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Staff

Kent Jue, Artistic and Executive Director

Kent Jue is thrilled and honored to lead Ragazzi’s artistic and administrative arms. During his tenure as Artistic and Executive Director, Kent guided Ragazzi’s growth plan as it became the largest boy’s chorus program in the Bay Area. He created two satellite programs for entry-level families, increased grant and foundation support, established Ragazzi’s first endowment, and achieved consecutive budget surpluses. Showcasing innovation and adaptability during the spring of 2020, Kent reimagined a program that kept Ragazzi boys safely singing. He pioneered new technology, maintained enrollment, and established Ragazzi’s health and safety plan. Under Kent’s leadership, overnight activities, including local, domestic and international touring, and camps resumed in 2022 after a three-year hiatus.

LAUREN ESTES, OPERATIONS MANAGER and Primary Group Director

Lauren Estes coordinates performances, serves as the liaison between artistic and office staff, oversees the sheet music library, and manages much of the office team. She is also the point person for information about tour and our health and safety policies. Lauren also co-directs one of Ragazzi’s Primary Group classes.

Lauren holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Syracuse University and a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in music and psychology from the College of William and Mary. She directed the New York-based Syracuse Teen Choir and central Virginia choirs Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble and Madison Choral Society prior to moving to California. She currently sings with Masterworks Chorale, Serenade Chamber Choir, and 21V. Lauren also serves as the Education Program Coordinator for Music at Kohl Mansion.

Lisa Queisert, Finance and Administration Manager

Lisa Queisert oversees and manages bookkeeping, accounting, and human resource policies and procedures. Lisa also assists with the Financial Tuition Assistance Program (FTAP), finance reporting, and supports development with financial information.

Lisa studies voice privately and enjoys musical theater. She performs in regional theater whenever possible. She is thrilled to be working at Ragazzi Boys Chorus, which provides vocal development and performance opportunities in the community.

Nathaniel PErgamit, Chorus Manager

Nathaniel Pergamit manages the office for Ragazzi. He is the one who will be picking up the phone, responding to emails, and taking all your questions when you come in person to the office. You can reach out to him anytime with any question.

When not in the office, Nathaniel is an avid performer and musical scholar. He holds a Master of music in Music History from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music History from University of the Pacific. His expertise is the study of the intersection between classical music and popular culture. You can see him onstage locally with Lamplighters Music Theatre and West Edge Opera, as well as Fog City Singers, a San Francisco based barbershop chorus.

Noah Rulison, Communications, development, and recruitment manager and Primary Group Director

Noah Rulison coordinates Ragazzi’s website and social media platforms, manages development, and oversees recruiting efforts including SingFest. He is the point person for scheduling auditions for prospective choristers. Noah also co-teaches Primary Group’s Wednesday class.

Noah holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Chapman University. Noah is also an avid member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He earned a gold medal in the 2019 International Barbershop Chorus Contest singing with the Westminster Chorus, and currently sings with the Fog City Singers barbershop chorus. Noah is elated to join the Ragazzi administrative team.

Julie Mamis, Ragazzi Camp Director

Julie holds an MA in Education from Concordia University and has been a credentialed teacher since 1989. As a lead teacher in a K–8 Montessori school she designed and led middle school outdoor education experiences. Julie is the lead teacher at Parkside Montessori in San Mateo. She is supporting the growing public school as it becomes a fully accredited Montessori Pre-K through grade 8 school. Julie has led many tours with middle school students outside of Ragazzi. She has chaperoned Ragazzi tours and is the parent of 3 adult children, one of whom is a Ragazzi alumnus. She loved volunteering with Ragazzi when her son was in Primary Group. After attending Ragazzi Camp as part of the theory team she became Director in 2015.

James Thomas, Office and Rehearsal Assistant

James Thomas is a Ragazzi alumnus, having performed with the chorus since 2010. James is the chorus’s office/rehearsal assistant. He prepares rehearsal spaces and oversees dismissal, in addition to a handful of office responsibilities. James won first place in sound design in the California branch International Thespian Society festival in 2022. He plans on studying automotive technology at De Anza starting fall 2023. In his free time, James enjoys producing his own music from home and going on long drives in the hills.

Joey Krohlow, Library Assistant

Joey Krohlow started piano lessons at age five and has only fallen more in love with music since then. He holds a BA in vocal performance and linguistics from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he studied voice with David Hoffman and piano with Jeffrey Peterson and Margaret Otwell. Joey teaches voice/piano teacher at the MidPeninsula Music Academy in Redwood City and works as a freelance singer and diction coach, specializing in uncommonly sung languages. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2021, he was a founding member of Milwaukee’s professional early music ensemble Aperi Animam. He sang bass and performed throughout the midwest, including Early Music America’s Emerging Artists Showcase and the Madison Early Music Festival’s Fringe series. Joey continues to serve as the group’s resident linguist, reconstructing and coaching historical pronunciations of Renaissance and medieval-era repertoire. He was a chorus member at Florentine Opera Company and sang several roles with Milwaukee Opera Theatre—for whom he also co-authored a new singable English translation of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. In his spare time, Joey can be found at an ice cream parlor or in the cookware section of your local thrift store.