I started singing when I was about 8... well really I've been singing all my life, but I joined my church choir at 8. It was there at All Saints Church in Pasadena that I learned to love classical music. I was there for 13 years, and the last year was offered section leader and assistant to the conductor even though I had graduated. I've been studying classical voice seriously for 7 years now and love every minute of it.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I don't remember the first concert I've gone to because my Grandma and aunt have been taking me to the Descanso Gardens concerts in the park since I was little. I do remember one where they (I think the Pasadena POPs) played Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture, after that I enjoyed saying that he was my favorite composer. The first opera I saw was Don Giovanni at LA opera. The first time I saw it, I was alone, and loved it so much I came back with my best friend.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Renee Fleming. I love her intelligence and grace, and flawless technique. I've read her book and watch interviews, she was, and is my idol.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I'm not sure about the biggest, but the most recent was at the Carpenter Center at Cal State Long Beach. I'd say maybe 700 people...
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine. I like almost every song on it.