Seasons With Chorale: 16
Season Joined: 2001-02
Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
MA in Choral Conducting (University of Iowa); BA in Peace Studies (Manchester University); voice with Elsa Charlston (Chicago)
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
I keep out of trouble (and get into some) writing music. After a number of years of running my own publishing, I'm in the process of handing my choral catalog over to Boosey & Hawkes. Oxford and Santa Barbara also publi
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
I often work with choirs that are performing/commissioning my pieces; I share leadership of the vibrant church music program at La Verne Church of the Brethren with LAMC mezzo Niké St. Clair.
With LAMC: solo ensembles on works of Perotin, Pärt, Meredith Monk, and Ariel Ramirez; singing with/conducting the chamber choir Cerulean for Pepperdine's "Ascending Voice"; guest artist in Pacific Chorale's 2015 summer choral festival
My Neruda settings Tu voz and Tu sangre en la mia are featured on Conspirare's Grammy-nominated recording Pablo Neruda: the Poet Sings; a brief appearance as a church choir singer on an episode of Transparent; choral singing on two dozen feature film soundtracks
Highlights of your musical career:
Serving as LAMC's Swan Family Composer in Residence (2012-2015) and the subsequent world premieres of Plath Songs, Inscapes, and Songs of Ascent; having my arrangement Wana Baraka featured in celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle, sung by the Nairobi Chamber Choir; directing music for a nationally-broadcast CBS Christmas Eve special in 2004, "Enter the Light of Life"; writing and recording my bluegrass album Meet Me on the Mountain
Favorite choral work(s):
James Macmillan's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Arvo Pärt's The Beatitudes; works of Heinrich Schutz and J.S. Bach
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
LAMC's amazing 2004 Duke Ellington Sacred Services collaborative concert with the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and the mesmerizing Darius de Haas, the beaming, show-stealing tap dancer Ardie Bryant, and the incomparable Nolan Shaheed on trumpet
What are you listening to these days?
Live, new music by LA choral composers, such as that featured in LAMC's "Made in LA", Brandon Elliot's Choral Arts Initiative, Suzi Digby's Golden Bridge, Alex Blake's Tonality. At home, it's mostly silence or whatever piece I'm working on at the moment. Or Dolly Parton.
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
I'm a triplet - my brother is a college professor and my sister is a physician. Our personalities are very different, but our interests are very similar: gardening, travel and languages, music and theater, quality time with friends and family.
Where do you live in L.A.?
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
I grew up in land-locked Iowa, so a swim in the ocean is essential. I vowed when I first moved here to go once a week. Now once a month would be a miracle. Every time is refreshment for body and soul.