Natalyn Rodriguez is a senior at La Sierra University, majoring in music with a vocal emphasis. For the past four years, she has studied under Dr. Raejin Lee, and has also been in various masterclasses featuring individuals such as Fabiana Bravo, Randall Bills, Sebastian Fillippi, and Museop Kim.
Ms. Rodriguez sang in the University Chamber Singers from 2012-1015, performing in various churches in the Southeastern California Conference and touring in Central and Northern California and Hawaii. Natalyn was also a member of the smaller vocal elite group United for her sophomore and junior years, performing at many churches and recording and touring in Chile, South America as well as representing the university at the 2015 General Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Natalyn continues enriching her choral experience today by being a part of the university Chorale, as well as working as alto section leader and soloist in the Aldersgate Chorale at the First United Methodist Church of Riverside (Yvonne Flagg, conductor).
Ms. Rodriguez has also had the privilege of being a part of the productions performed at La Sierra’s Hole Memorial Auditorium: Die Fledermaus by Strauss (chorus member, 2013), Fiddler on the Roof (Chava, 2014), the west coast premier of Hagan’s Little Nemo In Slumberland (Nemo, 2015), Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Ciesca, 2015), and this academic year she played as Edith/chorus in The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.
Apart from singing, Natalyn’s primary instrument is the piano, which she started studying from a young age. She also has enjoyed playing clarinet since her elementary years. Furthermore, from a fairly young age, Natalyn has had a deep passion for composing music, and is currently working on writing and publishing the works of her childhood and of her college career. Ms. Rodriguez’s most recent future plans include singing, continuing her study of composition and possibly exploring culinary arts.
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. Dr. Smith is a past winner of several competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Smith is currently Associate Professor of Music at La Sierra University and past chair of the Department of Music. He is an active recitalist, performing locally, nationally, and abroad. 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. He is featured organist on a 2010 recording of the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing the choral works of emerging young composer, Nico Muhly. This was the first recording of the LAMC in Walt Disney Concert Hall, and their first for the world-renowned Decca label. He was invited to perform two of Muhly’s compositions with the LAMC at the opening concert of their 2012-2013 season.
Dr. Smith has served as organist in various churches since the age of twelve, and is currently the organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and the University Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda. His professional music activities also include a great deal of collaborative performing which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia with touring groups and solo artists. Dr. Smith and his wife, Cheryl, also a professional musician, reside in Loma Linda, California. They have three children, two grandsons, and a granddaughter.