Our Team


Artistic Director - Shawn Reifschneider

Shawn Reifschneider is a conductor, singer, and teacher. In addition to being Artistic Director of the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, he teaches choral music full-time at both San Mateo and Burlingame High Schools. Mr. Reifschneider also keeps busy musical directing, guest conducting, and adjudicating for various churches, festivals, honor choirs, and stage productions. He is abundantly grateful to his husband, family, and friends who encourage his passion for inspiring the love of music making in others.


Accompanist - Doug McGrath

Born in Colorado and growing up on a farm in western Kansas, Doug was drawn to piano at an early age, but didn't start lessons until the ripe old age of 13. Since moving to California and adapting to color, he's accompanied the Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus, the Rainbow Women's Chorus, Opus Q, and Colla Voce. Software engineering supports his musical habit, and when not at the piano or playing geek, he can be found underwater with the Northern California Rainbow Divers.


General MAnager - Salvador Garcia Olea

Salvador is a San Jose native and has a great love of music, which he inherits from his close-knit Mexican-American family.  Having worked at places like Santa Clara University and the California Credentialing Examinations, he is currently pursuing his certification as a medical translator.  Joining the Chorus first as a volunteer, Salvador is now responsible for all administrative functions that make SVGMC operate.


SVGMC Board of Directors

  James Creer  President

James Creer

  Hunter Ford  Vice-President, Membership

Hunter Ford
Vice-President, Membership

  Erik Green  Treasurer, Development

Erik Green
Treasurer, Development

  Kevin Brownstein  Secretary, Marketing

Kevin Brownstein
Secretary, Marketing

  LoriAnn Abrahams  At-Large

LoriAnn Abrahams

  Steve Sosnowski  At-Large

Steve Sosnowski

  Stan Carrico  Technology Director

Stan Carrico
Technology Director

  Tam Do  At-Large

Tam Do

  Sean Kennedy  At-Large

Sean Kennedy