San Francisco born and based educator, performer, composer and conductor, Cole Thomason-Redus has spent over a quarter-century serving the music industry in many diverse ways, highlighting his vast array of skill-sets. Currently, Cole is the Educational Content Curator in the Department of Diversity, Equity & Community at San Francisco Opera, where he is host of the weekly online series, Opera Aficionado. Still a teacher at heart, Cole is also the Upper Division Director of the Marin Girls Chorus and an Associate Conductor of the National Children's Chorus.
Prior to this, Cole was the Director of Education for the GRAMMY Award-winning vocal ensemble, CHANTICLEER, after having served a seven-year tenure as Curator of Classical Music at Apple, Inc., and 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 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 in performances and recordings with numerous ensembles throughout the Bay Area, earning him two GRAMMY Awards as a choral artist.
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, serving on the Board of Directors of Volti San Francisco, the Advisory Board of San Francisco Arts Education Project, and the Program Committee of Music in Schools Today. He believes strongly that affordable arts education of the highest quality should be accessible to all and that the inclusion and integration of arts education is essential to the cultivation of a thoughtful and productive citizenry.