Seasons With Chorale: 14
Season Joined: 2003-04
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
Living my dream as a working performer. As an actor I have been featured in over 7 dozen national commercials, TV episodes & film appearances since getting my SAG card in 2002.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Cantor at St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Studio City; soloist for Beverly Hills 1st Church of Christ, Scientist and Hope Lutheran, Hollywood; High Holiday Ensemble for Temple Israel of Hollywood; Narrator/Reverend in Zimbe - (2012 & 2016) Los Robles Master Chorale, Lesley Leighton conductor. Sang the National Anthem at a Lakers Game center court a cappella. Singing with the Santa Monica Symphony in January (2019).
Some exquisite LA Master Chorale recordings out there. I had the pleasure of working on the Górecki - Miserere, 50th Season Celebration, Festival of Carols and the Verdi Requiem DVD w/ Gustavo Dudamel conducting. As an actor I've worked on dozens of top rated TV dramas and comedies. Everybody Loves Raymond was my first, and most recently appeared on Ray Donovan as Dr. Harris Witlin in a scene with Liev Schreiber. As a film score vocalist I've sung on over 2 dozen scores including: La La Land, Star Wars, Jumanji, Sing, Secret Life of Pets, Minions, Godzilla, Despicable Me 2, Avatar, X-Men: Wolverine; Had a blast performing in Kobe Bryant's epic Nike - Conductor spot; as the angry dad in the Piston jersey. https://youtu.be/qQYz0I5dE_A
Highlights of your musical career:
Favorite choral work(s):
That's a tough one...I love so many. Lauridsen's Midwinter Songs, Stucky Three New Motets, Handel's Messiah (especially the choruses most choirs don't perform.) Seems like almost every year I'm moved to tears by another Eric Whitacre or Shawn Kirchner gem.
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
I'm extremely blessed to have a treasure chest full of incredible onstage memories. Without a doubt one that I shall NEVER forget is the now infamous Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé with Maestro Dutoit conducting the LA Phil & (standing) LA Master Chorale; rocking the Disney Hall during a 5.1 (oh-so-scary) earthquake. Nope. Will never forget that one. It's also one of the most exquisite pieces I've ever had the pleasure to sing.
What are you listening to these days?
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
Where do you live in L.A.?
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
Drive west down Sunset to the sea, turn right onto the PCH till you get to Malibu Seafood. Outdoor eating overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Getty Museum is always a wonderful event. Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. Most importantly, of course, the Disney Concert Hall. Duh!