Mark Roberts, Director of Choral Activities

Mark W. Roberts is proud to inherit and continue the standard of excellence of the choral program at Campolindo High School. Mr. Roberts has had many wonderful opportunities in his young career, which including engagements at the Sydney Opera House, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, the Sistine Chapel, the Hollywood Bowl, Miami Orchestra Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Mr. Roberts is also proud to have directed the University of Tennessee Women’s Chorale. Additionally, Mr. Roberts has participated in presentations to the Colorado Music Educators Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Conference, and has worked as a vocal coach for several high schools. Mr. Roberts has also held positions in church music for many years.

Mr. Roberts earned his Master’s of Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee and two Bachelor’s degrees from Chapman University in Choral Conducting and Vocal Music Education. Mr. Roberts has had the privilege of studying with Dr. Angela Batey, Dr. Gene Peterson, and Dr. William Hall.

Nick Bang – Vocal Coach

In just four years of teaching Nick Bang has established a remarkably successful studio of fifteen students, each of whom has shown amazing improvements. Each of his students has been able to achieve their goals in preparations for musicals, college auditions and tryouts for the highest level choirs at their respective schools. Mr. Bang decided early in his college years that he wanted to be a teacher and has discovered a natural aptitude for working with young students as they struggle with the changing voice from elementary years all the way through high school. Skilled at explaining and demonstrating “vocal technique” in easy to understand language, his easy going manner and supportive style quickly engage those who work with him. Vocal health, beauty, ease of tone and musicality characterize the work of his students.

Nick Bang is a 2012 graduate of Cal State University East Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. He has been singing and performing since age fifteen. His performance background includes numerous musicals, recitals and operas. He has been performing professionally with the Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, the Bay Area’s third largest opera company, every summer since 2006. He has been teaching high school, middle school and elementary students for the past four and a half years and is now in the process of enlarging his studio. Nick graduated from Campolindo High School in 2006. He was a choir member all four years he attended and is extremely excited to come back and work with Campo Choir where his musical journey first began!

Grace Chaffey – Musical Vocal Director

Grace Chaffey is the Vocal Coach for the 2011 production of Fiddle on the Roof and is very excited about working with the Campo students. She is a teacher at The Saklan School in Moraga, and is also Shelley nominated performer. She has recently been seen in productions with CCMT (Oliver!; Strawberry Seller), Town Hall Theater (Scrooge-Isabel), CCCT(Godspell-herself), and Pittsburg Community Theater (Cabaret), among others. She also is a vocal coach and director for various organizations, and is extremely proud and happy to be working with the Campolindo Musical Community for the first time!

Renee DeWeese – Musical Choreographer

Renee grew up in Moraga and graduated from Campo in 2001. She works professionally throughout the Bay Area as a teacher, performer, and choreographer. Renee received her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (CAP 21 Musical Theatre Studio). Currently, Renee is an instructor at Lareen Fender’s The Ballet School in Walnut Creek where she teaches ballet, tap and musical theatre. Renee is the owner and Program Director of Little Broadway, a children’s musical theatre program in Castro Valley and Walnut Creek www.littlebroadway.org. As a choreographer, Renee was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award and received the 2010 Shellie award for her choreography in CCMT’s production of 42nd Street. This last year at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, she choreographed Diablo Theatre Company’s production of Annie and played the role of Cassie in Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s A Chorus Line. Renee recently received her second Shellie award for her choreography in CCMT’s Oklahoma! and is nominated for two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for her work in Oklahoma! & A Chours Line.

Lucia Scardigno – Vocal Coach

Lucia Scardigno has been seen with opera companies throughout Northern California performing the title roles of Madama Butterly, Turandot, Aida, Suor Angelica, as well as Leonora in “Il Trovatore”, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Amelia in “Masked Ball”, among others. She has performed under such batons as those of Hugo Rinaldi of Marin Opera and Maestro Coradetti (a protégé of Toscanini). Favorite musical theatre roles include the Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music” and Lady Thiang in “The King and I” with the Willows Theatre Company, and the fun role of the music teacher in “On the Town.” Other credits include voice over work for film and radio, opera cabaret, and singing telegrams, and recital and oratorio work. Ms. Scardigno has been teaching voice for over 25 years. Her students have performed in concert halls in Europe, on Broadway and in Broadway touring companies, Disney Cruise ships, at Juilliard, and even Motley Crue concerts!

David Pinkham – Musical Stage Director

A resident of the Bay Area since 1984, Dave lives with his wife, Mary Alice, in Lafayette, where they raised their children, Bryce (Campo ’01) and Jenna (Campo ’05). Dave went to Merriewood School (now Burton Valley) before moving to England with his family, where he spent most of his grade school years in a boys’ boarding school. Under the tutelage of a charismatic teacher there, he gained an early appreciation for the performing arts. Regular visits to the Royal Ballet, the “Panto,” and the occasional live or film musical with his family helped make live performance a lifelong interest. He sought opportunities to perform on stage throughout his student years, including his time at Miramonte after moving to Orinda in the late 60’s. He briefly pursued a Drama major in college before letting practicality intervene and shifting gears to Animal Science, an interest formed over years of working as a barn boy at Buckeye Ranch in Lafayette and as a Guide and Packer at Yosemite.

A graduate of UC Davis, Dave managed the horse breeding operations for several ranches in California and Texas before returning to the Bay Area to raise his family. Having given up the ranching life, his interest in the new personal computers just beginning to become available at that time led to a career selling and supporting them. After earning an MBA at CSU Hayward, he began working as an IT services solution consultant and now works as a Sr. Solution Director for the IT Outsourcing division of CompuCom Systems. Being able to work largely from an office in his home provides some scheduling flexibility so he can indulge his passion for theater.

Both of Dave’s children exhibited an early desire to perform and it was through Bryce’s participation in a DVC summer drama program and Jenna’s simultaneous dancing at CAPA in Rheem that Dave ended his 15 year hiatus and began to perform as an actor in various Bay Area community theaters. Supporting his children as a volunteer, Dave soon found himself filling the roles of Stage Manager, Set Designer and Technical Director for various Center Stage Theater, Moraga Playhouse, DTC, Campolindo and CAPA productions. After an unsatisfying experience with an outside Director for a Campolindo musical, then Choral Director, Gene Peterson, encouraged Dave to take on the Stage Directing duties for Campo’s Bye Bye Birdie in 2003. With compatible visions for the Campolindo program, Gene and Dave collaborated on 4 spring musicals, including the last to be performed in the old “Cafetorium” and the first to be performed in the new “CPAC.” Dave has recently directed his fifth musical in collaboration with Gene’s successor, Stacey Kikkawa and hopes to lend some continuity to the program as a new Choral Director comes on for 2011-2012. Dave served as a Board Member for Lafayette Town Hall Theater for five years and remains on the Advisory Council there.

Performing Arts Resume

Acting
Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas, Self-Produced 2010 – “Dave
The Nutcracker Ballet, CAPA 1995 – 2009 – “Drosselmeyer”
Some Like It Hot, Benicia Old Time Theater 1997 – Ensemble
Nevermore, Moraga Playhouse 1996 – “Edgar Allen Poe”
Fiddler on the Roof, Lyric TC Walnut Creek 1995 – “Mordcha”
Man of La Mancha, Lyric TC Walnut Creek 1995 – “Muleteer”
“Joaquin Miller,” “Dashiell Hammett,” “Herb Cain,” “Mark Twain,” “John Steinbeck” –Self-produced One Man Shows for California Writer’s Club 1995 – 2001
To Kill a Mockingbird, Moraga Playhouse 1994 – “Bob Ewell” (Shellie Award Nomination – Best Play)
The Music Man, DVC 1993 – “Charlie Cowell”
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Principia College 1974 – “Rosencrantz”
Guys and Dolls, Miramonte 1972 – “Nicely Nicely Johnson”

Directing
Fiddler on the Roof, Campolindo – Stage Director, Set Designer
Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas, (Self Produced) – Stage Director, TD, Set Designer, Producer
Titanic, the Musical, Campolindo – Stage Director, Set Designer
Beauty and the Beast – Stage Director, Set Designer
Les Miserables, Stars 2000 – Set Designer, TD
Oklahoma!, Campolindo – Stage Director, Set Designer
Hello Dolly !, Campolindo – Stage Director
The Wizard of Oz, Campolindo – Stage Director, Set Designer
My Favorite Year, Campolindo – Stage Director, Set Designer
Les Miserables, Campolindo – Stage Director, Set Designer
Sweet Charity, Center Stage – TD, Stage Manager
Bye Bye Birdie, Campolindo – Stage Director, Set Designer, TD
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Center Stage – Stage Manager
Guys and Dolls, Campolindo – TD, Set Designer
Guys and Dolls, Stars 2000 – Set Designer
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Center Stage – Stage Manager, TD
The Music Man, Campolindo – TD
West Side Story, Center Stage – Stage Manager
Anything Goes, Campolindo – TD
Pajama Game, Campolindo – TD
Pajama Game, Center Stage – Stage Manager, TD
Fiddler on the Roof, Center Stage – Stage Manager, TD
Guys and Dolls, Center Stage – TD
The Nutcracker Ballet, CAPA – Stage Manager, TD
“Art is an essential part of life – it informs and illuminates everything we do.”

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