Seasons With Chorale: 4
Season Joined: 2013-14
Hometown: Lakewood, California
BM Vocal performance, California State University Northridge; MM Vocal performance, vocal collaborative keyboard, University of North Texas; Operaworks, American Institute of Musical Studies, Lingua e Canto, Atlantic Music Festival
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
I teach privately in my home studio in Ventura County and serve as Director of Music for Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura, CA. I am also a freelance pianist for opera and musical theatre companies and local choral organizations and colleges.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Recently appointed the new artistic director of the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale; currently the pianist for LA Opera Outreach and Education Department; staff pianist for Operaworks in Los Angeles, CA. In the five years prior in North Texas I have musically directed and stage directed various projects, including musicals (Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd) and chamber operas held at University of North Texas and in Denton, TX.
Lun Tha in The King and I with Denton Community Theatre; Oronte in Handel's Alcina, Basilio in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, and the Wolf in Sondheim's Into the Woods with University of North Texas Opera Theatre
Highlights of your musical career:
Messiah perfomances in the very-tight, musical chorus of the Dallas Bach Society-period instruments, tuning, and a general sense of awe for the work and the season. It made Christmas for me every year; working with composer Jake Heggie on conducting his work For a look or a touch for solo baritone and chamber ensemble. It was a very emotional experience for me because I could relate to the characters; Performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 with the Redlands Symphony at 16 years old. Terrifying and exciting at the same time.
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
So many... a fermata held just a little too long usually gets me.
What are you listening to these days?
KUSC, NPR, Ravel, Debussy, Higdon, India.arie, Nikka Costa, Little Dragon