Chad Goodman, founder and artistic director

Music director Chad Goodman

Photo by Jiyang Chen

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

Aaron Gervais

Photo by Stella Kim

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.

Composer-in-residence Julie Barwick

For the 2017/18 season, Julie Barwick is Elevate’s composer-in-residence. A graduate of the UC Berkeley and SFCM music programs, Julie is an in-demand composer in the Bay Area music scene. She is also the co-founder of the Helia Music Collective, which promotes the work of living women composers.

Learn more on her website

Julie Barwick

Elevate Ensemble donors

Elevate Ensemble's concert season is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors and donors:


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  • Gregory Brandenburgh
  • Ben Bresler
  • Michael Bresler
  • Eileen Castles
  • Steve Castles
  • Aidan Chamberlain
  • Mitchell Cihomsky
  • Dick & Hillary Cohen
  • Nicholas Corasaniti
  • Mike Daggett
  • Lee and Andrea Davidson
  • Julia DeWahl
  • Richard Festinger
  • Andrew First
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Alan & Randi Foreman
  • Alexander Foreman
  • Brent Franson
  • Ryan Fried
  • Matthew Garza
  • Aaron Gervais
  • Grant Goodman
  • Richard & Amy Goodman
  • Russell Irwin
  • Eric Kagen
  • Dan & Tina Lawrence
  • Scott Leaf
  • Adam Luftman
  • James Manganaro
  • Alec MacColl
  • Robin McKee
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  • Michael Perret
  • Jonathan Pwu
  • Stephen Rosenthal
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  • Helene Sautou
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  • Ryan Schuman
  • John Tew
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  • Shawn WIlliams
  • Brett Wolfson-Stofko
  • Asuka Yanai
  • Yasuhiro Yanai
  • Katelyn Zelley
  • Gail Zlotowitz
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