2013-2014 Chamber Singers
ABOUT THE GROUP
The La Sierra University Chamber Singers is a select group of young musicians united by their interest in music. It is devoted to the development of musicianship, artistic expression, and cultivating new audiences for this wonderful medium. Membership is by audition and includes undergraduate and graduates students who represent the varied majors and programs at La Sierra University. Most of the student members of the ensemble receive scholarships for their participation.
The Chamber Singers performs regularly for church services, schools, civic programs, and campus events throughout the Inland Empire of Southern California.
Students that are interested in auditioning for the 2013-2014 Chamber Singers are encouraged to attend the Music Boot Camp Program scheduled for September 8-16, 2013.
Auditions will take place on Monday, September 16th from 9:30a-12p, and will resume at 1:30p-5p. Below are the requirements:
- My Country 'Tis of Thee - we'll provide the words, they need to know the tune!
- Ear memory
If you are unable to attend the boot camp program or unable to audition on Monday, September 16th, please email Lovelyn Razzouk at LRazzouk@lasierra.edu for further instructions.
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.