Los Angeles native Ilana Summers graduated from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach in 2012 with a BM in Vocal Performance and Music Education.
She is passionately driven by the use of arts as a modality of both healing and personal connection. In alignment with this calling, Ilana is actively involved with a handful of musical organizations which aim to foster connection and conversation through music, such as Tonality – a social justice choir which performs music to encourage reflection and connection around the controversies pervading our culture, Street Symphony – which serves to create community centered around the musical engagement and dialogue between professional musicians and people disenfranchised by homelessness, incarceration and poverty, and LAMC’s Voices Within -- which ushers students grades 5-12 through the process of composing and performing their own original songs. Ilana performs regularly with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and was a featured soloist this past season in Dale Trumbore’s secular requiem ‘How To Go On’.
Her voice can be heard on the soundtrack of ‘Star Wars: The last Jedi’ and on St. James in the City’s album, ‘O Beauty Ever Ancient Ever New’, available on Gothic Records. Since its inception in 2014, Ilana has also sung with The Golden Bridge, a 25-voice ensemble under the direction of Lady Suzi Digby, which commissions contemporary compositions to reflect and be performed alongside choral works of the Renaissance era. Ilana has been privileged to perform under the batons of musical legends including Grant Gershon, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, John Williams and Eric Whitacre.