Lyric Coloratura Soprano, Sarah Lonsert, began her singing career as a form of therapy for her High-functioning Autism. Winner of the Vo-Cal Competition, 2nd at NATS, and semifinalist in the Classical Singer competition. She has sung with; Andrea Bocelli, The L.A. Symphony, and John Williams. Notable overseas performances; Rome, Paris, Eglise Notre-Dame des Blancs-Manteaux, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, The Glinka Cappella, and The Rock Church. Sarah’s scholastic achievements are graduating from California State University Fullerton with her BM in Vocal Performance and is currently working on her Master’s in Music at California State University Northridge. Sarah continues to study classical voice under Diane Ketchie. She currently performs in the LA Master Chorale under Maestro Grant Gershon and in the Pacific Chorale under Maestro Robert Istad.
Emily Weinberg began her vocal studies ten years ago with her current teacher, tenor, Daniel Hendrick. Over the last decade, Emily has used her time to expand her understanding of the musical world by earning her bachelors degree in vocal performance from California State University Fullerton where she continued her private vocal studies with mezzo soprano Janet Smith. During her time at CSUF, Emily was cast in lead roles such as Mrs. Peachum in Weil’s Threepenny Opera, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and L’enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. She also spent three years as a member of the CSUF University Singers under the baton of Dr. Robert Istad, a group with which she performed on two international tours; in the Baltics and Russia in 2017 and a second in Spain in 2019 as a featured soloist for David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion.
Since her graduation from CSUF, Emily has become a professional singer with the Pacific Chorale and many other institutions. Her upcoming performances include a featured solo with Opera Buffs, the role of Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen with Lyric Opera of Orange County, and the role of Ms. Todd in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief with the International Lyric Academy in Venice for the summer of 2022.
Tommaso Annoni is a music composer who writes for videogames, movies, and television. He is also a flutist with many orchestral appearances (including at Boston Symphony Hall), and plays a variety of ethnic flutes.
In love with the expressiveness of the orchestra since a young age, he studied flute, piano, and composition at Conservatorio di Parma (Italy), theater at IUAV (Venezia, Italy) and around Europe, and Film and Videogame Scoring at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). In the past, he has also been an actor and educator.
Projects on which he worked on won several awards. He has been:
• Assistant Conductor for the documentary Sky Blossom (Best Documentary Feature at Yellowstone International Film Festival 2021),
• Composer for the videogame Two Interviewees (Treccani’s Award for Excellence in Italian Web),
• Orchestrator for the concert series Imparo l’Opera (Filippo Siebaneck Award at Franco Abbiati Italian Music Critic Award).
He is currently a composer for Blue Pink Music Group, and Composer&Editor for Neither Nor Publishing.
On the Shoulders of Giants
Mathew Aaron Campbell (b. 1992) is a native of Deep South Texas. His musical training started at the age of 8 when he took piano lessons followed by learning how to play drumset. His studies continued through middle school and high school with percussion as his primary instrument. He is an alumnus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and studied percussion and composition with Dr. Joe Moore III. As an award-winning composer, Mathew has had many collaborative projects with various educators throughout the nation. His passion for composing and conducting led to premieres with various student ensembles at the state and national levels. He has premiered works at The National Flute Convention in 2013, ClarinetFest in 2016, the Texas Music Educator’s Conference in 2015-2017, and many of his works were premiered at UTRGV throughout his undergraduate studies. His piece Into the Void: A Study in Disembodied Consciousness was awarded first prize in the SATB Chorus and Percussion (3- 5 Players) Category of the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. He is currently a member of Project 21: Music for the 21st Century. He is published through C. Alan Publications. His works for the Texas Prescribed Music List can be found here. Mathew is a founding member of The Uptown Collective.
Mr. Campbell is currently attending Oklahoma City University as a graduate student earning his MM in Music Composition and Wind Conducting under the direction of Dr. Edward Knight and Dr. Matthew Mailman, respectively.
Copland: Concerto for Clarinet
Sierra Allen, originally from Seattle, is a rising clarinetist in Los Angeles. She has appeared in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and New West Symphony. In 2018, Sierra received 3rd prize in Vandoren’s Emerging Artist Competition. She was also a finalist in Pershing’s Own National Collegiate Solo Competition and the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Frances Walton Competition. Sierra is currently a student of Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Past teachers include Joshua Ranz, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Ray Guyll, director of the Microsoft Jazz Band.
Born in Southern California, Annabella Cervero has loved music since childhood. She grew up taking piano lessons and singing in church. Even as a child, Annabella would make up her own music while practicing for her piano lessons. As she reached high school, Annabella decided to pursue a career in music and became heavily involved in musical theatre and choir. In 2017, Annabella graduated summa cum laude from Vanguard University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music Composition degree. Upon graduating, Annabella was hired as a private voice and piano teacher in several studios throughout the Orange County area. In September 2018, Annabella was the featured composer of the season 2 opening concert of Stephen Nutt’s FreeLAncer concert series in Los Angeles. Annabella is very excited to be working with the Synesthesia Sinfonietta in their inaugural concert. She would like to thank her friends, family, and beloved fiancé for their undying support. Annabella gives all the glory to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Bret Iwan has loved the legacy and story behind Walt Disney for as long as he can remember, but he never dreamt life would take him to where it has; voicing Walt’s most iconic character, and carrying on a legacy he has always held in great esteem. After graduating high school in 2000, Bret decided to pursue his love of art and animation. Bret earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2004, before moving to Kansas City where he started his career at Hallmark Greeting Cards. Just before Bret's fifth anniversary with Hallmark, he received an email from a college friend, a PIXAR animator, outlining the auditions that were being held to select an understudy for the voice of Mickey Mouse. Realizing the chance of a lifetime, he didn’t hesitate before practicing and submitting his audition. After several auditions, Bret was awarded the role as the fourth official voice of the beloved character, Mickey Mouse, a character first voiced by Walt Disney in 1928. Bret moved to Los Angeles in September of 2009 to start the next chapter of his creative career. His first recording was in June of 2009, and since then, he has gone on to record for theme parks, video games, toys, promotional material, game shows, live shows, ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’, and ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ television series. The opportunities presented by the role continue to surprise him, and he looks forward to “fillin’ in for the boss” far into the future.
Bret resides in Los Angles, California.