Diane Plaster has sung as soprano soloist/section leader for St. Matthew's
Parish Choir since January 1999. A Southern California native, she received
her degree in vocal music from California State University at Northridge,
after which she studied voice privately
and worked closely with the USC Opera Department, performing as well
as working as an Assistant Director. She has extensive experience as
a concert soloist and stage performer, and has performed and toured with
groups including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber
Singers, and the Roger Wagner Chorale. In addition to performing, she
has taught children's music for over 6 years in the South Bay area, and
has been a clinician and advisor for several early childhood music workshops
in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Ms.
Plaster is Children's Choir Administrator and Director of the
Cherub Choir at St. Matthew's Parish.
Shelly Fox joined the Choir in the Fall of 2003. She received a B.A.
Syracuse University, then pursued a career as a folk singer-songwriter
in Nashville before leaving to attend Indiana University's Early Music
Institute, where she earned a Master's of Fine Arts degree in vocal performance.
Currently she is a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and has
done a number
of performances with Musica Angelica, including concerts at the Getty
Center. She was featured in a production of "L'Orfeo" by Monteverdi
in Vancouver and in Long Beach Opera's production of "Euridice."
She has sung for the past several years at All Saint's Episcopal Church
in Beverly Hills.
Mezzo-soprano Sara Campbell, a native of Pacific Palisades, joined the
Choir in 2000. After completing a B.A. in Latin American Studies and
bilingual elementary school, she earned a second Bachelor's degree
in Vocal Performance/Opera
at Cal State Long Beach. She has sung Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Bastien
in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienna, Prince Orlovsky in Strauss' Die
and Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte. For the past two seasons she
has sung in the Opera Pacific Chorus and the Los Angeles Opera Chorus.
Before coming to Saint Matthew's, Sara sang with the Choir at Saint Cyprian
Roman Catholic Church in Long Beach.
Leslie's bio is coming soon...
Corá (tenor/hautecontre) joined Saint Matthew's Choir in January
2004. Pablo began singing and playing recorder as a child in his native
Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he completed a trilingual baccalaureate
from Barker College. He later completed a Bachelor of Music degree in
Voice Performance from Ithaca College. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate
in Early Music Voice Performance. He performs regularly with the Concord
Ensemble, Musica Angelica, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella, and has toured
with Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices. Pablo has performed as a
soloist in the U.S., Europe and South America, in a vast variety of repertoire
ranging from early music and oratorio, to twentieth-century opera. His
recorded credits include Harmonia Mundi USA, HM France, Dorian Recordings,
Gothic, TCM and other independent labels. He has been a member of the
music faculty at the San Diego Early Music Society workshop. In his spare
time, Pablo can be found sharing his time among his four nieces and nephews
who live in Miami and Northern Argentina.
Singer, actor, and writer Jamey Schrick hails from Sioux City, Iowa, where he was fortunate to grow up in a fine choral tradition. Trained classically from the age of 12, Jamey was a four-year member of the Iowa All-State Choir and multiple Best Soloist Award winner at Iowa State Solo Contest. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where he was privileged to be a member of the accalimed Millikin University Choir under the direction of Dr. Brad Holmes. With the University Choir he had the opportunity to tour around the country and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Following college Jamey performed on stages in Chicago, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida, before settling in Los Angeles in 2003. Since his arrival, Jamey made a two-year run starring in Bark! The Musical at the Coast Playhouse, voiced the character of Raven for the videogame Grandia III, wrote and starred in the independent film Uncertainty, recorded an album of original music called Swagger, and, most recently, co-wrote and stars in an original multimedia art show called Side Work. He is also a professional freelance writer, screenwriter, and blogger. Jamey is a member of Storeytime, a five-part vocal jazz group that features Patrick Storey, a young virtuosic singer with autism. Before coming to St. Matthew's, Jamey was the cantor and tenor section leader for St. Robert Bellarmine in Burbank.
Michael Stevens is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating form
Baylor University with a degree in music education, Mike continued his
education in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, completing
a Master's degree in vocal performance. Recently Mike has sung with the
Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers, Los Angeles Chamber
San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, and USC Opera.
Mike keeps busy by teaching as well as performing. Currently Mike is
full-time at the Hamilton High School Academy of Music (a magnet school
of the Los Angeles Unified School District), at the Colburn School,
he has a few students at Pasadena City College. In his spare time Mike
is the associate producer of Chorus America's nationally syndicated
program "The First Art," heard in Los Angeles on KUSC-FM on
Sundays at 12:00. Mike has been at St. Matthew's since 1992.
Edward Levy, baritone, has been singing in Los Angeles and around the country since the 1980's. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Levy attended Arizona State University where he studied organ and choral music. Since moving to L.A., Mr. Levy has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Music Center Opera Company, has been featured in the Carmel, Oregon, and Los Angeles Bach Festivals, many local churches and synagogues, and has appeared on many movie soundtracks. Specializing in Renaissance, Baroque and 20th Century music, Mr. Levy has appeared as both soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of concerts. When not singing, Ed enjoys hiking and Scuba diving.
Adjunct Staff Singer
Robin Guyett-Neenan has recently retired from her duties as Staff Singer
but is ready to help out on special occasions. Robin is an accountant
for the television industry by day (currently working at Nickelodeon)
and a cellist by night. Currently she is studying voice with Louis Lebherz
of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. She has studied cello with Alayne
Armstrong, Victor Sazar and Eileen Strang and is principal cellist with
Saint Matthew's Chamber Orchestra, Music Theater West Civic Light Opera,
and The Magnetic Ragtime Orchestra. She freelances with many other groups
in Southern California including Thousand Oaks Civic Light Opera, South
Bay Civic Light Opera, Torrance Symphony and various churches. She is
a former member of the American Youth Symphony, Four Seasons Symphony,
guest artist for the Cathedral of St. Luke in Orlando, Florida, and was
principal cellist for the Long Beach City College Symphony, Chamber Orchestra
and the Bellflower Symphony.
Kimberlea Daggy can be heard on 91.5 Classical KUSC weekday afternoons from 1-4. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice from Northwestern University, with graduate studies at Yale University and Arizona State University. Her radio career started in 1990 at WILL in Urbana, Illinois, and continued for eight years at WFDD in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, before she moved to Southern California in 2001. Kimberlea gives pre-performances talks and writes program notes for a variety of ensembles throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles Opera, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra. When she's not sharing her love of music on the air, she experiences it first-hand. Kimberlea still sings, often at the Parish of St. Matthew in Pacific Palisades, where her husband, Roger, is the Parish Organist. She also plays piano, and she and Roger have two children, Max and Celia, who both sing and play piano. Celia has recently taken up violin.