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

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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.

Lois Blaisch, Singer-Songwriter/Guitar

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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

Shannon Canchola, Flute

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Shannon Canchola is a versatile flute performer from Southern California who has performed in a variety of different ensembles and styles, including principal and supporting positions with the Redlands Symphony, the California Philharmonic, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, the Los Angeles Sinfonietta, the Desert Symphony, and the Center Stage Opera Company. She has recorded and performed with many iconic musicians including Grammy nominee, Michel Weir, multiple award-winning pianist, David Osborne, Iranian pop artist Arefkia, YouTube sensation and Iranian pop-star Mansour, cellist Tina Guo, and violinist Taylor Davis.

Shannon has many commercial music credits both for recording and performing, including being a member of World of War Craft composer Jason Hayes’ video game tribute band, Critical Hit. She has recorded for many films including award-winning short film Amusia and performed directly with Nintendo for the 50th anniversary of Super Mario. Shannon has participated in numerous small ensemble performances with her chamber ensemble ACE Trio. They won the 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions Chamber Ensemble Competition and participated in a multitude of recital series including at the Music by the Sea Series, the Brand Library Series, The Interludes, and the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series where they were coined a “Musical Tour de Force” by the Mountaineer Progress Newspaper.

Shannon obtained her MM in flute performance at Cal State Northridge where she won the 2016 Cal State Northridge Concerto competition and received her BA at University of Redlands. In addition to performing, Shannon is the Professor of Flute at Cal Poly Pomona University, Citrus College, and Los Angeles Pierce College and also teaches privately. She holds weekly flute master classes at numerous high schools and is an official adjudicator for the Music Teachers Association of California and for the San Diego Flute Guild Festival. www.shannoncanchola.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.

Lila Crosswhite, Viola

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Lila Crosswhite is a violist, violinist, composer, and arranger based in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently the arranger and violist for Quartet405, a Los Angeles based string quartet that drew nationwide attention during the 2017 holiday season with their Jingle Bell Overture. As a performer, Crosswhite has had the privilege of performing in notable venues such as the Dolby Theater with Persian artist Shahkar and guest artist Andrea Bocelli, the Wiltern with Deadmau5, and has recorded in prestigious studios such as EastWest Studios in Hollywood, Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage in Burbank, Capitol Records in Los Angeles, and Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana. www.lilacrosswhite.com

Beckie Euson, French Horn

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Beckie Euson is a freelance French horn performer and private music teacher located in the Los Angeles Area. Beckie studied French horn as a Gluck Fellow at the Herb Alpert School of Music at University of California, Los Angeles, where she holds a Masters Degree in French horn performance. She also has two Bachelors degrees from Chapman University in Music Education and Music Performance. Beckie has performed with various groups around Los Angeles, including the Santa Clarita Philharmonic, where she is currently principal chair, The California Philharmonic, and Neue World Symphony Orchestra. Beckie enjoys performing as well as teaching the next generation of musicians. She maintains her own private studio and also teaches at two high schools where she is the brass coach.

Eliza James, Violin

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Eliza James is a classically trained, professional violinist based in Los Angeles. She has been the featured solo violinist with Burt Bacharach for 16 yrs and Paul Anka for six and a half. She also performs on feature film scores, television shows (both live and in the studio) and records and performs with many diverse artists as a freelance musician. Most recently you can hear her on the films Aquaman, The Curse of La Llorona and Annabelle 3, which is in theatres June 26th! She loves being a member of Quartet405 and making music with wonderful talented people! 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.

Stephen Karr, Conductor

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Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Stephen Karr is a compelling interpreter of opera and orchestral works. In 2011, he co-founded Pacific Opera Project, for which he was music director until 2016. With POP, he led productions of Trouble in TahitiCosì fan tutteThe Turn of the ScrewLa Calisto (LA premiere), Ariadne auf Naxos and The Rake’s Progress (LA professional premiere), among others. The Los Angeles Times praised his performance of the Stravinsky as having kept orchestra, cast and chorus on “well-articulated rhythmic track.” He has worked as the music director for the OPERA Iowa tour, and been on staff with the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera New Jersey, and Palm Beach Opera. He is currently artistic administrator for Long Beach Opera, where he is also the music director for outreach performances and recently served as associate conductor for the premiere production of Anthony Davis’s opera The Central Park Five.

Stephen has taught at Chapman University, Michigan State University, USC, and UCLA. His schooling includes degrees in organ performance from Mercer University and Westminster Choir College, where he studied with Robert Parris and Stefan Engels, respectively; as well as a second master’s degree in orchestral conducting from UCLA, where he is completing doctoral studies under Neal Stulberg. He lives in Long Beach with his wife, Hannah Waldman and their children Leonard and Eleanor. 

Lauren M. Hayes, Soprano

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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 has 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.

Ben Lowe, Baritone

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Heralded for his “stentorian voice” by Singerpreneur, baritone Ben Lowe is quickly becoming a household name in the opera world in Southern California and abroad. A highly sought-after operatic performer and concert soloist, Ben made his European concert debut this season in Siena and Florence as the bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with Unione Corale Senese “Ettore Bastianini.” Last season Ben participated in a workshop of a new, one-act opera for LA Opera and in 2017 made his New York debut performing in the east coast premiere of Matt Aucoin’s opera Crossing. In 2019, he joined Opera Delaware as a Young Artist for their Festival Season, performing leading roles in Dead Man Walking and Trial by Jury. Ben is also a sought after recitalist, having prepared and cultivated recitals all over the United States and Italy. He recently performed with Le Salon de Musiques series and performed sets of Schumann songs and cycles. Ben will be returning for a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise in 2020 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series. Past achievements include being a finalist in both the Palm Springs Opera Guild and The Loren L. Zachary Society competitions, and winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Ben studies under Maestro Vladimir Chernov and is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and UCLA. www.benlowebaritone.com

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Dominic Martinez is a freelance musician originally from Richmond, VA. He graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University in 2012 with a B.A. in Music as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. Dominic began his professional career in Washington, DC playing bass in numerous jazz ensembles (including the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra), tango groups, symphony orchestras, musical pit bands, funk/soul bands, and other various groups. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, Ritz-Carlton hotels, the Embassies of Uruguay and France, and many other venues in the DC area. In 2013, he spent four months performing with the RKO Quartet led by Ron Mills (formerly of the Glenn Miller Orchestra) on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. He was the regular bassist for the Jennifer Scott Quartet (aka Bergamot Rose) and was a featured musician in the 2014 GALA Theater production Puro Tango II.  

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2016, along with his continued freelancing work, Dominic's primary work is as one half of the duo Roch & Rose. He also plays bass with indie rock band The Lavender Scare, singer-songwriter Jason Hawk Harris, the musician collective Flight of Voices, and Los Angeles legends Marty and Elayne at the Dresden. Other venues in LA where he has performed include the Hotel Cafe, Village Studios, the Hi-Hat, Harvard and Stone, Brand Library, and Molly Malone's.

Dominic is also a music educator and has been a bass instructor with the DC Youth Orchestra Program. In addition to bass, he also teaches private lessons for piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, violin, and cello. In LA, he teaches at Sierra Madre Music and as a freelancer. www.drochmusic.com

Ryan Matos, Tenor

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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

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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

Julia Metzler, Soprano

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Los Angeles-based soprano Julia Metzler is an active up-and-coming opera singer and concert soloist. A frequent opera competitor, Julia was a 2018 National Semifinalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. Her recent and upcoming roles include Matilde Neruda in Il Postino, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Mrs. P. in The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Micaëla in Bizet's The Tragedy of Carmen. She was recently featured by the Los Angeles Master Chorale as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Walt Disney Concert Hall and has also been a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s B minor Mass, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Julia will be a 2019/20 Chrisman Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara.

In 2011, Julia was invited to China to participate in the I Sing International Festival, a summer program designed to introduce western singers to Mandarin as a lyric language. She has subsequently performed in China many more times and has sung in concerts of Chinese music across the United States, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, in Paris, and on Chinese television for the Lunar New Year Gala, the most watched television broadcast in the world. www.juliaheronmetzler.com

Sheri Pearlman, Clarinet

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Sheri Pearlman is a Jewish-American clarinetist based in Los Angeles. Sheri received her musical education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in her native city of Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied under New York Philharmonic's Principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill. She received a talent scholarship from this renowned institution, as well as numerous awards. One distinction of note includes the Peabody Institute's Award for Excellence in Chamber Music as well as an additional scholarship to concertize and perform chamber music throughout Europe. Sheri has won numerous prizes in notable solo competitions such as the International Clarinet Competition, the Midwest Young Artist's Concerto Competition, and the Hackman Young Musician's Competition. She has performed with a number of professional orchestras including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, New Albany Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Symphonic Voyages Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.   

Career highlights include performing the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets at the inauguration of Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor in Washington, DC, recording at Hollywood's iconic Capitol Records and touring throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean Islands as an appointed soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician. Sheri is a current member of the Artifacto Ensemble, a virtuosic and versatile chamber music ensemble in Los Angeles. She also maintains a thriving teaching studio training clarinetists and saxophonists. www.sheripearlman.weebly.com.

Nicholas Preston, Tenor

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Praised by the Orange County Register as being “resonant and warm” and by the classical music site Bachtrack as “a ringing stentorian tenor,” Hawai’i native Nicholas Preston is in demand as a soloist in Southern California and beyond, having performed throughout California and touring as a soloist in France, Italy, and Spain. Nicholas has performed as a soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Claremont Chorale, Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, Cypress Masterworks Chorale, and The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has worked under the batons of John Alexander, Carl St. Clair, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, John Mauceri, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Grant Gershon and Gustavo Dudamel. Nicholas’ solo appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Horatio Parker’s Hora Novissima, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9, Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. More recent performances include the role of “Messenger” in Pacific Symphony’s production of Aida and tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Long Beach Symphony. Nicholas was featured in the world premiere Philip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna, which was commissioned for the grand opening of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and premiered by the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony. In April 2018, he reprised the role in his debut in Carnegie Hall. Nicholas received his B.A. in Music from Loyola Marymount University and currently resides in Orange County with his wife Dr. Kathleen Preston and their daughter Zelda. www.nicholaspreston.com

Danica Pinner, Cello

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Danica Pinner is a professional cellist in the Los Angeles area. Classically trained at CSU Northridge, Danica has spent her career diversifying her musical skill set, having experience in playing pop, rock, jazz, musicals, and many more styles in addition to classical and orchestral music. While at CSUN, she was a member of the Samuel Golberg & Sons Honors String Quartet, for which she received a scholarship. Danica has had the privilege of playing under the direction of many prestigious composers such as John Williams, Bruce Broughton, Mark Isham, and Richard Sherman. Additionally, she has worked with the likes of the Jonas Brothers, Ben Harper, deadmau5, Lewis Capaldi, Nuno Bettencourt, Yoshiki, HAIM, and Persian artist Shakhar with guest artist Andrea Bocelli. Her playing can be heard on the Late Late Show with James Corden, Ellen DeGeneres Show, deadmau5's album "Where's the Drop?" Rebelution's Grammy-nominated album "Falling Into Place," JMSN's album "It is," ABC, Fox, Nickelodeon, TLC, and Playboy Radio. www.danicapinner.com

Quartet405

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Quartet405 is a multi-genre string quartet based in Los Angeles. All members are seasoned performers as well as session players, trained classically and well-versed in many other styles. Quartet405 has had the pleasure of working with artists and producers such as Tom Brooks, Peter Asher, Moonchild, Raquel Rodriguez, and Grammy award-winning singer Nigel Hall. In addition, Quartet405 was able to feature Paul Anka in a cover video of his timeless classic “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”. In 2017, the quartet’s holiday video “Jingle Bell Overture” was featured by Fox News. Quartet405 is proud to be endorsed by NS Design electric instruments. www.quartet405.com

Karolina Rojahn, Piano

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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 Jazz Pianist at Five Senses Tastings

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.

Rebecca Schlappich, Violin

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Violinist Rebecca Schlappich has been traversing the world for over a decade, exciting audiences from the orchestra and center stage alike. Classically trained at Manhattan School of Music, Rebecca has since demonstrated a penchant for the spirited edge of rock and pop. As a touring musician with Mariachi El Bronx, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, and The World/Inferno Friendship Society, she has rocked halls from Los Angeles to Berlin and beyond. Rebecca is also proud to be an active member of the two-time Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas, as well as recurring soloist with the Lancaster Community Orchestra. She is honored to be a participating member of Cultures in Harmony and has had the privilege of working with musicians and members of the community in Cameroon, the Philippines, and Egypt through the organization. www.rebeccaschlappich.com

Jacquelyn Schreiber, Jazz Piano/Vocalist/Singer-songwriter

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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

Lelah Simon Bassist with Five Senses Tastings

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. 

Vernon Snyder, Piano

Vernon Snyder Five Senses Tastings

Vernon Snyder has performed collaborative and solo concerts throughout the United States, Korea, Taiwan, and live on radio.  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. 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

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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

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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

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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

Photo by Bruce Bisenz

Photo by Bruce Bisenz

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.

“It was a pleasure to play in the Five Senses Tastings show on Valentine’s Day. Kala and Jean-Baptiste turned D’Vine Lounge Bar into a romantic performance space that was comfortable for the guests as well as the musicians. I’m glad there was enough wine and chocolate left over for me to taste—the pairings were delicious.”
— David C., Five Senses Tastings Roster Artist