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Music of Now and Before: Meet The Artists

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Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble kicks off its milestone 10th anniversary season with works of old and new! Celebrate with PSYWE during Ron Nelson's “Lauds” and bask in the sound of David Maslanka's “Requiem,” both works rooted in antiquity. Look to the future in Mason Bates “Chicago, 2012” from "Alternative Energy," a collaborative work for onstage electroacoustics. The brilliant musicians of PSYWE backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie concert organ are sure to engage and inspire. This performance features a special guest conductor, Pacific Symphony's Music Director Carl St.Clair!
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Kristen Lawrence - Organ

Kristen Lawrence - Organ

Kristen Lawrence studied piano from age 7, then at age 12 found her “musical home” in the organ under the instruction of Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer/organist Dr. Robert Cummings.

In high school she won the Philharmonic Society’s Ed Doyle Music Award competition, then accepted a music scholarship to Brigham Young University where she studied with Dr. Parley Belnap and Dr. Douglas Bush, graduating with a bachelor of music in organ performance and pedagogy.

In 2008 and 2011, Lawrence performed with Pacific Symphony in their Halloween Spooktacular and Halloween Whodunit family concerts. And in 2014 she spotlighted the organ in Pacific Symphony’s Dinosaurs!

She also has performed several times in the Symphony’s “Class Act” series and enjoys playing with Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Ensemble.

As one who loves all styles of music, Lawrence has played guest keyboards for The Iron Maidens (all-female tribute band to Iron Maiden) and Checkpoint Charley (with whom she has recorded two CDs and won BB King’s Battle of the Bands).

Halloween is one of Lawrence’s great passions, and for over a decade she has studied its history and culture, which has led to her composing a collection of music and lyrics called the Halloween Carols. She has released three CDs—Arachnitect, A Broom With A View and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” her musical setting of the famous poem which she has performed at two National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored events.

Lawrence is currently recording her fourth CD of Halloween Carols, featuring Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman) on guitar. She has already released two singles from this album— “Zombie Ambience” and “Gust”—as little trick-or-treats to tide her fans over until the collection is complete.

Chelsea Chaves - Soprano

Chelsea Chaves - Soprano

Soprano Chelsea Chaves enjoyed a busy 2015-16 season, which included performances with Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Opera Santa Barbara and the University of Southern California. She was a finalist in the Loren L. Zachary competition and was selected as the 2015 scholarship winner for the Sigma Alpha Iota (Pasadena Chapter) Scholarship Competition, in addition to being a top award winner for the 2016 Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship.

Roles performed include Pamina and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Première Prêtresse (Iphigénie en Tauride), Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe) and Lay Sister (Suor Angelica). She has also covered the roles of Violetta (La Traviata) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) for Pacific Symphony.

In her hometown of Santa Barbara, Chaves had the opportunity to work with Marilyn Horne while singing in the chorus of Carmen and Die Zauberflöte for Music Academy of the West. Previous Young Artist Programs include OperaWorks, SongFest, the Astoria Music Festival and Musiktheater Bavaria. Chelsea is also a frequent guest soloist and has sung the National Anthem for various organizations, including the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chaves received a master of music degree in vocal arts/opera from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Chapman University. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area.

PSYWE Goes To Vienna!

PSYWE Goes To Vienna!

As a culmination of its milestone 10th anniversary, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) is taking a nine-day international tour of a lifetime to Austria from July 4-12, 2017.

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PSWE will visit the "City of Music," Vienna, and glorious Salzburg (Mozart's hometown), as it takes part in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival, which allows the world's most talented youth choirs, bands and orchestras to perform in the famous Musikverein and other brilliant venues throughout the historic city.

To meet PSYWE Music Director Gregory Whitmore, please click here.

To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.