Under the music direction of Dr. Lynne Morrow, our love of singing in community and creating a shared experience with every audience drives our commitment to excellence in live and recorded performance.
Pacific Edge Voices attracts passionate non-professional singers (and, occasionally, professional ones) with strong and diverse artistic backgrounds and experience, who love to make music in a community of equally committed singers and audience members. The auditioned chorus has toured in the US and internationally, performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Germany, France, Cuba, and England.
In 2014, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble changed its name to Pacific Edge Voices to reflect the group’s distinct and longstanding innovation — performing multiple musical genres, collaborating on new works by diverse composers and performing artists, and presenting courageous and innovative vocal music programs.
At the close of PEV’s 40th anniversary season in 2019-20, Dr. Morrow will step down after 15 years, and a search is underway for a new director to lead us into the next 40 years.
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.
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.