Melinda Becker (mezzo soprano) is known for the intimacy of her performances and the diversity of her repertoire. She enjoys performing a multi language repertoire, from Spanish song, to French chansons, to Soul and other popular music styles. She is a founding member of Duo Fado, a voice and guitar chamber ensemble specializing in classically based folk music from around the world, performing for audiences in Spain, Portugal, Egypt, and France.
Her operatic performances include the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with San Francisco Conservatory Opera Theater and Nireno in Giulio Cesare with the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble. She appeared with Opera San Jose as the Page in Rigoletto and First Spirit in The Magic Flute and as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Bel Cantanti Opera Theater. Other roles performed include the Page (Rigoletto) with Bayshore Lyric Opera, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Anne Frank (Yours, Anne), and Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors).
Melinda earned her Master of Music Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catherine Cook. She continued her studies atthe Conservatoire de Strasbourg in France with soprano Silvana Torto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters degree in Education from Santa Clara University. An active educator, she is currently on faculty at the French American International School in San Francisco. She has taught at the University of Strasbourg in France and was formerly a faculty member at Marymount California University in Southern California, where she served as choral director and vocal instructor.
Susie Fong (harpsichord) has an M.M. in Harpsichord Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Corey Jamason, and received her B.A. in Music at the University of California at Berkeley, where in addition to playing piano and chamber music, she studied harpsichord with Laurette Goldberg and played in the Collegium Musicum. She is also an accomplished solo and chamber pianist, having studied with Audrey Grigsby and Robert Rios in Southern California. Susie currently teaches piano and harpsichord privately in San Francisco.
Besides teaching piano and harpsichord, Susie is active both as a harpsichord soloist and continuo player and has participated in such festivals and workshops as Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, American Bach Soloists Summer Academy, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and SFEMS. She performs regularly as part of Liaison, and has played with such groups as the Vinaccesi Ensemble, the Handel Opera Project, Classical Revolution, the Pacific Chamber Symphony, Bay Area Classical Harmonies, and the San Francisco Bach Choir. Susie has recorded with the Vinaccesi Ensemble and can be heard on their Centaur Records CD, Benedetto Vinaccesi: The Solo Cantatas.
Hallie Pridham (viola da gamba) holds a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Cello Performance where she studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with Elisabeth Reed and modern cello with Jean-Michel Fonteneu. She received her high school diploma from Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Hallie was winner of the IAA Concerto Competition in 2004 and winner of the SFCM Baroque Concerto Competition in 2010. She was also the recipient of the SFCM Baroque Ensemble Outstanding Achievement Award and was chosen to perform a broadcasted concert at the John F. Kennedy Center as part of a Conservatory Concert Series. As both a cellist and viola da gambist, Hallie has performed with many groups in the Bay Area. She participated with full scholarship in the American Bach Soloists Academy and has since performed with ABS during their professional sesason. She also regularly performs with San Francisco Bach Choir under the direction of Corey Jamason. In 2011, Hallie was honored to play the viola da gamba solo in the west coast premier of Philip Hersant’s setting of Psalm 130, directed by Ragnar Bohlin. San Francisco Classical Voice described her playing as having a "…warm and reedy sound."
Tatiana Senderowicz (Guitar and lute) is a solo and chamber musician who has performed a wide variety of repertoire. She is a winner of the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Competition and was the only contestant from the United States to have been selected as a semi-finalist to participate in the 2011 Barrios WorldWideWeb Competition. In Spring of 2013 Tatiana was chosen to perform at the Guitarrada, an event hosted by Pepe Romero and the San Francisco Conservatory’s Guitar Department where she had the opportunity to perform on a Hauser I guitar from the John Harris Guitar Collection.
Senderowicz enjoys performing in diverse ensemble settings. She recently joined the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, a plucked-string ensemble with esteemed members David Tanenbaum, Peppino D’Agostino, Marc Teicholz, Larry Ferrara. This spring Tatiana played guitar and electric bass in the American premiere of Opera Parallèle’s production of Tarik O’Regan’s opera Heart of Darkness. With the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble she has played theorbo and baroque guitar in productions of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Purcell’s Fairy Queen, Handel’s Alcina and Serse and in various other chamber projects under the direction of Corey Jamason and Elisabeth Reed.
Tatiana has participated in masterclasses with David Russell, Nigel North, Odair Assad, Wieland Kuijken, and SoloDuo. Senderowicz studied with Larry Ferrara and David Tanenbaum at the San Francisco Conservatory where she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with a Secondary Emphasis on Historical Plucked Strings.