Edward Rouse holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Biola University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied conducting with William Weinert. Ed has sung professionally as a chorister and soloist with Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, the Eastman Rochester Chorus, Los Robles Master Chorale and Areté Vocal Ensemble. He has worked as a conductor and teacher in New York, Ohio, and California. Ed is also active as an adjudicator and choral technician in Southern California. He has lead tours with various choirs to Europe and throughout the United States. His vision for a vibrant choral heritage in the Conejo Valley can be seen in his conducting of several choirs at Oaks Christian School where he teaches, and in the Camerata Choir of LRCC. Celebrating his 7th season as Artistic Director, Ed is excited to develop new opportunities for children to perform while maintaining the high standards of excellence in singing and artistry for which LRCC is known.
Director of Apprentice & Amadeus Choirs
Dana Rouse received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Biola University and her Master’s Degree in the same from the Eastman School of Music. As a mezzo-soprano, she has performed musical theater and operatic roles in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and Rochester, New York. She has also appeared as a solo oratorio artist in many works including Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody,Verdi’s Requiem and Handel's Messiah. Dana has a love for teaching and has run the Rouse Music Studio for more than 20 years. She has also taught voice at the State University of New York in Fredonia, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, as well as general music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Thousand Oaks and Oaks Christian School. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at CLU. Dana has sung locally with Los Robles Master Chorale, and is currently a chorister and soloist with Arete, a professional vocal ensemble in residence at California Lutheran University.
Director of Bel Canto Choir
Alicia Langness, Director of Bel Canto Choir, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul (MN) in K-12 Vocal Music Education. She spent the first eight years of her teaching career in Minnesota where she taught K-12 music and choir, three of those years were also spent as the Vocal Director for the theatre program at the high school level. Alicia recently moved to California after getting married. Her love of choral teaching continues to grow as she conducts choirs for Sequoia and Colina Middle Schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Alicia has also been musically involved in the various churches she has attended, directing music for Vacation Bible School and various musicals and Christmas productions. She is currently involved in leading worship at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Camarillo. Alicia enjoys being able to share her love of music with children and is looking forward to starting her first season with LRCC.
Collaborative Artist, Amadeus Choir
Christine DeKlotz received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California. She plays with local symphonies and accompanies soloists and choirs in performances throughout the southland. She has accompanied Los Robles Master Chorale, and toured Europe with them. For fifteen years, she has been a pianist with Los Robles Children’s Choir. She accompanies the Amadeus Choir as well as Village Voices in Westlake Village. She enjoys performing chamber music as well as teaching piano and leading recorder groups. She is the music director at Faith Lutheran Church in Moorpark. According to Chris, “Music has a way of filling all the nooks and crannies.”
Collaborative Artist, Bel Canto & Camerata Choirs
Amy Komie is enjoying her fourteenth year with the Choir. She also serves as the accompanist for Oaks Christian High School and Middle School choirs, as well as Simi Valley High School and Moorpark Presbyterian Church choir. Ms. Komie received her B.A. in piano from the University of North Texas. In addition to accompanying for choirs and soloists, she teaches private piano lessons in the local area. Ms. Komie is passionate about sharing the love of music with others and enjoys continuing to learn and grow as a musician.
Tomiko Hamada Taylor
Collaborative Artist, Apprentice Choir
Tomiko Hamada Taylor was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied music and received her teaching credential for middle school in Japan before deciding to become a music therapist. During her studies in music therapy, she spent ten years conducting research and writing case studies about schizophrenia patients and their music. In 1991, she came to the US and graduated from CSUN with a major in Music Therapy. Since 2001, Tomiko has been annually producing the “First Classic Concert for Children and Families” concert series with the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, where she accompanies various guest artists. She has a music therapy practice in Ventura County and a private piano studio in Newbury Park. She is also a member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California.
Founding Director, 1997-2012
Donna Young founded Los Robles Children’s Choir in 1997. In fifteen years she grew the Choir to over 120 singers, and provided numerous cultural and musical opportunities for the singers both locally and worldwide. Donna and her husband Robert now reside in Moorpark.