ORGANIST, Dr. Namhee Han
Playing from the heart defines Namhee Han’s approach to music making. She performed the opening solo concert for the prestigious Los Angeles Bach Festival at the First Congregational Church in 2013 and has played at the National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Constantly expanding the repertoire of her artistic expressions, she has performed with the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale and the GRAMMY Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music (harpsichord and harmonium).
A native of South Korea, Namhee studied the piano since young. After earning a Bachelor’s in English education from Seoul National University, she came to the US to pursue graduate studies in linguistics. It was then that she encountered the organ and became immediately fascinated with its limitless tonal and expressive possibilities. She began organ study with Thomas Harmon in 1999 and completed Master’s and Doctoral degrees in organ performance at UCLA. In addition, she holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied linguistics from UCLA.
Dr. Han has coached with such eminent organists as Marie-Claire Alain, Jean Guillou, David Craighead, Hans-Ola Ericsson, Paul Jacobs, Marilyn Keiser, Michael Radulescu, Frederick Swann, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, and Todd Wilson among others.
As organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Dr. Han is keenly interested in contributing to the music community in Southern California and actively collaborates with instrumentalists, choral groups and orchestras. She enjoys teaching piano and organ, and maintaining an intellectually stimulating and physically active life. Her performance projects include playing solo and duo organ music for the DVD “The story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ”.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, Dan Redfeld We welcome Dan Redfeld to our WPC family and to his new role as our Interim Director of Music. Dan brings 15 years of experience directing church choirs, both in Culver City and Pasadena. Having stepped away a few years ago, Dan began to feel the “itch” to get back at it last Christmas Eve, when he realized how much he missed participating in the richness of the church’s Christmas choral tradition. Not only is Dan an experienced church musician, he is an award-winning composer, conductor, orchestrator, pianist and producer. Dan received his training at Boston’s New England Conservatory before transferring to UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in composition with an emphasis in conducting. Dan is married to renowned violinist, Elizabeth Hedman, whom we look forward to meeting someday soon. For more information about Dan, visit www.danredfeld.com.
Outstanding and noted professional vocalists make up our quintet, which sing at the 10:00 am worship services, special services and concerts. The inspiring artistry of these esteemed musicians guides the Chancel Choir, as the septet serves in the crucial role of section leaders for the larger ensemble.
Christina Borgioli, Soprano
American soprano Christina Borgioli earned a BM and MM in vocal performance from the prestigious vocal music program at UCLA. In 2009, she earned her Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music at The New School in New York. During her time in New York, Ms. Borgioli had the privilege to participate in a special student-mentor program with acclaimed soprano Deborah Voigt. As an esteemed soloist for the “Music at Westwood” Concert Series at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Ms. Borgioli’s resonant, pure solo lyric soprano voice has been featured in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, and many cantatas of J.S. Bach. Her oratorio repertoire also includes the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria, Rutter Requiem, and Rossini Stabat Mater. A favorite collaborator amongst her colleagues in the world of opera, Ms. Borgioli has performed the lead roles of Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Violetta in La Traviata (Verdi), and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Britten), among many others. Ms. Borgioli is a long standing member of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus. She is a principal soloist with the Westwood Master Choir and Orchestra, and the Westwood Madrigals. As an experienced performer of new music, she will collaborate next season with Los Angeles based composer Jeffrey Parola as part of the Music Sacra concert series at St. Thomas the Apostle, featuring sacred repertoire for soprano and organ.
Devon Davidson, Soprano
Devon is honored to be joining this wonderfully talented choir at WPC! Devon is both a full-time mom and a full-time singer. She currently sings soprano with the Metropolitan Mater Chorale, and she can be seen singing at Disneyland with the Goodetime Carolers, The Sweethearts, and The Skeletones. Devon also sings with the renowned jazz band Sascha’s Bloc, and she recently had the privilege of being featured in the Sascha’s Bloc album Club Rendezvous, with Matthew Morrison and Nikki Lorenzo. Recent musical theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast – “Babette” Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – “Wailing Wife” The Marvelous Wonderettes – “Cindy Lou” Company – “Jenny” It’s Only Life – “Woman 2” Sweeney Todd – “Johanna” Snow White, an Enchanted Musical – “Snow White” Oklahoma! – “Laurie” Reading Together with Belle – “Belle”. @DevonMDavidson
Matthew Lewis, Bass-Baritone
Matthew graduated from California State University of Northridge in 2017 with a BM in vocal performance. There he studied classical voice under Dr. David Sannerud. He has performed in multiple operas and sung roles such as “Seneca” in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, “Zuniga” in Bizet’s Carmen, “Mr. Gobineau” in Menotti’s The Medium, and the “Commendatore” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He also was given scholarship to participate in a two and a half week vocal program in Trossingen, Germany, that took place during the summer of 2015 and focused primarily on the study and performance of the German Art Song repertoire. Matthew has performed in multiple oratorio settings such as the Mozart Requiem, the Faure Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. He writes original music to sing and play on the banjo and even instructs his own banjo students from time to time. He looks forward to learning new music as well as old music in the years to come.
Will North, Tenor
Will North is a highly established theater professional with more than 25 years of creative and financial experience, onstage as a lead performer and backstage as a producer and director. A professionally trained performer, Will (AEA, SAG/AFTRA, ASCAP) holds a Masters of Fine Arts in acting pedagogy from the University of Alabama, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre from Jacksonville University. He has performed more than 100 roles on stages including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Cinderella Castle Stage, Disney World, the Celebrity Galaxy Cruise Ship (where he was also Company Manager), The York Theatre NYC, Cabrillo Musical Theatre and other venues nationwide. Some of his favorite personal performances include his roles as Pippin in Pippin, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Sky in Guys and Dolls, Tony in West Side Story, Zastrozzi in Zastrozzi, and Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Will also spent five years touring with the Southeastern tour of The Forgotten Carols. A singer and instrumentalist — he’s a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as a published songwriter — Will has performed in concert with Alexis Gershwin at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, in addition to appearing with several symphonies.
Nandani Maria Sinha, Alto
Mezzo-soprano Nandani Maria Sinha is an internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning singer of German and Indian descent, known for her passionate performances and great presence. Born in the United States, Nandani relocated to Germany where she received formal training in voice and piano. She then returned to the US, where she earned a BM cum laude in vocal performance from Cornell University, and a Master of Music from California State University at Los Angeles, where she was honored as a CSULA Friend of Music Scholar and elected as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honors Society. Ms. Sinha has been a frequent soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, and a recitalist in London, France, Austria and Germany, where she was honored to sing for the Millennium Festival of Music in Bad Arolsen. Additionally, she has presented recitals throughout South Africa for the No.1 Ladies’ Opera Festival. A favorite performer in Southern California, Nandani has performed with such organizations as the Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, California Philharmonic, and Redlands Symphony, among many others. 2019 has Ms. Sinha returning to Opera Santa Barbara to sing the role of Filipievna in Eugene Onegin with Karen Wolverton and Samuel Ramey. Nandani was a winner of the Hollywood Opera Reading Club Vocal Scholarship Competition and has been a recipient of scholarships from the Opera Buffs and Celestial Opera. For Music at Westwood this season, she serves as the Alto Soloist in the Bach Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, and Dvorak’s Mass in D.