Multitalented vocalist Billy Valentine has been entertaining audiences the world over with his glorious voice. He can be heard every week on the television series, Boston Legal, from the theme song right through to the end of each and every episode. Billy has worked with numerous other greats including, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, and the Neville brothers. In addition to his accomplishments as a recording artist, Billy has also enjoyed success on the stage, performing with the first national touring company of The Wiz.
Watch Billy sing "Georgia On My Mind".
Baritone, Frederick Matthews, has been praised by audiences and critics alike for his appearances on the operatic and concert stages. He gained international recognition for his performance as Jake in the touring production of Porgy and Bess. Now residing in the Bay Area, he has performed numerous roles with the San Francisco Opera in such productions as Das Rheingold, La Fille du Regiment, and Madama Butterfly. He has also performed extensively with the Marin Opera, Sacramento Opera, and Las Vegas Opera. Frederick is also featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, In the Shadow of the Stars.
Watch Frederick sing "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin".
California native Buffy Baggott has gained recognition throughout the United States as an accomplished and highly versatile lyric mezzo soprano. She studied vocal performance at UCLA and San Francisco State Universities, went on to complete two apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and is an alumnus of Lyric Opera Chicago’s prestigious Ryan Opera Center. Performances at the Lyric Opera Chicago include most notably: Carmen (Carmen), The Schoolboy (Lulu), Stephano (Roméo et Juliette), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Flora (La Traviata) and both Second Lady and Third Lady (Die zauberflöte).
Carmen is Ms. Baggott’s signature role. She has performed it with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arizona Opera, Pamiro Opera, France’s Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile en Mer, Festival Opera, Berkeley West Edge, Spokane and Manitoba Opera companies. Reviewers have described her Carmen performances as an “animal stalking its kill”, “a lithe siren” and “Cleopatra spiced with nearly every role Dietrich ever played…”
Watch Buffy sing a duet from "The Secret Garden".
A graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio, Pedro Rodelas, tenor, has performed principal roles with opera companies, concert orchestras, and music ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. His operatic stage credits include principal roles in La Boheme, Carmen, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, La Fanciulla del West, Faust, The Merry Widow, The Bartered Bride, Il Tabarro, and Gianni Schicchi. Pedro has also been featured in concert performances of Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah as well as musical theater reviews, opera galas, and benefit concerts.
Pedro currently sings as a part-time member of the San Francisco Opera chorus, performs regularly with the internationally acclaimed “The Three Waiters”, and has recently concluded his eighth year as “Chef Pierre” as part of the annual Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite National Park.
Pedro is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Richmond, CA. He holds a Master of Vocal Performance degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Watch Pedro sing a duet from "The Secret Garden".
Erich Stratmann is the driving entrepreneurial personality behind the idea of SingforAmerica….putting into the hands of singers the means to help others via their voices. An incorrigible choral singer, he early on recognized the community of choral singing that allowed people of surprisingly different social leanings, to join together in one voice to benefit others. SingforAmerica allows this force to be gently steered toward very real funding of the choristers' choice of charities.
Erich himself sings in three choruses, following on his fore bearers as his mother and father where at the core of the original San Francisco Symphony Chorus (Muncipal Chorus) of the 1930s. He sings as well with the San Francisco Opera Chorus.
This business bent follows on his business degree from the University of California, Berkeley (singing there with the Glee Club under Robert Commanday) and 25 years as a manufacturer in San Francisco. He has used his practical talent in honing his fundraising skills as financial manager for the San Francisco Boys Chorus in the past 15 years and now is totally focused on Sing for America.
Watch Erich sing "Wheels of a Dream".