Musaic's mission is to share beautiful men's a cappella singing with our Bay Area community. Our music is rooted in classical choral traditions, through a repertoire that includes a variety of genres and languages. The members of Musaic are passionate about men's ensemble singing, and enjoy the artistic balance and musical fellowship it brings to our lives.
Musaic began in 2000 as a few friends gathering to sing for their own pleasure. By 2001, we grew to eight members, performed our first concert, and took the name Musaic to represent a mosaic of song and voice. In 2002, we became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In 2005, we hired our first director who was not also a singer, and by 2006, we found a professional rehearsal space. In 2007, we formed a Foundational Board to help us realize our mission, finished our third CD, and were featured in our first Youtube video. In 2008 we received our first CD review. In 2010 we completed our 60th bay area performance! In 2011 we re-focused our goals on collaborative and benefit concerts in the Bay Area under the direction of Linda Noble Brown, and moved our rehearsal home to Linda's music studio in San Rafael. In 2012 we completed our fourth CD, and performed a special Spring concert series with accompanied solos.
- Listen to clips on our Recordings page.
- See Musaic's past performances and community events.
- Look at a list of our repertoire.
Audition for Musaic
Musaic is always looking for talented male singers. If you're interested in auditioning please fill out the following form and click Submit. Your information will be forwarded to our artistic director who will contact you if we have an opening that matches your skills. Visit our Auditions page for more information.
Who We Are
Musaic's current members bring to their vocal music decades of combined musical experience in community and professional or semi-professional singing groups.
|Linda Noble Brown Musical Director|
After a 25 year history as director of music, choir director and soloist, as well as being an occasional guest clinician with various local choirs, Linda is very excited to step into her new role as director of Musaic. She has a long history with the group, having been the voice teacher for several members over the past 10 years, as well as an avid fan.
A coloratura soprano, Linda holds an extensive performing history throughout the continental U.S. and western Europe, in opera, musical theatre and oratorio. Favorite leading roles include Zerbinetta, Baby Doe, Cunegonde, the Queen of the Night and Olympia. Equally interested in musical theatre, she has played leading roles in Pirates of Penzance, Carousel, Oklahoma, among others.
Linda holds her Master’s degree in Opera Performance from University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Music from California State University, Long Beach, and has studied conducting with world renowned choral master Frank Pooler.
Since 1997, Ms. Noble Brown has been the vocal instructor at College of Marin. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she has an extensive private studio.
Originally from Riverside, CA, Linda has been a resident of the Bay area since 1990. In the early part of her career she sang background vocals with the Carpenters and once sang on a country and western album with a British country star in Germany. She has been on three game shows (winning each!), ran the Big Sur marathon and has one tatoo. She has two wonderful children, Meghan and Ian, the cutest dog in the world, Seele, and is deliriously happily married to the love of her life, Ken.
|Tom Bailey Tenor|
Tom has been performing for almost as long as he can remember. His love for singing began when he was cast in the title role of "Oliver" and continues today with Musaic. He received his bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Boston University's College of Fine Arts where he had the good fortune to study voice with Shirlee Emmons. After graduating he moved to New York where he joined the throngs of performers hopeful for a career in musical theatre. After four years of modest success as a professional performer, he changed career paths and is now working in the travel management industry. Tom moved to the Bay Area in 2000 and has performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir and was invited by San Francisco State to participate in their production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" in 2005. He is extremely excited to be singing again and as a new member of Musaic.
|Arie Perry Tenor|
Arie's musical career started on folk guitar at age 10, then as lead singer of a high school rock band. Wanting to reach the stratospherically high notes of Journey, Rush, and the Police, he joined the choir, started voice lessons, and quickly caught the classical music bug. For over 25 years, he has moon-lighted as a professional chorister and soloist, singing with groups such as the Dallas Bach Society, Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble, American Kantorei, San Francisco Concert Chorale, and the American Bach Soloists. His solos have focused mainly on works from the Baroque and Classical periods. During daylight, Arie is Professor of Pathology and Chief of Neuropathology at UCSF. He brought his vocations together with an educational CD entitled "Neuropathology Songs", which uses music to help medical students remember and distinguish common Neurological disorders. Arie lives with his amazingly supportive wife, Andrea, and irresistibly cute dog, Oreo. He also has two wonderful children, Ryan and Jaclyn.
|Christophe Hery Tenor|
Christophe began singing in an a cappella group at age 8, when he was selected as a soprano soloist for Les Petits Chanteurs de Sainte Jeanne d'Arc, a prestigious french choir that dates from 1954. More recently, after moving with his family in the Bay Area, he participated in Alan Petker's Concort and later joined a jazz formation called The Baytones. While his evenings are filled with music, Christophe's daytime is about image making, more specifically about designing lighting and shading algorithms at Pixar.
|Andy Rice Tenor|
A founding member of Musaic, Andy's interest in vocal music began at four years old when reciting the Four Questions during Passover. No one has been able to quiet him since. In high school, he played the Captain in Anything Goes. Later he sang with the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco where he performed one of his favorite choral works, Poulenc's Gloria. Before co-founding Musaic, he sang in Equal Voices. Outside the group, Andy works as a Business Consultant, provides a lap for his beloved cat Kyoto, and enjoys being married to baritone, Matthew.
|Matthew Schermerhorn Baritone|
Matthew began his lifelong a cappella love affair studying with Phyllis Zimmerman at Santa Barbara High School. He loves the rich, Midwestern choral sound and speaks passionately about the power and wonder that ensemble singing holds for him. He sang in every vocal ensemble the University of Oregon had to offer, and later with the Eugene Concert Choir and Vocal Arts Ensemble, and GMCLA, among other groups. Matthew is proud to be a founding member of Musaic. His non-singing career is in the hospitality industry planning meetings and events at AAA, and he serves as immediate past president of MPINCC (Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter). Whether for work or preferably with his husband Andy (Tenor), he enjoys traveling and exploring the music and mysteries of the world, near and far.
|Steve Kahn Baritone|
Throughout his musical life Steve has always focused on chamber music of various genres: guitar and bass in rock & jazz groups, cello in varied chamber settings, and small-group a cappella singing. He has also done music directing for theater productions, and received a degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory in 2012. He began singing during his time at the Conservatory—increasingly so once he had switched majors from cello to composition. Upon graduation he commenced formal vocal study with tenor Jonathan Smucker. He has sung in both the Conservatory’s choral groups, the Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus, and the NYC-based men’s quartet The Gentlemen Carolers. In addition to singing with Musaic, in 2015 Steve founded and sings in a chamber music series, chamber/text, devoted to presenting work of composers who have written for voice in chamber-music settings. Steve lives in San Francisco with his wife Sara and their cats Jake and Maui (who does happen to have a singing video on Youtube!).
|Chris Pilcher Bass|
Chris found his love of a cappella music while at Harvard as an undergrad, where he performed with the Harvard Krokodiloes. Since then he has contributed bass lines to a number of groups up and down the eastern seaboard—the Spinouts (in Burlington, VT), the Dinosaurs (in Cambridge, MA) and the Local Vocals (in Chapel Hill, NC). He moved to San Francisco a few years ago and is thrilled to have found Musaic. In his day job he is a professor of medicine at UCSF and lives in Mill Valley with his fab-ulous wife Barbara, their budding a cappellist son, Joshua, and ridiculous dog Hazel.
|Rich Perlstein Bass|
Rich’s love of music began in early childhood, playing piano, various brass instruments and singing in choirs. While an undergrad he and a friend co-founded M.I.T.’s original co-ed a cappella group the Chorallaries of M.I.T. He subsequently sang with various other small a cappella groups- Off at Five in Boston, the Men’s Octet at U.C. Berkeley, the Baytones jazz ensemble in Marin, and Just Voices, Singer Marin’s professional a cappella group. Regretfully, he also needs to maintain a day job in order to buy dog food for Sparky (the family’s Havanese), keep a house, make his wife Susan and sons Michael and Adam happy, etc,. He chooses to do so as a principal at Polsky Perlstein Architects, a small office in Larkspur that specializes in custom residential design.
How to Reach Us
Musaic is currently available for selected performances. To inquire, please call 415/309-8827 or send an email message to .
Musical and Artistic Director