Seasons With Chorale: 3
Season Joined: 2014-15
Hometown: Hometown: Barstow, CA
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Teaching artist, vocal soloist, pianist, and music director for Los Angeles Opera Education and Community Development
Rehearsal conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choral Festival
Artistic director, San Fernando Valley Master Chorale
Guest choral clinician and adjudicator, Southern California Vocal Arts Association
Vocal instructor, Teenage Drama Workshop at California State University, Northridge
Freelance recitalist, vocal coach, cabaret
Vocal soloist- Big Sing California 2018
Vocal soloist/Pianist - Maestro Dinner 2018
Vocal soloist - Dia de los muertos LAMC 2017
Vocalist - Lagrime di San Pietro LAMC 2018
Vocal soloist - Grandpa/Mojave boy in The White Bird of Poston with Los Angeles Opera in-school tour 2016
Pianist - The Getty Center, Santa Monica Library, The Huntington Library with Los Angeles Opera
Favorite choral work(s):
Carmina Burana, Mozart Requiem, Rutter Gloria (I know...), Six Chansons Paul Hindemith, so many...
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
As of late, I would have to say my first time singing Carmina Burana with orchestra— I was captivated.
Also, I would have to say one of my defining moments would be the Dia de Los Muertos concert. I had never played an Aztec death flute before. The only advice I could get from anyone, anywhere, was “just blow”, “just mimic what’s on YouTube”, “fake it til you make it”. I figured it out by the concert, but I have never in my life drooled that much on myself! The concert was meaningful to me because at the time, my father had just passed. Learning how another culture celebrated death and honored their loved ones through their music was an eye-opening experience. The music allowed me to grieve, and to celebrate.
What are you listening to these days?
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
I like to cook, garden a little, and play outside. So far, I rollerblade and boogie board. I want to add to the list: bikes, camping, surfing, ocean kayaking, rock climbing. Thinking about it counts, right? I live with my partner Jim and our parrot Yoshi.
Where do you live in L.A.?
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
Rollerblading along the beach from Venice to Santa Monica, cocktails at Copa d’Oro across from Nordstrom, DDR on the pier, and then gelato.
West Hollywood, The Getty and the Little Getty, LA Farmer’s Market, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo Grand Central Market and Last Bookstore in Downtown