We have a choir full of extremely experienced and talented singers. Meet a few of them:
Aaron Hufty, tenor
A charter member of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Dr. Aaron Hufty is fiercely devoted to helping create a singing culture. Aaron is the newly appointed Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at First Baptist Church of San Antonio. Prior to this role, Aaron spent nearly 15 years in the classroom, teaching nine years with Northside ISD’s Coke Stevenson Middle School and Sandra Day O’Connor High School. While completing his DMA from the University of Texas at Austin, he directed the UT Women’s Chorus. Most recently, Aaron worked at Baylor University, teaching Music Appreciation, Choral Conducting and Women’s Choir and created the newest Baylor ensemble, VirtuOSO, a contemporary a capella group. He has served as the director for the Northside Elementary Honor Choir, San Antonio Opera Chorus and the San Antonio Choral Society.
David Means, baritone
David is currently the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, TX and conductor of the Valley Symphony Chorale. He has taught at the University of Southern California, Christopher Newport University and Hill College, and has twenty years of experience teaching public school choirs in Texas and California. He has sung as a professional singer with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Virginia Chorale and is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician all over the world. A versatile singer, pianist/organist and conductor, David has shared the stage with Quincy Jones, Liza Minelli and Michael Feinstein, and has even performed for President Ronald Reagan! He earned his Bachelors in Music Education in voice and piano from Howard Payne University, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Baylor University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California.
Jesus Rocha, baritone
Jesus is a charter member of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, having sung with us for 10 years! Over the past decade, Jesus has taught high school choral programs and voice lessons and has also sung with the San Antonio Choral Society and San Antonio MasterSingers. He has had lead roles in A Little Night Music, The Devil and Daniel Webster and Brigadoon, and performed with the San Antonio Symphony as a vocal soloist in 1998. Over the 2013 Christmas season, Jesus participated in the formation of The Clarion Voices in San Antonio, an organization of special event singers emerging in various cities across the nation. Jesus has a BA in Music Education, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied voice under Linda Poetschke and William Warfield.
Joanna Wernette, mezzo-soprano
Joanna brings many years of operatic and choral singing experience to the San Antonio Chamber Choir. Her operatic roles include the title roles in The Rape of Lucretia and La Tragedia de Carmen; Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mercedes in Carmen and Nancy in Albert Herring. Joanna made her international operatic debut in 2002 as Emilia in Otello and Tisbe in La Cenerentola with the Lyrique en Mer Foundation in Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France. As a professional chorister, Joanna has performed with the Grant Park Music Festival Choir and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from The Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University) and a MM in Vocal Performance from DePaul University.
Michael Zuniga, baritone
Michael is a native of San Antonio and a music educator, working in the classroom and with non-profits. Michael has served as a clinician for the Northeast Independent School District and has taught adult education and continuing education classes. In addition to the Chamber Choir, Michael has sung with many local groups, including the San Antonio Opera, the San Antonio Symphony MasterSingers, IlluMen and the Texas Bach Choir. In 2005, he founded the Sinfonia Voice Piano Studio. He released his first CD, “This is the Moment” in late 2014. Presently, he serves at the Office Manager of Apartments Today Inc. and is the Bass Section Leader/Soloist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, TX. Michael is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.