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What does it sound like when 56 of the best singers in the known universe sing your work?

This is an absolute highlight of my career as a composer (thus far)! A piece from my Psyche opera was chosen by the SAG-AFTRA SINGERS ( to sing at a joint event with the Society of Composers & Lyricists. 

With their generous permission, I'm posting this video. 


I live in Los Angeles with my husband, the composer Jack Wall, and our daughter Gracie. I compose musical, sung-through works for theater.


I composed my first opera, Psyche: First Upon a Time, in the Fall of 2011 as an artist-in-residence in Paris at Cite Internationale des Arts. You can see my chronicle of the process here.

I mounted my Psyche opera at the Greenway Court Theater in LA in the Fall of 2014. It was directed by the innovative, award-winning Michael Matthews.


I co-created a performance work about the author Anaïs Nin --  Anaïs Nin: Unbound  -- with director/choreographer Janet Roston, which was mounted in the Fall of 2016. The show got a raft of rave reviews, played to sold out houses, and was extended.

I'm currently working on my third opera, which is taking shape as a much more symphonic work, but will probably inevitably include a rock component as well, knowing me... I'll be blogging about this newest work soon.

My fourth and fifth operas are in the ideation stage now. 

I've had numerous broad and deep careers, including rock and roll, technology, education, and the cantorate. 



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