Adam Goins is an LA-based bass/baritone singer, conductor and the 4th generation of musicians in his family. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Computer Music, Adam returned to New York and performed with the CASA-nominated choral ensemble, KHORIKOS, serving as bass section leader and an assistant conductor. Furthering his studies in conducting, Adam has worked with renowned maestros such as Conrad Pope, Jorge Mester, Kirk Trevor, and Tito Muñoz. Adam conducted his first orchestral composition, Kosen Rufu, with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, during the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive, to wide praise. www.adamgoins.com
Alto Carol Binion currently sings with the following choruses: LA Master Chorale, Jouyssance, The Golden Bridge, C3LA, LASchola, and Clarion Singers. She has worked with conductors Grant Gershon, Essa Pekka Salonen, Bramwell Tovey, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas and Gustavo Dudamel among others. Carol studied voice/movement with Meredith Monk, and puppeteered with Basil Twist for several years. By day, Carol is an Emmy-winning costume designer and builder, currently specializing in stop-motion animation.
Drew Corey is a composer, vocalist and performance artist who creates clean, minimalist works while not losing a sense of warmth. She creates this “warm minimalism” using voices, drones, her signature extended piano technique, floating melodies and large harmonic textures. Her practice focuses on human connectivity and the visceral nature of certain physical and sonic stimuli. She creates works for choir, chamber ensemble, solo performance, voice and piano, as well as interdisciplinary works for orchestra, theater and dance. She received her BFA in Composition from the California Institute of the Arts in 2016 and is a founding member of C3LA. www.drewcorey.com
Jaco Wong, a Hong Kong native, Los Angeles-based composer and conductor, currently serves as the choral director of Palisades Charter High School and Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church. He holds Master's degrees in Choral Music and Composition from University of Southern California and is a finalist of the American Prize in composition. Wong's compositions have been performed by San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Hocket piano duo, Lang Lang and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and among others. He has prepared the Esperanza Azteca Youth Chorus to perform with Placido Domingo and conducted the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Orchestra.
Jill Redding has been active as a soloist and collaborative musician since 1989. She studied piano and harpsichord at the University of Northern Colorado, participated in continuo workshops at Eastman School of Music, and studied jazz piano with Ron Miles at Metropolitan State in Denver, Colorado. Early in her career she debuted as a solo pianist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and later served as a collaborative pianist and vocalist for ensembles in Colorado and California. She currently performs with Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble. When not performing, Jill teaches piano, voice and collaborative musicianship across the San Gabriel Valley.
Marcus Carline received a BM in Jazz Studies (Vocal Performance) and Composition in 2015 from Cal State, Long Beach. As such, jazz heavily influences his compositional work, particularly in the use of extended harmony and a desire for more improvisational thinking from performers. In addition to C3LA, he also currently performs new choral works with Choral Arts Initiative, a cappella music with Westbeat, and modern electronic music with the Los Angeles Electroacoustic Ensemble, of which he is a cofounder. His downtime is often filled with mixing recordings and watching anime.
Michael Chwe sings with C3LA, the Nova Vocal Ensemble, and the UCLA Chamber Singers, has played violin with the Vicente Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Monica Symphony, and has built lithophones played by orchestras across Europe. He is professor of political science at UCLA and has written the books “Rational Ritual” and “Jane Austen, Game Theorist” and numerous articles in scholarly journals and the popular press. His work has been featured by media including the New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, Time, NPR, Libération, and Vogue. chwe.net/michael
Saunder Choi is a Los Angeles based Filipino composer, conductor, vocalist and educator. He is a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Chorale, serves as Director of Music at the UU Community Church of Santa Monica, and is a vocalist with the LA Choral Lab, Pacific Chorale, and many others. He has written for choral ensembles and orchestras world-wide. For a more detailed bio, check out www.saunderchoi.com/bio
Hailed by The New York Times as a “particularly agile” vocalist, Tyler Azelton is a singer, pianist, composer, teacher, and choir director. Tyler has performed from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl with various ensembles. In addition to singing with early music ensemble Jouyssance, several regional opera companies, and prog-rock band Crysys Reunion Project, Tyler has sung on many movie soundtracks, albums, and was on The Voice. Her rock album, Awake at the Funeral by Deep 6 Holiday, is available on Apple Music and iTunes. She sang for 9 years with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
William Reeder is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Southern California. He has performed with such groups as Cal Voce, Canticum Novum LA, Golden Bridge, and the Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble. He holds a bachelors degree in Choral Music Education from California State University Fullerton. He currently serves as choral director at San Juan Community Presbyterian Church and drummer for the art rock band, Maneaters.
Alice Dryden is a Los Angeles-based composer and mezzo-soprano. She directs the kindergarten-8th grade music program at Everest Value School in downtown Los Angeles. Active in Los Angeles area choral music, she is also a member of Nova Vocal Ensemble and Vox Femina Los Angeles and is proud to be joining C3LA. She is an alumna of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music (B.M. in Voice Performance and Music Education) and CUNY Brooklyn College (M.M. in Composition), where she studied with Professor Tania León. She is also an alumna of the EAMA-Nadia Boulinger Institute program in Paris.
A Los Angeles native, mezzo-soprano Ariana Stultz received her BA in Vocal Performance from Bard College and completed her Masters at University of Southern California in Vocal Arts and Opera. Ms. Stultz has received multiple awards, including the Spotlight Awards at the Aspen Music Festival for composition and for vocal performance, the AEIOU Scholarship and the Opera Buffs Scholarship. Along with performing leading roles at opera companies in New York and Los Angeles, Ms. Stultz has sung in choirs such as Tonality, The Verdi Chorus, and the National Children's Chorus. Along with singing Ms. Stultz is a painter and composer. Find her art at @mint.verbena.
Evan Roberts is a choral conductor and tenor, currently residing in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Vocal Performance, he sings frequently in choral ensembles throughout the area. Evan is currently Vocal Arts Teacher at New Roads School in Santa Monica, as well as Choral Director at American Lutheran Church Burbank. He has sung with and conducted a variety of choirs in the LA area: the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble (YME), the Artes Vocales of Los Angeles (AVoLA), the Donald Brinegar Singers, and of course, C3LA.
Jeff Greif, physicist by training and avocational French hornist, took up singing at age 30 in order to sing Lieder and chamber music. He has performed all three major Schubert song cycles and works by many other art song composers, was the Evangelist in both the Bach St. Matthew and St. John Passions, and participated in several choral groups, including 8 seasons with the LA Master Chorale. Besides C3LA, he sings with the Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble and Los Robles Master Chorale. In November 2018, he gives the first full performance on the West Coast of Matthew Aucoin's "Merrill Songs".
A veteran choral singer, Jennifer Grappone has decades of experience singing masterworks, modern compositions, and everything in between in large and small ensembles. She currently sings with Los Robles Master Chorale and periodically performs with Pacific Opera Project. In addition to singing, Jennifer volunteers with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and served as their children’s chorus manager for Tosca with Los Angeles Opera. Jennifer entered the University of Michigan as a clarinet major before switching to marketing and communications. She is a recognized expert in search engine optimization, co-author of two marketing books, and owner and founding partner at Gravity Search Marketing.
Lucy McKnight is a singer and composer currently working on her Bachelors in composition at USC Thornton School of Music. She has studied with Andrew Norman, Ted Hearne, Sean Friar and Anderson Alden. Her works have been performed in LA at Sunset Chamberfest, at Walt Disney Concert Hall by LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers, in San Francisco by members of Wild Rumpus, and in Italy and Germany at summer music festivals. She won LA Master Chorale’s Young Composer Contest in 2017 with her first choral piece, “Wir Juden.” To listen to some of her music, check out https://soundcloud.com/ucycnight.
Dr. Marja Liisa Kay, recognized for her fearless sense of adventure, is dedicated to the performance and promotion of contemporary classical music of living composers. In addition to live performance, Marja works as a studio singer which has included research sessions for the feature film, Avatar with James Horner and Phantom Recording. Dr. Kay is a founding member of ROMP Ensemble (ROugh Musical Pleasure) and teaches freelance in her personal studio. Marja holds a PhD from the University of York in England, an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and a BM from Chapman University. www.marjaliisakay.com
Molly Pease is an eclectic vocal artist, improviser and composer with an MFA in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from The New School. Molly leads experimental rock project ACKLAND and creates works for voices, strings and other combinations. Currently, Molly is part of C3LA, is a section leader and soloist at First Congregational Church of LA, and is a member of the social justice-focused choir Tonality. As a soloist, she has recently performed at REDCAT, and in productions such as Overtone Industries’ Katy Cruel and theatre dybbuk’s hell prepared. www.mollypeasemusic.com
Vera Frances Lugo is a vocal artist from San Juan Capistrano, California. Active in many ensembles throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, she currently works as a professional chorister and session singer. She enjoys utilizing her large vocal range in a variety of musical settings. Vera performs in the social justice oriented non-profit Tonality, in the elite core of LA-based choir Nova Vocal Ensemble, and in Seraphim Vocal Ensemble, an early music group. She also sings jazz alongside her partner, guitarist Ross James Sellers. In her spare time, Vera can be found singing harmonies with The Beatles and arranging songs on a dinky toy piano. www.verafranceslugo.com