Saunder Choi is a Los Angeles-based Filipino composer and choral artist. His works have been performed by various international ensembles, including LA Choral Lab, SYC Ensemble Singers, World Youth Choir, Taipei Philharmonic Women’s Choir, the Crossing Choir, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and many others. As an arranger and orchestrator, he has written for Lea Salonga, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and others. As a choral artist, he regularly sings with the LA Choral Lab, Pacific Chorale, C3LA: Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, Tonality and HEX Vocal Ensemble. He is a composer-teaching artist for the LA Master Chorale’s Voices Within and Oratorio Project, and is Director of Music at Unitarian Universalist Community Church Santa Monica.
Gerald W. Craft
Gerald W. Craft, tenor, sings regularly around Los Angeles and Orange County. He is Artistic Director of Hollywood-based LASchola and has sung with the Donald Brinegar Singers, Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, Chorale Bel Canto, and Cantori Sine Nomine. Gerald has been tenor soloist at the Whittier College Bach Festival, Redondo Beach Baroque Music Festival, and the Hollywood Master Chorale. He is a staff singer at St. James’s Episcopal/Anglican Church (Los Angeles) and is also a founding member of The Clarion Singers. Gerald is a technology director at Occidental College in Los Angeles, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and studied voice with G. G. Prosper.
Donna M. Di Grazia
Donna M. Di Grazia holds degrees from the University of California, Davis (B.A., M.A., music) and Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D., musicology). As a singer, she has been affiliated with numerous professional choirs, including the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and Chamber Singers, and the Millennium Consort Singers in Los Angeles. Her professional life as a choral conductor and musicologist is situated at the intersection of historical scholarship and performance, where she incorporates the perspective of an historian with that of an active practitioner of the choral art. She holds the David J. Baldwin Professorship in Music at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Hayden has sung with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Golden Bridge, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, where she has been a part of the Lagrime di San Pietro world tour, and soloist in Messiah and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Pasadena Master Chorale, LA Daiku, Hollywood Master Chorale, and the Pomona College Choir and Orchestra. She can be heard on such film soundtracks as Frozen, The Conjuring, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, among others.
Dr. Claire Fedoruk (BM, Pacific Lutheran University, MM, Eastman School of Music, DMA, University of Southern California) has collaborated as a soloist and ensemble artist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Grammy®-winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers. She can be heard on various film soundtracks including solo cues in Heaven is For Real and X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as solo and small ensemble work in Steve Reich – You Are Variations (Nonesuch), Nico Muhly – A Good Understanding (Decca), and the national anthems – David Lang (Cantaloupe). Dr. Fedoruk has also toured Lagrime di San Pietro, staged by Peter Sellars, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Originally from Chicago, Sarah Gonzalez received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in choral music from the University of Southern California. She has sung with the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Pacific Bach Project Choir, Horizon Chamber Choir, and LA Schola. Since 2009, Sarah has been a member of the Classical Voice faculty at the Orange County School of the Arts. She has conducted student choirs in Germany, Austria, Czechia (Czech Republic), England, and China. She also serves as the Director of Music at St. James Episcopal Church in South Pasadena.
Praised for his purity of tone and expressive musicianship, bass/baritone Scott Graff has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica, Catacoustic Consort, the Carmel Bach Festival, California Bach Society, and Synchromy. Now in his 19th season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, he is part of their touring company presenting Lagrime di San Pietro and was part of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers’ Grammy®-winning recording Padilla: Sun of Justice. His voice can be heard on film, television, and video game recordings, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Frozen, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
James Hayden is a singer, composer, and arranger based in Los Angeles. His voice can be heard on movie and video game soundtracks, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Minions, The Hangover Part III, and League of Legends. He is currently performing on the worldwide tour of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Lagrime di San Pietro, and is a Company Member with the experimental opera company The Industry. When not embodying villains or wise priests on the operatic stage, he performs with the new-music vocal sextet Hex, is a voice actor with Sony Pictures Television, and writes award-winning pop a cappella charts for ensembles across the country.
An accomplished soloist and choral singer, Callista Hoffman sings regularly with Golden Bridge and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with whom she has been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion, and toured as a member of Peter Sellars’ production of Lagrime di San Pietro. Other solo work includes Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Helmut Rilling with both the LA Chamber Orchestra and Fresno Philharmonic. She can be heard on such films as Big Hero 6, Minions, Creed, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and others.
Alice Kirwan Murray
Alice Kirwan Murray started her singing career in Chicago, where she was a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Oriana Singers, and the renowned Western Swing band, Luke and the Cool Hands. Since moving to California, she has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Grammy Award-Winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella, Martin Neary’s Millennium Consort, Long Beach Opera, and Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar. Additionally, Alice has been a teaching artist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning educational outreach program, Voices Within since 2005 and the Oratorio Project since 2013. She also serves as choir director for the historic church of the Angels in Pasadena.
Jae Park has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Cal State Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California. During his study at USC, he performed with the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers under the direction of Magen Solomon and Jo-Michael Scheibe. He also studied voice with Gary Glaze. Jae currently sings with The Golden Bridge Choir, The Clarion Singers, and the Choir of St. James, for whom he is also the resident cantor.
Adrien Redford began his music studies at age 5 and hasn’t stopped. An alumnus of Pomona College, he joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2017, which led to his participation in the touring production of Lagrime di San Pietro, staged by director Peter Sellars. In recent years, Adrien has enjoyed singing with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, as well as LA-based choral ensembles Tonality and Golden Bridge. He is a member of the 2019-20 VOCES8 US Scholars Program, sponsored by the highly-acclaimed British ensemble of the same name, and is the Co-Artistic Director of PRISM.
Lauren Buckley Schaer
Lauren Buckley Schaer, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, relocated to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue professional singing and conducting. In 2008, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. She has performed as a soprano soloist with the Horizon Chamber Choir, the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, and the Pasadena Master Chorale. She is also the Director of Music at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and member of SAG-AFTRA.
Currently based in Los Angeles, CA, tenor Thomas Segen’s recently performed roles include Donald Trump in The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis and Arthur Brockweiller in Franz Lehár’s Mock Marriage. During this past year he has also stayed active on the concert stage, performing roles by composers ranging from George Frideric Handel to Emerson Eads and Hermann Leopoldi. He holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Washington.
Carrah Stamatakis is a soprano with experience singing a wide array of genres including jazz, Brazilian, and classical music. At LA County High School for the Arts, she discovered a love for jazz and continued her studies at the Los Angeles College of Music. She subsequently spent two years in São Paulo singing Brazilian jazz, culminating with a solo album and collaboration with Latin Grammy®-winning Ivan Lins. After returning to Los Angeles, Carrah has sung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Choral Lab, The Ron McCurdy Collective, and Golden Bridge. She can be heard on such film soundtracks as Godzilla, Bumblebee, Sing!, Big Hero Six, Hail Caesar!, and Alita: Battle Angel.
Jeremy Taylor recently graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Music. A dedicated member of two collegiate choirs, the Pomona College Choir and Glee Club, he has been a featured soloist in concerts and campus events. Jeremy’s passion for music research earned him the Eileen Southern Travel Fund Award as one of nine national recipients from the American Musicological Society in 2017. During his senior year, Jeremy wrote a thesis and performed a senior lecture-recital on the history and performance practice of negro spirituals. An active scholar and musician, he plans to pursue advanced degrees to blend his skills and passions in order to become a well-rounded professor.
Praised for his “feathery light acrobatics” (The OC Register) and voice of “unearthly beauty,” (Miami Herald), Matthew Tresler, tenor, is currently the Academic Chair of Music and Director of Vocal Music at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, CA. An active ensemble singer, Dr. Tresler performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, Bach Collegium of San Diego, True Concord, and Vox Humana. Matthew has also worked as a studio singer for film soundtracks in Los Angeles. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, New World Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Les Surprise Baroque, Baroque Festival Corona del Mar, and Early Music Hawaii, among others.