Artistic Director

Board Members
Shulamit Hoffmann | President Shulamit Hoffmann
Shulamit Hoffmann founded Viva la Musica in 2001 and has since served as the organization’s artistic and executive director. She recently earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on choral performance and adult learning. Her dissertation is entitled Expression in Live Choral Performance: Meanings, Modalities, Processes, Synergies.
Dr. Hoffmann made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2009. Previously, she was a recording artist for the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
She has taught at the College of San Mateo since 2002, and at Idaho State University, Brigham Young University Extension, University of Cape Town, and the University of Witwatersrand. She is gratified that several of her former students are now college professors of music.
She has received Congressional Recognition Awards for service to her community (2013 and 2002), and her biography is entered into the Congressional Record of the United States. She was the Foster City honoree for the San Mateo County Mayors’ Diversity Award in 2013.
Named Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University, she is the recipient of scholarships from Columbia University, San Jose State University, University of South Africa, and national scholarships from her native South Africa.
She holds degrees in choral conducting, piano performance, general music, and English literature, and licentiate teaching diplomas from the Royal Schools of Music, London, and from the University of South Africa.
She has served as program chair and as president for local chapters of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the California Music Teachers’ Association.
Dr. Hoffmann is particularly proud of Viva la Musica’s history of performances of major works for choir and orchestra, from Bach and Beethoven to Britten, Bernstein, and beyond, and especially its twinned focus on traditional repertoire and the music of living composers.
Grace HuangCheryl Allen  
Has spent her professional career working in project management, sales management and marketing for large corporations and small family businesses. Grace views Viva as a great opportunity to cultivate singing in the community. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Masters of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business, Temple University. When she is not singing or working, Grace enjoys traveling, playing tennis and spending time with her husband, extended family and dog.
Amy Jervis
Amy Jervis
Amy Jervis is a teacher, academic editor, researcher, naming consultant, and parent. She studied classics (Greek and Roman history and literature) at Brown University and Stanford University and was awarded honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Mellon Fellowship. When she is not being all pompous and academic, she drives her children up and down the peninsula, cooks from scratch, cultivates cats, and sings. She was a founding member of Viva la Musica! and has sung with the group for 15 years, serving on the board for seven of them.


Stanley Hutchison
Therese Curotto Director of IT at Town + Country Resources for the last eleven years, Stanley has been involved with non-profit organizations since his early twenties. He has served on the boards of both Canadian and United States non profit corporations both as vice president and secretary-treasurer. He is a founding member of the Association of the Development of Human Potential in the U.S. and has served on the board of the Yasodhara Ashram Society in Canada. He has provided technical assistance to Viva la Musica for all its concert productions.

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Anna Khaydarova | Collaborative Pianist
Anna Khaydarova received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan, in 2002 and her Master’s degree from Notre Dame De Namur University in 2005. In 2001 she won second prize in the Bartok-Prokofiev-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition in Redford, Virginia, and in 2003 she won the NDNU Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev First Piano Concerto with the Redwood Symphony. Ms. Khaydarova is Music Director at Island United Church and her private teaching studio is located in San Mateo. In addition to the vital role she plays as Viva la Musica collaborative pianist, she has been tthe featured soloist in Viva's performances of Beethoven Choral Fantasy and Ola Gjeilo Dark Night of the Soul and Luminous Night of the Soul.
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