Jon Lee Keenan
Haesung Park, Pianist/Organist Collaborator
Haesung Park holds a M.M. from Boston University and a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California where she studied organ with Dr. Ladd Thomas and piano with Professor Norman Krieger. She is currently the organist at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and she is also accompanist for the University Campus Choir in Westwood. Dr. Park performs as pianist and organist regularly and has been invited to play a solo recital for the E. Power Biggs Organ Recital Series at Harvard University and American Guild of Organist Recital at St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles. Dr. Park has also performed with Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, Choral Society of Southern California, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, Hollywood Master Chorale, Meister Singers, Hills Women’s Choir, Hanyang Chamber Orchestra, and Santa Barbara Symphony. Dr. Park recently performed Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony No. 3 with the Santa Barbara Symphony and is featured in the recent Hollywood documentary "With Great Power- Stan Lee".
Stephanie Aston is a committed performer of contemporary music. American and world premiers include Luigi Nono’s Guai ai Gelidi Mostri, Michael Gordon’s What to Wear, and George Aperghis’ Sextuor: L’Origine des espèces. Dr. Aston is a member of ROMP, and has performed with San Diego New Music, Red Fish Blue Fish, and the La Jolla Symphony. She has performed at the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, Stanford University, REDCAT and on the L.A. Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series. Noteworthy performances include John Zorn’s Rituals, Jason Eckardt’s Tongues, John Adams’ A Flowering Tree (Kumudha), Edgard Varese’ Offrandes, and Alberto Ginastera’s Cantata Para America Magica. Dr. Aston holds a M.F.A. from CalArts and a D.M.A from the University of California, San Diego.
Carrah Flahive discovered her love for music at an early age, performing with Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley. After graduating from L.A. County High School for the Arts, she pursued intensive studies at LAMA College for Music Professionals. With an interest in Brazilian music, she moved to São Paulo, Brazil, where for two years she performed nightly and recorded with top local instrumentalists. Since her return to the US, she has sung across Los Angeles and participated in various studio sessions, singing with jazz combos, a cappella groups and choral ensembles, including the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Caitlen Kemble holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Redlands as well as a California teaching credential in music. She has studied abroad at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét Hungary, taught both junior high and high school choir and served as the choir director at Rialto United Methodist Church. She is an active member of the Southern California Vocal Association and currently holds the position of choir teacher at Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills, CA. In addition to teaching and directing, Caitlen remains an active chorister and has sung as a member of the Redlands Choral Artists, University of Redlands Chapel Singers, and the Mountainside Master Chorale. In the near future, she plans to earn a masters degree in Kodály pedagogy and a DMA in choral conducting.
Christina Bristow is honored to be apart of Inspiravi. Her most recent solo performances include Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at USC, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore, “daughter” in Performance Riverside’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, and Milly in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers where she received the Inland Empire Theatre League Award for Best Actress. She is very active in singing for the LA area, including singing for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, USC Baroque Sinfonia, Glendale City SDA Church and First Baptist Church of Glendale. Christina holds a Graduate Certificate and Master of Music in Vocal Arts/Opera from the University of Southern California.
Clarissa Shan is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the USC Thornton School of Music. She also holds a Master of Music from USC and a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Sierra University. Ms. Shan is an active performer throughout Southern California. Ms. Shan has won first place in competitions such as the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition and the grand prize in the Brentwood Symphony Young Artist Competition. Besides performing, Ms. Shan also shares her passion of music with the younger generation by teaching voice to undergraduate students as well as classes at USC and also at La Sierra University. She is currently the Minister of Music at Temple City Methodist Church and is also a soprano soloist at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ms. Shan studies with noted mezzo-soprano, Cynthia Munzer.
Frances Chee would have pursued a degree in music had she known sooner that she had a voice for singing. She instead holds a BA in Communications, and is currently a Graduate Teaching Associate pursuing a MA degree also in Communications with a focus in rhetoric from California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to teaching two courses in public speaking, she is an avid photographer who has enjoyed working with clients such as LA Master Chorale, Pennington Dance Group, and other local performance art organizations. She previously sang with Cal Poly Pomona Chamber Singers as well as Vox Femina Los Angeles under Dr. Iris Levine. She is thrilled to be a part of Inspiravi!
Therese Fassnacht is Assistant Professor of Music at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Dr. Fassnacht completed her Masters studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and her D.M.A. in choral conducting and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has studied conducting and choral music with conductors Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, Chester Alwes, Fred Stoltzfus, Donald Schleicher, and Eduardo Diazmunoz. She spent two summers in Coaraze, France with Joel Coen and Anne Azéma of the Boston Camerata learning the performance practice of medieval vocal music. Dr. Fassnacht has performed as conductor, soloist, and chorister on both national and international stages. Her research interests include Latin American choral music.
Jennifer Miller has been performing professionally as a vocalist, recording artist, and pianist for over 15 years. She has performed roles in a number of productions in styles ranging from opera and music theater, to gospel and jazz. In addition, Ms. Miller has held section leader positions with several professional choral organizations, including Mountainside Master Chorale, Verdi Chorus, and Los Angeles Choral Artists. Past projects have included soprano soloist in Carmina Burana, Faust (Marguerite), Ragtime (Mother), Songs for a New World (Woman 1), Video Games Live, and A Royal Christmas with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Jennifer hold a B.A. in Music from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
Eleni Pantages is the alto section leader at St. James Episcopal church in South Pasadena and sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Bach Project. She has appeared as a soloist with the Hollywood Master Chorale, LA Daiku Singers, Horizon Chamber Choir, and St. Sophia Cathedral Choir. She has also sung back-up for Jennifer Hudson and The Rolling Stones. Eleni is a district music specialist for the Ventura Unified School District and teaches at four elementary schools. She also is the music director for Showstoppers Theatre Productions in Santa Barbara which serves middle and high school students. Eleni holds a M.A.T. Music & B.A. Vocal Performance and Choral Music from the University of Southern California.
Laura Smith sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, and has appeared as a soloist with the Orange County Choral Society, Performing Arts Society of Southern California, Riverside Master Chorale, Laguna Woods Symphony, Redlands Choral Artists, and as a guest artist for six summers with the Idyllwild Arts Festival Choir. Smith has also sung extensively in Europe, most notably with the Palestrina Ensemble of Munich, appearing frequently at Alterpeterkirche, Heilig Blut Kirche, Damenstiftskirche, and can be heard as the alto soloist for the ensemble's recording of Palestrina's Canticum Canticorum (Bayrische Rundfunk, 2012). Laura holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in Germanic Studies from Chapman University.
David Connors is Professor of Music and the Director of Program Review and Assessment at California State University, Los Angeles. He teaches applied voice and serves as Director of the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program. Dr. Connors is also a program author for Scott Foresman’s “Making Music”. David was tenor soloist with the Los Angeles Bach Festival and has sung the role of the Evangelist in J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio as well as the tenor solos in the Mass in B Minor and the Magnificat. He has sung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Grant Gershon. David holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.M.E. from Bradley University. He holds a Master of Music in Music Education with a minor in dance, and a Doctor of Music Education from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Ben Cortez has recently returned to Los Angeles after attaining his Master in Music at Indiana University under Carol Vaness. He received his Bachelor in Music from USC under Elizabeth Hynes. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Mr. Cortez joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale as a regular member and the Coventry Choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena as their tenor soloist and section leader. In 2012, he had the honor of being an Opera Theater St. Louis Geraldine Young Artist. He has performed roles, covered roles and sung in choruses at IU, USC, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Opera Theater St. Louis, and Oberlin in Italy. He is an aspiring Opera Stage Director and currently works as a chorister, oratorio soloist, section leader, and voice teacher in the Los Angeles area.
Tim Gonzales was born and trained in Southern California and has performed opera and oratorio on the national and international stage. Mr. Gonzales’s concert repertoire spans over fifty works including the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions and Mass in B Minor, tenor solos in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Great Mass and Requiem, as well as Verdi’s Requiem to name a few. He was featured in the 2005 KMZT broadcast of the Angeles Chorale’s Messiah as the tenor soloist. In 2012, he made his Disney Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Messiah Sing Along. He has also recorded Nick Strimple’s Nativities with the London Symphony Orchestra on the Naxos Label in 2013. Mr. Gonzales is a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and sings regularly as a soloist with other Los Angeles choral groups such as Capella, The Angeles Chorale, Mountainside Master Chorale, Chorale Bel Canto, and The Camerata of Los Angeles. Tim holds a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California.
Richard Langham received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and is pursuing his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. His passions for choral music and working with young people have led to a career directing middle school choirs, of which he is in his eleventh year. His chamber choir experience includes San Francisco's Creative Voices, which specialized in vocal transcriptions of tango music, and Aberdeen, Scotland's Con Anima, under the direction of Welsh composer Paul Mealor. Currently, in addition to Inspiravi, Rich also sings with the Long Beach Camerata Singers.
Jon Lee Keenan currently resides in Los Angeles where he has just received a D.M.A. in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California. Dr. Keenan is currently in his 6th season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with which he is regularly featured as a soloist. Jon earned 3 undergraduate degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas: in vocal performance, music education, and in jazz studies (as a double bassist). He earned a M.M. in Vocal Arts from USC in 2009. Operatic performances at USC Thornton Opera include the role of ”Monostatos” in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, “Lechmere” in the West Coast premiere of Britten’s Owen Wingrave, and “Male Chorus” in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Other recent engagements include Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, “Don Basilio/Don Curzio” in an updated production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles, and “Normanno” in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Saratoga where he was an apprentice this summer.
Dylan Gentile is a regularly performing chorister and soloist in the Los Angeles area. For the past ten seasons, he has been a contracted singer in the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Grant Gershon, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Jacaranda Singers, Millennium Consort, and others. Most recently, he was a featured soloist with the Master Chorale in David Lang’s the little match girl passion. He is also an active session singer in Los Angeles, performing on film and television soundtracks as well as studio recordings. Dylan holds a B.M. from the University of Southern California, a M.M. in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently completing M.M. in Choral Conducting at California State University, Los Angeles.
E Scott Levin is a baritone residing in Southern California. He has been a soloist with the Los Angeles Bach Festival several times and has sung with many opera companies around Los Angeles including LA Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Orange County Opera, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Center Stage Opera. Scott holds a B.A. in Music from Washington University in St Louis, and a Graduate Certificate in Voice from USC Thornton School of Music.
Emmanuel Miranda is a staff singer at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and at Vallejo Drive SDA Church in Glendale. He is also Associate Conductor of the Philippine Chamber Singers-Los Angeles, and has been singing with Los Angeles Master Chorale since 2009. Emmanuel has also sung with the Philippine Madrigal Singers and won the European Grand Prix for Choral Music in 1997 and 2007. He studied voice and conducting at the University of the Philippines College of Music, and is currently completing his MM in Choral Conducting at California State University, Los Angeles.
Zach Neufeld received a B.M. in Music Composition from the University of Redlands and an M.A. in Composition from UCLA. In addition to composing, he is active as a freelance classical/jazz pianist and accompanist. Zach has served as staff accompanist in the School of Music at the University of Redlands and pianist for the Gluck opera outreach program at UCLA. Zach is currently pursuing a PH.D degree in composition at UCLA, where he is a graduate teaching assistant in theory, musicianship, and keyboard skills. He is also the Music Director and Organist at Redlands First Presbyterian Church. Zach was pleased to have Inspiravi offer the premiere performance of his Nunc Dimittis in 2011.
Steve Pence is a frequent soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, having recently appeared with them in Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. He has also performed solos in Bach’s b-minor Mass with the L.A. Bach Festival, in Elijah with the Lark Society, and in Brahms’ Requiem with the Orange County Choral Society. He has appeared as a soloist with Cypress Masterworks in Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. Steve Pence has performed several opera roles, including Alonzo in Hoiby’s The Tempest with USC Thornton Opera and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Pacific Repertory Opera.