Seasons With Chorale: This is my second season!
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
B.A. in Media Studies, Minor in Music from Pomona College. Currently applying to grad schools (Y I K E S).
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
I am the former Audience Engagement Coordinator for the LA Master Chorale. I now am an Office Coordinator for Fair, a FinTech company in Santa Monica.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
LA Master Chorale is my main gig. I also help run operations for The Golden Bridge (more info here).
Solo in where you go by David Lang on the recent June 2018 Brahms Requiem Concert. I was one of the singers for the 2018 On-stage Maestro Dinner. I shared the lead solos with Charlie Kim for Pentatonix's Sing for Big Sing California in July 2018. I'm also one of the featured singers in the short film Lacrimosa by director Arnaud Uttyenhove.
Highlights of your musical career:
I'm having my tenor debut this fall in Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro, conducted by Grant Gershon and Jenny Wong with staging by Peter Sellars. We will be touring the piece internationally, and I'm so grateful and lucky to be performing this incredible work with such amazing musicians. Crying about it.
Favorite choral work(s):
Paul Mealor's Locus Iste, Avo Part's Nunc dimmitis, Shawn Kirchner's Heavenly Home (specifically Angel Band).....and like 500 others. If it's Russian Orthodox choral music or early Renaissance choral music or Tudor-era choral music, I'm into it.
Also, it took a short while but Lagrime di San Pietro is one of my favorite pieces, as well. It's so dense, it really takes a thorough combing to discover just how brilliant it is.
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
A bit more about Lagrime di San Pietro... the first movement, Il magnanimo Pietro, ends with all the singers on their knees and then our hands come down to slam against the stage. Hearing that percussive blow echo through the hall and feeling the audience's bewilderment and awe, and just anticipating the journey ahead is so incredible. Ending the piece with Vide homo, 20 movements later, is also so healing. We walk in slow motion toward one another, trying our best to get the other person to see just how hurt we are. Then, we finally reach each other, and putting our disappointment, anger, betrayal, and pain aside, we share a hug. I cannot begin to tell you how REAL this gesture is.
What are you listening to these days?
I'm really only listening to Lagrime right now, but I sometimes take a short break for Ariana Grande.
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
My hair is green.
Where do you live in L.A.?
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?