Dr. Bruce Lamott is director of the Philharmonia Chorale, the professional chorus of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and teaches music history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and University High School. Formerly director of the choruses and conductor of the Mission Candlelight Concerts at the Carmel Bach Festival, his 30-year tenure there included responsibilities as harpsichordist, lecturer, and education director. A graduate of Lewis and Clark College, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford, researching the keyboard improvisation practices of the Baroque period. While on the musicology faculty of UC Davis, he directed the UCD Early Music Ensemble. In eight seasons as choral director and assistant conductor of the Sacramento Symphony, he conducted annual choral concerts of major works, including both Bach Passion settings and Haydn's The Seasons, as well as preparing the chorus for most of the standard symphonic choral repertoire. He lives in San Francisco with his partner, Kip Cranna, Director of Musical Administration at the SF Opera. He also teaches continuo realization in the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera and lectures for the San Francisco Opera Guild.