Darnelle Preston, Associate Director and Vocal Coach, joined the Spokane Area Youth Choirs in 1994. She serves as director for Zeffiro and Spirare Choirs. Ms. Preston graduated from San Francisco State University, magna cum laude, with her B.M. in music education. She received her M.M. in vocal performance from Boston University in 1982. Ms. Preston has appeared with the Utah, Carmel, Washington D.C. Masterworks, Handel and Haydn Society, Muncie and Nashville Symphonies. She has performed throughout Southern France and recorded with the Robert Shaw Choeur d’ Atlanta. She appears locally with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Allegro, Zephyr, the Northwest Bach Festival, Connoisseur Concerts, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater, and teaches private voice lessons. As Associate Director, Darnelle assists in planning the Choir season and selecting music, conducts her choirs, and serves as Vocal Coach at Saturday Academy.