFGC has included the role of Director of Level II, Director of Level III, Chorissima Voice Teacher, Alumnae Chorus Director, Assistant Camp Director, and staff member. Three decades later, Natasha is an accomplished vocalist and conductor, and has been a frequent soloist in opera, musical theater, and jazz in the Bay Area and throughout the US. Natasha is the founding artistic director of the SF-based Women’s vocal ensemble, Musae, and performed her original one woman show, “Learning to Breathe” at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco in 2010. She has collaborated with numerous prominent performers, writers, stage directors and conductors throughout the US, and was a student of Donna Peterson, Lili Chookasian, Ruth Falcon and Jane Randolph.
Natasha has also dedicated a substantial portion of her professional life as an educator and advocate for public education. A Teach for America Corps member and Coro Fellow, Natasha taught junior high school in the South Bronx, where she founded the school’s drama program and developed an early college English curriculum that emphasized inter-disciplinary writing and the arts. After returning to San Francisco, Natasha played a leadership role in several local initiatives in support of public schools, including Prop A 2006, Prop A 2008 and Prop A 2010. She now serves as Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation and is a Senior Partner of California Education Partners. Natasha is currently the chair of San Francisco’s After School for All Council, the founding board chair of the Future Leaders’ Institute, and a Board Member of Children Now.
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