Seasons With Chorale: 2
Season Joined: 2015-16
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Artist Diploma in Early Music from Cornish College of the Arts; MM in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara; BA Music from Westmont College
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
Teaching private voice and piano lessons
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Oregon Bach Festival, soloist at San Marino Community Church, Areté Vocal Ensemble, Cantor at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church
Tenor soloist in Mozart's "Great Mass in C Minor" with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir and All Saints' Beverly Hills
Solo vocal library "Voice of Gaia: Bryn" with Soundiron Instruments; Solo trumpet recording on films Chicken Suit and The Sacrifice of Old San Juan by director A.K. Hottman, Solo Trumpet on debut album Giants by singer/songwriter Trevor Borden
Highlights of your musical career:
Unveiling a never-before-heard 11th-century plainchant mass at the Getty Center with early music ensemble "Capella Cordina"; performing a cover of "Won't be Fooled Again" by The Who onstage at the Santa Barbara Bowl; Spending time and playing music with autistic musical savant Leslie Lemke
Favorite choral work(s):
Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir, Howell's Requiem, Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium, Verdi's Requiem, Arvo Pärt Passio, Monteverdi's Vespro Della Beata Vergine, Bach B Minor Mass
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Singing the tenor solos for the Master Chorale's Messiah Sing-Along and being on stage amidst a packed Disney Hall singing the Hallelujah Chorus. I've never experienced so much indescribable joy, love of music, and brotherhood of man than on that stage surrounded by that incredible sound.
What are you listening to these days?
I've been listening to a lot of folk music and historical blues recordings including many of Alan Lomax's historical recordings, the Carter Family, Leadbelly, Buell Kazee, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, and recordings of Shape Note hymns. I'm also listening to electronic pop including Sylvan Esso and Kraftwerk, alt-country band Magnolia Electric Company, and the Chilean Folk band Inti Illimani.
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
When I'm bored, I often enjoy grabbing my Gradual Triplex and singing through my favorite chants.
Where do you live in L.A.?
I actually live outside of LA in Camarillo, CA
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
Having a Reuben sandwich at Cantor's Deli on Fairfax, visiting the Getty Center and/or Getty Villa, visit the Huntington Library in San Marino, brunch at the Magic Castle, take the bike path along the coast from Santa Monica, see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or Greek Theater, hike Griffith Park to the observatory