Seasons with Chorale: 17
Previous LAMC solos:
Voice Part CHORALE: Tenor
Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
MA in Choral Conducting (University of Iowa); BA in Peace Studies (Manchester University); voice with Elsa Charlston (Chicago)
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do? I keep out of trouble (and get into some) writing music. After a number of years of running my own publishing, I'm in the process of handing my choral catalog over to Boosey & Hawkes. Oxford and Santa Barbara have my ea
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
I often work with choirs that are performing/commissioning my pieces; I share leadership of the vibrant church music program at La Verne Church of the Brethren with LAMC mezzo Niké St. Clair.
Guest Appearances: This last year, I performed with Atlanta Master Chorale at the national ACDA convention on a new piece of mine; composer residencies with Lorelei Ensemble (Boston), Cal State LA, Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey, and San Diego Summer Choral Festival.
My Neruda settings Tu voz and Tu sangre en la mia are featured on Conspirare's Grammy-nominated recording Pablo Neruda: the Poet Sings; a brief appearance as a church choir singer on an episode of Transparent; choral singing on two dozen feature film soundtracks
Highlights of your musical career:
Serving as LAMC's Swan Family Composer in Residence (2012-2015) and the subsequent world premieres of Plath Songs, Inscapes, and Songs of Ascent; having my arrangement Wana Baraka featured in celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle, sung by the Nairobi Chamber Choir; directing music for a nationally-broadcast CBS Christmas Eve special in 2004, "Enter the Light of Life"; writing and recording my bluegrass album Meet Me on the Mountain.
Favorite choral work(s):
James Macmillan's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Arvo Pärt's The Beatitudes; works of Heinrich Schutz and J.S. Bach, Irving Fine's Have you seen the white lily grow?
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
LAMC's amazing 2004 Duke Ellington Sacred Services collaborative concert with the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and the mesmerizing Darius de Haas, the beaming, show-stealing tap dancer Ardie Bryant, and the incomparable Nolan Shaheed on trumpet
What are you listening to these days? In general, I can't listen to much, because I'm always in deadline-mode trying to finish a new composition. But I really enjoyed some Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, and Dolly Parton on a roadtrip this summer.
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Where do you live in L.A.? La Verne