Assistant Conductor, Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Chris is a recent graduate in Classical Voice from San Francisco State University.  Since 1995 Chris has been an active participant by singing and working with the renowned San Francisco Boys Chorus. 

After graduating in 2000 from the SFBC Concert Chorus, he became a founding member and Director of the SFBC Graduate Chorale, which performed on tours to France, Japan, China, Denmark and Russia.  For the SFBC he currently is a Rehearsal Director and Theory Teacher for the Marin Campus.

Chris’ other professional pursuits include being a cantor for Sts. Peter and Paul Church in North Beach, the Tenor Section Leader for the Choir of Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light, plus, he regularly performs with other Bay Area choruses, including Volti, San Francisco Choral Artists, Pacific Collegium and the Skywalker Singers. In his spare time, Chris records and produces rock and metal bands for the SF Bay Area and also plays guitar and composes music for his own progressive rock band.

Accompanist, John R.S. Walko

John R.S. Walko

John studied Theory and Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and Huntingdon College; he studied piano with Annette (Trofimov) Freeze, Andrius Kuprevicius, TatianaTsukanova, and Liliane Quéstel; he was an organ and harpsichord student of Dr. Harald Rohlig and Gene Jarvis, and an organ student of John Balka.

John performed on location with the symphony orchestras of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Havana, Cuba, in performances of the five-hour silent film Napoleon, to audiences of 30,000 people.  John played the American première of the long-lost original score to F.WMurnau’sFaust.  He worked with composer Carmine Coppola and director Francis Ford Coppola in the preparation of numerous film scores, and was the organist accompanying the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in the Oscar-nominated film Godfather III.

A recipient of San Francisco Focus and San Francisco Cable Car awards, John wrote and performed a revue of Harold Arlen's music in Amsterdam and in the U.S.  He has done well over 100 musical theatreproductions and served as Music Director for the Lamplighter DinnerTheatre and Maxwell Playhouse in Montgomery, Alabama.

John has performed with the Masterworks Chorale, Cantare Con Vivo, Baroque Choral Guild, Contra Costa Chorale, Berkeley Community Chorus, and WomenSing.  He currently accompanies the San Francisco City Chorus, San Francisco Boy’s Chorus, and Voices of Music Sacra.  He is organist at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley and has served as the Artistic Director of the Lenten Organ Recital Series since 1994.  John has performed solo organ recitals in Paris, Prague, and on the famed Riga Dom organ in Latvia.  In 2009 he was selected as the sole American adjudicator for the London Bank District English/American Organ Festival Playing Competition.