Board of Directors

 Chris Dewees  

Christopher Dewees


Christopher Dewees is a corporate attorney and company advisor with over twenty-five years of experience, principally in Silicon Valley, representing and advising small, medium and large businesses.  Chris is currently the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for Jiff, an innovator in digital health benefits management, and is also an advisor to two start-ups.

Chris previously held senior executive positions at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, serving as General Counsel through to its successful sale to Western Digital and at JDS Uniphase, where he led the Legal and Corporate Development departments.  Prior to moving in-house, Chris practiced at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, in San Francisco, New York and Palo Alto.  Chris received his J.D. from Northwestern University and his Bachelor's Degree from Dartmouth College.



Ian Feinberg

Secretary | Governance Committee

Ian Feinberg has more than 30 years of experience focused on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret litigation with deep expertise in licensing, unfair competition and antitrust , primarily focused in the software and semiconductor industries. He has represented such famous companies as Adobe , Monster Cable, Sony, SWIFT, Trident, Visa, and Vodafone in patent litigation, as well as much smaller companies.

Ian has had the pleasure of watching and listening to Cantabile at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and venues throughout Silicon Valley for several years, and has borne witness to the rapid maturation of Cantabile singers, including his own daughter, under the guidance of Cantabile's outstanding artistic staff.


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Jeff Wright

Vice President | Chair, Finance

Jeff is a vice president at the software company, Autodesk. He is responsible for managing the data, analytics, systems, and programs that enable Autodesk to understand and meet the needs of its customers. Jeff has held several other executive positions at Autodesk with functional responsibility for strategic planning, product management, business development, sales, marketing, and operations. Prior to Autodesk, Jeff worked for the consulting firm, Bain & Company, where he helped technology companies solve strategic and operational problems.  Jeff is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Hamilton College. 

Jeff is also a proud parent of two Cantabile singers.



Heather Dawson
Personnel Committee

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Elaine Wu, Co-Chair Finance Committee

   Chair Alumni Relationships Committee

Elaine works in strategic planning at enterprise software company, Box. She has previously held finance and marketing positions at William Blair, Deloitte, and SuccessFactors. Elaine holds a B.A. in Music as well as a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Elaine sang with Cantabile from 1995-2007, and is forever grateful to Cantabile for the music training, artistic and personal development, and unforgettable performance and touring opportunities. As chair of Cantabile's Alumni Committee, Elaine wants to connect alumni who share wonderful experiences from their years in Cantabile as well as a lifelong love of music.


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Signe Boyer, Board Emerita

Signe Boyer was the Founder and Artistic Director of Cantabile Children’s Chorus from 1994 – 2004. Signe realized the need for comprehensive music education for young children in the Bay Area and worked tirelessly to fill that niche, providing much needed choral music education and performance opportunities for young people. For over 35 years Ms.Boyer taught music education in Oklahoma, Texas, the Palo Alto and San Jose school districts, Hillbrook School in Los Gatos and Keys School in Palo Alto. In addition she has started senior choirs at Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto and the San Bruno Senior Center, and was the Assistant Conductor of the Baroque Choral Guild.Under her direction, Cantabile toured on three occasions to England, Italy and Vienna, singing with the Vienna Boys Choir. The choir premiered works by contemporary composers such as Libby Larsen, Brian Holmes, Sondra Clark, Henry Mollicone and Craig Bohmler. Cantabile collaborated with other musical organizations such as Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Baroque Choral Guild, Philharmonia Baroque, San Jose Symphony Orchestra, Peninsula Orchestra and Schola Cantorum.

Ms. Boyer holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Syracuse University, is Kodaly trained and studied choral conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque at San Jose State and Dr. Patricia Hennings at Skyline College. She taught the Yamaha Music Education for fifteen years, was a private piano teacher and youth choir director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame.

She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association where she served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for children’s choirs for three years, and the California Music Educators Association and Chorus America. The San Jose Mercury News honored her with a teacher of the week award in 1998.


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Lori Mirek, Board Emerita

Lori currently serves as a board director of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Northern California and the World Affairs Council of California. She has recently served as a board director of the United Nations Association of the USA, Cantabile Youth Singers (past President), and the Squaw Valley 22 Station Homeowners Association (past President) while also being active on the Stanford Stroke Center Advisory Council, the San Francisco Opera Board’s Marketing Advisory Committee, and her childrens' Parents’ Association Board (past President).  In her professional career, Lori was Chief Executive Officer of Currenex, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AOL’s Business Solutions division, and President of Ameritech’s Electronic Commerce business.  She also held various executive roles at Netscape, Oracle, and Sun.  Lori earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  

Both of Lori's children have sung with Cantabile Youth Singers.