Seasons with Chorale: 10
Previous LAMC solos:
BachÂÂÂÂÂ’s St. Matthew Passion, Messiaen Trois Petites Liturgies
Voice Part CHORALE: Alto
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Bachelor's of Music in Voice from Indiana University; Masters of Music in Voice from Peabody Conservatory; Britten-Pears School courses; lessons and coachings with Martina Arroyo, Phylis Bryn-Julson, Ernie Ligon, Ruth Drucker and Jayne Campbell
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Touring singer/songwriter performing locally at the Hotel Cafe, Bootleg Theater and more; On faculty at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, Maryland teaching contemporary voice and songwriting as well as directing the Peabody Community Chorus. Founding member of the Baltimore Afrobeat Society performing music of Fela Kuti.
Frequent guest artist with Moira Smiley & VOCO; Musical Director and Principal in the annual Very Janky Christmas Spectacular at the Bootleg Theater; featured singer with songwriters Brendan Hines and David Poe.
Limbo: Baltimore / Los Angeles (2015) - album of original songs; The Fall - debut EP; Small Mistakes - by Brendan Hines (featured artist); Carols from the Old and New Worlds and I am the true vine with Pro Arte Singers and Paul Hillier for Harmonia Mundi; Soundtracks include Sing, Frozen, Godzilla, Minions, Big Hero 6, Pixels, Kitchen Sink, Percy Jackson
Highlights of your musical career:
Singing St. Matthew Passion with LAMC; 2014 east coast tour with my band KT & The Hi 5
Favorite choral work(s):
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Taken by surprise on stage at Disney Hall at the emotional immensity of Górecki's Miserere with LAMC when the sopranos come in and the tonality shifts for the first time in 30 minutes. And of course ... the EARTHQUAKE with Charles Dutoit and the LA Phil during Daphnis et Chloé.
What are you listening to these days? Podcasts (Beautiful/Anonymous; Comedy Bang Bang; This American Life; Here's the Thing; Radiolab)
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Where do you live in L.A.? Silverlake
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers? Historical LA: Farmers Market, Magic Castle, Angels' Flight, Griffith Observatory, Malibu beaches