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Terrance Kelly, Artistic Director
Terrance Kelly has garnered extensive musical credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and joyous emotional feel for the music make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger.
His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet, and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks. In addition, he wrote and/or arranged most of the music for each of the choir’s albums. Terrance received an Emmy Award in 1995 for his choral arrangement of OIGC’s KGO-TV public service announcement.
In 2005, Kelly received a “Local Heroes Award” from KQED Television for his directorship of the Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir, and was also honored at the 2005 Gospel Music Awards.
He currently serves as Minister of Magnification at Oakland’s Imani Community Church. He has traveled as far as Australia and Canada, teaching gospel music, and since 1982, has served as Gospel Choir Director for Jazz Camp West, hosted by Living Jazz, formerly known as Rhythmic Concepts Inc. In addition to his other endeavors, he is currently a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus.
His father, the late Ed Kelly, was an esteemed jazz and gospel pianist. His mother, the late Faye Kelly, was a gospel choir directress and pianist.
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Mark DeSaulnier, Executive Director
Mark DeSaulnier brings to OIGC more than ten years of professional management and production experience in the performing arts. He will be responsible for fundraising, board development, marketing, and community engagement, while positioning the Choir for long-term sustainability.
"We are fortunate to have someone of Mark’s experience and training join our organization as Executive Director," said Jack Mahan, President of the OIGC Board of Directors. "He brings more than a successful track record of great technical expertise, but also a deep love of gospel music and a desire to expand the Choir’s reach.”
DeSaulnier’s previous experience includes the Christian Youth Theater in Spokane, WA, and the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, CA, among others. Most recently he served as Artistic Director for Peninsula Youth Theatre in Mountain View, CA. In addition to attending and presenting for non-profit arts management seminars and events, Mark is a member of arts organizations such as CETA (California Educational Theatre Association), the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Theatre Bay Area Association.
DeSaulnier had this to say about his appointment: “I am honored to join OIGC in its mission to bring unity and inspiration through music. There is such a rich history to build upon, and I look forward to supporting artistic excellence and expression, as OIGC continues to reach out nationally and internationally.”
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