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The Forum with Benjamin Bachmann, Charles Chandler and Amos Yang

September 30, 2018

9:30 am

Grace Cathedral’s Director of Music, the bassist and the assistant principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony discuss the importance and inspirational power of music with Malcolm Young.

About the guests

Benjamin Bachmann, the Diana Dollar Knowles Canon Director of Music, joined the music staff of Grace Cathedral in 2005. He was Assistant Organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, and Associate Director and composer for Impromptu, a civic choir in Atlanta. He received his master’s degree at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Margaret Phillips. During his time in London, Bachmann was Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Knightsbridge and Farm Street Church. He was made a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists in 2008.



Charles Chandler is the first member of the SFS Youth Orchestra to have become a member of the San Francisco Symphony. He studied with Shinji Eshima of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and with David Walter at Juilliard. Prior to joining the SFS in 1992, he performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and served as associate principal bass of the Phoenix Symphony. 

San Francisco Symphony Assistant Principal Cello Amos Yang studied with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory, played with the SFS Youth Orchestra in its early days, and sang with the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He went on to earn degrees from the Juilliard School before landing a post with the Seattle Symphony and performing as a member of the Maia String Quartet. Winning a position with the SFS in 2006 offered a rare and prized opportunity to join his hometown orchestra.

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.


Gresham Hall


Free and open to all


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