South Bay Children's Choir (SBCC)
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We are dedicated to providing children an educational and nurturing environment that is disciplined and joyful in the pursuit of excellence in the choral art.

Ms. Diane Simons, Artistic Director and Conductor of Bel Canto
Ms. Diane Simons is the Artistic Director of the South Bay Children's Choir and the conductor of Bel Canto. In 1996 she co-founded the choir together with Jane Hardester, who retired from the choir in June, 2000. Inspired by a vision of choral excellence for children and of bringing choral education to children in the South Bay and surrounding communities, they built a highly successful musical program. Ms. Simons earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at UCLA and has conducted choirs at both high school and elementary school levels, as well as teaching voice in her private studio. She presents workshops both for singers and for teachers and has been active as musical director for community theater. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, and is serving a six-year term on the Western Division Board as representative of Children and Youth Choirs.
Mr. B. Wayne Bisbee, Composer-in-Residence
Mr. Bud Wayne Bisbee received his B.M. in Piano Performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and an M.A. in Choral Studies and Composition from Occidental College, Los Angeles. He has taught all levels of music, children through adults, and has directed many church music programs. His choirs have toured extensively in this country, Europe and Japan. Over 70 of his compositions and arrangements are published. Currently, he continues to compose and teach voice and piano at his home in Long Beach, as well as frequently conducting for SBCC.

Ms. Julie Corallo,
Director of Choristers and Choraliers 
Ms. Julie Corallo began her work with the South Bay Children’s Choir in 2006 as the musicianship teacher and the following year was invited to join the staff as an associate director. Using the Kodaly approach, she believes that all children can learn to read music and sing beautifully. Earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and her Masters in Education at UCLA, she has taught music in Kindergarten through 9th grade since 1995. Having earned her Masters in Administration, she worked for a number of years as the K-12 Music Specialist administrator with the LAUSD, but recently decided to return to her first love – teaching music to school children. 
Ms. Ellen Steinmetz, Director of Meistersingers
Ms. Ellen Steinmetz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and German from Duke University.  She acquired a Masters degree in Music Education, then a Masters Degree in Organ Performance at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University through a fellowship in teaching ear training to undergraduates. Mrs. Steinmetz conducts children's choirs at Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes, St. Lawrence Martyr Church of Redondo Beach, and American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach. She conducts adult singers in the Space Chorale of Northrop Grumman and the South Bay Women’s Chorus. 
Ms. Mary Herzbrun, Director of Minnesingers
Ms. Mary Herzbrun, assisted by intern Zoe Peterson, teaches the Minnesingers class for 6-7 year olds, as well as assisting Mrs.
Steinmetz in Meistersingers, She uses a many-faceted approach, having received advanced certification in both the Kodaly and Orff methods, in addition to her studies in Education Through Music and Gordon's Learning Theory. She recently retired from teaching music for the Los Angeles Unified School District, having previously taught for the Torrance School District for 10 years. She was the recipient of the El Camino Music Award in 1991, and was the Torrance Teacher of the Year in 2001. She received her BA in music at California State University at Long Beach.
Mr. Maza Zimmerman, Director of Troubadours
Mr. Maza Zimmerman is the director of Troubadours,  the newly formed boys' chorus in SBCC. He is also is  the musical director of Many Voices of Praise at Park Windsor Baptist Church. He is is a  music major enrolled in  the Choral Education Program at California State University, Fullerton,where he is an active member of the professional honors fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, serving as as Chaplain. 
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