The Occidental College Chorus brings Occidental students, alumni, faculty, and staff together to sing in a large ensemble.
Singers of all levels benefit from the experience of performing music from a variety of traditions. Occasional collaborations with other Occidental ensembles provides additional enrichment of the music-making experience. The chorus rehearses once a week on Monday evening from 7:15-9:45 and performs on campus each semester. Enrollment is for one or both semesters.
Fall 2014 Concert- November 23rd @ 4:00pm
Spring 2015 Concert- April 19th @ 4:00pm
Location of Concerts- Herrick Chapel, Occidental College Campus
About the Director
Desiree La Vertu is an accomplished conductor, soloist, and voice teacher in the greater Los Angeles area. Ms. La Vertu became the Director of Choral Music at Occidental College in Los Angeles in the fall of 2009. Previously, she was the Director of the Glee Clubs at the California Institute of Techonology (Caltech). Additionally, she was on the voice faculties of Chapman University and the summer graduate program at Claifornia State Univeristy, Los Angeles. She is one of the solo vocal coordinators and is on the choral-vocal faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival Choir.
As a soprano, Ms. La Vertu specialized in the oratorio repertoire, and made her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in 2005 as soprano soloist in Pouenc'sGloria. Other solo performances include Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem at Disney Hall, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, Handels' Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, and Bach's Magnificat, among others. She was a long-time member of the Donald Brinegar Singers, and was a founding member of the female a capella quartet "Diva Complex."
Initially trained as a pianist, her Bachelor of Music degree is in Accompanying from California State University, Fullerton. She received her Master of Music in Choral and Vocal Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied with Bruce Mayhall and Donald Grinegar. Ms. Lavertu maintains a private voice studio in Pasadena.
Contact Desiree La Vertu at firstname.lastname@example.org
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