Maestro Fetta has been the conductor and artistic advisor of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival since 1985. He is also the music director/conductor for the Culver City Symphony, the Torrance Symphony, and the Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony. Most recently, Maestro Fetta was named the music director and conductor of the San Bernardino symphony. Fetta is also the principal conductor of the Nevada Opera Theatre, and conducts the grand finals of the prestigious Zachary Foundation International Vocal Competition in Los Angeles.
Fetta’s zeal for new music has found him conducting several premieres, including Sinfonia Concertante by Damion Montano, music by Kentaro Sato, and Pacific West by Sir John Dankworth when Sir John and his wife Dame Cleo Lane appeared with Fetta’s Marina del Rey Summer Symphony. Other highlights of the season have been a concert of all women composers with the Culver City Symphony and a concert of Taiwanese symphonic music with the Torrance Symphony.
As a conductor, Fetta has collaborated with the Sinfonia Mexicana; the Los Angeles Opera; the Riverside Symphony; Inland Dance Theatre; Fresno Ballet, Symphony and Opera; State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara; the Pasadena Symphony; the Honolulu Symphony; Opera A la Carte; the Toledo Opera, and the San Diego Symphony. Among the fine artists he has conducted are Julian Lloyd Webber, Judy Collins, Louis Lebherz, Suzanna Guzman, Eugene Fodor, Rufus Choi, Leila Josefowicz, Diane Schuur, Daniel Rodriguez, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Marek Szpakiewicz, Lorna Luft, Hahn-Bin, Rita Coolidge, Eduardo Villa, and Anthony Kearns.
Erin Wood’s recent portrayals of Verdi and Wagner heroines have received praise for her “soaring soprano”, “immense voice full of grit at the bottom and transcendent radiance at the top”, and “volcanic outpouring of sound that was thrilling to behold”. Ms. Wood recently made her San Francisco Opera debut as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera. With Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Wood has been seen as Lisa in The Queen of Spades, Gutrune and the Third Norn in Götterdämmerung, Sieglinde and Ortlinde in Die Walküre, and supporting roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Street Scene, Susannah and Macbeth. She was a featured artist in Lyric’s first-ever free concert at Grant Park, where she sang Mascagni’s “Easter Hymn” for an audience of 20,000 people.
She has been featured with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Opera Colorado, Opera Pacific, Anchorage Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, Music Academy of the West, the Angeles Chorale, the Los Angeles Verdi Chorus, the Grant Park and Ravinia Music Festivals, as well as the Milwaukee, Pacific, Bakersfield and Lake Forest Symphonies. Ms. Wood has been seen in recital in Chicago for the Dame Myra Hess Foundation and in New York for the Marilyn Horne Foundation. She proudly joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2004. Recent engagements include Verdi Requiem with the London Symphony Chorus, Un Ballo in Maschera for Opera Colorado and concerts in Anchorage, Santa Monica and San Bernardino. She recently represented the US as one of two Americans chosen to participate in the Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition for Wagnerian Singers in Aalborg, Denmark.
Ms. Wood is an alumna of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists and University of California, Los Angeles. Awards include the George London Foundation’s Kirsten Flagstad Award, Met National Council Central and Western Regional prizes, and Schaenen and Liberace Foundation scholarships. Erin grew up in San Pedro, where she lives with her husband Keith and son Elliott.
Praised as “an artist of utmost taste, proportion and charm” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), American pianist Esther Keel has captivated audiences around the world since making her debut with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of thirteen. Since then, she has concertized throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Korea, and Russia.
Ms. Keel has performed with over twenty orchestras across the United States including the Jacksonville Symphony, Korean American Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Merrick Symphony, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, and the San Francisco State Symphony, among others. In addition to Esa-Pekka Salonen, she has worked with notable conductors such as Otto-Werner Mueller, Fabio Mechetti, and Bundit Ungrangsee.
As a soloist Ms. Keel has appeared in prestigious concert halls including Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and abroad at the Kurhaus Bad Aussee in Austria, Teatro Guglielmi in Italy, and the Poland Embassy in Moscow. She has been featured in the Southampton Rising Stars Concert Series, the Los Angeles Da Camera Society at the historic Doheny Mansion, San Francisco’s Annual Chopin Concert Series, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Rising Stars Recital Series. Ms. Keel’s numerous competition honors include top prizes in the Moscow International Chopin Competition, Washington International Piano Competition, Juilliard Concerto Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, Ostra International Piano Competition in Italy, and the American Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Keel has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, LACMA, and the California Club. She has worked with musicians including Fred Sherry, Jonathan Feldman, Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, and Vivian Weilerstein. She has performed in the Musica L’Amore Chamber Music Series, Alice Tully’s Wednesdays at One Series, and the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Series, which was broadcast live on the classical music station KUSC 91.5.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Ms. Keel began playing the piano at the age of three with her concert pianist mother, Mihyang Keel. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she served as an instructor for the Piano Minor Department in the college division. She is also a teaching fellow at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and maintains a small private studio in both Los Angeles and the South Bay. Her former teachers have included Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yong Hi Moon, and Robert McDonald.
Karen Palmer, violinist, music director, and conductor received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pacific Union College and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Redlands. Mrs. Palmer has performed as first violinist with Opera Pacific, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, Riverside County Philharmonic, and Neumark Ensemble. She has experienced great seasons and performances with Maestros Jon Robertson, John DeMain, John Williams, Dennis de Coteau, Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Slakin, David Romadonoff, Harold Farberman, and Stephen Tucker.
Mrs. Palmer’s responsibilities at the University of Redlands School of Music included directing the Civic Orchestra, School of Music Summer Music Camp Orchestras and Redlands Symphony Orchestra. Since 1993, she held the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Community School of Music and the Arts (CSMA) Youth Ensemble of Strings (YES) and founded, in 1996, Virtuosi in Progress (VIP), and Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Palmer developed and organized the CSMA Summer Workshops for thirteen years, and conducted the Youth Symphony Orchestra, teaching conducting and offering classes for Preparatory Strings, Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Symphony for Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion. She also taught violin and directed Prelude and Attacca ensembles for the Claremont Community School of Music and Inland Valley Youth Symphony.
Mrs. Palmer also served the San Bernardino County Music Educators’ Association as Guest Conductor for the 2009 high school Honor Orchestra at the University of Redlands. Since 2006, she maintains the position of String Orchestra Adjudicator for the Rialto USD annual Orchestra Festivals. Currently, Mrs. Palmer is Music Director of Orchestral Strings at MESA High School, in Murrieta, CA, tenured first violinist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and Artist Teacher of Violin at the University of Redlands. She is a member of the School of Music Faculty Chamber Ensemble and was recorded performing live at Los Angeles Museum of the Arts (LAMA) in a recent recording of “chants and hymns of voices ephemeral” (2003) by School of Music composer Anthony Suter. Mrs. Palmer maintains an active private and chamber music studio.