Seasons with Chorale: 5
Previous LAMC solos:
Voice Part CHORALE: Alto
Hometown: Yucaipa, CA
BM in Vocal Performance and BA in German from Chapman University
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do? Legal assistant and case worker at an adoption law firm--I create families!
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform? Staff singer at St. James in the City Episcopal Church, Horizon Music Group, Golden Bridge Choir, LA Schola, Inspiravi Chamber Choir, Lark Musical Society
Guest Appearances: Vaughan Williams Mass in G, St. Matthew Passion, Messiah Sing-along, Western Wind Mass with LAMC, Fern Hill with Santa Monica College
Recording/TV/Film: Verdi Requiem with Dudamel and the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, alto soloist in Canticum Canticorum with Palestrina Ensemble Munich and the Bayrischer Rundfunk, Transformers 5, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Highlights of your musical career: Singing masses at some of the greatest old churches throughout Europe...St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Alterpeter in Munich, St. Stephen's in Vienna, St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel in Rome
Favorite choral work(s):
St. Matthew Passion, Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, and pretty much every single Howells Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience: The LAMC Voices Within program has to be one of my favorite LAMC moments ever. Would you believe the catchiest music I sing was written by 5th graders? And singing my first Messiah solos at the LAMC Messiah Sing-along and hearing the incredible, joyous noise as the entire audience starts singing the choruses back at me - best front row seat ever!
What are you listening to these days?
Wailing Jennys, The Weepies, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes
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Where do you live in L.A.? Sherman Oaks
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers? Other than hearing a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall or the Hollywood Bowl, eat all the amazing cuisine we have here - the sushi, the Korean BBQ, the dim sum, the German food...I can go on and on. Then spend a full day stuck in traffic on the 405 for the quintessential LA experience.