UCSB Lumina Choir: We Are One

Event Date: 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event Date Details: 

YouTube Premiere link

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
We Are One image (four hands over each other in unity)
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio
 
Under the direction of Graduate Teaching Assistant David Lozano Torres, the UCSB Lumina Choir will present a concert, titled "We Are One," on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 6 pm PDT as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music's YouTube channel. The mini-concert will feature "Ubi Caritas" by composer Victor C. Johnson and "Sisi Ni Moja" by Jacob Narverud. As the choir underwent a name change this 2020-2021 school year from Women's Choir to Lumina, the intention and focus became one of unity, inclusivity, and light; being a light to the world through song. Come feel the power of unity as the members of Lumina join together in song to share the message of acceptance and love. Let us all love one another! "We all bruise, we all scar, we all fail but learn to fly. We are one world, one people. We are. ONE."
 
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/fV7v8_3oEqA

Program

View a PDF of the program here
 
Ubi Caritas arranged by Victor C. Johnson
 
Sisi Ni Moja by Jacob Narverud
Lindsey Moorhead Parker, soloist
 
Touch the Sky arranged by Mac Huff
Becky Kosovsky, soloist
Simiao He, descant

About the Director

David Torres began conducting thirteen years ago, creating his own wind ensemble and concert series in Los Angeles. Leaving his native Southern California to pursue collegiate studies, Mr. Torres earned a BA in music with a conducting emphasis from Brigham Young University, Idaho and then returned to earn an MM in Choral Conducting from Azusa Pacific University. He has studied conducting with Dr. Rebecca Lord (BYU Idaho), Diane Soelberg (BYU Idaho), Dr. Donald Neuen (UCLA), and Dr. John Sutton (Azusa Pacific University).
 
While at BYU Idaho, Mr. Torres served as an assistant conductor for various choirs and teaching assistant for conducting courses. He formed the BYU Idaho Chamber Singers which performed for dignitaries, commencement, devotionals, department concerts, and much more. Following graduation, he was hired as an adjunct instructor to teach Men’s and Women’s Choir, basic and advanced conducting courses, and maintain a private conducting studio. Additionally, he served as a substitute conductor for instrumental and orchestral ensembles. He was a head conductor and contributor for the University’s televised (PBS) guest artist productions in the 15,000-seat I-Center.
 
Mr. Torres has conducted the music and choirs for two 2018 worldwide televised broadcast events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints (Annual General Conference and Young Adult Fireside). He was the artistic director of the first South-Eastern production of Rob Gardner’s oratorio Lamb of God, which involved a 150-member chorus, orchestra, and professional soloists from Idaho and Utah.
 
During his graduate studies at APU, Mr. Torres served as an assistant conductor for the APU Choral Scholars (graduate choir), University Choir, Symphonic Band, and as graduate teaching assistant. In the community, he held the position of artistic director and conductor of the Los Angeles-based Echo Luminos. He also served as Conducting Associate to Southern California’s reputed Angeles Chorale. Mr. Torres graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning high honor recognition for his scholarship and excellence in music during his graduate studies.
 
Current appointments for Mr. Torres include service as artistic director and conductor of the elite choral ensemble Vocal Affinity, in Rexburg, Idaho, which was featured as one of the performing choirs in the Northwest American Choral Directors Association Regional Conference 2020. Mr. Torres also conducts the newly formed ensemble under Vocal Affinity Corporation: The Scholars. He is pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he serves as the conductor for UC Santa Barbara’s Lumina (Women’s Choir) and as graduate teaching assistant for the choral department. He is under the tutelage and mentorship of renowned conductor and Sorensen Director of Choral Activities at UCSB, Dr. Nicole Lamartine.
We Are One image (four hands over each other in unity). Photo by Andrea Piacquadio.