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.
Assistant Director - Cory Liggans Miller
Corey joined the chorus as a member in 2017 and became the chorus’ first assistant director for SVGMC 36th season in 2018. Corey is the choir director at Castillero Middle School in San Jose and was formerly the music teacher at Jackson Academy of Math and Music in Morgan Hill. Corey earned his BA in Music from California State University, Fresno and his MA in Music from San Jose State University.
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.