Just as important to the organization as the beautiful music that we sing and perform are the individuals that come together to make it. With that at heart, may we introduce... ourselves.
It started for me when I was in high school. It was sophomore year when I decided to be in a choir class. That's when I met Mr. McCullough. I started out in mixed choir. During the middle of the semester he asked me to sing in girls choir so he took the liberty of switching around my schedule for me so that way I was available. By second semester I had three choir classes I sang in the a cappella group and chambers. From that point I never really stop singing. My senior year was when I first traveled abroad to Europe to compete in the Eistedfod in Llagollen, Wales. Being that I graduated that year, Mr. McCullough had asked if I wanted to be a part of his Sunday Night Singers. He told me they were competing the World Choir Games in Cincinnati right after Europe and if I wanted to be a part of it then I could. Needless to say it was an amazing experience. So here I am; 5 years later, Feeling so blessed to be apart of this amazing family. Looking forward to the next 5 years.
Chelsea graduated from The Master's University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2017. While at the university, she held leadership positions in The Master's University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, Chapel Band, and the Opera program. She grew up taking piano and voice lessons while also participating in classical choral groups and ensembles. While her passion is singing anything from classical to pop, she also enjoys songwriting and teaching piano and voice students - she desires to further pursue music and is excited to be a part of The Sunday Night Singers!
Stephanie grew up in a very musical household. She began her singing career with Mike McCullough in 2002 and has been singing with him ever since. Stephanie is an original member of the Sunday Night Singers and has sung everything from 1st soprano to 2nd alto. She has been blessed to share her gift on local, national, and international scales through the opportunities presented by The Sunday Night Singers. Stephanie met her husband, Bryan, while singing with this group. They started singing together in 2008 and got married in October 2016. Other than singing, Stephanie recently received her Master's degree in childhood education and is looking to teach moderate to severe special education. Stephanie is excited to remain a member of such an amazing choir and is looking forward to singing with them for many years to come.
My name is Victoria Sifuentes. I am 20 years old. I started singing as a 2nd alto my freshman year in high school back in 2011 then my junior year, I began singing 1st soprano and have been singing as a soprano since. I've been in Sunday Night Singers since February of 2016. I am a Criminal Justice major at San Joaquin Valley College and own the rank of a Sergeant in my class. I love the thrill of performing in front of an audience and seeing the impact we make providing them with such beautiful music.
Jaclyn Sutley started singing at an early age in various school and church choirs in the Los Angeles area. She attended Santa Susana High School, a magnet school for Performing Arts, and found a love for musical theatre. Quickly after pursuing a career in voice performance in college, she found that her real passion lie in the classroom. She transferred to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ to pursue a degree in Music Education. While Jaclyn was there, she met her husband Benjamin Sutley (who is a bass in SNS!), and they sang with the renowned Williamson Voices, Schola Cantorum, and Westminster Symphonic Choir. They moved back to CA in 2011, and Jaclyn taught for a few years at the elementary level and held a position as music director at a Catholic Church. She is now the Choral Director at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and the Assistant Conductor of SNS.
Kayla has been involved with music all of her life, from children’s choir at church, to the community theater musicals. She traveled with The MrJ band as a lead vocalist and keyboardist for all of her summers in high school before attending The Masters University where she sang in the Masters Chorale for four years and graduated with a degree in Music education and minor in Vocal Performance. She has always been involved in music at her church and is currently the pianist and choir director at Friendly Valley Community Church. Kayla loves singing, but loves singing in choir more.
Aldi is a strong, kind, and important asset to the SNS family. She sings Alto 1 but her range and vocal quality gives director Mike McCullough the freedom to move her to any vocal part. Aldi sang under Mr. McCullough for four years before joining SNS straight out of high school. She is currently majoring in music at Antelope Valley College and plans to pursue a degree in music education with a choral emphasis.
By day, Executive Assistant and Educational Services Support Manager.
By night, wife, mother of three, Bible study leader, audiobook narrator, and second alto.
Monica has been a member of The Sunday Night Singers since 2008, when she auditioned while 9 months pregnant. She loves to sing, talk, and hear the stories people tell her about their lives. She also has great affection for reading, lists, and Oxford commas. She is a Ravenclaw, ISFJ, 1w2, and likes to refer to herself as an “introvert with a lot of words.” In the spare time she works so hard to create for herself, she loves to visit Disneyland, conquer escape rooms, and date her husband of fourteen years (and counting!).
Favorite SNS moment: hearing our name called as the winner of the Mixed Choir category at the 2012 World Choir Games, running down to the stage together, and singing our national anthem to celebrate our victory. Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is fun!!
Anita Robinson is a history major currently attending Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California. Anita's passion for singing began when she was eight years old in church. She has been singing since then and happily participates as an alto in the Sunday Night Singers.
She aspires to transfer to Cal State Northridge, where she will finish school and become a high school teacher. Her favorite SNS moment was when the group participated in the Eisteddfod at Llangollen, Wales.
Joi Wilson originally from Marietta, Georgia and moved to Los Angeles California when she was seven years old with her family. From traveling praise dance groups to church step teams and praise teams, Joi has always loved performing for a greater cause than any her own. Graduating Palmdale High school in 2010 where she first sang in an all-girls choir led by Mike McCullough; A Cappella and Chambers are where she fell in love and knew that choir was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. From there she attended Antelope Valley College to sing with Mr. McCullough and fell in love for a second time when performing the complete movements of Ralph Vaughan Williams' “Dona Nobis Pacem” with the college's concert choir. As the one of the newest additions to SNS Joi is humbled and content in her heart for the opportunity to be a part of such a phenomenal group.
“A part of something bigger is what I want to be, and where I want to stay.”
Jeff has been involved in some form of musical endeavor ever since childhood; he started off playing trombone at 10 years old and stepped into the choral world a few years later. In the fall of 2007 he met up with Michael McCullough and The Sunday Night Singers and has been loving every minute of it. Currently Jeff is teaching piano, voice, and guitar as well as studying to become a music composition major and is excited for the current and future projects with The Sunday Night Singers.
Bryan Green started pursuing music his freshman year at Palmdale High School in 2004. He competed in the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, CA in 2005, placed third in Verona, Italy in 2006, participated in the Festival of Gold in San Francisco in 2007, and placed second at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales in 2008.
Upon graduating, Bryan auditioned into the Sunday Night Singers and began studying music at Antelope Valley College where, in 2009, he had a principle role in the Opera La Boheme. Bryan was the soloist of Antelope Valley College's 2010 performance of Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. From 2011 to 2012 he sang with the Donald Brinegar Singers of Pasadena. In the Fall of 2012 Bryan had the opportunity to lead the Tenor section at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA. By far Bryan's most treasured accomplishment was in 2012 where the Sunday Night Singers took home first place in the Mixed Chamber Choir competition of the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH.
In the near future Bryan plans to attend a four year college to pursue a Music degree in Voice and Choral Conducting. Bryan's passion for music was instilled early in his life and his mission is to plant that same seed in the youth of tomorrow.
Tyler first began singing with Mr. McCullough as a Freshman, in Palmdale High School's production of The Sound of Music. The idea of Tyler as a singer was quite laughable at the time, having never truly sung publicly. Despite his misgivings, Mr. McCullough tapped him to sing in his highest level choir, Ensemble, beginning his Sophomore year. It was during this time that Tyler developed a passion for choral singing, and he remained active in Palmdale High school's choirs throughout his high school education. He continued to study voice at Antelope Valley College, again under the tutelage of Mr. McCullough. Tyler transferred to California State University, Northridge where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in Fall of 2010. Tyler received his Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2016, and now works to help his students find their voice. He also serves as the Executive Officer for the Sunday Night Singers.
Jose M. Meza, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from California State University, Northridge. Some of his performed solo concert repertoire, with orchestra and chorus, includes: Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Handel’s Messiah & Dettingen te Deum, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Magnificat & Wachet auf, and Mozart’s Requiem. Jose’s performed operatic roles include Goro (Madama Butterfly), Parpignol (La bohème), Remendado (Carmen), and “Tenor” in Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox.
José has received the Desert Opera Theater Scholarship and David & Judith Scott Voice Scholarship. In 2014 he was a winner in the Pasadena Schubertiade Lieder Competition. In 2016 Jose placed 3rd in the Young Artist category of the Center Stage Opera Competition. José has participated in summer programs with Opera San José, Angels Vocal Art, and CSU Summer Arts.
Currently, Jose is pursuing a career in performing arts administration. He is a Program Coordinator with the Harmony Project, a music education non-profit organization. In 2017 Jose was elected to be in the Leadership Council with the Emerging Arts Leaders/LA. He is also on the College Advisory Committee at LA Opera. Jose will finish his Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration in Spring 2019.
Brian knew he had a deep passion for Music when he first picked up a guitar at the age of 9 years old. He later decided to try and further his enthusiasm for music as he started to sing and play bass. Throughout the years he experimented with multiple styles/genres of music varying from Folk, Jazz, and Funk etc. Brian began to write his own music as soon as he began middle school and still does today writing for multiple ensembles. In Brian's senior year of high school he was accidentally placed in Palmdale High's acapella choir; where he met choral director Mike McCullough. After only two weeks of singing in the choir, Brian fell in love with the choral world. That same week he was asked to join the Palmdale High Chamber Singers. The direction of McCullough changed his musical perspective challenging him to reach for his own musical success. In the summer of 2015, Brian traveled overseas with the Palmdale Chamber Singers to compete in the International Eisteddfod in Wales where they placed 3rd. Later that year he began his collegiate journey at College of the Canyons (COC). At COC he continued his love for choral music joining the COC Chamber Singers under the direction of Lori Marie Rios and House Blend a vocal jazz ensemble directed by Julie Lawson. He decided to try and further his choral experience by joining the Los Angeles Bach Chorale and SNS Chorale. Brian then went on as the founder/writer for the vocal group "The New Days". As he continues to sing as a choral singer, Brian continues to pursue contemporary music with co-founded indie-funk band, "The Hummings”, as co-writer, bassist, and lead vocalist. In the summer of 2017 he joined The Sunday Night Singers and has enjoyed every minute of it.
Maxx has been participating in and pursuing music since the age of 7. It was then that he began taking piano lessons, and at age 10, he began taking trumpet lessons. It was not until his junior year in high school, though, that he started singing for the first time in Mr. McCullough’s choirs. That same year, he was able to travel with the 2012 Palmdale High School Chamber Singers to Wales to participate in the Eisteddfod, an international arts festival in Llangollen, Wales. This is where his love for choral singing really began. In 2013, almost immediately after high school, he joined SNS.
With the Sunday Night Singers, Maxx has been able to travel to Wales for the Eisteddfod (for a second time!) and Latvia for the World Choir Games as well as numerous other gigs and festivals. Currently, Maxx is in his last year at California State University, Fullerton, where he is double majoring in music, with an emphasis in voice, and physics. He also currently works as a math tutor.
Aaron Fairbanks has been participating in musical endeavors since he joined the Cactus Elementary School band in 2000. He spent nearly ten years playing trumpet and French horn before realizing that his true passion lay with choral music. He has performed several Midnight Masses at St. Mary's Church as both soprano and bass. He joined the PHS Chamber Singers in his senior year of high school and toured the UK with the group in 2008. He joined The Sunday Night Singers in Fall 2009, and has subsequently toured with them in Cincinnati, Latvia, and Wales. He
has also sung for the Antelope Valley College Concert Choir, as well as the AVC Master Chorale, and has performed in recital choirs at CSU Northridge, CSU Los Angeles, and USC. He is (finally!) continuing his education as a BM vocal performance major at CSU Northridge, and is a member of the Northridge Singers.
I grew up teaching myself different instruments. I.e. piano, guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, etc. The first instrument I learned how to play was the trombone and I played in my elementary and middle school bands. Then, after some time I picked up a piano book in my house and started teaching myself about basic theory and piano. After that, I expanded my musicianship and learned how to play the bass, guitar, and drums on my own. Not until my freshman year of high school did I start to sing, however I knew the theory behind the music. After some time, I started playing jazz from bass charts, and singing in my high school choir and eventually becoming section leader of the Acapella and Chamber choir at Quartz Hill High School. After finishing high school, I entered into a summer program called CSSSA, a summer school for the arts at Cal Arts in Valencia, California. This summer program consisted of 105 prestigious music students who had hopes of becoming successful musicians. During the program, I learned the basics of proper singing technique, guitar technique, Balinese Javanese and Rindik Gamelan, African drumming, composition, and classical piano. When the program was finished, the Herp Alpert scholarship of $40,000 was awarded to the one musician who showed most potential and guess who got it? After that program ended, I enrolled into Antelope Valley College and began my studies as a voice major. During my first semester of college, I heard a piano player playing and then I decided to switch my career from a voice major to a piano major instead. Since then, I have been focusing primarily on piano. However, I still do play contemporary music and orchestral music on bass as well as sing for AVMC and SNS. How I was introduced to SNS was through a concert I was playing for Frank Ticheli when I was playing percussion for the Symphonic Band. I noticed a classmate of mine was a part of the group, I asked her about it, through her I met Mr. McCullough and then I showed to up to an SNS rehearsal and got in immediately after I auditioned. Now currently, I sing with SNS, I have a job as a tutor for Innovation Education, I play hymns and gospel music for churches, and I study piano as my major at Antelope Valley College.
Ceron Jones is an award winning singer, actor, and dancer from the Antelope Valley. He has been singing for all of his life. He has been vocally trained through church, voice classes, and choirs at Antelope Valley College. When he is not performing he works as a behavioral interventionist for children with Autism. He is continually grateful to God for every gift he has been given, and is always looking forward to the amazing experiences ahead.
Matthew Lemus first pursued music by joining the Cactus Middle School concert band in the seventh grade, where he started off playing the clarinet and alto saxophone. He furthered his passion for music throughout high school and joined the concert, symphonic, and marching band in his freshman and sophomore year, but was curious to explore singing.
At the beginning of his junior year, he decided to join the Palmdale High School Choral Union and began singing with Mr. McCullough in 2013. At the end of his junior year, he had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco with the Palmdale High School Chamber Singers, and so, he fell in love with singing. He sang again with the Palmdale High School Chamber Singers in 2014 and traveled to Orange County to compete in the National Festival of Gold.
After high school, Matthew attended College of the Canyons and joined the COC Chamber Singers, where he studied under Lori Marie Rios. After advancing his musicianship and voice technique, he built up the courage to audition for the Sunday Night Singers and since then, has revitalized his passion and love for singing.
Despite having such a vehement passion for music, Matthew currently intends to finish his B.A. in English Literature and then attend law school. Outside of the choir room, he can often be found reading or walking his dogs.
Niel comes from a very musical family, both vocal and instrumental, and has been around a very eclectic library of music growing up. He joined band in sixth grade at Cactus Intermediate School and quickly learned this was his passion. As he came into Palmdale High School his freshman year, he joined both band and choir, being placed in A'Capella and Chamber Singers as a Soprano 1, and Men's Chorus as a high Tenor. In his Junior year, Niel had the opportunity to travel to Wales with Chambers and compete in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Competition in 2012 where they attained two third place awards.
For the last four years, he has attended California State University East Bay in Hayward, CA, as a Composition Major. Whilst there, Niel has participated in the East Bay Singers as a bass and counter-tenor, the Wind Symphony, and a few other chamber ensembles and bands. Over his time at East Bay, he has had the opportunity to travel to Fukuoka, Japan and New York City for tours, as well as multiple conferences, including the National ACDA Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Niel is still studying to earn his degree in Music Composition with an eventual goal to become an Instrumental Music Teacher.
This is Niel's first season singing Bass with the Sunday Night Singers
Javier attended Palmdale High School from 2004 to 2008. He strode through freshman and sophomore year without knowing that there was a choir at the school. In the summer between his sophomore and junior year a friend invited him to join the choir. After graduating high school, he continued to sing with Director Michael McCullough's Concert Choir at the local college and in The Sunday Night Singers. This is Javier's 6th season as a part of The Sunday Night Singers and he looks forward to the new music that the group will be performing in the near future.
Jason Rodriguez has been part of music since he was 12 years old. He started off as a self taught guitarist and bassist. After Middle School, Jason enrolled into Palmdale High School his freshman. There is when he started to develop the desire to learn the musicianship skills and to become a singer instead of an instrumentalist. He sang with Palmdale High Schools Accapella Choir all four years, and was in the Chamber Singers for three years. 2014 Jason graduated from high school and has moved on to Antelope Valley College School of Music, where he developed more disciplined in his musicianship skills. After three years of attending AVC, Jason is now in his final stages of schooling at Azusa Pacific University School of Music, studying Commercial Music in Voice Performance, Music Business, and Audio Sound engineering/Producing.