Beloved by audiences around the world, five-time Grammy-winning composer Billy Childs forges breathtaking blends of jazz, orchestral and choral music. His Holocaust epic “The Voices of Angels,” a moving choral and orchestral setting of
writings of children from the Terezin concentration camp, was premiered by The Los Angeles Master Chorale to rapturous acclaim. He has composed for and/or performed with Sting, Yo- Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Alison Krause, Renee Fleming, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony, The Kronos Quartet, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The American Brass Quintet, The Dorian Wind Quintet, The Ying Quartet and violin luminary Rachel Barton Pine.
The first woman of color to conduct an orchestra in France, the meteoric rise of Glass Marcano began at age four in San Felipe, Venezuela, when she began her choral and orchestral studies. At eight, she entered the Mescoli White Star Conservatory.
At nine, she was a violinist with the San Felipe Youth Orchestra. By 20, she was being groomed as a conductor by world-renowned maestros Marin Alsop, Claire Gibault, Sabrie Bekirova, and François Xavier Roth. Her power and passion at the podium widely recognized, Glass was appointed Director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory in 2018 and conducts several other orchestras across Latin America. In 2019, she was selected for the La Maestra Competition, taking the Orchestra Prize, and recently made her conducting debut with the Tours Opera Orchestra in France.
Internationally acclaimed gospel arranger Diane White-Clayton has captivated audiences from Los Angeles, Toronto and London to Paris, Sweden and Norway. She has brought down the house as Artistic Director of the famed Albert McNeil Jubilee
Singers; Artistic Director of the Washington Performing Arts Society; Composer-in-Residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Vocal Workshop Clinician at the Disney Performing Arts Conservatory; Choral Conductor for Andraé Crouch; Artistin-Residence at Appalachian State University and Westmont College; Professor at Loyola Marymount University; Scholar-in-Residence at Grinnell College; and Founder and Choral Conductor of the celebrated Sacred Praise Chorale.