Ryan Brown is a choral conductor and baritone who has served as Choral Director at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA; Artistic Director of Wachusett Community Choir, Artistic Director of professional vocal ensemble Diamonds From The Dust, and as singer and conductor in Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective. Brown is currently pursuing an MM in choral conducting at UCLA. In May 2014, he graduated as valedictorian at Westminster Choir College where he studied Music Education. Recent performances include Pontifex in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and various modern operas with companies including the Spoleto Festival and Lincoln Center Festival.
Jordan Clark is a recent graduate of UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, where he studied with bass-baritone Michael Dean. Clark recently sang the role of Mr. Rushworth in UCLA’s Mansfield Park production directed by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Scott Dunn. In 2013, he spent a summer at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. He has also studied with soprano Maria Fortuna Dean, baritone Steven Rainbolt, and soprano Fabiana Bravo.
Stephanie DePrez holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Film & TV Production from University of Notre Dame. Upon graduating, she served as choir director at Xavier College Preparatory High School, where she also took over the Drama Program. DePrez also developed the Companion Visitation Ministries concert series, bringing high school students to retirement communities across the Coachella Valley. In 2014, she directed a two-week choral tour of Australian Jesuit high schools. She was also the recipient of Palm Desert Rotary Club’s Spirit of Rotary in Education award. DePrez is currently Music Director at St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, and is pursuing her Master’s of Music degree in Voice and Choral Conducting at UCLA.
Katharina Haberl is a graduate student in Voice Performance at UCLA and currently studies with Juliana Gondek and James K. Bass. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Conservatory Liceu in Barcelona. Enjoying engagements in both Europe and the United States, she has appeared alongside Jose Carreras at the Parliament of Barcelona. In addition, she has performed at such prestigious stages as the Salzburger Fespielhaus. She has also participated in master classes with artists like mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick and summer courses including the Mozarteum International Summer Academy with Helen Donath and Janet Perry.
Kathryn Lillich is completing her Master’s degree at UCLA studying with Juliana Gondek. Lillich’s operatic credits include Mary Crawford in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park and La Fée in Massente’s Cendrillon. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist in Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych, and regularly appears with Southern California ensembles including Long Beach Camerata Singers and Pacific Chorale. In addition to her voice performance engagements, Lillich is a Celtic harpist and folk singer who maintains active piano and voice studios.
Garrett Schoonover is a Master’s degree candidate in Voice Performance at UCLA studying under Michael Dean. Recent operatic roles include Sir Thomas Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, Le Roi in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and chorus in Utah Opera’s 2015-2016 Season. Schoonover was recently appointed to a two-year engagement as the solo vocalist with VEM String Quartet, a group dedicated to performing and preserving Armenian music. He has been a member of the UCLA Chamber Singers since September 2016. Schoonover has served in the Army National Guard for 7 years and continues to serve with the 250th MI BN in Long Beach, CA.
Emmet Solomon is a junior majoring in voice performance at UCLA. Originally from New York City, he attended the prestigious United Nations International School, and graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. There, he sang with LaGuardia’s acclaimed Senior Chorus in complex works including Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, J. S. Bach’s Cantata 150 and Gloria from the Magnificat, and Karl Jenkins’ modern mass, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. At UCLA, Solomon has performed in the choruses of Cosí fan tutte and Cendrillion. He has also performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Los Robles Master Chorale, conducted by John Adams, and with UCLA’s Chorale and Chamber Choir.
Chloe Vaught studies Music Education at UCLA and is passionate about world music. An active member of her high school’s choral and music theater departments, she appeared in L.A. Dream Orchestra’s presentation of Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Vaught has performed the role of Sleep Fairy in Studio City Opera’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.