Seven women, Seven beautiful voices, seven approaches to music: One amazing sound.
Becca Burrington, Soprano
Becca's first teachers were her trombonist/singer Grandfather and pianist Grandmother. Her solo debut was singing "Away in a Manger" at the age of 3 with her family singing in 4 part harmony. Becca received the Dean's Talent Award at Oberlin Conservatory and graduated with honors in trombone performance. An active freelancer on trombone and voice, she is a founding member of Solstice. She also performs with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Mirabai Ensemble, Montclair Women's Big Band, and the San Francisco Sinfonietta. Becca teaches trombone at the Community Music Center in San Francisco and at her home studio in Oakland. She is happy to have a wonderful family with kids Kai & Stella, her husband/pianist Kymry Esainko, and cats Inka and Millie.
Emily Bender, Soprano
Born into a choral family, Emily was attending choir rehearsals as soon as they would let her. Emily sang in school and church choirs growing up, and sang her first church solo at age 3. At age 10, Emily started performing in musicals, and continued that throughout high school and college. For the past 25 years, Emily has sung and soloed with numerous groups, including: Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Coro Allegro in Boston; San Francisco Bach Choir, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, and Goat Hall Productions. As a member of the Grammy-nominated Pacific Mozart Ensemble she performed in Carnegie Hall singing with the ensemble and soloing as part of the celebration of 40 years of Meredith Monk’s music. In addition to Solstice’s recordings, you can hear Emily on AXIOS, a recording of greek hymns. She holds a BA in French from Oberlin, an MA in Interdisciplinary Art from San Francisco State and a Certificate in Kodály Music Education from Holy Names University. She is on the faculty of Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, teaching their youngest singers. She lives with her wife, Hannah Doress and son Abraham in San Carlos, CA, where she teaches private voice lessons.
Kim Warsaw, Alto
Kim has been singing her way through life, from a childhood of singing into the bathroom mirror with a brush as a microphone, to a college life of singing with the Indiana University Afro-American Choral Ensemble, to singing with Solstice since 1996. On the side, Kim is an attorney for the County of Santa Clara and lives in Menlo Park with her partner and two children, whose favorite game is “Name That Tune”.
Krista Enos, Alto
Krista is a founding member of Solstice. While earning her B.A. in vocal performance from Mills College, she founded and directed the Mills College Treblemakers, a predecessor to Solstice. Krista teaches private voice, a cappella classes for middle school through college-aged singers, and gymnastics classes to kids ages 1-14. She lives in Half Moon Bay with her wife, Laura, and their dog, Beauregard.
Sheryl Kaskowitz, Soprano
Sheryl Kaskowitz is a founding member of Solstice, and the composer/arranger of some of our most beloved songs. Sheryl left in 2004 to pursue her doctorate in ethnomusicology at Harvard, and we were thrilled to welcome her back to Solstice in 2017. You might be familiar with Sheryl as the author of the book “God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song.”
Sara Webb-Schmitz, Alto/Mezzo
Originally from West Virginia, Sara attended Oberlin College and Penn State before moving to the Bay Area. She joined Solstice in 2000, as well as worked with the award-winning theater group Killing My Lobster as a band member (French horn), producer, and board member. In the real world, Sara produces videos on early child development and education for infant/toddler caregivers and preschool teachers. She hopes to one day resurrect her bluegrass band, in which she sang and played mandolin. These days, though, her three young kids have been inspiring her to write songs for a possible Solstice children's album--songs about West Virginia nights, Appalachian corn cakes, and Western fence lizards.