Michelle Jensen is the founder and conductor of the Sterling Ensemble. Furthermore, she conducts the Chamber Singers at Azusa Pacific University where she also teaches Music Education. Under the direction of Jensen, the Sterling Ensemble has performed in historic venues in Europe and America, and they recorded for a GRAMMY®-balloted album with soprano Sangeeta Kaur. With Michelle’s leadership her choirs have won significant international awards at top Choral competitions, and were selected to represent the United States at the 50th International Competition of Choirs in Austria, where they were awarded first place in every category. Michelle continues to serve as a clinician, adjudicator, honor choir conductor, choreographer, and guest artist throughout the United States and abroad. Click the icones below to visit Michelle's website , follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Hila Plitmann, GRAMMY® winning singer, song writer and actress, is recognized internationally for her stunning stage presence and ability to perform challenging new music across a vast range of genres. She has performed as a guest soloist with the many of the world’s leading conductors and with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Click the icons below to visit Hila's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Sangeeta Kaur (aka Teresa Mai) is a Vietnamese-American award winning soprano, mantra singer, song-writer and producer who performs internationally, and is known for bringing a unique blend of classical and sacred music to the stage. She is the founder of Empower With Art Productions, a non-profit organization and production company that is dedicated to creating new and transformative musical productions that have positive impact on the world. Click the icons below to visit Sangeeta's website , follow her on social media, and find her music online.
ERU is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most versatile cellists of her generation. Her blossoming career has been filled with major performances including a recent solo performance with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra premiering the music of legendary composer John Williams, collaboration with major recording artist Adele, and Demi Lovato, for which she received a Grammy Award nomination. ERU is also known as a spokesperson of her generation, recently giving a TEDx talk in London, invited to give a Keynote presentation at Lawrence University and a lecture at Harvard University. ERU is also a musical director and collaborator for STEAM at Harvard. Click the icons below to visit Eru's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Tali Tadmor is a Los Angeles-based pianist, vocal coach, conductor and music educator. She received both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts with minor fields in solo piano performance, choral studies, and sacred music studies. A versatile musician, Tali collaborates regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and Long Beach Opera companies, and has performed in some of the world’s great venues; from Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, to The Ford Amphitheater, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and many more. Tali currently heads the Collaborative Piano Program at California State University in Northridge, and serves as Music Director and Accompanist for LA Opera’s Education and Community Programs Department. Her collaboration with composer Eric Whitacre has included a decade’s worth of concerts, workshops, and recordings worldwide, including his latest CD under the Decca music label. Click the icons below to visit Tali's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Dale Trumbore is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer whose music has been praised by The New York Times for its "soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies." Her compositions have been performed in the U.S. and internationally by ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Modesto Symphony, and Pasadena Symphony. Trumbore’s 2019-2020 season includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the NCCO National Conference, the Norton Simon Museum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Trumbore has written extensively about working through creative blocks; her first book, Staying Composed: Overcoming Anxiety and Self-Doubt Within a Creative Life, was released last year. Click the icons below to visit Dale's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Grammy® Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. His works have been programmed worldwide by numerous amateur and professional performers, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 120 different countries. He is presently Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. A charismatic speaker, Eric Whitacre has given keynote addresses for many global institutions. He reached new audiences in 2018 when his composition Deep Fieldbecame the foundation for a pioneering audiovisual collaboration between Eric, NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute, Music Productions and 59 Productions. Click the icons below to visit Eric's website, follow him on social media, and find his music online.
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse is an award winning composer, pianist, lyricist and producer. As a composer she has contributed to the film industry and her music has been featured on international radio broadcast. Mrs. Vlasse is presently associated with nine albums including several collaborations with violinist Mischa Lefkowitz (Los Angeles Philharmonic); all albums are available for purchase through standard online retailers such as Amazon. Her newest album “Poème” features sopranos Hila Plitmann and Sangeeta Kaur with internationally-acclaimed pianist Robert Thies, and cellist John Walz (LA Opera principal cello). Her music has been described as a “mystic/mythic space” by LA Opus’ David Brown and as “unquestionably magnificent” by Steve Sheppard of One World Music Radio. Click the icons below to visit Danaë's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Lyricist, author, and composer Charles Anthony Silvestri has worked with other artists from all over the world to create texts tailor-made for their commissions and specific artistic needs. He has been a prolific writer for composers including Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, and Dan Forrest, and for groups including the Houston Grand Opera, the King’s Singers, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as Westminster Choir College and Westminster Abbey. Click the icons below to visit his website, follow him on social media, and find his work online.
Composer, theorist, and professor David S. Lefkowitz has won international acclaim, having performances in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Israel, and Egypt. He has won recognition from Fukui Harp Music, ASCAP Young Composers, NACUSA, Guild of Temple Musicians, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Washington International Competition, Society for New Music’s Brian Israel, ALEA III, and Gaudeamus Music Week. Recent commissions include Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Suzana Bartal, Sibelius Piano Trio, Inna Faliks, and Russian String Orchestra. Upcoming performances include Edinburgh Fringe, a portrait concert at Yeltsin Center in Ekaterinburg, and Segerstrom Hall. Click the icons below to visit David's website, follow him on social media, and find his music online.
Emmy Award winning composer Lolita Ritmanis is a vibrant member of the international music community. Her works have been performed throughout the world, including prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall, Davies Symphony Hall. Lolita is one of the founders of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, and was awarded the BMI Champion Award in 2017. Her passion for collaborating with visionary voices has filled her resume with a wide variety of projects including: music for television, musical theatre, independent film, video games, documentaries, and the concert stage. Click the icons below to visit Lolita's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
A member of the executive committee of the Music Branch of The Academy of Motion Pictures, Four - time Emmy Award Nominated and award winner, composer Sharon Farber is a celebrated Film, TV and concert music composer. Sharon has worked with networks such as NBC, CBS, Showtime and WB as well as scoring feature films. Her concert works have been commissioned and performed Nationally and Internationally by The Los Angeles Master Chorale, NY virtuoso Singers, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, The Israeli Chamber Orchestra, The Northwest Sinfonietta, The National Children Chorus and many more, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and more. Click the icons below to visit Sharon's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Morten Johannes Lauridsen has held residencies as guest composer/lecturer at over seventy universities (USC, Los Angeles Master Chorale, 1994-2001) and has received many honorary doctorates. He was a professor of composition at the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music for more than 40 years. A recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and commissions, Lauridsen chaired the Composition department at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1990–2002 and founded the School’s Advanced Studies program in Film Scoring. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide." Click the icons below to visit Morten's website, follow him on social media, and find his music online.
Kim André Arnesen is a Norwegian composer. He is mostly known for his choral compositions, both a cappella, accompanied by piano or organ, or large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. His first CD album "Magnificat" was nominated for GRAMMY Awards 2016 in the category Best Surround Sound Album. He has received wide notice with his choral works that has been performed by choirs all over the world. His "Cradle Hymn" was a part of the regional Emmy Prize winning show "Christmas in Norway" and has been performed at the White House. His music has also been performed at Carnegie Hall. Since 2017 he was signed with Boosey & Hawkes music publishers as one of their house composers. Arnesen is an elected member of the Norwegian Society of Composers.
Katherine Dudney is a composer, producer, cellist, and vocalist. As a California native, she began studying the cello and voice at an early age, and later completed a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from California State University. Using the classical technique, Katherine has created a novel style of music where she plays and sings simultaneously in live performances. Her music has been described as angelic and haunting with a clear soprano tone soaring above the lower registers of the cello. Passionate about incorporating different styles of music into her compositions, she draws
from various genres, including classical, pop, rock, jazz, folk, and electronic. Katherine is also a producer, and uses Ableton Live to compose and produce her original and virtuosic music. She has performed and recorded with various bands and artists in California, Oregon, and Colorado where she currently lives. From her home studio Katherine continues to produce new music and is presently composing a musical for children. Click the icons below to visit Katherine's website, follow her on social media, and find her music online.
Jake Runestad is an American composer and conductor of classical music based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Considered “one of the best of the younger American composers” (Chicago Tribune), he has composed music for a wide variety of musical genres and ensembles, but has achieved greatest acclaim for his work in the genres of opera, orchestral music, choral music, and wind ensemble. His music is published by JR Music. Click the icons below to visit Jake's website, follow him on social media, and find his music online.
Born and raised in Glendale CA, David Brunt has a rich history in the music world as a performer, producer and in artist representation.
The producers, Danaë & David, would like to express their immense gratitude to all the concert supporters who are committed to keeping the arts alive during an unpresented period of social upheaval.
We would also like to acknowledge all the volunteers who gave their time to this project, and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ashraf Minahi (for his beautiful assembly of the concert webpage) and to Stephen Brown (who is honoring the memory of Darlene Montes at the concert).
We are honored to present the music of such visionary composers, honored to hear it performed by such talented artists, and we are blessed by the multitudes of kind acts that have made this event come together!