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
Amy Golden is a composer, sound artist, and vocalist based in East LA. She creates works for choir, orchestra, and chamber ensembles in addition to site-specific performances and installations, largely focusing on the relationship between sound and object. As a vocalist, Amy specializes in 20th century and contemporary works, experimental music, and improvisation. She holds a BA in music from the University of North Texas and an MFA in composition and vocal performance from the California Institute of the Arts. She is a founding member of C3LA.
Carol Binion is a Los Angeles-based choral singer. She is a member of Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, The Golden Bridge, LASchola at St. Thomas the Apostle, and Clarion Singers, as well as a frequent alto “sub” at churches all over the city. She has sung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale for the past eleven seasons, under the direction of Grant Gershon, Essa Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas and Gustavo Dudamel among others. She has studied voice/movement with Meredith Monk and with Mark Morris. By day, Carol Binion is an Emmy-winning Costume Designer (currently on Amazon Prime’s “Tumble Leaf"). She is also one of Earth’s very few Muppet Wranglers.
Third-generation American composer/conductor David Avshalomov is also an accomplished bass vocalist. He composes in an accessible neo-tonal style, for forces from solo instruments and voice to full orchestra, band, and chorus, with numerous commissions. He recently finished his second opera. His compositions are performed professionally across the US, in Europe, Russia, South America, and the Far East; recorded on Albany and Naxos, and won over 20 competitions since 2010. Honored Artist of the American Prize 2014.
Avshalomov had early vocal training from his mother Doris (Eastman ‘44), George Bell and John Ferris, and recently Glenn Carlos. At Harvard he was a professional chorister and oratorio and motet soloist. He served in the USAF Singing Sergeants 1968-72. He has sung in LA with the Anglican Chorale, Cantori Domino, Vox Pro, Temple Sha’arei Am, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Camerata Singers and others. He gives solo recitals and performs opera roles (Center Stage, Redlands Opera Theater). He earned his B.A in Music at Harvard, a D.M.A. in conducting and composition at the U. of Washington; studied conducting at Aspen and Tanglewood (Bernstein, Schuller, Ozawa), music directed orchestras and choruses on both coasts, guest-conducted widely, toured Europe and the Far East. www.davidavshalomov.com
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.
David García Saldaña is a Southern California-based singer and composer living in the San Gabriel Valley. Currently, he studies at CSU Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. His work spans from the traditional, to the interactive and interdisciplinary. He collaborates frequently with artists in both dance and theater, focusing on developing new interactive methods of music making and the creation of electronic controllers using primarily Max MSP/Jitter and Arduino microcontrollers. www.davidgarciasaldana.com.
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
Heather Ogilvy is a singer, songwriter, and vocal arranger in Los Angeles. In addition to commercial session and voiceover work, she is a managing member and vocal arranger for The Silver Lake Chorus, sings and plays viola with LA-based band Brother, Sister, and performs with singer-songwriter Cassandra Violet. She is also the voice of indie pop duo Penny Engine. She holds a BA in Music and Art from Colby College. www.heatherogilvy.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 across Southern California. Currently she performs with the Pasadena Master Chorale and Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble. When not performing, Jill teaches piano, voice and collaborative musicianship across the
San Gabriel Valley.
Joseph Thel is an oboist, composer, and conductor based out of Los Angeles. As a CalArts grad and performer of his own experimental work, he focuses on the simple and unexpected. As a conductor he has worked with various large and small chamber ensembles across Los Angeles, the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at CalArts included. Among other groups, he has recently performed with wild Up!, People Inside Electronics, C3LA, and the American Youth Symphony.
Kevin Dalbey has a varied list of credits that includes opera, oratorio, and soundtracks. Mr. Dalbey is a long time member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Opera chorus. He has sung countless choral masterpieces, as chorister and soloist. He has been featured soloist in Brahms' German Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Hodie, Handel's Messiah and various Bach cantatas and oratorios. Mr. Dalbey's broad range of experience includes various studio session singer soundtracks. He was a long time member of the Qualche Voce madrigal quintet. He has been soloist-section leader for various churches in Southern California. His Bachelor of Music degree was earned at CSU Long Beach.
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.
California native Matthew Brown completed his doctoral studies in music composition at the USC Thornton School of Music. His works have been performed throughout the United States and internationally by groups such as The Crossing, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, VocalEssence, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Young New Yorker’s Chorus, Cincinnati Boychoir, Balsai (Lithuania), Kantorei, Chor Obandes (Japan), Coro de Cámara Ainur (Spain), L.A. Choral Lab, GMCLA, C4, USC Chamber Choir, Los Robles Master Chorale, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and the USC Thornton Symphony. He remains active in Los Angeles as a composer, arranger, performer, professor, session singer, and tenor with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. His choral works, described by the New York Times as “quietly mesmerizing,” are featured on the Antioch Chamber Ensemble’s 2013 album (though love be a day) and published by Schott, G. Schirmer, and Hal Leonard. www.mattbrowncomposer.com
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.
Nilo Alcala’s works have been performed in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. He is the first Philippine-born composer to receive the COPLAND HOUSE Residency Award and be commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Alcala’s awards include the POLYPHONOS Young Composer Award from The Esoterics, IGNITE Commissioning Competition of C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, Asian Composers League Young Composer Award, and Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honor) from the Philippine President. His commissions include the National Music Competition for Young Artists; Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival; Korean Ministry of Culture; Asia-Europe Foundation; Metro Manila Concert Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles. Alcala was composer-in-residence of the Philippine Madrigal Singers which premiered his works in international festivals and competitions, as well as released an album of his works entitled ONOMATOPOEIA: The Choral Works of Nilo Alcala. An Asian Cultural Council grantee, Alcala is also a Billy Joel Fellow at Syracuse University where he earned an MMus in Composition and received the Irene L. Crocker Music Award. He holds a BM in Composition at the University of the Philippines, graduating Magna cum laude. He is composer-mentor for Pasadena Master Chorale’s “Listening to the Future” program for high school composers. More info: www.niloalcala.com.
Tiffany Ho is a Los Angeles-based vocalist with an emphasis in opera. Opera credits include: Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Prilepa in Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya dama, Bellezza in Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Clarice in Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna, Little Matchgirl in Williamson's The Happy Prince,, and Sandman/Dew Fairy in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel. In addition to her involvement in opera, Tiffany currently sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as an Auxiliary Singer and is a Walter Fox Singer with the Verdi Chorus. Tiffany holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, and B.M. in Music Education.
Hailed by The New York Times as a “particularly agile” vocalist, Tyler Azelton is a singer, pianist, composer, teacher, and choir director. She is excited to be singing and playing jazz piano with her new group, The Tyler Azelton Trio. 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.
Allen W. Menton teaches Composition and Theory in the Music Department at California State University, San Bernardino. As a choral singer, he has performed with many conductors, including Dana Maiben, William Dehning, Lynn Bielefeld, Joseph Huszti, John Alexander, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Amy Gordon is a composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, and vocalist in Los Angeles, CA. She is the composer-in-residence for Nova Vocal Ensemble and the South Bay Chamber Singers. In addition to composing classical and choral music, she is also an active film composer. She teaches Music Theory and Composition at Musicians Institute, a contemporary music college in Hollywood, CA. She received her M.M. in Composition from California State University, Long Beach and her B.A. in Composition from Loyola Marymount University. For more information, visit www.amygordonmusic.com.
Daniel Koh is a conductor, educator and actor-singer in Los Angeles; he is currently serving as the Director of Choral Activities at Windward School in Mar Vista, and he also frequently works at the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Santa Monica both as a Music Director and as a performer. He received his D.M.A., M.M.A. and M.M. degrees in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music, and his Bachelor degrees in Biology and Piano Performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He has conducted a broad range of vocal ensembles in colleges, schools, churches and community-based settings from New Haven, Spokane and Florida to his home country of Singapore.
David Conley is a composer, conductor, singer and educator in Los Angeles; he is currently serving as the Conducting Chair of the C3LA and as the Co-Chair of the Performing Arts & Choir Director at Marymount High School. Film score highlights include The Last Protestor, En la Mente, and Forgotten Plague, hailed by the Huffington Post as “a must-see documentary”. David sings for First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and is on the roster of the Philadelphia Symphonic Chorus, Tonality, and The National Children’s Chorus. David received his B.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College.
David Harris is the co-founder and director of VoiceScienceWorks (voicescienceworks.org). Together with his partner, Laurel Irene, he helps vocalists learn to translate difficult voice science into immediately applicable tools. He also teaches voice at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood. He has held choral positions at College of the Holy Cross (Boston), Columbia University and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (New York), and Jubilate and the Boulder Bach Festival (Boulder). He composes primarily for the voice and is published by See-A-Dot Music (seeadot.com). His works draw from the range of techniques and approaches available today, striving in particular to integrate stylistic elements from across genres into a recognizably pleasing, yet new experience. David has the distinct privilege of having been a member of all three choral collectives, C4 (New York), Triad (Boston), and C3LA. www.drdavidharrismusic.org
Diana Woolner seeks out high-quality, thoughtful performance opportunities—as director, composer, conductor, arranger, performer, and more. Her roles have varied, from Choir Director at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Queens, New York; on-set Music Coordinator for Steven Soderbergh’s television series The Knick; 3rd prize winner with NYC-based ensemble GHOSTLIGHT CHORUS at the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany; premiering original compositions during Vassar College’s ModFest; and performing across the tri-state area, including MOMA, Symphony Space, and David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Diana’s compositions range from (but are not limited to) vocal ensembles works, electro-acoustic soundscapes, film scores, choreographed dance, and radio plays. Her music often has a magical quality, and her vocal works are known to utilize unconventional texts. Diana is the Alto II Section Leader at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in the Pacific Palisades, and a member of ARETÉ, a professional ensemble of vocal artists based in Thousand Oaks, CA. www.dianawoolnermusic.com
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
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, where he was the recipient of the Morten Lauridsen Endowed Composition Scholarship. 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. Wong remains an active singer of Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, and has sung under conductors including Jeffrey Kahane and Helmuth Rilling. For more information, visit www.jacowong.com.
Kc Daugirdas is an award-winning composer, orchestrator, and conductor based in east L.A. Recent credits include orchestrations for the film “Pokemon: I Choose You”, music for national commercials (Coke, Bud Light, Cricket Wireless), and various concert works (“The Singing Revolution,” a 5-movement choral cantata that traces the Lithuanian struggle for freedom from the USSR, was premiered by the Song Festival chorus of 1,400 singers and symphonic band at the UIC Pavilion, conducted by the composer.) He also directs two Lithuanian choral ensembles in Los Angeles and performs with several choirs and bands as a singer and pianist. He holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois and Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music. www.daugirdasmusic.com
Lauren Buckley Schaer is a singer, conductor, and educator based out of Los Angeles. She hails from New Orleans, LA, where she started her love affair with music by singing in choirs and playing the piano. She headed north for her collegiate studies receiving a BA in music from Princeton University with a certificate in conducting. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, receiving a Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue her doctorate in Choral Conducting at the USC Thornton School of Music which she completed in 2012. She is currently Music Director at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and Associate Conductor of the Pasadena Master Chorale. She has guest conducted the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Choral Society of Southern California, and the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. As a soprano, Lauren has performed with the DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, the Horizon Music Group, the Hollywood Master Chorale, the Choral Society of Southern California, the Zimriyah Chorale and the USC Chamber Singers.
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. Proclaimed a 'tour de force' by Linda Hirst, she has sung with symphonies and premiered principle roles in a number of new operas throughout Europe and Los Angeles. 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.
Upcoming projects comprise of research based performances that explore the boundaries of collaboration, found vocal production, the preservation of a dying Americana language, and communication through invented language. 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 under the tutelage of Jacqui Bobak and a BM from Chapman University as a Presidential Scholar. www.marjaliisakay.com
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
Saunder Choi is a Los Angeles-based Filipino composer, vocalist, and music director. His works have also been performed the LA Master Chorale, the Crossing Choir, BYU Singers, Philippine Madrigal Singers, LA Choral Lab, USC Thornton Symphony, and many others. As an arranger and orchestrator, Saunder has written Tony-Award winner Lea Salonga, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, etc. He won the 2017 Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Carol Commission competition and awarded the 1st prize in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Composition (student division). His works are published through earthsongs, See-A-Dot, and MusicSpoke.
As a tenor, he maintains an active singing schedule in Southern California. He regularly sings with the L.A. Choral Lab, HEX vocal ensemble, C3LA: Choral Composer Collective of Los Angeles, Tonality, Pacific Chorale, and many others. He is currently the director of music at Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Santa Monica. He also serves as a composition teaching artist for the Los Angeles Master Chorale Voices Within and Oratorio Project, and Pacific Chorale Academy. He is a proud graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM) and the USC Thornton School of Music (MM). www.saunderchoi.com
Tessie Prakas is Assistant Professor of English at Scripps College, where she teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry, and music and literature. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University and a B.A. in English from the University of Cambridge, and her scholarship draws together her work as a literary critic and as a singer: she is currently completing a book manuscript on poetry and priesthood in the seventeenth century, and has recently begun a new project on song as a literary genre in the Renaissance. As a vocalist, she has sung with ensembles including the Horizon Chamber Choir, Claremont Concert Choir, Pomona College Choir, Yale Schola Cantorum, the Dmitri Ensemble, and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, with whom she has recorded albums for Naxos and Harmonia Mundi. She is thrilled to be venturing into new musical territory this season with C3LA.
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.
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 sometimes session singer. She enjoys utilizing her large vocal range in a variety of musical settings. Vera performs as an alto in the social justice oriented non-profit Tonality, in the elite professional core of Los Angeles-based choir Nova Vocal Ensemble, and in Seraphim Vocal Ensemble, an early music group. She also performs in various settings as a jazz singer 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