ABOUT OUR ACCOMPANISTS
MARINA SWALES was born and raised in Siberia Russia and has been playing piano since the age of seven. Graduating from the College of Music and State Conservatoire with degrees in solo, chamber, accompaniment and pedagogy she has continued to work in all mediums since 1980. Through various contracts and tours she has performed in France, Germany, Holland, Canada, the Phillipines, Mexico and the United States. Moving to Toronto, Canada in 2001 she established a dynamic teaching career through which several of her students have won awards and competitions at the highest levels. Relocating to Northern California in 2007, she continues to follow her passions of teaching, accompanying and performing.
KEN KUGELMAN has been playing piano since age seven and accompanying since high school. He studied piano with Howard Johnson at Yuba College and Frank Wiens at University of the Pacific, where he earned his B.M. degree. He went on to earn his Masters in Church Music while studying organ with Beth Singleton at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Ken has served as accompanist at Yuba College, Modesto Junior College, UOP, San Joaquin Delta College, Northern California ACDA, San Joaquin NATS, and several churches. He has accompanied adult choirs, honor choirs, children's choirs, musical theater productions, vocal soloists, instrumental ensembles and soloists, and choral director workshops. In addition to accompanying on the piano, organ, and harpischord, he has also performed as a soloist both in recital and with orchestra.