John Koza
Assistant Conductor
This is John’s 23rd season with the Festival. John is also the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Camerata Singers since 1999; Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, since 2002; and is on the adjunct faculty for Hartnell College, since 2001. John earned his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and his Master of Music in choral conducting from San José State University. John has had a unique trajectory with the Festival starting out singing in the chorus for five seasons, then singing in the chorale for four seasons before becoming one of its conductors. Well known for his imaginative programming, John is dedicated to mentoring singers in the disciplines and joys of choral singing.