Directors Music Team (DMT) Kathleen Hansen: Master Director, SA of the Year 2013 Reema Hayashida: Assistant Director, Lead Section Leader, SA of the Year 2017 Rebecca Land: Assistant Director, Tenor Section Leader Meg Adams; Visual Director, SA of the Year 2012 Denise Brinkerhoff: Bass Section Leader, SA of the Year 2010 Nicole Clement: Baritone Section Leader Robin Dye: Music Coordinator Cherie Peter-Brinkerhoff: Music Education, SA of the Year 2007 Leah Rippetoe: DMT Secretary Tracey Sandberg: Team Coordinator (CMT) Chorus Management Team (CMT) Tracey Sandberg: Team Coordinator Kathleen Hansen: Master Director, SA of the Year 2013 Julisa Trahan: Secretary Cindy Mc Adams: Finance Diane Thornewell: Membership, SA of the Year 2012 Jennifer French: Business Development Melissa Galanty: Events and Facility Sara Loken: Performance
Kathleen Hansen, Master Director SAI, Director San Diego Chorus: Kathleen joined the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines in 2000, just in time to help San Diego to win the gold medal in 2001. This fine baritone's many other talents were quickly recognized, and she soon emerged as a musical leader and director for the chorus. Kathleen Hansen was awarded Master Director status following the 2015 Sweet Adelines International Competition while directing San Diego Chorus and has been selected to be on the Sweet Adelines International Faculty. In other Sweet Adelines ventures, Kathleen has served both on regional faculty teams and as a coach. Kathleen has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education specializing in Trumpet, a teaching credential in music, and a Master's of Music in Instrumental Conducting from SDSU. Now a highly sought-after adjudicator and clinician, Kathleen previously taught music at local schools, as well as Varsity band and Beginning Conducting at SDSU. She also directs the men's Barbershop Harmony Society's Sun Harbor Chorus, is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Women's Chorus, and works with the barbershop Youth in Harmony program.
Reema Hayashida: Assistant Director, Lead Section Leader, SA of the Year 2017: Reema joined the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines in 2008. She has been engaged in music from a young age but mainly instrumental; playing Percussion in marching band and Bassoon in Wind Ensemble & Orchestras in the San Diego area. She found Sweet Adelines at the age of 24 and hasn’t looked back since. As a lead she has served as the Section Leader since 2015 and an assistant section leader for several years preceding. She has also chaired several chorus annual shows and has been active in quarteting. She is so proud to be a member and Assistant Director of the San Diego Chorus.
Nicole Clement, Baritone Section Leader, Script Chair: A member of Sweet Adelines International and The San Diego Chorus since 1998, and an a cappella and barbershop fan long before then, Nicole has always been a baritone. She currently is baritone section leader, using her years of experience and education within the organization; the chorus' script writer, using her degree in English to play with words; and in the front row, using her dance background and love of movement to music.
Denise Brinkerhoff, Bass Section Leader: Denise has been a member of Sweet Adelines International and The San Diego Chorus since 1995. She sang tenor for her first few years with the chorus before switching to baritone, and then to bass, and is currently the bass section leader. Her musical background started in elementary school when she began playing the flute in the school band, and singing in the school chorus. She has been an active quartet member from her first days with the chorus and has competed in quartets in all three of the parts that she has sung. She has proudly served in many administrative, as well as musical, leadership positions within the chorus. She is currently enrolled in the Director's Certification Program (DCP) to continue her musical education to share with the chorus.