Ken Abrams was the choral director at San Ramon Valley High School from 1984 to 2020. He is a graduate of California State University, Hayward, where he majored in vocal performance and graduated with honors. He received his Master’s Degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois in 1990.
Currently, Mr. Abrams is the Artistic Director of the Danville Girls Chorus, a community children’s chorus with over 150 singers, a position he has held for 25 years. He is also the incoming Director of the Blackhawk Chorus, a 130-voice community chorus.
Highlights of Mr. Abrams’ distinguished teaching career include:
Building the SRVHS vocal music program from 2 classes to 6 (with Jazz Vocals as an extra-curricular class)
Creating funded accompanist and vocal assistant positions
Establishing a foundation, San Ramon Voices, to financially support the program
Sixteen 1st place wins at the Golden State Choral Competition in the last 18 years (more than any other teacher in California)
State President of ACDA for 2 years and a member of the Board for 16 years
Two concert performances at ACDA Western Division Conventions (Concert Choir 2008 in Los Angeles; Treble Clef 2010 in Tucson)
Selected as “Teacher of the Year” by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in 1996, by San Ramon Valley High School in 2002, by the Danville Chamber of Commerce in 2006, and by the Danville Rotary Club in 2010
Eight international tours: Central Europe (Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary); The Baltics (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia); Great Britain (England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland); Australia and New Zealand; Spain; Costa Rica; Italy, Croatia and Slovenia; and Argentina and Uruguay
Over 50 domestic tours including: Anchorage, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, St. Louis, Seattle, Vancouver, Washington DC, and throughout California
Three charitable “Rebuild” tours after national disasters: NYC 9/11 in 2002, New Orleans Hurricane Katrina in 2007 and Houston Hurricane Harvey in 2018