Felix Bullock & The Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra
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 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.
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
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 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 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 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.