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May 31, 2014 | 8:15 PM | Hole Memorial Auditorium



La Sierra University Chamber Singers & University Chorale

Paulette Jumalon, soprano | Jake Luis, baritone

Lesley Leighton, conductor

Sergio Leiva, piano


SYMPHONY OF PSALMS | Igor Stravinsky

La Sierra University Chamber Singers & University Chorale

With the La Sierra University Orchestra

Lesley Leighton, conductor

About the Director

Whether conducting the 115 voices of Los Angeles Master Chorale,  the 105 voices of Los Robles Master Chorale, or the 80 voices of New West Symphony Chorus, Lesley Leighton’s primary mission remains the same: to nurture southern California’s rich choral music tradition. A native of Los Angeles, Leighton studied with Paul Salamunovich at Loyola Marymount University, where she earned her BA in choral conducting. She later obtained her MM in vocal performance and DMA in choral music from the University of Southern California.

Leighton’s musical activities have taken her across the United States and abroad. A principal solo artist for more than two decades, Leighton sang with many of the world’s most eminent conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Bramwell Tovey, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Grant Gershon. Her opera credits include principal appearances with New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Koln Opera, Paris Opera and Glyndebourne.

As a choral conductor, Leighton embraces a broad range of music, from the Renaissance to the Romantic Era, although she is particularly dedicated to twentieth and twenty-first century compositions. A long-time advocate of music education, she inaugurated Los Robles Master Chorale’s annual High School Choral Festival, launched the High School Choral Leadership Workshop, and has established LRMC’s Young Artist Choral Composers Competition.

Leighton was named the first Associate Conductor in the history of Los Angeles Master Chorale in July 2011 following a year as Assistant Conductor. She was appointed Artistic Director of Los Robles Master Chorale in 2008, and Music Director of New West Symphony Chorus in 2009. Most recently she was appointed Interim Director of Choral Activities at La Sierra University in May of 2013 and Adjunct Professor of Choral Music at Rio Hondo College in July 2013. In addition, she has been guest-conductor for El Dorado Opera, Santa Clara Chorale and the Santa Monica Summer Music Series. Leighton has prepared choirs for Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bramwell Tovey, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Boris Brott and Marcello Lehninger.

In addition to a variety of appearances as a choral conductor with Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, New West Symphony Chorus, El Dorado Opera, La Sierra University Chamber Singers and the Rio Hondo Vocal Arts Ensemble, the 2013-14 season will see Leighton return to the stage as a soprano soloist for the Verdi Requiem with the New West Symphony in March of 2014.

MASS OF THE CHILDREN | Paulette Jumalon, soprano

PAULETTE JUMALON, soprano, moved to California from the Philippines at the age of thirteen. While taking her undergraduate pre-nursing classes at La Sierra, she immersed herself in vocal activities. She has been a member of vocal ensembles such as La Sierra University Chamber Singers, Chorale, UNITED, WITNESS, and HisVoice. She played the role of Rosalinda at La Sierra University’s full production of Strauss’ operetta, Die Fledermaus in 2013. Ms. Jumalon’s most recent starring roles include Golde from Fiddler on the Roof in February 2014 and Maria from The Sound of Music in 2012. She sang selections from works such as Jane Eyre, and Wicked as part of a student production called “A Night Over Broadway”. She was recently invited to be the soprano soloist for John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Los Robles Master Chorale under the direction of Dr. Lesley Leighton. She was awarded first place in both the Riverside Opera Guild Vocal Competition and the Marguerite Marsh Vocal Scholarship Competition in 2013. Ms. Jumalon is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at La Sierra University, studying with Dr. Raejin Lee. She enjoys teaching young vocal students in her private studio and is an active teacher at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.  

MASS OF THE CHILDREN | Jake Luis, baritone

JAKE LUIS is a Sophomore studying vocal performance at La Sierra University. Jake has studied music for many years and decided on making it his profession due to his love of singing and performing on stage. Along with music he is also pursing a minor in mathematics. Jake has performed with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego’s Sacra Profana group at many of their summer pop’s concerts over the past 2 years. He was a part of Escondido Adventist Academy Chamber singers all four years of high school. Jake played the lead role, Tevye, in this year’s musical production of Fiddler on the Roof.



MASS OF THE CHILDREN | Czarina Francisco, Children's Conductor

CZARINA FRANCISCO studied music education at La Sierra University with an emphasis in vocal performance. An active performer, she is versatile in classical, jazz, and pop styles. Her passion for music education stems from her belief that children can find joy and confidence through participation in music. She is dedicated to creating opportunities where students can connect to self and community through music. While Music Director for Riverside Children’s Theatre, she was praised for bringing out the “best voices” in the students, and for her enthusiasm and patience when teaching. Czarina currently teaches kindergarten through fourth grade music at Glendale Academy, elementary choir at White Memorial School, and private voice and piano lessons through her personal studio. She also runs an active blog LITTLEUPBEAT, which includes insights into her experiences as a new teacher and documents her creative and often unique approaches to teaching and learning.

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