Accompanist & Choir Section Leaders

Ryan Humphrey (Accompanist)

Jyvonne Haskin

Jyvonne was drawn to music at a very early age. She started the piano at the age of three, and the cello at age ten. But even before that, her first love was singing. Jyvonne's formal musical training began at Indiana University. Since her arrival in L.A., she has continued to add experience to her roster of musical diversity and achievement. Jyvonne has played with L.A.’s historic Southeast Symphony Orchestra, sang with Roger Daltrey of The Who and Ellis Hall of Tower of Power. She has also had the great pleasure to perform for musical legends Jessye Norman and John Williams. Jyvonne is the executive director for Selah Gospel Choir- listed by CBS News as one of the top 10 choirs in Los Angeles. In addition to being an accomplished soloist, Jyvonne is a member of the accapella group DC6 who perform regularly with the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra in Pasadena.

James Hayden

James Hayden, bass, has been trained as a singer, composer, and vocal arranger, excelling in the performance of traditional and avant-garde repertoire. Recent notable performances include the role of Sidney Gottlieb in Anne Lebaron’s LSD: The Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and two concerts with the Rolling Stones on their 50th Anniversary Tour.  His voice can be heard on many movie, and video game soundtracks, including Godzilla, Minions, Jurassic World, and League of Legends. James is a 2013 graduate of the University of Southern California and sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Colleen Keene

Colleen Keene has a Bachelor’s degree from CSU Northridge and a Master’s degree from CSU Long Beach, both in the same concentration: Jazz Voice. In addition to jazz, Colleen has also performed in many musicals and classical choirs. She is a founding member of vocal jazz quintet Down 4 The Count and has run The Other Reindeer Carolers, a Christmas caroling company, since 2009. She has been the soprano section leader for Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica since 2014. 

Gabriel Paredes

Southern California born classical lyric tenor/ countertenor Gabriel Paredes began his musical training by attending The Los Angeles county high school for the arts received his B.A in Vocal Performance from Azusa Pacific University. He has performed various lead roles including Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La Traviata,  Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutti and Laticia in Old Maid and the Thief. Gabriel has been the tenor section leader at UU Santa Monica for the past 4 years and is co-founder and artistic director of Sunday Opera a state non-profit that is dedicated to bringing classical music to the community.