Our inspiring faculty are specialists in writing, performing, and researching contemporary music for the voice. They regularly present cutting-edge research at conferences, perform internationally, and write music for ensembles around the world.
You will work directly with expert performers, conductors, and composers of adventurous new music who will bring new and exciting ideas to the table and mentor you in trying them out in your own creative practice.
David Harris (DMA) specializes in new music, American music, and the intricacies of communication in choral singing and conducting. Living in Los Angeles, David is the co-founder and director of VoiceScienceWorks. Together with his partner, Laurel Irene, he helps vocalists learn to translate complex voice science into immediately applicable tools. He is the Director of Music at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles where he leads the Cathedral Choir, Laude (a professional ensemble), and the Commonwealth Community Chorus (a community-based choir for children and teens). David also sings, conducts, and composes with C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles. David earned degrees from the University of Alabama, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he conducted the choirs at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and was a founding member of Triad, a professional choral collective. In New York he held several positions, including the conductor of the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and leader of C4: The Choral Composer Conductor Collective. While living in Boulder, CO, David began Jubilate, a touring a cappella choir and conducted for the Boulder Bach Festival and Denver Bach Society. He is also a composer and arranger published with See-A-Dot Music Publishing, Inc. David is an active member of PAVA, and ACDA, and will be published in the Choral Journal in March, 2019.
Laurel Irene is a vocal artist and voice educator based in Los Angeles and the co-founder of VoiceScienceWorks. As a performer, she explores vocal repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart to the wacky, wild, and extreme sounds of the 21st century. An alumna of performance programs at the USC Thornton School of Music, New Music on the Point, Cortona New Music Sessions, and the Summer Vocology Institute, she gives voice workshops across the United States and Europe, including conferences for the Pan-American Vocology Association, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Acoustical Society of America. Recent features in the Los Angeles area include LACMA Sunday Evening Concerts (Dominick Argento’s Letters from Composers), The Industry/LA Phil New Music Group (John Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2), Monday Evening Concerts (Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians), and the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (G.B. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater). Favorite roles include Queen of the Night (Mozart’s The Magic Flute), Elle (Poulenc’s La voix humaine), and the premiere performance of Mrs. Rooney (Webster’s Nice Day for the Races).
Fahad Siadat creates interdisciplinary storytelling works, folding together words, sound, and movement into mythic narratives. He is an advocate of innovative and adventurous music, particularly for vocal ensembles and approaches this advocacy as a performer, composer, conductor and entrepreneur.
Fahad sings with C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles and HEX, of which he also serves as artistic director. He is also co-artistic director of The Resonance Collective in New York, an interdisciplinary music/dance ensemble with collaborator Andre Megerdichian. He has previously been a conductor of the CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, and assistant conductor of The Industry. Fahad is regularly commissioned to compose and music directs for concert music ensembles, dance companies, theater troupes, and film studios. He has worked as a composer and music director for Theater Dybbuk, Rosanna Gamson Dance, Monmouth University, Seton Hill College, C4, the award winning Armada Films, Jacksonville Dance Theater, the California EAR Unit, and the TOCCATA Orchestra.
In 2012, he founded See-A-Dot Music Publishing, Inc., a company devoted to the advocacy of new choral works and emerging composers. He is currently a faculty member at Chaffey College where he teaches composition and is the assistant conductor of choirs.
Abraham Ross (Organ Specialist)
Abe draws inspiration both from the rich organ repertoire and the range of instruments required to perform it, seeking out intersections between artists, philosophies, and societies of the past and those of today. He holds a Master of Music in Historical Performance at Oberlin Conservatory and will enter into the D.Mus. program at McGill University in the coming autumn. Abe has performed on organs around the world. His compositions and improvisations feature contemporary approaches to the sonic possibilities of the organ. He takes particular interest in music of living composers and recently played the U.S. premieres of several works, including harpsichord music of Ere Lievonen and organ works of Christopher Willcock. Based in a firm commitment to the expansion and development of the organ repertoire, Abe prioritizes dialogue between performers and composers that enables effective, idiomatic writing for the instrument.
Over the past decade, TJ Sclafani has worked in multiple capacities as an actor, composer, singer, pianist, sound designer, teacher, and producer. As a performer, TJ has performed in productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club, the Kraine Theatre, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the New Ohio Theatre, Brooklyn Theater Club, and the California Institute of the Arts. He has performed with groups such as C3LA, Tonality, Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and the New York Choral Society, and currently performs with HEX, an LA-based vocal sextet that focuses on new music. TJ is also a member of This Machine, an experimental music outlet that focuses on improvisation, drones, and silence. As a composer, TJ’s music has been performed by gnarwhallaby, C3LA, Flux Quartet, the Moravian Philharmonic, the New Millennium Brass Ensemble, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti, the Ensemble at CalArts, and various ad-hoc ensembles.
TJ holds a BFA in theater from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MFA in music composition from the California Institute of the Arts. He currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
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VoiceScienceWorks is a revolutionary educational organization committed to taking contemporary research on the voice and translating it into directly applicable information so that all voice users can immediately apply it in practice. Through their free and accessible website, learning resources, and workshops, information becomes accessible and friendly to all voice users who wish to deepen their understanding and empower their learning process. Co-founders and authors, Laurel Irene and David Harris have presented at universities and institutions across the United States and Europe including Harvard, Curry, USC, CalArts, Duke, OSU, CU Boulder, BIMM Dublin, and many more, bringing playful, interactive, and transformative sessions to vocalists across professions and genres. Brilliant minds have been working through the complex bio-mechanics, physics, acoustics and neurology of phonation for decades, helping us to better understand what actually happens when we speak and sing. VoiceScienceWorks provides access to that complex information through straight-forward explanations and methods. Each person’s unique voice holds deep elements of their identity.
VoiceScienceWorks strives to help everyone unlock the hidden potential of their voice in whichever ways they choose to use it, thereby strengthening their artistry, identity, and individuality. Through cutting edge programs like the online “Voice Science Crash Course” and the 2-week intensive “Listen Up” individualized voice packages, VoiceScienceWorks reaches people around the world, providing profound opportunities for individual growth and exploration.
See-A-Dot Music Publishing exists to help conductors and ensembles discover new and exciting choral music. Our tightly curated catalog of works feature previously unknown gems by up-and-coming, innovative composers that will keep both singers and audience members wanting to dive deeper into the music. Our modern website is easy to navigate, includes great preview options to hear and see every piece in the catalog, and provides learning resources for singers and conductors alike as they venture into the unknown.
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles is a progressive, positive, and open church with a strong arts and music culture. We welcome and celebrate those of different faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations. The Sunday morning worship service at First Church is a richly textured experience. Our service is traditional in structure, but we bring together the arts – music, literature, poetry, painting – as well as science and religious texts – to create a joyful experience of community. Each Sunday we engage the heart and mind, believing that faith and reason are essential to the spiritual journey. First Church is a vital, diverse and multi-generational community of faith. People of all ages – children, families of all configurations, young professionals, seniors, and everyone in between, come together in an authentic experience of Christian community. As an urban church in the heart of the city, we celebrate compassion, diversity and inclusivity, respecting people wherever they may be on the journey.