Singer, flutist, conductor and producer Martha Rodríguez-Salazar has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. For her outstanding leadership in promoting and developing Mexican music and culture in the Bay Area Martha was recognized as a "Luminary" in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in SF and as "Excelencia Latina" by LAM and Mundo Fox in 2013.
A native of Mexico City, Martha was classically-trained in both Mexico and Mills College as a concert flutist and opera singer. She currently performs with the Bernal Hill Players and the Latin folk duo Chile y Limón, as well as curating the “Día de los Muertos” event at the San Francisco Symphony, directing an annual Mexican Christmas show, and conducting several older adult community choirs.
Martha is a faculty member of the Community Music Center, where she works at several outreach programs for local youth, including the Mission District Young Musicians Program and the San Francisco Unified School District Mariachi Program.
Jennifer Peringer is a pianist and arranger whose musical history has been guided by her love for cultural diversity, community service, and creative collaboration.
She currently performs chamber music from around the world with the Bernal Hill Players, folk and popular music from Latin America with the Chile y Limon trio, and classical piano solos in the annual Community Music Center piano marathon. She also accompanies several community choirs in San Francisco, including Coro Solera, Coro de la Treinta, Coro del Centro Latino, and the CMC Coro de Camara.
As a performer Jennifer has played with salsa bands in smoky nightclubs, with music hall troupes in riverside pubs, with protest bands in city streets and circus tents, with wild free-improvisation ensembles in artist lofts, with actors in theaters large and small, and with classical chamber music ensembles in beautiful concert halls and churches. She particularly loves collaborating with composers, and has been involved in several world premiere performances.
Jennifer has taught piano and a variety of other classes, such as Latin Jazz groups, Chamber music ensembles, children’s music camps, and accordion, at the Community Music Center in San Francisco since 2000. She graduated with a Masters in Piano Performance and a K-12 Music Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, following an undergraduate music degree from the University of London, where she gave a final piano recital of American Experimental music (paradoxically she discovered this American lineage at an English university).