Women’s Vocal Ensemble · Mitchell Covington, Artistic Director

Artistic Leadership

Artistic Director

photoMitchell is an accomplished choral and orchestral conductor who has led many ensembles over a 30-year career, directing choirs and orchestras in performances in the U.S. and throughout Europe. He led Voci as its founding director from 1991–1995, directed the Bay Choral Guild from 1995–2001, and led a seven-choir music program with over 300 participants at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for 23 years. Mitchell is also an award-winning composer and arranger. His compositions include works for orchestra, chorus, stage, film, television and video games.

Mitchell received a masters degree in Conducting from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, graduating with honors. At USC he studied choral conducting with Rod Eichenberger, Orchestral Conducting with Hanz Beer and Choral Arranging with Morten Lauridsen. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Choral Director’s Association-Western Division, and is the Artistic Director of the Duruflé in Paris Choral Festival. He frequently serves as guest conductor and clinician for church and high school choirs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and as adjudicator and clinician for choir festivals and conferences.

You can read more about Mitchell on his website.

Assistant Conductor

Photo by Arsinoe Ferry PhotographyEdna Yeh joined Voci as Assistant Conductor and singer in Spring 2008. She is the founder and former director of the Pacific Women’s Chorus in San Diego and Concentus Women’s Chorus in Rochester, New York. Edna currently serves as Assistant Conductor for Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus, and performs with The Dulcet Four, an a cappella quartet performing repertoire from the Great American Songbook and other classics. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied conducting with Morris Beachy and Craig Hella Johnson.

Accompanist

Oakland-based pianist and Voci Accompanist, Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician, known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner), and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, and educator. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Anne has performed in venues and festivals throughout the world, including the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria, the Kennedy Center, Princeton University, and Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany, among others. Recent solo shows include performances at the Center for New Music, Switchboard Music Festival, Maybeck Studio and the Old First Series in San Francisco. Anne also teaches privately in her home studio to students of all ages.