The Sacramento Master Singers are blessed with auxiliary leaders of tremendous skill. Tina Harris is our assistant director and outreach coordinator. In addition, she annually organizes the Asya Pleskach Scholarship. Each SMS section has a leader who conducts sectional rehearsals, monitors attendance, and supports section members with concert preparation. Current section leaders featured below include Jenny Guemmer (soprano), Nancy Balenzano (alto), David Temme (tenor) and William Zinn (bass). SMS’s Quartet Coordinators are Debra Kahan and Chris Webster.
Soprano Section Leader
Jenny Guemmer began singing and studying piano at a young age. From fifth grade through high school, she attended San Juan Unified schools and kept very busy participating in choirs and musical theatre productions. She began studying voice at age 16 and continued to study vocal music at American River College, all while doing community theatre productions. Jenny sang with the ARC Chamber Singers, under the direction of Perla Warren, and was very inspired then to become a teacher as well as a performer.
Jenny transferred to San Jose State University and sang with the SJSU Concert Choir and Choraliers, under the direction of Dr. Charlene Archibeque. She also studied voice with Joseph Frank and graduated in 1995 with a BA degree in Vocal Music. She immediately worked on her teaching credential and began directing high school choral music in 1997. At this time, she also became a founding member of The Choral Project, directed by Daniel Hughes.
Jenny, her husband Rev. Scott Guemmer, and their two boys returned to the Sacramento Area a few years ago. Jenny is pleased to have the privilege of singing with the Sacramento Master Singers, after being a fan for many years. She currently directs her church choir and teaches piano and voice, privately and at the high school level.
Alto Co-Section Leader
Nancy Balenzano is the alto section leader for the 2010-2011 season. She has frequently been a part of the leadership of SMS--in the Fall of 2000 she served as director during Hughes’ sabbatical and Nancy ably served as assistant conductor during the 2009-2010 season. Look forward to her expanded bio soon.
Alto Co-Section Leader
Carol Horner is our current choral liaison and will also serve as our alto section leader for the beginning of our 2012-2013 season. She started piano lessons in the third grade and took up the clarinet in Jr. High School. Clarinet was her main instrument through high school and college where she played in the college concert band and the college orchestra. She also played the krum horn in the Collegium Musicum at Concordia University in Nebraska. She spent her summers playing the clarinet in a Community Concert Band in Seward, Nebraska. Her favorite was playing the E flat clarinet at the 4th of July concerts on the John Phillip Sousa pieces!
Carol received her B.S. in Education and Music from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska in 1979 where she studied vocal performance, chamber music, traditional church and choral music and conducting.
She started studying vocal performance in high school and continued studying at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She has sung with many choral groups including the Lincoln Lutheran Choir, under the direction of Carlos Messerli, the Omaha Symphony Choral and The River City Theatre Troupe in Ashland, Oregon to name a few. Carol has been with the Sacramento Master Singers since 2002.
Since 1980, Carol has been a classroom music teacher and has conducted choirs and handbell choirs at schools and churches in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. In 1996 she moved to Sacramento with her family where she continues to be a classroom music and recorder teacher, not to mention teaching after school piano lessons! She also serves as Director of Music at Faith Lutheran Church in Fair Oaks.
Tenor Section Leader
David Temme is the current tenor section leader. He studied piano from an early age and took up the viola, leading to four years as a member of the San Joaquin Youth Symphony. He started singing while in college under the direction of Ralph Prime and since has sung with many choral groups including the Stockton Chorale, Chico Opera Workshop, and the Sacramento Opera Chorus. While at San Joaquin Delta College, David played English hand bells under the direction of Ralph Prime. He was honored to sing back-up for Andy Williams at ARCO Arena, and with Carmen Dragon in concert with the Stockton Chorale. David has been with the Sacramento Master Singers since 1986 and is thrilled to have sung for more than twenty-five years. “This choir has brought so many joys to my life. It is an honor to be part of a group dedicated to bringing magical choral performance to our community.” In addition to being the tenor section leader, David served SMS as treasurer for nine years.
David spent 20 years as a manager in the banking industry. After five mergers, he went to work for the State of California where he is currently the manager of field operations in northern California for Medi-Cal at the Department of Health Care Services . He enjoys gardening and cooking and can usually be found engaged in two favorite pastimes: puttering in the kitchen or pushing the lawn mower!
Bass Section Leader
William Zinn, SMS Bass section leader, has spent his professional life dedicated to the Sacramento area’s musical community as a teacher in the public schools, as a church chorister, and as a member of the Sacramento Opera Chorus for 19 seasons. Mr. Zinn serves as Artistic Director of the Sierra Music Mountain Camp. He was also Assistant Chorus Master with Sacramento Opera. He serves as president of the SMS Board.
His students were invited to perform in Washington D.C. in April 2000 and with them he has collaborated with Michael Neumann and the Sacramento Youth Symphony in their Veterans’ Day Concert series 2000 through 2003. After 18 years of service to the Sacramento City Unified School District, he has joined the music staff of the Davis Joint Unified School District and looks forward to many years of service to the community and students of Davis.