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Guest Conductor Bruce Koliha

Guest Director Bruce Koliha Chora Nova is delighted to announce that Bruce Koliha, who conducted our March 2012 concert of Schubert and Schumann, will return as guest conductor for the March 2013 concert.

Bruce Koliha has taught choral music for 35 years, 30 of which have been at Monte Vista High School in Danville, California. Under his direction the Monte Vista High School Chamber Singers, Concert Choir and Treble Choir have placed first seven times in the prestigious Golden State Choral Competition. His Concert Choir has sung back-up to international recording stars Andy Williams (1989) and Rosemary Clooney (1990). In 2004 he was the first ever recipient of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section Outstanding Choral Educator Award. Mr. Koliha received the CMEA Pearson-Scott Foresman/ Silver Burdett Choral Educator Award for 2008 Honoring Excellence in Choral Education and Performance. In 2010 he won the Educator of the Year award from the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Koliha graduated from California State University, San Francisco in 1975 with a Bachelor of Music degree and received his teaching credentials from U.C. Santa Barbara the following year. In 1987 he received his Masters degree from Cal State University, San Jose, mentored by Dr. Charlene Archibeque.

Mr. Koliha has led 10 international concert tours with his singers, concertizing several times in virtually every Western European country as well as Poland, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, China, Greece and Russia. In 2001 the group had a special concert tour to Italy, singing concerts in Venice, Florence and Rome and having the rare opportunity to sing in the Sistine Chapel. In 2009 his Concert Choir sang the Mozart Requiem in Carnegie Hall. This summer the choir will travel to Brazil for their first South American appearance.

In addition to his high school teaching, Mr. Koliha also directed the choir at St. Marys College in Moraga for six years, taught choral music, ear training and music theory classes for several years at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg and voice and music theory at Laney College in Oakland. Mr. Koliha has also been active in directing church choirs, leading choirs in Methodist, Congregational and Lutheran churches as well as three years conducting the Post Chapel choir at the Presidio of San Francisco. He is currently Music Director at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo.