Sunday, May 16, 2021



Laney Techentin
Philanthropic Honoree

The singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
Artistic Honorees


Laney Techentin has been a loyal and significant supporter of the Master Chorale for over thirty years. Building on the legacy of her father, Z. Wayne Griffin, who was instrumental in establishing the Chorale at The Music Center in 1964, Laney served as a board member from 1979 through 1981, and re-joined in 1992. Laney and her late husband, Tom, also a fervent lover of the Master Chorale, were patron chairs of our 50th anniversary gala. Although we know the Master Chorale is her favorite, Laney supports other arts institutions throughout Los Angeles, including the Pasadena Conservatory and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A resident of Pasadena, Laney remains a board member to this day, offering the guidance that only someone with her intelligence and love for our art form can provide. We are incredibly fortunate that she is a leader in the Master Chorale community and are proud to honor her at GALA 2021. 

Since 1964, the singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale have inspired audiences with their outstanding performances, and today they are recognized as one of the leading professional choirs in the world. They are musical ambassadors for Los Angeles, with performances from Mexico City to the Salzburg Festival, and numerous recordings including the premiere of Eric Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil. They are leaders in our region’s cultural life through impactful and joyous community programs such as the Big Sing, and education programs which reach thousands of young people annually. Even amidst the pandemic, our singers have shown true artistry, commitment and resilience—sharing their voices through online performances and education initiatives. We can think of no one better to honor at GALA 2021 than this group of resilient, exceptional musicians who truly give voice to our organization and the city we call home. 


Patti LuPone
Special Guest Host

Patti LuPone appears as Avis Amberg in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Hollywood. Recently, she won the Olivier and WhatsOnStage awards for her performance as Joanne in Marianne Elliott’s production in London’s West End of the Stephen Sondheim–George Furth musical Company. She has recently appeared on New York City stages in such productions as the Scott Frankel–Michael Korie–Douglas Wright–Michael Grief musical War Paint (earning award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical from the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards); Douglas Carter Beane’s new play Shows For Days, directed by Jerry Zaks at Lincoln Center Theater; the New York City Ballet’s The Seven Deadly Sins, in which she played Anna 1, in her New York City debut; the New York Philharmonic’s production of Company; David Mamet’s The Anarchist; and Lincoln Center Theater’s production of the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which earned her nominations for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. More information on Ms. LuPone can be found on her website.


We invite you to join us on May 16 as we honor the philanthropic leadership of Laney Techentin and salute the Voices of L.A. 
with this special online gala. Your generous participation in GALA 2021 will support our Emergency Fund for Artistic Innovation,
keeping our singers singing and enabling the Master Chorale to share great choral music with audiences everywhere.

GALA 2021 will feature a pre-event reception and performances by the Master Chorale including a virtual “surround sing” and the
world premiere of Shine Bright, a new triptych of music videos from composers Reena Esmail, Meredith Monk, and Derrick Spiva, Jr.

Tickets for GALA 2021 start at $25. Join us for this special premiere event.


Schedule of Events

5 pm — Reception

Join us online for a live gathering before the gala program to toast our
honorees and enjoy special guest appearances.

6 pm — GALA 2021

Premiere of Shine Bright performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.




Dr. Annette L. Ermshar, Chair
Jennifer Diener
Kiki Ramos Gindler
Martha Groves
Jenny Kim and Chip Baik
Ron Myrick
Sonia Randazzo
Melissa Romain
Tracy Van Fleet


Michael Abels 
Doug Aitken 
The Honorable Kathryn Barger 
Joan and Jeff Beal 
Billy Childs 
Dr. Robert Cutietta  
Reena Esmail 
Kristin and Berkeley Harrison 
Morten Lauridsen 
David Lieberman 
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz 
Judy McAlpine 
Kitty McNamee 
Anne Akiko Meyers 
Meredith Monk 
Alice Parker 
Ravi S. Rajan 
Derrick Spiva, Jr. 
Katya and Nick Techentin 
Mimi and Warren Techentin 
Laurence Servaes and Eric Whitacre 
Elyse Willis 


Kiki Ramos Gindler and David Gindler 
Warren Techentin, Kristin Harrison, and Nick Techentin in honor of their mother Elayne Techentin 



Capital Group 
Kathleen and James Drummy 
Jane and Edward J. McAniff 
Cheryl Petersen and Roger Lustberg  
Laura Smolowe and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 
Eva and Marc Stern 
Kristan and Phil Swan 
Priscilla and Curtis Tamkin 
Alyce de Roulet Williamson 



Judi and Bryant Danner 
Jennifer Diener  
Dr. Annette Ermshar & Associates 
Courtland Palmer  
Melissa and Alex Romain 



Ann and Olin Barrett 
Cindy and Gary Frischling 
Jane Galbraith  
Martha Groves 
Frank and Mona Mapel 
Ron Myrick 
Sonia Randazzo 


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