Director Colleen Chester

Director Colleen Chester

Colleen Chester is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton where she received both her Bachelor of Art degree in Music Education, Choral Music Emphasis and her Single Subject teaching credential. While in Southern California, Colleen was an active conductor as well as performer conducting selections from operas such as Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and “Magic Flute” as well as Handel’s “Rodelinda”. As a performer she has sung with various choruses throughout the Southern California region such as the Long Beach Camerata Singers, Choral Arts Initiative, Pacific Chorale, and frequently with the Hollywood Bowl Chorus and Orchestra with Andrea Bocelli and John Williams. Colleen has also had the pleasure of working with the Oregon Bach Festival this year as the Production Assistant for the Berwick Academy, a Baroque performance practice orchestra. Colleen is in her second year as the choral director here at San Luis Obispo High and Laguna Middle School and is an active performer with Canzona Women’s Chorus, SLO Master Chorale, and the SLO Bach Week Choir.



SLO HS Concert Choir

The San Luis Obispo High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Colleen Chester, is a women’s ensemble of all grade levels represented on campus. Singers perform at local community events as well as travel throughout California, sharing their passion for choral music at prestigious festivals and in choral exchanges. This ensemble has won many awards in the past and, most recently, received the 2016 Central Coast Choral Festival “Award for Choral Excellence” for their musicality and high levels of performance. Concert Choir is so excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Canzona and thanks them for their inspiration to other female singers in our community.


Susan Azaret Davies

Susan Azaret Davies joins Janis Johnson and Canzona in Gardner’s A Shakespeare Sequence for piano 4-hands at our Fall 2016 concert.

Susan Azaret Davies holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California in piano performance and accompanying where her principal teachers were Carol Rosenberger and Gwendolyn Koldofsky. She enjoys an active career as a pianist and singer.  Her festival appearances include the Oregon Bach Festival, Festival Mozaic, the Cabrillo Festival, Idyllwild Summer Arts and the Festival Internacional de Musica de Morelia, Mexico.  Ms. Davies served as the music director/pianist for the Educational Opera Association of Los Angeles, which won an Emmy for its KCET television special “Opera for Children”.  She has appeared as mezzo-soprano soloist in oratorio performances in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Beverly Hills, San Luis Obispo, Fremont, and Eugene, Oregon and as collaborative pianist in recitals throughout California and in Carnegie Hall, NYC. Ms. Azaret Davies has been on the Cal Poly music faculty since 1984.  She also is a staff accompanist at Cal Poly, accompanist for the Cuesta Master Chorale and choir director/organist at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach.  Ms. Davies resides in Pismo Beach with her husband, Tom, and their two sons, Peter and Andrew.