Seasons with Chorale: 19
Voice Part CHORALE: Soprano
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Education/Training: Master of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Arizona; Bachelor of Vocal and Instrumental Music Education, summa cum laude, University of Arizona; OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do? I am a teaching artist for the LA Opera and the Music Center of LA: Active Arts; I am also on voice faculty at Occidental College and run my own private vocal studio.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform? I continue to sing for several opera companies in the Los Angeles area including but not limited to Pacific Opera Project, Repertory Opera Company, Independent Opera Company, Redlands Opera Theatre, and other freelance solo/recital work. I enjoy getting to record movie soundtracks, and I also conduct the LA Opera's Opera Camp every year in August with works dedicated to civil rights and social justice. I also love singing for the LA Opera's Educom Department, particularly their Opera for Educators recitals.
Guest Appearances: Recent roles include Madame Herz role in Mozart's The Impresario with Pacific Opera Project, Clorinda in La Cenerentola with Repertory Opera Company. I premiered a new opera by Peter Wing Healy entitled The Spell of Tradition in the role of Sybilla, and I recently recorded the role of Mary in a new Russian opera entitled The Passion of St. Mary by Gamma Skupinsky. Also, recently performed in a music theatre review with several of my fellow LAMC musicians benefiting the Foothill Philharmonic Society and Raices, and sang the solos for Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Occidental Symphonia.
Recording/TV/Film: You'll hear me sing a few solo lines on the soundtrack to Avatar, and I was the soprano soloist for the independent film 9/Tenths; other soundtracks include X-men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Hail Ceasar, X-men Origins: Wolverine, National Treasure 2, License to Wed, Lady in the Water among others; I've also had the privilege to record with Linda Ronstadt and Brian Setzer, and have done the Master Chorale recordings for Daniel Variations, Itaipu, Te Deum by Argento, and the new David Lang recordings of the national anthems/the little match girl passion. I also recorded the Grammy Award®-winning Padilla: Sun of Justice with the LA Chamber Singers.
Highlights of your musical career: LA Philharmonic - Soprano Soloist for Schnittke Symphony No. 4 (Green Umbrella series); Opera San Luis Obispo annual gala, Madame Herz inThe Impresario for Pacific Opera Project, Queen of the Night for Redlands Opera Theatre, appearances with PACEM - Pacific Academy of Ecclesiastical Music in San Diego, CA; co-winner of the Beverly Hills Recital Series; in my outreach performances, I played Sinopa/Suzanna in The Marriage of Figueroa presented by LA Opera Outreach.
Favorite choral work(s): Still Verdi Requiem. Never gets old!!!
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience: El Niño with the LA Phil and Peter Sellars. Dawn Upshaw is my hero, and it was an absolute thrill to be with my fellow Master Chorale members on stage next to her. Close second is also getting to tour with The Gospel According to Mary. I'm a John Adams fan, what can I say???
What are you listening to these days?
Lots of podcasts! But musically, still enjoy some good old Rockapella! Such a nerd, I know….
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Where do you live in L.A.? Eagle Rock
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers? Downtown!!! It is such a revitalized and happening place with Walt Disney Concert Hall (still my favorite place on the planet to sing) and the Broad museum and all the restaurants!!! I've lived here over 18 years and it still surprises me! But we also love our constantly revitalizing hood of Eagle Rock and Highland Park - so many new tasty places!