David Irvine, Artistic Director and Conductor
David joined the Sonoma Valley Chorale in 2003 as Associate Conductor and added his excellent voice to the baritone section. In 2007 he assumed the role of Artistic Director and Conductor and began planning exciting and challenging programs for the singers and audiences.
David offers an impressive musical background to the Chorale. He has served as the Director of Worship and Music at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church since 1994 and continues in that position today. He is both Assistant Director and baritone soloist with the Consort Chorale of Marin County and performs as a soloist with the Redwood Empire Sing-along Messiah. He was trained as a choral conductor at Chapman College by William Hall and has worked closely with several other renowned choral conductors as well.
Barbara McElroy, Associate Conductor and Accompanist
Along with the hiring of David Irvine as our new director, David has selected our long time Associate Accompanist to fill the role of Associate Conductor. Barbara is an exceptionally talented musician. She is highly skilled in both vocal and instrumental performance. She has also provided many generations of Sonoma’s youth with musical education for over 36 years throughout the Sonoma Valley Unified School District during which time she guided her students to many music awards in national competitions.
Barbara retired from the school district in 2011 but continues her duties as Music Director of Presbyterian Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa and enjoys membership with several musical organizations including Consort Chorale of Marin County.
RuthE. Wells, Chief Accompanist
RuthE. Wells is an administrative professional by day and a choral musician nights and weekends. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Jamestown (ND) and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University. She is passionate about choral music, whole-foods nutrition and her adopted cat family. She earned her conducting 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. RuthE. has been serving as Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon since 2008 where she leads the Sanctuary Choir and the Belle Choir (women’s quartet). 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.