About de Angelis Vocal Ensemble

Sopranos

Stephanie Aston

Stepahnie Aston is a committed performer of contemporary music. She has participated in numerous American and world premieres, including Luigi Nono’s Guai ai Gelidi Mostri, Michael Gordon’s What to Wear, and George Aperghis’ Sextuor: L’Origine des Espèces. She has appeared on the L.A. Philharmonic Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series, wasteLAnd, (Re)Sounds at Stanford University, and at REDCAT. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, The Industry, Red Fish Blue Fish, the La Jolla Symphony, Gnarwhallaby, Chamber Cartel, 18 Squared, and various ad-hoc ensembles at Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, the University of California San Diego, Stanford University, and in Los Angeles. Stephanie is an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California San Diego, a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Music from University of North Texas.  She currently teaches at Moorpark College.

Colleen Graves

Colleen Graves, soprano, was raised in Ashland, Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Southern Oregon University. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Ms. Graves has been a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. While singing in numerous large productions, Ms. Graves has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Lionel Bringuier, Juanjo Mena and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has also sung with the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Alan Gilbert. Ms. Graves joined the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble and the singing staff at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills during their 2016 seasons.

Katya Gruzglina

Katya Gruzglina, soprano, relocated from New York City to Santa Monica in early 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music from Rice University in Vocal Performance. Passionate about early music, she has worked with specialists such as Emma Kirby and Jakob Lindberg. She is very excited to be joining the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble for their thirteenth season. In the fall of 2017 Katya will also join Chamber Music Silicon Valley as a Young Artist and the First German United Methodist Church as a soprano section leader. Ms. Gruzglina will be joining the Orange County Opera Outreach as Adina for the 2017-2018 season.

Katelyn Isaacson

Katelyn Isaacson is a Los Angeles based composer and singer. As a vocalist, Katelyn specializes in new concert music, and has premiered works by contemporary composers at such festivals such as New Music on the Point in Leicester, Vermont and SoundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy. She’s on staff as the translator and interpreter for the Delaware Choral Symposium in Aix-en-Provence, France and regularly is a soloist with them. Katelyn keeps up a performance schedule in the Los Angeles area with groups such as the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Camarata Rus, and the Choral Arts Initiative. She also regularly sings on film and video game scores, as well as for various songwriters in more contemporary genres.

As a composer, Katelyn has written music for video games, film, and the concert stage. She is the assistant to Belgian composer Raf Keunen and has credits on multiple European films. Katelyn has collaborated on projects with various composers, doing everything from recording to mixing to score preparation. In the concert realm, Katelyn is fascinated with the variety of timbres and styles that the human voice is able to perform. As a singer she wants to be treated the same as any instrument, and she takes this philosophy in her own compositional voice as well.

Elizabeth Ladizinsky

Elizabeth Ladizinsky, soprano, has been a member of the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble since its first season.  She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where she studied both classical and jazz music.  She has performed with various ensembles in Southern California, including Zephyr: Voices Unbound, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella, the Concord Ensemble, Tesserae, Musica Angelica and the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and she is also a founding member of the vocal jazz quartet Corner Pocket.  Elizabeth has been a soprano soloist and section leader at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills since 1994.  While she doesn’t consider herself extremely prolific, she loves to dabble in vocal arrangements, some of which have been performed by Zephyr, Corner Pocket, Improvoz (the vocal jazz ensemble at CSULB), and at Angels’ Stadium and the Arrowhead Pond.

Lauren McCaul

Lauren McCaul is a native of Orange County, and has been singing in Orange County for most of her life.  Ms. McCaul attended Chapman University, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and has been singing in small ensembles and several Catholic Churches throughout the Diocese of Orange.  She has performed as soloist for several major works including Mozart’s Sparrow Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Haydn’s Heiligmesse and Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise.  Ms. McCaul currently serves as Cathedral Music Administrator for Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove and continues as a staff musician at St. Timothy’s in Laguna Niguel and the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano.  Ms. McCaul has been singing with de Angelis Vocal Ensemble since its inception and is proud to be one of the original sopranos for the group.

Lauren Buckley Schaer

Lauren Buckley Schaer, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana relocated to Los Angeles in 2006 to further her career in singing and conducting. In 2008, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. She has performed with the Horizon Chamber Choir, the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, the Pasadena Master Chorale, and Los Robles Master Chorale. She is also the Director of Music at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and Associate Conductor of the Pasadena Master Chorale. She has been a member of the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble since 2008.