San Francisco born and based educator, entertainer, and composer, Cole Thomason-Redus currently serves as Director of Education for the GRAMMY Award winning vocal ensemble, CHANTICLEER, and as Assistant Director at the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He recently completed a seven-year tenure as Curator of Classical Music at Apple, Inc., after having served for three years as Classical Music Analyst for the Music Genome Project at Pandora Media, Inc.
His experience as a music educator spans over twenty years. Schools and organizations for which he has taught include Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco Arts Education Project and Ragazzi Boys Chorus. He was a co-founding director of International Orange Choral and has sung with numerous ensembles including Schola Cantorum San Francisco, Volti, and the San Francisco Boys Chorus.
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.