Seasons With Chorale: 10
Season Joined: 2007-08
Hometown: Long Grove, Iowa
I graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 2002 with a BA in music emphasizing in trombone and voice.
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
I work in International Television Distribution Finance for MGM Studios in Beverly Hills.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
I sing with the choir of St. James in the City and am a founding member of the Clarion Singers, and also have performed with LASchola and The Golden Bridge.
Highlights of your musical career:
There are so many with LAMC, but singing in two week-long residencies at Canterbury Cathedral in 2015 and 2016 with the Clarion Singers was particularly memorable.
Favorite choral work(s):
My favorite large works are Verdi's Requiem and Mahler's Symphonies 2 and 8. But there are too many stunning smaller and a cappella works to name just a couple!
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Performing with the LAMC in Esa-Pekka Salonen's farewell performance as conductor of the LA Phil; we performed Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Viola Davis as Antigone and directed by Peter Sellars
What are you listening to these days?
I've become more interested in Renaissance music in recent years and the Tallis Scholars are a particular favorite, especially after seeing them perform live. Besides classical and choral music, I'm a big fan of pop, EDM, and classic rock.
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
I am a true geek at heart. I love sci-fi/fantasy, comic books, video games, and most things pop-culture. I also co-host and produce a podcast that discusses video games and other nerd culture topics from a queer perspective.
Where do you live in L.A.?
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
The La Brea Tarpits and LACMA. The tarpits are something that you can't find anywhere else in the world and they're worth a visit. Since LACMA is on the same site, you can see both in the same visit. It's a fantastic opportunity to experience natural history side by side with amazing works of human-made art.