Administration

Artistic Director/Founder

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Jonathan Bautista

Jonathan Bautista received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna cum Laude, as well as the Barbara Troxell Vocal Music Award from Cornell University in 2009. At Cornell, he was mentored by Scott Tucker and Holland Jancaitis and had the privilege of handling conducting, administration, and repertoire selection duties for the Cornell Glee Club and the Cornell Chorale. Jonathan was also a founding director of Cornell’s undergraduate new music collective, Contrapunkt. Jonathan has appeared as a conductor with such groups as Choral Chameleon and the New Amsterdam Singers in New York City, the St. Cecilia Chorale of Holy Family Catholic Church, and the Cherubim and Archangel Children’s Choirs of Holy Family Grade School in Glendale, CA. He is also a two-time Berkshire Choral Festival scholar. He has appeared as a professional bass vocalist for choral groups and church choirs in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Southern California. Jonathan is currently director of music at Christ the King School, where he conducts the Christ the King Pueri Cantores choir and teaches courses in music history, music theory and musicianship, and musical theater. He was also chorus master for Celestial Opera Company’s double-bill production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

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Assistant Director

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Tony Gonzalez

Assistant Director Luis Antonio Gonzalez comes to Nova from his home in El Paso Texas. He received degrees from Baylor University, where he sang in the school’s prestigious choral program, and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Tony has served as music director for musical theater productions in Los Angeles such as Pope! An Epic Musical and The Last Dawn, which he co-wrote and co-directed with fellow musician Sam Johnides. Tony has also served as a worship leader in churches throughout Texas and as a staff singer for churches and temples in Los Angeles. Tony is currently producing and starring in a production of a new musical, Annabella, at the Los Angeles Fringe Festival in the summer of 2015.

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Accompanist

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Kendro Calica

Kendro Calica is an award-winning pianist and violinist who has performed in major venues in Southern California and abroad. Kendro took 1st place at the H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Foundation Competition and 4th at the United States Open Music Competition. He has been featured as a solo piano artist for the San Diego Young Artists’ Symphony, for which he also played 1st violin, and the SBS Radio and Television Orchestra in Sydney, Australia. He was also principal 2nd violinist of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra. He has held positions as a accompanist for Living Water Church in San Diego, Immaculate Heart of Mary School and Church in Hollywood, Bancroft Middle School, and St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Long Beach. Currently, Kendro is accompanist for St. Gerard of Majella Church in Culver City, Eagle Rock Presbyterian Church and Precious Blood Catholic Church in Los Angeles, Christ the King School and Church in Hollywood, and Nova Vocal Ensemble in Glendale. He is finishing up his Bachelor of Arts in Music for piano performance at UCLA. Kendro is an avid improviser on both the violin and the piano and is adept at classical and popular styles.
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Recital Series Artistic Director
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Yayra Sanchez

Soprano Yayra Sanchez will be developing Nova’s new recital series, born out of the necessity for Nova’s singers to showcase their individual voices on a Nova stage. The recital series under Yayra’s direction will feature vocal solos, duets, trios, quartets, short opera scenes, all accompanied by piano, violin, or a combination of chamber instruments, with music written by living composers, including the singers themselves, of contemporary classical music, jazz, and musical theater. Instrumental solos, such as piano and violin pieces, will also be featured.