Master Director SAI
The San Diego Chorus is fortunate to have Kathleen Hansen as Director. Kathleen joined the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines in 2000, just in time to make history in the International Chorus Competition by doing handsprings across the Portland Rose Arena stage, helping 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, most notably in two international contests and for the Symphony Summer Pops concerts. In other Sweet Adelines ventures, Kathleen has served both on regional faculty teams and as a coach. As a quartet member, Kathleen has won a regional novice contest, placed third in Region 21's spring competition, and was named champion of the 2004 Buckeye Invitational.
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, and the Tremble Clefs (a therapeutic chorus for people with Parkinson's and their care givers/loved ones), is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Women's Chorus, and works with the barbershop Youth in Harmony program.
You can hear Kathleen playing her trumpet and percussion on the San Diego Chorus CD "So Fine."
The chorus is proud to call the busy and talented Kathleen one of its finest!