About

The mission of Artes Vocales is to bring great choral music to Los Angeles area communities, to build a community of singers, provide rigorous vocal training, and provide career-enhancing opportunities to gifted musicians and composers. We are committed to enriching the musical breadth of our members and audiences alike by sharing a rich and varied repertoire that reflects the universality of music and its singular ability to bring people together.

Dr. Steven Kronauer, Artistic Director

Artes Vocales was established in 2014 by Dr. Steven Kronauer. He brings his expertise in vocal education and bel canto singing, his broad musical knowledge, and his generous spirit to grateful singers and audiences alike.

In additon to serving as the Artistic Director of Artes Vocales, Dr. Kronauer conducts and coaches the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, an ensemble specifically committed to helping young men continue to sing healthily, learning details of classical music throughout the voice change. He also teaches voice at California State University, Long Beach and was the head of the voice and opera department at the University of California, Santa Barbara until 2008. Dr. Kronauer has an established studio in Los Angeles for singers of all styles and has several successful students singing internationally.

Dr. Kronauer sang opera for ten years at the Munich State Opera, and has sung concerts internationally. He has been greatly influenced in his singing and teaching by Verdi tenor Dennis O’Neill C.B.E., Sir Donald McIntyre and Ruth Falcon.

  • Doctorate, University of California, Los Angeles, under the direction of Donald Neuen and William Vendice in choral and operatic conducting.
  • Master's Degree in Vocal Performance, University of Michigan, studying with John McCollum and Lorna Haywood.
  • Master's Degree in in Conducting, University of Michigan, studying with Theo Morrison and Dr. Jerry Blackstone.

Artes Vocales was established in 2014 by Dr. Steven Kronauer. He brings his expertise in vocal education and bel canto singing, his broad musical knowledge, and his generous spirit to grateful singers and audiences alike.

In additon to serving as the Artistic Director of Artes Vocales, Dr. Kronauer conducts and coaches the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, an ensemble specifically committed to helping young men continue to sing healthily, learning details of classical music throughout the voice change. He also teaches voice at California State University, Long Beach and was the head of the voice and opera department at the University of California, Santa Barbara until 2008. Dr. Kronauer has an established studio in Los Angeles for singers of all styles and has several successful students singing internationally.

Dr. Kronauer sang opera for ten years at the Munich State Opera, and has sung concerts internationally. He has been greatly influenced in his singing and teaching by Verdi tenor Dennis O’Neill C.B.E., Sir Donald McIntyre and Ruth Falcon.

  • Doctorate, University of California, Los Angeles, under the direction of Donald Neuen and William Vendice in choral and operatic conducting.
  • Master's Degree in Vocal Performance, University of Michigan, studying with John McCollum and Lorna Haywood.
  • Master's Degree in in Conducting, University of Michigan, studying with Theo Morrison and Dr. Jerry Blackstone.

Artes Vocales stands apart from other community choruses in three key respects:

  • Dr. Kronauer's professional singing background.
  • Dr. Kronauer's extensive experience as a vocal teacher and coach.
  • Dr. Kronauer's commitment to ongoing vocal training and during vocal health for all Artes Vocales singers.

Twla Meyer, Accompanist, Coach

Twyla Meyer holds a B.F.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota and an M.M. in Accompanying (with honors) from the University of Southern California. Ms. Meyer has been staff accompanist/vocal coach and adjunct keyboard faculty at California State University-Los Angeles from 1980-2010 and has held similar positions at Pasadena City College and Occidental College.

A specialist in 20th century chamber music, she is a founding member of the Matrix Chamber Ensemble performing numerous concerts on the west coast and in New York. Ms. Meyer has been on the faculty of the Idyllwild School of Music and was a featured performer with the Southern California Brahms Festival along with being the principal pianist for the Claremont Clarinet Festival.

She has been on staff with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus for over 18 years which has taken her on several international and national tours including the British Isles, Canada, Brazil, Alaska, Italy, China, Scandinavia, South Africa, and Germany in the summer of 2014. Ms. Meyer has recorded for Artel Records with Metropolitan Opera helden tenor Gary Lakes with whom she also appeared on the Tonight Show. In August of 2007, she toured Chile as a collaborative artist in art song recitals and workshops.

Eric Lifland, Assistant Conductor

Eric Lifland is the assistant conductor and music librarian of Artes Vocales, where he also sings, arranges choral music, and teaches music theory. Working with Dr. Kronauer, Eric also teaches at the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, where he is assistant conductor of the Young Men’s Ensemble and leads “First Experiences in Singing” and advanced musicianship classes. In addition to his work with Artes Vocales,Eric teaches music at Normandie Elementary School in South Los Angeles, bringing music to all 850 students every week (via Education Through Music-Los Angeles).

Eric performs and directs musical theater. He has assisted director Hal Prince on Prince of Broadway, played the lead in Sweeney Todd, and served as music director and pianist for five university productions including the first post-Broadway production of Prince’s 2007 Kurt Weill bio-musical LoveMusik.

Eric received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied musicology and composition.

 Our Singers

    Sopranos

  • Kara Carrier
  • Linda Chang
  • June Chau
  • Michelle Chen
  • Cristy Dai
  • Monina Distor-Castro
  • Tzung-lin Fu
  • Olivia Garfield
  • Tess Greenberg
  • Claudia Guevara
  • Ariane Helou
  • Jocelyn Lee
  • Jennifer Leu
  • Adele Lun
  • Delia Rios
  • Dalia Rodriguez
  • Cindy Van Steelandt
  • Lorna Marie Walek
  • Joyce Wu
  • Ahou Yasmine

    Altos

  • Hiromi Ando
  • Maria Berbee
  • Paula Bush
  • Reggie Castillo
  • Fritzie Culick
  • Linda Davis
  • Elizabeth Dickerson
  • Linda Echegaray
  • Laurel Fest
  • Brenda Friedman
  • Margaret Kwong
  • Marina Hsieh
  • Sharon Kipfer
  • Fanny Kuo
  • Lillian Liu
  • Simone Luca
  • Peggy Melkonian
  • Flo Mesker
  • Twyla Meyer
  • Akiko Mimura-Lazare
  • Katherine Nicolai
  • Jeannie Park
  • Lily Peng
  • Carol Peterson
  • Elena Pierpaoli
  • Sharon Schlarb
  • Sachiko Taki-Reece
  • Rachelle Varley
  • Nancy Webster
  • Jeanne Winn
  • Angel Zhou

    Tenors

  • Mark Ando
  • Jose Delgadillo
  • John Doyle
  • Gabor Ekecs
  • Eric Gutierrez
  • Jackson Janis
  • Allan Lakin
  • Hugh Ralston
  • Brian Saul
  • Tom Schultz
  • Aaron Storms
  • Wesley Tani
  • David West

    Basses

  • Bruce Drolen
  • Harrison Harvey
  • Ed Kan
  • David Leon
  • Billy Malone
  • Douglas McDonald
  • Scott McQueen
  • Joseph Oberlander
  • Paul Rosen
  • Dale Witt

 Featured Artists

Felix Bullock & The Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra

Guest Performer

Felix Bullock received his undergraduate degree from the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Julian Gray. He completed his graduate guitar studies with Scott Tennant at the University of Southern California. Mr. Bullock has also been honored to participate in master classes with living legends Manuel Barrueco and Pepe Romero. He is also the Director of Guitarra Del Mar, which presents guitar concerts in Pasadena at the McKinley Auditorium. Recently, Mr. Bullock premiered “Concierto De Medellin,” written for him by Enrique González-Medina. The Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra is made up of the following members: Maggie Grether, Ethan Kim, Momo Moran, Evelyn Nguyen, Neel Sadda, Brandon Wong, Jadon Elliott, Jazzbird Molina, Grayson Gooden, Hameed Majid, Cooper Norman, Charley Beroud, Lyric Woo, Sean Browne, and Caleb Bowne.

Kara Carrier

Soprano

Kara Carrier has participated in countless choirs and instrumental ensembles, eventually earning her bachelor’s degree in voice and flute performance at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Carrier then joined VocalEssence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, under the direction of Philip Brunelle, and Exultate under Dr. Thomas Rossin. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she sang with the Metropolitan Master Chorale and has been with Artes Vocales since 2014.

Christopher Garcia

Percussion

A native of East Los Angeles, Christopher Garcia is a critically acclaimed performer, improviser, composer, and educator who has made a career by performing in 28 countries, on five continents with instruments from India, Mexico/Mesoamerica, marimba, and drum set. When not performing, composing, or recording, Mr. Garcia has made a point of sharing his information and personal experiences while trying to maintain the balance between the Supreme, Familia, and Music Making.

Joseph Julián González

Composer

Joseph Julián González studied counterpoint with Dr. Doug Davis and classical guitar with Theodore Norman at UCLA. While at UCLA, he also studied composition for Motion Picture and Television under film composer David Raksin. González has also studied with John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Thomas Newman, and Jeff Beal, and was mentored by the late legendary Mexican opera composer Daniel Catán. González has received classical commissions from Meet the Composer, The American Music Forum, and the Kronos String Quartet. In 1997, González was commissioned to write his symphonic oratorio, Misa Azteca. This piece has inspired audiences worldwide with performances in Paris, at the Sorbonne, the Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Vatican.

Adriana Rafaela

Dancer

Adriana Rafaela has danced folklórico for over twenty years. She was a member of Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company from 2005-2017. Currently pursuing acting, Ms. Rafaela continues to study different styles of dance. Ms. Rafaela’s most recent work was on stage in “West Bollywood” at the Matrix Theater in West Hollywood. She was a featured dancer for Sin Color at Pilsen Fest in Chicago, Illinois.

Sarah Reynolds

Mezzo Soprano

Sarah Reynolds is a singer and voice teacher based in Los Angeles. Equally at home in concert and opera, she has performed with De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Artes Vocales of Los Angeles, Concerto Noho, Pasadena Opera, Opera Animata, and Long Beach Opera. An art song enthusiast, Sarah was a featured recitalist in Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Mansions & Music concert series and recently made her debut with the Denver At Song Project as well as LA’s UnSUNg concert series, specializing in the performance of both uncommon and new works. Her favorite roles include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Opera Animata and Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina with the Napa Music Festival. A frequent concert soloist, Sarah’s recent credits include the Bach St. Matthew Passion, Duruflé Requiem, and Corigliano’s Fern Hill with Artes Vocales of Los Angeles, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the Colburn Chorale, and the Mozart Requiem with St. Peter’s by the Sea. She recently studied at Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Vocal Program. Sarah received her Bachelors in Vocal Performance from The College of New Jersey and Masters in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.

Delia Rios

Soprano

Delia Maria Rios has served as cantor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels since 2003. She has performed solo work and participated in choir festivals across Europe and Mexico with Harmonies Girls’ Choir. In 2007, Delia began a long and rewarding collaboration with esteemed Latin American composer, Joseph Julian Gonzalez, on his masterwork, Misa Azteca, currently touring around the world. In that same year, Delia was the main soloist to perform the Gloriaand the Sanctusfrom Misa Azteca in Paris, France at the Saint-Denis Festival in the Basilica of St. Denis. Last season, Delia sang the role of Belinda in Gluck’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Animata. Ms. Rios is a regularly featured artist with the renowned Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. As well as doing vocal work for film, television, and theatre, Delia, a proud Angelino, has also performed at the Walt Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ford Amphitheatre, and the Hollywood Bowl here in Los Angeles. Delia is very grateful to be a member of AVoLA and hopes you enjoy today’s performance.