San Francisco born and based educator, entertainer, and composer, Cole Thomason-Redus has spent the last quarter-century serving the music industry in many diverse ways, highlighting his vast array of skill-sets. Currently, Cole is a Program Manager in the Department of Diversity, Equity & Community at the San Francisco Opera. He is also an Associate Conductor for the National Children's Chorus and recently served as Director of Education for the GRAMMY Award-winning vocal ensemble, CHANTICLEER.
Prior to this, Cole served a seven-year tenure as Curator of Classical Music at Apple, Inc., after having worked for three years as a Classical Music Analyst for the Music Genome Project at Pandora Media, Inc. Schools and organizations for which he has taught include the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, and San Francisco Arts Education Project. He was a co-founding director of International Orange Choral and has sung with numerous ensembles throughout the Bay Area.
As an entertainer, Cole’s repertoire spans widely from vocal art songs, his own compositions for piano, and a host of one-man-shows drawing predominantly from the American Songbook. A graduate in music composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, his works have been performed by such prestigious ensembles as Cantus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and have garnered such praise as, “…the most beautiful piece of dissonance I can remember hearing.” (San Francisco Classical Voice)
A product of San Francisco public schools and a ridiculously hard-working mother, Cole is a passionate advocate and supporter of numerous cultural and educational organizations. He believes strongly that affordable arts education of the highest quality should be accessible to all and that the inclusion of arts education is essential to the development of the whole child.