Seasons With Chorale: 2
Season Joined: 2015-16
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
I began studying voice with Alis Clausen Odenthal in 2012, and continue to study with her. I am currently half way through pursuing my bachehlor's degree in choral studies.
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
I've been fortunate in that all my jobs have been within the arts, including teaching both privately and in the classroom. I've also worked at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in the education department. I am currently teaching pia
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
I've previously sang with the Antelope Valley Master Chorale and the Sunday Night Singers. I currently sing with Tonality and Lore Vocal Ensemble. On Sunday mornings, I can be found floating around the LA Episcopal Diocese, singing with different choirs.
Highlights of your musical career:
I've had many wonderful experiences in my career - singing with the chorale has yielded many of those. Competing in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia with the Sunday Night Singers was certainly a highlight! Working with Lauridsen, Whitacre, Dudamel, Grant, and many others; and singing with so many wonderful people are what have given me life in this career.
Favorite choral work(s):
My favorite choral works are usually the ones I'm currently working on. That would be Adams' Harmonium, and not too long ago, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass. But, I find myself always going back to the Rachmaninoff's All Night Vespers, Anglican/Gregorian Chant, and the music of Bach.
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
One of my favorite moments with the chorale was performing Janáček's Glagolitic Mass. The end of the Slava was one of the most exhilarating experiences in my career! Not to mention, it was just a fun concert to perform.
What are you listening to these days?
I'm listening to a lot of Bach and Gregorian Chant.
Where do you live in L.A.?
I just moved to Belmont Shore (Long Beach)!
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis. There is literally something here for everyone. Take advantage of the natural features (mountains, deserts, beaches, forests), as well as the architectural gems that can be found in nearly every corner. And the options for food are innumerable! Just park somewhere, get out, and start walking.