Elisse Albian is a junior studying vocal performance at UCLA under the instruction of Michael Dean. Her operatic credits at UCLA include performing as a member of the chorus in Cendrillon by Massenet, as well as the role of Gertrude Stein in The Mother of Us All by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein. Outside of UCLA, Elisse had the privilege of performing as the Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at the Music Academy International in Trentino, Italy. Elisse is also a member of UCLA’s Gluck Vocal Ensemble, an outreach organization focused on bringing music to senior centers, schools, and other locations around the greater Los Angeles area. Elisse has enjoyed UCLA’s choral program for all of her college career, participating in both Chorale and Chamber Singers.
Mario Arias is a fourth year transfer student currently majoring in vocal performance at UCLA. In High School, he performed with the Los Alamitos Show Choir Sound Fx, where he was given the opportunity to sing as an award-winning soloist across multiple stages including; the Lincoln Memorial Center in New York City, and the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville. After graduating High School, Mario attended Orange Coast College for 2 years where he joined the Chamber Singers and separately performed lead roles in the musicals Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, and Shrek the Musical. With the Chamber Singers, Mario traveled to New York City twice where he performed two different times at the Carnegie Hall. There the choir presented Mozart’s Requiem and Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave. In the fall of 2017, he transferred to UCLA where he has been singing with the UCLA Chamber Choir.
Tara Fay is a third-year undergraduate student at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She is majoring in music education and studies voice with the incomparable Professor Maria Fortuna Dean. She also participates in the UCLA Chamber Singers ensemble under the direction of Dr. James Bass, with whom she is excited to continue her studies. Tara aspires to be a high school choral director one day and believes that the Seraphic Fire program will make her both a better singer and teacher. She has been singing in choirs for eight years, exploring genres from gospel to baroque.
Grace Martino is a 4th year vocal performance major at UCLA , where she studies with Vladimir Chernov. Originally from New York; Grace has been very active in music, serving as President of both the Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir at her high school, while also conducting and directing her own A Cappella choir. At UCLA, she is a member of the Seraphic Fire x UCLA Young Ensemble Artists Program and sings with the UCLA Chamber Singers. With UCLA Opera, she has performed in the chorus of Cendrillon and The Lost Childhood and as Gertrude Stein in The Mother of Us All.
Andrew Pringle, 20, is currently a vocal performance major at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music studying under Vladimir Chernov, Peter Kazaras, and Dr. James K. Bass. Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Andrew has been very blessed to have studied under many brilliant teachers, including Jeffe Huls and Carol Tingle. He has performed the roles of Papageno in The Magic Flute and Gloster Heming in The Mother of Us All. He premiered the role of the Archbishop in a workshop version of Carla Lucero’s Juana. In 2017, Andrew won 1st Place in the Kiwanis Solo Competition and placed 2nd in the SCVA Solo completion. . He would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers who have always been supportive of his dreams and goals.
Finn Sagal is the winner of the 2017 Songbook Academy® competition and served that year as the Songbook Youth Ambassador. He is the winner of the prestigious ASCAP Foundation’s: Leiber and Stoller Scholarship, as well as UCLA’S Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Scholarship and Gluck Fellows Scholarship. This summer he is looking forward to studying with Mikael Eliasen at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Recently, Finn was one of the winners of UCLA’s Vocal Vision Awards Competition and will be performing in the World Premiere of the new Opera “Lost Childhood” at UCLA Opera this May.
Maia Sumanaweera, from San Jose, California, is an undergraduate Vocal Performance major at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. She studied classical voice privately for eight years before college. In high school, she was a finalist in the Schmidt Vocal Competition, and performed in California Regional and All-State Honor Choirs. Maia has nine years of choir experience, including two with UCLA’s Chamber Singers, whom she accompanied to Buffalo, New York in April 2019 to record with NAXOS Records and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Maia’s first lead role was Christine in Lost Childhood, with Opera UCLA in May 2019.