Choir rehearses pre-service at 8:45 am Sundays. To learn more about the choir, or to attend a rehearsal, please contact Music Director Debra Golata.
Steve Wedgwood, Ph. D, Harvard BA taught German at Indiana University for ten years before moving to San Francisco in 1971. He served the Oakland Post Office for 30 years, retiring in 2003. After marriage with Diana Fong-Wedgwood, Steve began singing in the choir at Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, then at Saint Paul’s Church, studying voice with Jackie Hairston, Marco Sorisio & Dr. Mark Goodrich. Steve has appeared in varied San Francisco opera productions, and given numerous solo recitals. High points for him include Barber’s “Dover Beach” with the Greening/Anderson quartet, singing at his 50th college reunion,Schubert’s Winterreise with Larry Marietta,soloing with Bella Musica. and finally, singing at Carnegie Hall- “football songs, under Leonard Bernstein, for the Harvard Club of New York!” Since retirement Steve has participated six times in AIDS/Lifecycle, raising awareness for HIV services and, by his estimate, nearly $25,000. He is an avid photographer. Steve & Diana have two grown children. Steve has two others and two grandsons. Steve has been bass soloist and section leader at Northbrae for over twenty years. He enjoys “the freedom to perform a variety of (not always liturgical) music.” He cherishes collaboration with “supportive and knowledgeable” Debra Golata- who would like Northbrae to know of Steve’s friendships with famed composers Samuel Barber & Gian-carlo Menotti, and that he is a distant cousin of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Jacqueline Andersen (pictured here in Woodminster's "Annie Get Your Gun") began as soprano soloist/section leader for Northbrae on the day of the Oakland Hills fire in October of 1991. She holds a B.A. in Music and M.A. in Music, with a Vocal Performance Emphasis. Her voice teacher from (then named) Cal State Hayward, told her she needed to "get back to singing" when her first child was 10 months old and referred her to Debra Golata for an audition. This Oct. (2016) she will have sung 25 years here. She eventually had three children in all, now young adults. For the past 14 years, she has enjoyed performing onstage in musicals and light opera around the Bay Area. One of her favorite experiences was playing Louie Strentzel Muir in the PBS American Masters show "John Muir in the New World," filmed in Martinez at the Muir Home. Jacqueline has taught piano and voice lessons for more than 25 years in her home studio. Currently, she is also working with Debra as Assistant Director for the Berkeley Women's Community Chorus, and serving as soloist/singer in the chorus. About Northbrae, she says "there are more experiences and people here who have touched or enhanced my life in meaningful ways than I can name--through performances, friendship, kindness, support and encouragement--some of whom have left us and are deeply missed."
Victoria Varieur, mezzo-soprano, has been Northbrae’s alto soloist/section leader since 1998.
She has performed in a wide variety of musical genres throughout the Bay Area, from Medieval to Rock and Roll. Operatic roles include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), the Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), Rosina (Barber of Seville), Galatea (Acis and Galatea) and Dido (Dido & Aeneas), as well as being a soloist in Purcell’s Faerie Queene and King Arthur, and a staged production of Bernstein’s Songfest. Musical theatre credits include a revival of Harold Rome’s Pins and Needles and Sondheim’s Into the Woods. As a member of the Sherwood Consort, she played the role of Marion in Adam de la Halle’s Le Gieus de Robin et Marion at the Berkeley Fringe Festival. Recordings with the ensemble include Between March and April and Robin Loves Me.. Under the direction of early music specialist Shira Kammen, Victoria performed music from the time of Charles V at Herbst Theatre and sang in a concert of medieval and renaissance French music performed in a 14th C mill along the Lot River in Quercy, France. She is currently a member of Shira Kammen’s Gallimaufry chamber chorus as well as a regular soloist with the Resmiranda Vocal Ensemble which performs vocal music from circa 1000 to the present. Performances with the ensemble include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, William Byrd’s In Tempore Paschali, Schutz’s Seven Last Words of Christ, and Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, and the title role in Debussy’s La Damoiselle Elue. Upcoming performances will include Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater for solo voice and continuo. Victoria holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley in English Literature with a Minor in Celtic Studies. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. Regarding Northbrae, Victoria says she “feels blessed to be part of a community that has supported the music program throughout the years.”
Kevin Downing is Tenor Soloist and Section leader.