Chad Goodman, founder and artistic director
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Chad Goodman founded Elevate Ensemble to offer audiences a unique way of experiencing the Bay Area’s vibrant music scene. Graduate studies initially brought Chad to San Francisco, but he quickly fell in love with the local musical community and resolved to make the Bay Area his home.
Outside of Elevate, Chad serves as Assistant Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, performs as a trumpet player with symphonies from Monterey to Napa Valley, and is an in-demand music educator, youth orchestra coach, and masterclass clinician. Chad holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree from San Francisco State University.
Aaron Gervais, executive director
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Aaron Gervais joined Elevate Ensemble shortly after its inception, seeing in the organization the opportunity to build a new type of ensemble, based on strong guiding principles, effective teamwork, and a passion for uncompromising artistic excellence.
A freelance composer, Aaron came to the Bay Area in 2009 following graduate studies in composition at UC San Diego and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague. He is in demand as a composer across North America and Europe and also maintains a popular blog on the economics of new music.