Musical Leadership

Musical Leadership
Martín Benvenuto, artistic director
Martín Benvenuto is one of the leading choir conductors in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he has been Artistic Director of the Peninsula Women’s Chorus (PWC) since 2003. Active as a clinician, panelist, and guest conductor, Benvenuto has served as Artistic Director of WomenSing, the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, and has been on the faculty of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir.

Recognized for his exacting technique, and a passion for drawing the finest choral tone, Benvenuto’s repertoire is extensive. His choirs are dedicated to commissioning new works from upcoming and established composers from the U.S. and abroad, and have been selected to perform at Chorus America and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conferences.

His choirs have also earned honors and high marks in international competitions in Argentina, South Africa, Canada, Hungary, and Spain. Of particular note are PWC’s American Prize in Choral Performance (winner in 2015, second place in 2011), the 2010 Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker award, which recognized WomenSing for programming recently composed music that expanded the mission of the chorus, and the Third Prize awarded to the PWC at the 2006 Béla Bartók International Choir Competition, one of the most prestigious on the European circuit.

Benvenuto highly values artistic collaborations: his choirs have collaborated with Veljo Tormis, Joseph Jennings, Karmina Silec and Carmina Slovenica, Charles Bruffy, Quinteto Latino, California Shakespeare Theater, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, among others. Benvenuto has prepared choirs for organizations such as the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Redwood Symphony, and the Kronos Quartet. He has also has appeared as tenor soloist with leading Bay Area ensembles.

Benvenuto holds a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones and the late Robert Shaw. He earned his master’s degree from Westminster Choir College, where he studied with Joseph Flummerfelt, majoring both in Choral Conducting and in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. His undergraduate degrees in choral conducting and composition are from the Universidad Católica Argentina.

Lindsey Huff Breitschaedel, accompanist
Lindsey Huff Breitschaedel joined the Peninsula Women’s Chorus as its accompanist in 2015, bringing with her a breadth of musical experience. She has a Master’s degree in Opera Accompanying from the Vienna Conservatory, a Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Piano Accompanying, and a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Studies from the University of Redlands, where she studied piano, organ, harpsichord, and voice.

Lindsey has served as an accompanist for Stanford University, Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, and Musiktheater Schönbrunn in Vienna, and as staff accompanist at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, the San Francisco Conservatory, Skyline Community College, and City College of San Francisco. Recently she was on faculty at both Cañada Community College and the German International School of Silicon Valley. Currently on staff as an accompanist at Santa Clara University and a regular performance accompanist with First Street Opera, Lindsey also teaches private piano lessons at her studio in Campbell.