Now You Can Meet and Greet
Six Jazz/Pop Vocalists
Mandy Wilson, Soprano
Mandy hails from the Kentucky side of Cincinnati, where her love for performing began when she joined the Greater Cincinnati Children's Chorus. During high school, she enrolled in Saturday school at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and performed in many productions. These opportunities led her to pursue a BFA in musical theater at the Boston Conservatory of Music. After graduation, Mandy returned to the theater scene in Cincinnati, where she managed stages and performed in several productions, including a "Best Ensemble" award-winning production of Jerry Springer: The Opera.
Now settled in Los Angeles, Mandy has continued to participate in the theater and has supplied vocals for many commercials. She spends her time doing voiceovers, taking acting classes, and working at a day job. She has recently taken an interest in writing and producing, after working for Slamdance Film Festival and serving as an associate producer for several independent films.
Marissa DuBois, Soprano
Marissa is a singer/actress, originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. Her first performance was at age five when she sang "The Good Ship Lollipop" in front of 100 people at her elementary school, and she has been hooked to the stage every since. Her acting career started at the ripe old age of seven, when she joined her first musical production of Aladdin at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. She continued to perform in over 50 musical productions from elementary through high school, and is still active in the theater today.
Marissa now sings and acts in Los Angeles. She joined the band Minus Ned and has toured the country, opening for acts such as The Kooks. Recently, she was nominated for the ACTF Irene Acting Scholarship Competition at the Kennedy Center for her performance in the original production of Locals Only, written by High School Musical producer Bill Borden.
Elizabeth Matson, Alto
Elizabeth was raised in Arizona. Elizabeth's love for a cappella began in high school in her all-female vocal jazz ensemble "Nothing But Treble." After graduating high school, the twinkling lights and sea air brought her westward to Los Angeles where she attended Loyola Marymount University. While at LMU, Elizabeth hopped on stage as Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line, Trixie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and others. Elizabeth also participated in the "Operafestival di Roma" in Italy, where she played La Badessa in Suor Angelica; and she played the role of Arnalta in the Sinatra Opera workshop's production of The Coronation of Poppea.
After receiving her BA in music (vocal performance), Elizabeth spent six years fulfilling her nerdy-musician-rock star dreams as the lead singer, keyboardist and co-composer of the progressive rock band "Phavian." During this time, she could often be found channeling her inner Peter Gabriel while wearing whimsical face paint and circle-head-banging with a tambourine to strange polyrhythms. After touring nationally and releasing three full-length albums with Phavian, Elizabeth settled in Los Angeles and performs as a singer-songwriter.
Leah Hamilton, Alto
Leah was born with a passion for singing. The daughter of a choral music director, this native Bostonian sang in choruses and musicals throughout her youth, enjoying opportunities to perform alongside legends such as John Williams. Leah co-founded a cappella group "Meanwhile" at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which began performing regularly around the state and was ultimately invited to the Silver Chord Bowl competition in Northampton. During college, Leah focused on vocal jazz and opera as well as Spanish and Latin American studies.
After graduation, Leah lived in the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Granada, and Oviedo, then traveled long-term to several other countries, including France and Argentina. Upon returning to the US, she learned how to multi-track her voice using digital home recording software and produced her first album of melodic, vocal-heavy covers and originals titled Seven Songs. Since moving to Los Angeles, Leah has loved teaching high school Spanish and ESL while pursuing new challenging experiences in singing and voice acting.
Aaron Schumacher, Tenor, Vocal Percussion
Aaron is a singer, musician, and educator based in Studio City. As a native Texan, Aaron enjoys BBQ, two-stepping, and open skies, but recently forsook his cowboy hat at home in favor of the west coast. Having graduated with his Bachelor's degree in vocal jazz studies from the University of North Texas in 2013, he has built a reputation as an unbridled stage energy, talented instrumentalist, and sought-after studio personality.
Aaron's voice can be heard on HBO and TV commercials across the country. He has performed for former President George W. Bush, at a Dallas Cowboys halftime show, with Carnival Cruises, and for numerous music conferences and festivals. He enjoys polka music, taco trucks, and coffee any time of day.
Ryan Espinosa, Tenor
Ryan is a Los Angeles-based freelance performer/composer who performs throughout Southern California. He received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2014, specializing in new music clarinet performance. With his passion for life-long learning and a love for music, Ryan enjoys playing other woodwind instruments, piano, singing as a jazz vocalist, and West African percussion. While trained as a western art musician, Ryan is interested in all styles of music making, especially a cappella. He also happens to be a lover of philosophy, fine arts, linguistics, and literature. In addition to Red Harmony, Ryan performs regularly with the College of the Canyons vocal jazz choirs, the Master’s College Wind Ensemble, a Brazilian choro band, the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, and several other chamber groups.
Nate George, Baritone, Founder, Producer
Nate founded Red Harmony in 2009 shortly after moving to Los Angeles a year earlier. At the 2009 Harmony Sweepstakes Los Angeles Regionals, he took home the Best Arrangement Award for The Remedy.
In 2004, Nate graduated from the University of Redlands with a self-designed degree in "vocal jazz studies with an emphasis in maintaining a small vocal ensemble." While there, he lead a mixed vocal octet known as Mixed Blend. On stage, he played Charlie Brown in Clark Gesner's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Toby in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium. Later, while living in the Bay Area post graduation, he worked as the catalog manager for Primarily A Cappella (singers.com) and served as associate producer for the Harmony Sweepstakes Bay Area Regionals and National Finals. While mostly focusing on building a name for himself in the world of a cappella music over the last 10 years both in business and performance, Nate has unwittingly built an accounting career at New Wave Entertainment a talent management and post-production company. He is an alumnus of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Christopher Thaxter, Bass, Musical Director
Christopher puts his 1999 music composition degree from the University of Redlands to good use as a non-musical software consultant. His career throughout the years has primarily been in finance and technology. He sang with a men's a cappella group in college and has sung with and arranged for Red Harmony since 2009. He is an active alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity. At various times he may also reveal himself to be a chef, a juggler, an entrepreneur, a language editor, a conductor, a producer, a list maker, or a polyglot.
You can read about former members of the group on our alumni page.