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Emma Roche

Artistic & Executive Director | Bel Canto and Amadeus Conductor

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, high school and collegiate level.


Emma is absolutely delighted and honored to be chosen as the next Artistic Director of Los Robles Children’s Choir where her journey originally started. 


Donna Young

LRCC Founding Director | Conductor Emeritus

Donna Young is the Founding Director of the Los Robles Children’s Choir which she developed into a four-choir, multi-level organization over a period of 15 years from 1997-2012. During her tenure as Artistic Director, the choir toured internationally in England, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. National tours included Denver/Colorado Springs, Nashville with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and New York City where they sang in Carnegie Hall.

Mrs. Young is the proud recipient of the 2003 Excellence in the Arts Encore Award, presented by the City of Thousand Oaks Arts Commission for her work with the Los Robles Children’s Choir. She has served as a clinician for children’s choir festivals and has directed children’s choirs in churches and choruses in both schools and church settings including the United Methodist
Church Westlake Village where she also served on the faculty for the Pizazz Music Camp.
Mrs. Young taught voice and piano to private students and was the owner of music schools in Ventura and Santa Paula. For several summers, she taught music for the Creative Arts Summer Program in Ventura.

Ms. Young studied Music Education at the University of Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Pepperdine University where she studied under and served as student assistant to their Distinguished Professor of Choral Music, Dr. Roger Wagner.


Alex Robinson

Bel Canto Assistant Conductor| Collaborative Artist

Alex Robinson received both her Bachelor's and Master's in Music degrees from University of Miami. She is a professional vocalist, pianist, composer and educator and has performed in major concert series such as the Stanford Jazz Festival and Jazz Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center. In 2019, she spent a week performing original music in Zagreb, Croatia as part of the International Association of Schools of Jazz. She can be heard as a backing vocalist on various projects, from star-studded concerts to educational material for children. As an arranger, her work has been featured in the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp and the Jazz Education Network independent arrangers' reading session. She has worked with all ages and experience levels, privately and in large student groups and choirs. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami, she directed a jazz vocal ensemble, designed and taught courses, and taught private lessons.


Shalese Murphy

Apprentice Choir Instructor

Shalese has sung her whole life! From a family of musicians, there was always music around. Shalese received her first formal training at Regional Center for the Arts in Connecticut for 3 years learning musical theater mix/belt technique and building a character through voice. At BYU-Idaho Shalese studied choral education and classical voice performance and learned quickly that she loves to sing everything!

A firm believer that healthy vocal techniques are the foundation of all great singing, she combines essential choral concepts with singing basics in her classroom. She especially adores working with younger kids and encouraging their love of music. She works with their learning styles to start from where they are and establish a foundation for musical endeavors.

She's an active performer, most recently performing in the Pirates of Penzance with the Utah Opera, in the Collegiate singers of BYU-Idaho as a soloist, and cast in separate productions of Rob Gardner's Lamb of God as Mother Mary and as Martha.


Melissa Birch

Apprentice Choir Instructor

Melissa Birch received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Valparaiso University and her Master's degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. She has been a part of many vocal ensembles throughout her life including The Church of the Epiphany's children's choir and Schola, the Valparaiso University Chorale, the Anglia Ruskin Chamber Choir in Cambridge, the Los Robles Master Chorale, the Areté Vocal Ensemble, and the classical quartet Seraphour. Melissa has performed both nationally and internationally in countries including England, Germany, Italy, and throughout the United States. She has collaborated with groups such as the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, the New West Symphony, and the San Bernardino Orchestra.


For the past few years she has worked with children of various ages at St. Patrick's Day School as a day care supervisor and a teacher's aide, and at Hillcrest Center for the Arts as an after-school choir director. Currently, Melissa teaches private lessons in both piano and voice and performs with the professional vocal ensemble, Seraphour, as well as at various churches as a ringer and soloist.

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Kate Listick

Apprentice Choir Instructor

Kate Listick began singing with the Los Robles Children’s Choir (LRCC) at age eight, under the
direction of Donna Young, and continued through her teen years under the direction of Edward
and Dana Rouse. As a young adult she continued her involvement with LRCC as an assistant
while also joining the Los Robles Master Chorale, where she was honored to have been chosen
to sing a solo for the debut of a new commissioned work by Jasper Randall, under the direction
of Lesley Leighton.

Some highlights of her musical career include a performance on the TV show Code Black as a
featured soloist and participation as a session singer for a recording at Capitol Records.
She was honored to be a top-ten finalist in a Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA)
competition and to have been included in SCVA and American Chorale Director’s Association
honor choirs. Kate is also currently a member of Arete Vocale Ensemble where she loves singing under the direction of noted conductor Wyant Morton.

During the week, Kate can be found sharing her love of music with the children at Monte Vista
Presbyterian Preschool, where she teaches, and can be heard on many Sundays singing in the
choir with her fellow church congregants at The Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park.

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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.


Dana Rouse

Executive Director, 2012-2022

Dana Rouse was Executive Director of Los Robles Children's Choir for 10 years, conducting both Apprentice and Bel Canto Choirs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Biola University and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. She has 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 23 years. She has also taught voice at State University of New York in Fredonia, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and California Lutheran University. Dana has been a member of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and Los Robles Master Chorale, and currently sings with the professional vocal quartet Seraphour. 

Edward Rouse (Artistic Team) Artistic Director and Director of Amadeus and Camerata Choir.

Ed Rouse

Artistic Director, 2012-2022

Ed Rouse was the Artistic Director of Los Robles Children's Choir for 10 years, conducting Amadeus and Camerata Choirs.  A native of California, he studied choral conducting at Biola University, where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. He then studied at the Eastman School of Music, gaining his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting. Ed is active professionally as a chorister and soloist and has sung in different ensembles around the country. He currently is singing with Areté Vocal Ensemble and is active as an adjudicator and choral technician in the Southern California area. Ed is a vocal coach and the Director of High School Choral Studies at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. 

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