Faculty & Staff

Maria Lazarova

Maria Lazarova

Director

Teaches: Bel Canto Singers, Piano/Vocal Collaboration, Vocal Forum

maria.lazarova@ocsarts.net

Maria Lazarova, mezzo soprano, earned a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in Opera Performance from California State University, Long Beach, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate of musical arts degree with a concentration in vocal performance, music education, stage directing, and jazz studies from the University of Southern California. 

Currently, she divides her time between her two passions: performance and music education. Dr. Lazarova has over twenty years of performance experience as a soloist in opera, recitals as well as chamber and choral works. In addition to her leadership at OCSA, Dr. Lazarova is a member of the Voice faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.

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Daniel Babcock

Daniel Babcock

Instructor

Teaches: Art Song Literature, Music History

daniel.babcock@ocsart.net

Daniel Babcock earned a master’s degree in music in vocal performance from University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in musical theater from the University of Redlands. 

Professionally, Mr. Babcock is in high demand as a soloist and chorister. In addition to many years of singing with Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers, he has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and The Clarion Singers. Mr. Babcock is engaged as a chorister in four Los Angeles Opera Productions during the 2015-16 season. Additionally, he is a staff singer at St. James’ in the City Anglican/Episcopal church in Los Angeles. 

 

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Amalia Cisneros

Amalia Cisneros

Administrative Staff, Instructor

Teaches: Beginning Musicianship, Theory I

amalia.cisneros@ocsarts.net

Amalia Cisneros received her bachelor’s degree in music from California State University, Fullerton, where she studied piano with Allison Edwards. She has been teaching private piano lessons for over 10 years. She also sings soprano with the Long Beach Camerata Singers, under the direction of Robert Istad. Ms. Cisneros is continuing her piano studies with Nedda Black.

 

Barbara June Dodge

Barbara June Dodge

Instructor

Teaches: Movement & Improvisation

barbara.dodge@ocsarts.net

Ms. Dodge holds a bachelor's degree in theater arts from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and an MFA in Speech and Dramatic Arts from the University of Iowa. She has been the Faculty Lead Instructor and Director for California Institute of the Arts’ Community Arts Partnership CAP Youth Theater Workshop at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights since 1990, and she has taught at CalArts since 1984. She is the theater chair for California State Summer School for the Arts, and is a Teaching Artist with Shakespeare Center Los Angeles. She has taught at CSULB, USC, Southcoast Repertory’s Young Conservatory, American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has also been in residence at several public schools with Center Theater Group Education.

Adan Fernandez

Adan Fernandez

Instructor

Teaches: On Stage!, Theory II

adan.fernandez@ocsarts.net

Adan Fernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Azusa Pacific University and a master’s degree in organ performance from the Claremont Graduate University. He is now doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California. 

Mr. Fernandez is an avid performer, educator, and researcher. He has been featured in The American Organist, a magazine devoted to organ and choral music. As a performer, he has appeared on the televangelist show Hour of Power, Azteca America, and Glee. He was a featured recitalist for the American Guild of Organists’ Orange County Chapter and has performed with many ensembles, including the Santa Maria Philharmonic.

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Gabriel Lawson

Gabriel Lawson

Accompanist, Instructor

Teaches: Barbershop Quartet, Men's Chorus, OCSA Vocal Ensemble, Opera from Scratch, Song Composition, Theory/Musicianship IV Accompanies: Chamber Singers

gabriel.lawson@ocsarts.net

Upon completing studies in piano performance and music education at California State University, Stanislaus, Mr. Lawson continued as a vocal/choral accompanist for its music department.

Concurrent to that position, he worked as the pianist and choir director at College Avenue Congregational Church, the beginning band instructor at Hughson High School, an accompanist for Stanislaus County Schools, and the Youth Entertainment Stage Company.

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Lee Ann Leung

Lee Ann Leung

Instructor

Teaches: Piano Class

leeann.leung@ocsarts.net

Lee Ann Leung has an MFA in music performance and certificate in ethnomusicology from University of California, Irvine. She also taught Class Piano and was the staff pianist for the Chamber Singers and the University Choir. She performed in immersive concert events across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, as well as Comic-Con International and E3 to revive classical music as an art form to diverse audiences. 

Sarah Gonzalez

Sarah Gonzalez

Choir Director

Teaches: Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus

sarah.gonzalez@ocsarts.net

Sarah Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in choral music from the University of Southern California. In addition to her job in the Classical Voice Conservatory, she serves as the Director of Music at St. James' Episcopal Church in South Pasadena.  In her spare time, Mrs. Gonzalez sings with the Golden Bridge Chamber Ensemble and the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, based in Orange County.

Richard Kinsey

Richard Kinsey

Instructor

Teaches: On Stage!

richard.kinsey@ocsarts.net

Richard Kinsey attended California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in vocal performance. He is probably best known for his award winning Broadway performance of Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. He is also the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award For Best Supporting Actor. Many other musicals, operas, plays, and films have featured him in leading roles, as well. 

Mr. Kinsey is in high demand as a private coach for both singing and acting, as well as a masterclass teacher and adjudicator for prestigious competitions, including the John Raitt Awards For Youth, the Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award, Virginia Best Adams Singing Award, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Award for Popular Composition for Robin Hood the Musical. He is also a published illustrator.

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Adriana Manfredi

Adriana Manfredi

Instructor

Teaches: Class Voice, Diction, Theory III

adriana.manfredi@ocsarts.net

Adriana Manfredi completed her undergraduate degree in music at Oberlin College and earned a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts (CalARTS). Ms. Manfredi is on the rosters of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Opera Chorus. 

Her professional recording credits include the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s A Good Understanding, the Decca release of Nico Muhly’s Miserere, featuring the choral music of Henryk Gorecki, and the The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Her voice can also be heard on such feature film soundtracks as Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Frozen.

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Arie Moriguchi

Arie Moriguchi

Choir Conductor and Summer Program Coordinator

Teaches: Class Voice, Sing OC! Summer Program

arie.moriguchi@ocsarts.net

Arie Moriguchi earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and music education form Azusa Pacific University. Before college, she studied for seven years in Osaka, Japan. Ms. Moriguchi is a Kodaly-trained music teacher and private vocal instructor. 

Aside from her work with the Classical Voice Conservatory, Ms. Moriguchi is also an instructor in the Instrumental Music Conservatory, a Kodaly instructor for National Children’s Choir, assistant director for California Children’s Choir, and continues to run a private voice studio. In the summer, she serves as a section leader for Idyllwild Choir Festival and continues to learn at the Kodaly Association of Southern California Certification Program.

 

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Pepron Pilibossian

Pepron Pilibossian

Accompanist and Vocal Coach

Teaches: Art Song Literature, Class Voice, Opera Production Coach

pepron.pilibossian@ocsarts.net

Pepron Pilibossian holds a master’s degree in music and graduate certificate from the University of Southern California. She has served as studio accompanist at East Los Angeles College, Occidental College, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Pilibossian has established herself as a recitalist and chamber musician in high demand. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, she has performed in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, and Bulgaria. Recent appearances include performances at Disney Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Zipper Hall, and Soka University. 

 

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Lukas Swidzinski

Lukas Swidzinski

Accompanist and Vocal Coach

Teaches: Bel Canto Singers, Opera Scenes, Piano/Vocal Collaboration, Vocal Forum

lukas.swidzinski@ocsarts.net

Lukas Swidzinski earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in piano and orchestral conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, respectively. He has taught at the Capital University, Ohio State University, University of California, Irvine, University of Redlands, and Azusa Pacific University.

 

Ryan Reithmeier

Ryan Reithmeier

Instructor

Teaches: Opera Scenes

ryan.reithmeier@ocsarts.net

Ryan Reithmeier is regarded as a versatile singer/actor, he has performed a wide range of the leading baritone roles from works of Mozart to 20th century operas and musical theatre. Dr. Reithmeier recently completed his DMA in Vocal Arts and Opera at the USC Thornton School of music, with highest honors. Among his concert performances as baritone soloist are The Requiems of Faure and Duruflé, as well as Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on a Christmas Carol, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat. Recent appearances include the Pacific Symphony, Opera a La Carte, San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, Chorale Bel Canto, St. John’s Cathedral Concert Series, Opera San Luis Obispo, Hemet Community Concerts, the Classical Encounters Foundation, Rolling Hills UMC Concerts at Two, Manhattan Beach Previews, Los Angeles Music Salon, and La Mirada Symphony.

In competitions he is a two-time winner of the Beverly Hills National Consortium Auditions, a winner of the NATS-LA Gwendolyn Roberts Auditions, and a Western-Regional finalist in the NATS-Artist Award competition. Dr. Reithmeier is on the vocal faculty at Azusa Pacific University and was the founding Artistic Director for Trinity Youth Theatre, now the Trinity Theatre Project, where he directed junior versions of Broadway musicals. His original show, Ordinary Hearts, Extraordinary Songs was presented by the graduate singers of the USC Thornton Opera at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena.

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Riley Wilson

Riley Wilson

Instructor

Teaches: Jazz Voice

riley.wilson@ocsarts.net

Riley Wilson will be teaching the new Vocal Jazz class for the Classical Voice Conservatory this fall. Currently, he is a vocal director for MONTAGE!, OCSA’s premier performing ensemble, and teaches the 11th and 12th grade voice classes for the Integrated Arts Conservatory. A Southern California native, he received his bachelor's degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, where he double majored in jazz studies and music education. There, Mr. Wilson sang in the top vocal jazz ensemble, called Pacific Standard Time, where he performed all over the country at schools, festivals, and conferences.

Currently, he is pursuing his passion for vocal music by working with the students of the Orange County School of the Arts, working as a professional musician, Karl volunteering to direct a choir of stroke survivors in Carson, CA. He also is a member of the the Westminster Chorus, the current international barbershop chorus champions, and an a cappella group called The Bluesettes Quintet, the 2015 National Harmony Sweepstakes, Los Angeles regional champions.

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