Kate Thickstun joined her first chorus at the age of nine and continued to sing throughout college. To balance her undergraduate biology major, she studied voice and sang in the university chorus. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she left biology behind and continued her operatic training in the San Francisco Bay Area, singing with the San Francisco Bach Choir, community opera and musical theater companies, and numerous churches. After returning to San Diego to attend law school, she became choir director at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, where she has now directed for over thirty years. She has also sung with the San Diego Master Chorale, Lyric Opera San Diego, and the San Diego Opera chorus. Since 2013 she has also directed the Pacific Women’s Chorus. She is a member of Chorus America, ACDA, and NATS, and is Director of the San Diego District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council.