The Los Angeles Clarinet Choir: “Recombobulation”

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

E-flat Sopranino: David Myer
Principal Soprano: Victoria Ramos Dresel
Sopranos: Ryan Espinosa, Christin Hablewitz, Jason Lopez, Joel Nalewajek, Brandon Samson, Lynne Snyder, Jenna Tatiyatrairong
Alto: Joel Kabakoff
Bass: Alexander Tu, principal; Linda Szeto
Contrabass and contra-alto: Don Gross, Phil Moore

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

A group shot of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir standing in a lobby and holding their instruments.
Members of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir.


Recombobulation (2016)
Theresa Martin

Southern Californian Premiere

Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,
From Lohengrin (1850)
Richard Wagner
arranged (2018) by Matt Johnston

Southern Californian Premiere
conducted by Victoria Ramos Dresel

Home (2018)
Daniel Rodier

Southern Californian Premiere

Solos: David Mayer, E-flat sopranino
Victoria Ramos Dresel, soprano
Christin Hablewitz, soprano
Lynne Snyder, soprano

conducted by Margaret Thornhill


Prelude for Thawing (2006)
Toshinari Iijima

Octet: Ryan Espinosa, soprano
Jason Lopez, soprano
Joel Nalawajek, soprano
Lynne Snyder, soprano
Jenna Tatiyatrairong, soprano
Linda Szeto, bass
Alexander Tu, bass

Odessa Bulgar
arranged (2018) by Christin Hablewitz

World Premiere
Soprano soloist: Christin Hablewitz

Japanese Songs
Masato Tajino

conducted by Victoria Ramos Dresel

Paquito (2007)
Andy Scott

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 the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2007 in Vancouver, Canada; 2010 in Austin, Texas; and in 2011 at CSUN, Los Angeles and 2017 at Orlando, Florida. They have 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 for schools, churches, libraries and senior centers throughout Southern California, including Westminster Gardens  in Duarte, Biola University, 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 the Santa Monica Public Library. 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

The Los Angeles Clarinet Choir is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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. Dr. Thornhill is in demand as a masterclass leader and chamber music coach, writes articles for International clarinet journals, and was the founder/director of the Claremont Clarinet Festival, a summer conference held on the campus of Pomona College from 2005-2017. 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 Middle 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. Ms. Dresel studied clarinet with Yehuda Gilad and David Howard at USC and also with Dr. 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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