Since 2004, Marin Oratorio has had the good fortune to be directed by Boyd Jarrell, acclaimed bass-baritone soloist, experienced conductor, and skilled teacher. A native of West Virginia, Boyd spent more than 25 years as cantor and associate choirmaster at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco before taking on leadership of Marin Oratorio. He is familiar to California audiences from concert and opera appearances with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and Pocket Opera. As a Baroque specialist, he has performed with the California Bach Society, Baroque Choral Guild, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Bach Choir, and Sonoma Bach Choir. He has toured with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra led by Nicholas McGegan in Handel's Acis and Galatea, and was a frequent performer with the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble. Jarrell has also toured and recorded with Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices, performed for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and sung the music of Brahms in the George Balanchine production of Liebeslieder Walzer with the San Francisco Ballet. He holds a master's degree in vocal performance and drama from Marshall University, and studied English minstrel music and the troubadour's art at Dartmouth College with Martin Best of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also studied in Paris with Jacques Villisech of the Conservatoire de Versailles. Jarrell conducted his chamber choir, the California Vocal Academy, in repeat engagements in the prestigious New Music Series at Mills College, and has recorded for the Angel/EMI, Koch International, Gothic, and Harmonia Mundi labels. During the course of his tenure at College of Marin, the 100-voice chorus has thrived, becoming a focus for Marin's vibrant music community.
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