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2016 Choral Home Concert Sunday, June 5, 2016 7p

08 Jan 2015 by In Past Events

2016 Choral Home Concert Featuring Faculty & Student Collaboration

The Department of Music would like to invite you to attend our final major ensemble event, the Choral Home Concert, on Sunday evening, June 5, 2016. There will be a pre-concert lecture given by Dr. David Kendall starting at 7p. The concert will being at 7:30p.

The program will include the following masterworks:

  • Requiem, Op. 48 - Gabriel Fauré
  • Mass of from Two Worlds

The evening will highlight a variety of musical talent from faculty and students. Mr. Michael Patterson, assistant conductor, will be conducting the La Sierra University Orchestra and University Chorale for Fauré's Requeim. He will be collaborating with soloists Raejin Lee, soprano (Director of Vocal Studies), and Aram Barsamian, baritone (Adjunct Professor Music). Mr. Patterson will be fulfilling partial requirements towards his Performer's Certificate Program.

After a brief intermission, Dr. Ariel Quintana will take the stage and conduct the ensembles for his masterwork, Mass from Two Worlds. He will be joined by colleague and friend, Dr. Kimo Smith, on the organ, as well as student soloists, Ms. Paulette Jumalon, soprano, Ms. Susana Leiva, soprano, and Ms. Stephanie Perez, mezzo-soprano.

Ariel Quintana, Director of Choral Studies

ARIEL QUINTANA is the Director of Choral Studies at La Sierra University, where he is an Assistant Professor of Music, and conducts the (La Sierra University) Chamber Singers, Chorale, and Bell Choir.

In 2005 Santa Barbara Publishing released his “Ave verum Corpus” that was premiered by the Cathedral Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood under Quintana, their conductor. Selected 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 (LAMC) and has conducted the Chamber Singers as well as the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall. He has also prepared the LAMC for John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel. He continues to write commissions and serves as a clinician and adjudicator in choral festivals and workshops. 

Michael Patterson, assistant conductor

MICHAEL PATTERSON has lived and served as a musician in Southern California for most of his life. Currently, he serves as Assistant Conductor for Large Ensembles at La Sierra University. There, he assists in the choral department with the LSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale, as well as the instrumental department with the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Big Band. 

Having started on piano as a child, Patterson started performing nationally as well as internationally at the age of 11, where he appeared as a guest musician on Carnival Cruiseline voyages across Central America. By the time he graduated high school, he had participated in three album recordings. In 2009, he won the Inland Empire Piano Festival Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the La Sierra University Orchestra.

In 2009, he moved to the East Coast, where he attended school at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. There he received a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance. His primary teacher in piano and mentor was Dr. Daniel Lau. While at WAU, he performed as piano soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE), traveling to foreign countries such as South Africa, Germany, Jamaica, Italy, and others. In addition to piano, he also studied chamber music with Dr. Victor Yuzefovich, and conducting with Dr. Preston Hawes, Dr. James Bingham and the late Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. 

Upon graduation, he accepted a position as Director of Bands at Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) in Spencerville, Maryland, where he directed the Academy Concert Winds, the SAA Jazz Ensemble, SAA’s Beginner Band and SAA’s Middle School Band. 

Currently achieving a Performance Certificate in conducting at La Sierra University, Patterson remains active as a member of many of the university ensembles. 

Raejin Lee, soprano

Soprano RAEJIN LEE has an active performing career, with appearances throughout the United States, Italy, and Korea in oratorio, recital, and opera. She has performed such roles as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Giulietta in I Capuletti e i Montecchi, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and The Thief

She received an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and she completed her doctoral studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey as a student of Faith Esham. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Dr. Lee is currently Director of Vocal Studies at La Sierra University. She resides in Yorba Linda with her husband Justin, and their two daughters, Ashley and Olivia.





Aram Barsamian, baritone

After receiving his B.M. degree from CSUF (1994) and his M.M. degree from USC (1996), baritone ARAM BARSAMIAN made his professional operatic debut as Schaunard in La boheme at Sacramento Opera. In 1997, after his performance of the role Belcore in The Elixir of Love at Pacific Repertory Opera, and Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Merola Opera Program, he made his San Francisco Opera debut in Britten’s Death in Venice. In 1998 he appeared as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Opera Santa Barbara, where he returned for Carmen in 2002. In 1998 he also debuted at Nevada Opera, as Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and returned in 1999 as Schaunard. In 2001 he was Pish-Tush in Eugene, OR. A favorite with Sacramento Opera audiences, he has sung in 12 productions with the company until 2004, when he was seen as Dandini. In 2006 the baritone sang the leading role of Belfiore in Verdi’s comic opera Un giorno di regno, with Lyric Opera of Los Angeles. A great advocate for Jules Massenet’s music, Mr. Barsamian performed the composer’s two-act opera Thérèse in concert in New York, with another CSUF alumna, mezzo-soprano Julie De Vaere. In 2009 he again sang Belcore in The Elixir of Love, at La Sierra University, where he also performed Papageno in The Magic Flute in 2010.

An active concert artist, Mr. Barsamian sang in Debbie and Friends, the concert that inaugurated Meng Concert Hall in 2006, singing alongside distinguished CSUF alumna Deborah Voigt. The baritone has performed the solos in numerous oratorios, among which are Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, the Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, Brahms and Duruflé, St. John Passion, Ich habe genug, Dixit Dominus, etc. In 2011-2012 he performed a recital program honoring the poetry of Francesco Petrarch at La Sierra University, Pasadena City College, Mt SAC, CSULA and the Intimate Opera Company. In April 2013 he performed Massenet’sThérèse, at Pasadena City College.

Mr. Barsamian began his teaching career in 2001, at La Sierra University, where he directed/conducted Massenet’s operas Cendrillon (2004) and Thaïs (2006), as well as Pauline Viardot’s salon opera Cendrillon(2008). The baritone is also on the voice faculties of Pasadena City College and Mount San Antonio College, where he is currently directing Viardot’s Cendrillon. A member of the Pacific Chorale since 2004, Mr. Barsamian is currently the bass section leader.

Kimo Smith, piano

KIMO SMITH, organist and collaborative pianist, began music studies in his home state of Hawaii at age four.  Following his graduation from Hawaiian Mission Academy, he attended the University of Hawaii, La Sierra University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles. A student of Ladd Thomas at USC, he completed his bachelor and master degrees, magna cum laude, in organ performance. He was selected to receive the Organ Department Outstanding Achievement Award on both occasions. He completed his doctoral studies at UCLA in organ performance as a student of Thomas Harmon.  

As organist, he has appeared as a guest artist with several Southern California orchestras and choral ensembles, including the Glendale Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, William Hall Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, Angeles Chorale, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. 

Paulette Jumalon, soprano

PAULETTE JUMALON has recently graduated from La Sierra University’s Music Department with a Bachelor is Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. She is continuing her studies under Dr. Raejin Lee and under the mentorship of Prof. Javier Gonzalez. Aside from heavily participating in makeup, props and costuming in these productions, the first major role she played was Maria in La Sierra’s 2011 production of The Sound of Music, followed by the Countess Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Golde in The Fiddler on the Roof. She has also enjoyed being in student produced shows as Jane Eyre, Elphaba from Wicked, and Fantine from Les Miserables. This year, she is ecstatic to have been tasked to be prop and costume designer and to play one ofPirates of Penzance’s most beloved and sassy characters, Ruth.

Aside from focusing on her growing vocal studio in Loma Linda, Ms. Jumalon is also a teacher for La Sierra Music’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA). Ms. Jumalon’s music outreach involvement was saturated by her membership in several vocal groups such as HisVoice, WiTNESS, Laudat, La Sierra Chamber Singers, Chorale and UNITED. Her awards include 1st and 2nd places in the Marguerite Marsh Vocal Competition and the Riverside Opera Guild Scholarship Competition in the years 2012 and 2013. Her most favorite aspect of music is the music ministry, where she is given the opportunity to travel and minister through music in places like Ohio, Washington, Washington D.C. Chile and the Philippines.

Ms. Jumalon is now in a ministry called LiveFor1, involving Seventh-Day Adventist musicians like Rachel Hyman, Javier Gonzalez and Rudy Micelli who are using their musical talents to raise awareness in the needs of refugees from the Middle East.

Susana Leiva, soprano

SUSANA LEIVA OVALLE was born in 1992 in Santiago, Chile. Susana began piano lessons at the age of four with Georgina Gonzalez at the University of Chile. At the age of twelve, she furthered her piano education under the outstanding tutelage of Armand Abols at the Austral University of Chile. From the time Susana transferred from Universidad Adventista de Chile to La Sierra University, she has been studying voice with Dr. Raejin Lee since 2012. She has participated in several master classes and music summer programs under the tutelage of Faith Esham, Fabiana Bravo, Museop Kim, and other fine opera singers. Leiva has also studied organ with Dr. Kimo Smith, and piano with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. She is currently performing with choral ensembles directed by Dr. Ariel Quintana, Sergio Leiva, and Dr. Earl Richards.

Susana has performed with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, both as a vocalist and percussionist, in annual Opera Galas, and many other operatic outreach programs, including numerous recitals for the Riverside Opera Guild and Rain Cross Chorale concerts. She is an active performer in the Greater Los Angeles area, singing for many different churches and a variety of philanthropic events. In addition, Susana has performed in the La Sierra Department of Music’s operatic and musical productions as Adele in Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”(2013), and Hodel in the production of “Fiddler on the Roof”(2014), Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi”, The Princess in “Little Nemo in Slumberland”(2015), Maria mother of Jesus in “Oh my Son”, and Mable in “Pirates of Penzance”. In recognition of her fine work, Susana won first place in the Rain Cross Chorale Competition in 2013, and second and first prizes in the Marguerite Marsh Scholarship Competition in 2013 and 2014, respectively. This year, Susana has been chosen as the winner of the Grand Prize of La Sierra University’s Concerto Competition and the Opera Guild Vocal Competition. 


Stephanie Perez, mezzo-soprano

STEPHANIE PEREZ is a senior at La Sierra University pursing a bachelor’s degree in Music with a vocal emphasis. She has studied with Dr. Raejin Lee and currently studies with Professor Javier Gonzalez where she is developing her voice as a mezzo-soprano and her skills as a performer. She has participated in a vocal workshop intensive with Argentine operatic soprano, Fabiana Bravo this past summer in Washington D.C.

She is a current member of the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, University Chorale and vocal chamber group UNITED. She has been under the instruction of Dr. Earl Richards, Dr. Lesley Leighton, and Dr. Ariel Quintana. She has performed with the ensembles for several events in the Inland Empire including two performances with the Riverside Philharmonic, conducted by Tomaz Golka. She has traveled with the Chamber Singers throughout California and recently, Hawaii. Within the past year, she was awarded the John & Elsie Chan Scholarship and the Rain Cross Chorale Scholarship that helped her continue her passion to being an aspiring musician

She has been involved with OPERA AT LA SIERRA since 2013 as a cast member in Die Fledermaus (2013), Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (2014), and Zita in Gianni Schicchi (2015), and Luminella in Little Nemo in Slumberland (2015). In Pirates of Penzance, she will be playing the sassy role of Ruth, who is the only female pirate on the ship and the only woman that Frederic has ever laid eyes on.

Being a part of the opera program has given Stephanie and the other students the chance to learn how to interact and embrace the stage, teaches the students preparation, and discipline that will well prepare them as future performers. After working on this production for many months, it has been a pleasure for Stephanie to work with talented faculty and student musicians.