Support the UUCSC Music Department’s Presentation
of the Brahms Requiem at the Hall of Liberty
Dr. Seth Houston, Lecturer
Dr. Houston will present our pre-concert lecture on November 12. As director of choral activities at the University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Dr. Houston is an expert lecturer and has presented papers at national and regional conferences including the National Collegiate Choral Organization and American Brahms Society.
Dr. Nicole Grimes, Lecturer
Dr. Grimes will present our pre-concert lecture on November 18. She is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Irvine and has published widely on the relationship between music and philosophy, and music and literature. Her books include Mendelssohn Perspectives (2012 with Angela Mace), and Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism, and Expression (2013, with Siobhán Donovan and Wolfgang Marx). She is currently writing monographs including one on Brahms’s Elegies: The Poetics of Loss in German Culture and on Brahms’s final published opus, the Vier ernste Gesänge. She serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Music Analysis and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Brahms Society.
Dr. Nancy Holland, Conductor
Dr. Holland recently earned her doctorate in Choral Music at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She first heard the Brahms Requiem performed at age 16 as part of a memorial concert for a close friend and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the music. Throughout her life, she has found herself drawn to performances of the Brahms Requiem and has pursued the opportunity to both study and sing the piece numerous times. This opportunity to conduct is “the culmination of a life-long dream.”
Ariel Pisturino, Soprano
Ariel holds a Masters of Music from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, a Bachelors degree in Music from Northern Arizona University, and is an OperaWorks alumna. She co-founded the performance troupe Chamber Opera Players of LA and the new music summer concert series unSUNg, which focuses on new and unknown vocal music.
Scott Levin, Baritone
Scott earned his Bachelors degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School Of Music. His appearances at the Pacific Opera Project include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La bohème, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, the Sacristan in Tosca, and KoKo in The Mikado. Scott has also performed with Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Celestial Opera, Center Stage Opera, Redlands Opera Theater, and Orange County Opera.
Alan Geier, Pianist
Alan is an accomplished pianist who has performed all over Southern California, including work with the Donald Brinegar Singers, Caltech Glee Club, Pasadena Pro Musica, and Occidental College Chorus. He is also a popular teacher at Pasadena’s Polytechnic School, where he has been a full-time member of the music faculty for Middle and Upper School students for 35 years. Alan is also enjoying his 15-year tenure as Director of the Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University.
Dr. Linda Zoolalian, Pianist
Dr. Linda Zoolalian enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher, and coach. She received her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California. She is on the faculties of Pasadena City College and Glendale College and, in addition to preparing and cueing the supertitles for the LA Opera, has been hired to play for the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, Opera Pacific, and the LA Chamber Orchestra. After spending ten summers as a coach for Operafestival di Roma in Italy, she now spends her summers playing for Angel Vocal Arts, where she recently accompanied masterclasses with Vittorio Grigolo.