Adelia Bogdanova completed musical school in Russia and performed in church and
school choirs throughout her short life. Adelia moved from Chicago to Sacramento a couple of years ago and changed her profession from clinical laboratory science to business.

Jennifer Birmingham is a Northern California native. She started singing as a child, learned to play the flute in elementary school, auxiliary percussion and alto saxophone a couple
years later. She's a proud mother of two and has recently returned to college to study Media and Music.

Cindy Cockerell has been performing with Cantare since 2012. Her experience includes local musical theater and church groups for over 20 years. She and her husband have three children and six grandchildren. Her interests include health, fitness and science.

Jessica Dickens lives in Pollock Pines with her husband and 6-year old son. Jessica
began singing at age 12 and has performed with many choral groups, including the Sunnyvale Valley Chorale, Valley Choral Society and UC Davis University Chorus. She enjoys true crime
books, crossword puzzles and making people laugh.


Linda Ford Hughes, a retired schoolteacher, has been singing in choral groups since elementary school. She joined Cantare in 2010. She and husband, Floyd, are active in the
Placerville Church of the Nazarene and enjoy traveling.

Judy Hunt-Brown.  Music has been important throughout her life.  She played the piano, sang in choirs, and graduated from SDSU with a degree in Music. Following a career in education as a teacher and elementary school principal, she is now reestablishing her musical roots as a third year Cantare member.

Carrie Penaloza, soprano, joined Cantare in 2015. Born in Napa, residing many years  outside California, she returned to Shingle Springs in 2010. Involved since childhood in choruses, church choirs and community chorales, she has two grown children. She enjoys music/singing, dancing, travel, and reading.


Carmen Disho moved from the Bay Area to El Dorado Hills in 1991 with her husband, Varda, and three children.  She enjoyed singing in the church choir before joining the Foothill Women’s Choir.  Now she enjoys her four grandchildren, gardening, hiking, cycling, fishing, and

Nadine Hendricks has performed with several Bay Area and Foothill choral groups. Nadine sang with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra performing seasonal ensemble pieces, modern works and wide variety of Masterworks. Nadine enjoys hiking, biking
and hanging out with the grandkids.

Kathy Keleshian grew up California and the Bay Area.  She now lives in Shingle
Springs.  Her family includes husband, Phil, daughter, son, and seven wonderful grandchildren who live in the area. She worked in education and is retired.  She sang in high school, college and church choirs in addition to Cantare.  

Mary Leonard grew up in Los Angeles and has been performing since she was 7 years old when her mother decided she should share her gift.  She relocated to Northern California in 1985. She is a real estate professional by day and enjoys music as often as possible.

Ruth O’Shea moved from South Carolina to Shingle Springs with her husband in 1986. A Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Emory University, retired and serves as a Faith Community Nurse at the Church of the Nazarene. Ruth joined Cantare in 1994 and is President of the corporation.

Donna Trevino born in Kansas, raised in Sacramento vacationed at Sly Park often. She and husband, Ed, consider this area just about as close to perfect as a location can get and moved here in 1980 to raise their two boys. She teaches at El Dorado High.

Karen Tustin is a retired attorney in Placerville. She and her husband, Doug, a retired family physician, moved to Placerville in 1973, choosing the area as the perfect place to practice their respective careers and raise a family. They have three grown sons and seven grandchildren.

Kim Yeager is new to Cantare this season, but she is not new to performing.  She has been doing that since the age of five, when her dad surprised the family with a piano.  She teaches in Shingle Springs and lives in Pollock Pines with her wife and son.


Angelo Espinoza is a student at FLC, he plans to major in mechanical engineering. This is his first year in Cantare. Angelo has a musical background beginning at the age of eight and plans to continue music for many years to come.

Alex Honda began singing in groups in his sophomore year of high school. He is
currently attending Folsom Lake College finishing his general education classes. He has performed with California regional and state choirs. He attended BYU-I for a year and performed with their prestigious groups.

Al Woods had been a member of Cantare since 2011, has been involved in choral singing since elementary school. He has also sung in gospel quartets and mixed quartets. Al holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked in the aerospace industry prior to arriving in Placerville
in 2009.



Karl Collins recently joined the Chorale after retiring from managing corporate IT. He sang with The Woodlands Symphony Chorus and his church choir for the past 20 years. Highlights have included Messiah, Carmina Burana, multiple Requiems and John Rutter. His other interests include climbing, skiing, sailing and carpentry.

Ed Lucas is a California native who lives in Nevada City joined Cantare in September 2017 “in search of a voice”.  He began singing in 1988 with the Capitolaires (13 yrs.), Grass Valley Male Voice Choir (16 yrs.), and Placer Pops Chorale (2 yrs.).  Ed holds a BS from Sac State University with a teaching credential in Biology.

Stanley Price, baritone, learned to sing in mid-life with the Gold Rush Chorus, Placerville.  He sang with the SCSO for 10 years under Donald Kendrick.  His musical tastes are "omnivorous”, and his favorite music is "live music".  Cantare needs Stanley because of a severe beard shortage.