Women’s Vocal Ensemble · Anne Hege, Artistic Director · Mitchell Covington, Acting Artistic Director
This is Artistic Director Dr. Anne K. Hege’s fourth year with Voci. Born in Oakland, CA, Anne began her musical studies singing with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She completed her BA studies in music at Wesleyan University, and an MA in composition at Mills College. She recently completed her PhD in Music Composition at Princeton University, where she studied the role of the body in musical performance. She has founded and directed various vocal ensembles including the Albany Community Chorus (California), Cuatro Vientos (Mexico City), and Celestial Mechanics (New Jersey). Anne performs as a vocalist, composer, improviser, and electronic musician in her performance duo, New Prosthetics; the laptop ensemble Sideband; and for the Carrie Ahern Dance Company. She currently enjoys directing Voci, directing Level IV of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, teaching at Mills College, and composing for chorus and electronics.
Voci is delighted to announce that our Fall 2017 season will be directed by Bay Area Conductor and Composer — and founding Voci Artistic Director — Mitchell Covington. Mitchell returned to Voci as our Guest Conductor in Spring 2017, and will continue his leadership in the fall as Acting Artistic Director while Voci Artistic Director, Anne Hege is on maternity leave.
Mitchell 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. He has been awarded the Aaron Copland Foundation Meet the Composer Award, a regional Emmy award, and several film festival awards and prizes. His scores have appeared in international film festivals and on prime-time, nationally broadcast television, and several of his compositions are published by major U.S. publishers. His music has been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe.
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 Durufle 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.
Edna 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.
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), 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. Recent performances include solo and collaborative shows at the Center for New Music, Switchboard Music Festival, Forte House, and with the Nevada County Composers Cooperative, sfSound and New Keys, an eight-hands contemporary piano collective. Anne also teaches privately at her home studio in Oakland and at International High School in San Francisco.