Dr. Lynne Morrow, Music Director
Dr. Lynne Morrow is the Music Director of Pacific Edge Voices. She and Pacific Edge Voices (then called Pacific Mozart Ensemble) received Grammy nominations in 2006 for the recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with Kent Nagano in Berlin. In 2010, the group’s long-time collaboration with Dave Brubeck (including many world premieres) led to the release of “Dave Brubeck: Songs of Praise” with Dorian Recordings. A second recording of Brubeck’s music, “Brubeck and American Poets,” was recorded in December 2011.
Dr. Morrow is also the Music Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus. During her tenure, the scope of the chorus has expanded to include contemporary, international and neglected works along with traditional classical repertoire. She conducts OSC’s workshop performances of major works, a spring “Messiah,” hosts summer choral outreach “sing-ins” and prepares the chorus for work with Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Lynne will lead the Oakland Symphony Chorus on a June 2015 tour to Vienna, Prague and Budapest, performing Mozart, Haydn and American music. In January 2012 she co-conducted Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Youth Orchestra in a sold-out performance of Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
In 2013, Lynne Morrow worked with Richard Harrell to create Heroes’ Voices, a multifaceted project that produces 6- to 8-week workshops where Veterans sing and create poetry and the spoken word. Heroes’ Voices also provides guitar lessons for Veterans, after which they can receive a free guitar. The programs are produced in Menlo Park and Yountville. A bluegrass jam session also occurs in Fremont.
Cambria Records will soon release the first recording of the choral works of California composer, Elinor Remick Warren, featuring Dr. Morrow’s ensemble, Quanta Chorale. This disc will showcase exciting and challenging repertoire for mixed and women’s chorus.
Dr. Morrow also directs the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre programs at Sonoma State University and has been a frequent assistant conductor with Festival Opera. Her Quantum Opera Theatre co-presented (with Berkeley West Edge Opera) the premiere of “Caliban Dreams,” an operatic sequel to “The Tempest.” She’s a familiar figure in the Bay Area where she hosted the Stern Grove Music Festival for many years.
Dr. Morrow is on the Education Committee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), most known for celebrating and honoring musical achievements through the Grammy awards. Dr. Morrow enjoys creating a visceral connection to music—presenting works from every corner of the musical arts in fresh ways to reach the widest possible audiences.
Kymry Esainko, Accompanist
Pianist Kymry Esainko is known for his wide-ranging musical versatility. Principal pianist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2002, he has worked with esteemed conductors such as John Adams, Joana Carneiro, Jeffrey Kahane, and Bruno Ferrandis, performing on piano, celesta, harpsichord and synthesizer. In 2008 he performed the Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor on piano with the Santa Rosa Symphony strings, just days before his son Kai was born.
His work as a vocal and choral accompanist has taken him to concert halls around the world including the KKL in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Basilique Sainte-Clothilde in Paris, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Locally, Esainko works with the choral program at Acalanes High in Lafayette, California. He has also worked with Oakland Opera Theater, Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Piedmont Children’s Choirs, WomenSing, and the Russian National Orchestra. He is active in jazz and new/improvised music in the Bay Area, including appearances with Iron & the Albatross, Matt Small’s Crushing Spiral Ensemble, and the Bedlam Royals.
Esainko graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with degrees in piano performance and American history. He studied classical piano with Frank Wasko, Peter Takacs, and Sanford Margolis, and jazz piano with Neal Creque and Ed Kelly. He lives in Oakland with his wife Becca Burrington, his son Kai, and daughter Stella.