Ms. Mary Diane Garcia Music Teacher, Choir Assistant Ms. Garcia is delighted to be a part of St. Brigid School's music program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Music from Notre Dame de Namur University, a graduate of the Music Theatre Conservatory. She is also trained in the Ward and Kodaly Methods. Ms Garcia currently teaches music/voice to children, adolescents, adults, and senior students. She is a frequent soprano soloist for non-profit organizations, churches, and other venues. Her performance credits include: "Simple Gifts" and "Love Tales" Voice Recitals, opera productions from "The Marriage of Figaro" as Countess Almaviva, "The Magic Flute" as Papagena, "Hansel and Gretel" as Mother, and other musical theatre productions.
Dr. Christoph Tietze Choir Director Dr. Tietze has been directing childrens choirs for 37 years, both on the East coast and in California. He is currently Music Director/Organist at St. Mary’s Cathedral and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from SJSU, a Master of Music and a Master of Musical Arts from Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Doctor of Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation. His choirs have performed throughout the United States and Europe, and his books on the Introits are published by World Library Publications and Liturgy Training Publications.
Ms. Mary Diane Garcia
Dr. Christoph Tietze
Mr. Benjamin DeShazo-Couchot
Mr. Benjamin DeShazo-Couchot Music Teacher Mr. DeShazo-Couchot is a Bay Area native lyric baritone, conductor, and liturgist from Santa Rosa. He has directed parish music programs and children's choirs for the past seven years and has spent four of his past five years in K-12 music instruction serving Bay Area Catholic Schools. He holds a BA in Music (Liberal Arts Music/Voice) from Sonoma State University and completed his MA coursework in Church Music and Liturgy (conducting) at St. Joseph's College, Indiana. He regularly performs as a classical soloist throughout the Bay Area in operas, musicals, and recitals. In addition to his work at St. Brigid School, he serves as Director of the St. Edward School String Program and Ukulele Ensemble in Neward, Music Director at All Saints Lutheran Church, Novato, and offers private voice instruction for English and Spanish-speakers from his studio at Music Works, El Cerrito. In his spare time, Mr. D-C enjoys songwriting at the piano and composing, in both contemporary and traditional styles.