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
Soprano Amy Waters sings with a number of choirs in the Los Angeles area, including Areté Vocal Ensemble and the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, where she acts as Soprano Section Leader. Amy is a frequent recitalist, with a focus on 20th-century art song. Notable performances include the title role in Handel's Semele and Ottorino Respighi's Deità Silvane accompanied by the Lewis & Clark College Orchestra. Amy earned a B.A. in Music and French Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. She worked professionally as a vocalist and conductor in Portland before relocating to Los Angeles in 2017. https://awatersmusic.wixsite.com/amywaters
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.
David Rentz is Associate Professor of Music at Chaffey College, Adjunct Professor and head of the conducting program at Claremont Graduate University, and Music Director of the Orchestra Collective of Orange County. David has received fellowships and grants from the Yale alumni Ventures program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and, in 2015, was named guest professor at Xiamen University (China). B.Mus., Washington University in Saint Louis; M.M, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.M.A. and D.M.A., Yale University School of Music.
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
A summa cum laude alumnus of UC Irvine, tenor Elias Berezin is becoming known as a musician deeply passionate about all aspects of vocal performance: operatic, choral, and on the concert and recital stage. His training and development have led him to covering roles with Pacific Opera Project and Center Stage Opera, spending two seasons at Songfest and a season at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, a fellowship at Source Song Festival, and a visit to the Franco-American Vocal Academy. Berezin maintains an active studio and is a member of C3LA. He studies with Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos.
Fahad Siadat creates interdisciplinary storytelling works, folding together words, sound, and movement into mythic narratives. He is an advocate of innovative and adventurous music, particularly for vocal ensembles and approaches this advocacy as a performer, composer, conductor and entrepreneur. Fahad sings with HEX Vocal Ensemble and is co-artistic director of The Resonance Collective in New York. He has conducted choirs at Columbia University, CalArts, Chaffey College, and been assistant conductor of The Industry opera company in Los Angeles. Fahad is also the founder and director of See-A-Dot Music Publishing, a company devoted to the advocacy of new choral works and emerging composers. www.fahadsiadat.com
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.
Morgan Woolsey is a musicologist, performer, and songwriter. Since coming to Los Angeles from New York in 2009, Morgan has performed with Vox Femina Los Angeles and the UCLA Early Music Ensemble, as well as her band Death in Venice Beach. She has also worked on a smattering of projects for film and television as a singer and composer. Morgan is currently a doctoral candidate in Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also teaches, and her dissertation research explores the role of music in changing cinematic representations of sexuality in the 1970s, with a focus on music in the horror film.
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.
Alexandra Apolloni is music historian and singer. She holds a PhD in Musicology from UCLA and a BMus in Voice from Wilfrid Laurier University. She researches the history of singing and how vocal sound conveys ideas about race and gender, with a particular interest in women pop and soul singers of the mid-20th Century. She is currently writing a book about the girl singers of British invasion-era pop for Oxford University Press. www.xandrawrites.net
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, such as 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, and adores succulent plants.
American composer, singer, conductor David Avshalomov composes in a Modern Romantic style; works for solo and chamber instruments, orchestra, band, chorus, from songs and incidental pieces to oratorio and opera, often on commission. Performed across the US, in Europe, Russia, South America, the Far East; recorded on Albany and Naxos. Won numerous competitions; grants. Veteran bass chorister, soloist; recent opera roles. B.A in Music from Harvard, D.M.A. in Conducting at U. Washington; studies at Aspen and Tanglewood (Bernstein, Schuller, Ozawa). Led orchestras and choruses on both coasts, guest conducted widely, toured in Europe and the Far East. www.davidavshalomov.com
Diana Woolner seeks out high-quality, thoughtful opportunities—her roles have varied, from on-set Music Coordinator for Steven Soderbergh’s television series The Knick; 3rd prize winner with GHOSTLIGHT CHORUS at the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany; premiering original compositions during Vassar College’s ModFest; to performing across the tri-state area, including MOMA, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center. Diana’s compositions often have a magical quality, and her vocal works are known to utilize unconventional texts. Diana loves performing, and sings in seven ensembles throughout Southern California, including Pacific Chorale, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in the Palisades, and LARK Mastersingers. www.dianawoolnermusic.com
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 the Choral Director of the Mirman School Concert Singers, 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.
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.
Matthew Scherb has always derived great joy and sanity from singing. Before his recent move to Los Angeles from the Bay Area, he sang for years with the San Francisco Choral Artists, International Orange Chorale, and Resound Ensemble, all of which were devoted to fostering and performing new choral music. By day, Matthew is a lawyer and handles appellate litigation for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.
Molly Pease is an eclectic vocalist 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 band ACKLAND and creates works for voices, strings and other combinations. Currently, Molly is part of the Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, is a section leader and soloist at First Congregational Church of LA, and is a member of the all-women Georgian polyphony ensemble Shvidkala. Molly won two DownBeat Awards with ARC Vocal Jazz Ensemble and performed at ACDA in Chicago with contemporary choir Vox Musica. www.mollypeasemusic.com
TJ Sclafani is a composer, songwriter, arranger, and singer based in Los Angeles. As a singer, he has performed with Tonality, Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and the New York Choral Society, and currently sings in HEX, an LA-based vocal sextet. As a composer, TJ's work has been performed by gnarwhallaby, the New Millennium Brass Ensemble, the Moravian Philharmonic, the FLUX Quartet, the Ensemble at CalArts, and various ad-hoc ensembles. TJ holds a BFA in Theater from NYU and an MFA in music composition from CalArts.