Choral music has been an integral part of my life since childhood. Spurred by the intrepid spirit of my hometown, the San Francisco Bay Area, I seek to explore music that lies off the beaten track. This journey has taken me from medieval music, with its strikingly different conception of text and authorship, to avant-garde works examining such controversial topics as same-sex marriage or mass surveillance. Through choral music, I aim to humanize the abstract for performers and listeners alike, opening minds to different cultures and new perspectives. Since graduating from university, I have served as music director for an Episcopal church and the new chamber choir Convivium, alongside performing with San Francisco Lyric Opera, Philharmonia Baroque, and Volti. At Cambridge, I hope to combine my academic interest in early music with practical conducting training. I look forward to experiencing the university’s rich musical culture and gaining a global perspective on the choral art.