Board of Directors
Alan Thayer, President
Alan founded Trinity Lyric Opera in 2005 with a view to providing greater performance opportunities in the greater Bay Area for audiences and performers alike. He holds a double B.A. in Theatre Arts and French from the University of the Pacific and an M.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. As an oboist and English horn player, he has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the Bay Area and has sung with the Oakland Symphony Chorus. He spent a summer as an intern with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where he was introduced to vocal coach Richard Wagner. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the Hayward Youth Symphony. His passion for opera includes vocal training with Mr. Wagner and Camille Mauranne in France. Alan has also received training in classical Ballet, and has studied with several recognized teachers, and has performed with the San Joaquin Concert Ballet, for which he also choreographed "The Planets" by Gustav Holst. He also appeared as Principal Dancer in a new setting of "Simple Symphony" by area choreographer Robert Ronan, and danced the role of the Burgermeister in a National Dance School Festival production of "Coppelia" in Saint-Quentin, France, partnering the former Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo star Solange Golovine.
More recently, Alan hosted the long-running "Sacred Concert Hall" program on national network radio, a position he held for ten years. He has traveled extensively throughout Canada, Europe and Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union, and has attended opera performances in many of the major European opera houses. He has also served as a free-lance conference interpreter, having interpreted for specialized agencies of the U.N. and NATO, and numerous multinational corporations and organizations across the Country.
John Schaff, Vice President
John Schaff is Branch Manager for American Home Mortgage in Folsom, California. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Not one to shy away from a challenge, he has worked in accounting and finance in both corporate and entrepreneurial enterprises. His love of music performance goes back to grade school band as a trumpet player and on into High School Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble, and has blossomed into a love of choral performance as a recent member of the Sierra College Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus. In addition, John is Director of the Foothill Bible Church Choir. Other interests include education, aviation and cooking. His dedication to Trinity Lyric Opera is deeply rooted in his appreciation for the performing arts of the highest quality.
Lawrence Duckles, Director, and Chair, Advisory Board
A native of Bakersfield, California, his family moved to Berkeley, where his father was head of the music library at UC Berkeley, when he was four
years of age. He started playing flute at age six and joined the Oakland Symphony Orchestra at age 18, where he remained for 14 years, serving for 12 as
Production Manager and the last two years as Music Librarian. Larry joined the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra in 1965 and spent the next 25 years with
this fine ensemble as a musician. He became Music Librarian in 1974 and Personnel Manager in 1991. Larry joined the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in 1975
and spent five years with the company, the last two as Music Librarian. He moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1979, where he free-lanced and worked for the Arizona
Opera Company as a musician, and backstage as an Assistant Stage Manager.
John Kendall Bailey is the Music Director and Chorus Master of Trinity Lyric Opera, Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, and the
Founder and Music Director of the Berkeley Lyric Opera. He has been a guest conductor with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Youth Orchestra, and Oakland
Ballet, and music director and conductor for productions with North Bay Opera, Goat Hall Productions, Solo Opera, the Crowden School and Dominican University.
He is also a composer, and his works have been performed and commissioned in the Bay Area and abroad.
Jennifer Dirking , Director and Chair, Development and Fundraising
Ms. Dirking recently returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area after spending 17 years in Seattle, Washington. There she served as Annual Fund Manager for the UW World Series at the University of Washingtonâ��s Meany Hall, a program that presented international chamber music, piano, world music and dance. In her ten years with the program, she enjoyed seeing over 200 performances ranging from the Emerson String Quartet to Ensemble Tartit from Mali. As a member of the Seattle Opera Guild, she enjoyed supporting all aspects of the company, but especially their educational outreach programs. Seattle Opera repertoire inspired her appreciation of 20th Century composers such as Marvin David Levy (Mourning Becomes Electra) and Daniel Catán (Florencia en el Amazonas), in addition to the more familiar works of Puccini, Verdi and Wagner. Her more recent experience as Director of Development for the Burke Museum of Natural History led to a passion for Native American Art, which she collects to this day. Jennifer currently serves as Associate Director at the Foothill - De Anza Foundation in Los Altos Hills, fundraising for a broad range of education initiatives, including a new Visual and Performing Arts Center on the De Anza College campus.
Production and permanent Staff
Alan Thayer, Executive Director
John Kendall Bailey, Music Director and Chorus Master
Lawrence Duckles, Production Director and Stage Manager
Patrick Brandon, Scene Shop and Carpenter
Lynne Hutelein Homeres and Deborah Pitts, Choreographers
Jimmy Lee Feinstein, Stage Manager, Webmaster and Graphic Arts
M. Pamela Lauser Esq., Legal Counsel
John Evans C.P.A. , of Hardin and Evans, Accountant