Mr. DeShazo-Couchot is a Bay Area native lyric baritone, conductor, and music educator from Santa Rosa. He has directed parish music programs and children's choirs for the past decade and has spent six of his past seven years in K-12 music instruction serving Bay Area Catholic Schools. He holds a BA in Music (Liberal Arts Music; Voice) from Sonoma State University and an MA in Music (Church Music and Liturgy; Conducting) from St. Joseph's College, Indiana. He is currently pursuing his doctorate (Ed.D; Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation) at Concordia University, Portland. In addition to his studies and his work at St. Brigid School, Benjamin serves as Music Director at All Saints Lutheran Church, Novato and performs as a classical soloist throughout the Bay Area in operas, musicals, and recitals. In his spare time, Mr. D-C enjoys hiking Marin, creating visual art, reading (with a good cup of coffee), and songwriting at the piano, in both contemporary and traditional styles.