Carolyn McLaurine Bryant
Carol Ann Scherfenberg
Yumei (Mei) Wang
Nationally recognized for her excellence in choral conducting, Dr. Iris S. Levine is founder and artistic director of Vox Femina Los Angeles, L.A.'s premiere women's chorus. Through her extensive experience with women's choral literature, and innovative concert programming, Dr. Levine has charted Vox Femina on an impressive 15-year journey, building its prominence in the choral community by way of numerous appearances at ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conventions, and over 100 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Dr. Levine earned her Doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Rod Eichenberger and James Vail, and she holds a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Harler. Dr. Levine is Department Chair and Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Now in her 23rd year at Cal Poly, Dr. Levine conducts the Kellogg Chamber Singers, the University Concert Choir, teaches Beginning Conducting, Choral Conducting, Choral Arranging and Music Education curriculum.
Dr. Levine is the Artistic Director for the Master Chorus at Stephen S. Wise Temple, where her choral arrangements are often performed. She is also National Chair of the ACDA Repertoire and Standards Committee for Women's Choirs and is highly sought as guest clinician and adjudicator for choral festivals throughout the country.
Following her undergraduate studies in piano performance at North Texas University, Lisa Edwards earned her Master of Music degree in the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program at the University of Southern California with honors. While at USC, she was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Scholarship.
Currently, Ms. Edwards is the pianist/music assistant for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, under the direction of Grant Gershon and performs regularly on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her concert credits include performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony. On disc, Lisa can be heard on two Nonesuch recordings of Steve Reich's music - "You Are" Variations and "Daniel Variations".
Previous faculty positions include California State University Long Beach, Glendale Community College and Pasadena Community College. In addition to being the pianist for Vox Femina Los Angeles, Ms. Edwards holds positios with San Marino Community Church, Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air and Congregation Kol Ami in Hollywood. Lisa travels throughout the United States as a vocal/chamber music pianist.