Members

  • 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.
  • Thomas Ayres

    A recording by the New York Pro Musica - "Ayres, Madrigals, and Dances" - started Tom on a lifelong interest in early music performance, both as a singer and as an instrumentalist. He works as a human factors consultant, investigating accidents, but prefers riding a bicycle.
  • Janet Bailey

    Janet Bailey sang in a cappella and madrigal choirs in high school and with William Mahrt’s Early Music Singers at Stanford, then studied and sang jazz while living in New York. Most recently she’s been singing with Lacuna Arts. A former freelance journalist, Janet leads corporate workshops on presentation skills and on how to write emails that don’t waste people’s time. She likes riding her bike around San Francisco, taking longer routes to avoid hills.
  • Ron Cohen

    Ron Cohen for decades had a day job as a physicist, and crammed in as much music as he could during off hours. Havring retired from his physics gig in 2013, he has filled much of the freed time with performance (vocal as well as trumpet, renaissance cornetto, and recorder) and behind-the-scenes work with musical groups. In addition to Tactus, Ron has been singing with Bay Area Classical Harmonies (B.A.C.H.), San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, and the Russian vocal ensemble Slavyanka. He plays instrumental music with a number of bay area ensembles, including, as a founding member, the renaissance wind band Mane Musica.
  • Carol Henri

    Carol Henri's love of choral singing started with a fantastic High School choir and Madrigal group and continued with the UC Berkeley University Chorus. She has been a regular member of the Oakland Symphony Chorus for many years and also currently sings with the SF Bach Choir. In addition, she has sung with the SF Symphony Chorus, the SF Midsummer Mozart festival chorus and the SF Choral Society. She has worked for many years at IBM as a Technical Sales Specialist.
  • Katie Hobbs

    Soprano Katherine Hobbs studied Vocal and Violin Performance at Millikin University’s College of Fine Arts before completing degrees in English and History at the University of Missouri. In addition to Tactus, Katie enjoys singing with Bay Area Classical Harmonies (B.A.C.H.) and performing opera around the Bay Area. Recent appearances as a vocalist include the Second Woman in B.A.C.H.’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (May 2018) and Suor Osmina/chorus in Phènix Opera’s double bill of Dido and Aeneas and Suor Angelica (February 2018). As a violinist, Katie enjoys playing chamber music. Katie is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English at the University of California-Berkeley, where she studies Victorian literature.
  • Patrick Hosfield

    Patrick is a staff member at the SF Conservatory of Music; he has had jobs in development and external relations at the SF Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Oregon Bach Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He has a master's degree in conducting and has performed as a choral singer, soloist, and conductor with ensembles around the country, including the SF Symphony Chorus, San Jose Choral Project, Eugene (OR) Concert Choir, New Amsterdam Singers (NYC), and Harvard and Rutgers Glee Clubs. In his spare time, he likes to cook, run, and go backpacking around the west coast.
  • Nick Jones

    Nicholas Jones is a retired professor of English (Oberlin College) and a member of the board of Early Music America. He sings and plays recorder, violin, and viola da gamba in a number of early music groups in the Bay Area.
  • Tanmoy Laskar

    Composer-conductor Tanmoy Laskar is an astrophysicist by profession. He enjoys bringing less well-known Renaissance works to new audiences through innovatively programmed concerts. Conducting combines two of his greatest loves: music and teaching, and he strives to inspire new ideas and facilitate relationships through the power of music.
  • Drew Levitt

    Drew is a fascinating person. You'll get to know about him soon.
  • 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!
  • Larry Schmehl

    Larry began choral singing in college and has been singing with Bay Area choruses ever since, including San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, Golden Gate Men's Chorus & Counterpoint, San Francisco Choral Society, San Francisco Festival Chorale, Mostly Motets, Gallimaufry Chamber Chorus, and Tactus. Highlights include six European concert tours with San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, Chanticleer Sonoma Choral Workshop, performance of Carmina Burana at Grand Teton Music Festival, and GALA festivals in San Jose, Miami, Montreal, and Denver. Now retired, Larry enjoys travel, hikes in the Bay Area, and duplicate bridge tournaments.
  • Susan St Martin

    Susan made her conducting debut in the 4th grade, when she directed the 4th grade recorder group in "Frère Jacques" in canon. Susan has taken one formal music theory class in her life, during her last semester at MIT, where she got her undergraduate degree in Biology. Otherwise, she credits her school music teachers and choral directors over the years with all the music theory she knows. Susan is a research assistant at Sangamo Therapeutics, where she works on curing diseases with therapeutic gene modification. Other interests include knitting, figs, whisk(e)y, and the occasional lamb kebab.
  • 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.
  • Serena Weitershausen

    Serena started organized singing when she was twelve and learned to roll r's from a Monteverdi piece in 9th grade. Then years flew past while she inadvertently "lost" music until she started singing with a choir again in 2012. In 2013, a Tallis Scholars workshop re-awakened her love of early music and left her craving for more, until she found Tactus.
  • Barb Westree

    Barb Westree is retired from environmental consulting. Beginning her musical life in high school, she always sang in big choruses. While the Verdi and Mozart Requiems are great works, Barb now derives her musical joy from small ensembles and Early Music. Besides Tactus, Barb also sings with Lacuna Arts in San Francisco.
  • Melike Yersiz

    Melike began singing and playing piano before she can remember, but didn't become a lifelong choir nerd until middle school. Since then, choir has been an essential part of her life. (join choir) Melike was born in Istanbul, grew up in Los Angeles, and went on to get degrees in Chemical-Biological Engineering and Music Composition. She currently works as a Senior Process Engineer at a refinery. Melike also sings with San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Chorus and Berkeley Bach Cantata Group.