Cindy Beitmen, Director
Cindy Beitmen began her career singing opera in the Washington, DC, area. After six years of teaching, singing, and conducting in Vienna, Austria, she moved to Seattle, where she began specializing in early music. Cindy received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Washington, during which time she performed as soloist with the Seattle Chamber Singers, Broadway Symphony, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the Early Music Society of the Islands in Victoria, B.C. Performance opportunities led her to New York City where she sang with Pomerium, the Virgin Consort, Symphony for the United Nations, Ensemble Fortuna based in Boston, and the British ensemble Circa 1500. As a member of the New York Ensemble for Early Music, she toured throughout the U.S. in the medieval liturgical drama Herod and the Innocents and performed the Resurrection Play of Tours at the New York Cloisters. She taught voice and vocal diction at Northern Arizona University and recently retired as founder and director of the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble and choral director at Mills College after 18 years. Currently she is director of the Contra Costa Chorale and music director at St. Albert Priory in Oakland.
Martin Morley, Accompanist
A native of Montana, Martin Morley has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a pianist, music therapist, teacher, handbell clinician and conductor. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Flora Chiarrapa Silini, Richard Angeletti, and Portuguese virtuoso Sequeira Costa; in addition, Mr. Morley performed for six years in monthly masterclasses with such luminaries as Gary Graffman, Byron Janis and Leon Fleisher. He has toured North America as an accompanist for Columbia Artists Management and been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Kansas, California and Texas. Mr. Morley is on the Master Artists roster of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society and has served as CCPAS Vice President. In addition to his position as Director of Worship and Music at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Mr. Morley teaches private lessons and continues freelance playing work as a collaborative pianist as well as in solo and two-piano genres in the Bay Area and beyond. He has performed several times in benefits for the Contra Costa Interfaith Housing organization and for the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra. In May 2018 Mr. Morley will be the featured soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra.