Lauri has been a professional classical singer, writer, entertainer, businessperson and artist for more than two decades. A veteran of many of the most respected performing organizations in Southern California, her vocal career has been focused primarily in sacred music of various faiths, concert solos, choral music, and art songs from the last century. She juggles these activities with work as a writer, editor, and marketing consultant, and leads business- and career-related workshops for present and future independent artists and arts administrators, teaching for the List as well as LA Vocal Lab and guest lectures. Lauri is privileged that Schmug the Pug allows her to share his home in Azusa, CA, where he enjoys eating and sleeping, and she enjoys cooking, handcrafts, art, films and reading on a wildly diverse array of interests.
Eleen Hsu-Wentlandt — Review Coordinator
A very busy singer, actress, teacher and more, Eleen has been our Review Coordinator since 2016. Check out her website here to learn more about all the things she does to bring beauty and laughter to the world. When she’s not performing, Eleen enjoys yoga, eating chocolate, and a little DIY. Eleen is originally from Cleveland, OH, and Sacramento, CA, and is a graduate of Pomona College. As an American-born Chinese, her greeting is, “All-American looks different than it used to, and that’s fine by me.”
Karen Hogle Brown — Lister contributor
Praised by Mark Swed as ‘luminous’, soprano KAREN HOGLE BROWN has appeared with numerous organizations including the LA Master Chorale, LA Opera, LA Phil, Long Beach Opera, and Opera a la Carte. Solo performances include Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Perichole (La Perichole), Symphony No. 4 (Schnittke), Messiah, Magnificat (Bach), and many recordings including the soundtrack for Avatar. She is a 2012 OperaWorks Advanced Artist, runs her own teaching studio, and conducts for LA Opera’s summer Opera Camp.
Amy Engelhardt — Lister contributor
AMY ENGELHARDT spent 13+ years as the sole female member of Grammy-nominated vocal “band without instruments,” The Bobs. Her insanely diverse vocal credits range from Jim Henson’s Animal Jam to Barbra Streisand’s Timeless concerts, the LA Bach Festival, Neil Young’s Living With War, The Doctor Demento Show and hundreds of turns in LA-area churches and temple choirs as a sub/ringer “sopralto.” Amy was recently honored with the MAC Award for Songwriting from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. A graduate of Syracuse University and Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Amy is a proud member of ASCAP and AFTRA/SAG, and an honorary member of the Vienna Boys Choir. She splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. www.coldfoot.net/Amy
Rachelle Fox — Lister contributor
Rachelle Fox, soprano, keeps a busy performing and teaching schedule in the L.A. area. With a Masters Degree in Early Music Voice Performance from Indiana University, Rachelle specializes in Renaissance and Baroque music and is on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music, Early Music Department. A member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Concord Ensemble, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and can be heard on various recordings on the Harmonia Mundi and Decca recording labels. Rachelle is a staff singer at St. Matthews Episcopal Church and works as Cantorial Soloist at Temple Israel of Hollywood, where she is undertaking cantorial studies with Chazzan Danny Maseng.
Natalie Mann — Lister contributor, Team member emeritus
Natalie served as our Review Coordinator for more than two years, and has moved on to the demands of a rapidly-growing national career. She enjoys participating in organizations that serve singers and teachers, both as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and as an active member in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Natalie is pleased to have had various opportunities to sing with many local opera companies since her transplant from the Midwest a few years ago, prompted by an opportunity to work with the San Diego Opera. She is a guest writer for a number of blogs about everything from pets to food, and in her spare time, is sure to be found baking or caring for her sourdough starter. Find out more about Natalie by visiting her website here.
Peter Mark — Guest contributor
Maestro Peter Mark began his illustrious career as boy soprano at the METROPOLITAN OPERA, performing with the opera greats Albanese, Tebaldi, Steber, Stevens, Bjoerling,and Tucker. As a young adult, Mark performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral violinist and violist, and taught Music and Drama as Full Professor in the UC system, and has been the key person in charge of choosing, guiding, conducting and mentoring singers at opera companies and festivals for forty years including Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera Virginia, Shanghai Opera, Mexico City National Opera at Bellas Artes , as well as Buck Hill-Skytop and Maputo International Music Festivals.
Coril Prochnow — Lister contributor, Team Member
Coril helped launch our community review program in 2011, and has returned to help run and grow that program as an active member of the Lauri’s List Team. Coril has been an enormous help in terms of program and event development, recruiting, and as a general soundboard for project ideas and policy decisions. She is a busy soloist and chorister for a variety of organizations around Southern California, and we’re delighted that she has recently taken on the title “Evangelister”, and will be working as our liaison with the wide variety of churches and their music programs across the Southland.
Zanaida Robles — Lister contributor
Singer, conductor, composer, and voice teacher Dr. Zanaida Robles is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator for competitions, festivals, and conferences related to choral and solo vocal music. She has prepared choirs for performances with such artists as Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, and Wayne Brady. Formerly, Dr. Robles was the director of the Chamber Singers and College Choir at Glendale Community College. Prior to this, she directed the USC Thornton University Chorus for two years and served for five years as Director of Classical Choirs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. As a concert soprano soloist, studio vocalist for film and television, and professional ensemble singer, Dr. Robles has sung throughout the United States, and in parts of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has sung background vocals for various artists including the Rolling Stones, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Manilow, and has also worked as a singer and pianist on the hit Fox Television series “Glee.” Her film credits include Tinkerbell: Pirate Fairy, Godzilla, and Minions.
Tracy Shea — Lister contributor
Tracy Shea is a lyric coloratura soprano who enhances her creativity with many other activities, including writing, acting and directing spook shows for the Internet. You can find her blog at www.planettracy.com and appreciate her wares at www.etsy.com/shop/twochez
Gregorio Taniguchi — Lister contributor
Tenor Gregorio Taniguchi is a Southern California native and an alumnus of the Bob Cole Conservatory at Cal State Long Beach. A soloist and fixture of the LA Bach Festival chorus, he is also a soloist and chorus section leader at its host institution, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. He sings with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and has been with Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers since 2010. Gregorio is also a studio singer, and is comfortable in various genres, from jazz & musical theater to world music styles. Follow him on Twitter: @tenorguchi
Kristen Toedtman — Lister contributor
Kristen Toedtman is a classical and most-every-other-style singer living in Los Angeles. She sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, has appeared recently as soloist on the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival and in vocal chamber works across the city. She is wrapping up her second studio album of all original songs, due out in the spring of 2015. To hear samples of her bluesy pop side and get news of upcoming concerts, visit www.kristentoedtman.com.
Tracy Van Fleet — Lister contributor
Tracy Van Fleet, mezzo soprano, has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Naples Philharmonic, Los Angeles Bach Festival, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, USC Symphony and Chorus, and others. She has had many appearances with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Opera Pacific, San Diego Opera and Opera Colorado. In 2013 she toured Europe and the U.S. with the Los Angeles Philharmonic singing in the new oratorio by John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Ms. Van Fleet has earned a Master and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, where she graduated cum laude. For more information go to her website: www.TracyVanFleet.com
Lisa Wall-Urgero — Lister contributor
Canadian-born LISA WALL-URGERO is a vocalist/pianist, classically trained, who dabbles in a variety of musical styles. In addition to live performance and studio session work, Lisa teaches piano in her home studio in Southern California. Lisa also formerly served the List as our Social Media Manager, sourcing content for various pages in our network. For more information about Lisa, go to her profile or her website.
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