The SYV Concert Choir is led by Kari Hamada under the direction of SYV founder Genevieve Beauchamp.
Ms. Hamada has her Bachelor's degree in Music Education and her Master's degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida. She is an Alto in the professional chorus Gloria Musicae. For five years, Ms. Hamada lived and taught music in the Middle East. She was directing choirs there in addition to preparing 20+ children for the prestigious Royal Academy of Music singing exam (ABRSM), with fantastic results. Prior to living abroad, Ms. Hamada worked as a conductor with top notch choirs such as The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Children's Chorus. In her spare time she directed the USF Opera choir through the performances of Dido and Aeneas, was the Director of Music at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church, sang in the professional chorus The Richard Zielinski singers, and taught private voice lessons. Ms. Hamada is a member of FMEA, FVA, and ACDA.