Seasons with Chorale: 7
Previous LAMC solos: LAMC: Shawn Kirchner's Songs of Ascent and Inscapes, Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor, Ariel Quintana's Ave Maria Stella, Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque, John Tavener's Western Wind Mass, Handel's Messiah (Sing-Along Concert), Philip White's On this Side of the Window (LAMC Chamber Singers), and Lauren McLaren's Yama No Mizu (LAMC Chamber Singers)
Voice Part CHORALE: Soprano
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
LAMC Chamber Singers, various on/off-camera vocals for film and TV, background vocals for albums and live performance, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (soloist, section leader, wedding Cantor)
Guest Appearances: Jacaranda: Esa-Pekka Salonen's Five Images After Sappho, William Shuman's In Sweet Music, Erich Zeisl's Requiem Ebraico (Hebrew Requiem); The Broad Stage: Haydn's Paukenmesse; Grand Performances: The Women Who Score; The Echo Society: Spirit into Matter; COLA organist Sal Soria in concert: Louie White's This Son So Young
Recording/TV/Film: Over 50 Films including: Downsizing (soloist), Despicable Me 3 (soloist), Transformers (soloist), Suicide Squad (soloist), Vacation (soloist), X-Men: Days of Future Past (soloist), La La Land (soloist), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Sing!, Storks, Finding Dory, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Minions, Frozen, Jungle Book, Rio 2, Despicable Me 2, The Lorax; TV: The Tick (2017, soloist) When We Rise (soloist), New Girl (on-camera singing cop), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (on-camera singing MTA worker), Transparent (on-camera choir), Mob City (soloist/on-camera torch singer), Gotham (soloist), The Academy Awards (soloist), Family Guy, American Idol, Glee!; Recordings: Back In Time...1985 at the Movies (soloist), Ciro Hurtado (soloist), Neil Young, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Chris Mann; LAMC: 2013 High School Choir Festival (soloist), Lang's the national anthems/little match girl passion, Górecki: Miserere
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience: When I sang as soloist in the performance of Shawn Kirchner's Songs of Ascent, I sang in memory of my father who I lost to cancer less than a year prior. My father and I shared a strong musical bond, and being able to sing through the pain in his honor was a great triumph for me. The biblical text from Psalms, combined with Shawn's exquisite songwriting had an incredible healing effect, and helped me begin to see past a very difficult phase of my grief. Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. (Psalm 131:1)
What are you listening to these days? It changes weekly, but right now I am revisiting some old faves I listened to back in high school: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Genesis, Pink Floyd and Midnight Oil.
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Where do you live in L.A.? Silver Lake
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers? Do a day of downtown LA exploration!
Downtown LA Walking Tours
Lunch at Clifton's Cafeteria Observation deck at City Hall (Free admission!)
The Last Bookstore