Our artists have performed on stages and in concert halls around the world. We are so grateful for their amazing artistry and dedication to our mission.
Ambroise Aubrun, Violin
Ambroise Aubrun began his musical studies at age four at the Nice Conservatory. He was admitted at the Paris National Superior Conservatory at age 15, where he studied with Roland Daugareil and Serge Pataud and graduated with a First Prize four years later. He earned his Doctorate from UCLA with Guillaume Sutre, as well as his Artist Diploma from the Colburn School with Martin Beaver. Since his recital debut at age 14, Ambroise has been invited to numerous festivals such as “Le Cercle musical”, the “Loudun Festival”, “Incontri in terra di Sienna”, "Le Salon de Musiques"… He has performed in concert halls such as Salzburg Haus Fuer Mozart, Yerevan Khachaturian Grand Hall, Los Angeles Zipper Hall, and has played with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Guillaume Sutre, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith and Carrie Dennis. Highlights of Ambroise’s 2016-17 season include solo appearances with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, the Culver City Symphony and Les Déconcertants ensemble (Paris), recitals in Paris and Los Angeles and returns to the Dilijan concert series and Pacific Serenades. He currently teaches violin at UCLA as a Lecturer for the 2016-17 academic year. The recipient of numerous awards, Ambroise has appeared as a soloist in the Sibelius, Bruch, Joachim and Weinberg Concertos, the Bartok Rhapsody No.1 and Carlos Gardel’s Por una Cabeza. In 2017, he will release his first album for the Hortus Label with pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. Ambroise plays a Matteo Goffriller violin, on a generous loan by the Langart Foundation. www.ambroiseaubrun.com.
Kate Bass, Jazz/Classical Vocalist/Singer-songwriter
Kate Bass, originally from Alaska, is a recent transplant from NYC to LA. Recent career highlights include Princess Ida in Princess Ida, NY Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; Solo debut with the New York Philharmonic, Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center; Off-Broadway principal debut as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore at NY City Center; Featured Musical Guest, 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway, Atlantic Theater Company; the Emmy-nominated production of Carousel, televised on PBS’s “Live at Lincoln Center.” Concert: Carnegie Hall (Der Vampyr, Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Elijah), Alice Tully Hall (La Farsa Amarosa). Recital: 92nd Street Y, The Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of the City of New York. Cabaret: the Metropolitan Room and (le) poisson rouge.
As a composer and singer-songwriter, Kate released her debut album in 2012, and her first single aired on British radio in September 2013. She released a new EP in February 2016 at Hotel Café in LA. www.katebassmusic.com.
Victoria Bietz, Violin
Victoria Bietz studied with Mark Kaplan at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her B.A. in Violin Performance. She then attended The Boston Conservatory for her Masters in Music and studied with longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra member Joseph McGauley. Victoria has worked in San Diego as a freelance violinist since 1998. She has played with many groups including San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Classics for Kids, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Broadway San Diego, Luscious Noise, California Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Orchestra Nova, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, and Starlight Theatre. Her wedding and special event group Avonlea Strings plays across San Diego and Orange County.
As a freelance violinist, Victoria enjoys playing in many venues and groups all across San Diego and Orange Counties. You can find her playing a San Diego Symphony Orchestra concert one evening, teaching private violin lessons the next morning, and perhaps see her that afternoon playing a wedding on the beach. www.victoriabietz.com.
Lois Blaisch, Singer-Songwriter/Guitar
Lois Blaisch is a singer, guitarist, songwriter & producer best known for writing the #1 Pop & AC hit "Could've Been" by Tiffany which was also performed by Carrie Underwood on American Idol as her U.S. debut. Lois’ songs have been nominated for three Grammys in the categories Pop, Jazz & Children’s music and for a golden reel award. Lois’s vocals & songs are featured on a wide variety of TV shows, movies, jingles & albums such as Friends, Splash, Touched by an Angel, Stingray, Hunter, Sailor Moon, Street Sharks, Neil Young’s “Living w/War,” Oasis 4 and on three platinum Walt Disney albums.
Lois began performing at age 8 as a singing tap dancer with a group of 20s style flapper girls. She later studied music at SMC and UCLA, beginning her long career in music with a tour of the Orient with Bob Hope’s USO shows at 18. Lois has since performed at the LA Convention Center (Peace & Unity Concert), The Palomino Club, At My Place, The Bluebird Café (in Nashville) McCabe’s, and has toured up & down the coast of California doing night clubs, house concerts and colleges.
Lois has worked with David Foster, Neil Young, Steven Stills, Tom Hanks, Mike Post, Andrew Gold, Steve Tyrel, Oasis, Jim Messina, Alan Thick and Eric Kaz. Lois has sung lead on jingles for Levi’s, Coke, Kaiser-Permanente, Oregon Lotto, Pepsi, Budweiser, Round Table Pizza, Van Camps Baked Beans, and Sunny D. www.loisblaisch.com
David S. Childs, Baritone/Accordion
Baritone David Samuel Childs is a singer and actor specializing in opera, musical theater, and Jewish music. He recently graduated from UCLA with his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. In school, David won First Prize in the Walter Jurmann Song Competion in addition to winning Third Place in UCLA’s inaugural Vocal Vision Awards.
Opera credits include The Leader in Down in the Valley (Opera UCLA), the Husband in Handel’s L’Allegro (dir. James Darrah/Opera UCLA), and Johann in Werther (Independent Opera Co.) Musical theater credits include Ensemble in Lost in the Stars (dir. Anne Bogart/LA Chamber Orchestra), The Baker in Into The Woods (Hawaii Performing Arts Fest) and a singer in Lainie’s Cabaret (dir. Lainie Kazan/UCLA TFT).
David is a Walter Fox Singer with the Verdi Chorus of Santa Monica and bass section leader at Lutheran Church of the Master. He also plays accordion around Los Angeles with his award-winning band We The Folk. www.davidsamuelchilds.com.
Aaron Copenhaguen, Guitar
Aaron is an Acoustic guitarist from Los Angeles, California. His music is a mix of songs from around the world including by artists such as The Gipsy Kings, Ottmar Libert, Buena Vista Social Club, Santana, Paco De Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Jobim, and João Gilberto... to name just a few.
Originally from Argentina, Aaron graduated from the LA Music Academy and the S.A.E. LA Institute of Technology. With over 15 years of experience playing, recording and producing music for different artists and in many different styles, he enjoys every chance he has to grab the guitar, or a percussion instrument, and play music. Some of his favorite styles are flamenco, rumba, boleros, Latin jazz, bossa nova, and classic rock (with a Spanish flavor, of course!). During his extensive career, Aaron has had the opportunity to play with some of the best and continues to believe in the importance of delivering his message through music. www.aaroncopenhaguen.com.
Lisa Eden, Soprano
Soprano Lisa Eden has been described by Plaácido Domingo as “. . . a well rounded artist: she has a lovely voice, is an excellent actress, and a dedicated colleague,” noting the “unusual timbre” of her voice and her “unbelievably beautiful pianissimos.” Her distinguished career is gaining momentum with her Milan debut in the role of Violetta, and her main-stage debut with the Los Angeles Opera in The Ghosts of Versailles. She has appeared nationally and internationally as soloist and in recital at such illustrious venues as the Kennedy Center, the Cosmos Club, the National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Embassies of France, the Netherlands, and Monaco, Liederkranz in New York, the Dean Lesher Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Harvard Club in Boston, and the Stefaniensaal and Helmut-List-Halle in Graz, Austria. Opera credits include Violetta (La Traviata), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Cio-Cio-San, Anna (Le Villi), Rosalinde, Mélisande, Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Pamina, Erste Dame, Roggiero (Tancredi), and Euridice (Gluck). www.lisaeden.com.
Dr. Cheryl Lin Fielding, Piano
Praised for her “warm, grand and rich” pianism, Dr. Fielding performs throughout the world including at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Juilliard Theater. She has been honored with the Grace B. Jackson Prize in Excellence by the Tanglewood Music Festival, recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and three times received the distinguished Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award in Keyboard Collaborative Arts.
As music director, vocal coach and pianist, Dr. Fielding enjoys working with distinguished artists and organizations such as Dolora Zajick's Institute of Young Dramatic Voices, Opera San José, Opera Santa Barbara, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Operafestival di Roma, Pacific Symphony, Mark Morris Dance Group, Juilliard School, USC Thornton Opera, Opera Chapman, California State University at Northridge and OperaWorks. Dr. Fielding is currently an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from University of Southern California and two Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School in Piano Performance and Collaborative piano.
Eliza James, Violin
Eliza James is a classically trained violinist and has been a successful, working professional musician in Los Angeles since age 18.
She is the featured solo violinist for Burt Bacharach and Paul Anka and performs regularly with a variety of artists including Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, P!nk, Disturbed, Daft Punk, Avril Lavigne, Kanye West, Casey Veggies, JMSN, P. Diddy, Yoshiki, Googoosh, Roberta Flack, Ivan Lins, Isac Elliot, Mario Biondi, Alejandro Sanz, Nuno Bettancourt, and many others.
She has performed on multiple occasions at the Grammys, the American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, the Women in Film Awards, the BET Awards, American Idol, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood Christmas Celebration At the Grove, the JC Penney Jam, the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Sundance Film festival and the Grammy Nominated performance with Disturbed on Conan O'brien in 2016 (Best Rock Performance).
Eliza is well-versed in many styles of music including classical, pop, country, hiphop, blues, rock and Persian/middle-eastern. She performs on major motion picture soundtracks some of which include the Oscar winning documentary March of the Penguins, Talladega Nights, The Conjuring 1 & 2, Annabelle, The Devil's Carnival, A Lot Like Love, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Unaccompanied Minors, and Halo Wars:2 . Eliza also arranged/recorded all of the strings for Natalie Cole’s hit “Love Brought Me Back" and can be heard on many of the songs on the JMSN album, "It is." www.elizajamesmusic.com.
Trevor Jarvis, Cello
An accomplished, classically trained cellist with expertise in songwriting and production, Trevor Jarvis is a musician based in Los Angeles. With extensive experience in both classical and pop/rock settings, he brings passion, creativity, and versatility to his musical endeavors. Trevor has worked with such prominent artists as Wyclef Jean, Imogen Heap, and The Click Five, and his cello can be heard throughout an especially broad variety of projects ranging from string quartets and orchestras to major label recordings and Hollywood film scores.
Trevor received his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Berklee College of Music, studying privately with Grammy award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen and graduating summa cum laude in three years. During his time at Berklee, he collaborated on a number of high-profile projects, writing the string arrangement and recording cello for a song produced by John Mayer, and performing with international artists such as Rosa Passos, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Leo Blanco.
Trevor maintains an active schedule as a performing and recording cellist throughout the United States. He also works remotely from his home studio, making his cello available to a wide variety of musical clients. Additionally, Trevor is a founding member of the folk/pop band Peridot, for which he has co-written many songs and produced numerous commercial recordings. www.trevorjarvis.com.
Lauren M. Hayes, Soprano
After graduating with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, soprano Lauren Michelle Hayes went on to pursue a Master’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington's Jacobs School of Music, then moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to make her singing dreams a reality. Since moving to LA, she explored many musical genres to find her voice, (including opera, jazz, musical theater, pop, and soul), and her singing career reflects that. Lauren has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and has fronted a rock band at venues like The Viper Room and The Troubador. She has lent her voice to several movie soundtracks, and she has been a featured jazz soloist for several showcases at The House of Blues.
In 2014, Lauren founded her private voice studio, Empowered Singing LA, where she currently teaches over 40 students. Her philosophy is that everyone can learn to sing with the right guidance, and she seeks to challenge the notion of fixed singing ability by helping students appreciate their improvement. Some of her students have gone on to perform at Carnegie Hall, and others are simply thrilled to feel confident enough to sing in front of an audience. No matter what her student's goals are, Lauren strives to help in any way she can. www.empoweredsingingla.com.
Ryan Matos, Tenor
Tenor Ryan Matos sings to connect with listeners, to convey the meaning of the text, and to have fun. Ryan was personally selected by Malcolm Martineau to take part in his residential art song masterclass in Scotland in 2018 and has performed song repertoire for Julius Drake, Dame Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson, and Isabel Bayrakdarian.
Ryan is a skilled interpreter of Baroque music, both on the operatic and concert stages. He performs regularly with Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, American Bach Soloists, and Ars Minerva. In March, Ryan will return to Germany to perform a week of Bach and Telemann cantatas with Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.
Just recently, Ryan returned from living in Rome for two years. While there, he immersed himself in the Slow Food movement, traveling thousands of miles to taste traditional dishes at rural trattorie and explore each region’s wines at small wineries. He took cheese tasting courses, made a huge map of where to eat and drink, and mastered the preparation of traditional Roman pastas (carbonara, amatriciana, …) as well as many other dishes. He discovered that he is in fact a beach person and also learned Italian fluently (working as a translator), studied with Italian teachers, and sang in some gorgeous churches. Ryan is based in the SF Bay Area and enjoys making guanciale, pancetta, ricotta, amari, and other Italian products. www.ryanmatos.com.
Kala Maxym, Soprano
Kala spent much of her professional singing life in opera (and as a mezzo!) but also adores singing French and Spanish art song, zarzuela, German Lieder, and Jazz. Over the years, life has taken her from Europe to South America to the U.S. and back again several times where, along the way she had the opportunity to sing for three Presidents including at the London Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. She has worked for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as a gemologist, in the technology sector, and now as the owner of Five Senses Tastings and Co-Founder of a the business’s cocktail branch, Song and Tonic. She speaks German, English, and Spanish, and is proficient in French.
Kala earned her BA in Political Science magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory. She is also a certified Spanish-English translator, holds the California Wine Appellation Specialist title, and is also WSET Level 2 certified with Distinction.
Kala is privileged to have been a bone marrow donor almost 15 years ago so please ask her about her experiences. www.kalamaxym.com
Molly Miller, Guitar
A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller grew up performing in a rock band with her four siblings. She holds a doctorate in guitar performance at the University of Southern California and received both her Bachelors and Masters degress in Music from USC’s Thornton School of Music.
Molly has performed and recorded with artists such as Jason Mraz, The Black Eyed Peas, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Hall of Earth, Wind, & Fire, Ashley Clark, and Morgan Karr of Spring Awakening.
Karolina Rojahn, Piano
Karolina Rojahn is a Los Angeles based pianist who has dedicated the last decade of her career to premiering and recording contemporary music repertoire. She has collaborated with various classical music labels, most notably Naxos, having released over 38 recordings of chamber and solo piano music, including five piano concertos written specifically for her. European-born, Karolina was educated both in Poland, studying under finest polish virtuosos, and the United States, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory. While in Boston Karolina completed 11 seasons performing and commissioning new works with the Ludovico Ensemble, a leading contemporary chamber music group; and served as a faculty member at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Karolina is passionate about fine arts and architecture. Also educated as an architect, Karolina spends time outside of music designing concert halls for Pfeiffer Architects. Her mission as an artist is to perform in interdisciplinary settings, where merging of art disciplines enhances a human experience. www.karolinarojahn.com.
Lacy Rostyak, Violin
Violinist Lacy Rostyak is a professional violinist in the Los Angeles area, ranging from studio session work to live work. She was born and raised in New Hebron, Mississippi (pop. 447), and began playing the violin at age three. She went on to play dozens of performances and concertos and win many awards, competitions and scholarships. An accomplished classical, pop, country/folk and contemporary violinist, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She has performed for Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice’s Inaugural Festivities at the Mansion; at REDCAT (The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre in downtown Los Angeles); on several television shows (The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Mississippi Morning, PBS), as well as many opera and theater productions (Platée, L’Orfeo, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Fiddler On The Roof, Ragtime, West Side Story) and Shania Twain’s music video “Don’t Be Stupid.” She has also had the honor of performing for former President George W. Bush.
Not only is Lacy a classically trained violinist, but she is also an improviser, electric violinist, and specializes in country fiddle. She has performed all over Las Vegas, Mexico City, New Mexico, Nashville, and Oman. Recent performances include performing with DJ sensation Erick Morillo at Club Avalon, Rock The Bells hip-hop festival with Deltron3030, and with Persian pop star Andy Madadian at the Greek Theatre. She tours regularly with SAGA Strings, Bella Electric Strings, Gloria Trevi and many more.
Amy Rowe, Piano
Amy Rowe grew up in Glendora, California, and began classical piano studies at age four. For eleven consecutive years (‘97-‘07) her classical playing was in the honors category from the American College of Musicians National Piano Guild. She placed as a winner in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival competition from ‘99-’04 and the Lighthouse/Bridge U.S.A. Piano Festival in ’99, ’02, and ’03. She performed at the Music Teachers Association of California state convention (’00-’01,’04) and also received the honor award in ’03-’05 for the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.
Amy received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach in 2011. In 2010 and '11, she was a participant in the Bill Green Mentorship Program through the Los Angeles Jazz Society. Amy has won numerous awards in classical and jazz, including performing at the Kennedy Center in an emerging artist showcase for the 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. In 2011 and ‘12, Amy attended Centrum’s Jazz at Port Townsend under a scholarship from Fund-A-Dream where she studied trio with Jeff Hamilton (‘11) and the music of Art Blakey with Benny Green (’12). In September 2014, she was featured in the Young Artist Jazz Series at Catalina Jazz Club featuring Jeff Hamilton in her trio along with originals and arrangements for the group and the sextet. Amy completed her Master’s degree on a full scholarship at Azusa Pacific University. Her latest single “Ghostin’” was chosen as a finalist for the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She maintains a regular performance schedule in addition to teaching, composing, and recording. Amy currently teaches at Cypress College, Azusa Pacific University, and Pasadena Conservatory of Music. www.amyrowemusic.com.
Laurel Sanders, Piano/Organ/Mezzo-soprano
Laurel Sanders is a pianist, organist, and mezzo-soprano who has been performing and teaching music for over fifteen years. In addition to her position as organist at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, she performs with musical groups all over the greater L.A. area, including Pacific Chorale, the Charles Dickens Carolers, Nova Vocal Ensemble, and many others. Laurel earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Jacquelyn Schreiber, Jazz Piano/Vocalist/Singer-songwriter
Jacquelyn Schreiber has been performing since the age of 5, and has a broad range of musical experience. Although a classically trained pianist, she began performing jazz piano professionally at the age of 15 with the Tommy Morimoto Quintet, (opening for such groups as The Yellowjackets and Stanley Turrentine), and playing on Denver-based Radio Station Jazz 89.3 KUVO. Since then, she has performed as a singer/songwriter, pianist, vocalist, musical director and composer in a variety of settings. Most recently, Jacquelyn wrote and performed three original songs on her new EP, “Beautiful Love,” which was produced and recorded by Grammy winner Helik Hadar. It features her vocals, piano and organ playing, in addition to beautiful and catchy melodies in a pop-meets-jazz style. She is joined by world-class musicians Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer, Sting) Mark Punch (Olivia Newton-John, CMAA 2011 Musician of the Year) David Piltch (Allen Toussaint, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt) and Brian Macleod (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, Madonna.) The music truly bridges the world of jazz-based harmonies with an endearing pop undercurrent. According to acclaimed jazz violinist Christian Howes, "Jacquelyn Schreiber is the full package -- she truly delivers as both a pianist AND vocalist. Her new EP, 'Beautiful Love,’ brings together top-notch production, songwriting and performance in a jazz-pop meets blue-eyed soul package.” "Beautiful Love” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all streaming platforms. Additionally, Jacquelyn has started a social media movement that encourages people to share beauty with the world using the hashtag phrase #ShareBeautifulLove. www.jstunes.com and www.sharebeautifullove.com.
Lelah Simon, Upright/Electric Bass
Upright and electric bassist Lelah Simon can be found playing all over Los Angeles with the likes of funk & soul band Beat Mosaic, and 70s-inspired pop group Sarah Ault and the Super Natural. A graduate of New York’s New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, she also loves playing with jazz groups small and large, and exploring the sonic possibilities of acoustic instruments. As bandleader, Lelah has released one album of her original compositions and arrangements for jazz quintet, entitled Third Week of April. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles in order to escape Denver’s sub-zero winter temperatures and to work in the music industry. Since then, she’s learned the ins-and-outs of the music business by working in distribution, royalties, sales, and music publishing, but her favorite place is in the studio with bass in hand. Regardless of the group or style of music, from a 1970s cover band to a jazz trio, vintage soul to old-school country, one thing holds true: for a bass player, it should always feel good. Follow her on Instagram for performance announcements, updates, and bass covers @bebopalelah.
Howard Simon, Guitar
Howard Simon is a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter in the tradition of the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s -- Paul Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and others. His songs, which range from folk and jazz to rock and R&B, share common themes of love, fate and family and are characterized by thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics, memorable melodies and great harmonies. "The View from this Horizon," Howard's 2014 debut album recorded with a number of the Bay Area's leading acoustic musicians, spent several weeks at No. 1 on San Francisco's Reverbnation folk music charts. His second album, "Visitors" (released June 14, 2016), features many of the same musicians, as well as a special guest appearance by folk and blues legend Happy Traum. www.howardsimonmusic.com.
Vernon Snyder, Piano
Pianist Vernon Snyder has performed collaborative and solo concerts throughout the United States, Korea, Taiwan, and live on radio (Classical King FM Seattle). His work includes frequent performances with the vocal duo Duetto and piano four-hands repertoire with the Lin-Snyder Duo, with recent collaborations throughout the Los Angeles area with artists from the LA Master Chorale, LA Opera, as well as in workshops by maestro Peter Mark and award winning playwright/director Lillian Groag. As an avid educator, Dr. Snyder has served on the piano faculty at Pomona College, and currently CSU Pomona. Vernon is author of “An Introduction to Music” (Great River Learning, 2017), an interactive digital publication for use in the university classroom. www.vernonsnyder.com.
Tali Tadmor, Piano
Tali Tadmor is a Los Angeles-based pianist, music director and vocal coach. She has collaborated with prominent musicians such as choral composer Eric Whitacre, Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Meade, and Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, and has performed extensively at venues around the globe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Great Hall at the heart of China’s Forbidden City. Recent projects include LA Opera’s premiere production of Dulce Rosa, in which she served as Assistant Conductor to the company's General Director, Plácido Domingo, as well as performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Though classically trained, Tali is active in a wide variety of musical settings, ranging from world music, pop and Jewish worship, and her own compositions. Tali received both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with honors from the University of Southern California (USC) majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts. She is currently on faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). www.talitadmor.com.
Becca Tomasko, Cellist/Soprano
Becca Tomasko is a vocalist and cellist based in the Los Angeles area. As a vocalist, she currently sings with the Pacific Chorale under the artistic direction of Rob Istad, where she can be seen performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, often in collaboration with the Pacific Symphony under maestro Carl St. Clair. She has also performed with the Angeles Chorale and Los Angeles Chamber Choir in addition to solo and chamber ensemble performances across Southern California.
Becca is a Minnesota native and attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Art.
Andrés Vadin, Guitar
Cuban native Andrés Vadin is a guitarist, composer, arranger, session musician, and guitar teacher. At the age of 12, he won first prize in the Amadeo Roldán guitar competition. A graduate of the Guillermo Tomás and Amadeo Roldán Conservatory of Music in Havana, he has taken classes by the masters of classical and flamenco guitar including Joaquín Clerch, Leo Brouwer, José Luís Rodríguez, Gerardo Nuñez, Paco Jarana, Alfredo Lagos, José Antonio Rodríguez and others. He has collaborated on projects of different musical styles, such as Aceituna sin Hueso (with them he recorded on the album “Cuba le canta a Serrat,” which was nominated for a Latin Grammy), Asere and Billy Cobhan, El Chato, José Mendez, Sabrina Romero, Jorge Pardo, Saul Quiros, Pele (Navajita Platea), Antonio Carmona, Marcus Nand, Michel Labaki, Chuck Wright, Adrian Martin, Natalia Jimenez, Oskar Cartaya (Andres collaborated on his album “Bajo Mundo” nominated for a Latin Grammy), Josemi Carmona, Mamak Khadem, Babak Amini, Faramarz Aslani, Concha Buika, and many others. He has toured around the world many times performing in Wales, England, Holland, Belgium, Scotland, Ukraine, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Dubai, and has appeared at many well-known music festivals such as Womad, Glastonbury, and Musicport World Music Festival, Byblos Mediterranean Music festival, Montreal International Jazz Music Festival and others. His work as a session musician on recordings include collaborations with artists such as Falete, Maricela, Asere and Billy Cobham, Golden Glow, José Fernandez and Wadih El Safi. Andres also appears with his guitar on movie soundtracks such as “The Whale of a Tale” and “Bel Canto.” He is endorsed by Godín and Bartolex guitars.
William Vallandigham, Baritone
Baritone William Nathan Vallandigham, recognized for his “silvery” voice (Cary Ginell, Simi Valley Acorn), originally hails from Sutton, New Hampshire. William's recent performance credits include Yeletsky (Queen of Spades), Strephon (Iolanthe), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Editor Webb (Our Town), and Jupiter (Orphée aux enfers). William is also an avid chorister, having had the pleasure to sing for the likes of Joseph Flummerfelt, Joe Miller, and Daniel Harding. Upcoming engagements include the role of Barone Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata. William received his M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and regularly sings in the greater Los Angeles area.
Amy Zanrosso, Piano
Amy Zanrosso, a powerful and dynamic musician, has worked within a wide range of musical genres – classical, contemporary, musical theatre, German cabaret and tango. Much in demand as a collaborator, and a chamber musician at heart, Amy has shared the stage with principal members of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. She has also appeared as soloist with the Symphony of the Kootenays and the Russian Chamber Orchestra.
Amy is currently based in Oakland, California, and is a faculty member at the Pre-College of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music coaching chamber music and piano ensembles. As well as freelancing in the Bay Area, she is part of four local chamber ensembles: The iO Piano Quartet, RossoRose Duo, The Eos Ensemble and The Mana Trio. She is steadily realizing her plan of learning and performing all existing piano chamber music and when not practicing Beethoven or Brahms, Amy can be found hanging out with her husband and dog or riding her bike to rehearsals. www.amyzanrosso.com.
Briseyda Zárate, Flamenco Singer/Dancer
Briseyda Zárate is an inspired and skilled flamenco dancer, choreographer, singer, and master teacher. Celebrated for her fiery intensity and her ability to convey the essence at the heart of Flamenco, she is among the few in the top-most level of those practicing this art form in the United States. Career highlights include performing nightly at one of Madrid’s premiere flamenco venues, “El Cafe de Chinitas,” and training daily at the world renown school “Amor de Dios,” choreographing as well as dancing in the LA Opera’s production of Carmen, and placing first in the most prestigious flamenco competition in the U.S.
In addition to being an accomplished dancer, Briseyda is also a sought out flamenco vocalist. Singing highlights include a memorable solo performance with the Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Concert Hall, vocals for Hamed Nikpay’s album “Reaching You,” a summer season at Disneyland’s main stage with the Turkish fusion band Ist-West, and the Santa Barbara Spanish Fiestas for the Linda Vega Studio. Flamenco’s is Briseyda’s absolute passion and she enjoys sharing it with her students and audiences. www.briseydazarateflamenco.wordpress.com.