South Bay Singers

for Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Hollister

Sandi Lien - Accompanist Extraordiaire

Sandi Lien has over 60 years of experience as an accompanist, starting with playing for church and choirs and individuals in grade school through high school.  She developed a passion for musical theatre and was involved in directing and assistant directing Community Theatre broadway musicals for 12 years. 

​She has accompanied many professional groups and individuals over the years, and while her children were in school, accompanied many musicals, jazz choirs, church choirs, contatas, etc.  She has recorded music with her son and daughter, who are also musicians.  Most recently this spring she was the accompanist for the South Bay Singers concert “Messiah”.

Her goal through the years has been to be the best accompanist she can be and believes that the goal of an accompanist is to support and showcase the artist in the best possible way you can.


Kathy Bates - Interim Conductor

Due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding CoVid-19 and to safeguard our audience and choir members, South Bay Singers has made the difficult decision to cancel the Christmas Concert season for 2020.

While we await further guidelines and brainstorm creative ways to resurrect South Bay Singers after this unprecedented shutdown, member Kathy Esteves-Bates will take the helm as Interim Conductor for what we hope will be a season of re-awakening: Fall 2021. We have every faith that we’ll be up and running by then and are proceeding on that hopeful timeline.

Ms. Bates, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of San Jose State University in Theatre Arts and Music, is a true Renaissance woman. Following three decades working in southern California as a stage and TV actress, writer, teacher and musician, she returned to the Bay Area and happily settled in Morgan Hill. Having retired from conducting a 40-voice choral group based in Culver City, she missed the camaraderie and joy of music participation and was delighted to discover South Bay Singers when it was under the leadership of Brant Ruggles. 

While the group moves to reinvent itself going forward, she is thrilled to take over the podium and looks forward to a joyous 2021 Fall Songfest with something for everyone – traditional, contemporary, poignant, fun and heartwarming. We hope you’ll join us then!

Keep an eye on this website for updates and lots of exciting South Bay Singer news!