Seasons with Chorale: 31
Voice Part CHORALE: Alto
Hometown: San Mateo, CA
BA in Choral Conducting from Occidental College; voice study with Nina Hinson and Reid Bruton
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform? Temple Israel of Hollywood, Millenium Consort Singers, and lots of time in recording studios around Los Angeles. I am Director of the Street Symphony Chamber Singers; we are one of the ensembles of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization that brings professional classical performances and collaborative music-making to Skid Row, County Jail, and other places in need of the healing power of music. I am a Teaching Artist for the LA Master Chorale's award-winning educational outreach program, Voices Within.
Guest Appearances: Second soprano soloist for Mozart's C minor mass at Pomona College; a recital of pieces by Southern California composers titled "Locally Sourced"; Andriessen's De Stijl with the LA Philharmonic on the Green Umbrella series; three-time alto soloist for the LAMC's Messiah Sing-Along
Recording/TV/Film: All LAMC albums; The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the LA Phil; Sixth Wave and It Will Come to You with the jazz sextet Sixth Wave on Singularity Records, more than 100 feature film, television, and video game soundtracks, including recent releases Star Trek: The Last Jedi, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Smallfoot, and the upcoming How the Grinch Stole Christmas; background vocals on recordings for artists as diverse as LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Neil Young, and Busta Rhymes
Highlights of your musical career:
Soloist in Reich's Tehillim under Grant's baton at Lincoln Center as part of the "Steve Reich at 70" festival; Esa-Pekka Salonen's final concerts at Disney Hall; Gustavo Dudamel's Verdi Requiem; Adams' El Niño with Salonen, staged by Peter Sellars; the European tour performances of Adams' Gospel According to the Other Mary with Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic; recording vocals for the soundtrack of the latest Star Wars film under the direction of John Williams himself.
Favorite choral work(s):
Britten's War Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Duruflé Requiem. I also love pieces that are not Requiems!
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Being the alto soloist in the first performance of Handel's Messiah in Walt Disney Concert Hall - it was a sing-along, and being onstage surrounded by an entire audience singing the choruses was truly thrilling!
What are you listening to these days?
KUSC and NPR (in the car), a few favorite podcasts, and all different kinds of music.
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Where do you live in L.A.? Downtown, right across the street from Disney Hall! My husband and I also have a home in Idyllwild.
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers? Grand Central Market downtown (including a ride on Angels Flight), a hike in Griffith Park, Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, exploring the city via public transportation, a walk around Echo Park lake on a Saturday morning, the beach, visiting the various "ethnic" neighborhoods (Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Little Ethiopia, etc.) for amazing food and culture. You don't need to spend a lot of money to have a great time in LA!