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Staff

Kent Jue, Artistic and Executive Director

Kent Jue is thrilled and honored to lead the administrative arm of Ragazzi. Having developed music programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, Kent is renowned for his leadership in developing and promoting student achievement and engagement, and for inspiring families and communities. During his tenure as Executive Director, Kent has guided Ragazzi’s growth plan as it became the largest boys chorus program in the Bay Area, created two satellite programs for entry-level families, increased grant and foundation support, and established Ragazzi’s first endowment. He is a member of Chorus America’s Leadership Development Forum, a Packard Foundation grantee, and a recent panelist for the California Arts Council’s Arts Education Exposure grant. Kent is dedicated to developing Ragazzi’s extensive program to its fullest potential.

LAUREN ESTES, Operations Manager

Lauren Estes coordinates performances, serves as the liaison between artistic and office staff, manages the sheet music library, and provides office support. She is also the point person for information about tour and our health and safety policies. Lauren is involved with grant sourcing and writing, helping to execute the Annual Fund, and maintaining donor records. Lauren also updates Ragazzi’s website and social media accounts.

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. A Virginia native, Lauren directed the central Virginia choirs Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble and Madison Choral Society and sang with several Virginia choirs prior to moving to California. She currently sings with Masterworks Chorale, Serenade Chamber Choir, and 21V. She 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.

Nancy Whitecar, Concert Programs and Recruiting

Nancy Whitecar is a professional musician and music educator with over 25 years of experience. She teaches general music classes at The Music School at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian church, and accompanies for instrumentalists and choirs throughout the Bay Area. Nancy has directed children’s and youth choirs, and taught piano to students of all ages in her private piano studio. She served as accompanist and assistant director of the BeckRidge Chorale in Southeast Michigan for over 20 years, and as Associate Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Michigan. Nancy is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. She graduated from the University of Illinois, and holds a Piano Teacher Certificate from Schoolcraft College in Michigan.

Gloria Avila, Bookkeeper

Bio coming soon!

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.

Russell Peck, Office Assistant

Russell Peck is a recent Ragazzi alum who is excited to continue working with Ragazzi even during college. He is studying for a major in Commercial Music at Ohlone College and has spent 3 years working as a Stagehand and Shop assistant for Ohlone’s Smith Center. He currently sings in Ohlone’s College Chorus as well as their Acapella group. Russell joined Ragazzi in 2014 and graduated in 2021. During Ragazzi’s remote rehearsals and performances, Russell helped to provide tech support for the Ragazzi Virtual Studio and also served as an audio technician for Hybrid rehearsals. Currently Russell provides office and theory program support.

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.