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Emma Roche

Artistic Director

Director of  Bel Canto and

Amadeus Choirs

Emma Roche holds music degrees from both Westminster Choir College and the USC Thornton School of Music. She started out singing as a young girl in Los Robles Children’s Choir and proudly continued until the age of 18 when she left the Conejo Valley for college. After completing a master’s degree at USC, Roche spent several years as an opera singer traveling throughout the United States performing with companies including LA Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Charlottesville Opera and San Diego Opera. In 2017 she became a Roster Chorister and soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) performing in their regular season at Walt Disney Concert Hall with additional performances at the Hollywood Bowl and with the LA Philharmonic. Highlights with LAMC include singing the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, recording vocals for the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker soundtrack under the baton of John Williams and winning a Best Choral Performance Grammy for the live recording of Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the LA Phil and world-renowned conductor, Gustavo Dudamel. Equally passionate about music education, Roche has 15 years of experience teaching at both the elementary and high school levels. She is currently the children’s choir director and music teacher at St. Patrick’s Day School in Thousand Oaks. She is absolutely delighted and honored to be chosen as the next Artistic Director of Los Robles Children’s Choir where her journey originally started. 

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Alicia Langness

Guest Conductor

Alicia Langness 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 has conducted choirs for Sequoia and Colina Middle Schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District and is currently serving as the middle school vocal arts teacher at Oaks Christian Middle School.  Ms. Langness also conducted the Bel Canto choir of LRCC for two seasons.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 her time with the singers in LRCC.

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Christine DeKlotz

Collaborative Artist

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.”

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Amy Komie

Collaborative Artist

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.

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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.

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Donna Young

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.