Los Angeles Clarinet Choir: "Serenade"

Margaret Thornhill, Conductor and Artistic Director
Victoria Ramos Dresel, Associate Conductor

E-flat Sopranino: David Myer, principal; Jenna Tatiyatrairong
Principal Soprano: Victoria Ramos Dresel
Soprano: Julia Damron, Ryan Espinosa, Sarra Hey Follick, Christin Hablewitz, Nicolina Logan, Joel Nalewajek, Lynne Snyder
Alto: Joel Kabakoff, Lynne Snyder
Bass: Linda Szeto, principal; Hongsik Park; Margaret Thornhill
Contrabass and contra-alto: Don Gross

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

A group shot of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir. Musicians, all dressed similarly, sit on a circular stone bench, holding their instruments, and face the camera.
Members of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir.


Jambo (1994)
Paul Basler

Chorale and Danza (1963)
Vaclav Nelhybel

Calleja de las Flores – Dances of Andalucia (2006)
Gordon Lewin

E-flat sopranino: David Myer
Soprano: Ryan Espinosa

conducted by Victoria Ramos Dresel

Pixels (2015)
Yosuke Fukuda

Soprano: Victoria Ramos Dresel, Christin Hablewitz, Lynne Snyder, Joel
Nalewajek, Ryan Espinosa, Julia Damron, Sarra Hey Follick, Nicolina Logan

Los Angeles Premiere


Cataract (2014)
Yuichi Abe

Contrabass solo: Don Gross
E-flat solo: David Myer

conducted by Margaret Thornhill

Ternura (Tenderly) (2018)
K -Ximbinho
arranged by Christin Hablewitz

Soprano: Victoria Ramos Dresel, Lynne Snyder, Joel Nalewajek
Bass: Christin Hablewitz

Serenade, Op. 16 (1859)
   1. Allegro moderato
   5. Rondo: Allegro
Johannes Brahms
arranged by John Gibson

conducted by Margaret Thornhill

Los Angeles Premiere

The Los Angeles Clarinet Choir was founded in May, 2005 by renowned Southern California clarinetist and teacher, Margaret Thornhill. Members, who are selected by audition, have college degrees in clarinet performance or the equivalent in college level music study. The ensemble has been featured at five International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests: 2007 in Vancouver, Canada; 2010 in Austin, Texas; 2011 at CSUN, Los Angeles; 2017 in Orlando, Florida; and 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. They performed at the 2010 Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival at UCLA and for standing room-only audiences for four years at the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. In June 2012, the LACC was featured at the Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena in "Celebrating Sakura: Japanese Music for Clarinet Choir." They have also performed at schools, churches, libraries and senior centers throughout Southern California, including Westminster Gardens in Duarte, Windsor retirement in Glendale, Biola University, Cal Poly Pomona, the Baldwin Hills School District, the Ovations Arts series of the La Canada Presbyterian Church, the First AME Church of Pasadena, Artesia High School in Lakewood, and many others. The LACC has a strong commitment to performing new, original music for this unusual instrumentation and has given many local and world premieres. A nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, the LACC has recently received a matching grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for repertoire and artistic development. To contribute toward the match for our LACAC grant, visit us on the web at: http://www.losangelesclarinetchoir.com or speak to an LACC representative.

This organization is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

Conductor and Artistic Director

A clarinet recitalist and chamber musician active in the US and Europe, Margaret Thornhill is also one of LA's most sought- after private clarinet teachers. She is a former faculty member of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Stanford University; and Occidental College; and is currently Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Concordia University, Irvine. Thornhill is in demand as a masterclass leader and chamber music coach, writes articles for international clarinet journals, and was the director of the Claremont Clarinet Festival, a summer workshop for advanced clarinetists that was held annually at Pomona College in June from 2006-2017. She holds the DMA from Stanford University.

Associate Conductor

Victoria Ramos Dresel has been a principal clarinetist of the LACC since 2006 and associate conductor since 2010. She is Director of Bands at Carmenita Junior High School in Cerritos, and previously held that position at Artesia High School in Lakewood. She holds the MM degree in Music Education from the University of Southern California where she also pursued doctoral work and taught courses in the School of Education. Dresel studied clarinet with Yehuda Gilad and David Howard at USC and also with David Ross as an undergraduate at the University of Texas El Paso.

HMC is deeply grateful for the generous support that created The Ken Stevens ’61 Founding Class Concert Series.

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