What is CICA?

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to providing vocal music education and performance opportunities in Ventura County.  Current projects are the CSU Channel Islands Choir and the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus.

The CSU Channel Islands Choir is a class that is offered at the university and is open to students, faculty and staff and the community. The students enjoy the benefit of singing with experienced choral singers and professional musicians.  Each semester, the choir performs at a venue in the community as well as on campus.  Each spring, the choir performs a major choral work with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra.

The PVSD Chorus is an afterschool program for elementary and middle school students.  Students rehearse once a week throughout the school year with many performance opportunities that may include: on-campus concert of the semester’s repertoire for friends and family; holiday caroling at the Camarillo Premium Outlets; the Camarillo Christmas Parade; the Daniel Pearl World Music Festival sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club in Camarillo.

Board Members

President: Joan Luoto Rust

Singer; PVSD Chorus administrator; former software engineer, technical writer, web developer, yoga teacher, volunteer Mary Health of the Sick, and volunteer Casa Pacifica.

Secretary: Molly Kohler Pei

Singer; Actor; Voiceover artist; Writer; Member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Treasurer: Robert Rust

Trustee, Pleasant Valley School District; Treasurer, Pleasant Valley Historical Society (and 2007 Don); Retired aerospace engineer; Former small business owner (VCNet,Camarillo).

Baker, Jennifer

Singer. Business Analyst at local pharmaceutical company, VP of Programs for Camarillo AAUW, AFS Host Parent. Garden lover.

Burdick, DIANNA

Lover of singing, actor, mom to teenaged boys.  Massage Therapist and practitioner of the healing arts. Cofounder and producer with Ventura County’s Opera by the Glass.  Opera singer, soloist.  BA Theatre Arts, University of Washington School of Drama.  

Butler, Dean

Education Specialist, Pleasant Valley School District; Former Vice President, Continental Singers; Music Producer; Concert Soloist.

Newman-Lessler, Daniel

Conductor of the Kadima Senior and Conservatory Philharmonics, Assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale and CSU Channel Islands Choir, Music Director of the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus and Temple Ner Ami Choir, Master of Music in Sacred Music and Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Suarez, Caressa Eve

CSUCI Student Liaison; Singer/Songwriter; Music Major at CSU Channel Islands.

Tombach, IVAR

Singer; Independent environmental consultant; Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America from 2011 to 2015; Former Vice President and National Program Manager of international consulting and engineering firm; Co-founder, former Vice President and member of board of directors of aeronautical and environmental research and consulting firm; Former church Minister of Music; Former President of non-profit association affiliated with the California Institute of Technology.

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