Simplicity is the final achievement.
— Frédéric Chopin
 
Storm King Art Center, November 2016. Photo: Robert Fesjian.

Storm King Art Center, November 2016. Photo: Robert Fesjian.

New York • Los Angeles • Perth

I am a musician, researcher, and current Marketing Coordinator with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. I grew up in New York and joined the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus when I was eight years old. Over the course of six years, I sang in hundreds of performances, in dozens of operas, alongside Denyce Graves, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and others – an unreal childhood to say the least. I was also selected by the Met in 2005 to play the solo role of Emmy in the Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring.

Immersion into professional musical productions at a young age fed into my love of writing music. I studied music and science at St. Paul’s School and went on to pursue a dual degree at the University of Southern California, BM Music Composition & BA Cognitive Science. I produced and composed for student films at USC and the New York Film Academy, and premiered works for choir, winds, strings, and orchestra. My favorite projects are collaborative, so writing arrangements for a cappella groups and dance productions have always been some of my most fun work experiences.
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I also continued vocal performance as a four-year member of the USC Chamber Singers. We went on international tours to Australia, New Zealand, Beijing, and Seoul as part of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music. Some of the highlights of my time in Los Angeles include singing with the Rolling Stones at their LA concerts in 2014, singing film and video game music live at Disney Hall and the Dolby Theatre, and performances with the LA Phil, LA Chamber Orchestra, and LA Master Chorale. Now based in Perth, Australia, I am a current member of the premiere West Australian choir Voyces.

It’s one thing to share music with an audience; it’s another to share musical knowledge with younger generations. This is something I started to realize in high school when I first taught music technology to kids at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Summer Arts Program. Years later, I taught theory, voice, and composition to children at the Bloom School of Music & Dance and at the Los Angeles Music & Arts School. Witnessing my students grasp concepts over time and watching them perform music with feeling were truly moving experiences.

Music connects people in ways that language cannot, and the clear connections between music and emotion led to my fascination with the neuroscience of auditory processes. For four years at the USC Brain & Creativity Institute, I performed neuroscience research studying the effects of music training on the brain, empathy, and general development. The bulk of my work was on a longitudinal study examining music training’s effects on child development in collaboration with the LA Phil and their youth orchestra program. I was also extremely fortunate to be involved in pioneering neuroimaging research related to group singing and social cognition at the Yale Brain Function Lab.
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I am an avid concert-goer (as you might expect) who loves to experiment with music technology, go to tech meetups, and explore nature on runs and open water swims. At the end of the day, nothing makes me quite as happy as sitting at home drinking tea listening to Benjamin Britten or Earth Wind & Fire on my record player.

AWARDS
• Station Coordinator of WSPS radio, 2010.
• First place in Keiser Music Composition Competition, 2010.
• USC Friends of Armenian Music Daughters of Vartan Scholarship, 2010-2014.
USC SOAR & SURF grants for neuroscience research, 2014.
• USC Chamber Singers Award, 2014.

MEDIA
Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, January-February 2006, Gotham Chamber Opera
- Resourceful Opera Company Polishes a Britten Treasure - Charles Michener, 20 February 2006, Observer
- Out & About - A.L. Gordon, 13 February 2006, The New York Sun
- Seen and Heard International Opera Review - Bruce Hodges, 19 February 2006, MusicWeb - Seen and Heard
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, November 2013, Colburn Orchestra & USC Musicians - Concert Program
USC Wonderland Competition 2015 - Life is but a dream
eFfyoUressence, February 2015, Princeton University Ballet - Remix of Sleepless by Cazzette
00:05:53/88,345:01:00, April 2017, Musical arrangement for Dana Fesjian's Dance Thesis - The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Dance Presents (Syn)thesis, 2017 Collaborative Dance Thesis Show - Concert Program
Perth Symphony Orchestra’s Girls Night Out, 30 & 31 May 2019 - Arranged for orchestra Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), Amy Winehouse’s Rehab, Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to Do with It, Madonna’s Material Girl, and Spice Girls’ Wannabe - Concert Program - X-Press Review