We All Remember and Love the Former Members of
The Los Angeles Jazz/Pop Vocal Group
Lindsay Patterson, Soprano
Lindsay grew up surrounded by music, as both her mom and grandmother have taught music for many years. Yet it was not until her sophomore year at the University of California, Riverside that Lindsay decided to pursue music after having studied biology with the intent to attend veterinary school. Brushing that ambition aside, she studied piano for a while and then switched her focus to voice. After receiving her B.A. in Music, she continued her studies by earning her Master's degree in Voice Performance from the California Baptist University.
Lindsay currently sings with the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, is a resident artist with the Riverside Lyric Opera Company, works as a music teacher for a private school in Redondo Beach, and teaches applied voice at California Baptist University. Lindsay loves animals and spends her spare time juggling the meows of her cat and the yips of her dog.
Tessa Vonderhaar, Soprano
Tessa grew up in Cincinnati where she attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She performed in many productions there, including Moon Over Buffalo, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Cats and The Last Five Years. During her time there she sang with female a cappella ensemble Baby Grands. She was traveled with them across the country where they competed and won at various vocal competitions. In 2008, they traveled to Verona, Italy where they won the top prize in their category at the International Music Festival.
Tessa moved to Los Angeles in 2009 where she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, majoring in musical theater. She graduated in early 2012 after completing her BFA in two and a half years. Apart from performing and participating in any project she can get her hands on, she is currently studying acting and improvisation at The Second City in Hollywood.
Jenny Gruen, Alto
A native Southern Californian, Jenny majored in business administration with a minor in law at the University of Southern California. She has long been an avid a cappella singer, having performed with the Troy Tones at USC as well as the local group Quarter Life Crisis. In high school, she recorded with professional female R&B group The Girlz. A professional dancer from a young age, she has been seen on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and various commercials.
Jenny is currently an account executive at an ad agency. When she is not working, she dabbles in songwriting and vocal recording.
Nikki Olivia Black, Alto
Nikki has been singing since the age of 10. She grew up listening to a multitude of musical genres that opened her ears to the varied sounds of classic rock, folk, jazz, flamenco, salsa, and more. After singing her way through grade school, Nikki attended California State University, Northridge, where she majored in Music Industry, studied voice, and performed with the jazz choir as well as the world renowned Northridge Singers. Additionally, she performed with the professional jazz quartet NuBlend at some of the top jazz clubs in Los Angeles, including the Jazz Bakery and Spazzio. After college, Nikki performed in professional choirs, toured in Europe, and recorded vocal tracks for singer/songwriters.
Nikki currently works in merchandising for a production company while singing as often as possible. She is a member of the Silver Lake Chorus and vocal ensemble Top Shelf.
Anthony Starble, Tenor I
Anthony Starble got his start in music playing classical piano and attended an arts magnet high school in Denver, where he fell in love with songwriting. He later went on to win the Berklee songwriting competition and received and honorable mention in the Searching for a Star Competition in 2004. Two years later, he headed to Southern California to study music at Cal Arts, where he graduated in 2010. He performs his original songs around Los Angeles, gives piano lessons, and records music.
Darryl Semira, Tenor II
Darryl received much of his musical training as a child in Madison, Wisconsin by singing in choirs. At the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he sang with one of the top collegiate co-ed a cappella groups in the country, Amazin' Blue. After obtaining his BFA in musical theater, Darryl moved to New York, where he appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Bombay Dreams with the original Broadway cast, and with the first national tour of Spamalot.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Darryl has also directed and performed in numerous shows at Rockwell Table and Stage (formerly known as Show at Barre) in Los Feliz. Roles there have included Romeo in For the Record: Baz Luhrmann, Vincent Vega in For the Record: Tarantino, Ferris Bueller in For the Record: John Hughes, and The Dude in For the Record: Coen Brothers. Darryl's television credits include Free Agents with Hank Azaria (NBC) and The Protector (Lifetime). In addition to his own acting career, Darryl is also a freelance acting coach.
Cali Zimmerman, Soprano I
Cali started singing as a second grader in the Seattle Girls' Choir. Throughout high school, she performed in productions such as Into the Woods and The Pirates of Penzance, placed first in the Shoreline regional Solo and Ensemble contest two years in a row, and represented the city of Seattle in the National Shakespeare Competition in New York. Eventually, she wound up at Emerson College in Boston as a musical theater major. While at Emerson, she explored other interests and finished with a double major in musical theater and writing.
Following college, Cali jumped the pond to attend graduate school at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she majored in playwriting. She spent a couple of years working in publishing and journalism, and then she thought it was about time to bring a little music back into her life. She moved down to Los Angeles in 2008, met the other members of Red Harmony, and has been having a blast singing with them ever since. By day, Cali handles communications for People Assisting The Homeless, a nonprofit organization based in central L.A. By night, she tries to work on way too many screenplays and novels at once.
Laura McCorkle, Soprano II
Laura grew up in San Diego and then headed to the University of Redlands to pursue a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. Over the years, she has participated in a number of vocal ensembles including Southern California Honor and California All-State choirs in high school, as well as Nate George's collegiate a cappella group Mixed Blend.
During her sophomore year at Redlands, Laura shifted her focus from voice to harp performance. She performed two solo recitals, played in the pit orchestra for Beauty and the Beast, and both played and sang in the university's annual Feast of Lights every December. Before studying classical harp, Laura developed a background of Irish folk harping, and she continues to be influenced by Irish language, literature, folklore, and music. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity.
Sarah Freed, Alto
Sarah Freed grew up around music of all genres. Because both of her parents area musicians, she has attended many classical concerts and musicals, has been the member of many different choirs, and has been known to play piano and clarinet on occasion. Though she is not getting a degree in music, one of Sarah's greatest passions in life is the art of music-making.
A student at Cal Poly Pomona, Sarah is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Urban and Regional Planning. In addition to the stantard courses, Sarah has been a member of the Kellogg Chamber Singers for three years. This traditional choral group has kept her love of music alive through college. Now, as the newest member of Red Harmony, Sarah has the opportunity to take her love for music even farther as she ventures into the world of a cappella.
She's also a competitive roller skater!
David Anderson, Tenor
Having lived in 12 states (and visited all 50), David Anderson has spent a lot of time on the road. A seasoned performer with over 600 a cappella shows under his belt, he's been singing actively since he studied at Cornell University. Over the last decade he's enjoyed lengthy stints with professional a cappella bands, Blind Man's Bluff and Four Shadow. Now he makes T-shirts for a living.
David's an ex-violinist, an ex-saxophonist, and a pretty lousy guitar player, but that's okay, because none of those instruments will sing in harmony with him, which is what he loves most. He is influenced by Guster, Crowded House, and the Indigo Girls, along with a whole range of options ranging from modern musicals to Beethoven's symphonies. He thinks Elvis has the best Christmas album ever.
When he's not singing or printing T-shirts, David works as a PSIA certified ski instructor, speaks German to anyone who will listen, and hangs out with his wife and baby daughter.
Sarah Shapiro, Alto
Native Angeleno Sarah Shapiro started taking piano lessons at age 7 following two years of fruitlessly begging her mother to let her. By age 18, she was an accomplished pianist and had also become interested in singing. Third grade through high school was a happy blur of singing and playing in musicals, choir, and jazz band, including serving as musical director for a student production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
After a two-year stint at UC San Diego where she sang with all-female a cappella group The DoTs, Sarah earned her Bachelor's degree in music education and her Master's degree in choral conducting from her hometown's UCLA. While there, she performed with the UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers and went on tour with them to China. During her Master's program, she led three award-winning choirs at the nearby University High School.
UCLA also gave Sarah her future husband, whom she married in 2010. When not making music, she loves baking and cooking fine food, crocheting gifts for friends, and Israeli folk dancing. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, a Jewish Panhellenic sorority. She speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian.
Sydne Sullivan, Alto
Back in elementary school, she got her start on the flute but later shifted her allegiance to the oboe, and it "stuck." She's been a member of virtually every type of instrumental group under the sun—everything from wind ensemble to marching band to orchestra. In 2008, Sydne had the opportunity to play the oboe with the professional orchestra for a Musical Theater Los Angeles production of Ragtime.Sydne joined Red Harmony during its beginnings and filled out the inner parts of the group's signature sound. Her solos included "Suddenly I See," "You'll Never Know," and "Summertime." She brought an instrumentalist's rhythmic and technical precision to the group as well as a spunky wit onstage and off.