WALNUT VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
AND MASTER CHORALE
Jane Held Altenau’s (alto) love of singing began as a little girl when she joined St. John’s United Church of Christ Children’s Choir. Her love of singing continued in high school choirs and teen choirs in church. Jane has a BFA in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati and a MA in Humanities from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City. She holds a teaching credential in Visual Arts and currently teaches ceramics and art at Baldwin Park High School. Jane has been a choir member for St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Parish Community for the past twenty five years and has sang in multiple concert performances for the parish. As part of the Schola Cantorum Angelorum, Jane sang under the direction of Maestro John Rutter in 2003 at Carnegie Hall. She recently became a member of the Walnut Valley Master Chorale.
Benjamin Lopez (Tenor) has been singing since high school, where he was inspired to pursue a higher education degree in Music Education at the California State University, Fullerton. During his college career, he was part of several choral ensembles, including the University Singers, Concert Choir, Titan Men’s Chorus, and the Jazz Singers. He has been part of theater productions, including: Les Miserables and Footloose with Fullerton College’s Standing Room Only summer program, The Gondoliers and The Mikado at Cal State Fullerton’s Opera Theater program, the premier of Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at the Disney Concert Hall, and LA Opera’s Jonah and the Whale. He has directed several choir ensembles, including the Anaheim High School Alumni Choir, and the choral programs at Katella High School, Anaheim High School, and Sycamore Jr High School. He is the current tenor section leader in the Gloria Dei Choir at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and a cantor at the St. Pius V Church. He is also a member and music arranger of the a cappella trio “2 1/2 Tenors.” He is thrilled to be invited back to the Walnut Valley Master Chorale for their their spring concert A Night on Broadway.
Jordan Jimenez (tenor) is a Business Management/Marketing Graduate turned Culinary Guru. He is a Cake Artist by Profession and a Music Enthusiast by avocation. His passion for music started with the Hijos de San Francisco LSM High School Choir in the Philippines. While in college, Jordan was actively involved with the Business Chorale. He also organized the church-based choir Himno Cristo and the Toyota Quezon Avenue Chorale which became part of the Madz Et Al Family of the world-famous Philippine Madrigal Singers. Prior to moving to the United States, Jordan joined the professional group A Cappella Manila and was part of the US Tour in 2001. Settling permanently in the US, he joined the Catholic Ministry Singles For Christ and served as its music coordinator for several years. In 2007, he performed in the Original Filipino Opera Karim at Jasmin which premiered at the Long Beach Convention Center Terrace Theater. In December 2013, he was part of the highly successful Winter Solstice Concert in St. Lorenzo Parish & was a Soloist. Currently, Jordan is a member of Teatro Pilipino, USA which re-staged the highly-acclaimed Filipino Musical Play “Noli Me Tangere, The Musical” in 2014 & 2015 in Aratani Theater & Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts respectively as part of the Ensemble. Jordan is an active member & cantor of the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Choir and the Walnut Valley Master Chorale. Jordan took voice lessons and is extremely privileged to be under the guidance of acclaimed conductor Dr. Nové Deypalan and his voice coach, opera singer Bess De Guzman-Valenzuela.
Kristy Camarella (coloratura soprano) began singing while her two sons were attending Our Lady a Guadalupe School in La Habra. She pursued a vocal performance degree at Fullerton College and CSULA. She has participated in many concerts as a soloist and choir singer, the musical, "Annie Get Your Gun", as well as one of the leading roles as Don Ettore in "La Canterina". Currently, she is a cantor and choir member for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Parish Community and is a member of the Walnut Valley Master Chorale.
Bess De-Guzman Valenzuela (Soprano). Bess attended the U.P. College of Music and Majored in Voice. She studied under Andrea Veneracion and Aurelio Estanislao. She furthered her studies in the U.S. under Adele Addison and attended Master Classes in Vocal Performance at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with internationally recognized, Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano, Cynthia Munzer. She played the lead role Cio-cio-san in the opera Madame Butterfly presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in 1972; the lead role Marsinah in the Broadway play Kismet, also at CCP in 1973; the lead role Julia in the Filipino opera Walang Sugat presented in Guam in 1990; as Reyna in another Filipino opera Karim at Jasmin presented in different venues in Los Angeles, California in 2006. She was a Soprano-soloist of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ Folk Arts Theater Group based in New York from 1974-1983 during which time she held special command performances before U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, First Lady Barbra Bush, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Morocco’s King Hassan. She has performed all over Europe as a member and soloist of the world-acclaimed Philippine Madrigal Singers. She received Recognition Award from the government of Guam for a benefit Solo Concert for the Lytigo Butig Foundation in 1990 and 2007 Outstanding Dagupeno Award for Performing Arts in the Philippines. She is currently teaching private voice lessons.
Cristina Pacheco (soprano) is the Director of Programs at Arts for LA where she developed Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program, which trains community advocates in areas of policy, leadership, coalition building, and communication. Cristina holds an MA in leadership studies from the University of San Diego and a BA in media communications with a music minor from Point Loma Nazarene University. Before moving back to her hometown area of Los Angeles, she studied and served in San Diego for nearly a decade. She worked as an event coordinator with the American Cancer Society and also in student programming at Point Loma Nazarene University. Before joining Arts for LA, she worked with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory as a community teaching artist and administrator with the Community Opus Project, a program developed to make music education accessible for students in Chula Vista, California. A life-long vocalist, Pacheco is also a founding member of the Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale. She believes in the value of a thriving art culture as a vital component to the success, vibrancy, and health of communities and individuals.
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Cheryl Casterline (soprano) is a Cantor at Saint Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church. She studies Voice and Piano privately. She has a Degree in Interior Design and has worked in this field for over 26 yrs. She has appeared on HGTV's Designer's Challenge and has also appeared in local theater productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Nine, Pirates of Penzance and with Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church choir sang at St Patrick's Cathedral and Carnegie Hall. Currently she is a member of the Walnut Valley Master Chorale.