While Monica Frame, mezzo soprano, has sung with ensembles ranging from the National Chamber Choir of Israel to the San Francisco Choral Artists, her singing on Valve electronic games and commercials enjoy the most YouTube hits.  She is the alto soloist and section leader at Saint Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco, and is also a member of San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Marin Baroque Ensemble, and Lacuna Arts Ensembles.  A licensed psychotherapist, Monica specializes in school-based mental health services.  She combines her passions at The Crowden Music Center, where she is the counselor for musical children and their fabulous faculty.  Monica is very pleased to join Volti.


Colby Smith is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College where she had the privilege of performing in world renowned music halls such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kimmel Center and NJPAC under the batons of Joseph Flummerfelt, David Robertson, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, and Bernard Labadie, with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  Colby also participated in the select ensembles Westminster Choir and Kantorei under the direction of Joe Miller and Andrew Megill.  Through Westminster Choir, she took part in the Spoleto Festival, singing in the chorus of contemporary opera Amistad, composed by Anthony Davis and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.


Joyce Todd McBride, alto, has been performing music from the 12th to the 21st century in the Bay Area for many years.  She is a composer, arranger, and conducts the women’s chorus Conspiracy of Venus, which performs music from Joni Mitchell to Bjork.  She is also a jazz pianist, and sings at St. Thomas Anglican church.  Joyce teaches piano and voice.  She recently completed a commission for a musical with Bob Moog, which will hopefully be produced  in 2013.


Alto Sharmila Guha frequently performs as a soloist and ensemble member in various musical settings, from classical to jazz to folk. In 2008, she released her debut solo jazz album, featuring classics from the American Songbook alongside new jazz arrangements of eclectic repertoire, like songs by Henry Purcell and The Cure. As a session musician, she has sung for several film soundtracks, including Spiderman 3, Avatar, and Eat, Pray, Love, as well as a solo for Gangster Squad. Sharmila is also a current member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and has performed with Gustavo Dudamel, Bramwell Tovey, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. A recent transplant to Oakland, Sharmila performs and teaches voice lessons in her native Los Angeles as well as in the Bay Area. This is her first season with Volti.


Celeste Winant, contralto, enjoys singing Hildegard, Jefferson Airplane (last heard at a karaoke bar in Truckee, CA), and everything else which comes in between. She performs regularly with Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, Pacific Collegium, Philharmonia Chorale, Vajra Voices and Volti, and has been studying voice (and life) with Karen Clark for almost three years. Nothing makes her cry like singing Old Timey gospel hymns in close harmony.


Emily Ryan, alto, is pleased to be singing her fourth season with Volti. Emily started singing as a child with the San Francisco Girls Chorus. She is now working at the Girls Chorus, where she is the Director of the Prep Chorus program and the Level II Director of the Chorus School. Emily also teaches Elementary School classroom music for the Cantaré Children’s Choirs of Oakland. In addition to Volti, Emily sings in several Bay Area ensembles, including EUOUAE and the Parish Choir at St. Mary the Virgin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from San Francisco State University and a Masters in music Education from Holy Names University.