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Brennan Stokes
Assistant Director
Emerging composer, pianist, tenor, and teacher BRENNAN STOKES earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from Pacific Union College and has been active in playing and singing in school ensembles and church choirs throughout his education. He earned his Master’s Degree in Music Composition at the SF Conservatory of Music in the studio of David Garner. He has had masterclasses in piano with Leon Bates and Sonstraud Speidel and in composition with Jack Perla and David Conte.

Stephanie M. Neumann
A/V Project Specialist
Composer, saxophonist/vocalist, conductor, and audiovisual editor/artist STEPHANIE M. NEUMANN earned an MA in Music Composition at Mills College, BA in Music at Miami University, and Certificate from The Recording Workshop. Her recent audiovisual projects include Ensemble for These Times' "For Good Measure" podcast and concert visuals, and GLFCAM’s “Bahlest Eeble Readings” virtual premieres. As a composer, she has written electroacoustic and contemporary works premiered by performers such as Ensemble for These Times and flutist Brice Smith via the #GLFCAMgigthruCOVID initiative. She’s also a current member of Sl(e)ight Ensemble and has explored multiple genres, performing with a variety of instrumental/vocal ensembles, collaborations, and solo projects.

Laura Huey
Operations Coordinator
LAURA HUEY is an active arts administrator and freelance musician in the Bay Area. She has had experience supporting various organizations including the New Millenium Concert Series, the Hot Air Music Festival, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As a violist, she has performed with many regional orchestras and has been invited as a guest clinician for youth orchestras and music schools. While pursuing her undergraduate studies in NYC, she has performed at Lincoln Center, on Broadway, and at the Kennedy Center. She is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Hannah Chen
HANNAH CHEN is a composer and harpist from the Bay Area. She attends SFCM Pre-College and is an alumna of Wildflower Composers, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Luna Composition Lab. Hannah has received recognition from the Bay Area Creative Foundation, National YoungArts Foundation and more. Her works have been performed by Music at the Mission’s Chamberfest, Argus Quartet, she was a Featured Composer at the American Harp Society’s 2023 National Institute and was recently commissioned by EXTENSITY Concert Series. Hannah is the principal harpist of the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra. She enjoys film/video game scoring and other multimedia projects.

Samuel Mason
The work of composer, songwriter, and pianist SAMUEL MASON fuses elements of classical, jazz, and popular music. He has performed original music at venues all over Westchester County, NY, and New York City, from coffee houses to 54 Below and Central Park, representing Young Adult Institute (YAI): Seeing Beyond Disability. He is earning a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music - where he works closely with instrumentalists who publicly perform his music - under the instruction of David Conte.

Renata Volchinshaya
Born and raised in San Francisco, violinist RENATA VOLCHINSKAYA is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in violin performance with William van der Sloot, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Renata previously attended the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and studied with Catherine van Hoesen. She has studied with the Kronos and Alexander string quartets as first violinist of the Dragon Quartet and interned at the Kronos Performing Arts Association. During her free time, she enjoys assisting with her family’s gourmet chocolate business.