THE GOLDEN BRIDGE SINGERS

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson is a Los Angeles-based vocalist and frequently performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Opera Chorus. She has had numerous comprimario roles at LA Opera in productions of El Gato Montés and Die Entführung aus dem Serail and in the upcoming production of Le Nozze di Figaro. She has appeared as a soloist with Chorale Bel Canto and the Claremont Symphony Orchestra.  Previously she has sung with both the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s choruses. While in Chicago she was a member of the Grant Park Chorus, Chicago Bach Project and Chicago Symphony Chorus. She received her graduate degree from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Tamara Bevard

Tamara Bevard, soprano, has performed with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Illinois Chamber Symphony in works such as Haydn's Mass in Time of War, Lindberg's Graffiti, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bach's Magnificat, St. Matthew Passion,and Christmas Cantata, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Faure's Requiem. She has toured Vienna, Budapest, and Prague in both Mozart's Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore, and in 2007 she performed Haydn's Theresienmesse in Rome and Florence with Nova Amadeus Orchestra and in Munich with the Seuddeutsche Kammer Philharmonie.  Recent solo engagements include Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Musica Angelica and the LA Master Chorale in March 2010 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony at the newly renovated Granada Theater in Santa Barbara with the Santa Barbara Chorale Society and Orchestra in May 2010, and Bach's Mass in b minor with the same organization in February 2011. In August of 2010, she sang the soprano solos in both the Verdi Requiem and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Freiburg during their North America tour with performances at Memorial Church in Stanford, Ca, and Honolulu, Hawaii with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus. Most recently she performed the role of Jennie in Kurt Weill's folk opera Down in the Valley, and Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire as part of the USC Thornton School of Music Chamber Events Series at Newman Recital Hall.

Matt Brown

California native MATTHEW BROWN completed his master’s and doctoral studies in music composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett, Frederick Lesemann, Randy Newman, and Tamar Diesendruck. His awards include the 2007 VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest, 2010 VocalEssence Essentially Choral Commission, and 2011 C4 Composition Competition. His works have been performed throughout the United States and internationally by groups such as Chanticleer, The Crossing, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, VocalEssence, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Young New Yorker’s Chorus, Cincinnati Boychoir, Balsai (Lithuania), Kantorei, Chor Obandes (Japan), Coro de Cámara Ainur (Spain), L.A. Choral Lab, GMCLA, C4, USC Chamber Choir, Los Robles Master Chorale, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and the USC Thornton Symphony. He remains active in Los Angeles as a composer, arranger, performer, and professor, session singer, and tenor with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. His choral works, described by the New York Times as “quietly mesmerizing,” are featured on the Antioch Chamber Ensemble’s 2013 album (though love be a day) and published by Schott, G. Schirmer, and Hal Leonard.

Anna Cave

Anna Cave is an American soprano originally from Texas. Her early studies led her to Interlochen Arts Academy and on to a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance from Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City. Over the last decade and a half, she has enjoyed a variety of musical opportunities in New York and Los Angeles: appearing as the lead in Orpheus in the Underworld by Jonathan Dawe, providing session vocals for Musical Theatre and Jazz artists, and continuing the Anglican Choral tradition as a member of the choir at St. James in the City, Los Angeles.  She can be seen performing with various ensembles in the area, including the LA Master Chorale, Ensemble Vocatrix, LA Schola, The Perfect Fifth, St. John’s Pro Cathedral choir, and The Clarion Singers (notably during two summer residencies at Canterbury Cathedral). She has appeared as part of The Golden Bridge Consort since 2016.

Gerald Craft

Gerald Craft, tenor, is a staff singer at St. James' Episcopal/Anglican Church in Los Angeles. In addition to The Golden Bridge Singers, Gerald has sung with The Donald Brinegar Singers, Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, the Corona Del Mar Baroque Music Festival, The Jeannine Wagner Ensemble, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Chorale Bel Canto, Cantori Sine Nomine, and has been tenor soloist with the Redondo Beach Baroque Music Festival and the Whittier College Bach Festival. In 2015 Gerald had the privilege of being tenor soloist in a Bach concert tour that performed in Greece and Bulgaria. He is Artistic Director of Hollywood-based LASchola 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’s Degree and studied voice with G. G. Prosper.
 

Scott Graff

Scott Graff is a versatile artist, having appeared throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica, Catacoustic Consort, the Carmel Bach Festival, California Bach Society, and Synchromy. His operatic work includes originating multiple roles in new operas, including Josef Stalin in the world premiere of Lisa Scola Prosek’s opera Daughter of the Red Tsar, Dolores in the world premiere of Caliban Dreams in a production co-produced by Berkeley West Edge Opera/First Look Sonoma, and Lewis and Father Tree in Michael Webster and Eileen Myles’ opera Hell, performed in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tijuana, Mexico. He most recently originated the role of Posterity in the Person of Leibnitz in the world-premiere performances of Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He also appeared in the role of Farasmane in Musica Angelica’s production of Handel’s Radamisto, performed at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

In addition to his solo work, Scott is also a sought-after ensemble singer; he is in his sixteenth season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, he is a member of the Millennium Consort, and he appears regularly with numerous other chamber ensembles up and down the west coast. He was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, whose recording Padilla: Sun of Justice was awarded the 2007 Grammy® for Best Small Ensemble. Scott is also an active studio singer, lending his voice to numerous film and television soundtrack recordings, including The Secret Life of Pets, X-Men: Apocalypse, Winnie the Pooh, and Frozen,) and television (The Medium, Family Guy, and assorted Mickey Mouse short features). This fall, Scott will join the voice faculty of Pomona College in Claremont.

James Hayden

James Hayden, bass, is a singer, composer, and arranger based in Los Angeles, CA. He has developed a particular
fondness for unusual performances, learning how to sing and ride a penny-farthing bike as the Basso Buffo in the
LA Phil’s production of John Cage’s Europeras, and portraying a cowardly crooner in the world premier of Annie
Gosfield’s War of the Worlds. Other notable engagements include the ongoing worldwide tour of the Los Angeles
Master Chorale’s Lagrime di San Pietro, two appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and two performances with
the Rolling Stones on their 50th Anniversary Tour.


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 a Roster Chorister with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and a
Company Member with The Industry, the experimental opera company praised by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen as “the
coolest opera company in the world.” When not embodying villains or wise priests on the operatic stage, he
performs with the new-music vocal sextet Hex, is a voice actor for Sony Pictures Television, and writes award-winning pop a cappella charts for ensembles across the U.S.

Callista Hoffman

Callista Hoffman (mezzo-soprano) is from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and received a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Southern California. She received her BA in music from Notre Dame University.

An accomplished soloist and choral singer, this year will mark Callista’s ninth season as a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She has most recently been touring domestically and internationally as a member of their production of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro, directed by Peter Sellars. She has also sung with the Enlightenment Chamber Music Group, Horizon Group, and Golden Bridge. Solo work includes Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah, Bach B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured artist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, singing as the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem under the baton of Maestro Helmut Rilling, and with the Fresno Philharmonic, singing the same work. She can be heard on such films as Big Hero 6, Minions, Creed, Jumanji, A Wrinkle in Time, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and others.

Dermot Kiernan

Dermot Kiernan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (majoring in performance on the Classical Accordion) and a Master’s Degree in Medieval Music Performance and Musicology from The National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  During his time at University, Dermot sang with all three of Dublin’s Cathedral Choirs in and several ensembles, including Schola Cantorum Dublinia, The University College Dublin Choral Scholars, Resurgam and The Dublin Bach Singers. He has appeared as a soloist at Dublin’s National Concert Hall and The Royal Dublin Society. From there he joined the post-Masters Degree program at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

 

In 2009 he was appointed choir leader of the Aontas Choral Ensemble as part of the internationally acclaimed music group, Celtic Woman. For six years he toured worldwide with the show and featured on several of their CD and DVD recordings as well as their PBS TV specials.

 

Since moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2013, Dermot has worked with many prestigious

ensembles including the LA Schola, The Wagner Ensemble, deAngelis Vocal Ensemble and The Clarion Singers, with whom he took part in two residencies at Canterbury Cathedral.

Luc Kleiner

Luc Kleiner is a versatile Baritone vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer of music incorporating various styles and blurring genre boundaries. He joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2014 and has worked with such musical outfits as LA Philharmonic, LA Chamber Singers, The Rolling Stones, John Williams, and his own experimental pop quintet, Easy. Luc is currently pursuing his graduate studies in Composition at the California Institute of the Arts.

Sarah Lynch

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Lynch has been a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale since 2011,
and in the professional ensemble at St. James’ Church since 2009. Earlier this summer, she
participated in a performance of J.S. Bach’s Singet dem Herrn and Magnificat, one and two on
a part, respectively, in the final concert of this year’s Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar.
This spring Sarah was among the soloists in LAMC’s premiere of Dale Trumbore’s work, How to
Go On at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Other recent solo and small ensemble work includes Wo
Zwei und Drei versammlet sind from J.S. Bach’s Cantata 42 in concert with St. Matthew’s
Chamber Orchestra, Reich’s Drumming and Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ
with Jacaranda, and the premiere of Jason Barabba’s work, Lettere da Triggiano, at Boston
Court Theater. She also sings on film, television and video game sessions, most recently, The
Lion King, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Venom, Superintelligence, Call of Duty 4:
Black Ops, A Wrinkle in Time, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the upcoming release,
Underwater. Sarah also works as an orchestrator, arranger, and in music prep for film,
television and media. She holds two degrees in Piano Performance, and currently studies voice
with soprano, Renee Sousa.

Brett McDermid

Brett McDermid holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.  After graduation, Brett spent several years touring in the US and internationally with various choirs.  He has performed with The Concordia Choir, Kentucky Opera, Cornerstone Chorale, the Pallas Ensemble and the Cardinal Singers.   

Brett currently sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Choir of St. James, The Clarion Singers, LASchola, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Horizon Chamber Choir, Pacific Bach Ensemble ,LA Chamber Singers and the early music ensemble Tesserae.  He is a member of the touring company for the Master Chorale’s production of Lagrime, and has performed the piece at several international venues including  the Barbican in London, Cite de la Musique in Paris,  the Melbourne International Arts Festival and as the opening performance of the 2019 Salzburg Festival.

He is an original member of the male vocal ensemble Chanson (www.chanson.org), who have released four studio albums.

Julia Metzler

Los Angeles-based soprano Julia Metzler is an active up-and-coming opera singer and concert soloist. A frequent opera competitor, Ms. Metzler 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, 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.

In 2011, Ms. Metzler 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. Ms. Metzler 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 New York, in Paris, and on Chinese television for the Lunar New Year Gala - the most watched television broadcast in the world.

Ms. Metzler will be a 2019/20 Chrisman Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara.

 

Find out more at www.juliaheronmetzler.com

Kara Morgan

From her earliest years, Kara Morgan has been singing and entertaining. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Kara subsequently spent two years in France studying voice at the Conservatoire de Nancy where she was awarded the Médaille d'Or in 2004. In 2005 Kara was selected to join the Maryland Opera Studio where she performed the roles of Sophie in Massenet's Werther, Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa's Transformations and Rose in the World Premiere of John Musto's Later the Same Evening.

Her love of both early music and new music has lead her to collaborate with such companies as Washington D.C.'s Opera Lafayette, the Great Noise Ensemble, Chantry, the Aspen Music Festival, the Alliance for New Music-Theater, Ensemble Vocatrix.

Beyond the concert hall, Kara is also an actor and comedic performer. In 2012 Kara moved to Los Angeles to perform musical comedy within the heart of the entertainment industry. She currently creates the Kara Morgan Show and studies comedy improv at the Groundlings Theater and School, all the while singing with such LA ensembles as the Choir of St. James, Ensemble Vocatrix, the LA Schola, The Golden Bridge and The Clarion Singers.

Adam Noel

Adam is excited to be returning with The Golden Bridge for another outstanding year. Adam has performed nationally and internationally as a tenor with various ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Choir of St. James in the City, The Clarion Singers, Tonality, and LASchola. Adam is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA with a BA in voice and trombone. He has performed under the baton of esteemed conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Adam also works in television finance for MGM Studios in Beverly Hills.

Jae Park

Jae Park is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at Cal State Long Beach. He has performed in the Chamber Choir, the University Choir, and the Men's Chorus. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California. During his study at the institution, he performed with USC Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers under the direction of Magen Solomon and Jo-Michael Scheibe respectively. He also studied voice with Gary Glaze.   In addition to The Golden Bridge, Jae currently sings with The Clarion Singers and the Choir of St. James, for whom he is also the resident cantor.

Beth Peregrine

Beth Peregrine is a Los Angeles based soloist and chorister originally from Melbourne, Australia. Peregrine began her career in Melbourne as a church soloist, Australian Music Events Vocal Scholar and competition winner, performing at both Opera in the Alps and Opera in the Market. After performing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on the award winning film Disgrace, she travelled to Italy to perform as a soloist at the International Lyric Academy and then relocated to Los Angeles.


Peregrine has been a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale for five seasons, and made her solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2015 performing Handel’s Messiah as well as Alexander’s Feast. She was selected to perform 2015’s LAMC Maestro & Friends Dinner and was the featured soloist for Eric Whitacre’s 2013 ‘Cloudburst’ TED Talk, as well as performing in the choir for the Rolling Stones “50 and Counting” tour.


Since moving to Los Angeles, Peregrine has become a member of several esteemed chamber ensembles in the area, including The Clarion Singers, Horizon Music Group, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble and The Golden Bridge. She also performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Opera and holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera from California State University, Long Beach, as well as a Diploma in Screen and Theatre performance from the National Theatre Australia.

Ilana Summers

Los Angeles native, Ilana Summers, graduated from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach in 2012 with a degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. She has sung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as a number of other SoCal based ensembles including the LA Bach Festival Choir, Horizon Chamber Choir, The Clarion Singers, LASchola, Meistersingers, Inspiravi, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble and The Golden Bridge. Having studied violin since age 7 and viola since age 14, Ilana, perhaps not by coincidence, developed a vocal timbre similar to that of a stringed instrument and has gravitated heavily toward music of the Baroque period. She has had the great fortune of singing under such notable conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit and Eric Whitacre. Ilana is currently working on an album of her own music, exploring the dynamic possibilities of the voice in combination with stringed instruments.

Matt Tresler

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, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, True Concord, and Vox Humana.  In the past, Matt has also sung with the Phoenix Chorale and Spire. 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. Matthew holds degrees in voice and conducting from Northern Arizona University, and the University of Miami.

Andrea Zomorodian

Andrea Zomorodian regularly performs throughout the US and abroad. Her work in LA has been focused on concert, oratorio, early music, and studio singing. Recent solo engagements include: Purcell King Arthur with Bach Collegium San Diego, Bach Cantatas 166 & 153 at the Whittier Bach Festival, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Coronation Mass, Schubert Shepherd on the Rock & Zemlinsky Maiblumen blühten überall for Sunset ChamberFest, Beethoven Mass in C, Bach St. John Passion with Musica Angelica and Pacific Chorale, Handel Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, Carissimi Jephte, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Exsultate, Jubilate, Bach Magnificat, Handel Messiah, Brahms Requiem, Allegri Miserere, Bach Cantatas 202, 61, 82a with Bach Collegium San Diego, and Bach Mass in B Minor.   

Recent highlights include: Opening the Salzburg Festival 2019 with Lagrime di San Pietro (di Lasso) staged by Peter Sellars, solo debut (Peri Quartet) in Schumann Das Paradies with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, Hildegard program of Hymns & Songs ("sung with blinding luminosity" - Mark Swed, LA Times), and Purcell King Arthur with Bach Collegium San Diego.

Upcoming engagements include: a program of Bach & Handel arias with Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, Messiah Sing-Along soloist with LA Master Chorale at Disney Hall, Messiah soloist with Long Beach Camerata, La Serva Padrona with San Diego Baroque, 2018-2020 world tour of Peter Sellars' production of Lagrime di San Pietro with the LA Master Chorale, and continued Hildegard programs with Ensemble Vocatrix. 

Ms. Zomorodian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Vienna, Austria. 

www.andreazomorodian.com

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