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Sabina Perlsweig, left, is the new director of the Coastside Chorale. She has a long history of involvement in music and theatre on the coast. Kyle Ludowitz/Review

Sabina Perlsweig has stepped up to become the new director of the Coastside Chorale. The Half Moon Bay native has a long history with retiring chorale director Carolyn Larsen. 

“The first time I met Carolyn, I was a kid taking lessons at the Lisa Spector Music School, and she was a teacher there,” said Perlsweig. 

Larsen brought Perlsweig in to help out the chorale as assistant director about three years ago and has enjoyed working closely with her over the years, soliciting her input and sharing tips and tricks in directing the ensemble. Perlsweig is also the music education director at Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay.

“I am very excited for Sabina and her new role as director of the Coastside Chorale,” said Larsen. “I know that with her extensive musical training and experience, her passion for music and her wonderful people skills, the Coastside Chorale will thrive and continue to be a lovely contribution to the Coastside.”

The two are currently co-teaching a six-week summer workshop focused on vocal training and technique. It will be their last collaboration before Perlsweig begins the fall chorale season in September in her new role.

Larsen says that she has really enjoyed her time as director over the last five years. 

“It’s been a joyful experience,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot and made some wonderful friends.”

Perlsweig is eager to pick up the baton.

“I’m just hoping to continue Carolyn’s legacy,” she said. “The Coastside Chorale is all about bringing together a community of people, of all levels and abilities, who love and enjoy music. That’s what I’m trying to continue.” 

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