Suzanne Waters

Seasons with Chorale: 6
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
Education/Training: I grew up taking piano lessons from my father who taught at his music school called The French School of Music. To this day, I still default to the fixed-do French solfège approach for sight-reading. I also played the oboe for a bit, had a couple roles in musical theater productions and studied opera, but only did a music minor at my small liberal arts college. I actually studied graphic design since I’d always been told that I couldn’t earn a great living as a musician. However, after working for 10 years as a designer, I made the switch to singing full time and haven't looked back!

Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?

Various on/off-camera vocals for film and TV, vocals for albums and live performance, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (soloist, section leader, wedding Cantor)

Guest Appearances: LAMC: Eric Whitacre's Hurt (soloist), Cloudburst (soloist); Tours: Disney's Frozen in Concert, Taiwan (the role of Anna); Ramin Djawadi's Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience (featured duet); Hans Zimmer Live (ensemble); Jacaranda: Esa-Pekka Salonen's Five Images After Sappho (soloist); William Shuman's In Sweet Music (soloist); Dylan Mattingly's 3 Choruses from The Bakkhai (quartet); Steve Reich's Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ (trio); Grand Performances: The Women Who Score (soloist); The Echo Society: Spirit into Matter (soloist)
Recording/TV/Film: Over 60 Films including: The Nun (soloist), Wrinkle in Time (soloist), Downsizing (soloist), Despicable Me 3 (soloist), Transformers - The Last Knight (soloist), Suicide Squad (soloist), Vacation (soloist), X-Men: Days of Future Past (soloist), La La Land (soloist), TV: S.W.A.T. (soloist), The Tick (soloist), When We Rise (soloist), New Girl (on-camera singing cop), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (on-camera singing MTA worker), Mob City (soloist/on-camera torch singer), Gotham (soloist), The Academy Awards (soloist), The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Idol, Glee!; Recordings: Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé; Theme Park Rides: Disney World’s Mission Space (soloist)
Highlights of your musical career: There are too many to list, but any time I work directly with a composer whether it’s to help create something new or carry out an existing vision, I feel a deep sense of fulfillment.
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience: Singing along with a packed Disney Hall as well as thousands of people streaming live for LAMC’s 2018 Big Sing was epic. There was a palpable presence of massive togetherness unlike anything I've felt before.
What are you listening to these days? I'm all over the place but having a lot of fun with yacht rock right now. It reminds me of my days as a kid in the car listening to my mom’s soft rock station!
Online Headshot: bio-waters-suzanne.jpg
Where do you live in L.A.? Los Feliz/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
Music of Whitacre and Pärt
Soprano, Lux Aurumque
Music of Whitacre and Pärt
Soprano, Lux Aurumque
HSCF: Chamber Singers
Soprano, On this Side of the Window
Songs of Ascent
Soprano, Songs of Ascent
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Maid, St. Matthew Passion
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Maid, St. Matthew Passion
Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas
Soprano, Lux Aurumque
Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas
Soprano, Ave maris stella
Renaissance: Reawakened
Soprano, Western Wind Mass Gloria
Today, Tomorrow & Beyond
Soprano, Inscapes
Bach B Minor Mass
Soprano, Mass in B minor, BMV 232
Bach B Minor Mass
Soprano, Mass in B minor, BMV 232
HSCF: Chamber Singers
Soprano, Yama No Mizu
32nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along
Soprano, Messiah
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