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PROFESSIONAL STUDIO SINGER
4 years Formal Classical Training
4 years Vocal Coaching
Musical Theatre minor from USC’s Thornton School of Music
Basic Tap and Musical Theatre Dance
Outstanding Solo Award for “I Have Nothing” at the 2008 ICCA Quarterfinals
Best Solo for “Disturbia” at the 2009 Absolut A Cappella Competition
Stephen Sondheim, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Lauryn Hill, Bjork, Imogen Heap, Fiona Apple, Jane Monheit, Toni Braxton, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Linda Eder, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, Elaine Stritch and many more.
Singer and percussionist in Avriel & The Sequoias
1/2 of the electro-pop duo, The Wise Owls
Backup and featured vocalist on Noah Hunt’s album, Oubliette.
Backup vocalist on Drew Tablak’s album,
What Christmas Means to Me.
Lent her voice and writing to a track on an independent short film called The Beacon.
Session vocal work on feature films and television (TBA).
Lent her voice to the soundtrack of the feature length documentary drama,
Their Eyes Were Dry, recorded at
Firehouse Studio in Pasadena, CA.
Lent her voice as a character in the straight to DVD film, P51 Dragon Fighter.
Featured soloist on 2 full albums by USC’s Reverse Osmosis available on iTunes: Reverse Osmosis (2006) and You Can’t Spell Rock without RO (2008). Also a featured soloist on an additional alumni Reverse Osmosis album, In RetROspect, that is still currently being finished.
Featured soloist on Simply Put’s sole all a cappella album, Simply Put.
WestBeat a cappella demo
Currently, the Chorus Manager and member of the L.A. Choral Lab under the artistic direction of Michael Alfera.
Definitely Dickens Christmas Caroler
Eventide Caroler at Universal Studios, Hollywood
Member of the Gay-Straight Alliance Youth Choir affiliated with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
Founding member of Simply Put: a co-ed a cappella sextet that was together for almost 2 years (’10-’12), put out an album, won a competition, was featured on the first volume of Voices Only Forte, performed all over Southern California and Colorado, and headlined shows with The Sing Off!’s winners from seasons 1 and 2 (Nota and Committed).
4 years in USC's International Award-winning a cappella group, Reverse Osmosis (acted as President of the group for 2 years and Aesthetics Director for 1 semester)
Previously a founding member of a professional co-ed a cappella group, WestBeat, that performed in such venues as the Crystal Cathedral, the O.C. Pavillion, Sony Studios and the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
ACDA Honor Choir
13 years in Choir
2 years in a Jazz Vocal Ensemble
3 years as a Cantor for St. John Fisher’s Youth choir
OTHER MUSIC RELATED WORK
Currently, works as a co-director and a teacher at the A cappella Academy every Summer since its conception in 2014 with some of the most talented staff and campers from all over the world! Founded by Ben Bram, Robert Dietz and Avi Kaplan (of Pentatonix)
Worked 5 summers at Arts Unlimited in Rolling Hills, CA, as a counselor, an improvisation teacher and as a director and a choreographer for the camp musicals.
Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”
Asaka in “Once on this Island”
Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez in “Where’s Charley?”
Jack’s Mother in “Into the Woods”
Peppermint Pattie in “Snoopy!!!”
Lowbutt in “Honk!”
Maligna in “Starmites”
Mae in “Pajama Game”
Also appeared in “The Music Man”, “Girl Crazy”, “Good News”, and “Bye Bye Birdie”
Marisa also spent 2002-2007 at Chadwick School’s Arts Unlimited Summer Program where she taught Improvisation classes, choreographed “Once on this Island” and directed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.
Marisa is always looking to expand her musical horizons and is open to all types of musical gigs! Please visit the contact page if you’d like to book Marisa for anything! Thank you!
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