Seasons with Chorale: 5
Previous LAMC solos:
Voice Part CHORALE: Alto
Hometown: Yucaipa, CA
Education/Training: BM in Vocal Performance and BA in German from Chapman University
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, Lark Musical Society, session singer on film scores
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: Recent sessions include Transformers 5, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Smallfoot, Venom, Wreck-It Ralph 2, The Predator, and others; 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
Highlights of your musical career: The Big Sing in 2018 was one of the ultimate musical moments of my life. I don't think any mere choral moment will ever compare to a crown of over 2,000 singers lifting their voices up together. If the whole world could sing in a choir together, I think we'd have a lot fewer problems.
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?
KUSC, KCRW, Fleet Foxes, Brandi Carlile, The Decemberists
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Where do you live in L.A.? Glendale
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!