Director of Music and Worship, E.E. "Chip" Grant IV
Chip Grant previously served as the Director of Music at the Church of St. Helena, an historic Episcopal parish in Beaufort, South Carolina. He is the founder and director of Urban Opera, and is Associate Conductor of the professional choral ensemble Volti. Chip earned his Master of Music degree in conducting at New England Conservatory in Boston. He has worked with the Boston Ballet, Opera Festival de Roma and served as Chorus Master with San Francisco Lyric Opera for several seasons. Most recently he directed San Francisco Lyric Opera's production of David Lang's "the little match girl passion" in San Francisco and Odense, Denmark. As Director of Music at St. Mary's he supervises the entire music program, coordinates the Candlelight Concert Series, cantors at St. Mary's Evening Eucharist, and conducts the Parish Choir and Handbell Choir. Mr. Grant also directs for the newly formed Pixley House Chorus and Chamber Orchestra.
Children’s Choir Director, Laura Jeanne Ruppert
Laura Jeanne Ruppert has taught choral and general music classes to preschool, elementary and middle school students at San Francisco Girl’s Chorus, Marin Girl’s Chorus, San Francisco Day School and Ring Mountain Day School. She has earned a master’s degree in music education with Kodály emphasis from Holy Names University and received a full-tuition scholarship to complete a master’s degree in vocal performance from Portland State University. She has sung professionally with San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Portland Summerfest, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Opera Theater of Oregon. She has been an oratorio soloist in productions of Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Missa Brevis, and Handel’s Messiah. Her operatic and musical theater roles include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Pamina and Papagena (Magic Flute), Lucia (Rape of Lucretia), Elvira (Don Giovanni), Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), and Maria (Sound of Music).