Directors

TACTUS INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR MUSIC DIRECTOR

Tactus is seeking a Music Director to lead the chorus at weekly rehearsals and three performance weekends per year. This is a part-time, year-round volunteer position. Some financial support may be available, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. The candidate must be available for evening rehearsals (currently on Thursdays) and one or two Saturday workshops in San Francisco or the East Bay for each concert cycle. The Music Director reports directly to the membership.

To apply, please submit a cover letter briefly describing your conducting experience and qualifications for the position, together with a conducting portfolio including curriculum vitae, links to any recordings / videos, PDFs of concert programs, and references. For further details, see the full announcement at https://tinyurl.com/tactusdirsearch18.

Applications should be sent by email to tactussf@gmail.com with the subject line "Tactus Music Director Application."



INTERIM CO-DIRECTORS

The next Tactus concert set in January 2019 will be led by three Co-Director volunteers from the choir while the director search continues:

  • Caroline Armitage

    Soprano Caroline Jou Armitage is dedicated to performing with the highest standard of musicianship and the most sensitive expressivity in an effort to delight and move the listener. As a soloist, her interpretations have been described as “absolutely beautiful,” and her performance of Bach’s Cantata No. 21 “Ich hatte viel bekümmernis” with the California Bach Society was delivered with “pitch-perfect clarity and affecting intensity” (San Francisco Classical Voice). An early music fanatic, Caroline has sung in the Baroque Academy at the Amherst Early Music Festival, performed as a solo harpsichordist and a soprano soloist at the recent Berkeley Early Music Festival, and this July, will be working with Sequentia director Benjamin Bagby and multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen in presenting excerpts from the medieval work, Roman de Fauvel. She currently studies voice with Karen Clark, and harpsichord with Tamara Loring.
  • Kyle Randall

    Kyle is a composer who writes both concert music and music for films and games. He's written a lot of choral music, and loves singing in choirs. He sang with some of the members of Tactus when they were living in Boston, and is happy to be singing with them again!
  • Susan Swerdlow

    Mezzo/alto Susan Swerdlow has enjoyed singing in Tactus since summer 2017. Upon retiring recently after several fulfilling decades teaching choral music at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, she threw herself into singing as never before. In addition to Tactus, she sings with the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, does choral and solo work in Bay Area Classical Harmonies and the Berkeley Bach Cantata Group, and is a member of a Renaissance trio. Susan, who holds an M.M. in choral conducting from Temple University, trained the choruses for many productions at Berkeley Opera (now West Edge Opera) and Oakland Opera Theater, and is a former music director of Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus.



FOUNDING DIRECTOR (EMERITUS)

  • The founding director of Tactus (SF), Tanmoy Laskar is a professional astronomer and a semi-professional musician moonlighting as a bass-baritone in the San Francisco Bay Area. His musical experience includes the Trinity Singers of Cambridge University, The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Harvard Glee Club, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, and the Lacuna Arts Ensemble. Tanmoy has been directing student and community chamber choirs for the past ten years and has previously founded two Renaissance chamber choirs in the Boston area (a group also called Tactus, and the Summer Seasonals). Several years of Summer Seasonals performances are available on YouTube, and the 2015 Summer Seasonals concert can be viewed in its entirety on-line.
  • Tanmoy is also an active composer, writing both instrumental music in the Classical style, and choral works, predominantly using Renaissance polyphony. His compositions have been premiered by leading choral ensembles including the Harvard University Chorus, the Choral Fellows of Harvard's Memorial Church, the Appleton Compline Choir, and Boston-based Convivium Musicum. A catalogue of his works is available here, and recordings are available on his SoundCloud.