Dick Zancanella

Dick Zancanella

Dick began his music career in the 3rd grade playing for Thermalito schools.  He played a number of instruments growing up and transitioned to the tuba because it was cool and his dad played one.  He was voted Outstanding Senior Instrumentalist before graduating from Oroville High School.  He received a music scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno.  However, before graduating, he joined the Navy in 1965 and was deployed to Viet Nam.  He remained in the Reserves until he retired in 1987 after 22 years of active service.

Upon his return from Viet Nam, he finished up college and obtained his teaching credential.  His teaching career spanned 31 years as a 6th Grade teacher (4 years at Bird St and 27 years at Ophir).  While there, he produced and directed whole school Christmas and Spring musical productions as well as 6th Grade musical plays.

In the late ‘90s, he became the Foothill Community Church Choir Director and recently retired in the summer of 2016.  He has directied the Oroville Community Concert Band since December 2015.

April Taylor

April Taylor

April's family has lived in Oroville for six generations, and she currently lives on the property that was homesteaded by her ancestors in 1876. April has actively participated in music at home, church and school her whole life. She sang her first solo at age 5 at Poplar Elementary and continued to sing, play the piano and clarinet all through her elementary and high school years.

April graduated from University of the Pacific with a  Bachelor of Music, BM, in music therapy, Music Therapist-Board Certified, MT-BC. She moved to Oregon and Texas and worked as a music therapist both in hospitals and in private practice.

April also taught music at Kings Valley Charter School, directing and writing two musical productions a year. From 1996-2015 April directed 13 different choirs and sang in many choirs herself, including the MasterSingers with the San Antonio Symphony.

April currently teaches private music lessons, voice, piano and ukulele and was appointed the Oroville Community Chorus director as of September, 2018.

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