Music Education Director
Conway Tan is Cantare’s Music Education Director where he teaches classroom music and directs after-school choirs in Oakland elementary schools, and oversees Cantare’s in-school program. Born in Malaysia, Conway earned a Master in Music Education degree with the emphasis on Kodaly Philosophy. He also serves as the director of Music of Young Adult Mass at St. John Vianney in Walnut Creek and Music director of Sunday Mass at Saint Mary's College of California. Conway is currently the accompanist with Bishop O'Dowd High School Chorus and the assistant director of Calling All Choir in San Francisco, a service-based choir that has been acclaimed for their community involvement and creative, captivating concert programming. Conway received training in Orff-Schulwerk and is a registered teacher with Little Kids Rock, a program emphasized in using Modern Band to teach students to perform music they know and love in styles including rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and electronic dance music. He is a founding member of The Green Sally Up Project, an initiative for early-career music teachers for resource and curriculum development. When he is not teaching or directing, he enjoys making arrangements for choir and instruments. Conway finds the social and moral values in collective music making especially empowering. As a trilingual person, Conway believes that music provides people the language to speak from the hearts, and has the ability to bring all people closer. Conway has been a teaching artist at Cantare since 2014.
Katerine Carmona Arbelaez is an accomplished bilingual music educator and clarinetist. Originally from Cartago, Colombia. Katerine has a B.A. in Music from the Technological University of Pereira. Katerine is pursuing her Master in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis at Holy Names University where she is a member of the teaching staff for the Sing, Play, Move early childhood music program. She has participated as a clarinetist in multiple symphonic bands, including The Alexandria Symphonic Band, The San Ramon Symphonic Band, and the DVC Symphonic Band.
Rhonda Crane began singing professionally in 1989, and began touring with the a cappella group Street Sounds in 1991. She has shared the stage with artists such as Robert Cray, Joan Armatrading, Zap Mama, and many others in concerts around the world. Rhonda's vocal talents developed in the Baptist church, and she studied classical piano and viola through college. She began serving as a church pianist at age 16 at the historic Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, and has continued playing in various venues throughout her career, including work as choral director and the Minister of Music of Greater True Light Baptist Church in Modesto, California. While studying as a music/education major at San Jose State University, she sang in the opera AIDA with Grace Bumbry and organized the Rhonda Hudson Singers. Currently, Rhonda sings with the band CHELLE! and Friends and the a capella group Chelle's Juke Joint. She is Director of the Children's Ministry for the Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music & Arts National Conference and of the Love Center Church. In addition to her performing, Rhonda does studio work, runs workshops, and teaches piano and voice to school children in the San Francisco, Belmont, Oakland and Berkeley Unified School Districts, and world choral music in the Walnut Creek Community Arts Education program. She can also be found on the teaching rosters of Leap, Imagination in Learning, San Francisco Arts Education, and Oakland Youth Chorus, because she loves to teach children how to sing!
Annie Hargraves has been part of the Cantare staff since 2008, both as a teaching artist and an accompanist. She is currently the accompanist for Nova. She also accompanies for the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Originally from New York, she received her music education degree from Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. She looks back in gratitude and amazement at a 40 year career in music education in public schools in New York and California, and with children's choirs including the Southern California Children's Chorus and the Contra Costa Children's Chorus. A lifelong witness to the transformative power of choral music, Annie has previously sung with the Pacific Chorale in southern CA and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She plans to continue singing with the Cantare Chorale and Ensemble for many years to come.
Marie Haws grew up in the mountains of Colorado. She has been teaching elementary school music full-time for nine years in the Provo School District in Utah, working with children in kindergarten through 6th grade and leading both before- and during-school choirs for 4th through 6th graders. While there, she collaborated with other elementary music teachers in the district to start a district honor choir, and she was one of two founding directors selected to lead the choir in their inaugural year. Marie served as president of the Utah Fellowship of Local Kodály Specialists (a chapter of the Organization of American Kodály Educators) for a total of four years. She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Brigham Young University and is also a licensed elementary classroom teacher with an ESL certification. She is working to obtain her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Kodály studies at Holy Names University.
Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, and composer with a career marked by diversity and improvisation. Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina with equal footing in youth symphony and a gospel church where she learned to play by ear, Rebecca went onto to receive degrees from Indiana University in Jazz Flute, and Spanish Language. Rebecca’s international career has taken her to perform on stages in Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Africa and Australia as well as the SF Jazz Center, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s and the Paramount Theatre closer to her Oakland home. She has produced three of her own albums and collaborated on dozens of professional recordings. Rebecca is also passionate about providing quality music education, maintaining a full private flute and vocal studio. She is trained in the Orff Schulwerk approach to Music Education by San Francisco ORFF and Orff Afrique programs (in Ghana) and has taught music to thousands of children through her work with Music for Minors, the Community Music Center, Tehiyah Day School and the Oakland Youth Chorus.
Robert Lee comes from Calgary, Alberta, Canada as a pianist and music educator. Robert's musical training includes a MMus in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University in Oakland, and a BMus in Piano Performance with distinction from the University of Calgary. In continuation of his studies, Robert has focused on collaborative piano repertoire, specifically vocal and chamber music. Robert has taught and accompanied with private studios, choirs, professional musicians, and ensembles throughout Alberta and the San Francisco East Bay. With a strong interest in collaborative piano and music education, Robert is excited to be a part of Cantare Children's Choir of Oakland.