Director's Welcome Message
Welcome! I'm so excited to launch the inaugural year of our conservatory with the news of our big change to the Vocal Arts Conservatory. That means our program is expanding its array of specialized music classes to include new offerings such as Jazz Voice and Commercial Singing & Recording along with our Classical Voice classes. We've been working non-stop designing the curriculum, hiring incredible faculty, and building parternships with professional musical organizations to offer an unparalleled education to our young singing artists. I can't wait to make music with all of you! If you have any questions about our program, or if you would like to learn how to get more involved as a parent, please don't hesitate to reach out to me and say hello!
To champion the next generation of thoughtful, expressive, and collaborative vocal artists across multiple musical genres who are passionate advocates for their art form.
The Vocal Arts Conservatory offers bright young artists who are passionate about expressing themselves with their voice a comprehensive course of study through engaging performance-based classes, pre-professional programming, and rigorous musical training.
We build artists.
The Vocal Arts Conservatory is pleased to present a unique opportunity for our students to get involved behind-the-scenes in three different levels of opera production. We are partnering with Pacific Opera Project, Long Beach Opera and Los Angeles Opera to bring young singers inside the world of professional opera. Students will attend sing-throughs, work behind-the-scenes, watch dress rehearsals, and attend Q&As with artistic staff and performers. Our Opera Crawl culminates with a chance to perform with Maestro James Conlon in the Los Angeles Opera Cathedral Project this coming spring! Stay tuned for more details!
Director of Vocal Arts
Vocal Forum, Solo Performance, Opera Workshop, American Songbook
Soprano Katherine Powers (formerly Katherine Giaquinto) began her performing career as an actress in Canadian film and television. An opera performer, vocal pedagogue, actor, director, and coach, Katherine received her Associate of Arts Degree in Theater from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA, and her Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Prior to serving as the founding Director of Vocal Arts at CSArts-SGV, Katherine was a seven-year member of the Voice Faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She is the founder of Ovation Voice Studio, whose voice clients include two Grammy-nominated artists. She has also taught voice at Occidental College, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Cal State Los Angeles and for the YoungArts Foundation. Katherine maintains a dual career as both a performer and teacher, and is committed to contributing to the vocal arts community by helping to forge young singers into professionals with artistic and personal integrity. In 2015, Katherine made a splash with LA Opera when she stepped in with less than two weeks notice for the role of Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Maestro James Conlon. She made her LA Opera debut earlier in 2015 in their Grammy-winning production of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. In 2014, Katherine sang Stella in a critically-acclaimed production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Other roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Alice in Falstaff, Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in The Merry Widow. In the 2016/2017 season she joined Long Beach Opera as one of their Company Artists, for which she performed the one-woman opera The Diary of Anne Frank. Katherine will be joining LBO as a Company Artist again for their 2017/2018 season. Outside of the sphere of standard operatic repertoire, Katherine is in demand in the contemporary music scene, and she continues to cultivate working relationships with living composers.
Ryan R. Brown is a choral conductor and baritone living in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to serving as the Choral Director at California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley, he serves as an Associate Conductor for the National Children's Chorus and as a Teaching Assistant for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Choral Studies Department.
Previously, Brown served as the Artistic Director for the professional vocal ensemble "Diamonds From The Dust," Artistic Director for the Wachusett Community Choir, and as Choral Director at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA. As a singer, Brown regularly performs with professional choruses around the country including Concora, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and Seraphic Fire. Brown has performed as a soloist with several major orchestras including Philadelphia Orchestra, Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Brown is a Master's candidate in Choral Conducting at UCLA with Dr. James Bass. In 2014, Ryan graduated as valedictorian at Westminster Choir College where he studied Music Education.
Praised for her “silvery voice” and “expressive and contemplative” musicality, soprano Jennifer Weiss' work spans opera, new music, musical theater, choral works, and singing for television and film. Jennifer holds a B.A. in musical theater and linguistics from University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in education from Pace University, and a dual M.M. in Voice Performance and Voice Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Her voice science research has been presented at conferences held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Most recently, Jennifer performed in the experimental work Nimbus with the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella series, the new opera Hopscotch with The Industry, and the West coast premiere of The Christians at the Mark Taper Forum (LA Music Center). Traditional opera credits include Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffman), Sophie (Werther), Blondchen (Abduction from the Seraglio), and Casilda (Gondoliers). Musical theater roles include K.C. Downing (My Favorite Year), Hodel/Chava (Fiddler on the Roof), and Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical). Choral work includes performances under conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Jennifer appears in the musical web series Insult to Injury. Jennifer relocated to Los Angeles in 2014. She maintains a private studio for young people and adults, and has taught in public school and non-profit settings. www.jenniferweissmusic.com
Aaron Shows is a composer, organist, and pianist originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He has performed in both the United States as well as Europe, and is currently the organist at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena. He is most active as an accompanist for choral groups, vocalists, and instrumentalists, as well as for musical theatre.
He is also an avid improviser in a variety of styles, a skill he has developed since early childhood. As a composer, his original works have been performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe, and his solo organ works were recently published through Augsburg Fortress Publishers in Minneapolis. He has composed original scores for both feature and short films, as well as web series and commercials. In 2012 Mr. Shows served as an assistant to former Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Conductor John Mauceri on a series of film music concerts in Copenhagen with the Danish Radio Orchestra. He holds an MFA in film music composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a BFA in church music from Shenandoah University.
Vocal Forum; Solo Performance
Dr. Lauralie Pow has shared the stage with such world-class guest artists as Maria Schneider, Dawn Upshaw and Ben Folds while performing as keyboardist with the Henry Mancini Orchestra. This acclaimed ensemble, under new artistic director James Newton Howard, is part of University of Miami's Frost School of Music where Lauralie completed a doctorate in collaborative piano under the tutelage of Paul Posnak and Evelyne Brancart.
While at Frost, Lauralie also worked as a rehearsal pianist with Orchestra Miami for two children's operas and with the Miami Summer Music Festival's production of The Magic Flute. Additionally, she taught group piano at Frost and private piano lessons at the Miami Conservatory of Music. Prior to Miami, Lauralie studied with Ilya Poletaev at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, where she was awarded a master's in music degree in solo piano performance in 2013. While at McGill, Lauralie was selected to perform in a master class with renowned soloist Murray Perahia, who complimented her on her musical touch and quality of sound. Lauralie began her undergraduate studies as a solo piano major at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, transferring to music theory following an injury in her sophomore year. She completed a bachelor of music in music theory at Eastman in 2011. Lauralie spent her high school years as a piano major at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. Lauralie is currently on faculty at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) as an accompanist and has experience as music director for the AMDA’s Summer High School Conservatory. Lauralie also enjoys freelancing in the vibrant L.A. music scene