LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS
Dr. James K. Bass, Artistic Director
“Peace of Wild Things” – Joan Szymko
“Requiem” – arr. Craig Hella-Johnson
“To Sit and Dream” – Rosephanye Powell
“From a Distance” — arr .Mac Huff
“The Awakening” – Joseph Martin
“Your Soul is Song” – Jake Runestad
“True Colors” – arr. Matt Brown
“No Time” — arr Susan Brumfield
“Sweet By and By” – Webster arr. James Bass
“Unclouded Day” arr. Shawn Kirchner
“America the Beautiful” – arr. Mack Wilberg
Long Beach Camerata Singer Roster
Renee Roulon Cortez
Sam A Capella
Dr. James K. Bass, Artistic Director
2021 Grammy Award Winner for Best Choral Performance
The 63rd Grammy Awards were held on Sunday, March 14, 2021, and Long Beach Camerata Singers’ Artistic Director, Dr. James K. Bass, won in the Best Choral Performance category. He was chorus master, along with Adam Luebke, for the NAXOS recording of “The Passion of Yeshua.” The piece was written by Richard Danielpour and conducted by JoAnn Falletta. The principal performers were The Buffalo (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (Luebke) and the UCLA Chamber Singers (Bass). Bass also appeared on the album as a baritone soloist. Dr. Bass has received three previous Grammy Nominations.
Dr. James K. Bass has been the Artistic Director of Long Beach Camerata Singers since 2017. In addition to his position with LBCS, he is Director of Choral Studies at UCLA, and Associate Conductor of the Miami-based chorus, Seraphic Fire. Bass received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami–Florida, Master of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Bass received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, where he was a doctoral fellow, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.He has appeared with numerous professional vocal ensembles including Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Trinity Wall Street, Apollo Master Chorale, Vox Humanae, True Concord and Spire. He was the featured baritone soloist on the GRAMMY nominated recording Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings with fellow singer Lauren Snouffer, conductor Craig Hella-Johnson and the GRAMMY winning ensemble Conpirare. He is one of 13 singers on the GRAMMY®-nominated disc A Seraphic Fire Christmas and appears on CD recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Albany, and Seraphic Fire Media labels.
Bass was selected by the master conductor of the Amsterdam Baroque Soloists, Ton Koopman, to be one of only 20 singers for a presentation of Cantatas by J. S. Bach in Carnegie Hall and was an auditioned member of Robert Shaw’s workshop choir at Carnegie.
During his tenure as Artistic Director for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the official chorus of the Florida Orchestra, he was responsible for five recordings and multiple world premieres. In 2012 he served as chorusmaster and co-editor for the Naxos recording entitled Delius: Sea Drift and Appalachia featuring the Florida Orchestra and conducted by Stefan Sanderling. In 2014 he was the preparer for the recording Holiday Pops Live! conducted by the principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik.
His professional career has coincided with the development of Seraphic Fire as one of the premier vocal ensembles in the United States. He has been actively involved as soloist, ensemble artist, editor, producer and preparer for 14 of the ensembles recordings and routinely conducts the ensemble in Miami and on tour.
During the summer of 2011 he co-founded the Professional Choral Institute. In its inaugural year of recording, Seraphic Fire and PCI received the GRAMMY® nomination for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deuthches Requiem. As the Director of Education for the ensemble he has been involved with annual events that service more than 2000 students in the Miami-Dade county area each year. In 2017 Seraphic Fire and UCLA launched a new educational initiative entitled the Ensemble Artist Program that aims to identify and train the next generation of high-level ensemble singers.
Tammi Alderman, Associate Conductor
Tammi Alderman is Director of Choral and Vocal Music at Temple City Unified School District, Associate Conductor for the Long Beach Camerata Singers and an adjunct music education faculty member for the School of Music at CSU Fullerton. She directs the choral program at Arrowbear Summer Music Camp and is on staff for the Choral Camp through the Pacific Chorale and CSU Fullerton. She is frequently called upon as a professional chorister, adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician for choral sessions and festivals throughout the Southwest.
Ms. Alderman has taught elementary, middle school, high school and college choirs in California and Colorado for nearly two decades. Her classroom teaching focuses on community building within the ensemble utilizing both traditional and unconventional rehearsal spaces and practices. She regularly mentors collegiate pre-service teachers as well as providing a program for beginning high school conductors. Her choirs consistently receive the highest ratings in festivals and competitions, locally and nationwide. Choirs under Ms. Alderman’s direction have toured extensively through the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, and China. Students from her choirs have been selected as members of honor choirs at regional, state, divisional and national levels in every year of her teaching.
For the last sixteen years Ms. Alderman has been an active member and served on the boards of the Southern California Vocal Association (currently serving as President-Elect) and California Choral Directors Association (most recently serving as Chair of Community and Professional Choruses). Additionally, she hosts yearly honor choir auditions at her school site and serves as an adjudicator for High School and Middle School/Junior High SCVA Choir Festivals.
Soon to be Dr. Alderman is working on the completion of her dissertation through the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Her writing is on methods for pairing of appropriate junior high and high school choral repertoire to the musicianship level of the ensemble.
Dr. Stephen Karr, Accompanist
Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Dr. Stephen Karr is a compelling interpreter of opera and orchestral works. He has worked with companies across the US, including Des Moines Metro Opera’s OPERA Iowa tour, the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera New Jersey and Palm Beach Opera. His international appearances include the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman an appointment as Cultural Envoy from the United States Department of State to Rotterdam. He is currently the Artistic Administrator at Long Beach Opera, for which he conducts Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse in March at the new IMAX theater at the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Robert X. Rodriguez’s Frida in June. He makes his guest conducting debut at Anchorage Opera with the latter work in February.
In 2011, Stephen co-founded Pacific Opera Project, for which he served as music director until 2016. With POP, he led productions of Trouble in Tahiti, Così fan tutte, The Turn of the Screw, La Calisto (Los Angeles premiere), Ariadne auf Naxos and The Rake’s Progress, among others. The Los Angeles Times praised his leadership of the Stravinsky as having kept orchestra, cast and chorus on “well-articulated rhythmic track.”
Stephen’s repertoire spans nearly the entire history of opera, as well as significant masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire. He has taught at Chapman University, Michigan State University, USC and UCLA. His schooling includes degrees in organ from Mercer University and Westminster Choir College, as well as a Master’s degree in conducting from UCLA, where he anticipates completing a doctorate in 2020, studying with Neal Stulberg. He lives in Long Beach, California with his wife, Hannah Waldman and their children Leonard and Eleanor.
Long Beach Camerata Singers
Long Beach Camerata Singers was founded in 1966 by Frank Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble and served as the resident chorus for the Long Beach Bach Festival, which he founded in 1973. In 1983, Dr. David Wilson, a professor of choral music at USC, succeeded Frank Allen and led the choir for over twenty years, expanding the Camerata Singers’ repertoire and changing its name. Under his baton, the chorus first toured Europe in 1999. In 2005, CSULB choral director Dr. Jonathan Talberg was appointed artistic director. He added a core of professional singers to the ranks and led a second European tour in 2006. From 2009 to 2017 Dr. Robert Istad, director of choral studies at CSU Fullerton, led the choir as its artistic director, expanding the auditioned ensemble to 90 voices and raising the group to the professional level for which it is known today. The 2021-22 season marks the fifth season of the choir’s current artistic director, Dr. James K. Bass, Professor of Choral Studies at UCLA and Associate Conductor of the professional chamber choir Seraphic Fire.
Currently in its 56th season, the Long Beach Camerata Singers offers the Peace Project in the fall, two performances of Handel’s Messiah, and a June concert of song classics, as well as producing and headlining the new ChoralFest Long Beach, an expansion of the venerable Long Beach Bach Festival.
In 2015, the choir established an artistic partnership with the Long Beach Symphony as its official chorus. Long Beach Camerata Singers also performs regularly with other arts organizations, including Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Youth Chorus, and the South Bay Children’s Chorale.
LBCS offers two education programs: the Camerata Kinder Konzerts, provides interactive learning experiences focused on the vocal arts for 2 to 5 year old children that are performed at Young Horizons Child Development Centers. The Peace4Youth series brings the Peace Project into Long Beach Middle Schools.
LBCS Board of Directors
Patricia Petersen Camp, Board Chair
Jan B. Hower, President
JC Edwards, Treasurer
Sandra Holden, Secretary
Members at Large:
LBCS Administrative Staff
Josh Bishop, Operations
Heather Chambers, Accountant
Joelle Kim, Director of Education
Grace Martino, Executive Assistant
Taylor Presnall, Administrator
Thank You to Our Sponsors
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County of Los Angeles
Long Beach City Councilmember
Long Beach City Councilmember
Thank you to Dedicated Community Members
Rex Pritchard and Long Beach Firefighters Local 372
Lisa West, Third District
LBCS Mission Statement
The Long Beach Camerata Singers is dedicated to excellence in choral music. We enrich the lives of our communities and performers through a broad spectrum of repertoire, innovative programming, and arts education.