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November 2-5, 2016 La Sierra University 2016 H.S. Choral Festival Dr. Jeff Brookey, clinician

November 2-5, 2016 | Festival Vespers Concert November 5, 2016 at 4P | LSUC

La Sierra University will host 200+ academy choir students for their annual music festival. Dr. Jeff Brookey will be the guest clinician for this event. The festival begins on Wednesday afternoon, November 2, and will conclude with a final concert on Saturday, November 5 at 4p at the La Sierra University Church. This is a free event. For more information, please email:


JEFF BROOKEY, clinician

 JEFF BROOKEY has taught choral music in California schools for twenty-three years and has been in his current position at La Cañada High School in California since 2008. Under his direction choral ensembles have toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe and have performed at California Music Educator’s Association State Conferences, the 1997 ACDA National Conference, and most recently, the 2016 ACDA Western Division Conference. In addition, his LCHS Chamber Singers were featured on NPR’s “From the Top” In 2014. Before settling in Southern California in 2004, Dr. Brookey taught in high schools and colleges in Central California. Dr. Brookey received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Music Education from Chapman University, a Masters of Arts Degree in Conducting from California State University Fresno, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. He received the La Cañada Educational Foundation Rose Harrington Educator of the Year Award in 2015.

ARIEL QUINTANA, Director of Choral Studies

 ARIEL QUINTANA was born in Libertador San Martin, Entre Rios, Argentina. Started playing piano at the age of 3. By the time he was in kindergarten, he was playing the piano at school to accompany his classmates in singing. Ariel Quintana finished High School and graduated from the Universidad Adventista del Plata with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a specialty in piano performance, where he also served as arranger and composer for the University Vocal Ensemble. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Music, in Piano Performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires.

His list of teachers and mentors includes Estrella Gregorio Steger, Perla Brugola, Julio Fainguersh, Valdo Sciammarella, Waldemar Wensell, John Perry and Paul Salamunovich. He also studied choral conducting with John Alexander at California State University Northridge. In 1988, he married mezzo-soprano Helene Urigu, and they moved to Glendale, California. Soon after moving to the United States, Ariel founded the Opus 7 Chamber Singers with a group of friends from Argentina.

They met new friends and made three European tours: in 1994, 1995, and 1997. They sung with conductor Lalo Schifrin at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and were invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez for the first anniversary concert of the September 11 events at the Hollywood Bowl. In 1996 he joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Paul Salamunovich, who conducted some of Ariel’s arrangements and premiered his “Hodie Christus Natus Est” in December 2000. This piece was also performed at Avery Fisher Hall during the National Convention of the ACDA in New York in February of 2003. It is written for double chorus a capella and published by Alliance Music Publishing.

In 2005 Santa Barbara Publishing released his “Ave verum Corpus” that was premiered by the Cathedral Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood under Ariel Quintana their conductor. Other of Ariel’s compositions have been published by Pavane Publishing, Augsburg Fortress and Fred Bock Music Publishing. His “Mass From Two Worlds” a self-published work, is distributed by PanaMusica Japan. From 2006 to 2010 he was Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and has conducted the Chamber Singers as well as the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall. He has also prepared the chorus for conductors such as John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel.

Currently, he is the Choir Conductor at Loma Linda University Church and the Associate Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He was also Adjunct Professor at California State San Bernardino and at Azusa Pacific University. Ariel has graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Choral Conducting where he studied under Dr. William Dehning, Dr. Morten Lauridsen and Dr. David Wilson. He was newly appointed Director of Choral Studies at La Sierra University. He continues to write commissions and serves as a clinician and adjudicator in choral festivals and workshops. 

JONATHA MAMORA, festival accompanist

 JONATHAN MAMORA is a senior Piano Performance major at La Sierra University. He has been studying piano for the last 16 years and is currently studying with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. He is also studying organ with Dr. Kimo Smith as well as conducting with Dr. Ariel Quintana. His former piano teachers include Helen LaiPang, Dr. Lily Diehl, and Kevin Fitzgerald.

He has competed and has been a prizewinner in regional and international competitions, including 2nd prize at the IIYM International Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Honors Competition, 1st prize in the Steinway Society of Riverside County Concerto Competition, and 1st prize in the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Piano Competition. He has been a prizewinner in the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artists Competition, among others. He has also competed in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. In 2012, he was accepted into the prestigious Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. He was the 1st place winner of La Sierra University’s 2013 Promising Young Artist Competition and the 2014 Marcia Specht-Guy Concerto Competition. He has worked with many world-renowned and local teachers and musicians, including Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Sara Davis Buechner, Stewart Gordon, Daniel Pollack, James Bonn, Bernadene Blaha, and Santiago Rodriguez.


Jonathan has traveled around the nation and performed in many different places, including recent performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the La Sierra University Orchestra, Rhapsody in Blue with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, the second movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Loma Linda University Church Orchestra, and the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Coachella Valley Symphony. At school, he is a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble as a percussionist, the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, Chorale, and UNITED (vocal chamber group) as a bass, pianist, and assistant conductor, and various student chamber groups as a pianist. He is also a member of the Honors Program at La Sierra University. He often performs as a pianist for vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and choirs.  

Festival Schedule & Forms


*Subject to change

WEDNESDAY, November 2nd

  • 3:30p-6:00p – Check-in at Hole Memorial Auditorium (HMA)
  • 5:00p-6:30p – Dinner on your own 
  • 6:50p – Welcome & Devotional at HMA
  • 7:15p-9:50p – Rehearsal at HMA
  • 10:30p – Room Check

THURSDAY, November 3rd

  • 7:15a – Breakfast at the University Dining Commons
  • 8:15a-9:30a – Sectionals: Locations TBA
  • 9:30a-12:15p – Rehearsal at HMA
  • 12:30p-01:30p – Lunch at the University Dining Commons
  • 12p-12:50p – Wind Ensemble Rehearsal in the Band Rooom (Optional) 
  • 2:00p-4:45p – Rehearsal at La Sierra University Church (LSUC)
  • 5:00p-6:30p – Dinner at the University Dining Commons
  • 5:20p–7:00p – Dinner with the Directors; Location: TBA
  • 7:15p-9:30p – Rehearsal at LSUC
  • 10p-11p – Talent Show at HMA
  • 11:30p – Room Check

FRIDAY, November 4th

  • 7:15a – Breafkast at the University Dining Commons
  • 8:45a – Morning Worship at LSUC
  • 9a-11:30a – Rehearsal at LSUC
  • 12p-1:30p – Lunch at the University Dining Commons
  • 11a-12:50a – Chamber Singers Rehearsal in HMA (Optional)
  • 2:00p-5:00p – Rehearsal at LSUC
  • 5:15p – Dinner at the University Dining Commons
  • 7:30p – Festival Vespers/First Service at LSUC
  • 10:30p – Room Check

SATURDAY, November 5th

  • 7:30a-8:30a – Breakfast at the University Dining Commons
  • 8:45a – Call-time at LSUC
  • 9:30a – Church Service at LSUC
  • 12p – Church@Noon at LSUC
  • 12:30p-1:30p – Lunch at the University Dining Commons
  • 2:45p – Call-time at LSUC
  • 4p – Choral Festival Vespers Concert

Festival Registration

Festival Talent Show Guidelines


An opportunity to represent your school and win a prize for your class.

  • Each school is limited to ONE entries and the directors must approve each entry.
  • Time limit of 3-5minutes.
  • Please submit a copy of the lyrics that will be utlized in the performance, including background music.
  • If instruments or additional musicians are required for the selection, please indicate that in the entry form. 

Questions or concerns can be directed to MUSIC@LASIERRA.EDU.