Mark Growden

Mark Growden

Artistic Director and Founder

Mark Growden is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, music educator, visual artist, and the founder/artistic director of The Calling All Choir. He is mentored by Vance George and Michael Kaulkin; is a Alice Parker Composers Workshop Fellow; and has also studied with Remy Charlip, Doug Goodkin, and Loren Pickford. Mark received his Orff Schulwerk music education certificate from Mills College in 1996. He has released several critically acclaimed albums and has toured the US extensively. He has composed original musical scores for dozens of dance and theater companies and scored several films. Growden has devoted his life to making music for other people and to helping other people make music for themselves.

Conway Tan

Conway Tan

Co-Assistant Music Director

Conway holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from CSU East Bay but all along the way he found that music was his true calling. He has been a professional accompanist for various churches and choirs in San Francisco Bay Area for the last decade, through which he has also started assisting and eventually directing choirs of various age groups. Conway received his Master Candidate for Music Education with an emphasis on Kodaly Philosophy from Holy Names University.

Ruth Tringham

Ruth Tringham

Librarian and Board Secretary

By training and profession Ruth is an archaeologist. She has investigated very early farmers (all long dead) all over Eastern Europe and, most recently, in Turkey. She came to the US from England as part of the so-called “brain drain” and, after an East Coast sojourn, ended up very happily in California teaching at UC Berkeley. Ever since the technology was available, she has been incorporating digital audio-visual media into her research. After retiring from teaching a few years ago, she founded with some colleagues a non-profit company, the Center for Digital Archaeology. Music has always been in her life. She played violin from the age of 9 until college. She gave up the violin and took up the guitar, playing folk songs at excavations wherever she landed up, improvising to match the local rhythms and melodies. She didn’t get into choral singing until she came to the US, but has continued to do that as a passionate part of her life. More at http://ruthtringham.com/

Kate

Kate

Administration Coordinator

Kate is a gardener and aspiring Landscape Architect who is currently moonlighting as the person who answers your emails at The Calling All Choir. She sang in choirs and musical theatre productions throughout her childhood, and is happy to be back at it again after a 20-year break.

Jess Hobbs

Jess Hobbs

Art Department

People have often described Jessica Hobbs as someone trying to lead a compulsively artistic life, which is more or less true. She started off her adventure in a small Sierra Foothill town and eventually meandered her way to the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way Jess has worn many hats; running and creating community art programs, counseling teenagers, curating, exhibiting, designing, photographing, running a power company, and playing with some girls who love lipstick and accelerants. She is an MFA graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute and believes collaboration is key in community and art. This can be seen through the work of her non-profit the FLUX Foundation and her open-source alternative energy company All Power Labs.

Jay Kravitz

Jay Kravitz

Web Designer

Running the gamut of disciplines, Jay’s portfolio encompasses metal, glass, fire, ink, photography, found objects, web and graphic design, event management, music and performance – twisting sculpture into visual and tactile emblems of life. http://rsneight.com