Seasons with Chorale: 34
Voice Part CHORALE: Bass
Hometown: Saskatoon, Canada
Bachelor of Music, Voice - University of Alberta; Master of Fine Arts, Voice - California Institute of the Arts
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
I am Chorus Master for the Santa Monica Symphony and the Los Angeles Symphony; I am the Chorus Director for "Legal Voices", the chorus of the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; I am Director of Music at First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach; I work around town in a variety of ensembles - jazz, barbershop, pop and classical; I produce the annual Choral Taste of Los Angeles choral music reading session, and have numerous pieces of music in publication with a variety of publishing houses. I sing for the Temple of the Arts for High Holy Days, work in the studios and sing freelance live performances around town.
Guest Appearances: Palisades Symphony Orchestra - concert version of Fidelio, bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Santa Monica Symphony
Recording/TV/Film: Guest singing appearance on Living Biblically on CBS; Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (singing gallows pirate); The King of Queens; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; The Grammys; numerous film soundtracks; voiceovers for video games and toys; Soundtrack for Mickey and Minnie's New Ride at Walt Disney World.
Highlights of your musical career: The 2013 LAMC European Tour with the LA Philharmonic, performing the John Adams piece The Gospel According to the Other Mary in London, Lucerne, Paris and New York; a Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II in 1978; the Carnegie Hall concert with the Master Chorale and the LA Philharmonic in 1986; the Wisconsin concert with the Master Chorale in 2009; 5 years with the Dapper Dans, Disneyland's barbershop quartet
Favorite choral work(s): Verdi Requiem
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
There are so many from over the years, but 3 stand out - riding on the Music Center float in the 1989 Rose Parade; singing in the 1993 Grammy Awards; performing a Requiem Mass at the LA Main Library with 30 other Chorale volunteers immediately after 9/11
What are you listening to these days?
Classic rock, big band swing, calypso from Trinidad and Hawaiian pop vocal music
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Where do you live in L.A.? Sylmar