Valérie Sainte-Agathe joined Philharmonia as its new Chorale Director in 2022, succeeding Bruce Lamott after his 25-year tenure and retirement in 2020.
Ms. Sainte-Agathe has prepared and conducted the San Francisco Girls Chorus as Artistic Director and Conductor since 2013, including performances with renowned ensembles such as the Philip Glass Ensemble, The Knights, Kronos Quartet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Voices of Music, TENET Vocal Artists, the San Francisco Symphony, and San Francisco Opera.
Ms. Sainte-Agathe served as Music Director for the Young Singers program of the Montpellier National Symphony and Opera in France from 1998-2011. In this capacity, she trained young singers for opera and symphony concerts and productions. She participated in eight recordings with the Montpellier National Orchestra and The Radio France Festival.
She received her bachelor’s degree in choral conducting from Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier; her diplome d’études musicales in piano, chamber music, and theory from the Montpellier Conservatory; a master’s in management from the University of Montpellier; and a master’s in cultural project management from Paul Valéry University, where she led the choir Ecume.