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Eliza Rubenstein
Eliza Rubenstein
Eliza Rubenstein is the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Orange Coast College and the Artistic Director of the Orange County Women's Chorus and the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. Born in Missouri to a musical family, Eliza first requested violin lessons at age 4 so that she could "play on street corners for money" when she grew up; she continues to play violin and viola as a hobby, and she's recently taken up the mandolin. She studied English literature and choral conducting at Oberlin College in Ohio before earning her Master's Degree in choral conducting at UC-Irvine.

Ensembles under Eliza's direction have performed at Disney Hall's REDCAT Theater, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the 2004 and 2012 Western Division conferences of the American Choral Directors' Association. She also serves the ACDA as California chair of Women's Choirs' Repertoire and Standards. The Orange County Register recently praised her "expert direction," and the Long Beach Gazette has said that "Musically and technically, she has it all." Her choruses are known for their adventurous and creative programming and their dedication to performing new music and championing up-and-coming composers.

For eight years Eliza was the assistant supervisor of the Irvine Animal Care Center; she is the co-author of a book about dog adoption, and she shares her Costa Mesa home with a beagle mix named Frances, a black Labrador mix named Jackie, and a grey cat named Wilbur. Her other guiding passion besides music and animals is anything, anything at all, to do with the St. Louis Cardinals.


Matthew Martinez
Matthew Martinez grew up in San Diego and studied voice with Mary MacKenzie, the former head of vocal pedagogy at San Diego State University. Ms. MacKenzie introduced him to classical music and opera in particular. At her insistence and due to his father’s perseverance, Matthew and his dad stood through their first opera, Verdi’s Aida. He was hooked and went on to study vocal performance and conducting, earning his master’s degree from UC Irvine in 2009, studying with Patrick Goeser and Joseph Huszti. He is the music director at Mesa Verde United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa, and the choir director at Congregation Shir Ha-ma’alot in Irvine. He is also the IT director in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences at UC Irvine, and reviews concerts and operas for backtrack.com and concertonet.com. A member of the American Choral Directors’ Association, Matthew has been fortunate to sing under the direction of John Alexander, James Conlon, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He conducted his first Mozart Requiem with orchestra in August of 2016 at Mesa Verde UMC, with an assembled chorus of over 50 volunteers. Matthew lives in Costa Mesa with his wife Cheryl and their two young sons, Anthony and Nathan. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys sports (particularly his hometown Padres) and tropical gardening.

Audrey Spaulding
Audrey Spaulding is a pianist, collaborator, and educator based in Orange County. As a staff accompanist at Orange Coast College, Audrey works with the school’s choirs, performance groups, and individual soloists. She also often performs as a pianist and musical director for musical theatre productions for local schools, colleges, and in the community. Audrey studied with Ory Shihor and Dr. Hee-Won Kwon at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California. Most recently, she attended UC Irvine, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance and her Master of Fine Arts in Collaborative Piano under the guidance of renowned pianist and pedagogue Dr. Lorna Griffitt.

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Long Beach Chorale
Our singers come from Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County, and include members of every age group and profession — college students, grandparents, teachers, nurses, artists, and attorneys, to name a few! All are volunteers who donate their time and energy to bring great music to the Long Beach community.