Consort Chorale
Consort Chorale 2002 performing in Stewart Chapel
San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA.
 
Director
Allan Petker

Associate Directors
Sanford Dole
David Irvine
RuthE Wells

Accompanist
Alla Artemova-Helton

Dean of Music
Robert Friestad

Consort Chorale founded in 1994 and directed by Allan Robert Petker, is an audition-only group of select singers from the San Francisco Bay Area who are dedicated to the chorale art form. Consort singers are committed to achieveing choral excellence across a broad spectrum of musical eras and styles. Every summer since 1994, the group has gathered for a solid week of rehearsals, culminating in a standing-room-only concert of choral classics from the Baroque age to the modern era. This unique "intensive" format provides an opportunity for singers to fine tune their skills while sharing their love of choral music through the ages.

Every three years since 2008 members of Consort Chorale have joined with singers from Allan's other chorales to form the Allan Petker Chorale and go on tour in Europe and South America. Their next tour will be to Argentina in 2017.
Directors
Allan Robert Petker
Director
Allan Petker

Allan Robert Petker is a published composer and arranger with over 250 published works with numerous publishing houses. His conducting books, "Choral Questions and Answers" Vols. I, II, III, IV and V, have become staples in school curriculum and for secondary resource material. His crusade to offer a cure for musical illiteracy culminated in the publication of the ADVANCE learning series. As a composer for hire he has written original scores for live performance and has penned a number of original T.V. commercials which have appeared on the CNBC network. Allan holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from California State University at Northridge in music, specializing in viola (BA), voice and choral conducting (MA).

Allan has been involved in the choral music publishing industry for many years. In 1977 he became the Director of Publications for Fred Bock Music Company and subsidiaries, and is currently the Vice President of Publications. In 1989 he established his own company, Pavane Publishing, and later added John Rich Music Press to his portfolio.

As a conductor, Allan frequently serves as a guest clinician or conductor for publishers, choral societies, church festivals, state honor choirs and colleges. In the summer of 1994 he formed Consort Chorale, an ensemble of 50 auditioned voices from the San Francisco Bay area, which maintains an on-going concert series. In 2004 he became the Conductor and Artistic Director for the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, an 80-voice ensemble that performs a subscription concert season with orchestra. In September of 2015 Allan became the conductor of the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, a 50-voice auditioned choral ensemble based in Torrance. His chorales have toured Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia and are preparing for a trip to Argentina. Allan is a past President of the National Association of Church Musicians.

Since 1989 Allan has been a clinician in two summer church music conferences at Lake Tahoe, "Summer Sing" and "Tuning @ Tahoe".

As an instrumentalist, Allan has done free-lance studio work and occasional concert playing. You may even catch him playing jazz violin and viola at a local pub, one of his favorite things to do.

Sanford Dole
Associate Director
Sanford Dole Bay Area native, Sanford Dole, has been active in choral music since he sang in the cherub choir at church beginning at age 3. At age 19 he joined the San Francisco Symphony Chorus later becoming that group’s Assistant Director for 10 years. He was a founding member of Chanticleer and was involved with the male choir’s first recordings as well as national and international tours. Sanford recently co-founded (with RuthE Wells) and conducts the North Star Vocal Artists, a Marin-based chamber choir dedicated to performing contemporary choral music. He has been the Artistic Director of Palo Alto-based Bay Choral Guild since 2000 and Music Director at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco since 1993. Sanford holds degrees in composition and conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
David Irvine
Associate Director
David Irvine David Irvine has been serving as the full-time Director of Worship and Mission at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sonoma since 1994. In 2008 he assumed the position as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Sonoma Valley Chorale. David is a product of Chapman College where he studied choral conducting with William Hall. He has also studied conducting with Royal Stanton and Larry Ball. David has studied voice with Jonathan Mack, Janet Smith and Ruthann Lovetang. He has appeared as Baritone soloist with the Consort Chorale, the Sonoma County Bach Choir and the Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah.
RuthE Wells
Associate Director
RuthE is a fourth-generation church choir director and has been serving as Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon since 2008 where she leads the Chancel Choir. She feels a little like an accidental conductor, as her only formal training was one semester at Jamestown College back in the 20th century. She earned her stripes as director of the San Juan Singers community chorus in Friday Harbor, WA from 2000-2007, music director at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor, occasional music direction for San Juan Community Theatre productions, and a lifetime of accompanying and coaching voice students. She has sung with many Bay Area choral groups, including Circa 1600, Sonoma Bach Choir, Sonoma Valley Chorale, Chora Nova, Sanford Dole Ensemble and San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She joined Consort in 2005, and was named an associate conductor in 2008. By day she is an administrative professional and outside the office puts her master’s degree in nonprofit administration to good use as executive producer of the North Bay choral ensemble North Star Vocal Artists.
Alla Artemova-Helton
Accompanist
Alla Artemova-Helton Alla Artemova-Helton is a pianist, organist and harpsichordist. She finished Gnessin School of Music, and graduated from Conservatory of Music, The State Classical Academy in Moscow, Russia. Alla has performed in concert halls, museums, churches, universities throughout USA and Europe. She is an active performer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alla performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an accompanist with various choral groups, instrumentalists, vocalists, ballet programs, opera and musical theater productions, K-12 music programs at concerts, festivals, competitions, community events, auditions, recordings, and more. Alla also runs a thriving piano studio for students of all ages and levels. She is an active member of Music Teachers’ Association of California.
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