ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR, John Nettles John Nettles, a native San Diegan, has been resident Music Director for City Ballet since 2006. He has worked throughout the country as a music director, composer, conductor, choreographer, and clinician. In addition, Mr. Nettles has had a distinguished career as a singer/dancer/actor on both the classical and musical theatre stages. He has arranged orchestral works for City Ballet and Arkansas Symphony. As an advocate for arts education, he has been a teaching artist for City Ballet, San Diego Opera, and is the Director of Vocal Music at Vista High School. He also owns and operates A Class Act Productions, which supplies both artistic and technical services to events, performing arts companies, and schools.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, Bianca Kennedy Bianca Kennedy is Board President of Pacific Coast Chorale, having been a founding member of the choir in 2013, and Board President since 2014. She is also Past President Emeritus for Peninsula Singers, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Choral Consortium of San Diego. Bianca has a passion for choral music and learning challenging new repertoire. In years past, she sang with her high school chorale, the University of Houston Chorus, and the Houston Symphony Chorus. Additionally, Bianca is the resident Breast Cancer Research Advocate at The Salk Institute in the Gene Expression Laboratory-Wahl Lab: www.pairs4cures.org & https://wahl.salk.edu/lab-advocate/and is a published writer and photographer.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, Tess Nelson Tess Nelson is a third generation San Diegan and graduate of UCSD, with a major in biology and minor in English Literature.Her professional life has run the gamut from Research Associate at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, to Realtor, to musician. Board service credits include Community Planning, Association of Realtors and San Diego Junior Theatre.Ever the chorister, in addition to Pacific Coast Chorale, Tess has been seen singing with Downtown Rotary’s ‘Club 33’Singers and the Hunchback of Notre Dame Chorus with SACRA/PROFANA. She also serves in local music ministries, singing and playing guitar and piano.Tess is currently a staff musician at St. Columba Church andSchool whereshe directs the 5:30 Sunday evening liturgy as well as serving as accompanist and co-director of the 37-memberstudentchoir. Website: tessnelsonmusic.com
ACCOMPANIST, Mark Polesky Mark Polesky has been a professional pianist for over 20 years. He has received music performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Georgia. He has taught piano privately for eight years and he performs with ensembles and accompanies classical instrumentalists and vocalists. https://www.markpolesky.com
City Ballet Chorus operates under the auspices of City Ballet of San Diego.