Year Graduated from SCA: 2001
Fine arts activities you participated in & fine arts achievements while at SCA: Concert Choir, “Renewal” (the small ensemble at the time), musical theater productions (Wendy in Peter Pan, Marion in The Music Man and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance), Regional Choir (1st-3rd chair), Arizona All-State Choir, ACSI Command Performance Solos/Duets
College(s) Attended and Major(s): The Master’s College (B.M. in Vocal Performance & Music Education), California State University, Northridge (M.M. in Vocal Arts)
What was your favorite thing about the college(s) you attended? I really appreciated the high level of excellence that was required at each institution as well as the varied opportunities I was able to partake in. Since my undergrad was from a Christian institution, I really appreciated being taught to glorify and worship God through the excellence pursued in every type of music I performed. The faculty and students around me were genuine examples of believers who put the Lord and their relationships first and their craft second, all the while never sacrificing the level of musicianship.
What have you done in the fine arts since college (not including your present work)? I’ve been able to be a part of and travel with several professional and community choirs, performed oratorio, operatic, theater and church solo work around the Los Angeles area, participated in several recording projects, taken part in community theatre productions, directed music camps and voice master classes, and adjudicated for various choral and solo competitions.
What are doing professionally now in the fine arts? I am part of the Voice Faculty at The Master’s College where I teach individual voice lessons, Voice Class, Performance Practicum, and Concert Attendance. I also oversee marketing and graphic design for the Department of Music. I founded and direct a summer music workshop called “Songs of Summer”, I have the privilege of singing with the Pacific Chorale and the Old Town Carolers, and do solo work whenever I can, and I am a part of the choir and worship team at my church, Grace Baptist.
What do like most about your chosen field and the work you are doing? I love that I get to sing every day that I’m working—it’s something I never tire of! I also enjoy working with college students, inspiring and pushing them in their musical pursuits, but also encouraging them in their walks with the Lord.
What are your long-term or future goals in the fine arts? I would like to further pursue session singing in Los Angeles as well as sing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale sometime in the future! I have also considered going back to school for a doctorate with the hope of becoming a full-time professor once kids are grown. 🙂 I also always want to prioritize serving musically in the local church, giving my gifts back to God for His use where He would see fit!
How do you integrate your faith in your pursuit of work in fine arts? Much of my work consists of teaching at a Christian institution, so it is quite easy for me to talk about my faith with my students, whether that be something related to music or otherwise. When I am in a performance or recording situation with non-believers, I simply try to do my best for the Lord, keep my identity rooted in the fact that I’m His child, and trust Him to give me opportunities to be a witness whether that be through musical excellence and personal integrity as a performer or in specific conversation.
A word of advice to SCA students who might be considering majoring in fine arts at college and pursuing a career in that field: Soak up everything you can when you are in a learning situation—lessons, classes, ensembles, performances, tours, church ministry, etc. You never know when you might use the information that is being given! Realize that we are all still learning and improving, and seek out opportunities to learn and grow even after college. Know going into this field that music (and other types of fine arts) can be all-consuming and very self-serving, so keep yourself in the Word to remember what matters most in life, and ask the Lord to keep you humble and useful for Him. If you strive to keep your priorities in line—God, family, and your craft (which can require some juggling at times!)—you will be able to truly enjoy each season of life as you work hard to glorify God through your excellence in fine arts!