Who We Are

Executive Team & Board of Directors

Erich W. Stratmann

Erich W. Stratmann

Founder, Director, and President

Retired manufacturer and developer in San Francisco. Business graduate from UC Berkeley. Erich sings in two choruses and is a 22-year member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Former Finance Director of San Francisco Boys Chorus.

James M. Coriston

James M. Coriston

Director

Retired Partner and Vice Chairman, Price Waterhouse. Jim serves on the Board of various private and public firms. He is a member of the Audit Committee of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and serves on the Board of Catholic Cemeteries.

Greg Lau

Greg Lau

Chairman, Director

Managing Director at private equity firm, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe. Has sung with Piedmont Boys Choir, Piedmont Troubadours, Harvard Krokodiloes, and Harvard Veritones. Past winner of Leonard J. Waxdeck Birdcalling Contest and a co-author of Harvard’s renowned Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Bill Evers

Bill Evers

Director

Corporate lawyer, arts supporter, environmentalist.

Brett Strader

Brett Strader

Artistic Director

Music Director of the Sun Valley Opera and Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. A composer and arranger in high demand, his works have been broadcast on television in over 100 countries. Brett holds a Master of Music in Conducting from SFSU.

Robert R. Adams

Robert R. Adams

Director

Devoted Choral Performer and Musician. Has worked in Biotech for 25 years. Performed with Edo De Waart, Robert Shaw, Dennis Russel Davies, Calvin Simmons, George Cleve. Has served on the Board of Directors in a peninsula Non-profit Sports league.

Cliff Romig

Cliff Romig

Technology

A former apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera and resident artist with Opera San Jose, Cliff has been a regular with the San Francisco Opera Chorus since 2005. Cliff is a teaching artist with the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera a la Carte educational outreach program.

Martin Bell

Martin Bell

Director and Secretary

Martin is a seasoned human resources professional and is a frequent performer on the Bay Area classical music scene in opera, recital and oratorio. He’s produced several operas and serves as president of the board of directors of an Oakland based Arts Education not-for-profit.

George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Director

Retired Partner and U.S. and Global Chief Auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. George serves on the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council of The University of Texas System and is an active alumnus and supporter of the McCombs School of Business and Texas Athletics through the Longhorn Foundation at The University of Texas – Austin.

Advisory Board

Thomas Pulling

Thomas Pulling

Retired Managing Director for Citigroup, Metropolitan Opera Advisory Director, Board Member Houston Grand Opera, President, Opera Orchestra of New York

David Conte

David Conte

Composer, Conductor, The San Francisco Conservatory

Leigh Kirmsee

Leigh Kirmsee

Attorney

Major General Michael Myatt

Major General Michael Myatt

(Retired)

CEO Marines Memorial

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

Chorus Director and Conductor with San Francisco Opera since 1987, having prepared more than 275 productions for the Company.

Susan Wels

Susan Wels

Author “San Francisco Arts of the City, 1932-2012” Heyday Press, Fall 2012

Joe Frank

Joe Frank

Metropolitan & San Francisco Opera Star; Professor, San Jose State University

Thomas Fitzmyers

Thomas Fitzmyers

Vice Chairman, Simpson Strong-Tie Corporation

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