Karen Gardias received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Baldwin-Wallace University, a masters from Maryville University, and a doctorate in music education from University of the Pacific. She has directed orchestras in North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, and California. In addition to the Jazz Choir, Karen directs Davis Senior High School Madrigals and Advanced Treble Choir. She also teaches Essentials of Music and AP Music Theory.
Karen also has trained and mentored new teachers in the Davis School District through the California Teacher Training Program. In 2007, Davis High School received the GRAMMY Foundation Signature School Award, which recognizes the top 22 public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to music education programs.
Jeff is grateful for the opportunity to share his love and passion of dance with the Davis High School Jazz Choir. He has Choreographed/Directed at theaters throughout California including Alameda CLO, Contra Costa Music Theater, Diablo Light Opera Company, Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite, Bay Area Educational Theater Company, and Inland Valley Repertory. Favorite productions include CHICAGO (IVRT-Outstanding Production of a Musical and Best Choreography-LA Stage and Screen), RAGTIME (DLOC/Shelly Award), HAIR, AIDA and EVITA (ACLO), and DAMN YANKEES (CCMT-Shelly Nomination). He was Executive/Artistic Director at ACLO and Associate Artistic Director at IVRT. Jeff also taught at the Westlake School of Performing Arts in Palo Alto and currently teaches at Lamorinda Theater Arts Academy in Layfette. As a performer he performed at the Curtain Call Dinner Theater in Tustin, CA, danced at Disneyland and toured the U.S. with the Young Americans. Other productions include No, No, Nanette (La Mirada Civic Light Opera) starring Susan Egan, Babes (RK Productions) starring Stephanie Block, Pajama Game (California Music Theater) starring Pat Harrington, Mary Jo Catlett, and Patti Colombo and The Man Who Came To Dinner (Inland Valley Repertory) starring Nedra Volz. Other favorite roles include The Snake, Balleader and Narrator in The Apple Tree and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Jeff is also the Youth Director at Elk Grove Methodist Church where he shares his passion of faith and inclusion with people of his community.