Seasons with Chorale: 10
Previous LAMC solos:
Voice Part CHORALE: Alto
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education/Training: Artist Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music; B.S., Indiana University School of Music; Young Artist Programs at Florida Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival.
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do? Other than being a Mom/Chauffeur, I am a full-time musician.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform? In addition to singing with LAMC, I am a classical soloist. I have performed roles in two mainstage productions at Los Angeles Opera as well as for their outreach program and perform chamber music around town. I teach private voice lessons and am a studio session singer for film and television.
Guest Appearances: Soloist in Pergolesi Stabat Mater on the Third at First concert series. A Daughter in Philip Glass' Akhnaten at Los Angeles Opera and a Revolutionary Woman/Dancing Girl in The Ghosts of Versailles. Also with LA Opera, Outreach concerts and Jonah and the Whale. Soloist with LAMC in Messiah Sing Along, Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor, Bach B Minor Mass. Other appearances with the Pasadena Master Chorale, Orchestra Nova, St Timothy's Summer Music Festival and The Claremont Chorale.
Recording/TV/Film: John Corigliano, The Ghosts of Versailles, Los Angeles Opera. With Los Angeles Master Chorale: The National Anthems/The Little Match Girl Passion, David Lang; Miserere, Gorecki; A Good Understanding, Nico Muhly. Verdi Requiem, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Transcendence, Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Sweeney Todd live performance with the New York Philharmonic. I am also on multiple feature film soundtracks including three X Men Films, Avatar, Despicable Me 3, Minions, Tangled, Godzilla and Big Hero 6.
Highlights of your musical career: Working with the incredible musicians in Los Angeles provides for so many musical highlights. Akhnaten with LAOpera was an extraordinary experience because of the gorgeous music and groundbreaking production. In addition to the stunning production, the recording we made at LA Opera of The Ghosts of Versailles won two Grammy Awards this year including Best Opera Recording. Grant Gershon and Gustavo Dudamel provide constant inspiration for me. My career until now has been lengthy and full of wonderful experiences around the country, but I feel LA is hard to beat these days!
Favorite choral work(s): Gorecki Miserere; anything by John Adams; Mahler 2 and Mahler 3; Brahms Requiem. Etc.!
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Too many to list!
What are you listening to these days? I have been listening to a lot of Philip Glass since singing in Akhnaten. Otherwise I love pop music of all kinds!
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Where do you live in L.A.? Pasadena
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers? The music scene is hot! Go to see any musical event here - LAMC, LAOpera, LAPhil, LA Chamber Orchestra, any small production company. You really can't lose. (And that doesn't include all the wonderful theatre here too).